Category Archives: Racial Conflict

USA POLITICS: Asian Americans’ political preferences have flipped from red to blue – BY: John A. Tures

Professor of Political Science, LaGrange College

– September 14, 2020. The Conversation

Asian Americans used to be a reliable Republican voting bloc. But long before Kamala Harris, who is Indian American and Black, became Joe Biden’s running mate, they shifted to support the Democratic Party. This is true across ages, genders and ethnic origins of Asian Americans – including Indian, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese and Hmong.

As a political scientist, I’m not just interested in voting, but also in how groups change their party preferences. This subject of study, known as “critical elections,” looks at how political party fortunes change over time as a result of racial, religious or regional groups’ changing views.

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GUYANA POLITICS: Why I do not write articles on Guyana – By Hubert Williams

— (Editor’s Note: This article was written nine years ago in 2011. It is long but very informative)

By Hubert Williams –

Boston, Massachusetts, October 30, 2011 — I wouldn’t have thought that it mattered very much. Or that anyone would bother to notice. Until I visited New York to participate in family celebrations over the 2011 Labour holiday weekend.

Godfrey Wray, a journalism colleague from way back and now based in the “Big Apple”, remarked on the absence of writings by me on political, social and economic developments in Guyana.

Nonetheless, Godfrey’s inquiry is haunting: why don’t I write on Guyana?  I just don’t… and have never thought I needed to explain why. However, it is my view that one has to live the reality of Guyana to write informedly about its current affairs. We who reside abroad are mere ghosts of times past.        Continue reading

PROTESTS: More reports of attacks in Berbice; Man killed after firing at protesters

As protest action into the barbaric killing of two teenage cousins, Isaiah Henry, 16, and Joel Henry, 19, from Number Three Village, West Coast Berbice intensified yesterday, there were more reports of vicious physical attacks, robberies and damage to vehicles and properties.

A pitbull minibus smashed and ransacked

This was a continuation of protest action that started Sunday after the boys’ mutilated bodies were found in a backdam.

In Region Six, while the roads were cleared by police on Tuesday after protesters burnt debris and blocked the road at Number One Village and at least nine locations in New Amsterdam.        Continue reading

Protests: Henry boys died from haemorrhage and shock, spines severed – PME finds

News Room Guyana – September 9, 2020

A Post Mortem Examination (PME) conducted on the mutilated bodies of teen cousins Joel and Isaiah Henry has found that they both died from haemorrhage and shock due to multiple incised injuries.
The PME was conducted by Government Pathologist Dr. Nehaul Singh Wednesday morning at the Memorial Gardens, Le Repentir Cemetery, Georgetown.
The News Room understands that in the interest of transparency, the entire PME was video recorded and was witnessed by family members of the murdered boys, investigating ranks and Attorney-at-Law Nigel Hughes.      Continue reading

PROTESTS: President Ali’s visit to family of slain Berbice teens aborted after security vehicle attacked

Minister Benn attempting to talk to the protestors

Outraged protestors yesterday shunned attempts made by the Prime Minister, Mark Phillips; Social Services and Human Affairs Minister, Dr.Vindhya Persaud, Home Affairs Minister, Robeson Benn, and other government officials to engage them with a plea of peace as actions escalated over the brutal killings of West Coast Berbice teens, Isaiah and Joel Henry.

With several points blocked, the government envoy reached Belladrum, West Coast Berbice and met with angry protestors who did not take lightly to their presence.      Continue reading

GUYANA: West Coast Berbice protests turn violent; drivers, passengers robbed and beaten

– Joint Services urge residents to remain calm or face escalation in response

What started out as a protest for justice to be served for 16-year-old Isaiah Henry and 18-year-old Joel Henry, the cousins whose butchered bodies were found in the Cotton Tree, West Coast Berbice backdam, turned out to be absolute chaos and horror for drivers, passengers and people living in Region 5 yesterday.

Roads throughout Bellevue, Number 40 Village, Number 28 Village, Number 30 Village, Hopetown, Burma, Number 3, 4 and 5 Villages were blocked since Sunday night and hundreds of persons who were either heading to Region 6 or heading to Georgetown were stuck in traffic. However, despite heavy police presence, people who were stuck in the lines waiting for the road to clear became victims of robbery and racially fuelled attacks.    Continue reading

GUYANA: Pro-African organisations float solutions to deteriorating political race relations

The African Cultural and Development Association (ACDA), Society for African Guyanese Empowerment (SAGE) and International Decade for People of African Descent Assembly-Guyana (IDPADA-G) are urging Guyanese leaders, security forces and the Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) to help the country grapple with political race relations worsened by the recent killing of three Afro-Guyanese.

ACDA said the “callous race-driven” murders of Orlando Jonas as well as cousins Isaiah and Joel Henry whose mutilated bodies were found aback Cotton Tree, West Coast Berbice suggests the need for Guyana’s constitutional race relations body to find solutions to the political race problems facing the country.      Continue reading

USA Elections 2020: THE  DONALD  IS ONE  LUCKY  GUY – By Hubert Williams

COMMENTARY – By  Hubert  Williams

Bridgetown, Barbados, September 5, 2020 – Nearly four years ago, against all odds, a political novice named Donald Trump, who I said at the time understood well the science of deals, shocked the world by defeating Mrs. Hillary Clinton, humbling the Democratic Party and winning his way into the White House as America’s 45th President.

Now, political novice no more, he seeks to rise to the challenge of a repeat; and is again blessed by incipient weakness in the opposition for the November 3 poll; for it is Nature’s dictate that an old man and a young woman seldom mate well; and the brief campaign — with all its COVID-19 restrictions and racially-tinged disturbances around the country — will likely coalesce white and right-wing support around the President.      Continue reading

HISTORY of GUYANA: “The 1823 Demerara Insurrection: A Letter to Georgetown” – By Thomas Harding

Plan of Georgetown. Demerara. 1824

Thomas Harding is writing a book about the 1823 Demerara rebellion. To find out more about him or his previous books go to his website http://www.thomasharding.com or you can email him at 1823@thomasharding.com

I am writing a book about the Demerara Insurrection of 1823. The uprising led by Jack Gladstone and his father Quamina. And I would love your help because, for now, I can’t get to Guyana …

Why, you may ask, am I, an Englishman, interested in the 1823 insurrection? Let me try and explain.        Continue reading

Obituary: Patsy Blair Robertson, diplomat, born 28 August 1933; died 17 August 2020

Influential media spokesperson for the Commonwealth whose skill and charm helped to galvanise opposition to apartheid

Patsy Robertson

Patsy Blair Robertson, diplomat, born 28 August 1933; died 18 August 2020

Victoria Brittain | The Guardian UK 

Jamaica-born, Patsy Robertson, who has died aged 86, was a prominent figure in the historic turning of the tide against Margaret Thatcher’s support for apartheid South Africa by the Commonwealth leadership, headed by Guyana-born, Sir Shridath (Sonny) Ramphal.

As Ramphal’s trusted confidante Robertson helped to shape a new UK mainstream narrative: That apartheid could not be reformed, but instead had to go. Official spokesperson for the Commonwealth from 1983 until 1994, and also director of information at the Commonwealth Secretariat from 1988, she was a brilliant communicator whose clarity and charm came to be trusted by the media, politicians and Buckingham Palace.    Continue reading