Daily Archives: November 5, 2011

‘OLE ENGLAND’

‘OLE ENGLAND’

By EWALT AINSWORTH               11 03 2011

There is an old Guyanese maxim that “family cutlass does only bend but it don’t break,” may be a stress test for my uncle and aunt.  They have both lived their allotted times of three scores and ten and now their  political persuasions, retirement place of abode and determining an encore professions, are being left unanswered..  They have talked with a mental health team, their pastor, family, Lodge group, rolled the dice and have played ‘abna-babna lady sne, ocean portion sugar and tea; roast potato English tea out goes you.’

Just when they made a decision to move from current citadel in East Orange in a few days a time, up came the Guyana elections date to snarl all the plans.  The intuitive selves have informed them to stay put while a spiritual healer/contractor, is telling them to make another move.  They do not know who to believe and who to trust.    Continue reading

Musings of a Former Ambassador of African Descent – Cedric Joseph

INTERNATIONAL YEAR FOR PEOPLE OF AFRICAN DESCENT

STATEMENT PRESENTED AT THE MUSEUM OF AFRICAN HERITAGE

20 OCTOBER, 2011  BY: CEDRIC L JOSEPH, C.C.H. ————————————————————————————————————

MUSINGS OF A FORMER AMBASSADOR OF AFRICAN DESCENT: AN EXTINCT SPECIES.

It is unlikely that I should have ever ventured such a restrictive and invidious title for this talk had it not been officially advanced, perforce, at the highest level. In this International Year for People of African descent, committed to raising awareness of the challenges facing people of African descent, any commentary on the contribution of our Ambassadors of African descent should have been passing and integral to, rather than divorced from, the contributions of all other ethnic groups to maintaining and solidifying the integrity, territorial and otherwise, of this state of Guyana. A case for ethnic classification should never have existed. But, as in every aspect of our lives, such are the times.

The eviction of those of African descent from the highest levels of the diplomatic service is not of current happenings. It was signaled early by the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), then in opposition, with its haranguing of the Foreign Service and consistent charges about “squandermania”. Immediately upon its accession to office in October 1992, the newly appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs, impassioned after the long wait of twenty eight years, undertook a tour of the Missions in North America. Continue reading

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