Category Archives: War and conflict

Guyana condemns overflight of Eteringbang by Venezuelan fighter jets

A Russian-made Venezuelan air force Sukhoi fighter jet. (en.mercopress.com)
A Russian-made Venezuelan air force Sukhoi fighter jet. (en.mercopress.com)

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs today said that two Venezuelan fighter jets overflew Eteringbang in Region Seven, the latest act of aggression aimed at Guyana.

A statement from the ministry said that yesterday at approximately 13:20 hrs., two Russian-made Venezuelan army Sukhoi SU 30 fighter jets, overflew the community of Eteringbang and the airstrip at a very low altitude of 1500 feet.

The fighter jets circled the location once before proceeding in an easterly direction, the statement said.          Continue reading

BOOK: Charles Blow’s ‘The Devil You Know: A Black Power Manifesto’ — By HOPE WABUKE

January 26, 2021 – By HOPE WABUKE

In his new book ‘The Devil You Know: A Black Power Manifesto’, Charles Blow recalls hearing Harry Belafonte give a speech.

The subject was Belafonte’s bailout of some student members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC.) Belafonte had raised $70,000 in bail money and called up his best friend Sidney Poitier  to help him deliver the money. But it was not easy. Belafonte recalled how he and Poitier were chased by the Ku Klux Klan, whose members accosted them at the airport; Belafonte and Poitier had to take off speeding in a race for their lives.        Continue reading

Black Lives Matter Movement Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize – The Guardian UK

Martin Belam | The Guardian UK                                        

The Black Lives Matter movement has been nominated for the 2021 Nobel peace prize for the way its call for systemic change has spread around the world. In his nomination papers, the Norwegian MP Petter Eide said the movement had forced countries outside the US to grapple with racism within their own societies.

“I find that one of the key challenges we have seen in America, but also in Europe and Asia, is the kind of increasing conflict based on inequality,” Eide said. “Black Lives Matter has become a very important worldwide movement to fight racial injustice.      Continue reading

Venezuelan military detain third Guyanese fishing vessel

The detained Guyanese fishing Vessel ‘Miss Annie.’

Kaieteur News – A third Guyanese fishing vessel, ‘Miss Annie,’ bearing registration number GR972360 and its seven-man Guyanese crew were on Monday detained by the Venezuelan Military.

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Venezuela threatens further action if more Guyanese found in Essequibo waters

Venezuela’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jorge Arreaza

Kaieteur News – Venezuela’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jorge Arreaza, yesterday threatened further action against Guyanese found in Essequibo waters after Guyana gave a firm rebuke to its detention of two Guyanese fishing vessels off the Essequibo Coast on Thursday last.

“Venezuela,” he said, “rejects the Communique of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana [of January 24] on the operation of the Bolivarian National Navy and reiterates that it will not allow illegal incursions of any kind into its territory, exercising the defence of its sovereignty.”    Continue reading

Guyana calls for release of fishing boats intercepted by Venezuelan navy

Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Georgetown

Guyana yesterday called for the release of two fishing boats intercepted by the Venezuelan Navy in this country’s waters on Thursday.

In a statement dated yesterday and released by the Department of Public Information today, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that  the Lady Nayera and the Sea Wolf – operating off the coast of Waini Point within Guyana’s Exclusive Economic Zone were intercepted by a Venezuelan naval vessel and instructed to chart a course to Port Guiria in Venezuela where the boats and crew have been detained.            Continue reading

US POLITICS: Capitol attack seen as precursor of more violence for years to come – Opinion

Capitol attacked by Trump supporters

By MOHAMED HAMALUDIN

U.S. President Joe Biden pledged long before he took the oath of office Wednesday to strive to bridge the current bitter political divide.  “This is the time to heal in America,” he said.

Biden can achieve some success but the threat of violence is will hang over his administration. The sheer variety of names and symbols at the Jan. 6 insurrection boggles the mind: QAnon, American flags with the stars replaced by the Roman numeral III, Pepe the Frog masks, the Crusader cross, MAGA gear including a flag portraying Donald Trump as Rambo, as riding a Tyrannosaurus rex, and the “Zombie Outbreak Response Team, The New York Times reported.    Continue reading

US POLITICS: President Biden’s Inaugural speech 2021 (according to me) – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

President-Elect Joe Biden

It is Wednesday January 20, 2021. President Joe Biden has just taken the oath of office.

He sees the thousands of guards milling around in Pennsylvania Avenue, and the tall fences. It is so different from the last time he was there with Mr. Obama. President Biden looks at his family, and the guests. The choppy blades of a helicopter could be heard faintly in the distance. The President takes a sip of water, clears his throat, and begins his inaugural speech.

President Biden’s Inaugural Speech       
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USA POLITICS: America in January 2021- By Francis Quamina Farrier

Trump supporters outside the U.S. Capitol. | (ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images) — Click to enlarge

The deadly attempted insurrection which occurred in Washington, DC, in the United States of America on January 6, 2021, will be a talking point for weeks and months to come.

It will also be mentioned for years in the future. That unexpected event which tested the democracy in the USA was extremely shocking. For many Guyanese who are “America watchers” it was not really unexpected though, bearing in mind the constant fiery rhetoric by the American president for many months – even years.        Continue reading

USA: Insurrection at the Capitol a warning that American democracy is under siege

 By MOHAMED HAMALUDIN

They traveled from 36 states, the District of Columbia and even Canada, the insurrectionists who stormed the Capitol on January 6, causing five deaths and traumatizing the nation. They represented “nearly every facet of American society: lawyers, local lawmakers, real estate agents, law enforcement officers, military veterans, construction workers, hair stylists and nurses,” The Washington Post reported.

They were “devout Christians who highlighted Bible verses, adherents of the QAnon conspiracy theory and members of documented hate groups, including white nationalist organizations and militant right-wing organizations, such as the Proud Boys.” They were, a Post headline said, “A raging collection of grievances and disillusionment.”        Continue reading