Yo Soy Fidel: A reflection

I arrived in Havana, Cuba, on the evening of Sunday, December 4. Earlier that day Fidel Castro’s ashes had been privately interred at Santa Ifigenia cemetery in Santiago de Cuba.

Fidel Castro, Cuba, and our Caribbean Dream

By D Alissa Trotz Alissa Trotz is Editor of the In the Diaspora Column I was up at 12.34 am on Sunday morning when I received word that Fidel Castro, 90 years old, had died in Havana.

A Haitian Psychomachia

By Matthew J. Smith Matthew J. Smith is Professor of Caribbean History, UWI-Mona.

Hurricane Matthew in Haiti: Looking Beyond the Disaster Narrative

By Mark Schuller This column was first published on Common Dreams (www.commondreams.org) on Wednesday October 5th, 2016 Mark Schuller is Associate Professor of at Northern Illinois University and affiliate at the Faculté d’Ethnologie, l’Université d’État d’Haïti.

Encounters with Mittelholzer

By Samuel Braithwaite   Samuel Brathwaite is a lecturer in the Department of Economics, the University of the West Indies, Mona   Introduction In May of this year, I was asked by Prof.

The squandering of riches or the successful shaping of self?

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. 

CARICOM must not retreat

  By Wendy Grenade   Dr. Wendy C. Grenade is a Grenadian who is a Lecturer in Political Science and the Deputy Dean (Outreach), Faculty of Social Sciences, the University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill Campus.

Why I will never celebrate Indian Arrival Day

By Rajiv Mohabir   Rajiv Mohabir, author of The Taxidermist’s Cut, is an award winning poet and translator who currently teaches poetry and composition at the University of Hawai’i where he is pursuing his PhD in English.

You are so Beautiful to me Muhammad Ali

By Nesha Zahoratul Haniff   Nesha Zahoratul Haniff is professor in the Departments of Afroamerican and African Studies, and Women’s Studies, University of Michigan.

The Timehri Film Festival

By Vidyaratha Kissoon Vidyaratha Kissoon escaped from the yawning jaguar but wrote this column because so much of what was published about events in May 2016 was negative (The  first Timehri Film Festival was held at Moray House Trust, in Georgetown from 18 to 20 May, 2016.

Memories of Independence

Alissa Trotz teaches at the University of Toronto and is the editor of the In the Diaspora column How many times have we seen the coat of arms without really understanding what it stands for?

Depression – The Silent Killer

By The Caribbean Voice & CADVA with contributions by Clinical psychologist, Dr. Nathilee Caldeira)   For the average onlooker, it often takes a giant leap of perception and intuition to begin to understand the maze of darkness for which suicide seems a welcoming beam of light for someone suffering from depression.

A public good: Great expectations

By Cynthia Barrow-Giles   Cynthia Barrow-Giles is Senior Lecturer in Political Science at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados.

Who are we away from ‘home’? A View of Diaspora Identity

By Lear Matthews (A version of this article was first published in the March, 2016 edition of the Guyana Cultural Association Magazine) Participants in Guyana’s Golden Jubilee Symposium Series will explore four interrelated questions: Who are we?

Lahore Diary

By Jamila Ali Jamila Ali, a friend of the Caribbean, lives with her family in Lahore, Pakistan.

Portia in the balance 2016

Joan French, who is from Jamaica, has long been involved in activism for women’s socio-cultural and political progress.

Anatomy of a Protest


Simone Leid is an International Development Consultant from Trinidad and Tobago and Founder of The WomenSpeak Project – a community-building forum that seeks to build the capacity of individuals and organisations in the Caribbean to advocate around issues related to discrimination against women in all forms.

Humanitarian aftershocks in Haiti

Mark Schuller is Associate Professor of Anthropology and NGO Leadership Development at Northern Illinois University and affiliate at the Faculté d’Ethnologie, l’Université d’État d’Haïti.

Remembering Rory Westmaas

The early 1950s in Guyana (then British Guiana) was a whirlwind of political activity which energized sections of Guyanese society to challenge the colonial state.

Rum, tears and karaoke

By David McAlmont    (David McAlmont is a recording artiste, writer and historian living in London.