Category Archives: War and conflict

OPINION: What’s It Like to Stand Stark Naked on the World Stage? Ask Donald Trump

Richard Wolffe | The Guardian UK

US President Donald Trump

The expectation that Trump will embarrass himself does not make his nakedness any less shocking

You know that classic nightmare where you’re at work and everyone is talking but none of them say the obvious: YOU ARE STARK NAKED!

Donald Trump is living that hellacious dream every time he steps in front of the women and men who make up the world’s leaders.              Continue reading

Bombs VS Bridges – The USA competing with China – By Brandon Turbeville

 – How Two Empires Are Competing For Their Version Of The New World Order

 — Bombs VS Bridges – By Brandon Turbeville

There is a crisis in the Western world. Both in terms of domestic affairs and foreign policy, Western nations are showing all signs of impending collapse. This is despite the fact that the flagship of the Western world, the United States, continues to expand its empire across the globe. At the same time, the world is witnessing the “rise of China,” an empire in its own right though no one seems to have any interest in calling it what it is.

The American empire has come to terms with itself to some extent. Through all the claims of support for “democracy” and “freedom,” the United States has transitioned to an authoritarian state at home and a rampaging military of conquest abroad.        Continue reading

Spare a thought during Thanksgiving for the original citizens of Turtle Island – By Mohamed Hamaludin


It was nearly 400 years after English colonists arrived at Turtle Island, as natives call the land that would later become the United States of America.

Every year, some members of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe in South Dakota ride horses or run on a 300-mile pilgrimage to Mankato, Minnesota. The Crow Creek Sioux are descended from the Mdewakanton Dakota Tribe and the journey commemorates the United States government’s hanging of 38 Crow Creek tribesmen on Dec. 26, 1862. It was the largest mass execution ever carried out and came at the end of the U.S.-Dakota War. Last year, after taking part in the 13th annual Dakota 38 Memorial ride, J’von Justice Shields, 17, a star football player, killed himself. His was not an isolated case of Native American suicide.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported in March last year that the has been rising since at least 2003 to 21.5 per 100,000 now — “more than 3.5 times higher than those among racial/ethnic groups with the lowest rates.” Around 35.7 percent of them are aged 10 to 24, compared with 11.1 percent for whites.        Continue reading

Morales loyalists block Bolivia’s roads to pile on pressure – The Guardian UK

Followers of the exiled ex-president hope their blockade of food and fuel will bring concessions from the new rightwing government

‘Bring Evo Back’ graffiti at a barricade to Alto Lipari manned by Morales supporters.
 ‘Bring Evo Back’ graffiti at a barricade to Alto Lipari manned by Morales supporters. Photograph: Tom Phillips/The Observer

The barricades blocking the road to Alto Lipari are fashioned from every conceivable object: telegraph poles and tree trunks, wheelie bins and wooden crates, a bed frame and even a shipping container daubed with insults aimed at Bolivia’s “sell-out” police. Their message is unambiguous. “Evo de nuevo” reads a demand written on to the ground at the blockaded entrance to this rural farming community an hour’s drive south of La Paz. “Bring Evo back.”      Continue reading

Guyana: Prison-break carnage: A Stabroek News investigation… with details

420 persons killed between February 2002 and September 2006

–   151 were murdered by bandits
–   239 killed during confrontations with police and in unexplained circumstances
–   30 security officers lost their lives


For more than 15 years, the number of persons who died in the violence that followed the February 23rd, 2002 Camp Street jailbreak and the circumstances of their deaths have been the sources of heated disputation. As part of a public service journalism project to shed more light on that period, Stabroek News has compiled from its archives a list of persons killed between February 23, 2002 and September 2006 along with basic facts surrounding their cases.  Continue reading

Caribbean: What’s going on in Haiti part II? – By Jean H Charles

By Jean H Charles

I wrote last February 2019 an essay titled: What’s going on in Haiti

where I predicted the tumultuous event that is happening now in the country, except, the Haitian manifestation of revolt against its corrupt and incompetent leader is today going like a wildfire from Puerto Rico to Hong-Hong and on to Chili from there to Iraq and from there again to Lebanon, the citizens are in revolt against their corrupt governments bent on inflicting pain and suffering on most of their subjects.

My inclination is to focus on the country that I am ailing from, Haiti, but the struggle against incompetent and malevolent governments is almost so universal that it has to be seen in a larger context.      Continue reading

JONESTOWN REVISITED: A Peoples’ Tragedy, Lessons Learned – By Lear Matthews

Lear Matthews


Emancipate yourself from mental slavery.

None but ourselves can free our mind.

(Robert N. Marley)

November 18th 2019 marks the 41st commemoration of the People’s Temple tragedy in Guyana. Once again I would like to reflect on perspectives of that unconscionable disaster that has not been fully assessed in any known documentary on the subject to date.

Guyana has been in the news again recently, but this time for good reason. Stained by that horrific People’s Temple tragedy in the late 1970’s, according to Exxon-Mobil, oil discovery off the country’s northern coast will top 6 billion barrels by 2020, making it a leading oil producing nation in the region.          Continue reading

Religion: Governments can no longer hide—Who is on the Christians’ Side? – By Yvonne Sam

  By Yvonne Sam

Christians are the most persecuted religious group in modern times, governments must also show that they are on their side as they are with other religious groups.

While the eyes of the world are focused on seemingly more important issues a silent war against Christianity continues unchecked and seemingly unnoticed. Make no qualms about it, but Christianity is currently the most persecuted religion, a fact that is ignored in the West

In light of current displayed behaviors, one is left wondering questions the reason behind this growing silence.              Continue reading

Time to decide: Are American Police guilty of contemporary genocide? – By Yvonne Sam

– By Yvonne Sam

To the United Nations we must go and the human rights violations show.

On December 9, 1948 the Genocide Convention, Article 2 adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations defined genocide thus:  “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.

The term consists of the Greek prefix genos, meaning race or tribe, and the latin suffix cide meaning killing. The author of the term Polish lawyer Raphael Lemkin developed the term partly in response to the Nazi policies of systematic murder of Jewish people during the Holocaust, but also in response to previous instances in history of targeted actions aimed at the destruction of particular groups of people.  Continue reading

Venezuela: Russia and hemispheric geopolitics – Stabroek News Editorial

Stabroek News – October 13, 2019

A number of news organisations, including the BBC, have produced pieces on Russia’s growing global reach, and President Vladimir Putin’s apparent mission to re-establish his country’s influence in world affairs and engineer a return to spheres of influence. He has been aided by the carelessness, lack of judgement and sometimes arrogance of the West, which made it possible for him to make Moscow a player in the Middle East, take the Crimea and bring eastern Ukraine under its ambit.

But all of this, while of interest to Guyanese on account of the small world we live in, is not of immediate moment. In contrast, Russia’s actions across our border are. Once again, with Washington taking the lead, the West made a strategic miscalculation in de-recognising Nicolás Maduro as Head of State and Government in Venezuela, and according interim presidential status to Juan Guaidó.              Continue reading

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