Category Archives: Emigration/Immigration

OPINION: Chapter 2: The Departure from Guyana (continued from The Decision) – By Geoff Burrowes

By Geoff Burrowes

You know the argument about tearing a plaster (my beloved wife Norma still chastises me for not saying Band-Aid) off bit by bit , or one fast rip. I favour the fast rip but emigration is not like that – it takes time and you have to wait while the Canadian bureaucracy takes its time making each decision.

I know there were lots of parties – we born in Guyana love parties, don’t we? We had to say goodbye to friends and family and what better way!.    Continue reading

Despite oil discoveries World Bank still lists Guyana among poorest in South America

 Amassing Guyana’s undersea oil wealth
Amassing Guyana’s undersea oil wealth

Guyana’s multiple major oil discoveries beginning in May 2015 may have set the country on the path to realising a level of wealth not before seen in the Caribbean, but a recent World Bank Review still regards the country as being “one of the poorest in South America.”.

The Bank’s Guyana Country Review, was last updated on September 3 this year .            Continue reading

VIDEO: Guyana’s Game Changing Oil Discovery – By AR Global Security

VIDEO: Guyana’s Game Changing Oil Discovery – By AR Global Security

Could Guyana become the richest country (per capita) in the world, due to its small population.

OPINION: ‘Privilege’ and ‘The Decision’ – two articles by Geoff Burrowes

Privilege

        I recently wrote a story about the Demerara Rowing Club, which was generously published in Guyana Online. One of the comments was by someone who only got one thing from the story: “Only the rich and famous?” I was irritated by the comment and responded “that while I am exceedingly rich I was never famous.” and asked if the reader had ever been interested in rowing?”

        My daughter had enjoyed reading the story and despite being the only “born in Canada” member of our immediate family she is a true Burrowes ! She said ” You all lived a privileged life in Guyana – why are you getting upset about when someone points it out?”        Continue reading

The World in 2021: Ten trends to watch – By Tom Standage – The Economist

Ten trends to watch in the coming year

A letter from Tom Standage, editor of “The World in 2021” –  Nov 16th 2020

All of which seems strangely appropriate for a year of unusual uncertainty. The great prize on offer is the chance of bringing the coronavirus pandemic under control. But in the meantime risks abound, to health, economic vitality and social stability. As 2021 approaches, here are ten trends to watch in the year ahead.              Continue reading

INTERVIEW: David Lammy: ‘You can be critical of your country and still love it’ – The Guardian UK

Interview  – Sun 15 Nov 202 – The Guardian UK
Illustration: Lyndon Hayes/The Observer – David Lammy has Guyanese roots

The Labour MP talks about belonging, Brexit and Caribbean comfort food

“I make sure I know where all the new Caribbean restaurants and takeaways are,” says David Lammy, “because there are times I need a certain type of comfort food. Somewhere like this is almost umbilical for me. It’s the food my mum used to cook.”

We are in One Love Kitchen, in Finsbury Park, north London, which began life in a city street-food market and opened here just in time for lockdown. While Uber Eats riders come and go clutching bagged orders, and locals queue for something from the invitingly smoky grill, Her Majesty’s shadow minister for justice is deliberating between the jerk chicken and brown stew. Actually, “umbilical” is almost literally right, he suggests with a laugh as he opts for the former, because he was conceived a couple of streets away from here, where his parents had a bedsit.        Continue reading

GUYANA: OPINION – Remigration is not the answer

US ELECTIONS: If Biden wins … Sanders Says US ‘Must Not Go Back to Business as Usual’

During final get-out-the-vote rally before Election Day, the Vermont senator said “we must have the courage to think big, not small.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks at a protest at the U.S. Capitol on October 22, 2020 in Washington, D.C.

Sen. Bernie Sanders

At a final get-out-the-vote rally with fellow progressives ahead of Election Day, Sen. Bernie Sanders stressed that defeating President Donald Trump at the ballot box Tuesday is a necessary first step but hardly sufficient in the face of economic, climate, and public health crises that demand transformational change—not merely a return to the pre-Trump status quo.

OPINION: Why do people move out of the United States?

·- Lithuanian in the US, still not American

We are planning on leaving soon. My parents, myself and my wife. We feel like this country has mostly run its course and we’ve stayed here long enough to see that things are unfortunately trending in the wrong direction and have been rapidly deteriorating the last 4 years.

A bit of background: I was born in Lithuania in 1991. We migrated to the US (one by one) in 2003, just months before Lithuania was admitted to the EU. This is important, because much of Europe wasn’t yet open to us so moving to the US, Sweden, UK, Canada – it was all the same pre-2004.          Continue reading

VIDEO: New Races/Ethnic Groups that Might Exist in the Future – Opinion

A Masamap video

What are the new races/ethnicities that might exist in the future, considering global patterns of human migration and intermixing continue? I’ve done videos over races that might go extinct soon and races that have already gone extinct, but let’s get less morbid and discuss what the world will look like in the future if each region gradually homogenizes into a single gene pool or race.         Continue reading