Daily Archives: 10/18/2012

Breaking up Britain – commentary

Breaking up Britain

Posted By Stabroek staff On October 17, 2012 – Editorial |

It is tempting to use this title for an editorial intended to comment on the news that the British, or United Kingdom, government has arrived at a conclusion to long continuing discussion with the devolved government of Scotland on the issue of a referendum for Scotland. While some Scots have long been pressing for what many observers believe to be full independence, Prime Minister David Cameron, the head of a Conservative Party not traditionally too keen to concede that Britain should be anything less than a united Britain, has conceded the wish of the present Scottish government of first Minister Alex Salmond. He has gone even further than the Scottish leadership themselves might really have wished, by insisting that the question to be put in the referendum should be solely on secession and not any other half way house between the present arrangements and full independence.  Continue reading

USA Elections – Suppressing the Vote in 2012 – analysis

Two Steps Backward: Suppressing the Vote in 2012

Wednesday, 17 October 2012 14:50 By Arlene Ash and John Lamperti, Truthout| News Analysis decrease font size increase font size

The United States has a history of promoting free elections – and of restricting them. The Constitution of 1786 left elections up to the states, and generally, only white, male property owners could vote. Since then, constitutional amendments and enabling legislation have hugely extended citizen suffrage. But it has not been a steady climb.

Until 2000, the trend favored expanding the franchise: to African-Americans, women, 18 to 21 year-olds, and those who couldn’t pay poll taxes. Recently however, and especially since the 2010 elections, the tide has turned. New York University’s Brennan Center for Justice calls what’s happening “the biggest rollback in voting rights since the Jim Crow era.” Continue reading

History of Radio in British Guiana

This entry was inserted on March 29, 2010. Some new readers may not have seen it so we have re-blogged it. It will surely bring back memories.

Guyanese Online


The Ovaltine Show was a show for the little people. In this picture, the real stars are in the front row. Can you identify them?

Behind them – left to right – are Rafiq Khan (Program Director), M. R. Lam (Agent for Ovaltine), Unidentified Person,  Olga Lopes-Seale (Announcer) and E. R. Burrowes (Quiz Master).


Radio broadcasts were started in Guyana (then British Guiana) in the 1920s by a number of enthusiasts. In 1926, just 4 years after the British Broadcasting Company (later the British Broadcasting Corporation) started regular broadcasting in Britain, there was a small wired service that relayed broadcasts, especially from the BBC’s Daventry transmitter, over the Georgetown telephone system. From 1927, however, experimental short wave broadcasts (on 47 meters and later on 43.86 meters) were introduced for two hours a week. This lasted until 1931 when economic considerations brought the effort…

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