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71 minutes | Jun 11, 2021
Constitutions and Elections in Multi-Ethnic Societies: Mauritius and Trinidad and Tobago
A Story Club: Global Politics S2 E4streamed live on FB from the US (San Francisco), India (Dehra Dun) and Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean, Thursdays 12pm EDT | 9am PDT | 9:30pm ISTrepeated Friday on the UNC Network in Trinidad and Tobago 6pm ASTComparing the constitution and electoral experience of two very similar small island states, Mauritius and Trinidad and TobagoMy guests are Jean-Marie Richard from Mauritius and Timothy Hamel-Smith from Trinidad and Tobago.Jean-Marie Richard is Principal Consultant and CEO of Imagine Communications in Mauritius, dealing with Government and Corporate clients in Africa and the Indian Ocean particularly. He has also worked as a Communications and Media Consultant for the Ministry of Rodrigues in the Government of Mauritius.Timothy Hamel-Smith is Partner Emeritus at Hamel-Smith, a law firm that has existed for over 110 years in Trinidad and Tobago. He is also a former President of the Senate with a notable political pedigree.
64 minutes | Jun 4, 2021
The Economics of Covid-19 Lockdowns & Opening Up w/ Sir John Redwood and Peter George, Jr.
A Story Club: Global Politics S2 E3streamed live on FB from the US (San Francisco), India (Dehra Dun) and Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean, Thursdays 12pm EDT | 9am PDT | 9:30pm ISTrepeated Friday on the UNC Network in Trinidad and Tobago 6pm ASTWelcome to Season 2 Episode 3 of A Story Club: Global Politics & Cultures, brought to you by Bulletproof Podcast Formula.My name is Dr. Kirk Meighoo and I'm the public relations officer of the United National Congress, the official Opposition Party in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.This is a unique venture, streaming simulataneously from Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean, Dehra Dun in India, and San Franciso in the United States. We speak with people around the world, trying to understand different issues and problems relevant to my own country, Trinidad and Tobago, and also to people in sometimes very similar and sometimes very different situations, cultures, histories, politics, sociology, etc.The goal is to learn from each other, build networks, widen our perspectives, and work for solutions in our distinctive contexts.Today’s episode is titled, "The Economics of Covid-19 Lockdowns & Opening Up"15 months ago, Trinidad and Tobago had one of the lowest infection and death rates from covid in the world. We watched the BBC, CNN and other news outlets relay what looked like horrific situations in New York, Italy, and saw harsh lockdown measures instituted in the UK, Australia, Germany and elsewhere.Today, the situation is reversed. We in Trinidad and Tobago are looking at some of those very countries with envy, as we see the Brit Awards, football matches, and late-night clubbing with large, maskless crowds and no social distancing in the UK, or life apparently returning to normal in New York City.Trinidad and Tobago, on the other hand, is experiencing an upsurge of infections and deaths unlike anything experienced in the months previous, with the covid death toll this month alone exceeding all covid deaths for the previous 14 months. A severe State of Emergency has been declared, but in the meanwhile people and businesses are experiencing economic hardship on an unprecedented scale.This raises the questions, what have the covid lockdown experiences and policies been like in different countries? What social and economic effects has it had? How have different societies coped with saving lives and livelihoods? What is the way forward?This week, I am honoured to have as my guests Sir John Redwood from the UK, and Peter George, Jr. from Trinidad and Tobago.Sir John Redwood is Member of Parliament for Wokingham in Berkshire. He was formerly Secretary of State for Wales in the Major government and subsequently served in the Shadow Cabinets of William Hague and Michael Howard. He was the co-chairman of the Conservative Party's Policy Review Group on Economic Competitiveness and the author of 8 books, by my count. Sir John has recently insisted that the faster UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson relaxes coronavirus restrictions, the quicker the economic bounce back, arguing that the pace of the recovery will remain mainly determined by the rate of relaxation.Peter George, Jr. is CEO of the Trent Restaurants Group in Trinidad and Tobago, one of the largest indigenous restaurant chains in Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean. He is well-known for his outspoken, independent views on politics and the economy, and has recently called for a radical liquidity injection in the Trinidad and Tobago economy in the face of the continuing covid lockdowns.
