Category Archives: History

VIDEO: Guyana-born Dr. Ivan Van Sertima | Afrikan Presence in Early America

Dr. Ivan Van Sertima | Afrikan Presence in Early America

Nostalgia: My memories of Hand In Hand Insurance and Dadanawa Ranch –  By Geoff Burrowes

 By Geoff Burrowes

  • An open letter to the Secretary of the Hand In Hand Insurance

Mike Pacheco, Michael Bunbury and I are probably the oldest surviving members of the staff from the early 1960s!

I recently saw on the Internet that Hand in Hand now owns Dadanawa Ranch. I worked for Hand in Hand in 1961 and for Dadanawa in 1963.

The grand old lady doesn’t appear to have changed much, with it’s bungalow silhouette and it’s graceful balconies around the outside. We watched from those balconies as Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth oversaw the trooping of the Volunteer Guard from a stand, stoutly erected at the start of the Avenue of the Republic, across from the Carnegie Public Free Library, on their only visit to Guyana.        Continue reading

Video: The Science Behind Gold +The Richest Man In History – Mansa Musa of Mali (1280-1337)

The Richest Man In History – Mansa Musa of Mali ($400 Billion) + The Science Behind GOLD

Just about every culture, race and religion acknowledges the value of gold. Humans have been infatuated with gold for as long as we have recorded history. Millions have died for it, entire civilizations were build upon it and even many cryptocurrencies are backed by it.

Gold was the driving force in the European conquest of the Americas in search of places like El Dorado, a city entirely made of Gold. And we can’t forget the mass migration to the western United States in the Gold Rush of 1849. Even the gods wanted gold. According to the Sumerian tablets, the oldest written record we have, gold was the entire reason for creating mankind.  Continue reading

The Linden-Lethem road: foolishness or an investment? – By Adam Harris

UPDATE: Sour notes for storied Shanta’s restaurant in Georgetown

—  as brothers’ battle moves from courts to streets

Deodat Persaud erecting a ‘For Sale’ sign on the building.
Deodat Persaud erecting a ‘For Sale’ sign on the building.

Going strong since pre-independence Guyana and famed for its cuisine, Shanta’s Puri Shop is facing its sternest test yet as the battle between two brothers for the building and their mother’s legacy has moved from the courts to the streets.

Established in 1936, originally as Betty’s Café and renamed Shanta’s around 1958, the storied restaurant has seen countless Guyanese and even celebrities – most recently Indian cricketer Virat Kohli – visiting to have a bite.    Continue reading

A NEW AWARD – THE STALWARTS – By Dave Martins + video

Now and then, in the day-to-day, you will find yourself engrossed in something when an idea for something quite different comes to your mind like a light turning on.  Just this week, for example, I found myself caught up watching an absorbing online post from Maya Trotz of a speech by Brian Meeks in which he dealt with the intricacies of the Grenada Revolution in the time of Maurice Bishop.

For those who may not be familiar with his work, BrianMeeks is a Caribbean poet and academic from Jamaica.  He is Professor of Africana Studies and Chair of the Africana Studies/Rites and Reason Theatre Department at Brown University, and while I was aware of his reputation this was the first time I heard him speak, and I was entranced.    Continue reading

Analysis: Trump’s Kurdish Treachery Casts Netanyahu as Lone Rider on Paper Tiger

The prime minister’s reckless gamble on a shameless U.S. president unravels before Israel’s startled eyes

    Analysis: Chemi Shalev | Haaretz

The only indication that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recognizes the enormity of his strategic failure is his renewed emphasis in recent days on the traditional motto that “Israel will defend itself by itself.”

In a speech at Thursday’s annual ceremony commemorating the 1973 Yom Kippur War, Netanyahu continued to pay lip service to “staunch” U.S. support but refrained from boasting of Washington’s ability to curtail Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Instead, he said, the onus will fall on Israel and its army.          Continue reading

Guyana SPEAKS: The legacy of Walter Rodney: Panel Discussion: London UK – October 27, 2019

Dear Friends,  RE: Guyana SPEAKS event – October 27, 2019 – London UK

Please find attached the flyer for this month’s Guyana SPEAKS event.  We are honoured to be presenting a distinguished panel: Dr Patricia RodneyCecil Gutzmore and Esther Stanford-Xosei and hope you will be able to attend.

Tickets (£5) can be purchased at the door or reserved via the following eventbrite link:

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Thank you as always for your continued support.
Warmest regards,

Juanita Cox
Co-founder Guyana SPEAKS

Guyana Institute of Historical Research (GIHR) – Online News – October 2019

Download: GIHR Online News – October 2019

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The History of the World, in One Video – By Visual Capitalist


Throughout the history of the world, many civilizations have risen and fallen.

You may be familiar with the achievements of prominent societies like the Romans, Mongols, or Babylonians, but how do all of their stories intertwine over time and geography?

Visualizing the History of the World

Today’s video comes to us from Ollie Bye, and it attempts to integrate the histories of all major civilizations known by historians into a single, epic video.                  Continue reading

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