Arrest of Caracas Mayor Sign of Broader Venezuela Crackdown

Cro Cro – It’s Amazing How People Can Change

Arrest of Caracas Mayor Sign of Broader Venezuela Crackdown
CARACAS, Venezuela — Feb 20, 2015, 9:48 PM ET
By HANNAH DREIER and JOSHUA GOODMAN Associated Press

Opponents of President Nicolas Maduro poured into the streets Friday to condemn the surprise arrest of Caracas’ mayor for allegedly participating in a U.S.-backed plot to overthrow his government.

The protests came a day after an armed commando unit dressed in camouflage raided Mayor Antonio Ledezma’s office and hauled him away. The detention, recorded by security cameras, set off a wave of spontaneous demonstrations in middle-class neighborhoods loyal to the opposition and on Friday a few hundred supporters gathered peacefully to denounce Ledezma’s “kidnapping.”

The mayor was charged with conspiracy, a crime punishable by 8 to 16 years in jail, and sent Friday night to a military prison outside Caracas where other prominent government foes are being held. Continue reading

SMALL MAN RECOMMENDS SUPER INORDINATE GOALS AND ALTERNATE PRESIDENTS

Black Stalin – A smelling it

SMALL MAN RECOMMENDS SUPER INORDINATE GOALS AND ALTERNATE PRESIDENTS

By Waltie Ainsworth – 10 February 2015 – (note that this article was written before the APNU-AFC agreement was announced)

WANTED IN GUYANA……thinkers and tinkerers who can meld and weld the ethnic groups into one team of innovators and workers. The PPP in 22 years was obsessive about creating neighbours instead of room- mates between and among the races and instead of producing diversity created a hodge podge that eliminated vertical growth. And now that election is nigh, the horizontal programs of coping and canning alien programs, has left the electorate willing to venture into super inordinate programs with a plan to have alternate presidents.

Under the heading of super inordinate goals, the AFC and APNU will combine efforts and resources to combat and challenge the PPP at the May 11 election cycle. But what is apparent is the tussle for positions, they should simply come together first and bake the cake and share after. The cake cannot be sliced prior to the election. Continue reading

HALF A DOZEN SIGNIFICANT TROOPERS DIE IN THE DIASPORA

AL GREEN – LOVE AND HAPPINESS

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HALF A DOZEN SIGNIFICANT TROOPERS DIE IN THE DIASPORA

During the New Year celebration comrades bowed their heads in silence to remember the life and times of Mendes Patrick Benn, who lived and died in an Atlanta suburb prior to the Christmas holiday.

Four days later at the dawn of the New Year, the news rang out that Leslie Chung who also lived in Atlanta had kicked the bucket. I had known both men personally. Both of them were equal opportunity offenders and classical loud mouths and patriots.
I went to high school in Buxton with Patrick while I grew up swimming in the side line trench naked, with Chung, as the self appointed Life guard and coach.  Continue reading

WHEN-HONEY-A-RUN-SET-YUH-MOUTH……remembering Dr Faith Harding

Yolanda  Adams –  Thank you

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WHEN-HONEY-A-RUN-SET-YUH-MOUTH……remembering Dr Faith Harding

Dr Faith Harding was mmm mmm -good.   Dr Harding was a born PNC lady who was enticed and literally bribed to part ways with the group that promoted peace and not conflict, grace and not greed, diversity and not drugs, commonsense and not criminals.

De Faith Harding

De Faith Harding

She was a genuine friend, comrade, mother, woman, scholar and wife.. .. not necessarily in that order but in totality.  And now that she has gone to the great beyond she may have regretted falling for the PPP’s promise of grandeur and glitz that was both shallow and hollow. She was advised by the Leadership to set her mouth when ‘honey – A – run’.

Dr Faith was promised a seat at the proverbial table but instead was consumed as another item on the menu card.  She was able to get the house, the car, the office, spending money et al but never got the respect and recognition she deserved.  She soon discovered that the material things did not jell with her spiritual self; functional non-cooperation affected her psychologically prior to her early demise. She was a brisk 67-year-old with a son who is an engineer in Iowa. Continue reading

New Oxfam report says half of global wealth held by the 1%

“Money, money, money” by OJ’s.

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New Oxfam report says half of global wealth held by the 1%

Oxfam warns of widening inequality gap, days ahead of Davos economic summit in Switzerland
Larry Elliott, economics editor, and Ed Pilkington
The Guardian, Monday 19 January 2015

Billionaires and politicians gathering in Switzerland this week will come under pressure to tackle rising inequality after a study found that – on current trends – by next year, 1% of the world’s population will own more wealth than the other 99%.

Ahead of this week’s annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in the ski resort of Davos, the anti-poverty charity Oxfam said it would use its high-profile role at the gathering to demand urgent action to narrow the gap between rich and poor.

The charity’s research, published on Monday, shows that the share of the world’s wealth owned by the best-off 1% has increased from 44% in 2009 to 48% in 2014, while the least well-off 80% currently own just 5.5%.

Oxfam added that on current trends the richest 1% would own more than 50% of the world’s wealth by 2016. Continue reading

Pope Francis roasts the Vatican

Pope Francis international power broker / U.S. and Cuba

Pope Francis roasts the Vatican

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Pope Francis

Pontiff blasts his own top cardinals and priests for being:

1) ‘Lustful for power, living hypocritical lives and suffering from spiritual Alzheimer’s instead of being men of God’.

2) The sins, or ailments as he called them, included how the ‘terrorism of gossip’ can ‘kill the reputation of our colleagues and brothers in cold blood.’

3) Another of the sins was how cliques can ‘enslave their members and become a cancer that threatens the harmony of the body’ and eventually kill it by ‘friendly fire’.

4) Then one-by-one he went on: Being vain. Wanting to accumulate things, having a ‘hardened heart’, wooing superiors for personal gain. Continue reading

From Darkness to Light – By Vladimir Elie

darknessFrom Darkness to Light
By Vladimir Elie

Another year falls into darkness and the sun of a new year is rising, filling our hearts with hope and anticipation—and perhaps, for some, apprehension.

I enjoy this time of the year, not only because of the celebrations and the quality time I share with friends and family, but also because it offers me an ideal opportunity to reflect on the past year and prepare for the upcoming one.

Like most, during the past 365 days, I had my fair share of ups and downs. I’m sure you had too. That’s life: there are sunny days and rainy days; there are bright mornings and dark nights; some days are warm, while others congeal our soul. But through the vicissitudes of this past year, God has kept his light shining upon me (and you). And, even when situations were dark—sometimes very dark—His light remained on us.  Continue reading

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