Category Archives: Racial Conflict

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

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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Foreign ‘economic aid’ are velvet shackles around the necks of today’s Africans – By Mohamed Hamaludin

Foreign ‘economic aid’ to Africa – By MOHAMED HAMALUDIN

Africa covers 11.73 million square miles or 20 percent of the Earth’s land mass and has 1.2 billion people or 16 percent of all human beings — second only to Asia in both categories — and a GDP of $6.4 trillion, the seventh largest.

The continent also has 30 percent of the planet’s mineral resources, including oil and gas, uranium, cobalt, copper, diamonds, gold and bauxite. Yet, 30 of its 54 countries are among the poorest in the world, due to a history of famine and wars and centuries of occupation by countries including Belgium, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Spain.    Continue reading

BOOK: Defining Moments of A Free Man from A Black Stream – By Dr. Frank L. Douglas

 Summary

In August, 1963, two weeks before Martin Luther King’s March on Washington,D.C., Frank L. Douglas arrived in the USA. This book recalls the Moments in his life, when the values he learned as a young boy attending Cambridge Academy High School, Queens College, and Elim Evangelical Church, gave him the courage and fortitude to endure and overcome the challenges he faced in a racist society. Those values included: Mercy, Wisdom, Justice, Authenticity, Emotional Strength and Self-Control.

The book accounts events at Lehigh and Cornell Universities where Dr. Douglas experienced both negative as well as very supportive actions from the professors. He graduated with Honors from Lehigh University and received his Ph.D. and M.D. degrees from Cornell University. Douglas’ description of his experiences at Cornell University and Xerox Company explain the significance of ‘A Free Man from A Black Stream’ that is contained in the title of his Memoirs.    Continue reading

Opinion: The future of Guyana – By Denis Solomon

Opinion: The future of Guyana

– By Denis Solomon

At the outset of this short essay, please allow me to declare that I am without any Guyanese political affiliation. I am looking at the future of Guyana with the welcome input of oil revenues. I will state that I have an open mind with no prejudice.

Already there is a suggestion of an interior highway to Brazil. This could provide future illegal immigrants with a ready-made transit route. Before anyone seeks to point out the language difficulty, future immigrants would face, I would ask them to look at the USA-Mexican border forty/fifty years ago and consider present day occurrences.                Continue reading

The Guyanese Nation has No Confidence In Jagdeo And The PPP Crime Cartel -opinion

Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo                                      Convicted drug baron Roger Khan under arrest

Commentary by Rickford Burke, President of the Caribbean Guyana Institute for Democracy (CGID) From Barbados Underground Blog

GUYANA’S Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo, a former President, has filed a no confidence motion against the new coalition government of Guyana, led by President David Granger. The Granger administration was elected in 2015 with a one seat majority in Parliament. The government has 33 seats, while Jagdeo’s opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has 32. Jagdeo’s motion is not based on any failures of the government. Rather, it seeks to exploit the current illness of President Granger who has been diagnosed with cancer and is undergoing treatment in Cuba.

Prime Minister (PM) Moses Nagamootoo, the leader of government business in the National Assembly, is performing the duties of the presidency. Technically, the National Assembly is a component of Parliament. The Assembly becomes the constitutional Parliament whenever the President attends to deliver ceremonial addresses.          

Jagdeo has adopted “Trumpism.” He believes that asininity, racism, lies and dishonesty will propel his party back into government. His gangster brinkmanship violates the nation’s sacrosanct period of super natural supplications on behalf of our President. Only a man of uncanny decadence would seek to exploit the illness of a Head of State to divide a nation for cheap political points. Worst, Jagdeo’s PPP members have, in a most vile manner, been disseminating death wishes against the President on social media. These actions are dishonourable and unpatriotic.  Indeed, such inhumane treachery can only be hatched in the minds of evil men who think like beasts, who deserve to be rebuffed and isolated.

Jagdeo has been desperately attempting to dominate the political space created by the President’s temporary illness. In a media frenzy, he cockily claimed that whenever the Prime Minister is performing duties of President, he cannot vote in the Assembly.  This fraudulent claim is to portray his motion as viable. Nothing in the law prevents the Prime Minister from fulfilling his constitutionally mandated parliamentary duties, and he will. Moreover, intelligence sources may have detected PPP elements allegedly discussing a reward for government MPs  who vote with the opposition on the motion. Since bribery and public corruption is a known PPP contrivance, law enforcement scrutiny is apposite.

