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Eusi Kwayana: A Guyanese Political Legend turns 90 – By Dr. David Hinds

Eusi Kwayana: A Guyanese Political Legend turns 90

By Dr. David Hinds

eusi Kwayana -in 2014

Eusi Kwayana -in 2014

 Today, April 4, 2015, Eusi Kwayana turns 90. It is difficult to properly analyze modern Guyanese politics without taking into consideration Eusi Kwayana’s wide ranging contributions. His political career has spanned the seven decades, which mirrors the period normally referred to as the modern phase of Guyanese and Caribbean politics. This article pays tribute to Kwayana by offering an overview of his political life and work.

Political Biography

Eusi Kwayana, formerly Sydney King, was born 1925 and has been involved in Guyana’s national politics since 1947.He has been referred to as the “Sage of Buxton,”“Renaissance Man”and “Guyana’s Gandhi,” among other descriptions. He is multi-faceted– political activist, educator, writer, journalist, dramatist, folklorist and historian. But it is as a political activist that Kwayana has made his most telling contribution. He has become one of Guyana’s most distinguished political leaders. Ironically, he has also been one of the most controversial and misunderstood public personalities.   Continue reading

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

Buxton Honours Eusi Kwayana – August 21, 2013

Buxton Honours Eusi Kwayana – August 21, 2013

The Buxton First of August Movement  will be hosting a tribute to Brother Eusi Kwayana in recognition of his long and selfless public service to Guyana on Wednesday (today) August 21 at 5:30 pm at the Friendship Primary School. The tribute titled, Thank You Brother Eusi, will take the form of a Cultural Evening and a Symposium. Representatives of all political parties and organizations to which Kwayana was affiliated have been invited to tributes. These include the PPP, PNC, WPA, ACDA, ASCRIA, ASRE. Others such as AFC, Red Thread and the Pan African Organization are also expected to participate.

The First of August Movement believes that Kwayana has been a national treasure whose contributions have not been fully acknowledged by Guyana. We, therefore, hope that this tribute would serve to draw the country’s attention to the need to properly honor our outstanding sons and daughters while they are still in our midst. Brother Eusi at 88 years old continues to participate in the national debates through his regular interventions in the newspapers. . At a time when Guyana is going through a crisis of leadership, the example of Eusi Kwayana is most needed.   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

Eusi Kwayana Toronto visit and brief Bio – by Michael Parris

Eusi Kwayana’s planned visit to Toronto (Sep 27-Oct6,2012) with a brief Bio written by Michael Parris.

Eusi Kwayana, formerly named Sydney King, is scheduled to be visit Toronto during September 27 to October 6, 2012, as a guest of The Committee to Assist Buxton/Friendship (COTAB), which has been operating here since 2000.  He will be featured at events sponsored by COTAB, the Caribbean Studies Program of the University of Toronto, and the Canada – Guyana Forum.

Briefly, the events are:

Sponsored by COTAB

Friday Sept. 28, 6 – 9 PM:       Book Signing at the Different Booklist (746 Bathurst, Toronto)

Sunday Sept. 30th, 5 – 8 PM:  Lecture & Mix’N Mingle session (St. John the Divine Anglican Church, 885 Scarborough Golf Club Rd)                   Continue reading

“Dr. Cheddie Jagan would not have tolerated the rape and plunder of the state Treasury” – APNU

A.P.N.U PRESS RELEASE

Georgetown, Guyana – Thursday 22nd March 2012  –  For immediate release

DR. CHEDDI JAGAN WOULD NOT HAVE TOLERATED THE RAPE AND PLUNDER OF THE STATE TREASURY

A Partnership for National Unity (A.P.N.U) has read the Stabroek News report of Wednesday 21st March 2012, of the address by President Donald Ramotar to the annual Cheddi Jagan lecture that was held at the Cheddi Jagan Research Centre at Red House Kingston Georgetown, on Tuesday 20th March 2012.

President Ramotar told his audience that Dr. Jagan would not have liked what was happening in the National Assembly, as regards the composition of the Committee of Selection in which the governing PPP has a minority status. He also stated that it was a reversal of what Dr. Jagan struggled for.

A.P.N.U wishes to inform the public that Dr. Jagan would certainly not have tolerated the rampant corruption, nepotism, and rape and plunder of the State Treasury that the PPP/C Government has engaged in over the past 20 years. Dr. Jagan would not have tolerated the abuse of power, by the PPP leaders, who have been implicated in all sorts of crimes, as well as predatory behavior, such as the rape of under-aged girls and school boys, vehicular manslaughter, pistol whipping of citizens, drunken rum shop brawls, sex for house lots, sex for the return of cell phones, the sale of gun licenses, and the sale of work permits. Continue reading