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Nicolas Maduro Has Virtually Declared War on Guyana

On Sunday, 3rd of December, 2023, dictator president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, held a referendum which sought the approval of the Venezuelan people to annex the Essequibo territory and make it part of Venezuela – by force and without consultation with, or the approval of, the Guyana Government. According to the National Electorate Council of Venezuela, over 10 million voters turned up to the polls and over 95% voted yes to all five of the following questions:

Do Venezuelans Really Believe that the Essequibo Belongs to Venezuela?

It has been taught in Venezuelan schools for the last 50 years or more that the Essequibo belongs to Venezuela and that the British stole it from them. But when Venezuelans wanted to visit the Essequibo, they made sure they got their passport stamped. They learned in theory then that the Essequibo belongs to Venezuela and in practice that it belongs to Guyana. This causes serious mental crosscurrents in their minds.

Maria Corina Chooses Her Words Carefully While Condemning Maduro’s Essequibo Referendum

Maria Coria Machado, Venezuela’s political front runner and leader of the main opposition party which is expected to challenge Nicolas Maduro for the Presidency in October 2024, has condemned Nicolas Maduro’s December 3 referendum which seeks public support in annexing the Essequibo. But she has chosen her words very carefully and wisely. On one hand, she seems to want to send a message of peace and respect for international law to the Guyanese Government and people, but at the same time, she has to avoid being seen as a traitor to the Venezuelan people who were erroneously being taught since primary school that “the Essequibo belongs to Venezuela.”

A Drowning Maduro is Attempting to Take Guyana Down With Him

Maduro’s philosophy right now seems to be, “if I’m going down, I’m taking some people down with me.” And those include leaders, civilians, and soldiers in both Guyana and Venezuela. Since the Chavista took office in 2013, he has done nothing good for the people of Venezuela. He has heartlessly overseen mass migration, unprecedented inflation of the Venezuelan currency, medical and food shortages, and the overall suffering of the Venezuelan people.

Guyana Cannot Depend on Brazil for Military Support if Venezuela Invades

It is unlikely that the current Brazilian government, headed by Lula Da Silva, will give military support to Guyana in the event of an invasion by Venezuela. In fact, “unlikely” is a bit of an understatement. It is almost certain that Brazil, on its current stance and trajectory, will render any sort of military assistance to Guyana in the event of a Venezuelan incursion into Guyana.

How Nicolas Maduro is Using the Essequibo as a Political Ploy to Cling to Power

There’s just about three days left before Venezuela’s 3rd of December referendum which seeks to ratify the support of the Venezuelan people for forcefully annexing the Essequibo county of Guyana and making it into a new state within the country of Venezuela. While the Guyana Government has petitioned the ICJ to issue a ruling that confirms the illegality of such a move, and the court is scheduled to do so on Friday, December, 1, 2023, president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, has said that that won’t stop him from flooding the Essequibo with Venezuelan soldiers and civilians and demarcating new boundaries for Venezuela after the referendum.

Brazilian Media Officially Confirms Military Reinforcements on the Venezuela/Brazil Border

Brazil’s largest and most reputable media house, Globo, has officially confirmed on the afternoon of Tuesday, November, 29th, 2023, that Brazilian military reinforcements were being sent to the border between Venezuela and Brazil and Pacaraima to protect the citizens of Brazil in the event of a war between Venezuela and Guyana, or if Venezuela invades Guyana with low to no resistance.

Brazil Moves Troops, Military Equipment to its Border with Venezuela Amidst Fears that Venezuela Might Invade Guyana

The Brazilian Army went on alert in the early hours of Saturday, 25th of November, 2023 after receiving intelligence information about a possible intention to invade Guyana from Venezuela, which would require the passage of troops through Brazilian territory. As a precaution, the High Command began the emergency mobilization of troops to the border.

Maria Corina Machado Offers New Hope to Venezuela, Guyana, and the Wider Latin American Community

While the failed Chavismo economic policies have put millions of Venezuelan citizens on the breadline, and sent millions more fleeing the ongoing economic crisis to the shores of various nations around the world, the new front runner in Venezuela’s political race, Maria Corina Machado, is the hope millions of Venezuelans desperately cling to — the redeemer whom they hope will return the oil capital of the world, the once most glorious, bright and shining star of South America, Venezuela, to the heights of its former glory.

