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Canada: Five Municipalities call for 5G Moratorium: Niagara Falls and Ontario Elected Officials Concerned About Safety

— Opposition to 5G is WORLDWIDE.

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There’s no doubt that other sources of wireless and Electromagnetic Radiation (aka “Electrosmog”) can cause and have caused biological and environmental problems too.  However, experts continue to warn that adding 5G to already dangerous levels of “Electrosmog” is a recipe for disaster (see 12, 34).

Kudos to these Canadian municipalities for calling for moratoriums:  CoaticookSutton, Pike River, and Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Quebec and also to elected officials in Niagara Falls and Ontario for raising valid health and safety concerns.          Continue reading

Canada: Plain to see – Racism in Canada invoked intellectual disparity

By Yvonne Sam

Whenever racism faces denial…..  History goes on trial.

In the aftermath of the senseless murder of George Floyd, the collective eye became fixed on race relations in Canada. The oppressive system racism that Blacks have faced over the years, detonated into the foreground through street protests and riots. Disillusioned and angry people are expressing age-old dissatisfactions that echo through time. Images on screens of cell phones and televisions now draw arrant parallels with a sad history that most do not want to relive.

Underlying this all lies RACISM, its very existence belied by many, as some of Canada’s leaders have openly asserted that systemic racism does not exist in Canada in the selfsame manner as it does in the United States. It is a part of the Canadian national narrative of positioning the  country in juxtaposition to the United States.            Continue reading

USA: The Racist Confederate Monuments are Coming Down – By Jeffrey Robinson – ACLU

Myths About Confederate Monuments | NowThis – By Jeffrey Robinson – Deputy Legal Advisor. ACLU

The Racist Confederate Monuments are Coming Down 

If you do not know the history you will never understand.
I think I am seeing what he is saying —this is it. The Young Americans of all Races are going to Change America in the year 2020. It is going to be ====  DO OR DIE  ==== Enough is Enough.

Sir James Douglas – born 15 August 1803 in Demerara [Guyana] – Governor of BC

Sir James Douglas – Governor of British Columbia (1858-64)

Sir James Douglas, governor of Vancouver Island (1851–64) and British Columbia (1858–64), fur trader (born 15 August 1803 in Demerara [Guyana]; died 2 August 1877 in Victoria, BC). Remembered as “the Father of British Columbia,” Sir James Douglas helped establish colonial settlement, trade and industry on the West Coast. As Chief Factor of the Hudson’s Bay Company (1839–58), he helped the HBC become a trading monopoly in the Pacific Northwest.
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As governor of the Crown colonies of Vancouver Island and British Columbia, he initiated British rule west of the Rocky Mountains and negotiated land purchases with First Nations, which some argue were conducted in bad faith (see Treaties with Indigenous Peoples in Canada).

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USA: “I’ve Seen Dictators Rise And Fall. Beware America”. – By Salman Rushdie | Washington Post. 

    By Salman Rushdie | Washington Post.   

In my life, I have seen several dictators rise and fall. Today, I’m remembering those earlier incarnations of this unlovely breed.   

IN INDIA IN 1975, INDIRA GANDHI, FOUND GUILTY OF ELECTORAL MALPRACTICE, DECLARED A STATE OF EMERGENCY THAT GRANTED HER DESPOTIC POWERS. The “emergency”, as it became known, ended only when she called an election, believing she would win, and was annihilated at the polls. Her arrogance was her downfall. This cautionary tale formed a part of my novel “Midnight’s Children”.

IN PAKISTAN IN 1977, GEN. MOHAMMED ZIA UL-HAQ STAGED A COUP AGAINST PRIME MINISTER ZULFIQAR ALI BHUTTO AND EXECUTED HIM IN 1979. This dark story was the inspiration for my novel “Shame”. The circumstances of my life have given me some understanding of the dictatorial cast of mind.          Continue reading

CRICKET: Sir Everton Weekes – the last of the three Ws – dies aged 95

By George Dobell – Senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

Sir Everton Weekes in 2013

Sir Everton Weekes, (< see stats here) last member of the legendary Three Ws, has died at the age of 95.

Alongside Sir Clyde Walcott and Sir Frank Worrell, Weekes formed a formidable batting unit in the West Indies team. All three were born within a couple of miles of one another – rumour has it they were delivered by the same midwife – within 18 months in Barbados between August 1924 and January 1926, and all made their Test debuts within three weeks in early 1948.

While all went on to enjoy outstanding careers – Worrell became West Indies’ first black captain and was later a senator in Jamaica, while Walcott averaged 56.68 in Test cricket and later became the first non-white chair of the ICC – Weekes was, arguably, the best batsman of the three.        Continue reading

US History: The Story of Nancy Green – The “Aunt Jemima” Success Story

Aunt Jemima 

The world knew her as “Aunt Jemima,” but her given name was Nancy Green and she was a true American success story. Born a slave in 1834 Montgomery County, KY, she became a wealthy superstar in the advertising world, as its first living trademark. While in Kentucky, Green was employed by Charles Walker, then an attorney and later a distinguished Circuit Judge. She moved with the family to Chicago just after the Great Fire in 1872.

Walker heard that a friend was looking for a model for the Aunt Jemima character, and he suggested Green who, by that time, had served the family for many years. She was instantly recognized with the characteristics the guy was looking for… charisma, humor, and a fantastic cook.        Continue reading

SCIENCE: Will the Sahara Dust Plume Help or Hurt Us? – National Geographic

Guyana’s political tragedy – By D. Alissa Trotz and Arif Bulkan – Commentary

Guyana is in a most profound crisis. This crisis has been

in the making for over 50 years – ever since the declaration of independence that came on the heels of the collapse of a multiracial anticolonial movement, the intervention of the joined imperialist forces of the UK and US and the convulsive coastal racial disturbances of the 1960s that delivered almost unshakeable constituencies of African and Indian Guyanese to the two major political parties in Guyana.

This has persisted through 24 years of rigged elections. It has persisted in spite of the return to elections that were free and fair in 1992 (but, if we are to be honest, never really free from fear of the racial other where these two groups are concerned). It has persisted across 23 years of PPP rule, five years of coalition government and it has now erupted in plain sight four months after the March 2nd election that has as yet failed to deliver a result.              Continue reading

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