62 minutes | May 28, 2021
Building Global and National Health Infrastructure in the Wake of Covid w/ Dr. Joyce Elders, Dr. Tim Gopeesingh and Maria Merry Baker
A Story Club: Global Politics S2 E2streamed live on FB from the US (San Francisco), India (Dehra Dun) and Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean, Thursdays 12pm EDT | 9am PDT | 9:30pm ISTrepeated Friday on the UNC Network in Trinidad and Tobago 6pm ASTWelcome to Season 2 Episode 2 of A Story Club: Global Politics & Cultures brought to you by Bulletproof Podcast FormulaMy name is Dr. Kirk Meighoo and I'm the public relations officer of the United National Congress, the official Opposition Party in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.This is a unique venture, streaming simulataneously from Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean, Dehra Dun in India, and San Franciso in the United States.We speak with people around the world, trying to understand different issues and problems relevant to my own country, Trinidad and Tobago, and also to people in sometimes very similar and sometimes very different situations, cultures, histories, politics, sociology, etc.The goal is to learn from each other, build networks, widen our perspectives, and work for solutions in our distinctive contexts.Today’s episode is titled, "Building Global and National Health Infrastructure in the Wake of Covid.""The only way that the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic can be stopped, is by re-thinking the solution. We must have modern health care systems in every country. This means infrastructure for public health, and for medical care delivery at modern standards, to all populations. One model for this is the U.S. Hill-Burton Act (“Hospital Survey and Construction Act of 1946,”) whose principle was to state how many hospital beds per 1,000 residents must be in each locality (at that time, 4.5), and deploy accordingly to build them, including modern equipment and staff.Look at instances of our ability to do this today. The 1,000-bed Huoshenshan hospital was built in 12 days in Wuhan in 2020. In the U.S., multiple field hospitals were built in record time last Spring by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. We must do this simultaneously around the world.This means that all countries must work together to accomplish this. We must put aside tensions and conflicts for the time being.There are new strains of the SARS CoV2 that are showing up, that are more aggressive, and more transmissible. These can make vaccines obsolete... Thus, our response to the pandemic seen in these terms is a question of existential importance to the human species. It requires the cooperation of all major industrialized nations."This is a quote from a statement by the Committee for the Coincidence of Opposites, for the Global Health Summit in Rome, May 21, 2021, and for general circulation, which we will be discussing more in-depth on today's episode.This week, I am so pleased and honoured to have as our guestsDr. Joycelyn Elders, former US Surgeon General, professor emerita of pediatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, pediatricianDr. Tim Gopeesingh, former Cabinet Minister in the Govt of Trinidad and Tobago, former Clinical Dean of the Faculty of Medical Sciences at the University of the West Indies, gynecologic oncologistMarcia Merry Baker, Economics Co-Editor of the EIR News Service
60 minutes | May 21, 2021
Global and National Food Security in a Post-Covid World w/ Mike Callicrate and Ved Seereeram
A Story Club: Global Politics S2 E1streamed live on FB from the US (San Francisco), India (Dehra Dun) and Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean, Thursdays 12pm EDT | 9am PDT | 9:30pm ISTrepeated Friday on the UNC Network in Trinidad and Tobago 6pm ASTWelcome to Season 2 Episode 1 of A Story Club: Global Politics & Cultures.This is a unique venture, streaming simulataneously from Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean, Dehra Dun in India, and San Franciso in the United States.We speak with people around the world, trying to understand different issues and problems relevant to my own country, Trinidad and Tobago, and also to people in sometimes very similar and sometimes very different situations, cultures, histories, politics, sociology, etc.The goal is to learn from each other, build networks, widen our perspectives, and work for solutions while remaining grounded in our distinctive contexts.Today’s episode is titled, "Global and National Food Security in a Post-Covid World"During this covid crisis, it is said that we are all in the same boat. Unfortunately, this is not true: we are all only in the same storm. Some have yachts, others have rafts, and others are drowning.The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) currently puts the number of people at risk of starvation at more than 270 million. This is double the pre-pandemic figure. The COVID crisis has greatly exacerbated the situation for those already suffering from poverty, armed conflict, and other material insecurity.While we track the 12,000+ global daily deaths from coronavirus, we have ignored the 20,000+ globaly daily deaths from hunger that have been deepened by the covid lockdowns.Global food supply chains have been disrupted, as well as the global production and distribution of food. Food security is a major issue.What does this mean for food self-sufficiency? For farmer security? The relative roles of large corporate agriculture and smaller family farms? Food exports and food imports?Today I am honoured to have as my guests Mike Callicrate and Ved Seereeram.Mike Callicrate is an independent cattle producer, business entrepreneur and political activist from Boulder, CO, USA. Mike is a founding member of several farm advocacy groups including the Organization for Competitive Markets, R-CALF and the Kansas Cattlemen’s Association. He also was a lead plaintiff in a class action lawsuit against the world’s largest meatpacker, IBP, now part of Tyson Foods, alleging unfair and discriminatory marketing practices.Mike has been an advisor for the films Food Inc. and FRESH, and is cited in several books including The Omnivore’s Dilemma and Fast Food Nation. He is revered as the “go-to expert” for understanding negative consequences of trends in the modern meat industry.Ved Seereeram is owner of Inverness Sugar Estates, and a former banking executive and financial consultant, from Trinidad and Tobago. Ved worked with Citibank for 8 years and was Managing Director of Citicorp Merchant Bank, before he called them out for banking fraud in the early 2000s, and was featured in Time magazine.Ved has since served in the Senate of Trinidad and Tobago and on several State Boards. He now owns and runs a small sugar estate which produces pancake syrup, muscovado sugar and jaggery/panela, and is very interested in issues of agriculture and social, economic and environmental sustainability.
