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Episodes in the life of Rory Westmaas – Letter by Nigel Westmaas

Episodes in the life of Rory Westmaas

My Uncle Rory passed away on January 24, 2016. He meant a lot to his family, to his many friends and to Guyana. As we offer our solidarity with Rory’s children Peta, Blaise, Storm and Wilde, I thought I would compose some brief quotes on episodes and vignettes from his often larger than life political contribution and experiences.

He was an independence movement titan and a passionate shooter from the hip against colonialism, classism and race. But he was also a fun uncle to have, always engaged in his legerdemain bag of tricks. He often made one or more of his fingers disappear in front of our eyes. I recall one time when he made a marble “disappear” from his hand and end up in a shoe across the hall. To this day I can’t figure out how he accomplished that feat.   Continue reading

Guyana Institute of Historical Research (GIHR) News – 2015 Christmas edition

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In this issue –  [Download: newsletter link below]      

  1. GIHR pixChristmas in slavery times.
  2. First Lady Sandra Granger’s quote.
  3. Christmas breakfast.
  4. GIHR outreach.
  5. Guyanese women: Headliners.
  6. Meet the female parliamentarians in the eleventh legislative assembly.
  7. Faces of Masquerade.
  8. Meet the GIHR Board of Directors
  9. The Guyana Institute of Historical Research Ninth International Research conference.
  10. The First family of Guyana.

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Michael Paul Smith, creator of Elgin Park – miniaturized town from the 1950’s

Michael Paul Smith, creator of Elgin Park

Uploaded on May 24, 2010

Michael Paul Smith composes a photograph of Elgin Park, a fictional miniaturized town from the 1950’s. Smith says Elgin Park is based on his hometown, Sewickley, PA., a small town seven miles north of Pittsburgh. His family moved to Worcester when he was 16. Video by Dan Gould.
http://www.telegram.com/article/20100…

An Aerial view of Stabroek Market Square – 16 October 2015 – video

An aerial view of Stabroek Market Square – 16 October 2015

Stabroek Market is a large market located in the capital city of Guyana, Georgetown.

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This broken and twisted economy the PPP has left behind – commentary

This broken and twisted economy the PPP has left behind

Pompous Editorial – Jul 12, 2015 – The Mosquito 

To understand the PPP’s current narrative the economy was like a Bugatti doing 120 on the highway and as soon as the opposition got into power they put it into an immediate, screeching reverse.

After all it’s been ten years of unbridled economic growth! Ashni Singh in January declared that “the people of Guyana have every reason to be proud and optimistic that their country has been witnessing economic growth for almost a decade with every sector showing significant and steady increases.” And even though official figures were not even released prior to May 11, Ramotar claimed GDP for 2014 grew by 4.5%. That’s bullshit as we suggested here.   Continue reading

Pictures of Georgetown Guyana – featuring the Stabroek Market area

Pictures of Georgetown Guyana – featuring the Stabroek Market area
The Stabroek market area is easily the busiest such place in the city of Georgetown, always bustling with people and activity and also a central hub for taxis and minibuses and also for ferries that transport people and goods from all towns and villages along the Demerara river.
We took our camera to the top of the Stabroek Market clock tower to get a look at the town from a semi bird’s-eye perspective. Photos By Alva Solomon.

A view of the Stabroek Market and its famous clock on a Saturday afternoon...

A View of the Stabroek Market and its famous clock on a sunny afternoon…

Stunning China – UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Guilin and Yangshuo in China – video

Stunning China – UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Guilin and Yangshuo in China

Published on Oct 4, 2014 – Stunning aerial footage of Guilin and Yangshuo (China) shot with the DJI Phantom 2 Vision+. Both these regions are UNESCO World Heritage sites and are a MUST for anyone visiting this part of the world. The geography and topography of these regions are unique and must be seen to be believed. Best viewed in fullscreen mode.

Islamic History Of Europe – BBC Documentary….

Islamic History Of Europe – BBC Documentary….

Published on Mar 29, 2013
Few in Europe realize today how much they owe to Muslim Spain for that great dawn of enlightenment called the Renaissance. Many outstanding philosophers, mathematicians, scientists, astronomers and physicians from Andalusia are but obliterated memories for Europe, buried in the forlorn graveyards of oblivion.

In this 90-minute documentary, Rageh Omaar uncovers the hidden story of Europe’s Islamic past and looks back to a golden age when European civilization was enriched by Islamic learning.   Continue reading

Making America Great Again? – By Rosaliene Bacchus

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USA Map showing Poverty Rate for Total Population by County 2013

Map of USA showing Poverty Rate for Total Population by County 2013
Source: The Washington Post

Here in the United States, there is a presidential candidate, a businessman-turned-politician, who is leading the polls for his political party. I prefer not to name him; he feeds on media coverage, good or bad. I’ll call him PC. The slogan of his campaign is “Make America Great Again.”

PC promises to resolve the problem of illegal immigrants living in the USA. In his estimation, most of the illegal immigrants from Mexico are criminals. For readers who don’t already know, his solution is to build a wall along our border with Mexico and have the Mexican government pay for it, because they are making lots of money doing business with the U.S. Will building a wall to shut us in from Mexico and the rest of Central America make us great again?

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Freer US Travel to Cuba poses a Challenge – By David Jessop

Freer US Travel to Cuba poses a Challenge

Published on Aug 27 2015 – By David Jessop

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Havana – Cuba

News Americas, LONDON, England, Fri. Aug. 28, 2015: According to the North American trade publication, Travel Weekly, US tourism to Cuba is now growing at such pace that the country is experiencing a shortage of both highly trained Cuban professional guides and non-Cuban certified tour directors to accompany the tours that US Treasury regulations require almost all US visitors to take.

It is just one indication of a situation that as this year goes on may change, if as seems likely the US Administration allows its citizens to travel to Cuba on an individual basis.  Continue reading

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