Category Archives: Racial Conflict

OPINION: Are the Pastors doing enough? – By Yvonne Sam

By Yvonne Sam

— Sadly men of the cloth are not behaving as they ought.

Has the church lost its influence? Has it become weaker? Are the pastors hiding?

A shroud of darkness has enveloped the land, and I am yet to see the pastors make a historical stand. In 2015, I wrote an article denouncing the rising rate of femicide in Guyana, and called on, not only the government, but also the church, to make efforts to ensure that we stamped out the seeming Guyanese curse — that of our men being responsible for putting our women in hearses.      Continue reading

OPINION: All is not well in Guyana – By Mosa Telford


Last week the world celebrated Diwali. Diwali is a celebration of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance. In this period of Earth’s history, we need an abundance of light. We seem to have sunk into darkness – moral depravity and despair – surviving what is and fearing what is to come.

Many are longing for the order of the past refusing to accept that the world we once knew no longer exists. Some may describe what we are experiencing as a time of evil; that the dark forces of the world have taken the reins, steering mankind deeper into hopelessness and death.            Continue reading

GUYANA: HISTORY: 1763: Rebellion or revolution? – Moray House: Virtual Event – 24th November 2020

Title1763: Rebellion or revolution?

Discussants: Professor Marjoleine Kars and Dwayne Benjamin

Date: Tuesday 24th November 2020
Time: 5.00 pm Guyana time [4.00 pm Toronto & New York, 9.00 pm UK].

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VIDEO: Racism in America – Part 2 of 2- By Phil Vischer

VIDEO: Race in America – by Phil Vischer

In this second video RACE IN AMERICA Part 2, I will answer some of the queries that came out after the first video Racism In America was published. I will add more detail to support the statements and conclusions that were outlined in that video (SEE LINK BELOW). Here I also suggest how we can all help to improve the race relations within the communities and cities we live in. Continue reading

VIDEO: Race in America – by Phil Vischer – Part 1 of 2

VIDEO: Race in America – by Phil Vischer

We need to talk about race. Why are people angry? Why so upset? Didn’t we elect a black president? Pass civil rights laws? Isn’t racism illegal now? Three years ago my brother Rob and I co-taught a class that discussed issues of racial injustice. That class turned into a popular podcast episode, which we’ve now turned into this video. Why are people still angry? Let’s take a look at race in America…

RACIAL PROFILING: My Guyanese Heritage Seems to Mystify People – By Joy Persaud

– But I Couldn’t Be More Proud of My Past

Too Indian? Not Indian enough. Born and Bred British? Not British enough. Why does no one know about us British Guyanese?

Joy Persaud | The Telegraph UK

When someone asks, “Where are you from?” I’ll try to guess what version of the truth they want. For some, the fact that I was born and bred in northwest London but now live on the English south coast is enough by way of explanation.

BUT, FOR OTHERS, IT’S A PRECURSOR TO: “But, where are you really from?”           Continue reading


HANSIB: Celebrating Fifty Years of Publishing 1970 – 2020

At its inception in 1970, Hansib Publications was the dream of Arif Ali, a Guyanese immigrant, who had no formal experience in publishing. He had settled in England and recognised among his fellow travellers and contemporaries a grandiloquence and epic sensibility which the mainstream media either deliberately ignored or simply failed to recognise at the time.

The titles are mainly by Guyanese and West Indian writers.  They include titles under the following headings:          Continue reading

US ELECTIONS: If Biden wins … Sanders Says US ‘Must Not Go Back to Business as Usual’

During final get-out-the-vote rally before Election Day, the Vermont senator said “we must have the courage to think big, not small.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks at a protest at the U.S. Capitol on October 22, 2020 in Washington, D.C.

Sen. Bernie Sanders

At a final get-out-the-vote rally with fellow progressives ahead of Election Day, Sen. Bernie Sanders stressed that defeating President Donald Trump at the ballot box Tuesday is a necessary first step but hardly sufficient in the face of economic, climate, and public health crises that demand transformational change—not merely a return to the pre-Trump status quo.

USA Elections: The Electoral College: explained – Video

USA Elections: The Electoral College: explained – Video

Why some Americans’ votes count more than others.

In the 2000 US presidential election, the Democratic candidate got half a million more votes than the Republican. The Democrat lost. Sixteen years later the same thing happened again. In the US, if you run for president, it does not actually matter how many people in the country vote for you. What matters instead is an arcane system for selecting America’s head of state called the Electoral College.        Continue reading

Commentary: Hooper and Chanderpaul — By Dave Martins + video


“What’s your favourite Tradewinds song, and which one you feel has had the strongest reaction?” I’ve been asked questions like that often; just this week it popped up again.  On the first question, my favourite, it depends on when you ask me; some days it’s Is We Own; some days it’s Angel Wings, a song about my mother and my own life; some days it’s Copycats. On the second question, I suspect Not A Blade O’ Grass would be the answer but Honeymooning Couple is close.

It’s interesting though that only one interviewer – a very astute Guyanese lady – has ever asked me the parallel question: “Which song do you feel had the weakest response?”  The answer to that one, hands down, is Hooper and Chanderpaul, and therewith, as they say, hangs a tale.        Continue reading