PRESIDENT TRUMP!

Against all expectations, Donald Trump was elected as the 45th President of the United States of America. Both Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbin, the British Opposition leader, characterized Trump’s win as, respectively, “the expression of anti-establishment anger” and an “unmistakable rejection of the establishment” by people who have been left behind by economic policies designed to help the elite.

ECHOES OF THE EVER-PRESENT PAST

In 1838, as former slaves were celebrating the abolition of slavery the British colonial empire, Jesuit priests of Georgetown University in Washington DC, in the US, were selling 272 slaves to Southern estates to raise funds for the University. This trade in human degradation lasted until 1865 when the institution of slavery, one of the […]

WHO ARE ‘GONNA TAKE BACK GUYANA?’

Accusations of racial discrimination in Guyana’s politics by Guyanese politicians are nothing new. Between 1957 and 1964 the PPP Governments endured charges of ‘apaan jaat,’ adapted to mean ‘support your own kind.’ During 1964 to 1992 the PNC Governments were consistently accused of racial and political discrimination. Between 1992 and 2015 PPP Governments were targeted […]

POLITICS AND THE ETHNIC CENSUS

The National Population and Housing Census was conducted in 2012. Published in 2014, it showed a decrease in the population from 751,223 in 2002 to 746,955 in 2012. The long awaited ethnic census in Compendium Two was released last week. It makes for interesting, but not surprising, reading. The Indian population has declined from 326,277 […]

CHEDDI JAGAN’S CONTRIBUTION TO GUYANA’S INDEPENDENCE

Inspired by events that were occurring in the wider world and influenced by progressive views while he was a student in the United States, Dr. Cheddi Jagan returned to Guyana in 1943, then British Guiana, intent on becoming politically involved on behalf of the poor and disadvantaged. He chose the trade union movement as an […]