Alissa Trotz

The Dominican Republic’s possible withdrawal from the Inter American Human Rights Court: What is CARICOM’s position?

By D. Alissa Trotz   Alissa Trotz is Editor of the In the Diaspora Column   According to a daily roundup of news from the Dominican Republic, on November 4th, in a 59-page ruling (Judgment 256-14), the Constitutional Court “annulled the country’s participation in the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACtHR)…this means that none of the cases ruled upon by the IACtHR are [sic] valid for application in the Dominican Republic.

Standing with Linden

Next week’s column will pay tribute to the people of Linden. The diaspora column was originally going to carry a story about a brand new Caribbean journal started by young women from the region, but in the face of the struggle that has escalated over the weekend in Linden, we decided against this at the very last minute and instead, offer some brief observations on the situation in Linden for now.

We should not be silent: Speaking out against the July 2 Guyana Chronicle editorial

Alissa Trotz is editor of the In the Diaspora Column Today’s column, written in response to the dangerous and hateful editorial (the Roman Catholic Church was right to call it reckless) that appeared in the July 2nd edition of the Guyana Chronicle with the title “Opposition rampages to sow disunity in the country,” and which sought to portray African-Guyanese as pathologically violent with an ingrained hatred of Indian-Guyanese and mindlessly manipulated by opposition politicians (cannon fodder was the term used), has been one of the more difficult columns I have had to write in recent years.

The People’s Parliament

Alissa Trotz is editor of the In the Diaspora column. Barbadian writer George Lamming has written compellingly of the limits of Westminster style democracy in the Caribbean, a system he sees as reducing the populace “to the dormant and abused status of electoral fodder [where] every five years, they become visible and decisive in a tribal power game which concludes with their absence from any serious consultation about their future.” It is now just two weeks after our election delivered a minority PPP/C government, with the combined opposition gaining a majority of seats for the first time in Guyanese parliamentary history.

Arrogance and power: The real legacy of the Jagdeo presidency

Alissa Trotz is editor of the In the Diaspora column. A few days ago I came across an article on CSME Network News, an online news resource that describes itself as compiling “the latest in political and business news from CARICOM member states.” The article in question, titled ‘Jagdeo says Guyana will have first dibs on his service after retirement,‘ had been taken from a Demerara Waves report on President Jagdeo’s press conference last week.

Freedom and Education

Alissa Trotz is Editor of the In the Diaspora Column In a letter written in the August 3rd edition of the Stabroek News, ‘One must prize freedom and use it to make proper choices,’ Pastor Darion Comacho offers a number of interesting reflections on the theme of freedom, some of which we will return to in future diaspora columns.

Addressing Domestic Violence: How about Starting with Women?

Alissa Trotz is editor of the Diaspora Column In her column last Saturday in the Stabroek News, Stella Ramsaroop shared with readers some of the text from her interviews with three Presidential candidates – David Granger (APNU), Donald Ramotar (PPP), Khemraj Ramjattan (AFC) – on the question of how each of them would address domestic violence.