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« Reply #827 on: March 31, 2009, 08:15:21 am »
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/30/world/americas/30jagan.html?scp=1&sq=Janet%20Jagan&st=cse

Janet Jagan, Chicago Native Who Led Guyana, Dies at 88

Published: March 29, 2009

Janet Jagan, a daughter of a middle-class family from Chicago who became enmeshed in anticolonial politics in Guyana and rose to become the first woman to be president of that South American nation, died Saturday in Georgetown, the Guyanese capital. She was 88.

Mrs. Jagan died at a government hospital after suffering an abdominal aneurysm, Guyana?s health minister, Leslie Ramsammy, told Reuters.

Born Janet Rosenberg in 1920, she was a student nurse at Cook County Hospital in Chicago when she met Cheddi Jagan, a dentistry student at Northwestern University and the eldest of 11 children of an Indo-Guyanese family of sugar cane workers. His grandparents had arrived in British Guiana from India as indentured laborers.

They married, despite the fierce opposition of her parents, who were Jewish, and in 1943 they moved to British Guiana, where he established a dental practice and they both became involved in radical politics. In 1950, they founded the People?s Progressive Party, and in 1953, in elections under a new Constitution providing greater home rule, Dr. Jagan became chief minister. But the Jagans? Marxist ideas aroused the suspicions of Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who sent warships and troops to topple the new government. The Jagans were jailed.

Even after the Jagans? release, colonial police watched their every move. ?I remember taking Cheddi Jr. to school one morning while a policeman was trailing me,? Mrs. Jagan once told The Stabroek News, a newspaper in Georgetown. ?When I bade him goodbye, walked up the street and looked back, I saw him looking through the school window, watching the policeman trailing me.?

A deepening racial rift between Afro-Guyanese, many of them descendants of African slaves, and Indo-Guyanese followed Churchill?s intervention. Dr. Jagan returned to power in 1957, and Mrs. Jagan became labor minister.

Again, their politics, along with their admiration for Fidel Castro?s revolution in Cuba, caused alarm in a foreign capital ? this time, Washington. According to long-classified documents, President John F. Kennedy ordered the Central Intelligence Agency in 1961 to destabilize the Jagan government. The C.I.A. covertly financed a campaign of labor unrest, false information and sabotage that led to race riots and, eventually, the ascension of Forbes Burnham, a black, London-educated lawyer and a leader of the People?s Progressive Party who had become a rival of the Jagans. He became president and prime minister in 1966.

After Guyana achieved independence that year, Mrs. Jagan remained active in public life as a member of Parliament and editor of the newspaper The Mirror. Mr. Burnham veered far to the left, nationalizing companies, banning imports including basic foods, and declaring Guyana a ?cooperative republic? in 1970.

By the end of Mr. Burnham?s rule, with his death in 1985, Guyana had become one of the Western Hemisphere?s poorest nations. In 1992, Dr. Jagan was elected president. During his time in office, Mrs. Jagan served briefly as ambassador to the United Nations.

After her husband died in 1997, she ran for president and won. At campaign rallies, her followers respectfully called her ?bhowji,? a Hindi term meaning ?elder brother?s wife.? But her government was plagued by street protests and tension with the opposition People?s National Congress.

After a mild heart attack in 1999, Mrs. Jagan stepped down, opening the way for her Moscow-educated finance minister, Bharrat Jagdeo, to become president, a position he still holds. This weekend, Mr. Jagdeo cut short a visit to the Middle East to return for a state funeral for Mrs. Jagan, according to news reports.

Mrs. Jagan is survived by her son, Dr. Cheddi Jagan Jr., a daughter, Nadira Jagan-Brancier, and five grandchildren.

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Re: Dropping Like Flies
« Reply #828 on: April 09, 2009, 07:36:10 pm »
FUKIT

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Re: Dropping Like Flies
« Reply #829 on: April 10, 2009, 10:14:35 am »
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090410/ap_on_en_ot/obit_dave_arneson

now he can control all those imaginary people/animals/immortals with god's own twelve sided dice.

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« Reply #830 on: April 10, 2009, 10:40:01 am »
american power and might.

our military is being held at "bay" by four pirates in a lifeboat.  our country is officially a bunch of weak kneed pussies.  america should drop the eagle, and adopt a whimpering twat for a logo.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/10/world/africa/10pirates.html?partner=msnbcpolitics&emc=rss

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« Reply #831 on: April 12, 2009, 08:43:33 pm »
american power and might.

our military is being held at "bay" by four pirates in a lifeboat.  our country is officially a bunch of weak kneed pussies.  america should drop the eagle, and adopt a whimpering twat for a logo.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/10/world/africa/10pirates.html?partner=msnbcpolitics&emc=rss

This just in! The standoff is over, and the Pirates, No Pun Intended, bite the bullets big time! News at 11 p.m.

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« Reply #832 on: April 13, 2009, 12:18:10 am »
american power and might.

our military is being held at "bay" by four pirates in a lifeboat.  our country is officially a bunch of weak kneed pussies.  america should drop the eagle, and adopt a whimpering twat for a logo.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/10/world/africa/10pirates.html?partner=msnbcpolitics&emc=rss

Right - just fire at the thing.  Fuck the captain.

Weak-kneed pussies indeed....

'Somali pirates who had pulled off the first seizure of an American crewman in recent memory were soon staring at the hulls of the USS Halyburton, a guided-missile frigate equipped with helicopters, and the USS Boxer, an amphibious assault ship with missile launchers, attack planes and a crew of 1,000, which had joined the Bainbridge.'
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« Reply #833 on: April 13, 2009, 06:56:33 am »
american power and might.

our military is being held at "bay" by four pirates in a lifeboat.  our country is officially a bunch of weak kneed pussies.  america should drop the eagle, and adopt a whimpering twat for a logo.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/10/world/africa/10pirates.html?partner=msnbcpolitics&emc=rss

Oops, open mouth insert foot!
FUKIT

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« Reply #834 on: April 13, 2009, 12:53:28 pm »
i'll gladly be the total ass to have the incident end the way it did.  and here i thought the seals had fallen off the radar nowadays.

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« Reply #835 on: April 13, 2009, 02:05:46 pm »
Phillies broadcaster dies at Nationals Park.

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=4064793
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« Reply #836 on: April 13, 2009, 02:20:51 pm »
ʎɐʍou

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Re: Dropping Like Flies
« Reply #838 on: April 22, 2009, 10:04:13 am »

http://money.cnn.com/2009/04/22/news/Freddie_Mac_CFO/?cnn=yes

David Kellermann, acting chief financial officer of mortgage company Freddie Mac

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« Reply #839 on: April 22, 2009, 11:04:43 am »

http://money.cnn.com/2009/04/22/news/Freddie_Mac_CFO/?cnn=yes

David Kellermann, acting chief financial officer of mortgage company Freddie Mac

in my line of work, this is some serious news.  we look at this and go . . .  oh shit, here we go.