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).

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.