The Americans have Kennewick Man, the Chinese, Peking; the Indonesians, Java, but the Africans are most blessed as the indisputable cradle of mankind, with a breathtaking range of choices from the legendary Lucy and Ardi in Ethiopia, to the Black Skull of Kenya, Toumai in Chad and Twiggy from Tanzania.
When the government created the Ministry of Social Cohesion it placed ethnic conflict, the easing of which is contingent upon the behaviour of its mortal political enemy, the People’s Progressive Party, at the centre of its agenda, and some would say that in our circumstances failure is the default mode of any such enterprise.
By George Mentore
George Mentore teaches anthropology at the University of Virginia
I have three broad questions to discuss, each arising from the recent attempt by the Government of Guyana to relocate the Walter Roth Museum — an administrative effort which, I have to say, appears far more reflective of engorged political muscles unaware of the consequences of its ponderous movements, than the rational choice of a well-informed leadership.
Interviews by Dreylan Johnson with photos by Keno George
This week, we asked the man and woman in the street for their thoughts on the Caribbean’s participation in the Olympics, the performances of the Guyanese athletes and what has been the highlight of the Olympics for them so far.
This week as the world is agog with the outstanding track performances by Jamaican athletes in the Rio Olympics, it’s interesting to reflect on the remarkable ability of this relatively small nation to produce such a high standard in athletics.
Global economic system
The issue of global warming and sustainable development can no longer be a matter of passing interest. The international community is on a mission to ensure that the life-sustaining features of the earth are there for future generations.
Last month the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) published a paper ‘Chinese rise in the Caribbean – What does it mean for Caribbean Stakeholders?’ Although, in its conclusions, it said little more than a number of Caribbean commentators have observed previously, it is important for three reasons.