Daily Archives: 12/31/2018



By Yvonne Sam

“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” Dr.Martin Luther King.

Here we are smack in the beginning of a New Year, with no resolution to take to heart, no revolution to start, just a simple solution to impart.  In order for the nation to chart any degree modicum of progress, the inhabitants need to turn back the hands of time and return to a place where a strong sense of love and unity did once abound.   Let it be referred to, or designated as — – The New Normal.             Continue reading

Charrandas Persaud hints at supporting PPP during speech in Canada

Charrandas at Hindu mandir in Canada

Progressive Party (PPP)-sponsored no-confidence motion, then government parliamentarian Charrandas Persaud stopped short of saying that he was now backing the country’s opposition party.

In an interaction with a pandit (a Hindu priest) before Hindu congregants in North America, he called on overseas-based PPP supporters to encourage their families and friends in Guyana not to vote for the Alliance For Change (AFC) of which he was a member or A Partnership for National Unity (APNU).

“You are the ones that can make the difference as you have done in past elections. You need to call out your people over there, once you’re 18, get registered, check your name, go and vote. And you’re not voting AFC, you’re not voting APNU, I’m not saying more. You don’t want them back there,” he said.    Continue reading

Year 2018: Reflections – By Rosaliene Bacchus

Three Worlds One Vision

Year 2018 was filled with disappointments, self-doubt, and loss of direction. After completing my second novel, The Twisted Circle, in September 2017, I failed to grab the attention of literary agents or publishers.

“Not quite the right fit for us,” respondents said.

“You’re not good enough,” my inner critic said.

Drowning in self-doubt, I clung to the recognition that my yet-to-be-published first novel, Under the Tamarind Tree, had received when shortlisted for the 2014 Dundee International Book Prize.

Each attempt to get started on my third novel, to be set in Brazil, fizzled out. The Top Boss in the White House held my afflicted heart in his grip. My mind became a barren landscape of shifting sand dunes. In September, I abandoned my writing project.

Where do I go from here? The answer still evades me.

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USA Abandonment of Kurds Sends Bad Message to Allies in East Asia – commentary

Once again, Washington has left allies to face greater regional powers on their own; the implications for East Asia are stark

Grant Newsham| | Asia Times

It was always obvious James Mattis wouldn’t be US secretary of defense forever. So his resignation last week wasn’t a surprise – only the circumstances were.

The last straw was apparently US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw US forces from Syria, contrary to Mattis’ and the US military’s advice. Mattis also made clear his view on the importance of maintaining alliances and standing by allies.         Continue reading

Guyana: The January 1969 Rupununi ‘Uprising’ recalled – 50 years later

The Rupununi ‘Uprising’ recalled, 50 years later – The events of January 2 to 4, 1969

Unprecedented! That was a word on the lips of Guyanese when, fifty years ago this Wednesday, January 2, the Rupununi region hit the news headline with a bang; in fact several bangs. They were gunshots, reverberating throughout the country, echoing from neighbouring Venezuela and across the Takutu into Brazil; shaking the complacency of many urban Guyanese to whom that sprawling locale was little more than an isolated adjunct to our coastal communities. When the dust had settled, literally, at least six persons lay dead in Lethem, including five police officers.     Continue reading

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