Daily Archives: 09/09/2019

11 September 2001: “Guyanese Roll Call” by Peter Jailall

Three Worlds One Vision

Caribbean immigrants remember loved ones at the 9/11 memorial on September 11, 2018
Photo Credit: News Americas

On September 11, we will remember all those we have lost on that ill-fated day when a terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York City turned the world-famous landmark into rubble.

I was living in Brazil when the tragedy occurred, sending a tsunami across the world. More than ninety other nations also lost loved ones that day, including three Brazilian-Americans and twenty-six Guyanese-Americans.

In his poem, “Guyanese Roll Call,” Guyanese-Canadian poet Peter Jailall remembers his twenty-six countrymen and women who died on that day. Their American Dream had been suddenly cut short.

Listen to our roll call
Of those who died
On that dreadful September day,
Following their American Dream: 

Patrick Adams
Leslie Arnold Austin
Rudy Bacchus
Kris Romeo Bishundauth
Pamela Boyce
Annette Datarom
Babita Guman
Nizam Hafiz

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Medical: Plugged In: The True Toxicity of Social Media – Video

The Most Revolutionary Act

Plugged In: The True Toxicity of Social Media

Directed by Richard Grannon (2018)

Film Review

This documentary examines the apparent link between widespread social media addiction and the spike in suicide rates among teens under 17. Depression has increased 70% over the last decade, with suicide rates increasing by 50% in girls and 30% in boys. In the same period, hospital admissions for eating disorders have doubled. This appears to relate to pervasive social media emphasis on personal appearance and staying thin.

The filmmakers interview pediatricians, psychologists, social media activists and teen victims of cyberbullying. They also examine whistleblower claims about Facebook deliberately designing platforms to produce the same dopamine* triggers that mediate addiction. The obvious goal is to create compulsive desire to spend more and more on Facebook, as well as Instagram and WhatsApp (both owned by Facebook). The more time you spend on Facebook, the more ads you…

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Guyana: NGO contributes to keeping Corriverton children in school

Stabroek News – September 8, 2019

Surendra Kumar Bhagarathi spent most of his working life at the Skeldon Sugar Estate and he witnessed firsthand the contribution the estate made to the community of Corriverton. So, when the estate was closed, Bhagarathi felt the need to assist the community.

Even though he was one of the many workers who were laid off, at the time he held the position of Superintendent, the father of one felt that he needed to do something to assist the children of his former workers, some of whom were not attending school.

As a result, he and his wife, Shanta Youngkam, together with like-minded persons, formed the organisation Service to Humanity, Today’s Children Our Future in January of last year.
Photo: Shanta Youngkam and Surendra Kumar Bhagarathi               

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Global Warming: How America Turned Me Into a Climate Killer – Anna Clauß | Der Spiegel

I grew up in Germany making my own granola bars and relying on my bicycle for transportation. Now that I am in Denver, though, I drink coffee out of a Styrofoam cup and eat my meals off of plastic plates. In America, there’s no way around it.

Anna Clauß | Der Spiegel International

It wasn’t actually my intention to destroy planet Earth when I flew off to Colorado in July for a two-month stint at the Denver Post. But now, like all those around me, I am leading the life of a climate killer.

“Our house is on fire,” says Greta Thunberg. She is, of course, referring to a world facing the grave threat of climate change — warming temperatures caused by people like myself. From the perspective of the Fridays for Future activist, I am the girl playing with matches.              

Here in Denver, I drive to work every day in an SUV, I drink beer from an aluminum can and sip coffee out of a Styrofoam cup using a plastic straw. Every time I go shopping, I come home with at least five plastic bags. Recently I went out for a lunch of spaghetti and meatballs. It was served on a porcelain plate and the knife and fork were both metal — a sign that the restaurant’s best days were behind it. It closed down the next month.              Continue reading

Guyana: Drug-fueled violence escalated under President Jagdeo – By Barrington Braithwaite

COMMENTARY -Guyana Chronicle – 08 September 2019

…Braithwaite says PPP was losing ability to govern the country

Barrington Braithwaite

RIGHTS activist and social commentator, Barrington Braithwaite has long contended that violent crimes fueled by extra-judicial killings here escalated under the watch of the Bharrat Jagdeo Administration. But even before that, he is now saying, there were signs that the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) was losing its ability to govern the country.

As Braithwaite contends, under Jagdeo’s watch as president (which spanned August 11, 1999 to December 3, 2011), there were three massacres: The Lusignan Massacre, where 11 people were killed; The Bartica Massacre, where another 12 were killed; and the Lindo Creek massacre, where eight miners were slaughtered.

Besides, there were countless extra-judicial killings, with some activists estimating that around 400 Afro-Guyanese males were gunned down.              Continue reading

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