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President Obama : Silence, Complicity and Duplicity – By Yvonne Sam

– By Yvonne Sam

Tradition and protocol is clear today—past presidents must avoid temptation to reenter the political foray. Let the world see the maintenance of presidential dignity.

As President Barack Obama, the first Black president of the United States of America took the oath of office in 2009, George Walker Bush the outgoing president,  wished him well and exited the political stage determine to never publicly criticize his successor.  Irregardless of how bellicose folks thought George W was, or how poorly the economy fared under his administration, he nevertheless kept the vow for the entire eight years of Obama’s presidency. Even in the face of being repeatedly attacked by Obama, and having many of his policies reversed, nary a word escaped his lips. He is quoted as saying: “I don’t think it’s good for the country to have a former president undermine a current president.” Customarily former presidents do not criticize their successor.     Continue reading

USA: Democratic leaders woefully inadequate against Trumpism – By Mohamed Hamaludin

Democratic leaders woefully inadequate against Trumpism

By MOHAMED HAMALUDIN

As the mid-term elections loom, control of at least the Senate is crucial to what will happen to America for at least the next generation because of the judiciary. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky refused to entertain President Barack Obama’s nominees for the Supreme Court and the federal bench, leaving Trump to preside over the rewriting of the laws of the land.

Shira A. Scheindlin reported in the Guardian that, in 2008, when Obama took office, 53 vacancies for federal judges existed. The number rose to 112 when President Donald Trump became president in 2016 and he is filling them with mostly conservative white men. Hugh Hewitt noted in The Washington Post that, by next year, these judges will “be participating in more than 15,000 decisions every year and almost all those decisions will be the law of the land. There will be no fewer than 400 crucial case votes and dozens of signed opinions, each year, every year …,”    Continue reading

Examination of the Facts underlying the threatened Acts towards North Korea – By Yvonne Sam

Examination of the Facts underlying the threatened Acts towards North Korea

By Yvonne Sam

Trump’s don’t- mess- with- America rhetoric and hardcore approach is superior to his predecessors’ playbook on foreign affairs.

It is obvious to the most myopic that President Donald Trump is hell bent on breaking free of Obama’s policies. Such became a reality when North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un became the recipient of his threat of “fire and fury” if Pyongyang continued to threaten the United States. After Trump’s comment the dictator weighed in by announcing, via a statement from its army to state-run news, that it is assessing plans to attack Guam, the home of America’s Andersen Air Force Base. Yes, the dictator was on the receiving end of the alliteration that was heard worldwide, but Trump’s spoken words reflect a desire to do, or at best utter something different following three visible years of bipartisan failure on North Korea.    Continue reading

The Power of One! – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Can one person really make a difference?

Can an individual change the world by doing good? We hear the wonderful words of inspiration from some of the leading thinkers of our time. Many believe they can lift mountains if they put their minds to it. It is not rocket science to think that one person can change the world if that person applies him or herself to the task ahead.

Making a difference is about creating changes that will benefit others. There will be challenges but one should hold a firm course and not be distracted. Mahatma Gandhi has said that we must be the change that we want to see. The anthropologist Margaret Mead has stated that, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful and committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”     Continue reading

Introspective Poetry and Powerful Women – by Francis Quamina Farrier

Introspective Poetry and Powerful Women – by Francis Quamina Farrier

Carmen Jarvis

Two of my more recent articles focused on “World Poetry” and on “International Influential Women”. In the latter, I threw the spotlight on Carmen Jarvis, one of Guyana’s most high-achievers, as Headmistress of the Bishops’ High School, Girl Guides Leader, Secretary-General of UNESCO in Guyana and the author of a book on the History of the Bishops’ High School. Sadly, Ms Carmen Jarvis passed away just two weeks after my article was published. I now extend condolences to the Relatives, former students, and the colleagues of Ms Carmen Jarvis at the UNESCO.    Continue reading

Without Bold Agenda A Clinton Presidency Won’t Stand Chance – commentary

Without Bold Agenda, Warn Progressives, A Clinton Presidency Won’t Stand Chance

‘If she wants to be more than a one-term president, she’s going to have to work with the left. Period,’ Murshed Zaheed, political director of CREDO

by Lauren McCauley, November 03, 2016 – by Common Dreams – Comments

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

Progressive leaders, including Sen. Bernie Sanders and 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben, have vowed that there will no honeymoon period for the centrist Democrat, should she be elected. 

While the whole country appears to be on edge ahead of next week’s presidential election, the Left is “increasingly confident” that, should a Hillary Clinton presidency come to pass, the Democratic nominee won’t be able to turn her back on progressive campaign promises—as many argue President Barack Obama did—because she will need that grassroots support if she hopes to stay in office beyond four years.     Continue reading

President Obama Sends message to Guyanese 9/11 Event – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

President Obama Sends message to Guyanese 9/11 Event – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

But Where Were the Guyanese Government Officials?

The message from President Barack Obama was clear: he sympathized with the Guyanese community on the loss of its 25 nationals at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Guyana’s loss, per capita, ranks among the highest for the countries that were affected by the tragedy.

Mr. Obama’s message was read by Congressman Gregory Meeks at a 911 Memorial Event that was held in Queens, New York. If the President of the United States could see it fit to recognize the Guyanese victims and their families why couldn’t the Guyana Government? This question was asked by many attendees who wondered why the Guyana Ambassador to the US, the Consul General to New York, and other officials of the Government were absent.

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The Magician’s Apprentice – by Uri Avnery

The Magician’s Apprentice – by Uri Avnery  –  22/08/15

Netanyahu

Binyamin Netanyahu

ONE HAS to choose: Binyamin Netanyahu is either incredibly shrewd or incredibly foolish.
Take his Iran policy. Actually, there is little to choose from. Netanyahu has no other policy to speak off.

According to him, Iran constitutes a mortal danger to Israel. If it obtains a nuclear weapon, God forbid, it will use it to annihilate Israel. It must be stopped by any means, preferably by American armed intervention.

This may be quite wrong (as I believe). But it makes sense.  So what did Netanyahu do?

FOR YEARS, he alarmed the world. Every day the cry went out: Save Israel! Prevent the destruction of the Jewish State! Prevent a Second Holocaust! Prevent Iran from producing The Bomb!   Continue reading

Black Churches in America – By Dr Dhanpaul Narine

Black Churches in America – By Dr Dhanpaul Narine

Black Churches Burned

Black Churches Burned

It is 1758 and a slave reports on the condition of Blacks. He says, ‘the white folks would come in when the colored people would have prayer meetings, and whip every one of them. Most of them thought that when colored people were praying it was against them.’ In 2105 in Charleston, South Carolina, a weapon that was deadlier than the whip was used and it brought tragic results.

Black churches were a cause of concern to the White establishment during and after slavery. A Black congregation was seen as a threat to White supremacy. The congregation was an example of faith, togetherness, and the ownership of property and this did not sit well with Whites. When Whites in the South wanted excitement they would set fire to Black churches. The flames provided relief from boredom and sent a message to Blacks to mind their message and manners.  Continue reading

President Barack Obama on Jon Stewart Daily Show- 7/21/2015

President Barack Obama on Jon Stewart Daily Show- 7/21/2015

(One Last Interview – Jon Stewart leaves the Daily Show next month)

REUTERS – President Barack Obama’s campaign to convince Congress to support the Iran nuclear deal led him on Tuesday to a veterans’ convention and ‘The Daily Show’, where he took jabs at those opposing the agreement.

In a back and forth on Comedy Central’s nightly political satire show, Obama pushed back against hard questions from host Jon Stewart.   Continue reading

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