Daily Archives: 08/13/2021

A Guyana SPEAKS SPECIAL: Reflecting on the Portuguese in Guyana – Sunday 15th August 2021@ 3pm BST

Please join us for a special Guyana SPEAKS event reflecting on the Portuguese in Guyana.

It takes place this coming Sunday, 15th August at 3pm BST / 10am GYT & EDT / 11am ADT.  Our distinguished speakers are: Dr Joanne Collins-Gonsalves, Salvador De Caires, Bruce Nobrega and Maggie Harris.  They will be talking on a variety of topics including the history of Portuguese indentureship and culture, 18th century Jewish-Portuguese, Portuguese cuisine and poetry. 

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GUYANA: Gas to Shore Initiative – Contradictions by Vice-President Bharrat Jagdeo – Opinion

—  Jagdeo is in a maze of his own confusion!

GUYANA HISTORY: Now 36 Years since Forbes Burnham transitioned – by Francis Quamina Farrier

  – by Francis Quamina Farrier
 
When someone we know dies, especially suddenly, we always reflect on the last time we saw them alive. In this article which is about the 36th. Death Anniversary of President Forbes Burnham, I will reflect not only on what was the last time I saw him alive, but comments I recently garnered from Guyanese over three decades later.
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I last saw President Burnham alive on Saturday August 4, 1985. It was a special occasion for me and scores of other citizens of Georgetown; those with special interest in the history of our beautiful Garden city. Murray street in the city ward of South Cummingsburg, was having that name changed from honoring the colonial governor, Sir John Murray, who owned slaves in the colony, to that of the enslaved African, Deacon Quamina an enslaved African, of the Bethel Congregational church at Le Resouviner on the lower East Coast, Demerara.

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U.S.A: Call for reparations is not for handouts but for paying a debt long in default – By Mohamed Hamaludin

– By Mohamed Hamaludin

This is the second installment in a series on the debt which the United States owes to African Americans. The first installment dealt with the need for an apology for slavery.

Britain passed the Slavery Abolition Act in 1833 and agreed to compensate slave-owners for loss of their “property” by borrowing 20 million pounds sterling, amounting to 40 percent of its national budget, equivalent to billions of dollars today.

Britain paid off that debt only in 2015, with taxpayers footing the bill all along, a fact not generally known until the Treasury mentioned it in a 2018 tweet and political activist Raheem Kassam posted the information online. USA Today followed up with a fact-checking  June 30, 2020, deeming it true. The slaves got nothing; it was reparations for the slavers, not the enslaved.        Continue reading

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