Tag Archives: Dr. Walter Rodney

Guyana Politics: Portuguese Arrival Day: What would have happened…?

Yesterday, the government celebrated Portuguese Arrival Day. The observance is a plus for the government and shows that it is far more responsive than the PPP to the sensitivities of minority ethnic groups.

The PPPC prior to 2001 saw things through the prism of class. It was a socialist party which saw the class struggle as being primary and the elements of the superstructure as being secondary. The matriarch of the PPP, Janet Jagan, believed, quite naively, that once the economic situation of the working class was improved, the racial divisions within this class would disappear.

Dr. Walter Rodney did not discount the importance of race, but he misread it. He failed to appreciate how ethnic insecurity could undermine class unity. And he paid for that with his life, when the State apparatus turned against him and working class could not prevent his assassination.        Continue reading

A short documentary on Dr.Walter Rodney – video

In the Sky’s Wild Noise: A documentary on Dr.Walter Rodney

A short documentary based on an interview by Dr Walter Rodney on politics and society in Guyana in the 1970s.

Guyana Elections 2015: Children of Guyana’s founding fathers endorse APNU+ AFC coalition

Children of Guyana’s founding fathers endorse APNU+ AFC coalition

Forbes Burnham's daughter, Ulele, and Dr.Cheddi 'Joey'Jagan.

Forbes Burnham’s daughter, Ulele, and Dr.Cheddi ‘Joey’ Jagan… Click to Enlarge

Demerara Waves – May 9,2015 – by Zena Henry

With mere hours to go before National and Regional elections 2015, the A Partnership for National Unity +Alliance for Change (APNU+AFC) Coalition held its last lap rally Saturday May 9, with a massive turnout of several thousands to devour the Square of the Revolution and its immediate environs.

The Coalition’s theme of “change” to usher in a new era in the country’s political dynamic is the force that party leaders and those who have endorsed it urged Guyanese to drive them into removing the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) which has ruled the country for some 23 years.  Continue reading

Captain the (PPP) Ship is Sinking – By Dr. David Hinds + video

Captain the (PPP) Ship is Sinking

Dr. David Hinds

Dr. David Hinds

By Dr. David Hinds

Desperation leads politicians to do and say strange things. These are desperate times for the once invincible PPP. We are hearing some very strange things from the PPP’s quarters. We recently heard that Moses Nagamootoo, in 2008, said that he was not Indian. That revelation by the PPP camp was followed by two other stunning revelations. First, it was revealed that Dr. Walter Rodney was a Pan Africanist who was proud of his African ancestry. Second, we hear from the PPP side that embrace of their ethnic identity by Eusi Kwayana, Tacuma Ogunseye, David Granger and David Hinds should be emulated by all Guyanese.

Seriously? This is double standard and political dishonesty of the highest order. Even from a desperate PPP, this one takes the cake. Maybe they have had the pollster do some polls for them that shows the Coalition winning the upcoming elections. Is the PPP’s ship sinking?  Continue reading

Rodney inquiry – commentary

Rodney inquiry

Dr. Walter RodneyMarch 9, 2014 · Stabroek News – Editorial
The government received justified commendation for announcing last year that a commission of inquiry would be held into the death of Dr Walter Rodney in 1980. Never mind that it has taken two decades for it to reach this point, or that key potential witnesses, not the least of whom is Gregory Smith, are now beyond the reach of earthly interrogation. 
It is unfortunate, of course, that this is likely to be an election year of some variety or other, and the possibility that an inquiry might be seized on for partisan purposes in an election campaign cannot be dismissed out of hand. That said, however, in and of itself there is no reason why 2014 should be ruled out as the year for holding the inquiry if it is handled in a straightforward way.   Continue reading

That Rodney Inquiry – commentary

That Rodney Inquiry

SEPTEMBER 20, 2013 | BY  | FILED UNDER EDITORIAL

Mr. Eusi Kwayana informed this newspaper  (see letter below), and the Guyanese people, via its letter pages that he was contacted on whether he would be willing to offer testimony on an Inquiry into the killing of Dr Walter Rodney on June 13, 1980. He replied in the affirmative. We are pleased, and all Guyanese should also be, that the Government evidently is going ahead with its commitment made at the last anniversary of the historian’s killing, to institute an International Commission of Inquiry (COI) on the issue.

The Guyanese nation needs closure on the killing of this son of Guyana, who is perhaps the only one to have achieved such worldwide recognition. His family has been agitating for such closure for years. After Rodney’s death which was caused by the explosion of what he was told was a “walkie talkie”, the PNC invited two UK experts, Dr Skuse and Dr Johnson to investigate the tragic incident that occurred outside the Georgetown Prison. However, they were not required to pronounce on culpability, and in any event, the full report was never released. Skuse was later disgraced in the UK for several flawed “findings”.  Continue reading

Dr. Walter Rodney – (23 March 1942 – 13 June 1980) – 8 videos autoplay

Dr. Walter Rodney – (23 March 1942 – 13 June 1980)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Walter Rodney (23 March 1942 – 13 June 1980) was a prominent Guyanese historian, political activist and preeminent scholar, who was assassinated in Guyana in 1980.

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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