Guyanese know Jagdeo’s dishonourable hunger for power. He has been acting like a raging lunatic at the prospect of not having control of Guyana’s oil revenues. Although the constitution bars him from ever becoming president again, he filed a lawsuit to strike down presidential term limits in the constitution. After the Caribbean Court of Justice rejected his ill-conceived attack on the constitution, his party members attacked the court as a “black” institution.

But Guyanese know what PPP governance feels like. As president of Guyana from 1999 to 2011, Jagdeo’s cabinet was known internationally as a criminal cartel, and one of the most brutal, racist, corrupt governments and ruthless criminal enterprises in the world. Embezzlement, fraud, bribery, rampant thievery of government assets, money laundering, weapons and drug trafficking and murders embroiled his disastrous presidency. International government accountability watchdog “Transparency International” ranked Jagdeo’s government as one of the most corrupt in the world.

In 2009 Jagdeo’s government corruptly gave his personal friend over $167 million tax payer dollars to build a private hotel – Buddies, now Princes Hotel. Jagdeo’s government corruptly and unlawfully took US $41 million dollars to build the Marriott Hotel. Its parent company, Atlantic Hotel’s Inc., was mysteriously registered to his two friends, Michael Brassington and Marcia Nadir.   Jagdeo’s government unlawfully seized $950 million from the nation’s workers Insurance Scheme (NIS) to build the Berbice River Bridge. Although the NIS monies mostly built the bridge, Jagdeo’s government give the majority of shares in the bridge company to a consortium owned by his best friend, Bobby Ramroop.

Jagdeo’s government also sold the multi-billion dollar Guyana Pharmaceutical Corporation to Ramroop at a fraction of its value. Ramroop’s company was made the sole drug supplier for all government hospitals. Billions of dollars in contracts were then funneled to Ramroop’s company. Jagdeo also sold the government compound at Leonora Estate, West Demerara, at a fraction of its cost to his friend Ed Admad, who has since been convicted of fraud and jailed in the U.S. When Jagdeo’s party was voted out of office his Public Service Minister, Dr. Jennifer Westford charged with allegedly embezzling over $680 million dollars. This case is currently subjudice.

It is therefore no wonder that the people have called on Jagdeo to explain how he was able to build a multi-billion, Hollywood-styled mansion in Guyana. Moreover, Jagdeo and several of his cabinet ministers allegedly fraudulently undervalued, then purchased prime, seaside government lands on which they constructed multi-million dollar homes. The Organized Crimes Unit of the Guyana Police Force arrested Jagdeo and some formers ministers in connection with ongoing this alleged fraud investigations.

As president, Jagdeo handed control of the country’s national security apparatus to Roger Khan, a murderous criminal and international drug lord. Jagdeo’s government gave Khan a license to import CIA-type spy equipment that tracks people’s physical location by their cell phone number, using triangulation technology. Khan was also head of the drug cartel and murder for hire gang called the Phantom death. His gang used his spy equipment to track and kill targets. Khan was eventually captured by Us FBI and DEA agents. He was subsequently convicted and jailed in the US.

Cellular telephone records and other intelligence helped an international investigation uncover that Khan’s Phantom death squad functioned under the direction of Jagdeo’s National Security Minister, Ronald Gajraj. The US government has documented that in the glaring eye of the PPP government, Roger Khan made Guyana into a transshipment center where drugs from Columbian and other parts of South American were shipped to the US, Europe and the Caribbean. With direct PPP government supervision, the Phantom death squad murdered over 400 young black men. A 2005 United Nations investigation led by international human rights attorney, Gay McDougall, confirmed the murders and PPP complicity.

Under international pressure was forced to remove Gajraj from office but later reappointed him. On April 12, 2005, the US State Department issued a statement condemning Gajaj’s reappointment. The statement added that “the United States is concerned about… his involvement with individuals who allegedly carried out extra-judicial killings…. We believe significant questions remain unanswered regarding his involvement in serious criminal activities…” Fearing the US will indict Gajraj and expose the PPP cartel, Jagdeo made Gajraj Ambassador to India and granted him diplomatic immunity from prosecution.

This is the tip of the iceberg of PPP crime and corruption. After 23 years of murder, drug-running, racism, fraud, and outright thieving of billions of taxpayer dollars, the people of Guyana expressed no confidence in Jagdeo and the PPP, by voting to kick them out of office in 2015.

