Category Archives: Racial Conflict

The emboldened hounds of racism have been let loose – By Mohamed Hamaludin

The emboldened hounds of racism have been let loose

By MOHAMED HAMALUDIN

There are still many good Americans, bless their souls, who were offended that the nation’s white leader dared to call a black woman, Omorosa Manigault Newman, who was the highest-ranking black in his administration, “that dog.” But there should have been no surprise.

President Donald Trump was right in character with his remarks, which are always just for his supporters. One report said many of them do not believe there is a red line that he cannot cross. The outrage should be directed, instead, to the fact that racism has been made fashionable, as scores of media reports indicate.       Continue reading

Next Guyana SPEAKS: London UK – Sunday, 30th September 2018

 From Jaunita Cox – Guyana Speaks. London UK.

Dear All,

This is a reminder that there will be no Guyana SPEAKS this month (August).

Guyana SPEAKS will be back on Sunday, 30th September at The Classic, when we’ll be celebrating Amerindian Heritage Month.  Details will be sent to you nearer the time.

Some of you may be interested to know that Guyana SPEAKS will be hosting a one-off event with John Mair entitled Windrush Generation: The Guyanese Branch on Thursday, 27th September at the Guyana High Commission.  Rod Westmaas will be in conversation with Joyce Trotman, George Mangar and Juneanne Storey.  They will be talking about their experiences as Guyanese in the Windrush era.  The event is nearly sold out.  However, please check eventbrite for tickets.  See link below:
Ra Hendricks has in the meantime asked me to let you know that he will be holding a musical event with J-PhY, Steve Williamson and Amelia Hope at the Prince of Peckham on Friday, 31 August from 7.30pm onwards.  Tickets are £20 in advance.  For tickets and more details, please click on the link below:
 
Thank you for your continued support!
All the best,
Juanita Cox Westmaas
On behalf of Guyana SPEAKS

800 Jews, Christians, Muslims sing Bob Marley’s ‘One Love’ in Jerusalem – video

800 Jews, Christians, Muslims sing Bob Marley’s ‘One Love’ in Jerusalem

Koolulam mass singing event at Tower of David Museum joins disparate voices in a show of unity coinciding with the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr.

 JULY 8, 2018, 12:50 PM

Jews, Muslims and Christians, young and old, most of them strangers to one another, they were forgoing a night’s sleep for the chance to sing Bob Marley’s “One Love” in three languages and three-part harmony as a show of unity from Israel.

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Canada: Don’t Forget John A. Macdonald — But Don’t Honour Him

Don’t Forget John A. Macdonald — But Don’t Honour Him

John A Macdonald,

Debate over Victoria statue a chance to recognize first PM’s role in genocide.

Robert Alexander Innes [Member of Cowessess First Nation] | TheTyee.ca

The decision by the City of Victoria to remove a statue of Sir John A. Macdonald from in front of City Hall has sparked much discussion about whether statues and other commemorations of historical figures should be removed or replaced.

This is not the first time a statue of Macdonald has caught the attention of Indigenous people.

For many Canadians, there is a fear that removing statues or changing names of buildings will erase the country’s history. Others charge that we cannot judge a historical person’s actions based on contemporary standards. Some say that to attach the word racist or genocide to Macdonald is simply scapegoating for past misdeeds.        Continue reading

US Politics: Keep a wary eye on the push for a constitutional convention – By Mohamed Hamaludin

Keep a wary eye on the push for a constitutional convention

By MOHAMED HAMALUDIN

At their annual meeting last weekend,  the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), an organization that brings together Republican lawmakers and corporate lobbyists for common causes, discussed plans to hold a constitutional convention, which would be the first since 1787. Article V of the U.S. Constitution provides for such a gathering once two-thirds of the states agree; proposed amendments must be ratified by three-fourths of the states.

