Guyana – Post Election

Crime/Depression:

As we open the daily newspapers, we are daunted with the numerous murders, robberies and other depressing stories reminding us of the wretched state of affairs in Guyana.  Seem like progress has taken a few steps back…  What I found even more appalling is with all the executions, the president has yet to make any announcement or speech decrying these actions… I thought for a second he was back in Brooklyn hiding but inewsguyana.com published a story about his visit yesterday to ExxonMobile rig giving them assurance of their investment – reminding them that they have NOTHING to fear about the impending Venezuela conflict.  What about the gun violence victims of Guyana – don’t their families or the little boy nursing gunshot wounds at the GPHC deserve a visit too?  In just a few short weeks, the situation under this leadership has taken many steps backwards…  Many promises are broken including house lot allocations, drainage problems, Chinese investors, etc.  The APNU/AFC sole purpose was to secure oil for the U.S.A. and to give them access to Venezuela’s borders.  Not for the betterment of Guyana’s citizens.

Venezuela Impending Conflict:

We have a new government with a QUESTIONALBE election process.  Not more than a month after the APNU/AFC took office, oil discovery was announced…  The ABC (America, Britain & Canada) countries were heavily involved in the recent election process more so than the previous ones and were NON-EXISTANT prior to 1985.  The U.S. has a long rival with Venezuela and always wanted access to Guyana’s borders, but was refused by the previous administration.  One of the positives of the PPP was that they were not “in bed” with the American government like the current administration.  From the onset of Guyana’s independence, the ABC countries backed the PNC regime because they can manipulation its government.  Again, here they are and this time Guyana is at risk of an impending conflict with Venezuela.  With the discovery of oil, many suitors have lined up with the U.S. first in line…  The U.S. goes after countries where there is oil or other benefits.  Why is ABC in Sudan, Sierra Leone, Congo, etc.?  Because there are no benefits…  Guyana does not have the means/fire power/intelligence necessary to defend its land against Venezuela, but will no doubt get support from the ABC countries.  The big question is, at what price to our land and our people?  Look at Syria and Iraq – are those countries/citizens better off because of the invasion?  NO!   The chaos, suffering and turmoil that were left behind after American/Europe invasion are irreparable.  The Bush administration sold out America for financial gain to benefit Halliburton and others – one can only cringe at the thought of what they will do to Guyana where there is no personal vested interest…

Social Responsibility:

This isn’t a bias blog – understand that I believe Guyana needed a change from the PPP administration but NOT by the APNU/APC.  I do NOT trust an old army brigadier who happily served under a repressive regime to bring about change.  Time will tell and I am willing to eat crow if I’m wrong.  To those that are celebrating because one of “your” kind was elected, keep in mind that Granger wouldn’t have been elected because of “your” votes only… After all, “your” kind makes up less than 40% of Guyana’s population and APNU/AFC allegedly secured 51%… This isn’t “your” time and it’s not a free ticket become villains or victimize other races.  When in another country, we identify ourselves as Guyanese regardless of race, color and religion and the same mentality should be applied at home.  Brotherly love – One Love!

We need young progressive minds/mentalities to lead Guyana out of the dark, repressive and racist past.  No Granger, Nagamootoo, Bharat, Ramotar, Khan, etc.  Hopefully, in the next election, the new faces of Guyana will be given a chance.  Until then, I will be watching and commenting – got to love free speech.

Guyana Election – My Opinion…

To Guyana and my fellow Guyanese – if you’re like me, you’re closely and cautiously monitoring the upcoming election.  Not so long ago, Guyana was under a communist rule – freedoms were suppressed and those that bravely fought for freedom paid with their lives.  I grew up under communist rule; I remember vividly the racial divide and the suppression of Indo Guyanese.  I witnessed firsthand the suffering and lack of our ethnic foods.  Only the politically connected or who’s who enjoyed imported foods such as cheese, flour, split pea, etc. while the same was illegal/forbidden to the general population.  The tactics were directed towards the suppression of Indo Guyanese – the majority of Guyana’s population.  Yes, it wasn’t too long ago that under the watchful eye of Britain and the USA, alliance was given to Forbes Burnham because they feared Cheddi Jagan was a communist.  The two world leaders did not want Guyana then under British rule to be governed by a communist.  So support was given the London educated economics lawyer, Forbes Burnham.  Ironically, upon his election, he veered and aligned Guyana with communist countries such as Cuba and the Soviet Union.  Guyana was subjected to autarky (you consumed what you produced) and communist leadership until his death in 1985.  I referenced Burhnam’s legacy because it is important to know that Forbes Burnham and Cheddi Jagan were both founders of the PPP (Jagan its leader and Burnham its chairman)…It is also important to note that David A. Granger was a commander in the GDF beginning in 1979 – a long tenure and partnership with Burnham and the PNC…

The resentment and distrust is still fresh and bitter for many Indo Guyanese and no one wants to repeat history.  Though progress was made, the country hit a stalemate after the last election with the shared government – no party wanted to work together for the betterment of the country.  With this type of negotiating tactic, progress stalled, Guyana suffered and most importantly, my fellow people suffered.  The current government has many faults, but it’s hard pressed to believe the unvetted promises of the opposition party.  We have rulers current and opposing with very little academic credentials.  I do not believe either party has the credentials and prowess to be rulers.  Each side is “power hungry”.  Granger has NO credentials to lead – being an army veteran does not qualify.  While Nagamootoo was a long standing PPP member, his change of alliance feeds thirst for political power.  Ramotar isn’t qualified either but which of the two is the lesser of the two evils: Granger or Ramator?  Jagdeo could have done a lot better if he didn’t sell out the logging and telecom industries among others.  The shortsightedness that allows foreigners to rape Guyana destroying natural habitat is an abomination: Omai, Bai Shan Lin, etc.  As we move forward as a nation, I believe in a shared government.  If these too foolish parties cannot work together to move Guyana forward and put their own personal needs or vendetta behind, both should be disposed of and fresh minds should be elected.  Until then, I hope NO party wins outright; thus, forcing a SHARED government.  Also very important, I hope my fellow Guyanese accept the outcome of the election and don’t feed the stereotype of looting and menacing.  Let’s show the world that though we are a “third world” country, we do not possess a third world mentality.  Together we stand; divided we fall.  One Love!

Drug Addiction

Drug addiction is a disease that can be cured but have the tightest grip on its victims.  Because drug addiction changes the chemical balance of the brain, quitting is extremely difficult.  Regardless of risks, the intense impulse for the next high blurs rational thinking.  Many will subject themselves to the worst possible conditions and actions just to feed the addiction.  This type of behavior destroys not only the person, but those around them and society.  In today’s media, we learned that Bobbi Kristina, daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown is on life support.  We know that both her parents suffered with substance abuse.  Bobbi’s exposure to such environment/upbringing put her at a disadvantage of becoming an abuser herself.  Bobbi’s circumstance highlighted the stories of many that we don’t hear about.  So the question is, should children be removed from the care of their substance abuse parents?

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Wishing You A Peaceful 2015

As we near the end of 2014, we should head into 2015 with a new attitude and perspective on life.  No one is promised tomorrow so as we navigate this mortal world, we must remind ourselves that we are all God’s creatures.  We must learn to love and accept each other regardless of class, color or creed.  Life is short, precious and should be spent in the best possible way.  We must remind ourselves that humanity trumps all stereotypes.  Never forget The Golden Rule:  Do unto others as you would like them do unto you ~ Luke 6:31

 

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Peace be with you all in 2015!!

Ebola Virus Why Now?

Ebola why now?  If you’re like me, you’re wondering why Ebola and why West Africa?  Not being one to accept anything spoon-fed by the media, I decided to do my own research.  Here is what we know:

Tulane University has been conducting testing on hemorrhagic fevers such as Ebola virus for several years in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria (West Africa).  On July 23, 2014, the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Sierra Leone has ordered Tulane University to STOP Ebola testing after 427 confirmed cases of Ebola and 144 confirmed cases of Ebola deaths.  To read more click here

Why was Tulane University conducting Ebola vaccines testing in such poor countries and was this an experiment gone wrong, after all, the virus had been pretty much eradicated…?

Ironically, on July 17, 2014 a Malaysian airline carrying six top AIDS researchers including WHO Media Officer Glenn Thomas died in the mysterious plane crash over Ukraine.  These individuals were on their way to an AIDS conference in Melbourne, Australia sponsored by Bill Gates.  We know that Bill and Melinda Gates are advocates for and fund vaccines development and testing.

This begs to question again, was the WHO aware of the Ebola virus outbreak and wanted to silence these individuals?  Are these innocent lives sacrificial lambs to the giant pharmaceutical companies or the U.S. government?  What is also ironic is the two Americans who were exposed the virus were flown to the U.S. and recovered after receiving the “experimental” vaccine but the Africans are left to die.  Why?  If there is a vaccine available to kill the virus, why is the U.S. government withholding treatment while over three thousand people have already died of the virus in West Africa?  Aren’t we all humans and deserves to be treated as such?

Thomas Eric Duncan answered “no” to questions about whether he had cared for a patient with the deadly virus. Thomas is now in serious condition at a Dallas hospital.  Can you blame Thomas for answering “no”?  After all, he is fully aware that he he had answered “yes’, he would have never granted access to quality care and the potential life saving vaccine the two American received.  Though it’s was a selfish act, Thomas like many others wants to live and knows full well if he wasn’t on American soil, his percentage of survival is nil.

I am grateful to be living in this great country but what about the lives of my family and friends who are not as fortunate – are they sitting ducks?

Biological warfare.  My heart bleeds for the innocent men, women and children who were barely surviving to begin with but now have to die such horrible, painful deaths.  RIP

Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)

Many of us have something about ourselves that we don’t like i.e. nose, legs, behind, etc. While some accept their “faults” and live happy lives, some go the surgical route. I am an advocate for happiness so whatever makes someone happy within reason, I support it.

What’s troubling is America’s infatuation and obsession with huge breast, duck lips and gigantic derriere.  The price for vanity can sometimes be fatal and our media is playing a major role in publicizing such unhealthy fixations.   There is no way to inflate one’s behind safely – somewhere down the line there will be problems.  My message to women everywhere: be your own original not someone else’s copy, especially, not of a celebrity.  Is the quest for the biggest behind a result of BDD or attention?

 

 

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Racial Tension – Michael Brown’s Murder

Folks, we are dealing with a situation that is polarizing the nation – Michael Brown’s murder.  I used the term “murder” because excessive force was used to kill Mr. Michael Brown.  Equally disturbing are some media houses that air footage of Mr. Brown as a robbery suspect.  They are trying to distract from the crime and create less empathy for Mr. Brown. Michael Brown may or may not have committed the robbery, nonetheless, it does not justify him being shot while on his knees with his hands up.  Only hateful, cold-hearted racists will justify Office Darren Wilson’s actions.  For those individuals, you do not deserve as space on this earth.  There are perpetrators of far more proven heinous crimes that are freely walking the streets because they belong to a different racial and socioeconomic group.  For example, Ethan Couch, the “Affluenza” defense.

Right is right and wrong is wrong and unless both white and black see each other as equals, racial inequalities will prevail.

R.I.P. Michael Brown