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GUYANA: Forest Spirits or Bush Spirits of Guyana’s Indigenous Peoples – by Rosaliene Bacchus

by Rosaliene Bacchus – BLOG: Three Worlds One Vision

Photo: Silk Cotton Tree – Santa Mission Indigenous Settlement – Guyana

On October 8, 2021, President Joe Biden signed a presidential proclamation declaring October 11th as a national holiday in celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Does this mean that we will no longer remember this day as Columbus Day? Growing up in what was then British Guiana, I was taught to regard the Italian explorer Christopher Columbus (1451-1506) as a hero.

During his four voyages to the New World, he explored a vast area of the Caribbean Region that he called the West Indies. The gentle and kindhearted indigenous Arawak peoples who first welcomed Columbus and his crew knew not the misery that this encounter would later unleash upon their world.

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MUSIC – POLITICS: Bob Marley: Four of his most important political quotes – VIDEO

Bob Marley: Four of his most important political quotes.

SOE TV – 27 May 2021 – #bobmarley #jamaica #bobmarleyquotes

Robert Nestor Marley seems like a name that would make nearly everyone’s list of politically conscious musicians and the reasons cannot be far-fetched. He was a relentless Pan-Africanist who sang about the European colonization of the African mind and land as well as the relationships necessary for world peace. Outside Jamaica and particularly in Africa, he was Marley the pro-poor political emissary. It is in this light that we consider four of his most important political quotes on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of his passing.

Bob Marley – the “Revolutionary”. See  more videos of his quotes at this link: https://www.youtube.com/hashtag/bobmarleyquotes

PROFILE: Breaking free from the Roman Catholic Church – By Rosaliene Bacchus

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Breaking free from the Roman Catholic Church did not happen overnight.

The fear of Hell, embedded since childhood, is a powerful force. I began questioning the Church’s religious teachings and practices during my seven years in the convent.

A beginners’ course in Anthropology, taken as a final year university undergraduate, led me to reconsider the nature of being human and our roles as male and female. I recall having an epiphany about the need to change the rules regarding the Church’s Sacrament of Matrimony that was out of touch with our times.      Continue reading

GUYANA: Catholic churches suspend public worship in solidarity with unvaccinated members

-will meet virtually

Bishop Francis Alleyne has announced that Guyana’s Roman Catholic churches will be suspending public worship indefinitely in solidarity with parishioners who would not be allowed entry as a result of the government’s recent restrictions on access to public spaces by unvaccinated persons.

“Our churches will be closed for public worship until further notice,” Bishop Alleyne said in a statement to church members that was released today.

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BOOK: The Writer’s Life: Character Development for ‘The Twisted Circle’ – by Rosaliene Bacchus

Aerial View of Ogle Airstrip before Upgrade to an International Airport in 2009 – East Coast Demerara – Guyana

While The Twisted Circle is a work of fiction, it has been inspired by real events that occurred during my final year in a Catholic convent in my native land of Guyana. This presented a challenge when creating unique characters who did not mirror the true-life individuals. To distance myself from the protagonist, Sister Barbara Lovell, I made her a dougla—a person of African and East Indian ancestry, the country’s two major racial and ethnic populations. With a family background much different from mine, her journey led to its own resolution for the character.

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USA: Persuasive case for reparations but hard divide blocks the way forward – By Mohamed Hamaludin

 By MOHAMED HAMALUDIN – Fifth in a series

Julian Castro, a Latino who served as housing and urban development secretary in the Obama administration, once said on MSNBC,  ““It is interesting to me that, under our Constitution and otherwise, we compensate people if we take their property. Shouldn’t we compensate people if they were property sanctioned by the state?”

Nearly three in four African Americans agreed, a 2019 poll by the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found. Some European Americans also agree.

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HISTORY: The Negro Progress Convention of Guyana (1922 – circa 1938) – By Nigel Westmaas

Edmund F Fredericks
Edmund F Fredericks

By Nigel Westmaas

One of the most significant African Guyanese organisations emerged in 1922, when the Negro Progress Convention (NPC) was launched by two prominent African Guianese middle-class professionals, Dr. Theodore Theophilus Nichols and Edmund F Fredericks. Under the motto, “charity to all, envy to none”, the NPC was organised to “perpetuate Negro solidarity and to create, organise, provide means and build institutions that the executive committee may consider desirable to assist Negroes in the development of self-help, self-reliance and independence” and to “do all lawful things that would tend to push the Negro peoples – not only of British Guiana, but of the world.”

(NB: the term “Negro”, now considered socially unacceptable as a broad descriptive, was in active use in Guyana up to at least the late 1960s, when it was replaced by “African” and “African-Guyanese.” In the United States the term generally faded away largely due to the activity of the Black Power movement but the Census Bureau only announced in 2013 that it would be removed from census forms).        Continue reading

BOOK: Duplicity and Complicity in a Whitewashed Church – By Rosaliene Bacchus

Rosaliene Bacchus – August 24, 2021– PRESS RELEASE — NEW NOVEL — THE TWISTED CIRCLE

Front Cover The Twisted Circle: A Novel by Rosaliene Bacchus (USA, 2021)

LOS ANGELESAug. 24, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Aggrieved, angered, and ashamed by the revelations in the documentary film, Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, author Rosaliene Bacchus breaks her silence as a former Catholic nun in her novel, The Twisted Circle, and adds her voice for victims of sexual abuse by predatory priests in the patriarchal Catholic Church.

Drawing on her seven-year experience of the religious life during the 1970s in her native land, Guyana, Bacchus explores the abuse of power by members of the clergy. The religious women ensnared in the author’s twisted circle of deceit, are not without guilt. Taught to hate the sin but forgive the sinner, they share silent complicity with the abusers.      Continue reading

USA: Local initiatives help counter lack of national progress on reparations – By Mohamed Hamaludin

— Fourth in a series –By Mohamed Hamaludin

A 7,000-word history of the Catholic Church in America, written in 2000 by the late Robert J. Fox, which the Catholic Education Resource Center posted online, only very briefly mentions slaves: “The abuse of Indians by white men mars the pages of American history, as does the abuse of black people as slaves.”

The account notes that the first African American Catholic bishop was James A. Healy, who headed the Portland, Maine, diocese from 1875 to 1900 and that he was the son of an Irish immigrant father and a slave mother. It does not indicate that his father, Michael Morris Healy, owned between 49 and 60 slaves on his cotton plantation and that because his mother, Mary Eliza, was a slave – whom the elder Healy bought but did not marry because that was prohibited — their son was a slave also. Bishop Healey was light-skinned enough to identify as European.    Continue reading

VIDEO: Watch “Farrakhan visits Haiti to deliver powerful message!” – in 2011

VIDEO: Watch “Farrakhan visits Haiti to deliver powerful message!” – in 2011

The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan visited the island of Haiti in 2011 to deliver a message to the people!

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