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Understanding the Venezuelan Rhetoric of the Border Controversy

For most Guyanese, the idea of a Venezuelan takeover of the Essequibo is as repulsive as it is unthinkable. That’s because Guyana has been administering the Essequibo territory for centuries. It’s hard to wrap our minds around the thought that Venezuelans actually believe that the Essequibo belongs to them. However, a practical approach to this showdown demands that we understand the Venezuelan rhetoric with regards to the border dispute, thus shedding light on why so many Venezuelans say, “El Esequibo es de Venezuela.”

Guyana Records World’s Highest Economic Growth Over Last Decade

In order to compile a list of the 20 countries with the highest rate of economic growth in 10 years, we sourced data from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The most recent data was available from 2022. We considered the growth in real GDP for all countries over the last 10 years. We averaged the real GDP growth rates of countries over the last 10 years and ranked them in ascending order.

Brazil is Committed to Remaining Neutral in Event of War Between Guyana and Venezuela

In a previous article, we explained how President Ali had asked President Lula of Brazil around November 19, 2023 to dissuade Nicolas Maduro from holding his December 3 referendum aimed at annexing the Essequibo county by force. We also explained how President Lula did little to nothing to help the situation. Venezuela is threatening to annex the Essequibo, and is moving forward, which by itself is a threat of war. The Guyana Government, lacking a competent military, is relying on diplomatic strength to tide Guyana over this situation.

Venezuela Has Already Created a Pretext for War

Usually, when corrupt leaders want to invade a country, they create a pretext. This false claim that the US intends to “militarize” the disputed territory will be used by Venezuela to try to justify its forceful annexation of the Essequibo. It is already doing a good job fooling its gullible population who needs no convincing and who are united in the cause of “defending the Essequibo.”

Cindy’s Herbal Supplies

Cindy’s Herbal Supplies stocks a wide range of herbal products ready to be delivered to your home or business in both wholesale and retail quantities. From treating the common cold to arthritis, these herbal products incorporate the knowledge of the healing power of nature’s products passed down through centuries upon centuries of oral and written tradition.

Tutu Waterfall in the South Rupununi Savannahs

Tutu Falls is located close to Meriwau Village in the South Rupununi Savannahs of Guyana, South America. It can be reached by driving a 4-wheel drive vehicle, ATV, or motorcycle down the rugged trail about 2 hours’ drive away from Lethem. The refreshing waters of the Tutu Falls forms a pool on a mountaintop before cascading down the mountain.

The Linden Blue Lake is Beautiful, but Danger Lurks Beneath its Placid Surface

The Kara Kara Blue Lake in Linden is doubtless beautiful. But is it a “Death Trap” as some have called it? Rising up from the depths of poorly covered mining pits, the lake has an uneven and unstable foundation plagued with quicksand and sinkholes that precipitate strong underwater currents. The possibility of landslips occurring underfoot and swallowing a person up is relatively high. Several persons have already drowned in the lake, and many have reported a near death experience.

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 Jaguar, Guyana’s National Animal

It is not clear why the jaguar was nominated Guyana’s national animal, but it might have something to do with its strength and courage. Nevertheless, the jaguar is a vicious predator which bites through the neck of its prey. The jaguar is bold and fearless and an encounter with one can easily turn deadly. Nevertheless, a brave Guyanese citizen, Melly Allicock, met one on the forest trails in early 2023 and didn’t run away in fear. Instead, she took out her phone and started videoing. This citizen is certainly bolder than the jaguar itself. And she gives us the luxury of watching a jaguar roar up close and personal. Looking at the video, you can get a feel of the jaguar’s enormous strength and unshakeable courage.

How to Make Ghee Parsad, also Called Mahamboug

Parsad (not sure I spelt that correctly) is a Guyanese dessert of East Indian origin. It is especially popular during the Phagwah Holidays. Although parsad is often used in Hindu Religious Functions, and is offered to “hindu gods” during Hindu rituals, parsad or mahamboug can be made and eaten by anyone at any time and for any occasion. There are many variations of Parsad. In this video, a Guyanese citizen, Miss Naressa, teaches us how to make Ghee Parsad, also called Mahamboug.

