Category Archives: History

GIHR NEWS – Emancipation Edition 2015 Newsletter- Download

Guyana Institute  for Historical Research (GIHR)

Download: GIHR News Emancipation 2015 Edition

Inside – 

  1. David Hinds, ‘On being Black’.
  2. Elton McRae, ‘Cuffy 250 Committee’
  3. Nigel Westmaas, ‘The African-Guyanese Press’.
  4. Hazel Woolford, Gender, African-Guyanese women and politics in contemporary Guyanese society, 1953-2015’
  5. Chronology of African-Guyanese History : 1626-2015
  6. KIDS History Vacation School    Continue reading

GUYANA – Central Georgetown on a Sunny Day – photos

City Hall - Georgetown-Guyana

City Hall – Georgetown-Guyana

GUYANA: Central Georgetown on a Sunny Day

 Have a nice day!  Today we took our camera to the roof of the Hand in Hand Building to get a never before seen look at central Georgetown on a sunny day. Photos by Alva Solomon.
A view of City Hall. The edifice has been deemed one of the more Gothic sights in terms of architecture in Georgetown. The building is featured in many mediums locally and internationally as being very picturesque . The building itself has been through a tough period in recent years and the previous and current administration have announced plans to carry out critical rehabilitation works on the structure which was built in 1889.

Festival of Flowers Guyana – Brickdam Cathedral – 100th Anniversary [Photos]

Festival of Flowers Guyana – Brickdam Cathedral – 100th Anniversary [Photos] 

By realadmin / Published on Monday, 17 Aug 2015 20:23 PM /

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Brickdam is holding a “Festival of Flowers” which begins today , Monday August 17 and will be running for two days. The festival is part of the cathedral’s 100 year anniversary since it was founded.

A number of individuals and entities have erected varying creations which will be on display at the cathedral for the curious visitor. The exhibition runs from 9:30 am until 5:30 pm daily. Photos By Alva Solomon

These glowing creations at the "Lady Altar" have illuminated this corner of the cathedral.

These glowing creations at the “Lady Altar” have illuminated this corner of the cathedral.

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Statistics and names of ethnic cleansing during the PPP’s reign – By Freddie Kissoon

Statistics and names of ethnic cleansing during the PPP’s reign 


The talk coming out of the mouth of the Indian dominated PPP and its affiliate organizations, particularly the Indian Arrival Committee, now the Indian Action Committee, is that there is ethnic cleansing against East Indians by the APNU-AFC Government. The IAC has latched on to certain dismissals in the public sector.

This same IAC was on another planet when African Guyanese were supplanted in the same public sector and in scholarship awards.  Continue reading

Budget Debate: “In two or three years the economy will flat-line”- Jagdeo forecasts

“In two or three years the economy will flat-line”- Jagdeo forecasts

  • Saturday, 22 August 2015 – Demerara Waves
  • Photo: PPP parliamentarians walking out of the National Assembly’s Chamber.

PPP parliamentarians walking out of the National Assembly's Chamber.

Immediately after pledging solemnly to work with the government to improve the lives of Guyanese, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo and his colleague People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) parliamentarians walked out of the House.

During in his estimated 90-minute contribution to the 2015 National Debate, Jagdeo lambasted the Finance Minister Winston Jordan for crafting a budget that would fail to stimulate the economy.
“It does not respond to the concerns of the people. It doesn’t focus on creating jobs, it doesn’t focus on creating wealth. It focuses on redistribution of wealth,” he told the House.
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The Magician’s Apprentice – by Uri Avnery

The Magician’s Apprentice – by Uri Avnery  –  22/08/15


Binyamin Netanyahu

ONE HAS to choose: Binyamin Netanyahu is either incredibly shrewd or incredibly foolish.
Take his Iran policy. Actually, there is little to choose from. Netanyahu has no other policy to speak off.

According to him, Iran constitutes a mortal danger to Israel. If it obtains a nuclear weapon, God forbid, it will use it to annihilate Israel. It must be stopped by any means, preferably by American armed intervention.

This may be quite wrong (as I believe). But it makes sense.  So what did Netanyahu do?

FOR YEARS, he alarmed the world. Every day the cry went out: Save Israel! Prevent the destruction of the Jewish State! Prevent a Second Holocaust! Prevent Iran from producing The Bomb!   Continue reading



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Sugar in the Blood: A Family’s Story of Slavery and Empire by Andrea Stuart – reviews

Sugar in the Blood: A Family’s Story of Slavery and Empire by Andrea Stuart – review

Sugar in the BloodAn absorbing but uneven family memoir taking in both sides of the Barbadian slave trade and its legacy — ( review)

Modern Britain was built on sugar; there is hardly a manufacturing town on these shores that was not in some way connected with the “Africa trade”. The glittering prosperity of slave ports such as Bristol and Liverpool was derived in large part from commerce with Africa.

In the heyday of the British slave trade, from 1700 to 1808, West Indians (as white sugar barons were then known) became conspicuous by their new wealth. Often they cast Barbados or Jamaica aside like a sucked orange in order to fritter their profits in England. A popular melodrama of 1771, Richard Cumberland’s The West Indian, satirised planters as drunken layabouts in ostentatiously buckled shoes and hats.   Continue reading



The 1938 Hope Bridge


By Dmitri Allicock

The days of trembling tracks

Of Upper Demerara, way back

Whistle and thunder that excite

Laden cars coming with bauxite   Continue reading

Update from Moray House Trust: July 2015 – includes videos

For Guyanese Online

Moray House Trust

Moray House Trust

Update from Moray House Trust: July 2015

On a rainy evening in mid-July, Professor Ivelaw Griffith, a specialist on Caribbean and hemispheric security, drugs and crime, spoke about ‘Regime Change and Expectations Management: Crime and other quotidian security challenges facing Guyana.

Professor Griffith invoked Dickens, Voltaire and Martin Carter in the course of his arguments. He reminded us that we have the dubious distinction in Guyana of one of the highest rates of domestic violence in the world. Our homicide rate is also very high. These, and many other strands, weave together to form the ‘landscape of anxiety’ that prevails, the backdrop to our daily lives.  Continue reading


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