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Commentary: The Muslim-led slave uprisings in Guyana

June 28, 2016
Commentary: The Muslim-led slave uprisings in Guyana Very little is written about the prominent role that enslaved African Muslims played in the history of the Guianas but, for now, we will focus on Guyana, the former Dutch/British colony in South America. While the reconstruction of the history of enslaved Africans in Guyana is difficult due to...

Caribbean weighs Brexit implications

June 25, 2016
Caribbean weighs Brexit implications GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has begun responding to the news that Britain has voted to leave the European Union (EU). On Friday 52 percent of voters in a referendum in Britain opted out of remaining in the 28-member grouping.

Kuwait embassy in Guyana still on the cards

June 23, 2016
Kuwait embassy in Guyana still on the cards GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The first Kuwaiti embassy in a Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country, Guyana, is still on the cards, according to diplomats working quietly and diligently to see this proposal come to fruition. It may also very well be the first Arab diplomatic mission in...

Corruption and red tape raised at Guyana investment forum in NYC

June 16, 2016
Corruption and red tape raised at Guyana investment forum in NYC NEW YORK, USA -- At the just concluded “Guyana Means Business” investment conference in New York City last Friday, many participants raised the issue of corruption and red tape that frustrated the efforts to invest in Guyana during the previous administration. Investors were very vocal...

Commentary: Reflections on Walter Rodney 36 years after his assassination

June 15, 2016
Commentary: Reflections on Walter Rodney 36 years after his assassination I am writing this column on my way from Haiti, where I attended the 41st annual Caribbean Studies Association conference. For six days more than a thousand scholars from all parts of the world of different generations who study and teach about the Caribbean engaged in scholarly exchanges.

Discussions between Guyana and JetBlue and American Airlines said to be progressing well

June 14, 2016
Discussions between Guyana and JetBlue and American Airlines said to be progressing well NEW YORK, USA -- At the just concluded “Guyana Means Business” investment conference in New York City last Friday, minister of tourism and communications Cathy Hughes revealed that negotiations with JetBlue and American Airlines are progressing very well, and said...

Guyana investment conference set for NY: High expectations from businesses and investors

June 4, 2016
Guyana investment conference set for NY: High expectations from businesses and investors NEW YORK, USA -- “Guyana means business” is the theme of an investment conference organized as part of the 50th independence anniversary activities in New York, and will address the need for deeper engagement and an effective pathway between Guyana and the rest of the world.

Exercise Tradewinds 2016 starts Sunday in Grenada

June 2, 2016
Exercise Tradewinds 2016 starts Sunday in Grenada ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- Beginning Sunday, June 5, military and security forces from Caribbean nations will join the United States, Canada, France, and the United Kingdom for maritime and internal security and disaster response training in Grenada as part of Exercise Tradewinds 2016.

Turkish Airlines to support Guyana- and Suriname-based airlines

May 30, 2016
Turkish Airlines to support Guyana- and Suriname-based airlines ISTANBUL, Turkey -- Airlines based in Guyana and Suriname, members of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), will benefit from an agreement signed on May 25 between Turkish Airlines (THY) and the IsDB to enhance cooperation among 57 members of the bank, according to a statement...

Insel Air becomes first airline to reconnect Guyana and Brazil

May 27, 2016
Insel Air becomes first airline to reconnect Guyana and Brazil WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- As of July 4, 2016, Insel Air of Curacao will connect Guyana and Brazil by air after a five-year void of no direct air services between the two countries that share a vast frontier. This long awaited service is welcomed by the public. The last airline to fly this route...

Guyana officially joins Islamic Development Bank

May 18, 2016
Guyana officially joins Islamic Development Bank JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Guyana on Tuesday officially became the 57th member of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) during at the opening ceremony of the bank’s annual governors meeting, which is being held in Indonesia.  President of the IsDB, Ahmad Mohammed Ali said...

Tri-nation ODI series to be played under lights

May 16, 2016
Tri-nation ODI series to be played under lights BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- History will be created in the Caribbean when all ten matches in the upcoming Tri Nation One-Day International Series will be day/night matches. This is the first time all matches in a series will be contested under lights. The West Indies Cricket Board...

IMF concludes consultation with Guyana

May 13, 2016
IMF concludes consultation with Guyana WASHINGTON, USA -- On Monday, the executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the Article IV consultation with Guyana. Real economic activity expanded by 3 percent in 2015. Lower export commodity prices and budget delays weighted down on activity.

