Category Archives: Racial Conflict

VIDEO: Guyana-born Dr. Ivan Van Sertima | Afrikan Presence in Early America

Dr. Ivan Van Sertima | Afrikan Presence in Early America

Opinion: Rosh Hashanah 2019: The Year Racism Divided the Jewish People

Rosh Hashanah 2019: The Year Racism Divided the Jewish People

Never in Israel’s history has the struggle for the nation’s soul mirrored so completely the political divides in the countries where the Jews live around the world

Analysis: Anshel Pfeffer | Haaretz

When the history of the Jews from the start of the last exile to the 21st century is written, 5779 will be remembered as the year when the split between the two Jewish peoples was imminent. If we’re fortunate, the events of the last two weeks will have proved to be a turning point when the schism was averted. But it’s far too early to say.

Each of the two greatest Jewish communities ever to exist had a dismal low point this year. Both were caused by racism.          Continue reading

Portugal: Lisbon museum plan stirs debate over Portugal’s colonial past – The Guardian UK

‘Museum of the Discoveries’ would glorify slavery and other historical abuses, critics say

Painting depicting the landing of the Portugese explorer Pedro Álvares Cabral in Brazil, 1500
 A painting depicting the landing of Portugese explorer Pedro Álvares Cabral in Porto Seguro, Brazil, 1500. Photograph: Alamy

A campaign pledge to build a museum in Lisbon dedicated to Portugal’s colonial history has sparked a debate over Portuguese national identity, the nature of historical memory and the question of collective guilt.

The controversy centres on the so-called Age of the Discoveries – the period starting in the 15th century when expeditions by Portuguese navigators helped the country lay claim to territories stretching from Asia to South America.

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Canadian students graduate without knowing the meaning of Genocide – By Yvonne Sam

No longer can we hide—Canadian students graduate without knowing the meaning of Genocide

 — By Yvonne Sam

During a speech in the House of Commons in 1948, Sir Winston Churchill changed the quote of George Santayana when he (said) paraphrased, ‘Those who fail to learn from history are condemned to repeat it”. http://www.nffonline.com/industry-news/2014/08/28/those-who-fail-learn-history-are-doomed-repeat-itIt . In 1944, Raphael Lemkin a Polish-Jewish lawyer sought to create a new term to describe Nazi policies of the systematic murder of Jewish people. He used the ancient Greek word genos (race, tribe) and the Latin cide (killing) to come up with the new word, “genocide.” http://www.upenn.edu/pennpress/book/15573.html   

It has become apparent that genocide and the steps/ antecedents that lead to it are not taught in high schools in Canada.      Continue reading

Guyana: Roger Khan maintains innocence in Waddell, Allison murders

  —- cops awaiting legal advice after completing interview

Following his return to Guyana, investigators yesterday concluded their questioning of Roger Khan about his alleged involvement in the murders of political activist Ronald Waddell and boxing coach Donald Allison and he has maintained his innocence.

Khan’s attorney, Glenn Hanoman, told Sunday Stabroek yesterday afternoon that the interview process was completed and the police were awaiting legal advice which will determine the next step.        Continue reading

OPINION: Elections now is a road to hell; still opportunity for reason to prevail – By GHK Lall

–By GHK Lall –  Demerara Waves – September 19, 2019

Elections now! It is clearly an insistence that promises to drag this society from the dark gutter to a deep grave. I believe that the hard, clashing visions and passions are so heated, with matters ever poised at a dangerous pitch, that the clamors are unwise. I hold this position, and it is mine only, regardless of the source of the calls for elections at all costs, and in the soonest time; whether such source is local or a broad-based and pivotal foreign one.

I submit that should there be movement on something resembling elections now, then Guyana would go from comedy to circus to crisis. In terms of the latter, it would be an existential one. What say any Constitution then? What would be the credibility and acceptability of any such elections from any loser? I inquire calmly and politely also: what would be the extent, reach, and effectiveness of any winner?          Continue reading

Guyana: 923 persons granted citizenship since 2015 … eight were Haitians – Minister Felix

Minister Winston Felix

This was reported yesterday by Minister with responsibility for Citizenship, Winston Felix, during a press conference at his Shiv Chanderpaul Drive office.

The issue has taken front burner in recent months after it was noticed that a significant number of foreigners were in Guyana and being registered.

Among them are Cubans, Haitians and Venezuelans.

The Opposition has made it clear that it suspects that the Government was registering foreigners in exchange for votes.              Continue reading

Guyana: Drug-fueled violence escalated under President Jagdeo – By Barrington Braithwaite

COMMENTARY -Guyana Chronicle – 08 September 2019

…Braithwaite says PPP was losing ability to govern the country

Barrington Braithwaite

RIGHTS activist and social commentator, Barrington Braithwaite has long contended that violent crimes fueled by extra-judicial killings here escalated under the watch of the Bharrat Jagdeo Administration. But even before that, he is now saying, there were signs that the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) was losing its ability to govern the country.

As Braithwaite contends, under Jagdeo’s watch as president (which spanned August 11, 1999 to December 3, 2011), there were three massacres: The Lusignan Massacre, where 11 people were killed; The Bartica Massacre, where another 12 were killed; and the Lindo Creek massacre, where eight miners were slaughtered.

Besides, there were countless extra-judicial killings, with some activists estimating that around 400 Afro-Guyanese males were gunned down.              Continue reading

Video: The State of Black America: Black Oppression Explained – Dr Julia Hare

On Tavis Smiley presents on C-Span: 

This is Dr. Julia Hare speaking at the State of the Black Union (2007) on education, destruction of the Diasporic African family in America, incarceration, and other issues.

The Struggle for Recognition of the Indigenous Voice in Guyanese Politics – Janette Bulkan

September is Indigenous Heritage Month in Guyana

By Janette Bulkan – University of British Columbia , Vancouver , Canada

ABSTRACT: In Guyana’s racialised geography, Amerindians live in scattered villages in the vast hinterland that covers 90% of the country. Amerindian iconography is appropriated in statemaking, even while Amerindians themselves are consigned to a patron–client relationship with the dominant ‘coastlander’ society. In the late 1950s, Amerindians made up only 4% of the national population but voted as a bloc in the national elections of 1957, 1961 and 1964, rallying around Amerindians, coastlanders, reserves, mining, Venezuelan land claim, Rupununi Uprising, proportional representation, government-organised non-governmental organisations,
Guyana Action Party the first Amerindian member of the legislature.            Continue reading

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