Category Archives: Emigration/Immigration

Black History Month: Olaudah Equiano (1745-1797): Africa’s Superstar! – By: Dhanpaul Narine

Slave, author and fighter for abolition, Olaudah Equiano is Africa’s superstar. His memoir is a compelling account of a brutal chapter in our history.

He said that his memory furnished him with an imperfect sketch of his circumstance. But what he gave us from the narrative of his life is a classic description of the haunting separation of families, slavery, and the hand of Providence that led to his freedom, and influence in Europe, and beyond.

   Olaudah Equiano, also known as Gustavus Vassa, is Africa’s enduring superstar. He became a slave at a very young age, traveled the world, and eventually bought his freedom.        Continue reading

Big Challenges for “Little Guyana” in New York City – by Francis Quamina Farrier

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The Richman Hill area of Queens, New York City, is populated with tens of thousands of Guyanese immigrants of Indian heritage, and is known as “Little Guyana.”

It grew out of Guyanese of Indian heritage who migrated and settled in that area of Queens, New York over the past half century. Residents include Doctors, Lawyers, Business People and other professionals. As one travels along the popular Liberty Avenue, one observes many billboards with the word “GUYANA” on them.  Continue reading

USA POLITICS: America is a nation convulsed by the reality of waning white power – Opinion

  By MOHAMED HAMALUDIN

Have you ever wondered why there are African-Americans, Latino-Americans, Native-Americans and Caribbean-Americans but no  Anglo-Americans? In f act, there are and they are known as “whites,” signifying power, and there is no reason for a hyphenated label.

“White” is meant also to reflect the conceit that the country is homogenous and all others are add-ons. That is the erroneous belief handed down from even before the founding of the republic. A homogenous society is one like China or India or Japan, where cultural sameness binds citizens together and very strict immigration policies severely limit the influx of foreigners.      Continue reading

Chapter 5 – Canada: Immigrants in Toronto – By Geoff Burrowes 

– By Geoff Burrowes

On arrival in Toronto my aunt and cousin Mike gave us a soft landing by generously giving us a comfortable place to live and coaching us in what to expect.

Believe me it helped. My aunt Dee lived in Willowdale, in a bungalow, on a pleasant treed lot. She and my cousin Mike had lived in apartment in Don Mills until they were in a position to move to a house. Mike was a life Insurance salesman who had a lot of contacts among the Guyanese community in Toronto, some of whom had been his clients when he sold insurance for Demerara Life in Guyana.      Continue reading

OPINION: The Guardian View of Brexit: A Tragic National Error

Editorial | The Guardian UK

Britain is now out of the EU. But this is a day of sadness, not of glory, for we shall always be part of Europe

“And The Answer Is – We’re Out.” Four and a half years have passed since the BBC’s David Dimbleby pronounced the result of Britain’s EU referendum. At 11pm on 31 December, his words became finally and fatefully true. The United Kingdom is now no longer part of the European Union or subject to its rules. We have closed the door and walked away. We are on our own. We’re out.    Continue reading

MIGRATION: Venezuelan Boat People: a New Refugee Crisis in the Americas

The recent discovery of 14 Venezuelan refugees (so far) drowned on the coast of Güiria, eastern Venezuela, with at least three children among them, shows what the migratory explosion from Venezuela is producing.

In this piece, we explain why more and more Venezuelans are dying at sea, victims of human trafficking networks, trapped between the corrupt officials who profit from the business of getting poor people out of their unlivable country, and an unprepared Trinidad and Tobago where the Maduro-friendly government manipulates xenophobia to its advantage.          Continue reading

Chapter 3 – FOB – Fresh off the boat ; Chapter 4 – Working in a new environment – By Geoff Burrowes

Chapter 3: FOB – Fresh off the boat – “Welcome to Canada.” – By Geoff Burrowes

Don’t anyone tell you that the first year in a new country is going to be easy! If they tell you that say “Y’u lie!” or if you’ve already adapted “Liar, liar pants on fire!” We had more advantages than most and still culture shock hit us full blast.

We couldn’t have been received more graciously. My cousin Mike met us at the airport and brought us right home. Auntie Dee smiling said “Welcome to Canada.” with big hugs and showed me, Norma, Brian, Dave and Ian into their home where they had a self contained room prepared for us in the basement.  Mike had all the Government forms that we would have to submit, such as the applications for OHIP and for National Insurance.      Continue reading

Caribbean: Historical Overview of The Portuguese In St. Vincent and the Grenadines 

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Madeira Island – From Whence the Portuguese Came. 

Editor’s Note: from The Vincentian Publishing Company.

Friday 27th November, 2020 marked the 175th Anniversary of the arrival of the first the Madeiran Portuguese people in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

We are pleased to commemorate this milestone with extracts from a soon to be published booklet entitled, ‘An Historical Overview of the Portuguese in St. Vincent and the Grenadines & the Bellevue Roman Catholic Church’, authored by Rev. Mark De Silva, to whom we are grateful for allowing the use his work.            Continue reading

Guyanese Christmas Down Under – by Francis Quamina Farrier

  – by Francis Quamina Farrier
While it is winter in countries in the north – America, Britain, Canada, Denmark, France and other European countries, it is now summer Down Under in countries such as Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. This is also true in other countries such as Botswana in Africa and Uruguay in South America – countries which are way down south of the Equator.

 As such, they spend the Christmas Season in a warm climate without any snow. Their Winter months are during mid-year. While on visits to Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and Uruguay, I recognized the weather realities of those countries which are Down Under at the southern or bottom portion of the globe.          Continue reading

Guyana blocks about 1,000 Cubans from entering from Suriname; ferry service suspended

Demerera Waves – 08 December 2020

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Hugh Hilton Todd convened a meeting on December 7, 2020, with Narciso Reinaldo Armador Socorro, Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba to discuss the pressing issue of a number of Cuban nationals currently camping at South Drain, Suriname desirous of transiting Guyana to get to the United States of America to seek asylum there. Minister Todd was accompanied by Gail Teixeira, Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and Governance; Anil Nandlall, Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs and Robeson Benn, Minister of Home Affairs.

The Cubans are at South Drain, Nickerie waiting to cross with the ferry that was scheduled to resume operations on December 12. Authorities believed that the Cubans want to enter Guyana to eventually enter Brazil.        Continue reading