Video: A Close Encounter with a Fierce Jaguar

The jaguar is Guyana’s national animal. Guyana’s Coat of Arms features two of these strong and courageous big cats which are found in the jungles of Guyana. This amazing video was filmed in January, 2023 by Guyanese citizen, Melly Allicock, in the South Central Rupununi Savannahs of Guyana. Ms. Allicock relates that she was traveling to the Marudi Mountains from Lethem when she came face to face with the cross jaguar. Instead of panicking, the brave citizen pulled out her mobile phone and filmed this amazing, close up encounter with the fierce, roaring, big cat.

Ten Years Ago, Sarah Hakh Made Her Country Proud. What is She Doing Today?

Ten years ago, she made her country proud. In 2012, Sarah Hakh was the Caribbean’s best overall CXC student copping a record breaking 16 Grade Ones with all As on the profile grades. Sarah Hakh won the award for the Most Outstanding Candidate Overall in the Caribbean. As a result of her performance, her school, Abram Zuil Secondary on the Essequibo Coast, received the CSEC School of the Year Award for 2012.

Bush Cook – a Guyanese Tradition

Bush cook is a Guyanese tradition where a group of persons, usually friends, family, neighbors or any combination of such, get together to cook a nice pot of cook up rice, also called “all in one,” at somebody’s backyard or another “bushy” area of choice. It is sort of like a picnic, but somewhat different.

What is Tasso and Why You Should Learn About it

Tasso is a high protein food product which is made by slicing beef into thin layers, salting it thoroughly and drying it in the sun for four to five days. After five days of drying the salted beef, the tasso is said to be “cured” and then carries a long shelf life. While the precise shelf life of tasso has never been scientifically determined, most people whom I’ve interviewed in the Rupununi say that tasso can last for up to six months without refrigeration.

German Sports Fishing Tourist Describes Experience in Guyana

A German tourist who traveled to Guyana to engage in catch and release sports fishing in the waters of Guyana’s vast rivers has described his experience. In a Facebook Post titled “Rumble in the Jungle,” the sports fishing enthusiast described his travels and adventures to Guyana. The article posted below was translated from the original German text extracted from the Facebook Page of Global Fishing Adventures.

Guyana’s First Ever Farine Bakery Opens in the Rupununi

In December, 2022, a group of Guyana’s indigenous population of the Rupununi took cassava farine to a new level by launching Guyana’s first ever farine bakery. This is truly a landmark achievement and an evolutionary process. This publication contacted the bakery for more details on their operations. The following writeup was furnished by the management of the North Rupununi Farine Bakery in Masara Village – the first ever such in the country of Guyana.

Guyana’s “Somewhat Legal” Suriname Backtrack Crossing

If we say that a backtrack crossing is “legal,” we find ourselves in a conflict of expressions. After all, a backtrack route to another country is a route that seeks to bypass immigration authorities and the necessary legal procedures for cross border travel. However, Guyana is one of those countries where these kinds of somewhat weird and unexplainable things happen. Guyana does have a “somewhat legal” backtrack route to neighboring Suriname.

Mr. Ivan Alexander Johnson: A Rupununi Pioneer

Mr. Ivan Alexander Johnson (Sr), who completed his long and fruitful earthly journey in December 2017, was doubtless one of the the first pioneers of the Rupununi Savannahs of Guyana.  He was one of many Rupununi trailblazers, who, in their own simple ways, unique personalities, and vision for making a successful living in what is still considered a remote region of Guyana, have facilitated the opening up of the Rupununi to the rest of the country and the world at large, and contributed to the economic and social wellbeing of the Region. 

Turning My Passion into Profits by Tromain David

There is a saying that goes, “find a job you love, and you will never have to work another day in your life.” The same applies for business. Doing something that you are passionate about accelerates your performance. This concept is the key element within the success story of young Guyanese businesswoman, Tromain David, who harnessed her love for fashion and turned it into a profitable business.

