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GUYANA: Sir Shridath Ramphal’s papers, covering 72 years of public life, released on the Internet  

Sir Shridath Ramphal

GUYANA: Sir Shridath Ramphal’s papers released:

Guyana- born Caribbean and Commonwealth elder statesman, Sir Shridath Ramphal, has released papers on the Internet, covering 72 years of public life in the Caribbean, the Commonwealth and internationally.

In his distinguished career, Sir Shridath ‘Sonny’  has served as Assistant Attorney-General of the West Indies Federation, Minister of Justice and Foreign Affairs of Guyana, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, and concurrently Chancellor of the University of Guyana, the University of the West Indies and Warwick University.          Continue reading

Guyana-Venezuela Border Controversy: Guyana presents border controversy case at ICJ

 Sir Shridath Ramphal speaking at today's hearing

Sir Shridath Ramphal speaking at today’s hearing

Sir Shridath Ramphal with support from several international lawyers, this morning argued before the International Court of Justice (World Court) that it has the jurisdiction to decide that the Paris Award which settled the boundary between Guyana and Venezuela is binding.

In his presentation to the Court, Ramphal maintained that a juridical settlement of this matter is the only recourse remaining as Guyana has exhausted all other measures including those provided for in the 1966 Geneva Agreement.        Continue reading

Esteemed diplomat Ronald Austin CCH, is a ‘Special Person’

Esteemed diplomat Ronald Austin CCH, is a ‘Special Person’

“I have had the privilege of working with the finest collection of individuals including Sir Shridath Ramphal, Rudolph Collins, Cecil Pilgrim, Cedric Joseph, Rashleigh Jackson and Noel Sinclair. Their knowledge; their competence and their culture…Words cannot explain how grateful I am to these gentlemen.”

Ronald Austin

By Suraj Narine
With over 35 years of service to Guyana in the field of diplomacy, our Special Person this week, has surely set the bar high for persons desirous of entering into the Foreign Service.


He is a proud recipient of the Cacique’s Crown of Honour (CCH) and has served as the Guyana’s Ambassador to China and Deputy High Commissioner to Lusaka, Zambia. He is currently Director of the Foreign Service Institute of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.      Continue reading

Guyana: An attempt to make the national motto a reality – commentary

An attempt to make the national motto a reality

September 6, 2015 | By | Filed Under Features / Columnists, My Column

Memories came flooding back on Thursday when I went to the roundtable on social cohesion. For one, the forum attracted people from all walks of life, all of them serious about trying to get on with their lives in a Guyana that was once one of the most peaceful countries in the world.

Indeed, many of those came from rural Guyana where people look out for each other, where people eagerly rush to help their neighbours and where there was the time when people did not bother too much with locking their homes.   Continue reading

LFS BURNHAM – his contribution on the liberation of South Africa


August 15, 2010 | By  | http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2010/08/15/lfs-burnham-%E2%80%93-his-contribution-to-the-liberation-of-south-africa/

BY HALIM MAJEED, Former Political Adviser To President Burnham

It was in Government that Mr. Burnham undertook to heighten global interest in the African cause. He is seen here (at the time Prime Minister) with Nigerian Ambassador, Chief S.O. Adebo.


His Excellency Linden Forbes Sampson Burnham was elected Prime Minister of the Republic of Guyana, formerly British Guiana, in December 1964. Following a change in the National Constitution in 1980, he was designated Executive President and Head of State.
President Burnham believed in a cooperative socialist approach to development – what is referred to as Cooperative Socialism – and, during his tenure in Government, gradually adopted a non-capitalist path to nation-building.   Continue reading

The Caribbean: Standing by Mandela – by Sir Ron Sanders


By Sir Ron Sanders

In memorialising Mandela, Caribbean people can proudly say that they stood with him in the time of the great struggle against apartheid – and he showed his appreciation says Sir Ronald Sanders.

