Daily Archives: 05/15/2012

QC boy wins Cdn$80,000 scholarship

QC boy wins Cdn$80,000 scholarship

By   |  33 COMMENTS  | TUESDAY, MAY 15, 2012

Queen’s College student Glinton Hanover has won a two-year, CDN$80,000 ($16.5M) scholarship to the Lester B Pearson College, Canada.

According to a release from the college, Hanover was among 15 Guyanese students who were interviewed this past March for the one position available to a Guyanese student.        Continue reading

Dark Hearts – the truth of British colonial history

Dark Hearts – the truth of British colonial history

We British have a peculiar ability to blot out our colonial history.

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 24th April 2012

There is one thing you can say for the Holocaust deniers: at least they know what they are denying. In order to sustain the lies they tell, they must engage in strenuous falsification. To dismiss Britain’s colonial atrocities, no such effort is required. Most people appear to be unaware that anything needs to be denied.

The story of benign imperialism, whose overriding purpose was not to seize land, labour and commodities but to teach the natives English, table manners and double-entry book-keeping, is a myth that has been carefully propagated by the right-wing press. But it draws its power from a remarkable national ability to airbrush and disregard our past.

Last week’s revelations, that the British government systematically destroyed the documents detailing mistreatment of its colonial subjects(1), and that the Foreign Office then lied about a secret cache of files containing lesser revelations(2), is by any standards a big story. But it was either ignored or consigned to a footnote by most of the British press.       [ – more – Dark Hearts]

The price of national pride: travails of a Guyanese abroad

hubert-williams_web.jpgOne thing is almost sure for the traveler bearing a Guyana passport through foreign airports: Fellow travelers will be “cleared” by immigration and customs officers much more expeditiously than you would. Over the years, it seems wherever the passport is presented to immigration authorities, there is a problem and sometimes it brings the most inane questions:  “Where is that… in Ghana?”

Some countries speak of having Guyana on a “black list” and, at the point of my entry, it tends always to be the case of OK, let’s see who will win the mental and verbal tussle.    Continue reading

The Radical History of Mother’s Day

The Radical History of Mother’s Day

Laura Kacere, Op-Ed:     “Mother’s Day began in America in 1870 when Julia Ward Howe wrote the Mother’s Day Proclamation. Written in response to the American Civil War and the Franco-Prussian War, her proclamation called on women to use their position as mothers to influence society in fighting for an end to all wars. She called for women to stand up against the unjust violence of war through their roles as wife and mother, to protest the futility of their sons killing other mothers’ sons.”  Continue reading
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