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Clive Thomas the intellectual and activist – By Nigel Westmaas

Clive Thomas the intellectual and activist

February 23, 2015 · By Nigel Westmaas – Nigel Westmaas teaches at Hamilton College

Clive Thomas

Clive Thomas

Any attempt to analyze or summarize the vast repertoire of Clive Thomas’s work in a single article is a daunting task. For over five decades the academic and political contributions of Thomas, who retired from the University of Guyana at the end of 2014, have helped shape intellectual and economic thinking in the Caribbean and beyond. More specifically, as economist, trade unionist, and politician, Thomas has contributed immensely to the political and social landscape of his native Guyana.

In the DiasporaThe contours and impact of Thomas’s overall work; his contribution to regional thinking not only in “third world” economics but the global economy and its operations; and his forthright support of the working class and the poor and the powerless in Guyana and the region are enormous.   Continue reading

Guyana: A weary society demanding positive change

A weary society demanding positive change

December 31, 2014 | By | Filed Under Editorial

The society has been saying for many years that it has had enough with the fiercely divisive nature of politics in Guyana. Each party seems willing to score political points at the expense of the wider society; each panders to its followers to the exclusion of others in the society.

This has been the case for as long as one cares to remember and until now, nobody has seen it fit to do anything about it. Instead, people became apathetic in public but angry within the confines of the homes at what passed for government.

In recent times, people became increasingly worried about victimization and so they would say things, in public, that they suspected one party or the other wanted to hear. It had reached the stage where people with genuine problems would rather seek out the help of reporters to air their grievances, but were quick to beg that their identity be protected. Continue reading

The great betrayal: W. Rodney and R. Ramkarran – Freddie Kissoon

The great betrayal: W. Rodney and R. Ramkarran

JULY 31, 2013 | BY  | FREDDIE KISSOON

During the days of the Forbes Burnham regime when the Working People’s Alliance (WPA) bore the brunt of Burnham’s anger, the consensus among academics and political observers was that there was a mindset inside the Burnham Government that felt Walter Rodney was extremely impertinent to attack an African-led Government, therefore more attention should be paid to undermining the WPA than the overtly Indian adversary, the PPP.

Political activists and analysts argued that Burnham was implacably opposed to Rodney, Clive Thomas, Eusi Kwayana, Andaiye, Bonita Bone, Dr. Omawale, Tacuma Ogunseye and David Hinds, among others in the WPA, because he felt that they were betraying their race in trying to weaken a government whose fulcrum rested upon the embrace of African Guyanese.   Continue reading

Eusi Kwayana’s Letter to the Editor to newspapers in Guyana

Eusi Kwayana’s Letter to the Editor to newspapers in Guyana:

Dear Editor,

Mr. Sultan Mohammed published a letter in the Guyana Chronicle on Tuesday, December 11th, apparently taking on Dr. Clive Thomas’s analysis of the sugar industry. I do not know why Mr. Sultan Mohamed thinks it is such a shocking failure that I was not able to prevent the assassination of Dr. Walter Rodney.  Now he adds Dr Clive Thomas and charges him with the same failure.

Let me turn his own logic back on him. We are dealing with a universal thing here, struggle, constancy and assassination.  These are not Guyanese things. So he would argue that Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru was no good because he was not able, with all the army under his command, to prevent the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi.  Or is that case different. Because they were not Africans?       Continue reading

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