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History: The Arrival of the Portuguese in British Guiana (now Guyana) in 1834 – 2 articles

By Odeen Ishmael

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From the time of the abolition of the slave trade in 1807 and, particularly, during the period of the campaign to end slavery, the planters of the Caribbean and Guyana were aware of the acute need to find a substitute labour force that was both cheap and reliable to fill the ranks of the soon-to-be-liberated Africans. They initially were interested in seeking a labour force from Europe since they realised that there was a decreasing proportion of Whites in the colony.

They felt that this imbalance could be remedied by recruiting indentured labour from European countries. In addition to strengthening their own security, they wanted to have an alternative labour force to compete with the ex-slaves for plantation jobs after emancipation and thus forcing down employment costs.     Continue reading

Impact of the Anti-Chavista political swing in Venezuela – By Odeen Ishmael

The Anti-Chavista political swing in Venezuela – Its impact on Guyana and Caribbean relations

Venezuela_elections 2015By Odeen Ishmael

The December 6 elections to the National Assembly in Venezuela resulted in an overwhelming majority victory of the opposition coalition, the Democratic Unity Roundtable (Mesa de la Unidad Democrática, MUD), over the governing Chavistas—the  United Socialist Party of Venezuela (Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela, PSUV) led by President Nicolas Maduro. The right-wing coalition won 109 seats, and with the support of three elected indigenous legislators has managed to control a razor-edge two-thirds majority in the 167-seat National Assembly.

Despite all the pre-election claims of expected fraud by anti-Chavista groups and some sections of the international media, none of the contesting parties questioned the final results.

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Guyana’s Sovereignty over the Cuyuni River – By Odeen Ishmael

Guyana’s Sovereignty over the Cuyuni River –  Guyana-Venezuela relations…

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During September 2015 when Venezuela flexed its military muscles near the border with Guyana, that country’s military patrol boats blatantly breached Guyana’s sovereignty by traversing the Cuyuni River at locations between its junctions with the Acarabisi River (to the east) and the Wenamu River (to the west). Guyana owns this entire section of the Cuyuni River which forms part of the border with Venezuela.

On September 23, the head of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), Brigadier Mark Phillips, confirmed that the Venezuelans were using military boats in the Cuyuni River to shuttle troops between the village of San Martin on the northern bank to the Venezuelan-occupied Guyanese section of Ankoko Island. This action, he emphasized, was “an affront to our sovereignty.”   Continue reading