Category Archives: Philosophy

GUYANA: Refugees and other immigrants in Guyana – By Lear Matthews

Perspectives-  Refugees to Guyana in an era of unprecedented socio-economic change

Lear Matthews

By Lear Matthews

Some concerns may be emerging in Guyana as a result of the stream of refugees from Venezuela and the related uptick in the “Squatting situation”. This is compounded by the entry of immigrants from other countries, many under government contract or Unclassified Entrants. In light of anticipated changes that will emerge in the dawning of the gas and oil industry, issues of adjustment, accommodation and populations shifts caused by these new entrants must be seriously considered.

There have been grumblings among Guyanese about the increasing number of immigrant families “admitted” into the country, whom locals uncannily refer to as “the silent invaders”. A report by the Chairperson of Region One confirmed that about 40,000 Venezuelans were in the country in 2019. As a result of these entries, immigrant settlements have been established along border communities such as Mabaruma and Kumaka, notwithstanding the noticeable increase of various transnational groups throughout the nation.        Continue reading

GUYANA: Decarbonisation with US$83.3M in renewable energy projects – IDB

ByOilNOW – June 19, 2022
As efforts continue with the implementation of the Guyana Utility Scale Solar Photovoltaic Programme (GUYSOL), the country is poised for a transformational leap towards decarbonisation, says the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

The financial institution noted on Friday that the GUYSOL programme will invest US$83.3M in eight utility-scale, photovoltaic solar projects totaling 33MWp with associated 34MWh energy storage systems distributed across three areas in the country.

Specifically, it will invest in 10MWp in the Berbice area, 8MWp project in the Essequibo system with a minimum of 12MWh battery storage, and a 15MWp plant connected to the Linden system, with a minimum of 22MWh battery storage.        Continue reading

AFRICA: Why France faces so much anger in West Africa – “Neo-colonial arrogance” – BBC News

By Paul Melly – Africa analyst – Published

It all started so positively. Where have things gone wrong? Why does France now appear so unpopular in Africa?

French President Emmanuel Macron has increased aid to the continent, begun the return of cultural artefacts stolen during the colonial wars and reached out beyond the usual inter-government ties to engage younger generations and civil society.

He has kept French troops in the Sahel to fight the jihadist militants that kill so many local civilians, police and soldiers and supported the regional bloc Ecowas as it tries to defend electoral politics against military takeovers.

Yet his country is now the target of embittered African complaints and criticism on a scale that is probably unprecedented.     

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GUYANA pushes for architectural transformation with upcoming International Building Expo — July 22-24, 2022

GUYANA INTERNATIONAL BUILDING EXPO — July 22-24, 2022

Website: https://buildingexpo.gy/

Guyana is expecting more than 150 international and local companies to participate in the International Building Expo, set to take place July 22-24 at the National Stadium, Providence, East Bank Demerara.

The expo will create an opportunity for local, regional, and international investors to showcase innovative building and construction techniques, government said.

The country is experiencing a construction boom fueled by the offshore oil and gas operations which is creating higher demand for accommodation for tourists, investors, and industry expatriates. The government said it expects the construction sector to be propelled into a more innovative direction with this Expo.        Continue reading

GUYANA: Selected Readings: from Dr. Walter Rodney (23 March 1942-13 June 1980) – Moray House Trust

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Moray House Trust has collated a short sequence of readings from the work of Dr Walter Rodney (23 March 1942 – 13 June 1980) to mark the anniversary of his death. The readings include extracts from Groundings with My BrothersA History of the Guyanese Working People 1881-1905 and The Russian Revolution. Readers include Konyo Addo, Stephanie Bowry, Petamber Persaud and Shaka Rodney.
You are warmly invited to view the recording at your leisure. It will be available from:
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Event:          Readings (pre-recorded)
Title:            Walter Rodney: selected readings
Date:           Monday 13th June 2022
Time:          11.00 AM Guyana

Caribbean-American Heritage Month – 2022 Virtual Celebration – June 23. 2022

MUSIC: Guyana-born Eddy Grant – Gimme Hope Jo’Anna (Live at Nelson Mandela Concert)

Eddy Grant (and Kurt Darren) – Gimme Hope Jo’Anna (Live at Nelson Mandela Concert)

This ain’t just a song it is a great anti apartheid song, highly political with deep rooted meaning. Legendary performance from the legendary Eddie Grant.

“She got a system they call apartheid it keeps a brotha inna subjection… I hear she make all the golden money to buy new weapons, any shape of guns While every mother in black Soweto fears the killing of another son” Another Great Song. Rest In Peace Nelson “Madiba” Mandela.

MUSIC: Ziggy Marley – One Love (Bob Marley cover) | Live at Pol’And’Rock Festival (2019)

Ziggy Marley – One Love (Bob Marley cover) | Live at Pol’And’Rock Festival (2019)

Ziggy Marley performs his father Bob Marley’s classic anthem “One Love” live at the Pol’And’Rock Festival in Kostrzyn and Odra, Poland on August 1, 2019 during the Rebellion Rises world tour!.

GUYANA: Amaila Falls, citizens’ pressure and judicial appointments – By GHK Lall

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Encouraging Events, Disturbing Developments  – By GHK Lall – Jun 05, 2022

Kaieteur News – It is all about governance, the candid and clean kind. The three issues I chose this week encourage and disturb simultaneously, given how they confirm what we have for clean governance and ethical leadership in this country.

Much has been made about the return of the Amaila Falls Hydroelectric project. Like Jesse James and Wang Yu, it is doomed to die. One online newspaper called it a “snag” and another wrote of “difficulty” being experienced by China Railway, the company contracted to deliver a BOOT (Build, Own, Operate, and Transfer) setup. Somebody has to be kidding me, because the Chinese don’t have difficulty finding money, arranging money, or even making money out of thin air, when such suit their purposes. Other companies have money problems, not Chinese ones.            Continue reading

GUYANA: Poetry Recital: Martin Carter’s Poems – “Jail Me Quickly” – June 7. 2022 @11.00 AM Guyana

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You are warmly invited to our annual commemoration of the birth of
Martin Carter. This year we will feature a short sequence of poems
published in New World Magazine in 1964, entitled Jail Me Quickly.

The sequence is as follows:
Black Friday1962 (‘were some who ran one way…’)
After One Year (‘So jail me quickly, clang the illiterate door…’)
What Can a Man Do More (‘How utter truth when falsehood is the truth?’)
Where are Free Men? (‘O we have endured such absurd times’)
Childhood of a Voice (‘Imagine it, the childhood of a voice…’)

The recital has been pre-recorded and lasts half an hour. It will air on YouTube at the time stated and be available to view at any point after that.
Dr Gemma Robinson provides an introduction to the collection and insights into each individual poem.
Readers are Konyo Addo, Jasper Adams, Stephanie Bowry, Stanley Greaves and Lloyd Marshall.

Moray House Trust has spent a decade working to promote Guyanese culture and public discourse. We believe that a culture thrives and
develops where ideas circulate and are robustly debated and interrogated.

Event:         Poetry Recital
Title:            Jail Me Quickly
Date:           Tuesday 7th June 2022
Time:          11.00 AM Guyana
YouTube:    https://youtu.be/T7GjxmpWaDk

Regards,
Moray House Trust

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