Category Archives: History

Reflections of Cheddi Jagan (1918-1997) – By Ralph Ramkarran


By Ralph Ramkarran – 
Friday, 23rd March 2018  – Conversation Tree Blog

Cheddi and Janet Jagan

Cheddi Jagan returned from studies in the United States to a British Guiana in 1943 that was a cauldron of poverty. The report of the Moyne Commission, which investigated poverty in the region in the 1930s concluded that “for the laboring population, mere subsistence was increasingly problematic.” The report was so explosive that it was not published until 1945. It weighed heavily in subsequent developments.

In 1946 Cheddi Jagan, Janet Jagan, Jocelyn Hubbard and Ashton Chase, the latter two of whom were active trade unionists, formed the Political Affairs Committee (PAC). In 1947 Cheddi Jagan fought and won a seat in the Legislative Council.        Continue reading

Caribbean: The region’s recent history is being lost – By David Jessop

Owen Arthur

Commentary by David Jessop

At the start of the month, Barbados’ former prime minister, Owen Arthur, officially departed the island’s Parliament and elective politics. Some weeks prior, he had indicated that he would not be running again in his St Peter constituency after the island’s legislature had been dissolved.

Uniquely, he is the only Barbadian prime minister to have sat in Parliament with every other prime minister of his country. He was also a participant in key national, regional and international decisions that have made the island and the Caribbean for good and ill what it is today.         Continue reading

Iran: The Fake Enemy – By Uri Avnery

The Fake Enemy – Uri Avnery

TOWARDS THE END of 1941, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and declared war on the USA. Their Nazi ally followed with its own declaration of war, and so did all its satellites.

The joke tells about the Hungarian ambassador in Washington who delivered his declaration of war to the Secretary of State, Cordell Hull, who decided to have some fun.             Continue reading

GUYANA POLITICS : Analysis, Discussions etc –Sam Hinds Podcast by XPRESS Blog

PODCAST : Interview with former President and Prime Minister, Samuel Hinds
GUYANA POLITICS : Analysis, Discussions and more…: Sam Hinds Podcast by XPRESS Blog
In politics the purpose of communication is not to MESSAGE but to ENGAGE…and to do so at a level that rises above the primitive stabs of partisan rhetoric.     

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Guyana: Three Bandits shot by Police: The aftermath of those deaths – By Adam Harris

The aftermath of those three deaths

Mar 18, 2018  Features / Columnists, – Adam Harris

Adam Harris

It has been a long time since so many men got killed in a single police action. This was the case on Thursday when three men got shot and killed on the Georgetown seawalls. There was a time when such action was almost par for the course.

Those were the days of the crime wave.
There were many young criminals who considered themselves gunmen. Indeed there was the core and these young men were the offshoot. Guyana was in their grip. The news media constantly reported clashes of the gangs and clashes with the police.      Continue reading

THE HACKIA STICK – By Dmitri Allicock

The making of a hackia stick above


By Dmitri Allicock

Trekking Through Guyana and History.

The word hackia comes from the Arawak language haküya and denotes trees of the genus Handroanthus, typically used for making tool handles.

The hackia stick is a part of Guyana’s history and is made with any kind of dense, heavy wood, specifically that of the forest tree Ixora ferrea (family Rubiaceae) or of trees of the genus Handroanthus (family Bignoniaceae); especially (in later use) in hackia stick.


Visualizing China’s Most Ambitious Megaproject – 65 Countries Affected

Visualizing China’s Most Ambitious Megaproject – 65 Countries Affected

Costing between $4-8 trillion and affecting 65 countries, China’s ambitious One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative is the granddaddy of all megaprojects.

By the time of it’s estimated completion in 2049, OBOR will stretch from the edge of East Asia all the way to East Africa and Central Europe, and it will impact a lengthy list of countries that account for 62% of the world’s population and 40% of its economic output.     Continue reading

This Elderly Gentleman Welcomes AGE EIGHTY – by Francis Quamina Farrier

This Elderly Gentleman Welcomes AGE EIGHTY – by Francis Quamina Farrier

Francis Quamina Farrier

Please permit me to inform you that on March 12, 2018, I celebrated my Eightieth Birthday. I am hard pressed to realize it, since it seems to me as though it was only last year that I celebrated my 18th birthday. Now here I am at eighty years of age!

Goodness, Gracious, me! So it gives me great pleasure to relate to you, just a few of the things which happened in British Guiana/Guyana and the rest of the World, during the early and later portions of the past eight decades, and which I enjoy talking about from time to time.      Continue reading

The Black Mothers of America – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

The Black Mothers of America – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

  • No more, America, in mournful strain
  • Of wrongs, and grievances and unredress’d
  • No longer shall thou dread the iron chain
  • Which wanton Tyranny with lawless hand
  • Had made, and with it meant t’enslave the
  • land.
  •        – Phillis Wheatley 1772

We hear a great deal about the founding fathers of America. But how about the Black mothers of America and the role they played in shaping the destiny of the nation? Phillis Wheatley’s verses lamented the institution of slavery in America. Wheatley was an accomplished poet who wrote her memoirs and published a number of poems on a variety of subjects.     Continue reading

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