It is good to see that Israel and Hamas have agreed to a truce, even if for 4 days only. I’m sure the Palestinians welcome it greatly with the hope that it will continue for many more days, weeks, and even months or years.
The responsibility for this war has been squarely placed upon Hamas who committed a horrendous and barbaric act in slaughtering Israelis men, women, and children, and raping women, and taking hostages. Israel has branded them as terrorists and animals and retaliated with heavy weapons, artillery and naval power, and bombing entire neighborhoods out of existence and killing over 14,000 people (men, women, children, and babies) and injuring many thousands more. They have not spared anything – private houses, schools, hospitals and mosques were all fair game.. They cut off food, heat, fuel, water, electricity, (the basic necessities of life) to an entire population. This is intentional and a war crime. In the past they got away with bombing civilians and other buildings by claiming collateral damage. But this cannot be collateral damage – it is intentional and a war crime. But Israel always gets away with war crimes because it disdains the United Nations, the same institution that helped to bring it into existence, and flouts other international laws. It is the “spoiled child” of the United States, and can do no wrong. Any U.S. president who goes against Israel will be committing political suicide. The strong Jewish lobbies and organizations together with the over 5 million Jews in the Unites States would ensure it. Moreover, the U.S. shares highly sensitive military and technological secrets with Israel, and thus can never walk away from that state. For all intentions and purposes, they are joined at the hips, and one cannot go against the other. The U.S. may try to temper Israeli action, but Israel can ignore what they say with impunity, and they often do.
But this current war is just one of several cycles between Israel and the Palestinians, and to really understand it, one has to go back a little into the history of the area. For one thing, the Jews were not in the land of Palestine for approximately 2,000 years. As one commentator stated, if someone can claim a land because they were there 2,000 years ago, then there would be a lot of shifting around of population in the world.
In the 19th century, the Jews were feeling the need for a home land because of persecution they were facing all over the world. After considering several options in different places, the Zionists led by Theodore Hertzl agreed that a suitable place would be Palestine, which was then under the rule of the Ottoman Empire.
Thereafter, Jews started to emigrate to the area, and as their numbers grew, they came into conflict with the local population – the Palestinians, who were there from time immemorial. From 1914 to 1922, the Jews were barely 10% of the population of Palestine. Some of the time they were barely 2 or 3 per cent. Their numbers started to increase in the 1930’s to around 25%. During all this time, they were encroaching on land owned by Palestinians, just as the settlers are doing today in the West Bank.
In the 1930s and 1940s, several Jewish terrorist organizations were formed, and they terrorized the Palestinians and later, the British, who had a mandate to partition the land. The British eventually fled in 1947 without completing their mandate, and the Jews declared the state of Israel in 1948. Many Palestinians fled when that happened, fearing for their lives. The Jews terrorized them further, destroyed their homes, mosques, and other institutions, and expelled around 700,000 from the land, and this is some of the land that the Palestinian people are trying to recover.
The history of Palestine, therefore, is a history of Jewish terrorism against the Palestinian people. How else can a minority of people take over a country from the majority? But they are eager to brand the Palestinians as the most evil terrorists in the world while they elevated their own terrorists in Israel into their highest government positions. Menachem Begin and Yitzhak Shamir, who were both prime ministers of Israel, were both terrorists wanted by the British. There is currently one convicted terrorist serving in the government of Benjamin Netanyahu. He refers to Palestinians as Nazis. Another government minister is a settler who is a proud and avowed hater of Palestinians
Israel is a country that was conceived in persecution and established through terrorism. The hand of its people is covered in the blood of Palestinians and they have stolen much land and resources from them. Regardless, I think they are entitled stay where they are, but should make a just and peaceful settlement with the Palestinians.
