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).

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.