Guyana is now on the threshold of becoming one of the world’s largest oil producing nations. Jagdeo is bursting with a potential orgasm at the prospect of Guyana’s oil money. He and the PPP are the like ravenous cats who want to watch the milk. But Guyanese are aware that they are crooks disguised as watchmen anxious to raid the national treasury.

Under Guyana’s new coalition government, our nation is being transformed. There has been unprecedented economic and social development. The people can see national prosperity on the horizon.  If there is any no confidence in the coalition government, it is its failure to prosecute and jail the PPP cartel for their murders, embezzlement, fraud, thieving, money laundering, gun smuggling and drug trafficking perpetrated against the nation. The time for accountability is now! Who is listening?

Barbados Underground

Commentary by Rickford Burke, President of the Caribbean Guyana Institute for Democracy (CGID)

Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo                                                                  Convicted drug baron Roger Khan under arrest

GUYANA’S Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo, a former President, has filed a no confidence motion against the new coalition government of Guyana, led by President David Granger. The Granger administration was elected in 2015 with a one seat majority in Parliament. The government has 33 seats, while Jagdeo’s opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has 32. Jagdeo’s motion is not based on any failures of the government. Rather, it seeks to exploit the current illness of President Granger who has been diagnosed with cancer and is undergoing treatment in Cuba. 

Prime Minister (PM) Moses Nagamootoo, the leader of government business in the National Assembly, is performing the duties of the presidency. Technically, the National Assembly is a component of Parliament. The Assembly becomes the constitutional Parliament whenever the…

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President Trump is right about mainstream American media – By Freddie Kissoon 

The biased American media has been enjoying the embrace of a substantial part of their country’s population, because a controversial president is constantly attacking them. He has thrown his net over all the mainstream media companies except Fox News. He has accused them of bias, fake news and twisting the news. He went in an extreme direction when he assigned the label of “enemy of the people” to them.

Whoever Trump attacks, his object gets sympathy because Trump is seen as a divisive, extreme-right wing, racist ideologue. If you do not like Trump then you don’t believe the things he says about organizations, politicians, companies and media houses that he directs his wrath against.    Continue reading

USA: A Fate Worse Than Slavery, Unearthed in Sugar Land – By Brent Staples – New York Times

Bodies of sugar cane workers recently discovered in Texas reveal gruesome details about the convict leasing system.

Brent Staples

By Brent StaplesMr. Staples is a member of the editorial board. – New York Times

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/27/opinion/sugar-land-texas-graves-slavery.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage

The blood-drenched history that gave the city of Sugar Land, Texas., its name showed its face earlier this year, when a school construction crew discovered the remains of 95 African-Americans whose unmarked graves date back more than a century. The dead — some of whom may have been born in slavery — are victims of the infamous convict leasing system that arose after Emancipation. Southerners sought to replace slave labor by jailing African-Americans on trumped-up charges and turning them over to, among others, sugar cane plantations in the region once known as the Sugar Bowl of Texas    Continue reading

World Wars: Indians in the trenches: voices of forgotten army are finally to be heard

1.5 million fought with the British and 34,000 died. Now their sacrifice in the face of prejudice is being recognised

Indian soldiers serving with the British army make camp in 1916.
PHOTO:  Indian soldiers serving with the British army make camp in 1916. Photograph: Getty

They were the forgotten voices of the first world war: 1.5 million men, mostly illiterate villagers from northern India, fighting under the command of colonial masters who repaid their bravery and sacrifices with brutality and prejudice.

More Indians fought with the British from 1914 to 1918 than the combined total of Australian, New Zealand, Canadian and South African troops. Some 34,000 Indian soldiers were killed on battlefields in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. But the part they played in the war has been largely whitewashed from history.

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The Caribbean honours its overlooked WW1 soldiers – BBC News

The Caribbean honours its overlooked WW1 soldiers

Ex-servicemen in Antigua think the contribution of Caribbean soldiers to WW1 has been overlooked

Ask ex-servicemen in Antigua and Barbuda about their country’s contribution to World War One efforts and the response will be delivered with ample pride and a touch of pique.

This Remembrance Sunday at 11:00, as they do every year, they will join their counterparts around the world and gather at the nation’s Cenotaph to commemorate their fallen, but overlooked, heroes.

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