Category Archives: History

US History: Enslaved Africans first arrived in Virginia 400 years ago – National Geographic Magazine

Slave Traders

400 years ago, enslaved Africans first arrived in Virginia.

Stolen by Portuguese slave traders, kidnapped by English pirates, and taken far from home, African arrivals to colonial Virginia in 1619 marked the origins of U.S. slavery.

In late August 1619, “20 and odd” captive Africans first touched the soil at Point Comfort (now Fort Monroe National Monument), part of England’s new colony in Virginia. These men and women had been stolen from their homes in Africa, forced to board a ship, and sailed for months into the unknown. The first Africans in an English colony, their arrival is considered by many historians to be the beginning of a 400-year story filled with tragedy, endurance, survival, and a legacy of resilience, inequality, and oppression.        Continue reading

India’s justice system does far too little to protect witnesses – The Economist

Conviction rates are just 6% in cases involving politicians

Print edition | Asia – The Economist
Aug 24th 2019| DELHI

INDIA: Silence or the grave

The teenager riding down National Highway 31 was already living a nightmare. Two years earlier she had been raped, she claimed, by a group of men starting with Kuldeep Singh Sengar, a powerful politician in her home district of Unnao, in Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state. Her family tried to file a complaint with the local police, who brushed them off. Then they began receiving death threats.    Continue reading

Mr. Jagdeo’s unwillingness to come to the table is not progressive politics – By Lincoln Lewis

It is now time to call on the PPP/C to return to parliament and give a fair day’s job for the pay they are earning every month. It is unacceptable for this nation to be continuously held to ransom by misleading statements related to election being held by 18th September, for which Mr. Jagdeo is on record stating if election is not held, the PPP/C will not return to parliament to grant an extension for election, consistent with Article 106(7) of the Guyana Constitution.

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Guyana showcases rich culture at CARIFESTA XIV in Trinidad

By Vishani Ragobeer – 

A replica of Guyana’s Stabroek Market towers over the Avenue of the Caribbean at the Grand Market at the Queen’s Park Savannah. This edifice houses the craft and art merchandise brought by the participating countries (Vishani Ragobeer photo)

THE 100-strong Guyanese delegation currently in Trinidad for CARIFESTA XIV is showcasing the country’s rich and diverse culture, Social Cohesion Minister, Dr. George Norton said.    Continue reading

Guyana and Britain deny Russia claim of military base construction in Essequibo

  • Russia says Essequibo island base is aimed to destabilise Venezuela

Several Essequibo Islands

Guyana and Britain on Friday rubbished Russia’s claim that a British military base was being constructed on one of the Essequibo islands to train Venezuelan refugees to destabilise the Nicolás Maduro-led government.

The Foreign Ministry here called on Russia to withdraw the statement by Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Vladimirovna Zakharova, during a briefing on Thursday on the sidelines of the international youth educational forum “Eurasia Global” in the Russian city of Orenburg.        Continue reading

Guyana Politics: As Election draws near—Facts that the political analysts need to share – By Yvonne Sam

No political analyst is talking about the growing mixed population… who are all mixed up as they search for responsible leadership and good governance.

    By Yvonne Sam

While certain sectors of the populace have become overly concerned about the influx of Haitians, and the possibility of their very presence being the pendulum that swings votes in favour of a certain party, (similar to that of the Russians and Donald Trump) serious consideration should be given to the country’s current ethnic distribution and their likely contribution, which may seriously affect the outcome of the forthcoming election.

A major analysis of the Guyanese population in 2012 https://guyaneseonline.net/2016/07/19/guyana-census-2012-highlights-decline-in-main-ethnic-populations/ showed that the East Indians the largest ethnic group comprised 39.8%, a fall of 3.65 from 43.4% (2002).  They are followed by persons of African heritage 29.2% down from 30.2 %.        Continue reading

The roots of America’s white nationalism reach back to Barbados’s brutal history

   The roots of America’s white nationalism – By

The vicious ideology that allegedly drove a gunman to kill 22 people in El Paso, Texas last week could be traced back to a tiny island on the eastern fringe of the Caribbean Sea.

As England’s most famous and profitable colony in the 17th century, Barbados shaped many of the rules and ideas of the future United States. That includes the toxic mix of white privilege and resentment that has plagued the United States ever since.

From servants to slaves

The planters who came to this island in 1627 treated everyone badly. As one English overseer recalled, “I have seen such cruelty [done there] to servants, as I did not think one Christian could have done to another.”

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USA: We need a massive national program to counter hate – By Mohamed Hamaludin

  By MOHAMED HAMALUDIN

The soul-searching taking place over the Aug. 3, 2019 El Paso mass shooting in which a 21-year-old white racist killed 22 people and wounded 24 others is likely to get nowhere as far as dealing with violent white supremacy and gun control are concerned. If the slaughter of 20  six- and seven-year-old children and six adult staff members of the Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012, in Newtown. Conn., could not produce meaningful action, very little else can.

But there was ample warning about such tragedies. Analysts at the Department of Homeland Security said in 2009 that white extremism posed a threat to national security because of the election of the first African American president, the financial crisis (2008-2012) and wider use of social media.          Continue reading

On Xenophobia, Haiti and the Guyana Times – By D. Alissa Trotz – Editor of the In the Diaspora Column

Stabroek News – 12 August 2019

By D. Alissa Trotz – Editor of the In the Diaspora Column

A little over a week ago, Guyanese woke up to what can only be described as a racist and xenophobic attack on Haitians in the Guyana Times newspaper. Titled “Influx of Haitians into Guyana raises major health concerns,” the article offers a classic example of racial profiling. Indeed a subtitle for this cowardly piece of journalism could have been: “Disease ridden Black people flooding our shores.” The article was written under the guise of thoughtfully addressing the issue of the arrival and treatment of Haitians in Guyana – certainly a legitimate question – whose numbers have increased following the institution of the Caricom recommendation of a six month visa on entry to Haitians.        Continue reading

BOOK: Rosaliene Bacchus Releases Debut Novel: Under the Tamarind Tree

 Cover Art by Guyanese-Canadian Artist, Joan Bryan-Muss

Rosaliene Bacchus Releases Debut Novel: Under the Tamarind Tree

Los Angeles, California, August 12, 2019—Caribbean novelist, Rosaliene Bacchus, born in Guyana, launches her debut novel, Under the Tamarind Tree, a family saga set in then British Guiana during the tumultuous years leading up to independence from Great Britain in 1966. The novel is the mixed fruit of the author’s struggle with abandonment and her concern for persistent, divisive, racist politics in her native land.          Continue reading

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