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“A New Look at Jonestown: Dimensions from a Guyanese Perspective” – By Eusi Kwayana

“A New Look at Jonestown: Dimensions from a Guyanese Perspective” 

Eusi Kwayana: “A New Look at Jonestown: Dimensions from a Guyanese Perspective” is now available for order on Amazon Books, both in the e-book format and in paperback ($10.00 eBook; $19.95).

The 1978 Jonestown fiasco in Guyana is considered the greatest peacetime horror ever. Almost all of the 918 lives lost were Americans. Prime Minister Forbes Burnham called it “an American problem.” All the books on the subject are written by people from outside. This is the first by residents of the host country.

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U.S. — Cynicism is driving force behind the political race to the bottom — By Mohamed Hamaludin

— By Mohamed Hamaludin

A recent effort to eliminate federal funding for the Special Olympics that helps special needs children reflects the cynicism behind policies proposed or implemented during Donald Trump’s presidency. Billionaire education secretary Betsy Devos wanted to eliminate the $17.6 million allocation.

Congress when controlled by Republicans voted more than 60 times to repeal Obamacare and take health insurance away from 20 million people. A federal judge declared the measure unconstitutional in a lawsuit filed by 20 states with Republican governors, including then Florida governor Rick Scott. Trump has backed away from wanting the law repealed, saying he will wait until after the 2020 presidential election. Then he put Rick Scott in charge.        Continue reading

Having a Say—On Father’s Day – By Yvonne Sam

 By Yvonne Sam

I recall from my early years a quote from Aristotle the ancient Greek philosopher and scientist:

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence is not an act but a habit. Fatherhood is not an act it is what males should repeatedly do.  It should be a natural instinct not governed by rules.

Father’s Day is just a few days away, the day set aside to celebrate the special man that is or was in each of our lives. Needless to say it should be every day. While mothers are usually considered the ones who nurture families, on the corresponding hand I think of fathers as the backbones of families.  Continue reading

Toronto celebrates Raptors’ historic NBA win – Articles and videos – BBC News

Toronto celebrates Raptors’ historic NBA win

The city of Toronto erupted in celebration after its basketball team, the Raptors, made history by winning the NBA championship – the first Canadian team to take the American title.

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-us-canada-48633649/toronto-celebrates-raptors-historic-nba-win

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Ghana’s president promotes “Year of Return” to five Caribbean nations

Photo: President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

By Ray Chickrie – Caribbean News Now contributor – June 12, 2019

GEORGETOWN, Guyana —  President Akufo-Addo has embarked on a working visit to five Caribbean nations as part of efforts promoting the “Year of Return.” 

Having proclaimed 2019, as the “Year of Return” to Ghana, the 400th anniversary of the commencement of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade, when the first 20 West African slaves landed in Jamestown, in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the commemoration, according to President Akufo-Addo, “is a statement of our determination that never again should the African peoples permit themselves to be subjected to such dehumanizing conditions, sold into slavery and have their freedoms curtailed in order to build up forcibly countries other than their own and create wealth for the peoples of unknown lands to which they were sent, wealth from whose enjoyment they were largely excluded.”        Continue reading

Britain’s Followership Problem – By Bagehot | The Economist

Britain’s Followership Problem

A lack of leadership is not the country’s only difficulty

Bagehot | The Economist

Back in 1997 Warren Bennis, a management guru, invited this columnist, who then had the onerous job of reporting on California, to a soirée in his house on Santa Monica beach to discuss the evergreen topic of leadership.

A junior guru presented a paper on how today’s leaders needed all sorts of touchy-feely qualities such as empathy. Yours truly annoyed everyone by arguing that Margaret Thatcher had been a pretty good leader without knowingly engaging in empathy. Then Peter Drucker, speaking in a heavy Viennese accent and dressed in a three-piece suit, threw his own hand-grenade. “I don’t know why people are so fixated on the subject of leadership,” he said, or words to that effect. “What we really need to think about is followership.”      Continue reading

CCJ rulings for no-confidence appeals, GECOM chairmanship case, set for June 18. 2019

Last month, the Trinidad-based Court heard arguments in the consolidated no confidence matters as well as appeals in relation to the challenge over the legality of the appointment of the GECOM chairman.  Continue reading

Guyana Independence Parade NYC: PM Nagamootoo: Guyana on the cusp of wealth

Prime Minister of Guyana, Moses Nagamootoo, told expatriates that Cheddi Jagan and Forbes Burnham, late presidents — on the night of the country’s Independence ceremony in 1966, put aside their political differences and embraced each other, and urged nationals to see that embrace as a mandate for unity.

Nagamootoo, who, arrived in Brooklyn, with wife, Sita, on Sunday, June 2 to celebrate the nation’s 53rd Independence Anniversary, was the Grand Marshall of the 4th Annual Guyana Independence Committee Parade, which began at the corner of Church and Utica avenues.        Continue reading

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World War II — D-Day And The Myth Of A U.S. Victory – opinion

D-Day And The Myth Of A U.S. Victory

Moon of Alabama | Russia Insider

Each D-Day anniversary the same question comes up. Who defeated Germany and its allies? The answer is, without any doubt, the Soviet Union.

But after decades of western propaganda the claims that the U.S. defeated the Reich has taken over many minds. Polls show that such propaganda works. More than half of the French people now believe that the U.S. contributed the most to the defeat of Germany.

The U.S. lost 411.000 people due to World war II, Great Britain lost 450,000, Germany some 7 million and the Soviet Union more than 20 million.    Continue reading

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