This article is the first of a two part series that will deal with the use of the British Emergency Detention Bill and its impact on the development of the Preventive Detention Act, 1966 in Guyana.
By Charlene Wilkinson &
University of Guyana
Department of Language & Cultural Studies Faculty of Education &
In January of this year, a landmark conference in Jamaica concluded with the presentation to members of the public of the final draft of The Charter on Language Policy and Language Rights in the Creole Speaking Caribbean.
On Monday, Emancipation day, I stood on a relative’s veranda in Hopetown watching a group of young and not so young people making their way home, through the rain, after a night of frolic at the annual ‘swari’.
The United Nations has designated the year 2011 as International year FOR (not of) People of African Descent. As the group most affected by racism the year seeks to strengthen the commitment to eradicating discrimination against people of African descent and, among other things, help in “the promotion of a greater knowledge of and respect for their diverse heritage.” Undoubtedly, the residual discrimination and inequalities still faced by people of African descent are some of the legacies of the centuries of enslavement and even after freedom the inferior status with which all things African/ black were and still are associated most often, sadly, by people of African descent.
By Nigel Westmaas
This essay is concerned about the politics of memory. As Guyana’s newest political (elections) season unfurls there will be numerous references to events, concepts and phrases that support attendant political narratives, that is, Guyanese political history as mainly defined by the two mass political parties that have been at the helm of the country’s political life since 1953.
By Shammane Joseph
This article is the first in a two-part series that will focus on the development and eventual failure of the Vanceram Limited Tableware Factory, the largest economic project ever commenced by the Women’s Revolutionary Socialist Movement (WRSM), at Caledonia in Guyana.
History this week No. 31/2010
This article briefly explores the creation and solidification of African ethnic identity and the incorporation of Guiana into the world economy and argues that historically the intensification of ethnic contestation between Africans and other ethnic groups was a consequence of the structural contradictions that lie beneath the construction and reproduction of ethnicity in Guiana in order to support capitalism and its inequitable division of labour.
By Dr. Christopher Carrico
The quote ‘History is written by the victors’ is normally ascribed to Winston Churchill. Even without the fact that Churchill is a person to whom a great deal of apocrypha has been attributed, he clearly was not the first person to conceive of this idea.
It was 150 years ago, precisely on March 11, 1860 that the ship “Whirlwind”, some 78 days after leaving Hong Kong, docked at Port Georgetown with 371 Chinese immigrants on board including 56 women and 4 girls.
History This Week – No.26/2010
By Shammane Joseph
This article will give a brief overview of the arrival of the Liberated Africans to Berbice and will focus on their journey, settlement and development of the county of Berbice during the period 1841 to 1865.
In three days, Guyanese of African descent hopefully joined by other Guyanese, will celebrate the 176th anniversary of the beginning, in 1834, of the implementation of the Emancipation Act passed a year earlier.