Category Archives: Racial Conflict

New York History – 2009: Robert Simels and the Guyanese Roger Khan saga etc…

MobFellas: Simels, Gleeson, and Shargel

David Shaftel | The Village Voice

Legendary local attorney Robert Simels is only being punished for representing some of New York’s most unredeemable gangsters, say some in local legal circles. Kind of a what-goes-around-comes-around situation.

Simels not only lawyered for mafia turncoat Henry Hill – on whose life GoodFellas was based – but also some of the biggest Latino and black drug kingpins of the ’80s and ’90s. AND NOW, SIMELS HIMSELF IS IN DEEP TROUBLE. He has been indicted for allegedly tampering with witnesses in a case revolving around a comparatively little-known Guyanese drug gangster, Shaheed “Roger” Khan.     Continue reading

Guyana Elections 2020: Guyana votes amid high hopes over oil discoveries – BBC News

Guyoil gas station in GuyanaImage copyrightALAMY

Voters in Guyana will go to the polls in a general election amid hopes that the discovery of huge new oil reserves could transform the South America nation, one of the region’s poorest.

A new 65-member National Assembly will be elected for a five-year term, and the leader of the largest coalition or party becomes the country’s president.

Incumbent President David Granger faces rival Irfaan Ali for the top post.

The economy is predicted to grow 85.6% in 2020, up from 4.4% in 2019.                Continue reading

Arab Involvement In The African Slave Trade — Another Under-addressed Facet Of Black History – By Yvonne Sam

Arab Involvement In The African Slave Trade — Another Under-addressed Facet Of Black History

19th-century engraving, depicting an Arab slave-trading caravan transporting Black African slaves across the Sahara. Credit: 19th-century engraving, uploaded by DavidYork71 at en.wikipedia; Public Domain.

Arab Involvement In The African Slave Trade — Another Under-addressed Facet Of Black History

Yvonne Sam -- newThat Arab slavers were the first, and last, in modern times, to ship millions of Africans out of the continent as slaves? Most people still have the so-called Transatlantic [slave] trade by Europeans in mind; but, in reality, Arab-Muslim slavery was much greater.

Even in the face of years of Black History Months, currently there still remain Earth-occupants, many of whom know little-to-nothing about the expansive role, played by Arab and Muslim slavers in the African slave trade.            Continue reading

USA Politics: Voter Suppression: Kemp Loses Vote Purge Suit Brought by Reporter Palast

Nicole Powers for The Palast Investigative Fund

[Atlanta. Georgia-Feb 9, 2020] In an extraordinary and unexpected move, President Barack Obama nominated Federal Judge Eleanor L. Ross HAS DECLARED GOVERNOR BRIAN KEMP THE LOSER IN A LAWSUIT BROUGHT BY INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALIST GREG PALAST TO COMPEL THE STATE OF GEORGIA TO OPEN UP ITS COMPLETE FILES ON THE MASS PURGE OF OVER HALF A MILLION VOTERS FROM THE ROLLS.

SURPRISING ALL PARTIES, THE JUDGE RULED THAT KEMP’S DEFENSE WAS SO WEAK THAT NO TRIAL IS NEEDED. THE JUDGE ACTED “SUA SPONTE” — ON HER OWN INITIATIVE, UNREQUESTED BY PALAST’S ATTORNEYS.

Palast has been fighting Kemp to release his hidden purge lists and methods for six years, for Rolling Stone, Al Jazeera, Salon, Democracy Now and currently, The Guardian.      Continue reading

Black History Month: SHOULD A HORRIBLE PAST BE EXHUMED? – National Geographic

TODAY’S BIG QUESTION: SHOULD A HORRIBLE PAST BE EXHUMED? National Geographic

Monday, February 10, 2020 – By Debra Adams Simmons, HISTORY Executive Editor

In an extraordinary act to unearth the past, city officials in Tulsa, Oklahoma, have ordered a search for mass graves. The excavation will come nearly 99 years after a 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre (above) left more than 300 black people dead in an area known as Black Wall Street.

Black businessman O.W. Gurley purchased 40 acres of land in Oklahoma and in 1906 developed the vibrant district that was considered one of the most affluent black areas in the U.S. On May 31 and June 1, 1921, an angry white mob attacked, murdering blacks, destroying businesses and burning homes to the ground.        “It was a tragic, infamous moment in Oklahoma and the nation’s history, the worst civil disturbance since the Civil War,” wrote then-Oklahoma state Rep. Don Ross in a 1998 report on the massacre.            Continue reading

Caribbean 2020: Voters Tough Choices in Elections in Six Countries

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VOTERS TOUGH CHOICES

Six key Caribbean Community nations will hold general elections this year and in at least three of them, the economy and racial tensions will be key campaign issues. Also in the same three — Guyana, Suriname and Trinidad — the incumbents face tough reelection battles from upstart opposition parties or groups. Voting along ethnic lines has traditionally been a key factor in these three and could determine outcomes.

Guyana which just weeks ago became one of the world’s newest crude oil exporters, will most likely go to the polls first among the seven with the March 2 date set by incumbent President David Granger since last year. Parliament has already been dissolved.          Continue reading

Guyana Politics: Lenox Shuman told me GECOM has not removed him – By Freddie Kissoon

My meeting with Lenox Shuman, Leader of the Liberty and Justice Party

Lenox Shuman

My Reflections on Two Remarkable Men …. and Apartheid – By Guyana-born Steve Connolly

 Two Remarkable Men …. and Apartheid  —  Arthur Ashe and E.R. Braithwaite

  •  By Guyana-born, Steve Connolly

Two men, now both deceased, were known for feats of success far removed from the world of apartheid in South Africa.  Yet, in different ways, but almost at the same time, they each were drawn to the racial injustice of the South African government.  Both men were black, one Afro-American and the other Afro-Guyanese.

Both had university degrees and both had been in the military … one had fought spectacularly and dangerously in war.  Both had been frequent targets of racism.  Both had produced multiple books, one focusing on sport while touching on racism and the other taking direct aim on racism.  One smoked while the other never did.  One had married twice while the other never married but had had at least one long relationship with a female.            Continue reading

India: Narendra Modi stokes divisions in the world’s biggest democracy – The Economist

India’s 200m Muslims fear the prime minister is building a Hindu state

Narendra Modi

Leaders- Jan 23rd 2020 edition – Jan 23rd 2020 – The Economist

Last month India changed the law to make it easier for adherents of all the subcontinent’s religions, except Islam, to acquire citizenship. At the same time, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (bjp) wants to compile a register of all India’s 1.3bn citizens, as a means to hunt down illegal immigrants (see Briefing). Those sound like technicalities, but many of the country’s 200m Muslims do not have the papers to prove they are Indian, so they risk being made stateless. Ominously, the government has ordered the building of camps to detain those caught in the net.        Continue reading

Reducing Fire, and Cutting Carbon Emissions, the Aboriginal Way – Thomas Fuller | The New York Times

Thomas Fuller | The New York Times

As blazes rage in southern Australia, Indigenous fire-prevention techniques that have sharply cut destructive bushfires in the north are drawing new attention.

COOINDA, Australia — At a time when vast tracts of Australia are burning, Violet Lawson is never far from a match. 

In the woodlands surrounding her home in the far north of the country, she lights hundreds of small fires a year — literally fighting fire with fire. These traditional Aboriginal practices, which reduce the undergrowth that can fuel bigger blazes, are attracting new attention as Australia endures disaster and confronts a fiery future.                  Continue reading

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