Brazilian Mediation Fails to Halt Maduro’s December 3 Referendum

As of today, 26th of November, 2023, exactly one week is left before the Maduro Regime executes is referendum whereby Venezuelan citizens go to the polls to vote on whether or not they want the government to annex the Essequibo county of Guyana into Venezuelan territory. The Venezuelan military has been activated and put on full alert. Its mandate is to “defend the Essequibo” after the presumably successful December 3 referendum.

Dr. Jagdeo Says All Options Are On the Table as Guyana Braces for a Possible Venezuelan Invasion

For far too long, the Guyana Government has simply shrugged at the thought of Venezuela invading the Essequibo and occupying it, but in recent days, they seem to be taking it a bit more seriously. Vice President, Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo, in a press conference yesterday, 23rd of November, 2023, said that all options are on the table for protecting Guyana from a Venezuelan invasion of the Essequibo, and this includes use of force.

Opinion: Guyana Should Avoid a War with Venezuela Entirely – by Wayne Augusto Mann

A Guyanese citizen presently residing in Brazil has weighed in on the existing border controversy with Venezuela and the ever increasing threat of war. According to Mr. Wayne Augusto Mann, it will not be a good idea to engage the Venezuelan military in combat by putting up a resistance since Guyana has a very small number of soldiers and people and little to no weapons, tanks, and other military equipment. Mr. Mann advises the Guyana Government to use wisdom instead to take Guyana through this existential crisis.

GDF Bans Officers from Leaving Country as Fears of a Venezuela Incursion Grow

The Guyana Government, through the Guyana Defense Force, has confined all GDF officers to remain within the country’s borders as of yesterday, 16th of November, 2023. This move came as tensions between Guyana and neighboring Venezuela intensifies, nurturing fears of a possible war between the two countries. Further, the GDF is ramping troops and military equipment near to Guyana’s border with Venezuela.

Venezuela Has Already Created a Pretext for War

Usually, when corrupt leaders want to invade a country, they create a pretext. This false claim that the US intends to “militarize” the disputed territory will be used by Venezuela to try to justify its forceful annexation of the Essequibo. It is already doing a good job fooling its gullible population who needs no convincing and who are united in the cause of “defending the Essequibo.”

A Cold War Between Guyana and Venezuela Heats Up

A centuries-old cold war between the countries of Guyana and Venezuela is heating up and taking new shape and form. Since the mid-1700’s, then British Guiana and its western neighbor, Venezuela, have traded a war of words, and sometimes even a gunshot or two, over the Essequibo county of Guyana. In 1899, the Paris Award settled the dispute in favor of the British Empire, giving the Essequibo, the region west of the Essequibo river up to the mouth of the Orinoco River, to Guyana. Official borders, which consists of the Schomburgk line between Guyana and Venezuela, were drawn up and boundary markers were placed at the border line between the two countries.

A Venezuelan Incursion into Guyana is Now a Real and Present Danger

For years, Guyanese have trivialized the idea of Venezuela annexing the Essequibo and seizing it by force. We’ve made fun and jokes about it. After all, the probability of Venezuela making such a bold and daring move seemed laughably small. Since the early 2000s, Venezuela was beset by internal political turmoils and a looming economic crisis with which it is still wrestling, so invading Guyana was not a top priority.

Guyana Government’s Statement on Venezuela’s December 3 Referendum Seeking to Annex the Essequibo

Among other questions, all of which are intended to further Venezuela’s unlawful and unfounded claim to more than two-thirds of Guyana’s national territory, question five is the most pernicious: it brazenly seeks the approval of the Venezuelan people of the creation of a new Venezuelan State consisting of Guyana’s Essequibo Region, which would be incorporated into the national territory of Venezuela, and the granting of Venezuelan citizenship to the population.

Does Venezuela Really Have a Legitimate Claim to the Essequibo?

While the tyrannical Maduro dictatorship regime and its media cheerleaders are beating the drums of war, the question arises: is this a complete act of bullyism or does Venezuela really have a legitimate claim to the Essequibo? From a patriotic standpoint, I’d say, “No. Venezuela has no claim to the Essequibo.” However, from a neutral standpoint, I’d have to admit that it does.

