Category Archives: Philosophy

Using the political vote- to change the course of the Government’s Boat – By Yvonne Sam

  – By Yvonne Sam

In the midst of increasing international pressure to put an end to political uncertainty March 2, 2020 was declared as the date for Guyana’s General and Regional Council Elections. However, in the days and weeks following the announcement the trend of current conversations said, have forced me to take a serious look at Guyanese voters and their relationship with politicians.

Additionally on a  recent visit to the homeland and mingling with family and friends, discussing the forthcoming elections, oil discovery, property recovery  from the past government etc., it was further substantially apparent that Guyanese in general do not make demands of politicians, nor hold them accountable to campaign promises.    Continue reading

“APNU is not against cash grants” from oil revenues but more information needed – Granger

— WPA ready to negotiate modified proposal

President David Granger

President David Granger on Wednesday sought to dispel concerns that he is opposed to direct cash transfer of some oil revenues to Guyanese, even as the Working People’s Alliance (WPA) signaled that it was ready to modify its proposal with other political parties in A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) whenever those talks begin.

“There has been a lot of speculation and we ask that people put figures to their intention before we make any public discussion but the APNU is not against cash grants. It needs to know more so it can make a proper announcement to the people of Guyana,” the President said.              Continue reading

Opinion: The Real Reason for Trump’s Meltdowns – By Paul Brandus | MarketWatch

 Paul Brandus | MarketWatch

It’s easy to see why President Trump’s latest meltdown — on display for all to see in the East Room last Wednesday — makes it easy for commentators to say that the 73-year-old man has lost his marbles. He’s “unhinged,” they say with an exaggerated amount of glee.

You can decide for yourself whether this is so. Meantime, I’ll offer some additional thoughts that may help explain his behavior.

I’ve said this before: Trump spent most of his life as the CEO of a privately held company. Yes, there were those disastrous years between 1995 and 2004 when Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts was a public company – investors lost about 90% of their money.      Continue reading

From British Guiana to Guyana: The Forever Changing Times – by Francis Quamina Farrier

The Forever Changing Times – by Francis Quamina Farrier

As Guyana is about to make a quantum leap From Rags to Riches, let us take a glance in the rear view mirror of our country’s history and some of the things we no longer do, or do differently. Throughout history things have changed in every society in the world, and Guyana is no different. So let us juxtapose the past with the present. The young with the matured and also the present with the future.

As we proceed, let us make every effort not to be lamenting about “The Good old Days”, or about the way the older generation did things differently than the way of the present generation. Let us agree to look only at some of the things we did in British Guiana, if you were already around at that time, and which are no longer done in Guyana or done differently. So let us get things going.    Continue reading

Opinion: West Indies Cricket Hits Rock Bottom – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

– By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Pity the old timers. They sit through the Test matches and hope for a fight.
They want to see someone, anyone, stand up and play a long innings. But any such thought is squashed by another spineless display to be followed by what is now all too familiar: an excuse that the players did not apply themselves and that there are lessons to be learned.

How long can we make excuses for this mediocrity? There is no longer the pride and passion that has been the hallmark of West In-
dies cricket. While other countries play as if they are hungry to get to the top, West Indies seem to be content with going through the motions and to wait for the next T20 format. This is where the money lies but in which the real test is absent.

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Opinion: Rosh Hashanah 2019: The Year Racism Divided the Jewish People

Rosh Hashanah 2019: The Year Racism Divided the Jewish People

Never in Israel’s history has the struggle for the nation’s soul mirrored so completely the political divides in the countries where the Jews live around the world

Analysis: Anshel Pfeffer | Haaretz

When the history of the Jews from the start of the last exile to the 21st century is written, 5779 will be remembered as the year when the split between the two Jewish peoples was imminent. If we’re fortunate, the events of the last two weeks will have proved to be a turning point when the schism was averted. But it’s far too early to say.

Each of the two greatest Jewish communities ever to exist had a dismal low point this year. Both were caused by racism.          Continue reading

BOOK: Eric Williams and the Anticolonial Tradition: – By Maurice St Pierre

Eric Williams and the Anticolonial Tradition: The Making of a Diasporan Intellectual – By Maurice St Pierre

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A leader in the social movement that achieved Trinidad and Tobago’s independence from Britain in 1962, Eric Williams (1911–1981) served as its first prime minister. Although much has been written about Williams as a historian and a politician, Maurice St. Pierre is the first to offer a full-length treatment of him as an intellectual.

St. Pierre focuses on Williams’s role not only in challenging the colonial exploitation of Trinbagonians but also in seeking to educate and mobilize them in an effort to generate a collective identity in the struggle for independence.    Continue reading

Earth in Crisis: We need another narrative – by Rosaliene Bacchus

Earth in Crisis: We need another narrative

by Rosaliene Bacchus

There is no wealth on a dead planet – Global Climate Strike 2019 – New York City – USA
Photo Credit: Common Dreams

On Friday, September 20, 2019, millions of young people and supporting adults in more than 150 countries took part in the Global Climate Strike, calling on decision-makers to take immediate action to address our global climate crisis. I’m heartened that sixteen-year-old, Swedish environmentalist activist, Greta Thunberg, has awakened our youth to the future that awaits them.            Continue reading

Portugal: Lisbon museum plan stirs debate over Portugal’s colonial past – The Guardian UK

‘Museum of the Discoveries’ would glorify slavery and other historical abuses, critics say

Painting depicting the landing of the Portugese explorer Pedro Álvares Cabral in Brazil, 1500
 A painting depicting the landing of Portugese explorer Pedro Álvares Cabral in Porto Seguro, Brazil, 1500. Photograph: Alamy

A campaign pledge to build a museum in Lisbon dedicated to Portugal’s colonial history has sparked a debate over Portuguese national identity, the nature of historical memory and the question of collective guilt.

The controversy centres on the so-called Age of the Discoveries – the period starting in the 15th century when expeditions by Portuguese navigators helped the country lay claim to territories stretching from Asia to South America.

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Guyana: Do celebrate, if you are 60 Years or older- by Francis Quamina Farrier

– by Francis Quamina Farrier
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On October 1, most countries around the world, including Guyana, will be observing International Day of Older Persons. This special day which was established by the United Nations in 1991, has been set aside to focus on the world’s increasing population of Older Persons, and to honour them for the work which they have done during their more productive years. 
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At this time, there are approximately 700 million Persons who are sixty years and older around the world, according to a Untied Nations disclosure. With such information, some smart and astute Politicians who are running for office, recognize the wisdom in going the extra mile to ensure that Elders are shown respect, which they realize will certainly transfer into VOTES for them.

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