Category Archives: Philosophy

Commentary: The global revolt against fake democracy – By Jean H Charles

By Jean H Charles

Jean H Charles

As the year 2018 is coming to a close, we are watching in the world today what could be labeled the manifestations of a global revolt against fake democracy. As in two centuries earlier in 1789 and in 1803, two sister countries linked by a colonial past are leading the way, France and its former colony Haiti. Each weekend, the yellow vests, now supported by the students, are marching into Paris in force, demanding the end of this fake democracy that cares only for the wealthy citizens and leaves almost nothing for the middle and the working classes.

Haiti has been since October 6 and 7, 2018, the scene of violent revolts against a government that did not realize the status quo of scant respect for the mass poor could not continue as usual in a world where Facebook and Whatsapp is almost within the reach of everybody.         Continue reading

HOW  I  REMEMBER  CHRISTMAS …. IN GUYANA – By Royden V. Chan – 1980

HOW  I  REMEMBER  CHRISTMAS …. IN GUYANA

—– By Royden V. Chan – 1980

I remember Christmas was

The season when Santa came

But somehow today it’s different

The spirit is not the same.

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As soon as school was closed

There was excitement in the air

You heard the carols playing

And knew the time was near.

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Pope Francis’ Say— On clergy who are actively gay – By Yvonne Sam

Pope Francis’ Say— On clergy who are actively gay.

By Yvonne Sam

His expressed sentiments are very clear; homosexuality among the clergy is a veritable fear.  

In his soon- to- be published book, “The Strength of the Vocation”  based on interviews with a Spanish born missionary priest, Fernando Prado, Pope Francis dissertation  on the demands of being a priest, and bemoans the presence of homosexuality in the Church, saying that it is a serious matters  that truly bothers him. The issue of homosexuality is a grave situation that must be adequately discerned from the beginning with the candidates,” He further asserted that admission to the Catholic clergy should be denied males with ingrained homosexual tendencies, and actively gay priests should be encouraged to leave rather than live a double life.          Continue reading

Can Guyana’s youth bridge the racial divide? – an Afro-Guyanese Perspective

Can Guyana’s youth bridge the racial divide? Part One: Race Relations from an Afro-Guyanese Perspective

Anti-Corruption Drives Face the Law of Unintended Consequences Worldwide – commentary

Around the World, Anti-Corruption Drives Face the Law of Unintended Consequences   

Frida Ghitis |WPR: World Politics Review

In recent years, a combination of factors has converged to produce an unprecedented number of high-profile anti-corruption investigations around the world. From Brazil to South Korea, from the Panama Papers to the global FIFA scandals, publics across the globe have seen their worst suspicions confirmed, as daring investigative journalists and hard-charging prosecutors lay out case after case, revealing the details of pervasive malfeasance at the loftiest levels of power.

At first glance, this is unquestionably a positive development for society as a whole, for the economies of the countries affected and for the global political environment. Corruption corrodes the moral fiber of a nation. It undercuts the efficient functioning of the economy. And it taints the decision-making of politicians whose job it is to make the best choices they can for the benefit of their country.                Continue reading

Thanksgiving, Unity and Gratitude – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Thanksgiving, Unity and Gratitude

– By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to show gratitude. It costs nothing to be nice and to show appreciation. The power of nice has been recognized from time immemorial and in today’s society it is needed more than ever. As we sit and stare blankly at a screen or text or surf for endless hours how about doing something nice to others?

Recently, in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn a random act of kindness went a long way to help create trust and friendship. Crown Heights is an area that is traditionally the home of a large Jewish and black population. There were tensions in the area a few years ago between the two groups that made national headlines.

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Cognitive Biases Warping Your Perception of Reality – Infographic

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24 Cognitive Biases Warping Your Perception of Reality

We are each entitled to our own personal world view.

Unfortunately, when it comes to interpreting information, human brains are hard-wired to make all kinds of mistakes that mess with our thinking.

There is no simple way to get around these basic human instincts, but one thing that we can do is understand the specific mistakes we make and why.

Today’s infographic comes to us from School of Thought, a non-profit dedicated to spreading critical thinking. The graphic describes 24 of the key biases that warp our sense of reality, providing useful examples along the way.

View 24 Biases Warping Your View of Reality

Defining generations: Where Millennials end and post-Millennials begin

Defining generations:

For decades, Pew Research Center has been committed to measuring public attitudes on key issues and documenting differences in those attitudes across demographic groups. One lens often employed by researchers at the Center to understand these differences is that of generation.

Generations provide the opportunity to look at Americans both by their place in the life cycle – whether a young adult, a middle-aged parent or a retiree – and by their membership in a cohort of individuals who were born at a similar time.

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What the Tributes to George H. W. Bush Are Missing – Peter Beinart | The Atlantic

What the Tributes to George H. W. Bush Are Missing

The 41st president was the last person to occupy the Oval Office whose opponents saw him as fully legitimate.

Peter Beinart | The Atlantic

Since George H. W. Bush’s death, many observers have noted that he embodied a less rancorous, less polarized political era. But underlying that civility was something deeper:

Bush was the last person to occupy the Oval Office whose opponents saw him as a fully legitimate president.                 Continue reading

Wise Advice: Another List for Living as you Grow Older

Another List for Living as you Grow Older

  1. MONEY: It’s time to use the money you saved up. Use it and enjoy it. Don’t just keep it for those who may have no notion of the sacrifices you made to get it. Remember there is nothing more dangerous than a son or daughter-in-law with big ideas for your hard-earned capital. Warning: This is also a bad time for investments, even if it seems wonderful or fool-proof. They only bring problems and worries. This is a time for you to enjoy some peace and quiet.
  1. Stop worrying about the financial situation of your children and grandchildren, and don’t feel bad spending your money on yourself. You’ve taken care of them for many years, and you’ve taught them what you could. You gave them an education, food, shelter and support. The responsibility is now theirs to earn their own money.

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