A single word appears on the stone marking his burial place.  It is “Mandela”; and it is enough

Since December 5, that fateful day when Nelson Mandela left the world bereft of a leader the like of whom mankind had seldom experienced, much has been written and spoken in deserving tribute to him. But, it should not be forgotten that he was once called a “terrorist”; and apartheid – the system of institutionalised racism against which he fought, losing 27 years of his freedom – was justified by many governments for whom the Cold War alliance with the racist regime that controlled the country was more important than the rights of non-white South Africans.

The purpose of this commentary is to recall the role played by Caribbean people in freeing Mandela and ending apartheid.   Continue reading

Sir Shridath Ramphal is a ‘Special Person’

Lawyer, politician and international statesman…Sir Shridath Ramphal is a ‘Special Person’

SEPTEMBER 1, 2013 | BY  | By Leonard Gildarie

While attending primary school at Grove, East Bank Demerara, in the late 1980s, my Common Entrance teacher, June Appiah, during the months leading up to the exams, was intent on ensuring we were well aware who the President and his ministers were. She was short in stature but was a giant with her “wild cane”.

Sir Shridath Ramphal

Sir Shridath Ramphal

Being one of the smallest, too, in terms of size, in the class, I was in constant terror because of the cane… Not that I fell victim too often. I avoided it at all cost. But somehow I still managed to always mix up the names of the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). That was when I first heard the name of Shridath Ramphal.  Continue reading

Labouring in the Vineyard – Sir Shridath Ramphal

Labouring in the Vineyard

Sir Shridath Ramphal’s Eric Williams Lecture in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, on May 26, 2012.

I hope the advent of electronic ‘readers’ does not mean that there will no longer be books for authors to inscribe  to their friends on publication. Some of my most treasured books are of that kind; among them, none more treasured than the copy of From Columbus to Castro: The History of the Caribbean 1492 – 1969,   inscribed as follows:

My dear Sonny
We are both labourers in the vineyard.
It is in this spirit that I send you this book

That was 1970. “Bill”, of course, was Prime Minister Eric Williams. The vineyard was economic integration. West Indians were nurturing Caribbean unity from the CARIFTA seedling to the sapling of Caribbean Community.  The blossoms of CARICOM and the Treaty of Chaguaramas had actually sprouted. In this Lecture, I want to follow that inscription through the decades that have passed, asking what has come of our labours – what is the state of the vineyard?

The Eric Williams Memorial Lecture has a distinguished vintage; I am honoured and humbled to have been invited to join the list of those who have given it over the years. I thank the organisers and all those responsible for the invitation, and the Governor of the Central Bank, in particular, Mr Ewart Williams. And I am twice honoured, in giving the Lecture in this special year of the 50th Anniversary of Trinidad and Tobago’s Independence.

With Jamaica, you mark this year the first 50 years of West Indian freedom in its larger sense; and you have much of which to be proud.

Today, May 26th, also marks 46 years of the independence of Guyana whose initial Constitution I had a hand in drafting as its Attorney-General.  But there are ironies which I must share with you – and questions which I hope you will allow me to ask.

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Living in Barbados: The Hazards of Illegality – Hubert Williams

Beautiful Barbados sung by “The Merrymen” of Barbados.

Living in Barbados – The Hazards of Illegality

By Hubert Williams – Published August 4, 2009.

Bridgetown, Barbados, — More than two years ago I had seen it coming… as some people would say, full butt: that Barbados, traditionally one of the more disciplined, orderly and educated societies in the Caribbean, was becoming increasingly intolerant of some other West Indians being within its borders; and that was why in July 2007 I had sent a letter to the Editor of the Sunday Sun (which was published as an article) calling public attention to what I had begun to observe.

For very specific reasons, I did not send the material to any other newspaper, in or out of Barbados. If it was published elsewhere (and I am not aware that it was) it could only have been through reproduction from the “Sunday Sun”.

The letter had found substantial support in the scholarly research of renowned Guyanese historian Dr. Walter Rodney – whose brutal dispatch in June1980 had shunted Guyana further off the course of stable nationhood – that migration between the two countries was not alone a 21st century phenomenon. Its heaviest flows were during the 19th century, and every time the tap of human movement was turned on, it was Barbadians heading southward, down to Demerara and away from the excruciating poverty and lack of opportunity for Blacks in their homeland.       Continue reading

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