24 minutes | Jan 1, 2021
Steve Bannon, Traditionalism, Aleksandr Dugin, Nationalism and Anthropology w/ Benjamin Teitelbaum
Catch the full interview here at https://newbooksnetwork.com/war-for-eternityor on Megaphone here: https://megaphone.link/LIT8703677091This is an excerpt from a very interesting discussion I had with Benjamin Teitelbaum on his book, "War for Eternity: Inside Bannon's Far-Right Circle of Global Power Brokers" (Dey Street Books, 2020).We discuss Steve Bannon, Traditionalism, Aleksandr Dugin, Nationalism and Anthropology, Jason Reza Jorjani, and more.The publisher's book blurb is as follows: "An explosive and unprecedented inside look at Steve Bannon's entourage of global powerbrokers and the hidden alliances shaping today's geopolitical upheaval.In 2015, Bloomberg News named Steve Bannon “the most dangerous political operative in America.” Since then, he has grown exponentially more powerful—and not only in the United States. In this groundbreaking and urgent account, award-winning scholar of the radical right Benjamin Teitelbaum takes readers behind-the-scenes of Bannon's global campaign against modernity in War for Eternity: Inside Bannon's Far-Right Circle of Global Power Brokers (Dey Street Books, 2020).Inspired by a radical twentieth-century ideology called Traditionalism, Bannon and a small group of right-wing powerbrokers are planning new political mobilizations on a global scale—discussed and debated in secret meetings organized by Bannon in hotel suites and private apartments in DC, Europe and South America. Their goal? To upend the world order and reorganize geopolitics on the basis of archaic values rather than modern ideals of democracy, freedom, social progress, and human rights. Their strenuous efforts are already producing results, from the fortification of borders throughout the world and the targeting of immigrants, to the undermining of the European Union and United States governments, and the expansion of Russian influence.Drawing from exclusive interviews with Bannon’s hidden network of far-right thinkers, years of academic research into the radical right, and with unprecedented access to the esoteric salons where they meet, Teitelbaum exposes their considerable impact on the world and their radical vision for the future."
21 minutes | Dec 25, 2020
The Highly Flawed Biography of Malcolm X w/ Jared Ball
Catch the full interview here at https://newbooksnetwork.com/a-lie-of-...or on Megaphone here: https://megaphone.link/LIT4842104326This is an excerpt from an interview which is part of a Special Series on Malcolm X and Black Nationalism on the New Books Network. In this series, we delve into the background of Malcolm X's action and thought in the context of Black Nationalism, correcting the fundamentally mistaken notion that Malcolm X was a civil rights leader. He certainly did not see himself in that way, and explicitly argued otherwise. This helps us place the Afro-American struggle in its dimensions beyond the current American nation-state, including the Black Atlantic, and beyond.In this episode, my guest is Jared Ball, co-editor of A Lie of Reinvention: Correcting Manning Marable's Malcolm X (Black Classic Press, 2012).A Lie of Reinvention is a response to Manning Marable’s biography of Malcolm X, A Life of Reinvention. Marable’s book was controversially acclaimed by some as his magnum opus. At the same time, it was denounced and debated by others as a worthless read full of conjecture, errors, and without any new factual content. In this collection of critical essays, editors Jared Ball and Todd Steven Burroughs lead a group of established and emerging Black scholars and activists who take a clear stance in this controversy: Marable’s biography is at best flawed and at worst a major setback in American history, African American studies, and scholarship on the life of Malcolm X.
