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BOOK: ‘White Debt: The Demerara Uprising and Britain’s Legacy of Slavery’

White Debt: Time for Britain to pay up for its legacy of slavery

Thomas Harding is author of ‘White Debt: The Demerara Uprising and Britain’s Legacy of Slavery’ published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson . You can order the book from One Tree Books in the UK, email sally@onetreebooks.com . You can follow Thomas on Twitter @thomasharding

It was a warm dry day in October when I visited Bachelors Adventure on the East Coast of Demerara. With me, just a few steps from the public road, was the poet and social worker Ras Blackman, who grew up in the village and was kindly giving me a tour.

On 20 August 1823, more than 4,000 enslaved women and men had gathered here, Ras told me, in what had been a cotton field. On the other side of the public road were assembled 200 members of the British militia, each carrying a rifle. I was suddenly overtaken by a sense of awe. Awe at the courage of the enslaved people. Awe at their remarkable organisational skills. Awe at the profound legacy of freedom they had left behind, including for me, a White person.  Continue reading

FUTURE: The World Ahead 2022: five stories to watch out for | The Economist Video

The World Ahead 2022: five stories to watch out for | The Economist

What will be the biggest stories of 2022? As the pandemic continues to wreak havoc across the globe, President Xi will cement his power as leader of China, tech giants will coax more of us into virtual worlds and the space race reaches new heights. The Economist is back with its annual look at the top stories of the year ahead. Film supported by @TeneoCEOAdvisory

00:00 The World Ahead 2022    00:40 China revels in democracy’s failings    04:11 Hybrid working becomes the new normal    07:48 The metaverse expands    11:26 An African fashion boom    14:12 The space race picks up

Read our latest coverage on The World Ahead: https://econ.st/3HtLmuQ

GUYANA: CARICOM Private Sector body objects to Guyana’s Local Content law;

— Georgetown Chamber President says time to leave CARICOM Single Market

Timothy Tucker

The Caribbean Private Sector Organisation (CPSO) is objecting to Guyana’s recently-passed Local Content legislation on the grounds that it seems to violate the Caribbean Community’s (CARICOM) free trade rules, a position that has prompted the President of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Timothy Tucker to call for Guyana to leave the regional single market.

CPSO President, Gervase Warner has stated in an email states that “at the executive committee today, we agreed that the legislation appears to violate several provisions of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas.”  Mr. Warner, who is also the President and Group Chief Executive Officer of the Trinidad-headquartered Massy, said the CPSO would be raising its concerns first with the Guyana government and then “ultimately to the Caribbean Community.”          Continue reading

GUYANA: “Millie” – The Swearing Parrot on a Postage Stamp – #philately video

The Swearing Parrot on a Postage Stamp – #philately

A swearing parrot gets kicked out of Canada’s World Expo because of its foul language, only to be immortalized on a set of postage stamps in Guyana. Learn about the fascinating story of Millie the macaw in this episode of #philately

UPDATE: A viewer found more information on what happened to Millie: https://exploringstamps.files.wordpre…

Links: Episode on New York Worlds Fairs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BdjZ… Learn about Expo 67 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Expo_67 The deportation of Millie…the macaw https://thebenab.com/deportation-mill… The Bilingual Cussbird https://www.stabroeknews.com/2013/05/… Was Millie a bilingual macaw or a bilingual parrot? https://guyanatimesgy.com/was-millie-…

UK: End mass jabs and live with Covid- says ex-head of vaccine taskforce

Dr. Clive Dix says we should treat the virus like flu

With health chiefs and senior Tories also lobbying for a post-pandemic plan for a straining NHS, Dr Clive Dix called for a major rethink of the UK’s Covid strategy, in effect reversing the approach of the past two years and returning to a “new normality”.

“We need to analyse whether we use the current booster campaign to ensure the vulnerable are protected, if this is seen to be necessary,” he said. “Mass population-based vaccination in the UK should now end.”            Continue reading

MOVIES: Sidney Poitier: The actor who broke down Hollywood’s racial barriers

Sidney Poitier

Sidney Poitier, who has died aged 94, once turned down the role of Othello because he did not want to be typecast as a black actor.

It underlined the dilemma faced by a man who broke down many of Hollywood’s racial barriers.

As the first black winner of the Academy Awards’ best actor statuette, he was always aware of being the standard-bearer for greater racial integration.

But often he felt he had become something of a racial token, and this denied him the opportunity of taking on more varied roles.

He died on Friday January 7, 2022, aged 94, the Bahamian foreign minister announced.

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U.S.A.: No good sign for a return to normalcy a year after the failed coup – By Mohamed Hamaludin

— By MOHAMED HAMALUDIN

For the past 365 days, the most startling video footage has been of the violent attempt to nullify the results of the November 2020 presidential election.

One woman was shot trying to force her way into the Capitol building, five people died, including Capitol police officers who killed themselves, and 140 of them were wounded. The FBI has so far arrested 700 people, has charged at least 150 of them and about 50 have so far been convicted in court. A bipartisan House panel is investigating the insurrection. Five months into its work, the commission had interviewed 250 people, the Associated Press reported.

Yet, only 54 percent of Americans say the insurrectionists were “mostly violent,” 19 percent said they had been “mostly peaceful” and 27 percent said they were equally peaceful and violent, the Washington Post reported, citing the findings of a poll. While 85 percent of Democrats call it an “insurrection” aimed at “trying to overthrow the government,” only 21 percent of Republicans agreed, with 56 percent describing it as “defending freedom” and 47 percent calling an act of “patriotism,” Politico reported, citing a CBS poll.        Continue reading

Guyana-born Hilton Cheong-Leen- known as the ‘Mayor of Hong Kong’; dies aged 99

  • Cheong-Leen had been involved in the city’s civic affairs for decades, starting in 1957
  • ‘We will have incredible memories of his ability to help so many people in his lifetime. A truly magnificent leader and a great, heroic dad to us,’ his daughter says
By: Gary Cheung – scmp.com – Published: 4 Jan, 2022
Lawmaker Hilton Cheong-Leen speaks at the Legislative Council in 1979. Photo: SCMP
Lawmaker Hilton Cheong-Leen speaks at the Legislative Council in 1979. Photo: SCMP
 
Hilton Cheong-Leen, a former Urban Council chairman and lawmaker known as “Hong Kong’s mayor”, has died at the age of 99. 

Hilton Cheong-Leen, who was 100 at the time of his death in the Chinese tradition of counting age, was born in Georgetown, British Guiana in 1922, the son of a Chinese immigrant father and a third-generation Chinese mother. The family left for Hong Kong when Cheong-Leen was nine.            Continue reading

China Is Panic Buying For The Coming Famine, But The U.S. Is Taking A Completely Different Approach – Video

The Epic Economist – December 29, 2021.

We’re living in an era when scarcity continues to aggravate all over the world. Global food supplies are at alarmingly low levels while prices keep reaching new highs with each passing month. Extreme weather events and ravaging natural disasters have been affecting food production all across the planet, and the health crisis has undoubtedly pushed global supply chains over the edge. The situation is incredibly chaotic right now, and every time the supply chain crisis seems to be easing a new disruption emerges to take things back to square one. As a consequence, the UN is warning that the world is currently battling the worst hunger crisis in this century, and conditions are expected to get even worse in 2022. Unfortunately, this tragic crisis is far from ending.        Continue reading

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