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.
By Peter Fraser Peter Fraser, currently at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, London University, previously taught at the University West Indies, St.
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 .
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 (http://1804caribvoices.org) 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.
Suzanne Narain – is first generation Canadian, born in Toronto of Guyanese parents.
Alissa Trotz is editor of the In the Diaspora Column This column is dedicated to the memory of Dwayne Jones, murdered in Montego Bay, Jamaica, in July of this year.
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.
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.
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.
Toronto-based professional Ruchika Arora is an aspiring non-fiction writer with a particular interest in examining contemporary issues through a social-political lens.
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.
By Margaret Prescod Editor’s Note: This week’s column is being carried because of its subject matters.
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.
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.
By Kimalee Phillip An African woman born and raised in Grenada, Kimalee Phillip is an anti-colonial labour and community organizer and independent researcher.
By Vidyaratha Kissoon 2013 is an interesting year in the Caribbean for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) equality.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
By Nalini Mohabir This essay was originally written for the commemorative magazine of the Vedic Cultural Centre in Markham, Ontario.
By Harold Drayton Harold A. Drayton served as the First Deputy Vice-Chancellor (1963-1964) at the University of Guyana, and as Professor and Head of the Department of Biology.
Dr. Arif Bulkan teaches constitutional law and Caribbean human rights law at the St.
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.
Dr. Maya Trotz is an Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering at the University of South Florida.
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.
Diana Paton is Reader in Caribbean History at Newcastle University in the UK.
Gaiutra Bahadur is a Guyanese-American journalist who has devoted much of her career to telling the stories of immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers.
By Zenita Nicholson Zenita Nicholson is a Guyanese human rights advocate and Secretary on the board of trustees for the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD).
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.
Dr. Jeremy N. A. Matthews is Associate Editor at the American Institute of Physics (AIP) College Park, Maryland, USA, and a news writer and book reviews editor for AIP’s Physics Today magazine.
— 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.
By Maya Trotz Dr. Maya Trotz is an Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering at the University of South Florida.
By Kevin Edmonds Kevin Edmonds is a freelance journalist and doctoral student in Political Science at the University of Toronto.
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.
As we prepare to usher in a new year, we pay tribute to a remarkable individual, Randall Mohan Butisingh (RMB), who passed away on December 9th in Florida, just eight days after celebrating his 100th birthday.
Diaspora Column Editor’s Note: In October, travelling to Guyana from Toronto, I noticed that nearly all of the passengers were men, hauling bags of various shapes and sizes.
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.
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.
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.
By Atillah Springer Attilah Springer is a columnist with the Trinidad and Tobago Guardian, where this column first appeared on November 24.
By Lisa Outar Born in Port Mourant, Guyana and living in the US since 1985, Lisa Outar teaches at St.
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.
The countries of the Caribbean are, as it’s said, divided by sea, but united by culture.
Maya Trotz grew up in Kitty, Georgetown and is an Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of South Florida.
Rory Fraser is Professor of Forest Economics and Policy at Alabama A & M University.
Alissa Trotz is editor of the In the Diaspora Column Last Saturday, October 6th, marked the 36th anniversary of the Cubana air disaster in 1976.
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.