19 minutes | Dec 18, 2020
Mythologies of the Arab-Israeli Conflict w/ Jerome Slater
Catch the full interview here at https://newbooksnetwork.com/mythologies-without-endor on Megaphone here: https://megaphone.link/LIT7765417053This is an excerpt of an interview I did for the New Books Network with Jerome on his book "Mythologies Without End: The US, Israel, and the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1917-2020" (Oxford University Press, 2020).The history of modern Israel is a fiercely contested subject. From the Balfour declaration to the Six-Day War to the recent assault on Gaza, ideologically-charged narratives and counter-narratives battle for dominance not just in Israel itself but throughout the world. In the United States and Israel, the Israeli cause is treated as the more righteous one, albeit with important qualifiers and caveats.In Mythologies Without End, Jerome Slater takes stock of the conflict from its origins to the present day and argues that US policies in the region are largely a product of mythologies that are often flatly wrong.Focusing on both the US role in the conflict and Israel's actions, this book exposes the self-defeating policies of both nations policies which have only served to prolong the conflict far beyond when it should have been resolved.Join us for a fascinating discussion.
19 minutes | Dec 11, 2020
The Anti-Capitalist Radical Right-Wing w/ Mark Sedgwick
This is an excerpt of an interview I did for the New Books Network with Mark Sedgwick on his book "Key Thinkers of the Radical Right".Mark Sedgwick is a British historian specialising in the study of traditionalism, Islam, Sufi mysticism, and terrorism. He is Professor of Arab and Islamic Studies at Aarhus University in Denmark and chair of the Nordic Society for Middle Eastern Studies. He was formerly secretary of the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism.In this clip we discuss how he accidentally got interested in the topic from his field research into Western Sufism in Italy, and how he discovered this Radical Right, which is quite distinctive from the mainstream (pro-capitalist) right-wing.Apologies for the audio quality on the guest's side. It was beyond our control.Join us for a fascinating discussion.
19 minutes | Dec 4, 2020
Two Americas: Enlightenment and Counter Enlightenment w/ Spencer Critchley
This is an excerpt from my interview with Spencer Critchely about his new book, "Patriots of Two Nations: Why Trump Was Inevitable and What Happens Next" (McDavid Media, 2020).Very interestingly, he analyses the United States as being divided between those that are part of the "Enlightenment" and those that are part of the "Counter-Enlightment". In other words, there are those who believe America is an idea, founded on liberal ideals which include rational progress, and those who see America as a nation of the American people, with a peculiar history, traditions, and customs, not all necessary rational, but which tie "blood and soil" over time.Join us for a fascinating discussion. Catch the full interview here at https://newbooksnetwork.com/spencer-critchley-patriots-of-two-nations-why-trump-was-inevitable-and-what-happens-next-mcdavid-media-2020or onMegaphone here: https://megaphone.link/LIT8971283474
15 minutes | Nov 26, 2020
Discovering Malcolm X "Underground" in the 1980s w/ Saladin Malik Ambar
This is an excerpt of my interview with Saladin Malik Ambar, author of "Malcolm X at Oxford Union: Racial Politics in a Global Era", published by Oxford University Press in 2013, for my Special Series on "Malcolm X and Black Nationalism" on the New Books Network.In this series, we delve into the background of Malcolm X's action and thought in the context of Black Nationalism, correcting the fundamentally mistaken notion that Malcolm X was a civil rights leader. He certainly did not see himself in that way, and explicitly argued otherwise. This helps us place the Afro-American struggle in its dimensions beyond the current American nation-state, including the Black Atlantic, and beyond.Catch the full interview here at https://newbooksnetwork.com/malcolm-x-at-oxford-unionor on Megaphone here:width="100%">
39 minutes | Nov 19, 2020
Election Fraud in Guyana: What the World needs to know
The world needs to know about the Election Fraud in Guyana and its long, terrible history.Thankfully, this struggle was waged successfully and, although it took almost two years, the fraud was not allowed to stand.This was an interview with me and Dr. Vishnu Bisram on Rajiv Malhotra's Infinity Channel, as part of our efforts to raise global awareness about this issue, in this case, most especially with the Indian Diaspora, who have some ancestral connection to the people of Guyana.
