In The Diaspora

Guyana’s political tragedy

Guyana is in a most profound crisis. This crisis has been in the making for over 50 years – ever since the declaration of independence that came on the heels of the collapse of a multiracial anticolonial movement, the intervention of the joined imperialist forces of the UK and US and the convulsive coastal racial disturbances of the 1960s that delivered almost unshakeable constituencies of African and Indian Guyanese to the two major political parties in Guyana.

Caribbean People Stand in Solidarity Against Anti-Black State Violence in the USA

(An Open Letter to Prime Minister Mia Mottley, Chair of the Caricom Community and Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, Caricom Secretary-General) We, members of the Caribbean community, join with voices raised all over the world to condemn the brutal killing of George Floyd, a 46 year old resident of Minnesota on May 25, 2020, Breonna Taylor, a 26 year old EMT shot in her home by police in Kentucky on March 13, 2020 and Tony McDade, 38 year old resident of Tallahassee shot by police on May 27 2020. 

Organizing to Live: A Caribbean Feminist Statement in the Time of Covid-19

Editor’s Note: This week’s diaspora column is                              dedicated to the memory of Andaiye (1942-2019) and Norman Girvan (1941-2014) This statement is issued by a group of Caribbean advocates and activists who participated in an open access online course, Society: Economy and Ecology (SEE) in the Caribbean: How Will We Organise to Live? 

COVID-19 and CARICOM Food Security

By Dr John Deep Ford Dr. John Deep Ford is Ambassador of Guyana to the World Trade Organization and Food and Agricultural Organization  The COVID pandemic has once again exposed the vulnerability of the CARICOM region’s food security.

Violence Against Women and COVID-19

By Sireesha Bobbili and Ruth Rodney Sireesha Bobbili and Ruth Rodney were UN Women consultants who developed the qualitative research component of the Women’s Health and Life Experiences Survey in Guyana.

Caring for each other in the time of COVID-19

By Alissa Trotz Editor of the In the Diaspora column The Covid-19 pandemic finds Guyanese at home and abroad plagued by worry about how our public health system, found sorely wanting at the best of times, but straining at the sinews in the context of the present political crisis since the March 2 election, will cope.

A Government of National Unity

By Moses Bhagwan If our statement that called for the establishment of a Government of National Unity, carries the implication that we stand in the way of the democratic process, then we may be guilty of misrepresenting ourselves.

Banks DIH – A move in the right direction

By Ulric Trotz Ulric Trotz is the Deputy Director & Science Adviser, Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre, Belmopan, Belize Recently one of our daily newspapers carried the headline, “Banks DIH interested in auto sales, energy sector”.

Language in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM): Let’s Not Fake It

By Hubert Devonish Hubert Devonish lives in Jamaica Today’s diaspora column on Caribbean nation languages, is dedicated to the memory and life’s loving work of Kamau Brathwaite, who died last week in Barbados, aged 89, and who is described by Jamaican Professor of Literary and Cultural Studies, Carolyn Cooper, as a “silk cotton tree”, “historian, poet, literary critic, publisher, Caribbean man of myth and magic “. 

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