Daily Archives: 02/11/2014

Does the govt really want to pass the anti-money laundering Bill?

Does the govt really want to pass the anti-money laundering Bill?


Parliament Buildings – Guyana

The gathering outside the National Assembly yesterday afternoon (Feb 10)  is symbolic of the state of the local politics. Two years ago when the parliamentary opposition voted to slash the budget for National Communications Network and the Government Information Agency the staff of these entities mounted protests along Brickdam along the route leading to the National Assembly. From the placards one would have expected that these people were all about to lose their jobs.

That was only the beginning. The government then expanded on the protest; it took its campaign to the airwaves via radio and television. By the time that campaign ended many had expected to see GINA and NCN being shut down. It was a case of overkill.  Two years later, GINA and NCN have not ceased operation. In fact for two years they operated on a single Guyana dollar, each. No staff member lost his or her job and pretty soon staff from those two entities had been reduced to objects of ridicule. People accused them of grandstanding and of exaggerating a situation.

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Bizarre Foods: Trinidad and Tobago – video

Bizarre Foods: Trinidad and Tobago – video

Trinidad and Tobago has many foods that reflect the multicultural history of the islands.  However, here we join  Andrew Zimmern, who travels the world and has a series of videos called Bizarre Foods – unusual dishes that are usually not on restaurant menus.

Some of these foods you may not care for, but it is sometimes interesting to see the exotic foods some people eat.

Guyana – Sugarcane – video

Guyana – Sugarcane – video

This short clip shows life through they eyes of a Guyanese sugarcane cutter.

Stuart Hall’s cultural legacy: Britain under the microscope

Stuart Hall’s cultural legacy: Britain under the microscope

Stuart Hall, the so-called ‘godfather of multiculturalism’ changed Britain for the better even while he showed us the ugly truth about our racist society

Stuart Hall: 1932-2014

Stuart Hall: 1932-2014

“The very notion of Great Britain’s ‘greatness’ is bound up with empire,” Stuart Hall once wrote. “Euro-scepticism and Little Englander nationalism could hardly survive if people understood whose sugar flowed through English blood and rotted English teeth.”

For the Jamaican-born intellectual, who was one of the Windrush generation, – the first large-scale immigration of West Indians to the capital after world war two – that rottenness was unmissable. Hall came to that rotten land with its in-part slave-generated wealth from Kingston in 1951 as a Rhodes scholar to study at Oxford. “Three months at Oxford persuaded me that it was not my home,” he told the Guardian in 2012. “I’m not English and I never will be. The life I have lived is one of partial displacement. I came to England as a means of escape, and it was a failure.”  Continue reading

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