Daily Archives: 05/29/2021

GUYANA: Independence – 55 years – Editorial from Kaieteur News

May 27, 2021  Editorial – Kaieteur News

OPINION: Rejecting neocolonial saviorism – By Akola Thompson

 Stabroek News: By

Over the decades, several international charities and aid organizations have made a home in Guyana.

A lot of them do really great work that seeks to build local capacity and empower locals to be the heroes in their own stories. To those that are conscious of how their unequal power can be utilized to develop communities sustainably, well done.

However, these are in the minority and many unfortunately tend to act from a place of paternalism. They believe that they are the ones best suited to “fix” the problems of the third world because if locals could’ve done it themselves, there would be no need for them, right?      Continue reading

Germany Agrees To Pay Namibia €1.1bn Over Historical Herero-Nama Genocide

Germany calls atrocities ‘genocide’ but omits the words ‘reparations’ or ‘compensation’ from a joint statement

NAMIBIA – click to enlarge

 Philip Oltermann In Berlin | The Guardian UK

Germany has agreed to pay Namibia €1.1bn (£940m) as it officially recognised the Herero-Nama genocide at the start of the 20th century, in what Angela Merkel’s government says amounts to a gesture of reconciliation but not legally binding reparations.

Tens of thousands of men, women and children were shot, tortured or driven into the Kalahari Desert to starve by German troops between 1904 and 1908 after the Herero and Nama tribes rebelled against colonial rule in what was then named German South West Africa and is now Namibia.            Continue reading

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