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).

Citizenship, Dominican Republic-style

By Reginald Dumas Reginald Dumas received his academic education at the Chaguanas Government School, Queen’s Royal College, Cambridge University, and the Institut Universitaire de Hautes Etudes Internationales (Graduate Institute of International Studies), Geneva, Switzerland.

Arapaima conservation, it’s happening at the local level in Guyana!

By Dr. Lesley de Souza Dr. de Souza holds a two-year postdoctoral research position at the Chicago based Shedd Aquarium, that continues Shedd’s research in  Guyana’s North Rupununi region, where intensive fieldwork is needed to assess and protect the area’s rich aquatic biodiversity.

On Ralph Gonsalves’ Idea of Barbados as a model for the Caribbean

By Hilbourne Watson   Barbadian Hilbourne A. Watson is Professor Emeritus of International Relations at Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania   In “The Idea of Barbados,” a commentary carried in Barbados Today on April 3rd, Prime Minister of St.

Towards an AIDS Free Caribbean

Dr. Carolyn Gomes is Executive Director of the Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition By Dr Carolyn Gomes Last week the Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVC) wrote to the administration of the University of the West Indies (UWI) on behalf of over 30 diverse civil society groups across the region, to thank them for preserving the University’s ability to continue to be a leader in the regional response to HIV, by insisting that those who lead its HIV initiatives are accountable to its principles and are advocates of sound public health policy.

“La Deuda es Impagable” (The Debt is Unpayable): For Norman Girvan

by D. Alissa Trotz Editor, ‘In the Diaspora,’ Stabroek News “La Deuda es Impagable” was how Norman Girvan, Jamaican economist and Caribbean man, paid tribute to the living example of the Cuban Revolution when he received the Honoris Causa Doctorate from the University of Havana in December 2008.

Dirty hands and local elections in Guyana

By Kevin De Silva Kevin De Silva is a co-creator of the Caribbean Studies Students’ Union (CARSSU) and former president and editor of its annual journal.

Ending rape culture in Guyana

Zenita Nicholson is a Guyanese advocate for sexual rights and gender justice. She is the Guyana Country Coordinator of the Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVC) and Secretary on the board of trustees for the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD).

Equal Rights and Justice for All Guyanese

Tiffany Barry is a Lecturer in the Department of Sociology and the Women’s Studies Unit, both in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Guyana.

Economic Crisis and the Caribbean: The Challenges Facing Barbados

By Hilbourne Watson Hilbourne A. Watson is Professor Emeritus of International Relations at Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania  Barbados is yet another casualty of the economic crisis facing the Caribbean, with the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) government euphemistically announcing last December that it is “sending home” 3000 public sector workers – about 10% of the civil service labour force. 

Public Confidence, Public Accountability and the Police

By D. Alissa Trotz Alissa Trotz is Editor of the In the Diaspora Column   It is three weeks since the public learned, via a report first carried in Kaieteur News, of 23 year old Colwyn Harding’s hospitalization with severe internal injuries that were allegedly caused by police savagery.

Two Perspectives on the Grenada Revolution 30 Years after its Demise

By Wendy C. Grenade and Kimalee Phillip   Editor’s Note: This year marks the 60th anniversary of that historic moment of national unity for Guyanese, a moment that was sabotaged 133 days after the People’s Progressive Party galvanized the country under a multiracial, anti-colonial, nationalist banner, a moment that has eluded our grasp ever since.

Jessica Huntley 1927-2013 An appreciation

By Peter Fraser  Peter Fraser, currently at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, London University, previously taught at the University West Indies, St.

Eldorado Verde: Guyana’s Biocapacity

Rory Fraser is Professor of Forest Economics and Policy at Alabama A & M University, and has spent 36 of the last 40 years in the UK, Canada, Jamaica, USA, and Guyana either attending or teaching at universities and working in forestry related fields By Rory Fraser .

Colombia Campesino Farmers Popular Strike – A Challenge to Free Trade Agreements (FTAs)

By Andy Higginbottom Andy Higginbotham is Secretary of the Colombia Solidarity Campaign and Principal Lecturer at Kingston University, London Editor’s Note: This is an adapted version of an essay that was carried on the 1804 Caribvoices blog ( Caribbean economist Norman Girvan reflects on the importance and relevance of this popular strike for the Caribbean: “The struggle of Colombian small farmers against cheap agricultural imports from the USA resulting from a FTA has lessons for the Caribbean.

Educating for the 21st Century: Notes of a Native Son

By Ewart Thomas   (Professor of Psychology and former Dean of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University, California, USA, Thomas teaches a large introductory Statistics course and graduate-level Statistics and research methods courses.)   (Excerpts from a presentation at Berbice High School, New Amsterdam, Guyana; August 5, 2013)     Brief Personal History I would like to start by acknowledging my own educational roots in Berbice, and a few of the people, institutions and events that played crucial roles in my development.

UG’s Road Map: Are we missing the way?

By Rory Fraser, PhD Professor of Forest Economics and Policy, Alabama A&M University Rory Fraser has spent most of the last 40 years in academic institutions in the United Kingdom, Canada, USA, Jamaica, and Guyana.

Caribbean Joint Statement on Gender Equality and the Post 2015 and SIDS Agenda

With the support of the UN Women Multi-Country Office for the Caribbean, this Joint Statement was generated by high level government officials and civil society representatives from CARICOM countries, with inputs from regional inter- governmental bodies and international partners in the Caribbean.

Eyes Under The Glass Floor

By Sunity Maharaj   Editor’s Note: In this week’s diaspora column, first carried in the Trinidad Express Newspaper on August 10,2013, columnist and social activist Sunity Maharaj reflects on the struggle to recognise domestic employees as workers.

Emancipate: (present continuous) a process

By Stephanie Leitch   Stephanie Leitch is an independent gender and equality advocate and a postgraduate student at the Institute of Gender and Development Studies at the University of the West Indies, St.