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Traditional Mas Characters in Trinidad Carnival

Traditional Mas Characters in Trinidad Carnival

Traditional Mas Characters – Negue Jadin

Stickfighters in partial Negue Jadin costume

(photo courtesy Bernard De Peaza, Caribbean Beat Magazine

This now extinct character, owes its origins to pre-emancipation days; a time when Carnival was celebrated exclusively by the plantocracy. While the slaves and free coloureds were confined to their own segregated celebrations, the plantocracy, on the other hand, was free to imitate the dress and customs of their slaves. The Negue Jadin (or field slave) was one such beloved Carnival costume.

Upon the abolition of slavery, former slaves were free to celebrate and adopted the Negue Jadin character in their celebrations, albeit ironically.     Continue reading

Here’s Everyone Who’s Immigrated to the U.S. Since 1820 – interactive map

Here’s Everyone Who’s Immigrated to the U.S. Since 1820


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May 3, 2016 –

This is neat.  Also watch the lower left of the screen.                   
For the past 200 years where have all the people been coming from?                         
Notice what happens after 1970. You can stop it by clicking the “stop/start” box/arrow
on the right side of the slide.

From 1820 to 2013, 79 million people obtained lawful permanent resident status in the United States. The interactive map below visualizes all of them based on their prior country of residence. The brightness of a country corresponds to its total migration to the U.S. at the given time.       Continue reading

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Guyana

Guyana flag10 Things You Didn’t Know About Guyana

A hidden gem in a predominantly Spanish-speaking continent, Guyana embodies centuries of several cultures that have seamlessly blended to create a truly unique nation. From the colors of the national flag to the cuisine, Guyana is more culturally Caribbean than South American. We profile 10 things you may not know about Guyana.

Groundings: “Guyana Speaks – Guyana, Yesterday & Today” – By Eric. L. Huntley

commentaryGUYANA SPEAKS  (more info at end)

Sunday 29 January 2017 – Eric. L. Huntley

Groundings: “Guyana Speaks – Guyana, Yesterday & Today”

My brief today is to speak about what is known about the term “Ole Time Story”. There is a ditty which goes like this:

“Every time I remember ol’ time story, water come a meh eye.”
Now, I imagine that listeners would expect some social commentary to be contained in the stories which would have been shared by many of the same generation.

Many of the memories also border on one’s living experiences which may or may not have any social content. However, I look forward to the sharing of memories with those who may have had similar experiences while at the same time shedding some light on the mores and practices which have contributed towards making all of us who we are today.    Continue reading

The Rise Of the American “Strongman” was predicted in 1998 by Richard Rorty


Achieving Our Country Richard Rorty

Today’s Book Selection — from Achieving Our Country Richard Rorty. In 1979, children from the top socioeconomic quarter of Ameri­can families were four times more likely to get a college de­gree than those from the bottom quarter; now they are ten times more likely. In 1998, American philosopher and academic Richard Rorty wrote of the emerging political and social divisions in America and predicted the emergence of a “strongman” in American politics.

Whether readers agree or disagree with Rorty’s writings [which includes some statements more pungent than those included below] , the fact that he wrote so directly about this phenomenon almost twenty years ago is intriguing and merits reflection:

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Guyana and Black History— High time to change the Story – By Yvonne Sam

Guyana and Black History— High time to change the Story

By Yvonne Sam


Yvonne Sam

We are currently in the month of February, traditionally the period when Black History Month is celebrated. The truth be told Guyanese do not need to worry in any way shape or form about negritude or history as both are being daily celebrated. To be clear and also frank, Guyanese in Guyana have failed to make the progress that they mouthed, spouted and voted for. In fact, it appears that they have fast forwarded backward.  So let us forget about placating ourselves by celebrating Black History Month. We have not broken any stereotypes. We have made no progress.We just haven’t.      Continue reading

Patricia Abraham, Mother in 1964 Tragedy in British Guiana (Guyana), Dies at 98

Patricia Abraham, Mother in 1964 Tragedy in Guyana, Dies at 98

HISTORY: British Guiana – The New York Times Archives | 12 June 1964

Patricia Abraham

Patricia Abraham

Eight in Family Are Killed in British Guiana Bombing

GEORGETOWN, British Guiana, June 12, 1964 Arthur Abraham, 47 years old, who was once permanent secretary in Premier Cheddi B. Jagan‘s office, and seven of his nine children died today when their city home was burned down after terrorists had thrown two bombs into it. The children, four girls and three boys, were from 6 to 10 years old.

Mr. Abraham was transferred to the Ministry of Works six months ago, after documents disappeared from his office.

The bombs were thrown as the family slept. Mrs. Patricia Abraham escaped by jumping through a window. The other two children were away from home.   Continue reading

Commentary: Cuba responds to the thinking of a new generation – By David Jessop

Commentary: The View from Europe: Cuba responds to the thinking of a new generation
Published on February 11, 2017 –  By David Jessop

When it comes to Cuba, the world’s media tends to focus on the obvious: the possible outcome of the new US administration’s policy review, the multiple difficulties faced by Cuba’s over-centralised planned economy, or the implications of Fidel Castro’s passing. Few journalists, it seems, take the trouble to observe the public signals that indicate the strategic challenges facing Cuban society, or try to see change through Cuban eyes.

David Jessop

If they did, they would observe in the state media, alongside reports of events and exhortations, new themes. These address, for example, issues such as how best to relate the country’s past to its future; the encouragement of individual initiative; the challenge of reinvigorating tired mass organisations; and recent moves to engage the country’s 0.5 million self-employed workers to be sure they receive their correct social security entitlement.

But more significantly they would observe that both government and the Cuban Communist Party have recognised the need to more closely involve Cuba’s young, and to re-emphasise Cuban values in ways they can relate to.   Continue reading

The PPP’s propaganda must always receive a response because people read – By Freddie Kissoon

The PPP’s propaganda must always receive a response because people read

Opinion - commentary -analysis Feb 11, 2017  Features / ColumnistsFreddie Kissoon – Kaieteur News

When asked about suspected shortcomings in his government’s PR department, President David Granger said the media (referring to the private ones) have to showcase more of what the government was doing. He obviously did not meet the question head on. But the private media are doing PR work for the Government that his PR experts need to zoom into.

We can start with Anil Nandlall. Mr. Nandlall wrote a long missive in which he observed that whenever the PPP is in Government there is economic progress and freedom in this country; and whenever the PNC is in Government there is economic decline and authoritarianism.    Continue reading

Guyana – Ethnocracy, Oil and the Constitution – By Verian Mentis-Barker


There is a feeling of unease in the political firmament.

Bharat Jagdeo has been elected General Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and simultaneously confirmed what had been speculated for months – there will be a consolidation of his party’s leadership with that of his leadership of the Political Opposition…confirming that his Opposition will be operating more from a position of partisan ideology than national well being.

There is just cause for concern here.

It was under him that corruption became an industry, to the extent that thugs became payroll bankers  and politicians became fabulously rich –  not from inheritance or work with compensatory remuneration. He was at the helm when Guyana was assigned a solid rank on the corruption perception index, hitting all the high points of socio economic decomposition and he was there,too, when the job force had the lowest Afro Guyanese percentage in decades.    [Read more]


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