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Why Is America in Decline? Chris Hedges on the U.S. Empire – video

Why Is America in Decline? Chris Hedges on the U.S. Empire – video 

Published on Jul 1, 2013

Death of the Liberal Class is a non-fiction book by American author and journalist Chris Hedges published in October 2010 by Nation Books. It falls into the literary genre of the jeremiad, which has a long tradition in the United States. According to Hedges, it is a book that chronicles the destruction of populist and radical movements within society, particularly in the United States.[1]

Since these movements are the principal force by which democratic societies “open up”, Death of the Liberal Class argues that social movements, which provided “all the true correctives to American democracy”, have been undercut by corporate co-opting of the traditional liberal forces of the USA, notably the labor unions, press, churches, universities and the Democratic Party. The “liberal class” consists of the people who fill the ranks of these institutions, ie., journalists, clergy, teachers, and politicians.   Continue reading

The Afro comb and the politics of hair: Audio slideshow

SLIDESHOW:   http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-23995659  <click

The Afro comb and the politics of hair: Audio slideshow

The Afro comb has been used by people in Africa and the continent’s diaspora for centuries.

Afro combAn exhibition at the University of Cambridge’s Fitzwilliam Museum looks at the Afro comb’s impact as both a hair care tool and cultural symbol over the last 6,000 years. It takes visitors on a journey that looks at ancient Egypt, the US civil rights movement and communities across Africa and the Caribbean.

Take a brief tour with exhibition curator Sally-Ann Ashton.

Origins of the Afro Comb can be seen at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, until 3 November 2013.   Continue reading

Guyana at the precipice – AFC

Guyana at the precipice – AFC

First They Came for the Jews

First they came for the Jews
and I did not speak out
because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for the Communists
and I did not speak out
because I was not a Communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists
and I did not speak out
because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for me
and there was no one left to speak out for me.
    ……  Pastor Martin Niemöller

 This week, once again, Guyana has found itself in the throes of mourning: mourning not only lost lives but the death of justice and liberty.
On July 18, 2012, armed ranks of the Guyana Police Force used shotguns against unarmed citizens of our country. When the hail of gunfire stopped three persons lay dead, many others injured, many more were traumatized.        Continue reading

What are the direct benefits of independence for Guyanese? – letter

What are the direct benefits of independence for Guyanese?

Stabroek staff On May 27, 2012  Letters | Comments

Dear Editor,

Given what has played out in local politics after the British politicos left Guyana in May 1966, I can’t really think of anything significant which we can celebrate, thus rendering any thought of a 46th anniversary celebration one more of symbolism than of substance.

It may be a paradox that exists in many other ex-colonies that attained political independence, but it would be interesting to learn what the latest studies are showing the pre and post-independence thoughts of people, as well as comparative analyses of socioeconomic and political conditions before and after independence in ex-colonies, from sub-Saharan Africa to Central Asia to Latin and South America and the Caribbean.

For example, neighbouring Barbados (166 sq miles and 288,000 people), which attained independence on November 30, 1966, from Britain (six months after Guyana), is exemplary when it comes to political stability and social and economic progress. In 2010, it ranked first among 193 countries in political liberties and civil liberties. Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index 2011 ranks Barbados as 2nd in the Americas and 16th among 183 countries.

The Index of Economic Freedom 2011 ranks Barbados as the 4th freest economy in the Americas and the 37th in the world, while the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report 2011-2012 says Barbados is the 3rd most stable banking system in the Western Hemisphere. Should I impress you with more astonishing facts about tiny Barbados just to make the point?  Continue reading