Category Archives: Racial Conflict

“A New Look at Jonestown: Dimensions from a Guyanese Perspective” – By Eusi Kwayana

“A New Look at Jonestown: Dimensions from a Guyanese Perspective” 

Eusi Kwayana: “A New Look at Jonestown: Dimensions from a Guyanese Perspective” is now available for order on Amazon Books, both in the e-book format and in paperback ($10.00 eBook; $19.95).

The 1978 Jonestown fiasco in Guyana is considered the greatest peacetime horror ever. Almost all of the 918 lives lost were Americans. Prime Minister Forbes Burnham called it “an American problem.” All the books on the subject are written by people from outside. This is the first by residents of the host country.

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Guyana: Georgetown Mayor Ubraj Narine has big Dreams — by Francis Quamina Farrier

Mayor Ubraj Narine

In the American Musical show, “South Pacific”, there is that song with the following lyrics, ” You must have a dream. If you don’t have a dream, how you gonna have a dream come true?”  In a very recent exclusive interview with His Worship, Mayor Ubraj Narine, JP, of Georgetown, he shared with me, some of his dreams for the improvement of Guyana’s Capital city.
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About three decades ago, Georgetown had descended from the glorious days of being known as “The Garden City of the Caribbean”, to the embarrassing title of, “The Garbage City”.  A great city had fallen from grace, due to the falling standards of those who were its citizens. Garbage and filth was everywhere. Then came the 2015 General Elections and a new group of leaders almost immediately, commenced a dramatic CLEAN-UP Campaign. Some three years later, a new Mayor is at the helm, and he has many dreams for the continuing improvement of the city.

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U.S: White nationalists pushing ‘replacement’ theory conveniently ignore history – By Mohamed Hamaludin

 – By Mohamed Hamaludin

In his review of Justin E.H. Smith’s “Dialectics of Enlightenment” in The New York Review of Books, Kwame Anthony Appiah points out that some noted figures of the “Enlightenment” held downright racist views. Voltaire “emphatically believed in the inherent inferiority of les Nègres, who belonged to a separate species, or at least breed, from Europeans—as different from Europeans, he said, as spaniels from greyhounds.”  Kant, commenting on something a black carpenter told him, said that “the fact that he was black from head to toe was proof that what he said was stupid.”

This racism carried over from the Enlightenment and liberal democracy into the body politic of Western civilization and its attitudes towards non-white peoples. One consequence was that it encouraged “the thought that the more advanced civilizations were merely lifting up those more backward when they conquered and colonized them,” Appiah noted.            Continue reading

Canada ‘complicit in race-based genocide’ of indigenous women – BBC News

Closing ceremony for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

Canada is complicit in a “race-based genocide” against indigenous women, a government inquiry has found.

The report cited research finding indigenous women were 12 times more likely to be killed or to disappear than other women in Canada.

The inquiry blamed the crisis on deep-rooted colonialism and state inaction.

Among more than 200 recommendations is a call for all Canadians to help end violence, including by learning indigenous history.        Continue reading

“Nothing to Worry About” ~ Poem by Palestinian-American Poet Remi Kanazi

FRONT COVER: BEFORE THE NEXT BOMB DROPS: RISING UP FROM BROOKLYN TO PALESTINE
BY REMI KANAZI [HAYMARKET/USA, 2015]

My Poetry Corner June 2019 features the poem “Nothing to Worry About” from the poetry collection Before the Next Bomb Drops: Rising Up from Brooklyn to Palestine (Haymarket Books, 2015) by Remi Kanazi, a poet, writer, and organizer based in New York City. Born in 1981, he is the son of Palestinian refugees who fled Palestine during the Nakba of 1948 when the state of Israel was established. In this collection, he not only addresses the Israel-Palestine conflict, but also examines racism in America, police brutality, US militarism at home and wars abroad, Islamophobia, and more.

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Guyana Politics: Links between Roger Khan, Leslie Ramsammy were strong – US Embassy

– says US Charge d’ Affaires Karen Williams in cable dated July 31, 2009        

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Ramsammy has strongly denied accusations of ties to Khan or having been instrumental in the importation of spying equipment that Khan used to go after criminals.