cainLynn, I explain it as, the swat team chase a couple of thugs who killed a group of people. They are chased through the back yards of a neighbourhood, the swat team circles the neighbourhood and shoot everyone on sight while bombing homes as they go by..... all this destruction just to get two. [ more ]
LynnThis reminds me of chemotherapy.. to get rid of the cancer cells…it destroys al of the good cells.. it is impossible to isolate the cancer cells or target the malignant cells only! Sad sad scenario … i hopen pray the ceasefire continues n that the war ends soon n that peace prevails Saddy the massacre will forever be etched in our minds [ more ]
Irfon AliThese people have been at war since biblical times. The place is always a hotbed of terror. [ more ]
We seem to lurch from one corruption scandal to the next without any of them being resolved. In more recent times there were the allegations involving Mr Su which ate up column inches for a few weeks but produced no outcome. This was despite the fact that there were calls from all sides (bar the government) for some form of international investigation, but the powers that be, it appears, were prepared to wait the matter out until it faded back into the twilight. The most that emerged was a statement from President Irfaan Ali that the government would be going after investors who utilised “middlemen” in relation to their businesses.
Middlemen, of course, were not the essence of the issue, but the head of state showed no inclination even for limited action in the affair, such as the mounting of an investigation into the plethora of Mr Su’s investments, which included large-scale logging operations, quarrying, construction, a bulk fuel facility, and mining permits covering 40,000 acres. It should be added that he was also one of twelve investors who had signed MOUs to build hotels.
Of course a limited exercise involving Mr Su’s various holdings would have inevitably led on to the larger questions involving contracts with various Chinese companies in which Mr Su had implicated Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo, an allegation which he has strongly denied and in connection with which he has sued for libel. But the authorities in any case seem to have thought they could afford to wait this one out, firstly because the allegations derived from a foreign media entity, and secondly because the companies involved were all Chinese, who one way or the other were unlikely to have made relevant personnel available to any inquiry.
Mr Su and his business dealings had barely disappeared from the news pages when another shady case rolled around. This one was different in character because the source was very much local and the allegations centred on the Guyana Police Force in addition to a Guyanese company. The matter had connections to an even earlier corruption case involving Mr Roger Khan, who was convicted of drug offences not here, but in the United States. True to form, the local aspects of that case were never pursued.
So now we have policeman, Sergeant Dion Bascom, who has alleged a cover-up on the part of the police in relation to the gunning down of Ricardo Fagundes, an associate of Mr Khan which occurred only a stone’s throw away from State House. The latter subsequently maintained that he was the real target. Mr Bascom claimed a senior officer received $30 million to ensure the case was not pursued, and also named a security guard who worked for a city businessman as being the prime suspect in the murder. Following that Superintendent Mitchell Caesar, who is Deputy Head of the Guyana Police Force’s Major Crimes Unit, and a businessman Azruddin Mohamed as well as one of his employees, Mark Richmond, demanded through their lawyers that Mr Bascom retract the allegations and apologise publicly or face lawsuits. The police sergeant has stood by his claims.
The issue is whether this case too will be waited out, as seems to be customary, or whether some kind of action will be taken. Mr Mohamed on his side has alleged that Mr Bascom’s story has its origins in the fact that the policeman set up a security service for one of his competitors in the gold industry, as a consequence of which he is very close to that businessman. For their part the police were their usual dismissive selves, acting Commissioner Clifton Hicken referring the media to an investigation by the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR). Whatever else it may be, the OPR is not an impartial body, controlled as it is by the police themselves. In addition to that, however, the Commissioner produced a masterpiece of obfuscation when describing what it was investigating. He said: “Sergeant Bascom’s public statements – made while serving as an active member of the Guyana Police Force – is in breach of the Code of Conduct of the Police Force. I have, as a result, ordered an immediate investigation of this matter by the Office of Professional Responsibility. The OPR has submitted the findings of their investigation along with their recommendations which is now before the Director of Public Prosecutions for legal advice”.
So is the OPR referring to the Sergeant’s substantive allegations, or a violation of the Code of Conduct? And considering the seriousness of those allegations which any self-respecting police force would want investigated in order to clear itself, why is he conveying the impression that he is more concerned about a breach of the force’s omerta rules, so to speak, than he is about alleged corruption in his force?
The Commissioner also painted Mr Bascom as compromised, and disparaged what he had to say, an approach which was echoed by Minister of Home Affairs Robeson Benn: “It is not without significance that Sergeant Bascom found himself personally compromised during an exercise carried out by the Customs Anti-Narcotic Unit and that his public statement immediately followed this matter,” was his view.
Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum did not deviate from the official approach, although he added one interesting detail that the public was not aware of before. He told a press conference that the GPF had received assistance from an international law enforcement agency in the Fagundes murder probe. “Several foreign experts visited the CID headquarters … during the initial stage of the probe and provided valuable assistance to our investigators.” So was that assistance insufficient for the police to bring charges, the public would like to know? And if it was valuable, why were the police unable to follow up on it?
Mr Bascom is inevitably concerned about his safety, and has asked President Ali for witness protection. There has been no definitive answer in that regard yet, but clearly the police force has no concerns about the need to keep him out of danger, because as we reported yesterday he has been told by the GPF to report “immediately” for duty. The senior echelons of the force are not doing their reputations any good, and given the calls from various quarters in the society for him to be given protection, exposing him by sending him back to work will raise more questions about the police than it answers. Up until this point he was on sick leave.
Their attitude is even more strange given what was said at Vice President Jagdeo’s press conference on Friday, which seemed to suggest a change of direction on the part of the political establishment. He told the media that President Ali had “made it clear that he has given direction to the police force to have a full and complete investigation, with external support.” He went on to say that he did not know whether Mr Bascom was credible or not, but he had made allegations and these would have to be looked into.
As General Secretary of the PPP, Mr Jagdeo said the party stood with the decisions of the President, and would “not have its reputation sullied by any individual”. The ruling party would not condone illegalities by anyone, he insisted.
But that was not all. He also made reference to something which came out first in Commissioner Hicken’s comments, and that was moonlighting on the part of members of the force whereby they provided paid security services on a private basis to businessmen. This apparently is perfectly legal. This raised memories in the public mind of what was once known as the Black Clothes police, a singularly corrupt and violent segment of the force some members of whom gave evidence as witnesses in a US court about their activities during the trial of an American citizen.
“This practice will have to change,” said Mr Jagdeo. He said that police officers would help escort large amounts of gold, and after the gold is bought the police would be paid. It was a practice, he explained, which had been going on for many years. “We have to find another safe way of doing this because when this happens, there is a cosiness that develops between elements in the police and these people …” He is certainly not wrong about that, although it might be added that in the past political elements have also had a “cosiness” with some sections of the force.
The Vice President had nothing to say about witness protection for Mr Bascom, but the President is out of the country, and Mr Jagdeo did say he would make a statement on his return. Perhaps he will address the question then.
If there seem to be indications that this latest corruption matter might be investigated in a real sense, as opposed to the case of Mr Su and the Chinese, it can only be remarked that this time it primarily concerns the GPF. However, as was said in our editorial last Monday, “The abject policing and runaway corruption that Guyanese have had to put up with for decades persists because there is a continuing unwillingness to professionalise the police force.” It remains to be seen, therefore, whether the Bascom allegations will mark the beginning of a reformed government approach to the matter of policing, or whether it is just a one-off investigation which in and of itself will change nothing. If the latter, we might not have to wait too long before the next corruption scandal materialises.
If you were asked to use one word to describe the Christian life, which one would you choose? Many of us would pick faith because believing in Jesus is the foundation of Christianity. But did you know that the believer’s life should also be characterized by good works? While we aren’t saved by anything good we’ve done, genuine salvation always results in a changed life, complete with new thoughts, attitudes, and behaviors. Every Christian should be a living, walking example of good deeds.
When Paul wrote to the Thessalonians, he commended them for their “work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thess. 1:3). Everything we do should be motivated by faith, hope, and love, which are rooted in our relationship with Christ.
So now the question is, What qualifies as good work in the Christian life? Scripture is filled with examples: caring for others, meeting needs, giving our time and treasure, and engaging in activities like worship, prayer, and Bible reading. These are the activities that should characterize us as God’s children and Christ’s representatives in this world.
As we consider the topic of good works, we must remember four important truths. Otherwise we may assume that we are the ones who define what’s good, what needs to be done, and how it should be accomplished.