Today, that means that 34 states must agree to hold the convention. The Guardian’s James Lartey reported  that 28 already do so.  Tom Coburn, a former U.S. senator from Oklahoma who retired from the Senate in 2015 and is now a senior adviser to a group called Convention of States, predicted that it is “three or four years away” and 2.5 million volunteers are on stand-by.           Continue reading

Colonial Statue Protesters Target Canada’s Scottish-born Founder

Colonial Statue Protesters Target Canada’s Scottish-born Founder

John A Macdonald,

Marc Horne | The Times UK

A statue of the Scottish-born founding father of the Canadian nation has been toppled in a symbolic rebuff almost 130 years after his death.

Officials in Victoria, capital of British Columbia, decided to remove the bronze statue of Sir John A Macdonald, Canada’s first prime minister, because of his treatment of the country’s indigenous population.

Macdonald, whose family emigrated from Glasgow in the early 19th century, brokered the deal that established the country 150 years ago. He was also the architect of the 1876 Indian Act, which led to native Canadian children being forcibly taken from their parents.             Continue reading

Before Columbus: How Africans Brought Civilization to America

Before Columbus: How Africans Brought Civilization to America

By Garikai Chengu – Global Research, August 10, 2018
Global Research 12 October 2014

Editor’s note: This article was originally published in 2014.

On Monday [October 13 2014], America’s government offices, businesses, and banks all grind to a halt in order to commemorate Columbus Day. In schools up and down the country, little children are taught that a heroic Italian explorer discovered America, and various events and parades are held to celebrate the occasion.

It has now become common knowledge amongst academics that Christopher Columbus clearly did not discover America, not least because is it impossible to discover a people and a continent that was already there and thriving with culture. One can only wonder how Columbus could have discovered America when people were watching him from America’s shores.      Continue reading

Trump calls Omarosa ‘a lowlife’ after memoir claims racial slurs

Trump calls Omarosa ‘a lowlife’ after memoir claims racial slurs

Former White House aide’s tell-all, which claims Trump used the ‘N-word’, prompts backlash from president

The president made his first public comments on the book at a photo-op with the group Bikers for Trump.
 The president made his first public comments on the book at a photo-op with the group Bikers for Trump. Photograph: Carolyn Kaster/AP

Donald Trump has called Omarosa Manigault Newman “a lowlife” in his first public response to the former White House aide’s tell-all book.

In excerpts from the book entitled Unhinged, which were first reported by the Guardian, Manigault Newman claimed the president had used the “N-word” repeatedly, and also used racial slurs to refer to George Conway, the half-Filipino husband of the top White House aide Kellyanne Conway.

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Thanks… Charles Schulz for Franklin Armstrong … 50 years ago on July 31, 1968

On July 31, 1968, a young, black man was reading the newspaper when he saw something that he had never seen before. With tears in his eyes, he started running and screaming throughout the house, calling for his mom. He would show his mom, and, she would gasp, seeing something she thought she would never see in her lifetime. Throughout the nation, there were similar reactions.

What they saw was Franklin Armstrong‘s first appearance on the iconic comic strip “Peanuts.” Franklin would be 50 years old this year.     Continue reading

Living as One Community –The Goal – By Vidur Dindayal + video

Subject: Living as One Community.By Vidur Dindayal

With Congratulations to the Caribbean Hindu Cultural Society, London, on their fabulous fund raising concert last Saturday, and looking forward to the launch of the book on Hinduism ( written by our brother Raikha Bisnauth from Blairmont, Guyana ) at Maha Lakshmi Vidya Bhavan, Forest Hill, London, on Saturday 7 July at 7.30pm;

May I please share with you the attached article and video:

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Living as One Community –The Goal

By Vidur Dindayal – London. England.

In the midst of conflict, misery, heartbreaking loss of life, the community comes together as one in solidarity to comfort the suffering, to heal, and to bring promise of a better tomorrow.

In UK in the past weeks we attended commemoration ceremonies to mark the anniversaries of attacks on innocent people on London Bridge, Finsbury Park, and Manchester. We did so to remember those who lost their lives and to mourn their loss, to give thanks for the recovery of the many who were injured, for the building of good community relations and for strengthening of friendship and support.                    Continue reading

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