Breaking! 2000 US Marines Deployed to Israel as Iran Threatens to Enter the War

The United States has deployed a rapid response force to the waters off the coast of Israel according to a defense official familiar with the planning. The force, consisting of 2,000 Marines and sailors, will join a growing number of US warships and forces converging on Israel as the US seeks to send a message of deterrence to Iran and prevent the war in Gaza from spilling over into a regional conflict.  (from CNN)

Venezuela Accuses Guyana Government of Being “Hostile” and Advises it to Avoid “Escalation of a Conflict”

Since the discovery of humungous reserves of sweet light crude off the shores of Guyana in 2015, a sleeping monster has once again reared its ugly head. The Guyana/Venezuela border dispute dates back centuries but was settled by the British through the Arbitral Award of 1899 which handed the disputed territory to Great Britain in what was then British Guiana.

Driving from Georgetown to Lethem

On the 25th of September, 2023, I departed the city of Georgetown, Guyana, South America and headed for the town of Lethem in Region 9. It’s was a long and somewhat arduous journey of about 600 kilometers, but also a fun and enjoyable one. Since this was the first time I was driving the trail, this experience puts me in a good position to write this guide for persons who are desirous of making the Georgetown to Lethem road trip for the first time.

Citizen Expresses Worry and Concern Over Deplorable State of Charity Waterfront Wharf

I would like to bring your attention the beautiful Charity waterfront and its lovely wharf. Look at the condition of this thing. I’m calling on the Ministry of Public Works. Year come, year go, budget pass for this, budget pass for that, and still this wharf, which is a main point in Essequibo, a main thoroughfare for residents of Pomeroon, Moruca and other locations, is still in a deplorable condition.

A Kanaima Killed My Dad – by Anonymous Contributor

On the 19th of September, 2023, we posted an article on our Facebook page entitled, “The Kanaima – Folklore or Reality?” We asked readers to share their thoughts. Some of our readers who lived in interior regions were happy to share their experiences with what they believe to have been the kanaima. Is the kanaima human who can shafeshift? Is the kanaima a spirit who takes the appearances of different creatures? Is the kanaima nothing more than a myth or scary bedtime story? These stories shared by different people from the interior regions of Guyana help us to piece together parts of the puzzle.

“Charlie, Charlie” – An Allegedly Demonic Game Being Played in Schools Across Guyana

I first heard stories of the Charlie, Charlie game in the year 2015 while I was staying at the Takutu Hotel in Lethem, Region 9. A student of the St. Ignatius Secondary School was talking about it. She said that students would place two pencils in the form of a cross over a piece of paper with alternate sides of the paper bearing the words “yes,” and “no.” The students would try to summon an allegedly evil spirt by the name of “Charlie.” They would say something like “Charlie, Charlie, are you there?” or “Charlie, Charlie, can we play?” or something similar.

Who is the Girl in this Picture?

A few days ago, we made a Facebook post using the picture above of a little girl holding a painting of two eggplants, also called aubergine, and colloquially referred to in Guyana as boulanger or baigan. We captioned the photo, “Amazing Artwork Done by Guyanese Painter Azeena Tahsir.” The photo went viral on Facebook garnering over 32,000 reactions and over 1000 shares in just a few days.

Padma’s Creole Cuisine at Golden Grove, East Bank Demerara

Padma’s Creole Cuisine is located on the ground floor of Time Square Mall in Golden Grove Village on the East Bank of Demerara. The restaurant serves authentic Guyanese cuisine including roti, dhall puri, dhall, rice, curry mutton, curry duck, curry fish, curry beef, curry chicken, fried rice, barbeque, bake chicken, chowmein, and much more. It also has snacks such as eggball.

Guyana’s “Robocop” in Canada to Assist in Toronto Film Festivals Security Operations as a Lead

The founder and head of Guyana’s Cyborg Protection Services, Eustace Abraham AKA Robocop, is presently in Canada leading the security operations for the Toronto Film Festivals. The 48th annual Toronto Film Festivals kicked off on the 7th of September, 2023 and will run until the 17th of September, 2023. The glamorous event, which is a prelude to the Oscars Awards Ceremony, attracts movie stars and top level film industry professionals from all over the world. As such, top level security is of paramount importance.

Teenaged Girl Dies After Falling from Tractor in Region 9

Police in Region 9 are investigating a tragic incident which resulted in the death of a Region 9 teenaged girl yesterday, 4th of September, 2023. The victim is identified as 17-year old Bella Douglas of Sand Creek village, South Central Rupununi, a student who had written her CXC exams this year passing with good grades. The incident occurred at around 08:45 am at a culvert along the Sand Creek Village main access road.

