Tag Archives: Burnham

August 1, 2017 – You can easily become un-emancipated today if…. By Freddie Kissoon  

You can easily become un-emancipated today if….

Freddie Kissoon

If you are planning to smoke a marijuana cigarette (in common parlance, “a joint”) tonight at the National Park when the crowds thin out and the night gets older; don’t do it. On Emancipation Day you will get seriously unemancipated. The police will arrest you, a silly magistrate will give you three years, the people you voted for couldn’t be bothered with your fate, and you may lose your life in a prison riot.

In other words on Emancipation Day, slavery may visit you again, if you take that joint. On this crucially important date, all African Guyanese must ask themselves if the effects of the abolition of slavery are totally gone.   Continue reading

We should not allow the political dinosaurs make us demean or deny uplifting aspects of our identity – By Dr. David Hinds

We should not allow the political dinosaurs make us demean or deny uplifting aspects of our identity.

Dr. David Hinds

Dr. David Hinds

By Dr. David Hinds

We should not allow the evil of racism, Guyana’s frustrating politics and the political dinosaurs in the PPP to drive us to border on demeaning or denying some uplifting aspects of our identity. Identity is complex; it is partly who we say we are and partly how others perceive us. Identity is also a historical phenomenon that is sometimes determined my migration- forced and voluntary—and by people faced with extinction or threat to their honor bonding together.

Given our history in Guyana multiple identities is a given whether we as individuals choose to affirm them or not. Most people choose to affirm one of those most of the time. There are different identities—Civic (Guyanese, Trinidadian, American, Pakistani, Nigerian); Cultural/Ethnic (African, Indian, Irish, Latino, Jewish, Hindu, Moslem, Yoruba); Racial (Black, Brown, White, Yellow, Red)—to name three. There are times when civic and ethnic identities are the same as in Japan and Portugal. This is not the case in Guyana and the overwhelming majority of countries in the world.  Continue reading

Education in Guyana – commentary

Education in Guyana

AUGUST 25, 2013 · BY Stabroek News – EDITORIAL
Every year the CXC results are announced it triggers the annual hand-wringing about English and Maths, and a spate of suggestions about what can be done to rescue the education system. The first thing to be said is that education is a long-term process, and generally speaking, innovations or reforms introduced to bring about an improved outcome take a while to work their way through the system. In other words, with some special exceptions, instant solutions will not happen. In fact, sometimes, as the English authorities found out to their cost at one point, too many reforms introduced too quickly produce confusion and the opposite consequences from the ones which were intended.

The second thing is that under no circumstances should education be made into a political football; it is far too important for that. For those who look back to some rosy era when education was free from kindergarten to university, etc, etc, it must be pointed out that it was under Burnham that education went into precipitous decline.    Continue reading

Rodney inquiry – commentary

Rodney inquiry – commentary

MAY 12, 2013 · Stabroek News Editorial ·  COMMENTS
The continuing controversy over whether or not the late Mr Burnham should receive the Order of the Companions of O R Tambo has once again drawn public attention to a spectre which has long haunted the PNC and the country at large, namely, the assassination of Dr Walter Rodney. It would appear that both the Rodney family and the group of Caribbean Pan-African intellectuals who wrote President Jacob Zuma of South Africa requesting the withholding of the award cited the murder of Dr Rodney as their primary reason.

While the accusations against both Mr Burnham and the PNC government date back in the first instance to the immediate aftermath of Dr Rodney’s killing, in the nearly thirty-three years since then few details surrounding exactly what happened have been exposed to the sunlight. This is not because the family – in particular Mrs Patricia Rodney and her son Mr Shaka Rodney – have not gone to some lengths to try and get the authorities to constitute a commission of inquiry into the late historian’s death; it is simply because the PNC administration didn’t want anything of that kind set up, and for reasons best known to itself, its PPP counterpart doesn’t seem to want it either – or at the very least, given its customary habit of substituting words for action, doesn’t feel it needs to do anything more.          Continue reading

YARROW at YULETIDE – by Waltie Ainsworth


(see the definition of YARROW at the end of this article)

By Ewalt ‘Waltie’ Ainsworth                   12 17 2011

Talk fuh sun and talk fuh rain, Christmas time is much more than  the feast, the conkie, the souse, the float,  the cake, the pepperpot, the garlic pork, the shine rice, the guava cheese and oil down.  It is also a time to sit together, compare notes, plant a seed,  rearrange your thoughts, take stock and take care of each other;  love your neighbor as you love yourself.  It is pointless putting it off till next year Christmas.  Now is the time.

The new currency is diversity and plurality and to  reach out to your neighbor in spite of how difficult it may seem, brings a certain calm, a certain grace rather than the constant bark and yarrow that we think is normal and acceptable in the 592 republic.  The barrel come, share the contents.  Take what is yours and free up what is not yours.  And you will not have to yarrow anytime soon; not now, not later.    Continue reading