Category Archives: crime and Investigations

New Zealand: The Longer History of the Christchurch Attacks – The New Republic

For over a century, the United States has played a role in inspiring and enabling white supremacy in Australia and New Zealand.

On Friday, an Australian white supremacist committed a monstrous act of violence against Muslim worshippers in New Zealand. The attack, which he live streamed, was steeped in the kind of global iconography and discourse that characterizes modern white supremacy.

The assailant played a song about convicted Serbian war criminal Radovan Karadžić as he approached the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, and his weapons bore further testament to the global resonances of contemporary white supremacy: One rifle apparently eulogized a Swedish girl who was murdered by an Uzbek immigrant in Stockholm, while another celebrated a Frankish nobleman who fought Muslim armies in Western France over a millennium ago. His manifesto cited U.S. white supremacist mass murderer Dylann Roof as inspiration, and featured a diagram promoted by U.S. white supremacist David Duke on its cover.

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Mental Illness Does Not Catalyse Violence – By Annan Boodram – Caribbean Voice

Mental Illness and Mass Shootings – Caribbean Voice

Mass shootings in the US continue to bring to the fore the issue of the relationship between mental illness and violence. For example, US President Donald Trump expressed the view that the February 2017 Florida shooter’s mental illness inevitably catalysed his mass killings. But what are the facts?

A 2000 article in Psychology Today entitled “Are the Mentally Ill Really Violent?’ by Edward P Mulvey and Jess Fardella, stated, “The overwhelming majority of people with diagnosed mental disorders do not engage in violence.” In fact the article pointed out, “Certain factors that appear to be associated with an increased likelihood of violence are in line with common sense’. In effect it’s the same for persons with and without mental illness.             Continue reading

Guyana: Tomb Raiders: A Grave Situation – commentary

U.S. — Solitary confinement – arbitrary and racist punishment -By Mohamed Hamaludin

U.S. — Solitary confinement – arbitrary, racist punishment that breaks the body and the mind

 -By Mohamed Hamaludin – Commentary

Few survival stories can equal that of three African American men who spent a total of 114 years confined in small concrete boxes, subjected to mental and physical torture, and emerged with their spirit unbroken.

Alfred Woodfox spent 43 years and 10 months in solitary confinement and Henry Wallace, 41 years, both convicted in 1972 of killing a police officer. Robert King, convicted of killing a corrections officer, spent 29 years in isolation. The courts eventually overturned their convictions. King was set free in 2001 and Woodfox in 2016. Wallace was freed in 2013 but by then he was dying of liver cancer.  All three were members of the Black Panther movement.        Continue reading

New Book: “Guyanese Canadian kidnapped in China” – By Dave Rohee

“Guyanese Canadian kidnapped in China” – By Dave Rohee

Kidnapped is the true story of an international kidnapping event that took place in China in 2001. This terrifying incident happened to a Canadian businessman trying to develop an aviation business in a foreign country. Unknown to him at the time, the country he chose was considered the worse place for a foreigner to try and start a business.

This story is the hair-raising account of the kidnapping and its eventual outcome. There were several international law enforcement agencies involved with tracking down the perpetrators. These agencies worked diligently to find the criminals responsible for this kidnapping in an effort to apprehend them.    Continue reading

The legacy of violence in the Indo-Guyanese Diaspora – By Lotus

— Remembering Riya Rajkumar – By Lotus

LOTUS: Founded by Preity Kumar, Suzanne Narain, and Talisha Ramsaroop, Lotus is a grassroots organization in Toronto, Canada which focuses on building social connections, educational initiatives, and empowering the lives of Indo-Caribbean women. Lotus works to create a sustainable space for sharing our stories, and to document our histories as an Indo-Caribbean diasporic community. The group can be found on Facebook at Lotus Toronto and emailed at lotusinthe6@gmail.com
On February 14th, 2019, Riya Rajkumar, 11, was murdered by her father Roopesh Rajkumar in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. Earlier that evening on Feb 14th, an amber alert (a broadcast message seeking public assistance in finding abducted children) was released, searching for Riya.

Guyana: Deported: Former GRDB accountant Peter Ramcharran arraigned on 39 fraud charges

  Peter Ramcharran deported from Canada to face charges.

Peter Ramcharran

Former Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) accountant, Peter Ramcharran, was remanded to prison yesterday, after he was hit with 39 fraud charges, which were read to him at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court immediately following his deportation from Canada.

Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) prosecutor, Patrice Henry, told the court that an arrest warrant was issued for Ramcharran since 2017, and subsequently made an application for the charges to be read.

Ramcharran, 39, faced 17 charges which allege that as a member of the GRDB, at Lot 116 to 117 Cowan Street, Kingston, he  omitted or concurred in omitting from the organisation’s general ledger, entries related to a total of over $7 million in various periods between January 11, 2010 and July 17, 2012.  Continue reading

Guyana Politics: A brief history of instabilities in Guyana: 1953-2019 – By Freddie Kissoon

A brief history of instabilities in Guyana, 1953-2019

Freddie Kissoon

Guyana: Former GRDB accountant loses Canadian extradition appeals – Deported

Guyana Politics: TIGI ups pressure on Irfaan Ali to produce qualifications

– says issue raises questions on if he can be trusted with Presidential immunity if elected

Dr. Troy Thomas – TIGI

“It is not a simple matter, it is not a matter that you can just brush aside. It is very important. It goes to the core of morals and also highlights competence…He must clarify the matter and I think this is something he should do immediately…” – TIGI President

President of Transparency Institute of Guyana Inc (TIGI) Dr. Troy Thomas is calling on People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Presidential Candidate, Irfaan Ali to fulfill his responsibilities to the people of Guyana. During an interview with this newspaper yesterday, Dr. Thomas said that as a public official, Ali has a major responsibility to be transparent and accountable.

That view was already proffered by anti-corruption advocate, Chris Ram, with reference to the ongoing dispute surrounding Ali’s qualifications.        Continue reading

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