Monthly Archives: March 2021

GUYANA: Extraordinary People: Cheddi Jagan and Sonny Ramphal – By Ian McDonald


Hardly a month or even a week went by in my working life without one or the other or both of these men appearing in the world’s headlines. It was exciting to play a small part in their big lives.


●    For everyone it was like a death in the family. Even those who opposed him all their lives felt the shock of a sort of bereavement. Not before was there ever, and not since will there ever be, such an overwhelming flow of publicly expressed mourning. On the day of Cheddi Jagan’s funeral, Georgetown, who never voted in a majority for him, came out to honour him.        Continue reading

BOOK REVIEW: Kimani Nehusi’s A People’s Political History of Guyana, 1838-1964 – By: Eusi Kwayana

Kimani Nehusi’s A People’s Political History of Guyana, 1838-1964 – (Hansib, 2018)
Book Review by Eusi Kwayana

This is a rather late review of a significant work of Guyanese history by Dr. Kimani Nehusi which he titled A People’s Political History of Guyana, 1838-1964 and published in 2018. This delay is regreted. It is regreted especially because the reviewer has had a long acquaintance with the scholar’s efforts to identify moments of consciousness as they emerged and became perceptible among various classes of the colonized peoples of Guyana. This concern had engaged the scholar’s pursuits even while he was in undergraduate study at the University of Guyana and had begun to interview elders available to him across the society and make careful notes.        Continue reading

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OPINION: The Prices on Your Monopoly Board Hold a Dark Secret – Mary Pilon | The Atlantic

The property values of the popular game reflect a legacy of racism and inequality.

  Mary Pilon | The Atlantic

TAKE A GOOD LOOK AT A MONOPOLY BOARD. The most expensive properties, Park Place and Boardwalk, are marked in dark blue. Maybe you’ve drawn a card inviting you to “take a walk on the Boardwalk.” But that invitation wasn’t open to everyone when the game first took on its current form. Even though Black citizens comprised roughly a quarter of Atlantic City’s overall population at the time, the famed Boardwalk and its adjacent beaches were segregated.         Continue reading

Guyana to receive 224,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines next week

According to the report, of the 224,000 doses; a quota of 24,000 doses of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine which is being donated by the World Health Organization’s COVID -19 Vaccine Global Access, will arrive on Monday and another 200,000 doses of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine will arrive on Tuesday. Additionally, it was stated that the government is also working to secure another 200,000 doses of the Russian vaccine.        Continue reading

BOOK: The First East Indians to Trinidad – by Dr. Dennison Moore (Author)

The First East Indians to Trinidad: Captain Cubitt Sparkhall Rundle and the ship – Fatel Rozack 

Paperback – February 1, 2020 –

by Dr. Dennison Moore (Author) Available on Amazon books CLICK HERE TO GO

Of the life of Captain Cubitt Sparkhall Rundle, who commanded the Fatel Rozack that brought the first batch of East Indian labourers to the shores of Trinidad in 1845, we know little; and that little is derived mainly if not wholly from his scrapbook and from a history of the family written by his son Henry Leslie Rundle.

Nevertheless Rundle’s career as a sailor affords Dr. Moore an opportunity to dissect nineteenth-century merchant marine society, to lay out how merchant ships worked and what life was like on deck and in the forecastle where the sailors and boys lived.            Continue reading

The Suez Canal: Container Ship Blocks A Critical Waterway – The Economist + Visual Capitalist

Why the Suez Canal and other choke-points face growing pressure

Shipping volumes, security threats and climate change put the squeeze on vital seaways

The Ever Given Container Ship – click to expand photo

The Economist – Mar 26th – 2021

TRAVEL: History of the MV Federal Palm and MV Federal Maple – By Roland Martins-Smith | Nautical Solutions 

Roland Martins-Smith | Nautical Solutions 

It is said that the British Colonial administration initiated an “Inter-Island Shipping Service” in the Eastern Caribbean with chartered coasters in 1947, of which little is known today.  Some 10 years later, when the West Indies Federation was being conceived, the importance of strengthening regional shipping appeared to be critical to the success of integration efforts, and so the Canadian government stepped in and offered to custom-build two cargo/passenger ships as gifts to the Federation. THESE TWO SHIPS WERE NAMED FEDERAL PALM AND FEDERAL MAPLE.     Continue reading

OPINION: Guyana: All oil today – all disturbing – By GHK Lall

Kaieteur News – Something rare is done in this space: I focus on recent oil developments and emphasize what disturbs. Gas-to-shore project is the first, local content second, and third is, who really is for the Guyanese people. Should the latter be found, I could use the enlightenment.

A Tuesday news item in KN noted Guyana’s Natural Resources Minister sharing that ExxonMobil is readying to conduct studies on a likely gas-to-shore project here. I would have been surprised if the company was not doing so, not engaging in some preliminary undertaking as to the significance for its prospects.      Continue reading

USA: Why the Border Crisis is a Myth – Judge Veronica Escobar | The New York Times

 ***This essay was written and published in 2014 and is relevant in 2021

EL PASO — TO hear the national news media tell the story, you would think my city, El Paso, and others along the Texas-Mexico border were being overrun by children — tens of thousands of them, some with their mothers, arriving from Central America in recent months, exploiting an immigration loophole to avoid deportation and putting a fatal strain on border state resources.

There is no denying the impact of this latest immigration wave or the need for more resources. BUT THERE IS NO CRISIS. Local communities like mine have done an amazing job of assisting these migrants.        Continue reading