Category Archives: History

In our 2016 World, “SECURITY IS EVERYBODY’S BUSINESS” – by Francis Quamina Farrier


by Francis Quamina Farrier


Security Camera System

Over the past two decades, almost all around the world, countries have been stepping up their National Security. Because of the many bad experiences, security has been stepped up on the ground, in the air, and under the seas. Security at International and Domestic airports, for example, has been intensified over the past decades to an unprecedented level. Underwater surveillance as well as up-in-the air, has now gone to the deepest of the deep and the highest of the high. In most countries, Private Companies; small, medium and large, are also increasing their security measures. And might I add, that even private homes – the wealthy and the not-so-wealthy – are now paying more attention to their security.

Some, like most Private and Public entities, are even installing security cameras. Even some places of worship have installed Security measures; the Vatican in Rome, for example, has security measures in place for tourists and others going into the Basilica of St. Peter in Rome. We know of cases locally where bandits have entered places of worship and robbed the worshipers. Not so long ago, St. Phillip’s Anglican Church in Georgetown was over-run by bandits one Sunday morning, and the congregation was relieved of their money and other valuables.

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GEMS OF GUYANA – Thirty Poems – By Dmitri Allicock + video “Waltz of the Flowers”


Thirty Poems

By Dmitri Allicock

Gems of Guyana


The tangle of the crowded passageways and stalls
Guyana’s creoles in its uninhibited fluency calls
The haggling voices of the bright cloths so sweet
The fresh aroma of Guyanese pastries and treats

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A massive demographic upheaval in the United States – Book forecasts


Today’s selection — from…. Brown is the New White by Steve Phillips.

Each day, the United States population increases by more than 8,000 people, and nearly 90 percent of that growth consists of people of color:

“People of color now comprise more than 37 percent of the U.S. population, greater than triple the 12 percent in 1965. The two fastest-growing groups have been Latinos and Asian Americans. In 1965 there were fewer than 9 million Latinos in the United States; by 2013 that number had soared to 54 million. During that same forty­-eight-year span, the Asian American population has grown from 2 mil­lion to more than 18 million people. …   Continue reading

Down Liberty Avenue 4 – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Down Liberty Avenue 4 – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine2

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

The man in the ‘roti shop’ kept eyeing me. I had seen him before on Liberty Avenue glued to a T20 game.  But today his expression seemed to suggest something more. As I exited the shop he was behind me. “Excuse me,’ he said. ‘Is there going to be a Phagwah Parade this year?’ I thought for a while, hoping for a miracle, and I replied, ‘Yes there will be a Parade and it will be on March 26, 2016. Please pray for good weather!’

As I gave him the news I couldn’t help thinking of the first Phagwah Parade on Liberty Avenue in New York. It was in 1989 and there were 40 of us led by Pandit Ramlall, Dr Satish Prakash and others.   Continue reading

Slaves Were Sold to Save Georgetown University. What Does It Owe Their Descendants? –

""272 Slaves Were Sold to Save Georgetown University. What Does It Owe Their Descendants? –

In 1838, the Jesuit priests who ran the country’s top Catholic university needed money to keep it alive. Now comes the task of making amends.

Georgetown University

Georgetown University

By RACHEL L. SWARNS – APRIL 16, 2016 – NY Times
WASHINGTON — The human cargo was loaded on ships at a bustling wharf in the nation’s capital, destined for the plantations of the Deep South. Some slaves pleaded for rosaries as they were rounded up, praying for deliverance.

But on this day, in the fall of 1838, no one was spared: not the 2-month-old baby and her mother, not the field hands, not the shoemaker and not Cornelius Hawkins, who was about 13 years old when he was forced onboard.

Their panic and desperation would be mostly forgotten for more than a century. But this was no ordinary slave sale. The enslaved African-Americans had belonged to the nation’s most prominent Jesuit priests. And they were sold, along with scores of others, to help secure the future of the premier Catholic institution of higher learning at the time, known today as Georgetown University.   Continue reading

Book: Road to Belwasa – Paperback – by Reuben Lachmansingh

Road to Belwasa –  Paperback – Published March 16, 2016

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The Indo-Caribbean Experience: Now and Then – by Elizabeth Jaikaran

The Indo-Caribbean Experience: Now and Then

by Elizabeth Jaikaran


Indian immigrants to Guyana in the 1800’s

To be precise, I am an Indo-Guyanese-American: The mother of all hyphenated identities and an illustration of a historic journey from India to the Caribbean. This heritage is commonly packaged in a number of different terms, all of which are heavily used as referential identifiers: Indo-Guyanese. Indo-Caribbean. Caribbean. West Indian. Indian. It is most aptly described as the Indo-Caribbean experience—an experience that is shared by Indians living throughout the Caribbean diaspora and thus serving as the blueprint for my existence.

This unique cultural disposition is why the Indo-Caribbean are able to culturally identify with public figures ranging from Hasan Minhaj to Nicki Minaj. It is why bursts of Caribbean intonation in Rihanna’s voice blanket me in the comfort of home, while the ballads of A.R. Rahman awaken pained demons within me, crying to connect with a history that was ripped from my hands long before I was born.  Continue reading

Native American Women: Keepers of the Spirit! – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

 Native American Women: Keepers of the Spirit!

By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Catherine Tekakwitha- 1690

Catherine Tekakwitha- 1690

The old woman sat on a rock and unlocked the matrilineal puzzle. Below, the confluences of the river celebrated in a joyful cacophony as strong currents poured the debris into the sea. All was not well and the woman could tell that the worse was yet to happen. She closed her eyes and the pictures moved in the dusty heat as if it were yesterday. There was a time when the land was respected as the giver of life, when the birds flew undisturbed and when the word of the people stood for something. But today it’s different.

The lungs of the forests have been sucked dry by poisons; axes decimate the trees and the rivers and their arteries are blackened by gold seekers. The manioc too has lost its shape and taste, while the birds have flown in the opposite direction. The woman looked at the smoke in the forests. She heard the noise of the dredges and wondered why her people’s lot was to minister over an ecosystem that may be eclipsed by the dawn of the crescent moons. As a native woman she was one with the ebb of the milk river. She was a keeper of the spirit.    Continue reading

The Spirit of Kofi – By Colin Bob-Semple

The Spirit of Kofi – By Colin Bob-Semple

Posted: 01 Apr 2016 04:29 AM PDT – St Stanislaus College blog

Dear Friends,

This YouTube video (below) has been dedicated inTribute to the late Mrs Christobel Hughes of Guyana, on this Easter Sunday, 27 March 2016, during the Golden Jubilee Year of Guyana’s Independence.Mrs Hughes and Ms Sharon Granger had requested me to deliver a lecture in Guyana in 2011. Prior legal work commitments did not, however, permit me to deliver a live lecture at that time.

“THE SPIRIT OF KOFI TELLS HIS-STORY” is an account by an ‘invoked’ Kofi (Cuffy), National Hero of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, of his Revolution against the enslavers in the Dutch colony of Berbice, Guyana, in February 1763.   Continue reading


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