93 minutes | Nov 12, 2020
Indian Identity without being an Indian national: Global Indian Series - Rajan Singh Nazran
Today is a Diwali special, looking at the phenomenon of Global Indians, by two persons of Indian origin who are NOT Indian nationals.What does Indian identity mean? Does the Indian nation-state get to define what is Indian? What place and relationship do Indian communities outside of India -- some existing for centuries -- have with India?Is Indian Identity important, or is it just another identity a trap which we should avoid, in order to embrace our universal humanity?Join me with Rajan Singh Nazran, founder of the Global Indian Series, an immersive platform that provides original and exclusive content based around the lives of people of Indian origin. You can find out more about it here: https://globalindianseries.com/
61 minutes | Nov 5, 2020
Politics in a Half Made Society: Stories behind my book, 20 years later
This is a Facebook Live episode I did for A Story Club in April 2020, talking about how I wrote the book "Politics in a Half-Made Society" (published in 2003): the challenges, the inspirations, the people who I looked up to , the people who helped me, the conceptual stumbling blocks I faced, and my own determination to make a book that would last 20 years and stand the test of time
38 minutes | Oct 29, 2020
Thinking About the Post-Pandemic World - HTJ Podcast Talk
I was a guest on the HTJ podcast to speak about the post-pandemic world. I am sharing it on my channel now.About HTJ:"We are a team of cross border tax consultants. Our focus is on international tax in general and US international tax in particular.Based in Singapore, www.HTJ.TAX is a member of Moores Rowland Asia Pacific with over 30 offices across China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, The Philippines, Tajikistan and Thailand.We created this Podcast channel to do a series of interviews with those in our network whom we consider senior thought leaders. Those who move and inspire others with their innovative ideas; whose ideas turned into reality.We hope that these interviews along with their stories, insights and tips inspire you too"
59 minutes | Oct 22, 2020
China: Engage or Disengage? w/ Sir Vince Cable and Daniel Burke
A Story Club: Global Politics S1 E8streamed live on FB from the US (San Francisco), India (Dehra Dun) and Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean, Thursdays 12pm EDT | 9am PDT | 9:30pm ISTIs China on its way to becoming the leading global superpower? Should we be fearful of that? Should other countries try to stop or counter its rise? Is China a hostile or non-cooperative force, responsible for the spread of not only the coronavirus, but also totalitarian lockdown measures?Or is China undergoing a peaceful rise, helping hundreds of millions of people around the world experience real development for the first time, and advancing humanity as a whole technologically, economically and otherwise?What should the rest of the world’s relationship to China be? Europe, Britain, the US, India, Africa, the Muslim countries, and even its allies Russia and Iran?With the upcoming US Presidential elections and Britain transitioning out of the EU, join me, Dr. Kirk Meighoo, in discussion with Sir Vince Cable, former leader of the Liberal Democrat party and Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills, and Daniel Burke, LaRouche Independent Candidate for the US Senate (New Jersey)
69 minutes | Oct 15, 2020
The Surviving Followers of John the Baptist and (Doubting) St. Thomas, and 4 of Judas's 30 Pieces!
THIS EPISODE HAS A HISTORIC REVEAL: 4 OF JUDAS’S 30 PIECES OF SILVER!NOT SEEN IN PUBLIC SINCE 1972A Story Club: Global Cultures S1 E8streamed live on FB from the US (San Francisco), India (Dehra Dun) and Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean, Thursdays 12pm EDT | 9am PDT | 9:30pm ISTThe global dominance of Western Christianity (both Catholicism and Protestantism) is somewhat of a historical accident. This is because the lands of the original Christians are now Muslim-ruled (in the Muslim view, however, the original Christians actually practiced Islam).The Western (Latin/European) Church inadvertently became the biggest surviving body, and later, though European Imperialism, it became the dominant form of Christianity that the world knows today.However, throughout the Middle East and even in India, surviving descendants of the original Believers remain.Two such examples are the followers of St. Thomas (the doubting Apostle), who founded a Church in south India (Malabar coast) on the Rome-India spice trade route; and the Mandaens, who are followers of John the Baptist (but not of Jesus), whose last large population was located in Iraq.The Gospel of St. Thomas and the Mandaen Book of John are not accepted by the Western Church as part of the Canonic Bible, but are sacred to these followers.While the followers of St. Thomas have lived peacefully in India, the Mandaeans have been persecuted in the Middle East, and after the recent “liberation” of Iraq in 2003 by George Bush, Islamic radicals have committed a genocide against the majority of them.Join me, Dr. Kirk Meighoo as we discuss with experts on these two peoples, Charles Haberl and Jo Nambiar
