Thinking outside the box about S&T capacity building in Guyana

By Neville Trotz   Dr Neville Trotz served as Dean, Faculty of Natural Sciences at the University of Guyana and Director of the Institute of Applied Science and Technology at Turkeyen, Guyana, before becoming Science Adviser to the Commonwealth Secretary-General (1991-1997).

Moving the Stones

In the Diaspora

Honor Ford-Smith teaches at York University, Toronto, Canada, in the Faculty of Environmental Studies.

Time to Step Up on Gender Violence

In the Diaspora

By the Caribbean Voice   The Caribbean Voice is a New York based NGO that has been involved in social activism since its launch in 1998.

Learning from the ground up: Education for change

By Aziz Choudry Aziz Choudry is associate professor in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education, McGill University, Montreal, and visiting professor at the Centre for Education Rights and Transformation in the University of Johannesburg’s Faculty of Education.

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.