Man Allegedly Throws Acid into Face of Teenaged Youth In Mining Area in Region 7

A young man is now battling for his life and a family is in a state of distress after a 32-year-old man allegedly doused the face of a 19-year-old youth with an acid mixture causing him severe burns. According to the family of the victim, 19 year old Lorenzo Fredericks left his hometown of Lethem, Region 9 to work in an interior region in Mahdia, Region 7, several years ago. On the 28th of August, 2023, he got into an altercation with the suspect, 32 year old Joshua Mangar, who allegedly doused the youth with an acid mixture while he was asleep later that night.

Driver Was Speeding in Car Accident that Killed Four Teenagers

During the early morning hours of Sunday, 27th of August, 2023, at around 1:30 AM, a heartrending tragedy struck the country of Guyana. Inquiries disclosed that the driver of the car, 17-year-old Daveanand Singh, was speeding east along the northern side of Resource Public Road at Canal No. 2, West Bank Demerara when he apparently lost control and crashed into the back of a motor lorry which was parked on the northern parapet. The sheer speed of the car caused it to bounce off and crash into a concrete fence at the side of the road.

19-Year-Old Woman Found Dead in Lusignan, ECD Apartment

A young woman was found dead in her apartment at Lusignan, East Coast Demerara, Guyana, South America, this morning. Local police say they are investigating an alleged suicide which is believed to have occurred between 1 AM and 4 AM this morning, 18th of August, 2023. 19-year-old Malinda Fiona Niewenkirk was found slumped down from a bedroom door with a sheet around her neck, one end fastened on top of the door. Her feet were comfortably on the floor.

Three Children Drown After Boat Capsizes in Region 9

Police are investigating an alleged drowning incident which occurred at about 03:00hrs on 2023-08-12 in the vicinity of Piri Piri, Essequibo River, which resulted in the death of three children, namely: Linda Joseph, a 12-year-old student of Aishalton Secondary School and who resided at Karaudar Village, South Rupununi; Norsha Ayaw, a 3-year-old and Newton Ayaw, an 11-month-old, both of whom resided at Masakenari Village.

Young Doctor Publishes Book Detailing the 2020 Elections Five-Month Drama

This book captures most poignantly a time in Guyana’s history when most Guyanese, and even people around the world, viewed the country’s future with trepidation. Many persons were anxious about what lay ahead after the 2020 General Elections and the subsequent prolonged process to determine which political party would govern the country. “Five Months of Agony,” is a gripping story of love, loss, financial struggles, then ultimate triumph set in a beautiful oil-rich country that veered precariously close to self-destruction.

MV Ma Lisha Makes Maiden Voyage from Region 4 to Region 1

The recently unveiled MV Ma Lisha, which was constructed in India to the tune of 12.77 million US dollars, has arrived in Guyanese waters and has set sail on its inaugural trip from Georgetown to the North West (Region 1) of Guyana, South America. The ship departed Georgetown today, August 3rd at 4:00 PM for its inaugural trip during which it will ply the waters of several rivers across Guyana to its destination in Region 1.

Poetry: The Last Day the Black Man is Oppressed by Ronald J. Daniels

Mr. Ronald J. Daniels is a Guyanese born Attorney of Law and poet, among other things. He is generally very vocal on the historical oppression of the African race. European slavery of Africans in Guyana ended in 1838. On the 1st of August each year, the abolition of slavery, a national holiday, is celebrated in the form of Emancipation Day. In this poem, Mr. Daniels expresses his sentiments on slavery and subsequent emancipation.

Energy Drinks and You

The question of whether or not energy drinks are good for you is highly debatable. Doubtless however, they do contain niacin which, when taken in excess, can cause liver damage and liver cancer. The question is, “how much is too much.” Many people reported drinking one energy drink per day for years and remain healthy. A lot of people overdo it however, and get sick. The amount of energy drinks a person’s body can tolerate depends on many factors, such as how healthy the person is, how quickly their body repairs, genetics and hereditary factors, and the kind of diet and exercise program they are currently on.

Guyana Desperately Needs This System!

The video posted above was filmed since January 2020 by Pastor Wendell Jeffery of Region 4, Guyana, South America. At that time, Pastor Jeffery was on holiday in Suriname. But upon seeing law and order in the bus parks in Suriname, which starkly contrasted with the mayhem at the bus parks in his own country, Pastor Jeffery’s patriotic spirit was ignited and he decided to do some work.