Daily Archives: 11/16/2018

My Bitter/Sweet visit to the Mazaruni Prison – by Francis Quamina Farrier

Francis Quamina Farrier

A Visit to the Mazaruni Prison

After all protocol was established and the necessary paperwork completed by the Prison Headquarters on Brickdam in Georgetown for my visit to the 170 plus year old Mazaruni Prison, I turned up on what can only be described as being at the right place at the right time.

The Bitter of the visit:

My principal purpose of going to the Mazaruni Prison a few weeks ago was to pay a humanitarian visit to an incarcerated former colleague of mine who is serving a twenty five year sentence for a crime he claims he did not commit.      Continue reading

A Blue Wave or a Close Shave? – By Yvonne Sam

A Blue Wave or a Close Shave?

By  Yvonne Sam

If elections decide who America is as a country, then sadly she will always be at war with herself.

In the days and weeks leading up to the American mid-term elections, many candidates enthusiastically declared that the election was a battle for the heart and soul of the nation. Unbelievably  true, and factually stated America will always have her heart and soul defined by the daily actions of her citizens, and not by politicians nor by which political party obtained the majority of votes.

In the stampede to the polls, the midterm elections were as much a referendum on the policies and personality of the President, as it was about control of the Congress. Wrote Rudyard Kipling in his Collected Works,” if history were taught in the form of stories it would never be forgotten.” Sadly, lessons of history are often lost on politicians, especially politicians in power.            Continue reading

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World Wars: Indians in the trenches: voices of forgotten army are finally to be heard

1.5 million fought with the British and 34,000 died. Now their sacrifice in the face of prejudice is being recognised

Indian soldiers serving with the British army make camp in 1916.
PHOTO:  Indian soldiers serving with the British army make camp in 1916. Photograph: Getty

They were the forgotten voices of the first world war: 1.5 million men, mostly illiterate villagers from northern India, fighting under the command of colonial masters who repaid their bravery and sacrifices with brutality and prejudice.

More Indians fought with the British from 1914 to 1918 than the combined total of Australian, New Zealand, Canadian and South African troops. Some 34,000 Indian soldiers were killed on battlefields in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. But the part they played in the war has been largely whitewashed from history.