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GIHR NEWS Christmas Edition 2016 – newsletter

Guyana Institute of Historical Research (GIHR)

GIHR NEWS Christmas Edition 2016 – newsletter

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  1. Quotes of President David Granger. 2
  2. Headliners. 3
  3. Francis Quamina Farrier Jubilating under a watchful moon. 7
  4. Keith A. P. Sandiford Celebrating Fifty Years of Independence in Barbados 1966-2016. 11
  5. Second family of Guyana, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo and Second Lady and family. 19
  6. President and First Lady attended Barbados Jubilee Independence celebrations. 23

Editorial team Deon Abrams, Tota Mangar, Nigel Westmaas, Timothy Crichlow, Fitz Gladstone Alert, David Hinds, Hazel Woolford.   Videographer/Photographer Lawrence Gaskin, Natasha Azeez.

Buxton-Friendship Express Newsletter – November 2016

Buxton-Friendship Express Newsletter – November 2016

Greetings from Buxton-Friendship Heritage Fund (USA)!

bfeWe’re happy to share this month’s Buxton-Friendship Express with you. Please feel free to share it with your relatives and friends.

You may download a copy from the attachment file link below, or click on the following link to get it:

Walk good!

Lorna Campbell.  Editor,

Buxton-Friendship Express  –

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Cuba’s Fidel Castro, former president, dies aged 90

Cuba’s Fidel Castro, former president, dies aged 90

Fidel Castro. Photo: September 2010

Fidel Castro led the Communist revolution in Cuba in 1959. Photo: September 2010”

Fidel Castro, Cuba’s former president and leader of the Communist revolution, has died aged 90, state TV has announced.

It provided no further details.

Fidel Castro ruled Cuba as a one-party state for almost half a century before handing over the powers to his brother Raul in 2008.

His supporters praised him as a man who had given Cuba back to the people. But his opponents accused him of brutally suppressing opposition.

[Read more on the life of Fidel Castro below]

FIDEL CASTRO  ( from Wikipedia)       

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Here’s What A National Geographic Team Had To Say About Guyana

Here’s What A National Geographic Team Had To Say About Guyana


GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Friday November 18, 2016 – An unspoiled country that just must be explored.

That’s the description of Guyana – not from the mouth of any government or tourism official, but from a team from the National Geographic Magazine that visited the island recently.

Journalist Marco Barneveld and photographer Rene Kaster were on a familiarization tour hosted by the Guyana Tourism Authority in observance of Tourism Awareness Month.        Continue reading

The Guyana tribe in search of a lost identity – By Gemma Handy – BBC News

The Guyana tribe in search of a lost identity

Amerindians were the first people to inhabit Guyana; the country’s name translates as ‘land of many waters’.Image copyrightFAIZOOL DEO

Image captionAmerindians were the first people to inhabit Guyana, which translates as “land of many waters”

Painted on a classroom wall, high above the modest wooden benches and chalkboards, Moco-Moco primary school’s motto reads: “Onward upward may we ever go”.

It serves as a daily reminder that there are opportunities for those who apply themselves diligently at this tiny school of 81 pupils in a remote Amerindian village in Guyana.

Sometimes, though, the lack of modern teaching aids is a source of concern for long-time head-teacher Stephen Demetro.       Continue reading

Profile: Donald Trump: Alcibiades in 2016? – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Donald Trump: Alcibiades in 2016? – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

The Greek General and Statesman Alcibiades 450-404 BC. He was a billionaire and womanizer that wanted to make Greece great again.

alcibiades‘I will make this country great again. I will restore it to its former glory and will bring back law and order. We have been cheated for too long. There are persons that have done great wrongs and they must come to justice.’ This is not Donald Trump. It is Alcibiades, a ruthless and flamboyant Athenian billionaire, and a complex character in Antiquity.

Alcibiades lived during the period (450-404 B.C.). Why then is he relevant in 2016? How has he managed to plant himself in the American elections? In order to answer these questions we need to know a little about Greek society and Alcibiades’ role in it. According to scholars of Antiquity, Alcibiades was born around 450 B.C in what is now Turkey. Greece at that time was experiencing political upheavals that would eventually lead to the Peloponnesian War.  Continue reading

Guyana History: Views and Buildings of British Guiana in 1949 – video

Views and Buildings of British Guiana
Some buildings are burnt down – Gone for Channa … 
Others – like a rock – are still there!!

Views and Buildings of British Guiana 1949
 Photographs by J.P Ferreira
 Press Photographer
 Daily Chronicle Limited … 1949
 Georgetown. British Guiana
Entry was submitted by Clyde Duncan
Thank you Clyde

AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY – Living in Trumph’s World


The New Yorker – November 9, 2016

The electorate has, in its plurality, decided to live in Trump’s world of vanity, hate, arrogance, untruth, and recklessness.

trumpThe election of Donald Trump to the Presidency is nothing less than a tragedy for the American republic, a tragedy for the Constitution, and a triumph for the forces, at home and abroad, of nativism, authoritarianism, misogyny, and racism. Trump’s shocking victory, his ascension to the Presidency, is a sickening event in the history of the United States and liberal democracy.        Continue reading

Book: From Slavery’s Capitalism – by Sven Beckert and Seth Rickman.


slaverys-capitalismToday’s selection — from Slavery’s Capitalism by Sven Beckert and Seth Rickman. In the 1700s, China was the largest economy in the world. However, it was overtaken in the 1800’s, first by England, then the United States. Some economic historians suggest that slavery — tragic and horrifying slavery — was central to this transformation, first through England’s lucrative slave-based colonies in the Caribbean and North America, then, after America’s independence, through America’s slave-based tobacco and cotton industries. In America, the financial value of slaves alone exceeded the combined financial value of all the nation’s railroads and factories:   Continue reading

BARBADOS 1966-2016 – Celebrating Fifty Years of Independence – By Dr. Keith A. P. Sandiford

By Dr. Keith A. P. Sandiford

barbadosFormer Caribbean colonies are more fortunate than African and Asian ones in that they have completed their first 50 years of political freedom without political and military coups and without the copious shedding of human blood. On November 30, 2016, Barbados will join Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago as fifty-year old sovereign states which have thus far avoided the turmoil of revolutions. It is an achievement worthy of joyous celebration. There is a sense that the island has shown perceptible signs of regression, following the worldwide recession of 2008, but the overall all progress since 1966 has been eminently satisfactory.

The emergence of modern Barbados can be said to have begun in the 1950s with the rise of the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) and the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU). These were the institutions that destroyed the political hegemony of the old plantocracy. They focussed most sharply on the plight of the non-white majority and led the movement which forced the Colonial Government to overhaul its administrative structures and reshape the electoral laws as well as its fiscal practices.   Continue reading

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