The “Accidental Rudeness” of the British

By Melanie Newton “… yet, sadly, accidental rudeness occurs alarmingly often… Best to say nothing at all, my dear man.” (Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince) We may never know the name of the person who recorded and uploaded an August 9 BBC television news segment, in which anchorwoman Fiona Armstrong interviewed the Trinidadian born journalist and black British community spokesperson Darcus Howe.

Freedom and Education

Alissa Trotz is Editor of the In the Diaspora Column In a letter written in the August 3rd edition of the Stabroek News, ‘One must prize freedom and use it to make proper choices,’ Pastor Darion Comacho offers a number of interesting reflections on the theme of freedom, some of which we will return to in future diaspora columns.

Mudheads in Barbados: A Lived Experience

By Linden Lewis Linden Lewis is Professor of Sociology at Bucknell University. This is an adapted version of an essay, ‘Jack Muh Nanny Gap,’ that appeared in the most recent issue of “BIM: Arts for the 21st Century,” Volume 4, no.2.

Addressing Domestic Violence: How about Starting with Women?

Alissa Trotz is editor of the Diaspora Column In her column last Saturday in the Stabroek News, Stella Ramsaroop shared with readers some of the text from her interviews with three Presidential candidates – David Granger (APNU), Donald Ramotar (PPP), Khemraj Ramjattan (AFC) – on the question of how each of them would address domestic violence.

Living our Lives Wholly in the World: Tributes to Robert Carr

In last week’s column, ‘Homosexuals, Dirty Words…and Me,’ award-winning US based Guyanese singer Nhojj spoke of the dangers of living in a world that can “never reflect the full spectrum of our lives,” cutting us off not only from each other but from parts of ourselves.

Radical Labour: Another Reflection

Alissa Trotz is editor of the In the Diaspora Column. Over the weekend both Stabroek News and Kaieteur News ran important pieces that addressed the significance of May Day, now celebrated all over the world.

On Vybz Kartel, Social Leadership and Stolen Laptops

By Danielle Toppin In her work with Sistren Theatre Collective of Jamaica, Danielle Toppin focuses on mainstreaming gender into the composition of the grassroots organizations’ work, as well as on designing and facilitating workshops on gender, culture and identity.

James Douglas, Canada, and Guyana

Adele Perry is Associate Professor of History and Canada Research Chair in Western Canadian Social History at the University of Manitoba. 

Wisdom and politics: Lessons for Bharrat Jagdeo

By Cary Fraser Cary Fraser is a regular contributor to the Trinidad and Tobago Review and writes on international relations in the Middle East, American foreign policy, and Caribbean history.

The problem with Africans and Arabs

As an Ethiopian who spent the better part of my youth in Guyana, this article is written in the spirit of international solidarity articulated by the likes of Walter Rodney and other members of the Dar es Salaam school.

Not Even One Token Woman!

Carolyn Cooper is Professor of Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica.  

Reporting Live From the Land of Plenty

By Kevin de Silva Kevin De Silva is a second generation Guyanese-Canadian, and a student of Political Science and Caribbean Studies at the University of Toronto.

Difficult Anniversaries: Lusignan and Bartica

By Alissa TrotzAlissa Trotz is editor of the Diaspora Column We have just commemorated the third anniversary of the brutal and inhuman assault on the village of Lusignan that ended with the slaughter of eleven persons, five of them children.

The Playboy and the Priest: Duvalier, Aristide and Haitian Democracy

Melanie Newton is Associate Professor of History at the University of Toronto, CanadaBy Melanie Newton … he governed as if he felt predestined to never die… Gabriel García Marquéz, The Autumn of the Patriarch, 1975A week ago, Haitians the world over were stunned when former dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier returned to Haiti after 25 years of comfortable political asylum in France.

Power, Politics, and Poverty – The PPP after Jagan


By Cary Fraser Cary Fraser is a regular contributor to the Trinidad and Tobago Review and writes on international relations in the Middle East, American foreign policy, and Caribbean history.

Remembering Edgar Mittelholzer Part II

By Colin Rickards Colin Rickards is an author, journalist, broadcaster and Caribbeanist with long connections to Guyana and its authors.

Complexities and Contradictions: CARICOM and Haitian Elections

By Kevin Edmonds Kevin Edmonds is a freelance journalist and graduate student at McMaster University’s Globalization Institute in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada Editor’s Note: Next week we will return with the concluding column on Edgar Mittelholzer The upcoming Presidential and Parliamentary elections in Haiti on November 28th highlight the complexities and difficulties of intergovernmental organizations which seek to chart foreign policy positions outside of the umbrella of American regional power and influence.

Sex Tourism and Trafficking: Not one and the same

Megan Rivers-Moore did her doctoral work on sex tourism in Costa Rica. She is currently a research fellow at the Institute for Women and Gender Studies, University of Toronto By Megan Rivers-Moore Latin America and the Caribbean are characterised by a long history of migration into, out of, and within the region.

Plenty talk, little action? NGOs, HIV-AIDS and Caricom Impacs

Alissa Trotz is editor of the In the Diaspora column For the past two weeks the Caricom Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (Impacs) has been featured in the Diaspora column, in which Arif Bulkan brought to public attention the organisation’s requirement that prospective employees undergo HIV tests in clear contravention of international best practices.

The Hypocrisy of CARICOM

Arif Bulkan lectures in the Faculty of Law at the University of the West Indies The following story was brought to my attention almost two years ago, involving a CARICOM national who was offered employment within a CARICOM agency, but which offer was subsequently withdrawn.

Black Jacobins past and present

Selma James, who celebrated her 80th birthday two weeks ago, has  been campaigning against sexism, racism and capitalism for more than six decades. 

Despatches from the Mainland I: Tolerance

As Caribbean nationals (a group of women and men) whose stays in Guyana have in the past ranged from two decades to two years, we are constantly surprised by how differently Guyana sees itself compared to how the rest of the Caribbean sees it, yet how similar we all are in a wider sense.