Category Archives: History

OPINION: What We Should Thank Mr. Granger For – By Dr. Mark Devonish

 – By Dr. Mark Devonish

It is human nature to forget the 99% good that someone has done and only focus on the 1% negatives. This is more pronounced when the person in question is a public figure. That magnified the expectations and the negatives. I have always been and still am an avid supporter of Mr. Granger despite my harsh criticism of his actions during the elections impasse.

I remain resolutely convinced that he should step aside from politics as he focuses on academia. In my humble opinion, his handing of the election saga lay bare his lack of testicular fortitude, a killing instinct and an ability to self sacrifice. These are just a few qualities of a great leader for which Mr. Granger is not.          Continue reading

HISTORY: How Your Banks Made Money From Slavery | Empires of Dirt – Video

HISTORY: How Your Banks Made Money From Slavery | Empires of Dirt

Europeans getting rich exploiting others – VICE World News host Zing Tsjeng explores how the City of London and its financial institutions profited from slavery in America long after the slave trade was abolished. Empires of Dirt is a show about Europeans getting rich at the expense of everyone else. VICE World News host Zing Tsjeng uncovers the ugly history of the European colonial empires they don’t teach us in schools.          Continue reading

GUYANA POLITICS: Why I do not write articles on Guyana – By Hubert Williams

— (Editor’s Note: This article was written nine years ago in 2011. It is long but very informative)

By Hubert Williams –

Boston, Massachusetts, October 30, 2011 — I wouldn’t have thought that it mattered very much. Or that anyone would bother to notice. Until I visited New York to participate in family celebrations over the 2011 Labour holiday weekend.

Godfrey Wray, a journalism colleague from way back and now based in the “Big Apple”, remarked on the absence of writings by me on political, social and economic developments in Guyana.

Nonetheless, Godfrey’s inquiry is haunting: why don’t I write on Guyana?  I just don’t… and have never thought I needed to explain why. However, it is my view that one has to live the reality of Guyana to write informedly about its current affairs. We who reside abroad are mere ghosts of times past.        Continue reading

Opinion: End the Nobel Peace Prize – Graeme Wood | The Atlantic

The Trump nomination shows that peace had its chance, and blew it.

Graeme Wood | The Atlantic

Trolls are a Scandinavian invention, straight from the frigid sagas of Norse mythology, but Christian Tybring-Gjedde, a Norwegian parliamentarian, swears that he is not one.

Observers of his antics this week could be forgiven for thinking otherwise. On Wednesday, he announced that he had nominated Donald J. Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize. “Can you name a person who has done more for peace than President Trump?” Tybring-Gjedde asked me, insisting that the question was a serious one.        Continue reading

CARIBBEAN PEOPLE: ‘OUR MISSION IS TO HUMANIZE THE WORLD’ – David Comissiong declares

By: Barbados’ Ambassador to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), David Comissiong, 

David Comissiong

Christopher Columbus stumbled into the Caribbean in 1492 and set in train processes that have led inexorably to the 20th and 21st Century mindset that says “profit and consumption by any means necessary – and more and more for me, in fact, the more the better – and to hell with “lesser breeds” who may be exploited or harmed in the process – just as long as I am doing alright or I think that I am doing alright!”

You see, it was the Spanish Conquistadors of the 16th Century who started the New World process of experimentation with mechanisms to perfect the exploitation of both Man and Nature in pursuit of profit – super abundant profit.

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Reggae legend Toots Hibbert of Toots and the Maytals dies aged 77 + Music Video 54-46

a man holding a guitar: Toots Hibbert had reportedly been tested for coronavirus in the last two weeks

© Getty Images Toots Hibbert

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On social media the group announced he had “passed away peacefully” in Kingston, Jamaica surrounded by his family. As yet it is unknown how Hibbert died, although he had been tested for coronavirus in the last in the last two weeks and was put into intensive care..  May his Soul Rest In Peace!     SEE VIDEO BELOW          Continue reading

The September 11, 2001 World Trade Centre Disaster in New York – By Hubert Williams

The 9-11 Tragedy in New York City – By Hubert Williams

(On Tuesday, September 11, 2001, like hundreds of millions  worldwide, I watched in awe at the dramatic scenes unfolding on the television screen. Our anguish was common. The impact of this incredible disaster was to become more personal. My AA flight scheduled for September 12th, out of Barbados to New York’s JFK International Airport, was cancelled, like so many other flights across America and around the Globe.

One of my sisters, Mrs. Walterine  “Wendy” Sears, was halfway bound to New York from London where she resides when the British Airways flight turned around for its return to Heathrow Airport; and another sister, Mrs. Frances “Jean” Griffith, who held a manager’s position with the huge American Insurance Group (AIG) in a neighbouring skycraper, was among the dust-covered, panicked thousands running wildly from the Manhattan disaster zone towards the relative safety of the Brooklyn Bridge.      Continue reading

USA Elections 2020: THE  DONALD  IS ONE  LUCKY  GUY – By Hubert Williams

COMMENTARY – By  Hubert  Williams

Bridgetown, Barbados, September 5, 2020 – Nearly four years ago, against all odds, a political novice named Donald Trump, who I said at the time understood well the science of deals, shocked the world by defeating Mrs. Hillary Clinton, humbling the Democratic Party and winning his way into the White House as America’s 45th President.

Now, political novice no more, he seeks to rise to the challenge of a repeat; and is again blessed by incipient weakness in the opposition for the November 3 poll; for it is Nature’s dictate that an old man and a young woman seldom mate well; and the brief campaign — with all its COVID-19 restrictions and racially-tinged disturbances around the country — will likely coalesce white and right-wing support around the President.      Continue reading

Guyana owes a debt of gratitude to the Congregational churches for pioneering education for Africans

(A review of David Granger’s Congregationalism and communitarianism. The Congregational Church in post-Emancipation Guyana.)

David Granger’s Congregationalism and communitarianism. The Congregational Church in post-Emancipation Guyana recalls the historic role which Congregationalism played in the struggle of enslaved Africans for their emancipation. It is an aspect of local history which remains underreported and underappreciated.

Granger defines ‘communitarianism’ as the fusion of the evangelical constitution of Congregationalism with the Church’s communal character. It refers to the social ministry of the Church which “…emphasizes the interactions among a community of people who share a common history or purpose and who live in a shared geographic space.”          Continue reading

GUYANA SUGAR: The Future of the Sugar Industry – Published May 8. 2017

State Paper  on the Future of the Sugar Industry presented to the National Assembly by The Hon. Noel L. Holder, MP.  Minister of Agriculture

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