Category Archives: Racial Conflict

Guyana: Opposition Leader Aubrey Norton asks youths to “desist” from robbing people during protests;

GUYANA: Opposition Leader Aubrey Norton warns of hidden motive to create ethnic tension

Residents of Mon Repos on the protest line.

Opposition Leader Aubrey Norton has urged supporters to be cautious about protest marches whose aim is to spark off attacks on Indo-Guyanese, in the wake of last month’s assault and robbing of vendors at the Mon Repos Market, East Coast Demerara by a group of persons who marched from Golden Grove to protest the police killing of a resident.

Addressing an event at Golden Grove, he urged supporters to desist from robbing persons. “We will fight for justice for all ethnic groups and so I want to urge the young ones, who seem to believe that every protest is an opportunity for them to rob people, to desist. They are destroying the struggle of the people,” he said.            Continue reading

GUYANA: Sir Shridath Ramphal’s papers, covering 72 years of public life, released on the Internet  

Sir Shridath Ramphal

GUYANA: Sir Shridath Ramphal’s papers released:

Guyana- born Caribbean and Commonwealth elder statesman, Sir Shridath Ramphal, has released papers on the Internet, covering 72 years of public life in the Caribbean, the Commonwealth and internationally.

In his distinguished career, Sir Shridath ‘Sonny’  has served as Assistant Attorney-General of the West Indies Federation, Minister of Justice and Foreign Affairs of Guyana, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, and concurrently Chancellor of the University of Guyana, the University of the West Indies and Warwick University.          Continue reading

GUYANA: Buxton: Anti-government protesters vent concerns, ministers offer promises on same day

Buxton: Ministers offer promises on same day

Posted by: Denis Chabrol in Demerara Waves – Monday, 4 July 2022

Picketers voicing concerns regarding neglect of Buxton and other Afro- Guyanese villages at Buxton Public Road, East Coast Demerara

As an estimated 100 anti-government protesters on Buxton Public Road on Monday vented their frustration with police killings and alleged discrimination against African Guyanese in the delivery of benefits, a high-level government delegation was meeting with hundreds other villagers and promising to resolve concerns.            Continue reading

GUYANA: Gov’t to host massive outreach to Buxton/Friendship on Monday July 4, 2022

Photo: Prime Minister Brigadier (Ret’d) Mark Phillips engaging residents of Buxton

Buxtonians and residents of other neighboring villages will have the opportunity to meet with several government ministers on Monday, July 4, to discuss developmental issues and other concerns, when government takes a major outreach to the East Coast Demerara community.

The exercise will be led by Prime Minister, Brigadier (Ret’d) Mark Phillips, and fulfills a commitment made by His Excellency, Dr. Mohamed Irfaan Ali, when he visited the village last Tuesday.      Continue reading

GUYANA: Quindon Bacchus Police Killing – Misleading report triggers violent protest across 15 East Coast villages

USA: How the US could lose the new Cold War – By Joseph E. Stiglitz

By Stabroek News –  June 27, 2022

 By Joseph E. Stiglitz

NEW YORK – The United States appears to have entered a new cold war with both China and Russia. And US leaders’ portrayal of the confrontation as one between democracy and authoritarianism fails the smell test, especially at a time when the same leaders are actively courting a systematic human-rights abuser like Saudi Arabia. Such hypocrisy suggests that it is at least partly global hegemony, not values, that is really at stake.

For two decades after the fall of the Iron Curtain, the US was clearly number one. But then came disastrously misguided wars in the Middle East, the 2008 financial crash, rising inequality, the opioid epidemic, and other crises that seemed to cast doubt on the superiority of America’s economic model. Moreover, between Donald Trump’s election, the attempted coup at the US Capitol, numerous mass shootings, a Republican Party bent on voter suppression, and the rise of conspiracy cults like QAnon, there is more than enough evidence to suggest that some aspects of American political and social life have become deeply pathological.                Continue reading

USA: Gun makers exploit vulnerable youths to market their deadly wares – By Mohamed Hamaludin

By MOHAMED HAMALUDIN

Only two of 30 mass shootings recorded between 1949 to 2017 were committed by killers younger than 21 — in Columbine, Colorado, in 1999 and Sandy Hook in Connecticut in 2012. Prior to 2000, most of the killers were men in their mid-20s, 30s and 40s but since then they have been between 15 and 25. And the nine deadliest mass shootings since 2018 were committed by mass killers 21 years old or younger, including an 18-year-old who killed 10 African Americans and wounded three other people at the Tops Friendly Markets store in Buffalo, New York, on May 14.

They are in the age range which “law enforcement officials, researchers and policy experts consider a hazardous crossroads for young men, a period when they are in the throes of developmental changes and societal pressures that can turn them toward violence in general, and, in the rarest cases, mass shootings,” The New York Times reported.      Continue reading

GUYANA: Refugees and other immigrants in Guyana – By Lear Matthews

Perspectives-  Refugees to Guyana in an era of unprecedented socio-economic change

Lear Matthews

By Lear Matthews

Some concerns may be emerging in Guyana as a result of the stream of refugees from Venezuela and the related uptick in the “Squatting situation”. This is compounded by the entry of immigrants from other countries, many under government contract or Unclassified Entrants. In light of anticipated changes that will emerge in the dawning of the gas and oil industry, issues of adjustment, accommodation and populations shifts caused by these new entrants must be seriously considered.

There have been grumblings among Guyanese about the increasing number of immigrant families “admitted” into the country, whom locals uncannily refer to as “the silent invaders”. A report by the Chairperson of Region One confirmed that about 40,000 Venezuelans were in the country in 2019. As a result of these entries, immigrant settlements have been established along border communities such as Mabaruma and Kumaka, notwithstanding the noticeable increase of various transnational groups throughout the nation.        Continue reading

AFRICA: Why France faces so much anger in West Africa – “Neo-colonial arrogance” – BBC News

By Paul Melly – Africa analyst – Published

It all started so positively. Where have things gone wrong? Why does France now appear so unpopular in Africa?

French President Emmanuel Macron has increased aid to the continent, begun the return of cultural artefacts stolen during the colonial wars and reached out beyond the usual inter-government ties to engage younger generations and civil society.

He has kept French troops in the Sahel to fight the jihadist militants that kill so many local civilians, police and soldiers and supported the regional bloc Ecowas as it tries to defend electoral politics against military takeovers.

Yet his country is now the target of embittered African complaints and criticism on a scale that is probably unprecedented.     

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CANADA: Toronto Police Chief apologizes for years of systemic racism on the force

BlogTO – 15 June. 2022

Chief of Police James Ramer addressed the media on Wednesday morning, delivering a brutally honest apology in response to the Toronto Police Service’s (TPS) 2020 Race-Based Data Collection Strategy findings, admitting the frankly obvious fact that profiling and discrimination against members of racialized communities are a systemic issue on the force.

The Toronto Police and all law enforcement services in Ontario were directed to begin collecting race-based data in instances of reportable use of force back in 2019, leading the TPS Board to approve a “Race-Based Data Collection, Analysis and Public Reporting” policy with an aim to identify a problem that was already plainly obvious to even the most casual observer.

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