First of all, God determines what He wants each of us to do. According to Ephesians 2:10, “We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” Since we belong to Christ, who purchased us with His blood, He has full authority over our life. There are specific tasks we are appointed to accomplish as we walk according to His will. If we think believing in Christ means attending church on Sundays but living as we please all week long, we’re wasting our life. Christians are the people through whom the Holy Spirit is carrying out the work of Christ here on earth. He redeemed us from sin and purified us for Himself so we could be people zealous for good deeds (Titus 2:14).
Second, God equips us for whatever He calls us to do. He “is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us” (Eph. 3:20). In every opportunity God gives and every act of service He calls us to perform, He has already provided whatever we need to accomplish the task before us.
Just consider the many resources the Lord uses to empower us for good works. His indwelling Spirit gives us direction and strength to obey, as well as spiritual gifts that enable us to serve Him. He uses the Scripture to teach, reprove, correct, and train us in righteousness so we’ll be adequately equipped for every good work (2 Tim. 3:16-17). And He uses our brothers and sisters in Christ to motivate us toward love and good deeds (Heb. 10:24). Even our wealth becomes a tool in His hands when we use it as He desires—“to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share” (1 Tim. 6:18).
Third, our good works are to glorify God, and not ourselves. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus called His followers “the light of the world” and said they were to let their light shine so others would see their good works and glorify the Father (Matt. 5:14-16). But just one chapter later, He warned them: “Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them” (6:1).
The difference is motivation. Although we should never seek the approval and praise of other people for what we do, our life should stand out and be characterized by good deeds in the midst of a dark, self-centered world. If commendations come our way, we need to remember that apart from Christ, we are nothing. Then we can simply pass the praise on to Him in a silent prayer of recognition and gratitude.
Fourth, God will one day judge our good works. What we do in this life will have a tremendous impact on our eternity. As believers, we will be called before the judgment seat of Christ to account for our deeds (2 Cor. 5:10). Some of our works will be worthless and burned up like wood, hay, and straw in the judgment. But we will be rewarded for the good works done in obedience to God, according to His power, and for His glory (1 Cor. 3:10-15).
Although we don’t know exactly what these rewards will be, one thing is certain: They will signify a life of good deeds that glorified and pleased God. Nothing could be more valuable than receiving praise from our beloved Savior. So let’s each spend our life living for Him.
When it comes to good works, remember that these are not just religious activities. Christ takes into account whatever we do that flows from obedience to Him—at home, work, school, church, and beyond. Also, we must resist the temptation to compare our works with the achievements of others. We’re responsible only for the tasks God has prepared specifically for us.
KeithThe Lamb Is Fighting for You We can face the future with hope because Jesus will overcome every enemy we face. Revelation 17:14 Toward the end of the book of Revelation, the conflict intensifies between those who have aligned themselves with Jesus and those who oppose Him. Waves of God’s judgment unfold on earth and further harden His opponents’ hearts. But the overall message of Revelation isn’t doom and gloom; it’s hope. The book is meant to bring comfort to God’s people as they face... [ more ]
KeithThe Mission and Ministry of Angels Why did God create these heavenly beings? Revelation 10:1-3 We see images of angels all around us at Christmastime. In some of these, angels are portrayed as slim Victorian beauties with flowing hair, giant feathered wings, and elegant gowns. Others look like adorable babies carrying tiny harps. But these representations have very little in common with the terrifying angelic messengers found in today’s passage and throughout Scripture. In fact, their first... [ more ]
We speak with Guyanese environmental lawyer Melinda Janki about how she’s taking on the oil giant ExxonMobil to stop the company from developing an offshore oil field that would turn Guyana into a “carbon bomb.” Guyana is currently a carbon sink, but Exxon plans to produce more than 1 million barrels of oil a day, which could transform the South American country into one of the world’s top oil producers by 2030. Janki is suing the Guyanese government and Exxon under the constitution’s guarantee of a healthy environment to both current and future citizens. Her legal battle is profiled in a new article in Wired, “The Quest to Defuse Guyana’s Carbon Bomb,” written by independent journalist Antonia Juhasz, who also joins us. Democracy Now! is an independent global news hour that airs on over 1,500 TV and radio stations Monday through Friday. Watch our livestream athttps://democracynow.orgMondays to Fridays 8-9 a.m. ET.
