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.
By Chelsea Fung Chelsea Fung recently completed her BA degree in Environmental Studies and Women and Gender Studies at the University of Toronto.
By Honor Ford-Smith Honor Ford-Smith teaches in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University in Canada.
By Marlise Andrews Think of a space where Caribbean artists meet to share and interact.
Ajani Harris-Williams ne Ajani Williams serves as the current president of the Jamaica Basketball Association.
By Maya Trotz Maya Trotz grew up in Kitty, Georgetown and is an Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of South Florida.
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.
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.
By Indra Khanna Indra Khanna started curating contemporary visual arts projects in 2003, working either independently or in partnership with established institutions.
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.
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.
By Anastasia Deonarinesingh Anastasia Deonarinesingh is a Trinidadian student, graduating from the University of Toronto this year with a Bachelor of Science in Physics, Caribbean Studies and Mathematics.
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.
By Rory Fraser Rory Fraser is Professor of Forest Economics and Policy at Alabama A & M University.
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).
By George Lamming Pambazuka Press has recently published a new edition of Walter Rodney’s seminal book, How Europe Underdeveloped Africa.
By Lisa Outar Born in Port Mourant, Guyana and living in the US since 1985, Dr.
By Kevin De Silva and Mark Chatarpal Kevin De Silva is a fourth year student at the University of Toronto.
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.
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.
By Kala Ramnath and Suraiya Ismail Dr. Kala (Kay) Ramnath is a mother of two, autism advocate and member of the Board of The Step by Step Foundation.
Part 3 By Janette Bulkan The second article in this series, published by Stabroek News’ In the Diaspora on 24 April 2012, described the national policies for allocating forest concessions.