Category Archives: History

Britain’s Choice Is Socialism or Barbarism – Alan Minsky | TruthDig

Alan Minsky | TruthDig

I am an American with a partner from England and a daughter with dual United Kingdom-U.S. citizenship. For a Yankee, I follow British politics closely.

During the past few years, thanks to the Brexit mess, the Gordian entanglements of U.K. politics have been vertigo-inducing, to say the least. However, since U.S. politics are also in a constant red-hot crisis, I’ve been unable to follow the U.K. tragicomedy at the granular level.

Paradoxically, this has been helpful, per my understanding of U.K. politics. While I’ve missed out on innumerable headline-grabbing absurdities, my distance has allowed me to maintain perspective on the big picture — at least, that’s my sense.              Continue reading

Reds Perreira – A Guyanese Stalwart in the Sports Arena – By Dave Martins + video


Following my frequent exhortations for us in Guyana to tell the story of stalwarts among us as useful knowledge for our young people, I’m doing my own bit for one of them, the well-known sports commentator and organiser Reds Perreira, or the Pomeroon Man as I often refer to him.

We are family – his mother Claudia is a daughter of my father Joseph Francis Martins, from his first marriage, prior to his marrying my mother, Zepherina Barcellos, after his first wife passed on – but that is not in play in spotlighting Reds who is genuinely one of Guyana’s stalwarts for his stellar work in Caribbean sports over the years. Living now in St. Lucia, he was recently honoured by the West Indies Cricket Board for his 50 years of contribution, with 150 cricket commentary broadcasts, and the column below on Reds is totally in Reds’ own words – I am simply the conduit.

Looking Back: The Game Of Cricket – By Reds Perreira        Continue reading

Georgetown Guyana: Albouystown Christmas Nostalgia – By Peter Halder +2 videos

Albouystown Christmas Nostalgia – By Peter Halder

Growing up on Non Pareil Street, Albouystown, Georgetown in Guyana, in the 1940s Christmas was indeed the most wonderful time of the year. It was not just the greatest holiday but a season that lasted from Christmas Eve into the New Year. It was hustle and bustle for moms and dads but for children, it was jolly, merry, and festive with lots to eat and drink.

In Albouystown in the 1940, two weeks before Christmas Day, a Masquerade Band began to tune up and practice in Padmore yard, near where we lived. Members of the band were from Plaisance village on East  Coast Demerara.

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Guyana Foreign Service: A number of long-serving envoys to go

– no more Director-General for Foreign Affairs
– Charlene Phoenix new Permanent Secretary

A number of long-serving ambassadors are facing the end of their tenure.

Foreign Service HQ. Georgetown

The decision was yesterday announced by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The shake-up would come with the Ministry also yesterday confirming a report over the weekend by Kaieteur News that Director-General Audrey Jardine-Waddell will no longer be there and will be reassigned.  Continue reading

Buxton Friendship Express Newsletter – November 2019

Published by Buxton-Friendship Heritage Fund, Inc.
We are pleased to share with you the November 2019 issue of our monthly newsletter: The Buxton-Friendship Express. You may download your copy from the following link to access it:
Best regards,
Lorna Campbell. Editor
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GIHR Online Newsletter – December 2019 + GIHR 2020 Calendar

Download Newsletter: GIHR Online News December 2019

Download: Guyana Institute of Historical Research 2020 Calendar

Suriname court convicts President Bouterse of murder for 1982 executions

President Desi Bouterse on his present trip to China.Photo: President Desi Bouterse on his present trip to China.

Reuters) – A court in Suriname today convicted President Desi Bouterse of murder for the execution of 15 opponents in 1982 during an earlier term as military ruler of the South American country after he and other soldiers led a violent coup to seize power.

The court sentenced Bouterse, who is currently in China on an official visit, to 20 years in prison.   

Bouterse has dominated much of the history of Suriname since its 1975 independence from the Netherlands. He led the country of 560,000 people through the 1980s, assumed office again in 2010 and secured re-election five years later.          Continue reading

Profile: Thanksgiving, Unity and Gratitude! – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

– By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to show gratitude. It costs nothing to be nice and to show appreciation. The power of nice has been recognized from time immemorial and in today’s society it is needed more than ever. As we sit and stare blankly at a screen or text or surf for endless hours how about doing something nice to others?

Councilman Eric Ulrich decided to do something to bring cheer to others. Last year, he organized a free Thanksgiving Day dinner for the less privileged. It was held at the Arabella Castle in Ozone Park NY. It turned out to be a great success. Councilman Ulrich said at the time, ‘The holidays can be stressful or sad or lonely for some people. There are some people that have nowhere to go. I wanted them to spend Thanksgiving with me.’

READ MORE: PROFILE – Thanksgiving, Unity and Gratitude!

Global Trade: The End of the World Trade Organisation As We Know It – The Economist

Who Shot The Sheriff?

The End of the World Trade Organisation As We Know It

The Economist

“Winter is coming,” warned a Norwegian representative on November 22nd, at a meeting of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The multilateral trading system that the WTO has overseen since 1995 is about to freeze up. On December 10th two of the judges on its appellate body, which hears appeals in trade disputes and authorises sanctions against rule-breakers, will retire — and an American block on new appointments means they will not be replaced. With just one judge remaining, it will no longer be able to hear new cases.        Continue reading

Profile- Guyana-born Cliff Joseph Unites The Community – By Dr. Dhanpaul + Music Video

 – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

He was an ordinary man with a guitar and a cowboy hat. He was born in humble circumstances, the sixteenth of seventeen children. But he did not allow his surroundings to dictate his life. Instead, he rose above his station and brought joy and entertainment to thousands.

When he died the outpouring of emotions was unmistakable. His fans traveled from far and wide, from the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens and Toronto and Grenada and Jamaica and they all had one message: Cliff Joseph was a legend. We were lucky to have him. We would not see the likes of him anytime soon again.            Continue reading

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