Category Archives: War and conflict

WATER: Waste not, Want not! – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

WATER: Waste not, Want not!  – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Water, and not oil, will be the source of future world conflicts.  It will be the biggest threat to world peace.

It is New Year’s Eve. Thousands are in Manhattan to watch the ball drop. By the time the clock strikes midnight, until lunch the following day, New York would have consumed enough energy to supply the Caribbean for a year and millions of liters of water would be wasted.

It is lunchtime in a New York City Public School. By the time the session is over gallons of milk and sandwiches and fruit will go to waste. They will be dumped without being touched. When we waste food we waste energy. We waste water. Food on the table involves a complex chain, from land preparation to production, transportation, storage, marketing and packaging and finally consumption.

Read More:  Waste Not.Want Not – Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

How many more killings before we call it Genocide? – By Yvonne Sam

How many more killings before we call it Genocide?

By Yvonne Sam

When will it end—- the police shootings which disproportionately kill black men? Most states neglect ordering police to learn de-escalation tactics to avoid shooting. 

From the outset it is a known fact that police brutality does not burden all racial groups equally. Let’s get it on but the disproportionate killing of black people is not a new phenomenon.On December 9, 1948 the Genocide Convention, Article 2 adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations thus defined genocide:  “any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such: killing members of the group; causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group    https://treaties.un.org/doc/publication/unts/volume%2078/volume-78-i-1021-english.pdf

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Guyana-Venezuela: The “controversy” over the arbitration award of 1899 – By Dr. Odeen Ishmael

  • Several Weeks ago, COHA published an analysis of the Venezuela-Guyana boundary dispute by guest scholar Eva Golinger, who is a New York-based attorney and the author of the best-selling book The Chavez Code. In her article, Golinger presents a distinctively pro-Venezuela perspective. In an effort to create a constructive forum between two longtime friends of the organization, COHA is re-publishing the following piece by Dr. Odeen Ishmael. Mr. Ishmael served as Guyana’s ambassador to Washington and now serves as a COHA Senior Research Fellow. His piece presents a strongly pro-Guyana perspective and, as such, will serve to add balance to this issue.

By: Dr. Odeen Ishmael, Senior Research Fellow at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs        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

On being black in the white-dominated aid industry – By Rosebell Kagumire

Written by Rosebell Kagumire

June 14. 2018 – Global Voices Commentary

I am a firm believer in making journeys, taking steps far out of my comfort zone for the sake of learning and seeking new experiences. That rule applies to both physical and intellectual spaces. So, when an opportunity for a short-term assignment with a major international non-governmental organization (INGO) came up, I packed my bags and headed to Europe.

This wasn’t much about the big money we are made to believe awaits you there, though the pay was decent. The thing no one prepares you for, and which is rarely talked about in-depth is what it means to be an African in an institution operated by a white majority.

READ MORE: https://globalvoices.org/2018/06/14/on-being-black-in-the-white-dominated-aid-industry/

Are YOU Brainwashed? – By Uri Avnery

Are YOU Brainwashed? – By Uri Avnery – June 9. 2018

IT’S FRIGHTENING. Unprincipled psychologists, in the service of a malignant regime, use sophisticated techniques in order to control the mind of a person from afar.

The term “brainwashing” was born in 1950. It is a Chinese word (“xinao”, literally wash brain). Originally it served to describe a technique used – so it was claimed – by Chinese masterminds to manipulate the minds of American prisoners in the Korean War. They changed their unconscious mental processes and turned them into agents of sinister forces.

Many books and movies purported to show how this works. For example, the classic film “The Manchurian Candidate” shows how the communists take an American prisoner-of-war in the Korean war, an officer, manipulate his mind and give him an order to kill the US presidential candidate.  Continue reading

Book: The Mute’s Masquerade – by Anne Coltman 

New Book: The Mute’s Masquerade – May 16, 2018

Available in Hardcopy, Paperback and eBook from Amazon

Alistair Collins never wanted to follow in the footsteps of his father, something that greatly disappointed the elder Major Collins. A talented musician like his mother, Alistair looked forward to a successful career in music. But when tragedy struck at home, grief mixed with guilt and despair changed the course of the musicians life and propelled him into the army and to a war that gave rise to a man he no longer knew.

His struggle to regain his career and sanity in the aftermath of an unfortunate accident in the Gulf War and his constant battle with post-traumatic stress disorder added to the agony of his life. Forced to live in silence, his life had no meaning until his accidental encounter with the young talented musician Yvee Benton.    Continue reading

School Shooting—Thoughts and Prayers – No panacea for Tears and Fears – By Yvonne Sam

By Yvonne Sam

The continuing school carnage is a national shame, but the guns and the shooters are not the only ones to be blamed.While guns remain the greatest threat to safety in America, we cannot be so embroiled in the gun debate control that it hinders us from seeing where the truth unfolds.

Firstly my condolences to the families of the victims of the recent Texas school carnage. A young 17 year old walks into Santa Fe High School  in Santa Fe, Texas, and murders up to ten people- eight students and two teachers This latest school shooting failed to evoke little reaction if any from most people, for such behavior has become an  inevitability in America. Following the last school shooting in Parkland, Florida, it  has been the generally–held belief, even among students that it would not be long before another student would walk into a school and kill his classmates and teachers.   Like hospitals schools are soft targets, and as a consequence they must be toughened.  Continue reading

Trump’s Reckoning Arrives – David Frum | The Atlantic

Trump’s Reckoning Arrives

The president’s unpredictability once worked to his advantage — but now, it is producing a mounting list of foreign-policy failures.

David Frum | The Atlantic

“Gradually and then suddenly.” That was how one of Ernest Hemingway’s characters described the process of going bankrupt. The phrase applies vividly to the accumulating failures of President Trump’s foreign-policy initiatives.

Donald Trump entered office with more scope for initiative in foreign policy than any of his recent predecessors.

In his campaign for president, Trump had disparaged almost every element of the past 70 years of U.S.A. global leadership:

NATO, free trade, European integration, support for democracy, the Iraq War, the Iran deal, suspicion of Russia, outreach to China.            Continue reading

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