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Guyana’s Response to Surinamese Aggression in June 2000 Underscores Guyana’s Peaceful Nature

In June 2000, when Canadian Oil Company CGX was drilling for oil in Guyana’s waters bordering Suriname, the Surinamese military sent soldiers on gunboats to force out the operation. At that time, Guyana’s military matched that of Suriname, and a military response from Guyana could have settled the matter forcefully. But that would have involved a lot of bloodshed, damage to infrastructure in both countries, and cultivate deep enmity between two friendly countries with strong brotherhood and cultural ties.

The Tragic and Mysterious Death of Sasia Adams

The death of 19 year old Sasia Adams in June 2018 is a heartrending tragedy that is shrouded in mystery. Her alleged assailant was arrested and charged with manslaughter but was later released due to insufficient evidence. Her death was described by the defense attorney during courtroom trial as a “tragic incident.” This article is dedicated to the memory and remembrance of Sasia Adams.

The First Batch of East Indians Arrived in Guyana on May 5th, 1838

The first batch of East Indians arrived in Guyana on the Whitby and Hesperus ships from Calcutta, India on May 5th, 1838. The Whitby brought 249 passengers (233 men, 5 women, and six children). The Hesperus brought 165 passengers, mostly men. A total of 18 persons died from both ships. From then to 1917, successive batches of East Indians arrived on Guyana’s shores to labor on the sugar plantations for minimum wages.

Guyana Once Used the Guilder as Currency

The guilder was the currency of British Guiana (initially known as Essequibo and Demerara) between 1796 and 1839. The Guianan guilder replaced the Dutch guilder at par after the colonies were captured by the British from the Dutch. In 1836, the guilder was reduced in value to 16 pence and, in 1839, the British pound and British Guiana dollar replaced the guilder as the currency of British Guiana.

Guyana Became a Republic on February 23rd, 1970

About 4 years after declaring Independence from the British Empire, Guyana was declared a Republic on the 23rd of February, 1970. A Republic is a system of government in which the people elect their government through periodical elections, and is closely tied to a democracy. Nevertheless, some countries around the world have used the term too loosely, calling themselves a Republic while in fact practicing Autocracy, Dictatorship, or Tyranny.

The Brutal, Cold-Blooded Murder of Shonette Dover

The murder of Shonette Dover will go down as one of the most brutal, heinous, and cold-blooded murders ever committed on a Guyanese citizen by someone she once loved and trusted. Whether the younger sister of the victim was criminally involved in the killing is disputable, but the pieces of evidence presented against the former boyfriend point to a well-planned, cold blooded, and premeditated murder.

Jim Jones Promised Racial and Social Equality

During the 1970s, when racial tensions were high between whites and blacks of the United States, Jim Jones promised his followers something that portrayed him as a champion of the oppressed: racial and social equality. In this regard, The People’s Temple was made up of about 69% blacks, 25% whites, and 6% mixed races. Little did the followers know that Jim Jones meant them no good.

Did Jim Jones Believe in Jesus?

It is no secret that religion has been hijacked by evil men and women who twist scriptures to suit their own conveniences. These wolves in sheep clothing use religion to control, enslave, and extort others. And Jim Jones was certainly one of these. But as the bible reassures us, “surely they have their reward.”

My Life on the Pirara/Meritezeiro Ranch – by Denise D’Aguiar

My husband, Harvey, and I used to live on a ranch in the North Rupununi Savannahs of Guyana, South America, where there was a 10-mile stretch of grazing ground between two places called Pirara and Meritezeiro. These places were owned by a dairy company called LIDCO, and they were “two in one.” The Headquarters, administration workers, and ranchers’ homes were all located at Pirara. Harvey and I lived at Meritezeiro where he controlled that section of the ranch. There were four cattle boys there.

The 1763 Berbice Slave Rebellion

The various accounts of the 1763 Berbice Slave Rebellion, also called the 1763 Berbice Slave Revolt and the 1763 Berbice Slave Uprising, are sketchy and sometimes conflicting. This very condensed version is based on intelligence gathered and cross-examined from various reputable sources including the Dutch Archives.

The Neesa Gopaul Murder Case – the Crime that Shook the Nation

The Neesa Gopaul murder case is doubtless one of the most horrific, brutal, and chilling crimes in Guyanese history. Imagine being heartlessly attacked by the very person whose God-given duty is to love and protect you. Imagine a group of vacationers looking for a fun time out but ending up finding a human corpse stuffed in a suitcase at Madewini Creek along the Linden-Soesdyke Highway, and imagine a woman, with the help of her partner, stuffing her daughter’s lifeless body into a suitcase and then dumping it into a remote creek with dumbbells tied to it so that it wouldn’t resurface. These are some of the elements that compose the Neesa Gopaul murder case – a brutal crime which sent shockwaves throughout the nation of Guyana, South America.

The 1980’s – Memories of Lethem – by Frank Roman

In the early to mid 80’s, I was a trader to Brazil and flew on the HS 748 weekly. We nicknamed her “Flop Hat,” although I’m not sure why. At that time, GAC had daily service into Lethem, Rupununi, Guyana South America, and the daily arrival of Flop Hat was the high point of the day. It was the only way in and out. After a short time, we could tell which aircraft was approaching – whether sky van, 748, islander, or DC 6 – by the sound of their engines.

The Story Behind Eldorado

Almost all Guyanese have heard the story of Eldorado. In Primary School, students even sing the Patriotic Song, “born in the land where men sought Eldorado….” But the story of Eldorado is not limited only to Guyana’s shores – it is one of worldwide fame – and it is what drew the Spanish, British, Portuguese, and other explorers to Guyana.

1932 Venezuelan Stamp Proves that the Essequibo Was Never Part of Venezuela

As the Venezuelan people and government continue their ramblings over Guyana’s Essequibo territory, the Guyanese people are firmly resolved to holding their ground with their unified and resounding “not one blade of grass” song to the Venezuelans. But a 90-year-old Venezuelan stamp restates what we as Guyanese have known all along – that the Essequibo was never part of Venezuela, and that Caracas was never keen on claiming the Essequibo prior the 2015 oil discovery in Guyana’s waters.