Daily Archives: February 20, 2020

U.S.– Bigoted pasts return to haunt top Democratic presidential candidates seeking black votes

 — By MOHAMED HAMALUDIN

Corey Booker, Kamala Harris and Deval Patrick’s exiting the race for the Democratic presidential nomination leaves only white candidates, some carrying baggage that diminishes their appeal to African Americans.

Joe Biden claims the African American vote because he was Barack Obama’s vice president. But, as a Delaware senator, he vehemently opposed busing, saying in a 1975 newspaper interview recently unearthed by The Washington Post: “The real problem with busing is that you take [white] people who aren’t racist, people who are good citizens, who believe in equal education and opportunity, and you stunt their children’s intellectual growth by busing them to an inferior school. … I do not buy the concept, popular in the ’60s, which said, ‘We have suppressed the black man for 300 years and…in order to even the score, we must now give the black man a head start or even hold the white man back.’”            Continue reading

GUSDA: Guyana Social Development Association Events: London UK – Feb 22 &23, 2020

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Twenty in 2020 and expecting The Good Life – by Francis Quamina Farrier

 50 Republic Jubilee Anniversary, 2020

Twenty in 2020 and expecting The Good Life – by Francis Quamina Farrier

During the past few  weeks I have been wondering what would be the topic for my Guyana 50 Republic Jubilee Feature Article. Just a few days ago I concluded my wondering thoughts and decided to focus on the bright faces and minds of those Guyanese who are now age 20, and who will be voting for the very first time in a National General Elections. I have also decided to respectfully pass on some elderly advice to first time voters; the kind of advice which I received when I was a first time voter.

To the first time voters, I would let them know that back in Colonial British Guiana, one could not have voted at General Elections unless one was a property owner. One had to own house and land. In other words, ordinary poor people did not have a franchise and were not entitled to vote. So, many of our ancestors were really not full citizens as we are today. Then came what was known as “Adult Suffrage” which gave Voting rights to all adults 21 years and older. That was subsequently reduced to 18 years and older.      Continue reading

Diaspora Engagement: Assessing Tensions and Solutions due of Social and Economic Transformation in Guyana — By Lear Matthews

This two-part article examines the tensions between the diaspora and home country and efforts to resolve them. This timely presentation is informed by the imminent economic windfall which requires constructive dialogue, collaboration, and informed policy, and argues that geographic separation should not prevent a common identity and the will to achieve a mutually beneficial purpose.

Diaspora Engagement: Assessing Tensions at a Time of Social and Economic Transformation in Guyana

— By Lear Matthews      (PART 1)

Transnational ties between immigrants and their home country is a universal phenomenon, but the relationship is often tenuous if not ambiguous. Diaspora engagement presupposes the formation of a partnership for development in which immigrants bring “potential value” to the development process through the provision of financial resources and human capital. Ideally, this situation augments connections and contributes to nation-building. Nevertheless, tensions do exist though not readily acknowledged.              Continue reading

Mapped: Visualizing the True Size of Africa – Infographic

 

The True Size of Africa Map

Mapped: The True Size of Africa

Take a look at any map, and it’s clear that the African continent is a big place.

However, despite the common perception that Africa is a large landmass, it’s still one that is vastly underestimated by most casual map viewers.

The reason for this is that the familiar Mercator map projection tends to distort our geographical view of the world in a crucial way — one that often leads to misconceptions about the relative sizes of both countries and continents.

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