LynnCain i bought the frozen shredded coconut (Indian brand i think) from Freshco..labelled ‘coconut shreds’ it is very good..moist n fresh unlike the dry, shredded kind(which often tastes rancid) normally i grate my own coconut but many times i get stale ones that r rancid..so i have to buy abt 4 n grate up to half way inside so i dont get the rancid portion which is close to the shell i decided to try this brand n now i am sticking to it. Years ago i used to get from asian store..there was an... [ more ]
LynnWell..Cain i tried making the ginger beer few yrs ago..ie Canadian style because i grew up making it the Gy way..ie u grated dry ginger n filled jug with water n put in d sun to brew for days before xmas..then i strained n added sugar n essence.. but i never tried boiling water n brewing it here until 2-3 yrs ago I used a Jcan recipe. It wasnt too bad..nothing like the real thing, but it ok. [ more ]
cainWell Lynn, I haven't made ginger beer in years and never made garlic pork. I did eat it many years ago but it aint my thing now. I picked up some shredded coconut to try making salara. I will use red colouring in one, green in the other, for the Christmas spirit. With my luck with baking hard bread I will more than likely end up with two door stops...one with red swirls one with green. [ more ]
cainYou musse forgot to ask me for help nuh? Hey banna I still got my GNI pen, soon time I gonna sell for a few grand. [ more ]
AmralYes Lynn, so am I . but I got into some errors later with the script that runs the program. I tried asking for help but to no avail. Maybe at a later date I will attempt again to reinstall it. [ more ]
LynnHahah u getting bassidy?? or yuh playing dotish?? I like how u saying BABBY!! N not sandy babb st!! Lol [ more ]
cainOK Lynn I made an error, I meant that I hung around Sandy Babby St. See yall, I have noooo problem admitting I made a mistake. This makes it two mistakes made by me as far as I can remember and the first one wasn my fault...yall mus think is joke I joking nuh? Hehhehhh [ more ]
LynnNo it was on Lamaha St in Newtown, not Sandy Babb St..lol [ more ]
LynnHahaha..u must be 1 of the few persons who share my opinion abt salman i have seen a few movies though his 1st was good..Maine pyar kiya whn i lived in st marrten i saw many of his movies(video cassette back then) as he was new to Bollywood n i didnt know. Much abt him..plusi dont think he was arrogant then , not that i followed his personal life. i cant stand to watch him dance..hahaha omg n he does it live at award shows!! D man looks like he in a gym..haha cant dance at all [ more ]
The Israelites have been stealing the Palestinian's lands for the past 3000 years. It started when Moses led the Jews out of Egypt. Since then The Jews have formed terrorist organizations and what they did to the Palestinians is history.
MitwahTum vinti Sun Sab Ki Kalyan Karo Jag Ka Sadd Rah Dikha Kar Ke Uddhar Karo Durga Uddhar Karo Durga Tum vinti Suno Sabo Ki Kalyan Karo Jag Ka Sadd Rah Dikha Kar Ke Uddhar Karo Durga Uddhar Karo Durga Darshan Ho Maa Tere Sabki Abhilasha Hai Mann Me Raho Tum Sab Ke Tum Se Yahi Aasha Hai Kya Mera Kya Uska Ye Apna Paraya Kya Tum Prabhu Jyot Jala Karke Roshan Karo Jag Sara Tum vinti Suno Sabo Ki Kalyan Karo Jag Ka Sadd Rah Dikha Kar Ke Uddhar Karo Durga Uddhar Karo Durga Sansaar To Maya Hai Kabhi... [ more ]
MitwahNupur Movies presents Bollywood Hit Song "Na To Karwaan ki Talash Hai" from the movie Barsaat Ki Raat. The song is sung by Asha Bhosle, Prabodh Chandra Dey (Manna Dey), Sudha Malhotra and composed by Roshan Lal. [ more ]
cainAhhhhhh yesssss! I'm sitting here waiting for a call then head out in this -19c weather but now watching this I doan feel like heading out right now. [ more ]
MitwahEh eh! like yuh inspect de beauty from head to her toes. Here is another pic. [ more ]
MitwahThe Armistice, an agreement to end the fighting of the First World War as a prelude to peace negotiations , began at 11am on 11 November 1918. Armistice is Latin for to stand (still) arms. To this day we mark Armistice Day now called Remembrance Day around the World with a Two Minute Silence at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month. [ more ]
Amralmy son took care of the interior decor. Just another day for me. I do not feel the magic [ more ]
