Accessing memory and nostalgia

Sandra Brewster is a Toronto based visual artist and community arts practitioner. For information on her work go to

Women in Men’s Political Games

By Krystal Ghisyawan   Krystal Ghisyawan holds a Double Honours B.A. in Anthropology and South Asian Studies, from York University, Toronto, and is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine in the field of Sociology, doing multi-disciplinary research with same-sex loving women in Trinidad.

Suicide in Guyana: We cannot afford to lose a single person more

By Savitri Persaud and D. Alissa Trotz Savitri Persaud is a PhD candidate in the Department of Social and Political Thought at York University in Toronto, Canada, whose research looks at disablement, mental health, and violence in Guyana and the Caribbean.

Dawn of a New Era in Guyana: LGBT Youth in Focus for IDAHOT 2015

By Schemel Patrick   Schemel Patrick is the Advocacy and Communications Officer at Guyana’s Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD) The Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD) joined the rest of the world in observing the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) on May 17 to bring attention to the discrimination and prejudice faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.

The PPP’s theory of relativity as Einstein never imagined it

By Concerned Guyanese   Concerned Guyanese is a diverse group of young people and professionals, in Guyana and the diaspora, who have been steadily compiling information on the clear absence of a level playing field in Guyana As Guyanese go to the polls in three days, a recent report appeared in Kaieteur News (May 4, 2015), in which in an interview on Hard Talk, President Donald Ramotar defended his government against local and international accusations of corruption.

The PPP/C has been giving Guyanese the Ramsaran treatment for years

By Dr Arif Bulkan   Arif Bulkan lectures in the Faculty of Law at the University of the West Indies     Under Guyana’s laws, Minister of Health Bheri Ramsaran’s attack on Sherlina Nageer at the Whim Magistrate’s Court, which included telling her to ‘F- off’, calling her a “little piece of shit” and threatening to have her stripped, qualifies as harassment if it occurred in the context of persons who are associated with each other.

On being Haitian

By Reginald Dumas Reginald Dumas is a retired Ambassador and Head of the Public Service of Trinidad and Tobago.

Clive Thomas the intellectual and activist

By Nigel Westmaas Nigel Westmaas teaches at Hamilton College  Any attempt to analyze or summarize the vast repertoire of Clive Thomas’s work in a single article is a daunting task.

Only people power can save us!

By David Comissiong   David Comissiong is an attorney-at-law, and a former senator in the Parliament of Barbados.

Haiti: Five years after

By Myriam J. A. Chancy   Myriam J. A. Chancy is a Haitian-Canadian writer, Guggenheim Fellow, and Professor of Africana Studies at the University of Cincinnati.

Ganja and Globalization in St. Vincent

By Kevin Edmonds   Kevin Edmonds is a PhD student, at the University of Toronto and is affiliated with the Center for Critical Development Studies and the Caribbean Studies Program.

Anil Nandlall: A visceral embodiment of the post-Jagan PPP

By Dr Arif Bulkan   In the six weeks since the mask slipped, providing an insight into Attorney General Anil Nandlall in his unguarded moments, our battered nation has been subjected to the arrogant response of both the AG himself and the ruling party in respect of the disclosures, followed closely by the prorogation of Parliament, and then yet another debilitating flood in Georgetown and along the coast after only a few hours of rain.

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.

A Salute to Fighting Soldiers

By Gabrielle Hosein   Gabrielle Jamela Hosein is a feminist, activist, poet and Lecturer at the University of the West Indies, and also writes a column in the Trinidad and Tobago Guardian   Diaspora Column Editor’s Note: Our October 6th column reported on Dr.

The University of the West Indies: Challenges and Leadership

A few weeks ago, Sir Hilary Beckles, Principal of the Cave Hill (Barbados) Campus of the University of the West Indies was named as the incoming Vice-Chancellor (replacing Guyanese Professor Nigel Harris who will be retiring).

Umana Yana: More than just a building

By Maya Trotz Maya Trotz teaches environmental engineering at the University of South Florida, Tampa  In Environmental Engineering we usually say that there are 5 pillars of sustainability for projects: Environment, economic, socio-cultural respect, political cohesion, and community participation.

Capitalism, Slavery and the Reparations Battle

By Don D. Marshall   Don D. Marshall is Senior Research Fellow at the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies at the Cave Hill, Barbados, Campus, University of the West Indies   The case for reparations made by Professor Sir Hilary Beckles on behalf of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has engendered conversations across the region and diaspora.

Forgetting Is Not An Option comes to life

By Kimalee Phillip, Director and Project Coordinator with Groundation Grenada  Groundation Grenada is a social action collective which focuses on the use of creative media to assess the needs of our communities, raise consciousness and act to create positive radical growth.

Bai Shan Lin and the Great Guyana Giveaway

By Janette Bulkan   Janette Bulkan is  Assistant Professor, Department of Forest Resources Management, Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C., Canada   “On the occasion of Chinese New Year, the Guyana Chronicle headlined Ambassador Zhang Jungao’s message as ‘Bound to be another fruitful year’ (Guyana Chronicle, February 18, 2007).