Guyana ready for round one of tri-nation series

May 11, 2016
Guyana ready for round one of tri-nation series GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- In fewer than four weeks, the Providence Stadium in Guyana will be the venue for the first round of the upcoming 2016 One Day International Tri-Nation series with Australia, South Africa and home team, West Indies. Three matches have been scheduled...

Guyana and Suriname finance ministers to attend Islamic Bank meeting

May 6, 2016
Guyana and Suriname finance ministers to attend Islamic Bank meeting JAKARTA, Indonesia -- The finance minister of Guyana and governor to the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), Winston Jordan, along with his Surinamese counterpart, Gillmore Hoefdraad, will travel to Indonesia to attend the 41st board of governors meeting to be held May 15-19.

Editorial: Belize, Guyana and the Iron Lady

May 3, 2016
Editorial: Belize, Guyana and the Iron Lady Following the recent shooting incident on the Belize-Guatemala border and the subsequent buildup of Guatemalan troops in the area, Amandala (described as Belize’s leading newspaper) published a scathing editorial, highly critical of the perceived passivity of the government in Belmopan.

Letter: World Press Freedom Day

May 3, 2016
Letter: World Press Freedom Day One of the things we love about sport is the freedom to enjoy and play what we want, when we want, with whom we want. Such freedoms are never questioned until they come under threat. Until a government or governing body or impinges on our right to play. The same can be said...

The Caribbean's 'Disappearing People' renew claim for rights and survival

April 30, 2016
The Caribbean's 'Disappearing People' renew claim for rights and survival BELIZE CITY, Belize -- In many Caribbean lands, they now exist only in history books, having moved, been killed off or exiled when conquering Europeans came in the 16th and 17th century. In Belize, Guyana, Suriname, Dominica, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and...

UNAIDS condemns killings and human rights violations against transgender people in the Caribbean

April 26, 2016
UNAIDS condemns killings and human rights violations against transgender people in the Caribbean KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has condemned killings and violations of human rights against transgender people reported in recent months by civil society and media in different countries of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Commentary: Guyana should immediately rescind this embarrassing MOU with India

April 25, 2016
Commentary: Guyana should immediately rescind this embarrassing MOU with India The Guyana government has recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the government of India for the establishment of a US$1 million ICT Center of Excellence inside two classroom spaces at the NDMA – University of Guyana campus in Georgetown. While the announcement...

US$30.9 million sea and river defence project launched in Guyana

April 19, 2016
US$30.9 million sea and river defence project launched in Guyana GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- On Wednesday April 13, the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the government of Guyana launched a US$30.9 million sea and river defense project. The project is expected to provide for the reconstruction and improvement of approximately 5.4 km...

Islamic bloc calls for international conference on slavery reparations

April 18, 2016
Islamic bloc calls for international conference on slavery reparations ISTANBUL, Turkey -- The 13th Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit, which ended on Friday in Istanbul, Turkey, in its communiqué threw its full support behind the Caribbean community and the African Diaspora in their quest to convene an international conference to...

US releases 2015 human rights report

April 15, 2016
US releases 2015 human rights report WASHINGTON, USA -- On Wednesday, the US State Department released its 2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, which include a number of countries in the Caribbean region. Speaking to reporters Secretary of State John Kerry emphasised that the human rights standards...

Suriname foreign minister in Istanbul for Islamic summit; Guyana absent

April 15, 2016
Suriname foreign minister in Istanbul for Islamic summit; Guyana absent ISTANBUL, Turkey -- The foreign minister of Suriname, Niermala Badrising, is in Turkey representing President Desi Bouterse at the 13th Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Summit, which commenced on Wednesday under the theme “Unity and Solidarity for Justice and Peace”.

Commentary: Guyana-Venezuela border issue: The juridical option for a solution

April 13, 2016
Commentary: Guyana-Venezuela border issue: The juridical option for a solution Just after the conclusion of the conference of Commonwealth leaders in Malta, Guyana’s President David Granger on November 29, 2015, declared that the ongoing process by the United Nations could resolve the border controversy with Venezuela in three years’ time. While some may...

IDB study says $1.8 billion needed to end poor housing conditions in the Caribbean

April 11, 2016
IDB study says $1.8 billion needed to end poor housing conditions in the Caribbean WASHINGTON, USA -- Approximately US$1.8 billion would be needed to end poor housing conditions currently endured by 1 million residents in The Bahamas, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago, according to a new Inter-American Development Bank report.

Guyana and Suriname to take part in Islamic summit

April 9, 2016
Guyana and Suriname to take part in Islamic summit GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Western Hemisphere's only two members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Guyana and Suriname, will participate in next week's 13th Summit of the OIC from April 10-15 in Istanbul, Turkey. The president and the foreign minister...

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