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Against the Grain: CS Soong of KPFA interviews Clairmont Chung on his book, Walter A. Rodney: A Promise of Revolution

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The UN Cannot Solve this Crisis: It's in our head and the solution too

I had been occupied with understanding the core basis for people to identify with countries of birth, flags, anthems and the rest of the propaganda of imperial history. I considered whether the popularity of these symbols represent more than a way of identifying, of belonging, of feeling secure, of being part of the gang. Not that being part of a gang or any of it is any small matter. I considered the removal of old statues of Columbus, Rhodes and their gang; as against the politics and economics they left, and is still, in place. And I have had to consider whether it is something more material; as who controls the land, and who owns the idea of the nation, and how the two make for the present crises of displacement and enslavement.
I was writing this essay for some time and going nowhere with it. I wanted to challenge the level of commitment individuals show towards the notion of their ‘country’. Country is not the only grouping. It extends to religion, race, ethnicity, gender, part…

Not Nasty, But Feisty

An Interview with Roots and Culture Media.

 Six Nigerian Artists discuss art and their country on its 57th year of Independence.

Who's Your God: The Wave, Wind, Sun?

by clairmont chung

WHO'S YOUR GOD: A brief look at climate change, hurricanes and Africa's history

It is not true that hurricanes begin off the coast of West Africa. Hurricanes begin deep in the landmass of Africa itself. We are talking about those tropical cyclones that sweep through and destroy the things and sometimes the lives of people in the Caribbean and the eastern coasts of the Americas; mainly Central and North America. The temperature differences in two streams of overland winds create energy when they collide near the West African coast after their journey across North Africa, the Sahel, and to Guinea. When they hit the Atlantic they are already locked in a whirling dance, transformed, in full communion.
These conditions do not disappear and reappear; they are always present and at work like gods. It is only when the annual conditions are right, aligned, that the signal is received. The ocean currents moisturize and drive the cooler air into the vacuum left by the …

Dry Mouth People

Redemption, Revolution, Capitulation: A Short on the Masquerade of Caribbean Cricket

by clairmont chung

“Carlos Brathwaite! Carlos Brathwaite! Carlos Brathwaite!” screamed a hoarse Ian Bishop, as Brathwaite’s fourth successive and winning six landed somewhere. Bishop urged we recognize Brathwaite as a star of the future. Co-commentator, David Lloyd philosophized that ‘the future is right here, right now!” Bishop, emotional like never before, suggested history had been created. I half expected Lloyd to counter, “history is right here, right now". And history is.
Those were the final moments of the 2016 World Twenty/20 Cup Final on April 3, 2016: four consecutive sixes to win a world tournament. Victory for the West Indies over England meant joy all over the cricket world, maybe not as much in England, everyone’s old rival. No cricket fan had witnessed anything like that before. No West Indies fan had felt like that for a long time. Earlier that day WI Women defeated Australia for their first world title. Both games had all the elements of an epic; adversity, triu…

Guyana’s Junta and the New Cold War

by clairmont chung

Many thought the Cold War over: dead and buried in the rubble of the Berlin Wall. The winners claimed their medals and the superiority of their ideas. These formed an alliance centered on notions of individual freedoms and a free market. Seemingly, slowly, the rest of the world fell into smug step. But, now, as the whole planet grapples with the same old but growing income inequalities and all kinds of fundamentalism, environmental degradation, mass health emergencies, racism and xenophobia, huge cracks have opened in once sacred alliances. Smaller countries like Guyana and others in the region struggle to fill their cracks while being knocked around by huge waves that originate elsewhere, in a struggle to stay afloat and a lifeline with room for only a few. For Guyana, more than most, it seems a lot like that old Cold War. The offered lifeline is the exploitation of resources but that has brought little benefit to its caretakers; only its takers.
So, instead of di…