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Profile: Captain Ralph Clement: Commanding Officer: 9th Precinct; New York Police Department (NYPD)

By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Who leaves Guyana for Canada, at age fourteen, stowaway to New York, and end up as a Captain, and Commanding Officer, in the New York Police Department? Ralph Clement tells his story with unabashed realism, and a seriousness that should warm the heart of the immigrant community. The story inspires, motivates and typifies the splendor of the American Dream. Ralph landed in New York with nothing but dreams. The bus stopped at Times Square and Ralph had to learn the ways of the City.        Continue reading

Profile: Gibson and Anita Caesar: Keepers of the Rainforests

Gibson and Anita Caesar: Keepers of the Rainforests

  • By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

The rainforests are a powerhouse of diversity. They contain more than half of the animal and plant species on the planet. Many of the medicines that we use today are from plants in the rainforests. Food sources are to be found in the forests as well and we are reminded in the popular media that the rainforests are the ‘lungs of the world.’

This means that they store about 20 per cent of the world’s oxygen. But they also absorb a great portion of the man-made carbon dioxide emissions.

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New York: Queens Literary Festival 2019: A Celebration of the Imagination!

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By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Jalal ad-Din Rumi (1207-1273) said, ‘You are not a drop in the ocean, you are the entire ocean in a drop.’ This profound, and mystical expression led many to drink deeply from the well of poets and sages.

The Queens Literary Festival and Book Fair was founded over a year ago to bring to the public the works of writers and artists. In June last year, over 40 authors from around the world gathered in Queens to read from their writings. In the ensuing months, programs were held on women as change-makers and trailblazers and a tribute was dedicated to V.S Naipaul. The June 2019 program saw students and their parents participating in poetry, the arts and the spoken word.      Continue reading

Guyana: Let’s have a ‘One Guyana Peace Concert’ and a ‘Day of Prayer’ Before the Elections!

By. Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Three Worlds One Vision

COMMENTARY By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine
The West Indian Magazine, July 27, 2019
Reprinted with permission of the author


Some may think that the idea is outrageous or even downright crazy. But we need to allay the fears of Guy­anese, to ease the tension, and show that we can work, sing and pray to­gether. We need a ‘One Guyana Peace Concert and a Day of Prayer’ and we need it before the elections. Both events should be non-political and aim to celebrate Guyana as a peaceful nation.

The daily vitriol on social media, from peo­ple that live thousands of miles away from Guy­ana, is bereft of peace or harmony. The online posts stir up hate and call on people to go to war. But Guyanese know bet­ter. They know that at the end of the day the races depend on each other for their survival. They know that we are…

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Justice Anthony Carmona Becomes President of Trinidad and Tobago

Justice Anthony Carmona Becomes President of Trinidad and Tobago!

By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Justice Anthony Carmona

Justice Anthony Carmona has had a distinguished record of service for his native Trinidad and Tobago, and for the international community as well. He is a Caribbeanist at heart. His student days in Trinidad, Jamaica and Barbados enabled him to appreciate the diversity of the Caribbean and the possibilities that it offers for integration. Anthony’s visit to Guyana has shown him how rich the country is in human and economic resources.

It is hardly surprising that with his deportment and experience high honors would come his way. He was appointed to several top positions in the judicial system in Trinidad. A prestigious honor was conferred on him when he was elected on the first ballot as a United Nations prosecutor.

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Dysfunction in Washington – An Apprentice in the White House! – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Dysfunction in Washington – An Apprentice in the White House!

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By Dr Dhanpaul Narine

You knock on his door…  And he kicks you from his Tower. You are not the right color.  But you don’t care. You cook, clean, scrub, babysit, Teach, and serve in uniforms.  You stand tall, dream big Break walls, and soar like an eagle. You too are America!

How about those other ‘S’ words?  We can start with savage, slavery and supremacists. Each word tells a story of inhumanity and the burden of nations trying to rid themselves of an embarrassing past.     Continue reading

Dr. Riyad Insanally – Guyana’s Ambassador to the USA – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Dr. Riyad Insanally – Guyana’s Ambassador to the United States

By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Dr. Riyad Insanally

Dr. Riyad Insanally assumed the post on September 1, 2016, as Guyana’s Eighth Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United States of America and Fourth Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS).

He sees his mission as working to enhance Guyana’s bilateral relations with the US and raising Guyana’s profile as a responsible member of the hemispheric community, as well as helping to build bridges across the Guyanese-American Diaspora.    Continue reading

Queens Rally Calls For Humane Immigration Policy – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Queens Rally Calls For Humane Immigration Policy

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By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

The sun peeped from the sky to brighten up a chilly wintry day. It allowed the Interfaith Council for Community Development to hold an Immigration Rally on Liberty Avenue. The purpose of the Rally was to draw attention to the flaws in the US Immigration system and to ask the Trump Administration to redress them.

The Rally appealed to the Trump Administration to treat two categories of persons with compassion and humanity. Who or what are these categories? It is well known that many immigrants came to America in search of a better way of life. They have lived in the US without breaking the law and have deep roots in the country.    Continue reading

Profile: Ambassadors of Culture – Dr Vindhya Persaud and Romanee Kalicharran

Profile: Ambassadors of Culture – Dr Vindhya Persaud and Romanee Kalicharran

By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

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The women in our community have made us proud. They recently treated us to a wonderful weekend of high culture in New York.

Dr. Vindhya Persaud brought her troupe from Guyana to perform at York College. It was Naya Zamana’s 21st anniversary and it was titled ’Lost in Time’. A packed York College auditorium was treated to spectacular dances and top class music. This is the second time that Vindhya has brought her dancers to New York. Last year was equally mesmerizing with a capacity crowd supporting a unique event.     Continue reading

Trump’s America – Are Sanctuary Cities Safer? – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Trump’s America – Are Sanctuary Cities Safer?

By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

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It was high summer of Washington Park Square in New York. The ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protests were in full swing as thousands gathered to vent their feelings against corruption in Wall Street. The lady standing next to me bemoaned the fact that microphones were not allowed; the speeches had to be relayed by speakers that stood in strategic positions. But the world did get the message that Wall Street was corrupt, even if little had happened in Main Street to arrest the gaping inequality that existed in America.

In the last fortnight Washington Park Square was again the scene of protests. On this occasion it was the students that had taken the lead. They were protesting against the proposals of Donald Trump to cut funding for sanctuary cities. Trump had demanded during the campaign that there should be tougher immigration laws to secure the borders.  Continue reading

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