Williams in a cable dated July 31, 2009 also derided the Guyana Government’s defence that it “could not have authorized the purchase because the (spying) equipment fell under strict U.S. export controls”. It also addressed the suspicious fire that gutted the Ministry of Health building on Brickdam and said that in the wake of the allegations surrounding the fire and Khan’s ties to Ramsammy, the US Embassy would review its relationship with the Ministry of Health. In her comment at the end of the cable, Williams also advised that donor countries should take note of the Guyana Government’s “high tolerance for official corruption”.    Continue reading

The Forgotten Tale of How Black Psychiatrists Helped Make ‘Sesame Street’

The Forgotten Tale of How Black Psychiatrists Helped Make ‘Sesame Street’ The children’s television show entranced preschoolers—and helped teach impressionable black kids.

In the wake of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4, 1968, a newly formed group called the Black Psychiatrists of America began to challenge their white colleagues to think about racism in a new way. Its members had been discussing for some time the possibility of creating an organization that would address their lack of representation within the key bodies of American psychiatry.

But now, as one of these men, Dr. Chester Pierce, later put it ”we anguished in our grief for a great moderate leader,” and it seemed that the time for moderation on their side was also over. In Pierce’s words: “As we listened to radio reports and called to various sections of the country for the on-the spot reports in inner cities, our moderation weakened and our alarm hardened.”      Continue reading

Let’s forget about race and welcome the newest royal into his place – By Yvonne Sam

– By Yvonne Sam

The birth of the first mixed race baby into the royal family has already resurrected some dangerous stereotypes about race

A brief look at social media reveals that the arrival of the anxiously awaited offspring of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle has brought with it, the not- so- hidden rudiments of racism. When Meghan conceived, be not deceived speculations abounded like short range missiles in Nazi Germany during World War II.

After all, the expected baby was going to be the first, yes the first Anglo-American member of the Royal family. For the Black diaspora, in the United Kingdom, United States and especially but not exclusively Jamaica, the impending birth stirred an excitement, causing to surface unresolved issues surrounding the mysterious death of Harry’s mother Princess Diana in 1997.      Continue reading

The APNU+AFC after four years and why the PPP should not come back – By Dr. David Hinds

May 12, 2019  Features / ColumnistsHinds’ Sight with Dr. David Hinds

May 11, 2019 marked the fourth anniversary of the coming to power of the APNU+AFC Coalition Government. The government and one of its constituent parties, the AFC, have issued statements which highlight the achievements of the administration. Since the PNC has not issued a separate statement, one can assume that the government’s statement reflects the views of that party.

The WPA is not usually consulted by the government or APNU on such matters, and because there is no consensus among that party’s leadership on the Coalition’s tenure, the public is not likely to hear from Rodney House.

It is safe to say that by the time the fifth anniversary comes around, a new government would be in place—either the Coalition would be re-elected, or the PPP would be returned to power. So, this anniversary takes on added significance—it is the last anniversary for the Coalition to make its case for re-election.            Continue reading

U.S: Missing  and abused Native American women no longer invisible — By Mohamed Hamaludin

— By Mohamed Hamaludin

Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, 22, an eight-months-pregnant member of the Spirit Lake Nation in Fargo, North Dakota, disappeared in 2017. Her body was found in a river, her unborn infant cut from her womb, The Associated Press reported. Alyssa McLemore, 21, of Washington state, a member of the Aleut tribe, disappeared in 2008 after saying she would be boarding a bus to go help her ailing grandmother.

They are among thousands of Indigenous women and girls who went missing, according a database being assembled by cartographer Annita Lucchesi, the AP’s Sharon Cohen reported. “No one knows precisely how many there are because some cases go unreported, others aren’t documented thoroughly and there isn’t a specific government database tracking these cases,” Cohen said.

Rep. Deb Haaland, D-Mexico, of the Laguna Pueblo, one of the first two Indigenous women elected to Congress, called it “the silent crisis of missing and murdered Native women.”            Continue reading

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