Daily Archives: September 2, 2018

Guyanese Cultural giants honoured in New York – by Francis Quamina Farrier + Videos

Guyanese Cultural giants honoured in New York

– by Francis Quamina Farrier

It has been seventeen years since the Guyana Cultural Association of New York commenced its commendable task of honouring Guyanese, both at home and abroad, for their contributions in field of Culture. The Annual Award Ceremonies are held on the last Wednesday of August at the Brooklyn Borough Hall, and usually attended by elected officials and diplomats. Attending this year, were Guyana’s Permanent Representative and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Guyana to the United Nations, Michael Ten-Pow, and the Guyana Consul General in New York, Barbara Atherly.      Continue reading

It is time to teach colonial history in British schools – commentary

The Most Revolutionary Act

Growing up in Britain, I knew nothing of the many crimes the British Empire had committed against my Iraqi ancestors.

Ruqaya Izzidienby Ruqaya Izzidien
Members of the Mesopotamia Commission at the 1921 Cairo Conference, including Gertrude Bell, T E Lawrence (fourth from the right, second row) and Winston Churchill (centre front row) [Getty]
Members of the Mesopotamia Commission at the 1921 Cairo Conference, including Gertrude Bell, T E Lawrence (fourth from the right, second row) and Winston Churchill (centre front row) [Getty]

If you grew up in Britain, like me, you probably would not be able to recall being taught anything substantial about British colonial history in school.

The British curriculum dedicates plenty of attention to the violence of others – in Nazi Germany or during the American Civil War – and goes into great detail on a few events in medieval and pre-Victorian English history, like the Plague, the Great Fire of London, and the reign of Henry VIII. But a British school would not teach you anything about the brutality of British colonialism.

We were told nothing of…

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US Politics: TEACH!  REACH!  or  IMPEACH? – By Yvonne Sam

TEACH!    REACH!   or   IMPEACH?

By Yvonne Sam

Impeaching is politically risky at best.  America should avoid such a test.

On November 8, 2016 Americans were taught a lesson that would not easily be forgotten by all and sundry—- the seemingly unexpected victory of the least likely to be elected candidate- Donald Trump. Yes, when all eyes were focused, all hearts abeat, and minds fully convinced that the White House would be once more white with the anticipated re-occupancy of Hilary Clinton, in stepped billionaire, real estate mogul and former reality television personality Donald J Trump to become the 45th President of the United States in one of the most staggering upsets in the history of western democracy.     Continue reading

“Mary Comes Down” – Poem by Jeannine M Pitas – from the Rosaliene Bacchus blog

Three Worlds One Vision

Immigrant Women in Line for Inspection at Ellis Island - New York

Photo Credit: The Newberry Digital Collections for the Classroom

My Poetry Corner September 2018 features the poem “Mary Comes Down” from the poetry collection Thank You For Dreaming by Jeannine M. Pitas. Native of Buffalo, New York, Pitas is a poet, writer, teacher, and Spanish-English literary translator. She holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Toronto, Canada. She currently lives in Dubuque, Iowa, where she is an Assistant Professor of English and Spanish at the University of Dubuque.

Pitas dedicates the poems in this collection “to those who dream.” She writes in her poem, “thank you for dreaming”:

you have made it to this adopted country
with your heart intact
and you will use it to find people
like you, once silenced –
touched and held
by your dreams

In “Just after my mother tells me she voted for Trump,” Pitas questions her mother’s xenophobia. Had her…

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Guyana Institute of Historical Research (GIHR) Newsletter – September 2018

Download: Guyana Institute of Historical Research (GIHR) Newsletter – September 2018

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