Category Archives: Commentary

CARTOONS by Charles Schulz – Charlie Brown series

Cartoonists are often informers, philosophers, comedians and more.  The creator of the much loved Charlie Brown series was all of these and more. In a way, he was the Shakespeare of his day who had wonderful insights into the ‘Human Spirit’ and presented them to his readers for what they were worth. They proved to be worth a lot and helped people make adjustments to their lives and functions for the better.

Here are several thought provoking examples.

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AIRLINES: Proceed cautiously with any new airline application for Guyana – By GHK Lall

Rigorous tests and guarantees before approval

I learn that an entity that once plied the skies between Guyana and points north has applied for approval to start over doing business with Guyanese travelers under a new configuration. I recommend that Guyanese authorities proceed cautiously, conduct really robust and stringent due diligence; and after only the most rigorous tests should such approvals be forthcoming to anyone.

I think that any new entrant into the commercial aviation field in Guyana ought to be welcomed. This is necessary and would be a boost to presently tight travel options with the right partners. Take a look around as either prospective traveler, or accompanying family member, or just casual observer, and it becomes clear that the field of airline participants is too thin.     Continue reading

Republicans seek to frustrate voters’ wishes to preserve white privilege – By Mohamed Hamaludin

Power-hungry Republicans seek to frustrate voters’ wishes, preserve white privilege

 — By MOHAMED HAMALUDIN

Donald Trump did not start the ugly politics of the past few years. The spiteful and destructive partisanship is the creation of other white men – and women – as seen in Michigan, North Carolina and Wisconsin, where Republican lawmakers have moved to curb the powers of incoming governors and attorneys general.

The Huffington Post’s Paul  Blumenthal sees a parallel to the actions of the then Democratic party after Reconstruction: “Southern Democrats calling themselves ‘Redeemers’ seized power in former Confederate states, often by violence, and ended black political power and freedom by imposing mandatory work laws that reinstituted slavery in all but name and gutting voting rights, among many other terrible things. The democratic backsliding that re-imposed white supremacy and one-party rule lasted for more than half a century.”         Continue reading

Christmas: Deck the Halls with Crowds of Folly – By Yvonne Sam

Oh Holy Night when would Christians get it right?

By Yvonne Sam

Clearing the hall of crowds of folly.

Historically the season called Xmas has been the recipient of a multiplicity of revisions, and I feel that the time has come for yet another modification.  Do not get me wrong, but my main problem with Christmas does not lie in the celebration of itself, but instead the folly and ignorance of those who celebrate this highly commercialized holiday.  Millions of December 25th celebrants feel compelled to participate in an expensive holiday, burdened by guilt and shame if they are unable to crowd the base of the Xmas tree.

As one can discern the origins of Christmas are neither biblical nor North American. Christmas in North America is a fusion of cultural folklore from Africa and Europe, brought to North America by Europeans who themselves were divided on their view of the practice of Christmas as pagan.           Continue reading

US Ambassador Holloway’s ‘doom and gloom’ comment regarding Guyana’s oil wealth

Mr. Holloway: ’Stop the doom and gloom” … appreciate the benefits of Guyana’s oil wealth

Stabroek News – Editorial – 11 December 2018

Perry Holloway

There are times when it takes an opinion that is detached from what, all too often, is our rumbustious political culture to voice truths about important national issues, we ourselves being too immersed in our prejudices to muster the honesty to speak objectively.

Outgoing United States Ambassador to Guyana Perry Holloway is harnessed  by  no such prejudices so that the last week’s ‘doom and gloom’ remark in his assessment of the chatter on the subject of what is now assumed to be Guyana’s imminent ‘oil fortune’ comes as no surprise.               Continue reading

Pope Francis’ Say— On clergy who are actively gay – By Yvonne Sam

Pope Francis’ Say— On clergy who are actively gay.

By Yvonne Sam

His expressed sentiments are very clear; homosexuality among the clergy is a veritable fear.  

In his soon- to- be published book, “The Strength of the Vocation”  based on interviews with a Spanish born missionary priest, Fernando Prado, Pope Francis dissertation  on the demands of being a priest, and bemoans the presence of homosexuality in the Church, saying that it is a serious matters  that truly bothers him. The issue of homosexuality is a grave situation that must be adequately discerned from the beginning with the candidates,” He further asserted that admission to the Catholic clergy should be denied males with ingrained homosexual tendencies, and actively gay priests should be encouraged to leave rather than live a double life.          Continue reading

Nostalgia: Wray High School – Georgetown Guyana – By Geoff Burrowes

Wray High School – Georgetown Guyana

– By Geoff Burrowes 

In my day Wray High School was at the corner of Croal St and Brummel Place in Georgetown Guyana..

I think that it later moved and became Tutorial High School.

It was a three story building. The top floor was where the principal, Reverend Pollard, lived with his wife and two sons, John and Paul. We lived in the same neighbourhood so they were my friends.

The middle floor held the principal’s office and I assume the staff room and the ground floor held the classrooms.
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“We Could Be Free” by American Rapper Vic Mensa: Rosaliene Bacchus Blog

Three Worlds One Vision

Vic Mensa (foreground) from song video “We Could Be Free”
Photo Credit: Rolling Stone

In keeping with my end-of-year tradition, I feature a song on my Poetry Corner December 2018. During this year of growing division in the USA, the hip hop song “We Could Be Free” by Vic Mensa captured my attention. It’s the thirteenth track on Mensa’s first, full-length, studio album, The Autobiography, released on July 28, 2017.

An American rapper, singer, and songwriter, Vic Mensa was born Victor Kwesi Mensah on June 6, 1993, in Chicago, Illinois. He grew up in the good part of the Hyde Park neighborhood within a sheltered home with two parents, both educators. His white American mother and Ghanaian father, an economics professor at the University of Chicago, wanted their son to go to college. But the young Vic dreamed of becoming a rock star.

With adolescence came exposure to the…

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Technology: How to Be Invisible on the Internet – By Jeff Desjardins

How to Be Invisible on the Internet

Everywhere you look, concerns are mounting about internet privacy.

Although giving up your data was once an afterthought when gaining access to the newest internet services such as Facebook and Uber, many people have had their perspective altered by various recent scandals, billions of dollars of cybertheft, and a growing discomfort around how their personal data may be used in the future.

More people want to opt out of this data collection, but aside from disconnecting entirely or taking ludicrous measures to safeguard information, there aren’t many great options available to limit what is seen and known about you online.

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Guyana Institute of Historical Research Newsletter – December 2018

              Download: GIHR Online Newsletter – December 2018

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