Category Archives: History

OPINION: Reimagining the Caribbean Diaspora: diversity, equity and inclusion – by Lear Matthews

 by Lear Matthews

 This article focusses on the English speaking Caribbean Diaspora’s experience within the context of diversity, equity and inclusion in the aftermath of recent societal unrest and institutional realignment in the United States. Informed by a concern for social justice and cross-cultural dynamics, this writer unpacks how this population has been affected by the burden of racism and xenophobia. It highlights a continuation of courageous conversations on the topic (See Guyanese Online: February 20-21, 2021).             Continue reading

GUYANA: Popular storyteller and singer ‘Auntie Comesee’ turns 100

“Auntie Comesee”, with family friend Melanie Seaton, daughter of Retired GDF Colonel Pluto Martindale (deceased).

By Frederick Halley

LAMENTING that she hasn’t been able to attend church, concerts and the gym over the last year or so because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, celebrated a significant milestone on February 8, 2021. The famous storyteller and singer who over the years thrilled audiences in Guyana and Toronto, Canada with her unique style, turned 100.      Continue reading

Guyana-born Historian Dr. Keith Wailoo named 2021 Dan David Prize winner

Dr. Keith Wailoo

From:  B. Rose Huber, Princeton University – School of Public and International Affairs

Feb. 15, 2021

Wailoo, the Henry Putnam University Professor of History and Public Affairs at Princeton, is being honored for his work in the history of health and medicine. He will share a $1 million prize with Alison Bashford of the University of South Wales and Katharine Park of Harvard University.        Continue reading

BOOK: Charles Blow’s ‘The Devil You Know: A Black Power Manifesto’ — By HOPE WABUKE

January 26, 2021 – By HOPE WABUKE

In his new book ‘The Devil You Know: A Black Power Manifesto’, Charles Blow recalls hearing Harry Belafonte give a speech.

The subject was Belafonte’s bailout of some student members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC.) Belafonte had raised $70,000 in bail money and called up his best friend Sidney Poitier  to help him deliver the money. But it was not easy. Belafonte recalled how he and Poitier were chased by the Ku Klux Klan, whose members accosted them at the airport; Belafonte and Poitier had to take off speeding in a race for their lives.        Continue reading

GUYANA-born, RUDOLPH DUNBAR (1907-1988) was a musical genius and a brilliant journalist

RUDOLPH DUNBAR – The Pioneering Musician, Campaigning Black Journalist and World War II Correspondent Who Covered The Liberation Of Europe With A Conductor’s Baton In His Knapsack

Rudolph Dunbar

Tim Crook | The Journal

GUYANA-born, RUDOLPH DUNBAR (1907-1988) was a musical genius, a brilliant journalist and indefatigable campaigner for racial justice – but post Second World War, he was discriminated against and excluded from the riches of success he so greatly deserved.

Dunbar was featured and celebrated for his appearances as a conductor and musician on BBC Radio during the 1930s.            Continue reading

Why has England and the UK succeed so much in its history? – Opinion

Honorary President and founder at Comité Bastille, a Think Tank on Tax Reform. (2006–present)

There are many reasons, but all of them were the consequence of three basic reasons without which England could have become a bigger Denmark, a respectable European nation but nothing else:

  1. England is on an island of the right size, right climate and fertile soil to become home of a significant population. Japan is in a similar situation, but with the handicap of earthquakes. Both went through many wars and problems before they got united but they did it.       Continue reading

EDUCATION: Universities need to wise up – or risk being consigned to history – The Guardian

By: John Naughton – The Guardian – Sat 13 Feb 2021 16.00 GMT
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The pandemic has shown that other ways of teaching and learning are possible
  • Students locked down at Manchester Metropolitan University express their frustration to passersby.

    Photo: Students locked down at Manchester Metropolitan University express their frustration to passersby. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images

The thing about pandemics, observed the historian Yuval Noah Harari, is that they tend to accelerate history. A couple of years ago, appalled by the environmental, financial and working-time costs of running research conferences, I wondered aloud how long it would take for many of these events to be conducted online – and gloomily predicted that it would take another decade.       

GUYANA: This mixed up place – By Dave Martins – Commentary

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You’re in Guyana for a week, or for a longer spell

Let me give you some background, it will serve you well.

I summarise by saying that we have a mixed up place.

Your first time come to Guyana? I’ll give you the straight case.

Most of what you hear ‘bout it, you better realize

The water this side really rough, so everything capsize.

Guyana not like Barbados, Antigua or St. Kitts,

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TOURISM: MUST READ! Is Guyana Safe to Visit in 2021? – By Mathilde: – thebrokebackpacker.com

Kaieteur Falls

– By Mathilde: – thebrokebackpacker.com

In fact, Guyana boasts one of the highest levels of biodiversity in the world and, unlike many of its neighbours, over 70% of its natural environment remains intact. For anybody looking for a fresh, off the beaten track place to explore, Guyana is basically a paradise.

However, it isn’t always what we’d call “paradise”. Safety issues in urban and rural areas, as well natural threats like the weather and insect-borne diseases, can make it a risky place to explore – especially if you’re not used to that sort of environment.            Continue reading

VIDEO: The Future of Humans: Love Your Servitude – By Aldous Huxley and George Orwell

What is the future of humans? This is a very serious question today especially now with the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the world. During the last century Aldous Huxley and George Orwell foretold many of the developments we now see in technology for human control. China is well advanced in this area.

Look at this video and see if it gives you an insight on what is REALLY happening around you today… and this is just the beginning of “Future Man” using Artificial Intelligence.  It will all happen —very quickly, within our lifetimes.    Continue reading