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.

Fathermen: An Open Anthropological Platform

  Adom Philogene Heron is a doctoral candidate in Social Anthropology and associate of the Centre for Caribbean, Latin American and Amerindian Studies (CAS) at the University of St.

SASOD at 10: Coming Full Circle

By Joel Simpson Joel Simpson is one of the Founders and current Co-Chairperson of the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD) in Guyana As SASOD marked its 10th anniversary on June 7, it seems an opportune time to reflect on where we are as a nation in achieving human rights and equality for all Guyanese – especially lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) citizens of this country.

Wanted: A Pan-Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation

By Saieed I. Khalil (Saieed I. Khalil is an eighteen year old third year economics major at the University of Guyana)   “The way we communicate and who communicates for us significantly impact on our development as a society” – Emille A.

Beyond Ronald Mason’s Diatribe, Part 2

Hilbourne A. Watson is Professor of International Relations at Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania By Hilbourne Watson In a follow up article, “Kick CARICOM to the Kerb” (Part 2), carried in the Jamaica Gleaner, May 19, Ronald Mason continues his diatribe against regional integration to justify his belief that Jamaica should leave CARICOM.

Beyond Ronald Mason’s Diatribe

By Hilbourne Watson Hilbourne A. Watson is Professor of International Relations at Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania    Editor’s Note: A shorter version of this article appeared in the Jamaica Gleaner on May 12, 2013.

Guyana: The Children are Our Future

By Joel Simpson Joel Simpson is a Guyanese Chevening scholar currently pursuing a Master of Laws in Human Rights Law at the University of Nottingham, and Co-Chair of the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD).