From Trinidad to Guyana

By Jeremy Poynting Jeremy Poynting is Managing Editor of Peepal Tree Press We came to Guyana after four days at the Bocas Litfest in Trinidad and Tobago.

The ebb and flow of arriving

By Nalini Mohabir This essay was originally written for the commemorative magazine of the Vedic Cultural Centre in Markham, Ontario.

How Beyond a Boundary broke down the barriers of race, class and empire

In the Diaspora

By Selma James Selma James is founder of the International Wages for Housework Campaign and author of The Power of Women and the Subversion of the Community, and Sex, Race, and Class – the Perspective of Winning Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in the London Guardian, April 2, 2013.

Britain’s debt to slavery

In the Diaspora

By Nick Draper Thousands of absentee slave-owners in Britain, as well as in the Caribbean, received compensation for their ‘property’ in enslaved people when slavery was abolished between 1834 and 1838.

A Legacy of Emancipation

In the Diaspora

Diana Paton is Reader in Caribbean History at Newcastle University in the UK.

The Geopolitical Justification for Caricom in the 21st Century

In the Diaspora

By Saieed Khalil Editor’s Note: A few weeks ago, former Prime Minister of Jamaica PJ Patterson gave a feature address to the Rotary Club of Georgetown, titled, ‘Cri de Coeur – Lest we wither on the vine’, in which he outlined significant challenges to the regional integration movement and renewed calls for its intensification.

The protection for Amerindian rights in the Laws of Guyana

In the Diaspora

— the case of Isseneru Amerindian Village By Janette Bulkan Janette Bulkan was Coordinator of the Amerindian Research Unit, University of Guyana from 1985 to 1999 and Senior Social Scientist at the Iwokrama International Centre from 2000 to 2003 The High Court has recently found in favour of a rentier gold miner against obstruction of work by the Akawaio Amerindian community of Isseneru, situated in the middle Mazaruni River.

The Guyanese Online Blog and Newsletter

In the Diaspora

By Cyril Bryan A graduate of Central High School and Pupil Teacher at Lusignan School from 1955-1960, Cyril Bryan migrated to Canada in 1966, where he attended York University to study Economics.

Jamaica’s Women’s Coalition Marks First Anniversary

By Marcia Forbes Dr Marcia Forbes is a media specialist, the co-owner of multimedia production company Phase 3 Productions Ltd and former Permanent Secretary in Jamaica’s Ministry of Mining and Telecommunications and later the Ministry of Energy and Mining.

Remembering Jan Carew (September 1920 to December 2012)

By Eusi Kwayana Elder Eusi Kwayana is an Activist, Writer and Educator. Diaspora Column Editor’s Note: For the last two weeks we have been sharing with our readers the incredible story of Wayne Kublalsingh, environmental activist and member of the Highway Re-Route Movement in Trinidad and Tobago who went on a hunger strike – neither food nor water – in protest against the government’s lack of a comprehensive and independent economic and environmental audit concerning a portion of a proposed highway in Southern Trinidad.

A hunger strike in a hungry nation

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: Today marks Day 19 since Trinidadian Wayne Kublalsingh, a 53 year old environmental activist and member of the Highway Re-route Movement in Trinidad and Tobago, went on hunger strike to demand an independent technical review of a portion of a planned highway that will connect San Fernando and Point Fortin in the southwestern part of the island.

Hunger strike in eat-ah-food culture

By Atillah Springer Attilah Springer is a columnist with the Trinidad and Tobago Guardian, where this column first appeared on November 24.

Namibia: A niche that re-kindled my passion

By Abinaya Balasubramaniam Abinaya Balasubramaniam is an undergraduate  student at the University of Toronto Editor’s Note: This week’s column comes from a Sri Lankan – Canadian university student, who is also taking courses in Caribbean Studies.

Homophobia fi dead

The countries of the Caribbean are, as it’s said, divided by sea, but united by culture.

What’s to become of UG?

Rory Fraser is Professor of Forest Economics and Policy at Alabama A & M University.

Hold the UN accountable for Haiti’s cholera epidemic

By Myrtha Désulmé Myrtha Désulmé is President of the Haiti-Jamaica Society and the Caribbean Representative of the Haitian Diaspora Federation On 24 August, Tropical Storm Isaac pummelled Haiti, resulting in floods, mudslides, and storm surges; downed trees and power lines.

Woman-Piaba Tells Her Story

By Chelsea Fung Chelsea Fung recently completed her BA degree in Environmental Studies and Women and Gender Studies at the University of Toronto.

Women and men from Guyanese diaspora and other countries launch an International Committee in Continuing Defence of Linden

On July 18, 2012, the entire community of Linden – including religious and business leaders as well as grassroots people, women, men and children – began a peaceful protest after the government announced an 800% increase in electricity prices, without consultation and with total disregard for its impact on the survival of an already impoverished population suffering from massive unemployment.

Standing with Linden

Next week’s column will pay tribute to the people of Linden. The diaspora column was originally going to carry a story about a brand new Caribbean journal started by young women from the region, but in the face of the struggle that has escalated over the weekend in Linden, we decided against this at the very last minute and instead, offer some brief observations on the situation in Linden for now.

The Artistic Imagination of Hew Locke

By Indra Khanna Indra Khanna started curating contemporary visual arts projects in 2003, working either independently or in partnership with established institutions.  

International Solidarity with Linden

It is now twelve days since the first of five days of community protest in Linden, when teargas and live rounds were fired into crowds of unarmed women, children and men, killing three men and injuring 20.

Let us all stand with Linden

By Andaiye, Joycelyn Bacchus, Karen de Souza, Joy Marcus, Alissa Trotz

It is now five days since the deadly events in Linden, in which three men were shot dead by the police during a day of community protest.

We should not be silent: Speaking out against the July 2 Guyana Chronicle editorial

Alissa Trotz is editor of the In the Diaspora Column Today’s column, written in response to the dangerous and hateful editorial (the Roman Catholic Church was right to call it reckless) that appeared in the July 2nd edition of the Guyana Chronicle with the title “Opposition rampages to sow disunity in the country,” and which sought to portray African-Guyanese as pathologically violent with an ingrained hatred of Indian-Guyanese and mindlessly manipulated by opposition politicians (cannon fodder was the term used), has been one of the more difficult columns I have had to write in recent years.

Can feminism catch a fire in the Caribbean?

By Tonya Haynes Tonya Haynes is the co-ordinator of CODE RED for gender justice, which organized the CatchAFyah New Generation Caribbean Feminist Grounding with funding support from Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN).

Rodney and the concept of labour

By George Lamming Pambazuka Press has recently published a new edition of Walter Rodney’s seminal book, How Europe Underdeveloped Africa.

Tall Palm Tree

Editor’s Note: Following on the reprinting, in last week’s Stabroek News, of Rupert Roopnaraine’s essay on the late Philip Moore (which will also be forthcoming in Roopnaraine’s latest collection of essays with Peepal Tree Press, In the Sky’s Wild Noise), this week’s column carries a poetic tribute to Philip penned by elder Eusi Kwayana.

Philip Moore of Guyana and the Universe

We reprint the following article on Philip Moore by Dr Rupert Roopnaraine that was originally commissioned by Nicholas Laughlin and appeared in Caribbean Beat in 1996.