cainNo baking for me except possibly salara with red coconut in one loaf..green on another. All I need to do is change my earring to a crismus tree one and I bang on...my crismus preparation done. [ more ]
LynnBtw VG Patty (romel’s sis) visited us last month..to see. My sis who was visiting from Cayman.. they were co-workers ..MMZ Primary n BFFs [ more ]
LynnVG..whn u coming to B.ton u shud get Cham n we can meet for a cuppa tea..u have to pass me on yr way..lol [ more ]
LynnThat bitter squash thing!! so my cuz gave me 3 plants (she set seeds) n my gf bought 4 from Indian store i had too many as i ony have sml portion in backyard that get a few hrs sun ! i gave away 4 n planted 5, even 1 in front by the driveway. This 1 got 4 sml ones were not bitter 2 i planted in big buckets died the other 2 bore the giant sized BITTER once n i got 8 or 9 humongous ones. my cuz said all of hers died but she was telling me the other day that she got the seeds from an old lady n... [ more ]
As a lil kid i looked forward to Diwali..we used to make many many (more than 100)mud diyas (using kadi/caddy, a special kind of mud) n put them to dry on zinc sheets. Then we made coconut oil to fill them n the most exciting thing was to pick the cotton from our neighbor’s tree to make the wick. We used to roll out the wicks n then soak them in the oil/diya for an hr before. It was a struggle to keep diya’s lighting as the strong breeze blew out the fire n we had to get bricks etc to shield the diyas. We used to top up the diyas to keep them burning longer.
it was such a beautiful sight as we didn't have electricity in our villages so u can imagine how the place looked in the dark.
LynnA who dem dis?? Lord have mercy… mussie dem venizs spying??? Hahahaha [ more ]
LynnI have a store nearby that was owned by a Korean couple but they sold Jcan stuff (along with other WI items) i am sure they have it…just that i never noticed it lol [ more ]
MitwahCurrent Visitors: 752 (2 members, 750 guests) Fellow Guests. Happy Monday. Welcome to the Original Guyanese Discussion Forums, first established in 1996. Here you can discuss, ask questions or generally debate anything related to politics, movies, music, health or just gyaff away your day/night here. A note of warning, the Political forum is not for the faint of heart. We do have some rules, so please adhere to them . [ more ]
I think my paranoid resolutions are very effective to change the state of things. I think that only a schizophrenic can understand me and other mentally ill people. The truth controls because it knows my feelings before me and can control IT (spirit)--that's why they want to be first in line and jump the line. I am blind because I don't see time and IT. I think the eye flies like time and I must think in reverse when I do things so when I am ready to go back at doing things I know how. This is complicated with anxiety--restricting the memories to act. The test may be afraid to test the eye to know how to negotiate the material world and this is caused by God. God does not want to loose love--an immoral act.
Also, I think the Israelis are wrong to attack Gaza and America should not be supporting them. If the media is not propaganda, I am sorry what the Muslims have to go through there. They should have negotiated for the hostages.
cainThey followed your line of thought Ron, it seems there is a ceasefire for a short while to let some hostages out. Maybe your IT made a connection and communicated to those war mongers to grow up and stop their stupidness. [ more ]
The Government of Guyana has constructed over 180 bridges and 1651 KM of Roads.
There are 5 hydroelectric power plants that are being constructed or in the planning stage. They tapped into their abundant water source to create some energy magic.
There is a booming oil production that propels a double-digit growth rate for 2023 and 2024.
Ogle Airport is now an international one laying the groundwork for future development and connection of Georgetown to the interior and other West Indian Islands. There is also a helicopter runway, taxiway, and international port of entry, thus creating thousands of Jobs.
The exportation of agricultural products has doubled in the last 5 years.
This is only the tip of the iceberg.
Guyana is the place to live. It's time to go home, you crazy kids..