71 minutes | Oct 8, 2020
(Former) Marxists 4 Trump: Why American Leftists should vote for Trump, but won’t w/ Michael Rectenwald and Bill Martin
The upcoming US election is happening in one of the strangest circumstances in history: an unprecedented social and economic lockdown in response to coronavirus, nationwide rioting and violence surrounding the Black Lives Matter and Antifa movements, and a fear of fascism and white supremacism.At the centre of all this has been Donald Trump. He is like a lightning rod, electrically concentrating passions of immense hatred from one side, and devotion from another.Trump’s politics, however, are not traditionally Republican or Democrat and he has attacked opponents from both parties, including his own. He has caused much confusion and shaken up the political landscape.People on both extremes seem to agree his re-election will have tremendous historical consequences for America – and everything they believe it stands for: one side says he will save it, the other says he will destroy it forever.Join me, Dr. Kirk Meighoo, to discuss these issues with Marxist, Bill Martin, and former Marxist, Michael Rectenwald, philosophers and public intellectuals who support Donald Trump with very interesting analyses not found in mainstream discourse
66 minutes | Oct 1, 2020
European Paganism, Spirituality and Anti-Imperialism w/ Christopher McIntosh
A Story Club: Global Cultures S1 E7streamed live on FB from the US (San Francisco), India (Dehra Dun) and Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean, Thursdays 12pm EDT | 9am PDT | 9:30pm ISTWhat is the hidden history of European Paganism? What is it? What does it mean?How has it survived centuries of Christian dominance, prejudice and hostility?What are its connections to other cultures of the world, in particular wider Indo-European culture, and also the world that Europe colonised?Is paganism a subculture of hippies and nonconformists that has no place in responsible, modern society?Or are we actually unaware of the power of the European pagan tradition, its survivals – through Graeco-Roman culture, arts, science and philosophy; elite Secret Societies; and persisting European folk traditions – the way it has shaped the modern world, and may contribute to a more harmonious world?Join me, Dr. Kirk Meighoo as we discuss with author Christopher McIntosh, author of several books on the subject of paganism, Secret Societies, esoteric traditions and nature-oriented belief systems, and former information officer with the United Nations Development Programme and UNESCO
70 minutes | Sep 24, 2020
Racial Politics and Violence in Guyana, among Africans and Indians w/ Charrandass Persaud and Selwyn Pieters
A Story Club: Global Politics S1 E6streamed live on FB from the US (San Francisco), India (Dehra Dun) and Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean, Thursdays 12pm EDT | 9am PDT | 9:30pm ISTGuyana, a member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) but located in South America, is currently experience a spate of political-racial violence in the aftermath of an 18-month long strongly resisted transfer of power from one government to the next.Guyana has a long history of racial violence, Cold War superpower interference, economic underdevelopment and astonishing under-population, despite it being a land of abundant resources including newly discovered oil and gas reserves on par with the richest countries of the Middle East.While the world concentrates on the Black Lives Matter movement originating from the United States and concentrating on the relations between whites and blacks, the relationship between Africans and Indians in Guyana (and other former British colonies, in particular) is much more complex, and in some cases reversed.How can we understand properly what is going on in Guyana at the present moment? What is its source? Is there a solution to the racial-political problem? Can development occur in such a context? Join me, Dr. Kirk Meighoo, to discuss these issues with Charrandass Persaud, the former MP whose vote brought down the last Guyanese government, and Selwyn Pieters, a prominent Canadian-Guyanese human rights lawyer
61 minutes | Sep 17, 2020
Caribbean Heavy Metal and Indian Blues? Non-Traditional Music Scenes w/ Nigel Rojas and Rudy Wallang
A Story Club: Global Cultures S1 E6streamed live on FB from the US (San Francisco), India (Dehra Dun) and Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean, Thursdays 12pm EDT | 9am PDT | 9:30pm ISTWhat is it like being a heavy metal and rock fan in the Caribbean, or a blues fan in India? What about being a musician in those genres? Can one make a living? Is this music “foreign”, “Westernising” and “imperialist”? Does it count as “local” or “national music”?What is the rock or blues scene like in these countries? Join me, Dr. Kirk Meighoo (a musician, too, in another life), as we discuss with Nigel Rojas guitarist and singer of the Caribbean’s biggest rock/metal band, Orange Sky, and Rudy Wallang, the guitarist of India’s biggest blues band, Soulmate
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