Category Archives: War and conflict

GUYANA: HISTORY: 1763: Rebellion or revolution? – Moray House: Virtual Event – 24th November 2020

Title1763: Rebellion or revolution?

Discussants: Professor Marjoleine Kars and Dwayne Benjamin

Date: Tuesday 24th November 2020
Time: 5.00 pm Guyana time [4.00 pm Toronto & New York, 9.00 pm UK].

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US POLITICS: Sen. Marco Rubio: China’s threat to U.S. national security – Video

Rubio: “China’s threat to U.S. national security is not a game”

This speech in the USA Senate was made by Sen. Mark Rubio on May 23, 2018. He is a a Republican who supported Trump’s call for revised trade deals with China.  The new Democratic government may, most likely, usher in a cooling off of the USA-China trade conflict, but the points raised here by Marco Rubio should be examined from a non-political standpoint.            Continue reading

Remembrance Day: A Guyanese Hero of the First World War – By Francis Quamina Farrier

Gershom Browne in military uniform in this 1914 photograph
Photo: Gershom Browne in military uniform in this 1914 photograph

By Francis Quamina Farrier

HIS name is Gershom Onesimus Browne. In his later years, many looked up to him in awe as he marched in his 90s and became a centenarian. He used to ride his bicycle along the Bagotville public roads when he was well into his 90s. A physical and mental titan he certainly was. The last surviving Guyanese veteran and hero of the First World War, and like others of his generation, Gershom lived through the years of both World Wars.

The thing about elders is that youngsters hardly ever pause to wonder what those elders were and what they achieved when they were youngsters. In this article, we will reflect on what Gershom, who lived to the ripe old age of 102, did and achieved when he was a youngster and also in his mature years.        Continue reading

CANADA: Justin Trudeau: ‘The World Is In Crisis, And Things Are About To Get Much Worse’ – video

Canada PM – Justin Trudeau

TRUDEAU TO UN ASSEMBLY: “THE WORLD IS IN CRISIS”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned Friday that the current global order will be upended if leaders across the planet fail to come together to uphold human rights and tackle upcoming threats such as climate change.

Trudeau delivered the grave words in a prerecorded message to the United Nations General Assembly.

“The world is in crisis, and not just because of the last few months,” Trudeau said. “Not just because of COVID-19. But because of the last few decades. And because of us.”        Continue reading

US-Guyana anti-narcotics air, marine patrols not cover for US operations against Venezuela- President Ali

President Irfaan Ali and US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo .

President Irfaan Ali on Friday said the Shiprider Agreement  would not be used by the United States (US) to conduct covert operations against Venezuela through Guyana’s territory under the guise of anti-narcotics operations.

Speaking with the media shortly after exchanging notes for the activation of the 19-year old Shiprider Agreement from next Monday, the President referred to the protocols that have been agreed to for the US’ entry into Guyana’s maritime and airspace.    Continue reading

US Secretary of State arrives in Guyana amid tight security, continued skepticism

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo greets Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo. Partly hidden are President Irfaan Ali and the First Lady. Also in picture are Attorney General Anil Nandlall, Foreign Affairs Minister Hugh Todd and Minister of Governance and Parliamentary Affairs Gail Teixeira.

United States (US) Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Guyana late Thursday afternoon on a whirlwind four-nation  South American tour, under tight security and lingering scepticism about whether his visit is linked to plans for eventual regime change in Venezuela.            Continue reading

Briefing With Senior State Department Official On Mike Pompeo’s visit to Guyana and Region

Guyana-US Relations: Trotman cautions government against “unholy agenda”

— Pompeo to also visit Suriname, Brazil, Colombia

Opposition Member of Parliament (MP) and leader of the Alliance For Change (AFC), Raphael Trotman, yesterday cautioned the new administration against agreeing to anything that may threaten Guyana’s sovereignty ahead of the United States Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo’s scheduled visit later this week.

Opposition MP, Raphael Trotman

“Being aware of the imminent arrival of certain foreign dignitaries,” Trotman cautioned, “we must be careful that in the height of the pomp, no pun intended, and ceremony, we do not lose our dignity and self-respect and trade our sovereignty, statehood and hallowed stance of the right to self-determination and non-interference, in the affairs of other states by agreeing to some unhelpful and unholy agenda that is meant to boost electoral prospects elsewhere.”  Continue reading

PROTESTS: More reports of attacks in Berbice; Man killed after firing at protesters

As protest action into the barbaric killing of two teenage cousins, Isaiah Henry, 16, and Joel Henry, 19, from Number Three Village, West Coast Berbice intensified yesterday, there were more reports of vicious physical attacks, robberies and damage to vehicles and properties.

A pitbull minibus smashed and ransacked

This was a continuation of protest action that started Sunday after the boys’ mutilated bodies were found in a backdam.

In Region Six, while the roads were cleared by police on Tuesday after protesters burnt debris and blocked the road at Number One Village and at least nine locations in New Amsterdam.        Continue reading

Obituary: Patsy Blair Robertson, diplomat, born 28 August 1933; died 17 August 2020

Influential media spokesperson for the Commonwealth whose skill and charm helped to galvanise opposition to apartheid

Patsy Robertson

Patsy Blair Robertson, diplomat, born 28 August 1933; died 18 August 2020

Victoria Brittain | The Guardian UK 

Jamaica-born, Patsy Robertson, who has died aged 86, was a prominent figure in the historic turning of the tide against Margaret Thatcher’s support for apartheid South Africa by the Commonwealth leadership, headed by Guyana-born, Sir Shridath (Sonny) Ramphal.

As Ramphal’s trusted confidante Robertson helped to shape a new UK mainstream narrative: That apartheid could not be reformed, but instead had to go. Official spokesperson for the Commonwealth from 1983 until 1994, and also director of information at the Commonwealth Secretariat from 1988, she was a brilliant communicator whose clarity and charm came to be trusted by the media, politicians and Buckingham Palace.    Continue reading