Direct Cash Transfers to Citizens Would Contribute Greatly to Economic Growth

Guyana started pumping oil in late 2019, and to date (January 2023) has earned more than US$2 billion from oil revenues and royalties. That translates to roughly GY$420,000,000,000.00. This breaks down to roughly GY$525,000 per person using the generous population estimate of 800,000. Production data produced by the Ministry of Natural Resources show that Guyana recorded its highest output level in November 2022, reaching 389,000 barrels of oil per day. But production rate is climbing and Guyana is projected to produce more than 600,000 barrels of oil in 2023.

Jaggernauth – a Poem by Frank Satnarine

After the abolition of slavery throughout the British Empire around 1838, European plantation owners in Guyana, as well as throughout the Caribbean, looked to India for cheap labor. The myriads of stories passed down from generation to generation about the East Indians’ journey from India to Guyana help us fit pieces of a puzzle together and get a clear picture of the chain of events that made Guyana what it is today.

As I Gaze Upon the River – A Poem by Kapohn

The indigenous lifestyle is a simple, natural one. While many indigenous persons leave their natural communities and venture into more industrialized zones, taking up jobs and even owning businesses, indigenous peoples in their natural environment only consume what they need to survive and live comfortably. Unlike other ethnic groups in Guyana, the indigenous peoples value the preservation of the natural environment above the creation of wealth or the promise of money.

Corona Falls in North Rupununi

Corona Falls is one of the lesser known and explored, yet magnificent, beautiful and splendid, waterfalls of Guyana. It is located at the headwaters of the Rewa River in North Rupununi. With its refreshing waters and magnificent scenery, the Corona Falls is definitely a place to visit.

Music Video: Our Land, Our Life by Galina Edmund

Our Land, Our Life is a beautiful song astoundingly performed by Guyanese singer/performer Galina Edmund. The song, presented in the native language of the Arecuna tribe of Indigenous peoples of Guyana, expresses appreciation for the land and all it provides for the people that inhabit it. At the same time, it showcases the simple, beautiful, and sustainable lifestyle of the Arecuna Tribe of Indigenous peoples. The Arecuna Tribe of Indigenous are found in Paruima Village in Region 7 which is the village from which Galina Edmund hails.

The Meeting of the Waters in Region 7

Did you know…that there is a place in Guyana where the Cuyuni and Mazuruni Rivers run side by side without mixing? This is a remarkable natural phenomenon with various scientific explanations. According to science, the waters do not mix because they are of different temperatures and densities, and they run at different speeds. However, the phenomenon is so remarkable that it is considered a natural and scientific marvel.

Birdwatching in the Botanical Gardens by Jane Miller

The Botanical Gardens is located next to the Guyana Zoo and Castellani House in Georgetown, Region 4, Guyana, South America. Established since 1878, the tropical botanical gardens serves as a recreational park which showcases one of the most extensive collections of tropical flora in the Caribbean laid out with ponds, canals, kissing bridges, and a bandstand. The botanical gardens also offers a unique place for birdwatching.

Video: Teachers of Huis’t Dieren Primary Condemn Attack on Teachers

On Wednesday, 11th of January, 2023, a male teacher was reportedly assaulted by a parent at Graham’s Hall Primary School on the East Coast of Demerara, Guyana, South America. Although the Ministry of Education released a statement condemning the attack on the teacher, it stopped short of explaining what might have provoked the attack. The next day, teachers across the country wore black to protest against violence against teachers.

Photos: The Annual Rupununi Rodeo Events

The Rupununi Rodeo Performances is an annual concert of live entertainment filled with heat, excitement, and adrenaline-pumping action. The rodeo performances showcase the skill, art, bravery, and raw power of Rupununi-born-and-bred cowboys and cowgirls. It is a phenomenon that explodes across the Rupununi Savannahs and ripples its way across almost every economic sector of Guyana.

What is Guyanese Creolese?

The Creolese Language is a form of substandard English spoken by people across the Caribbean in countries that were once colonized by the British Empire. Guyanese Creolese is a Creolese dialect unique to Guyana and different from other variations of Creolese that are spoken in other Caribbean countries such as Trinidad and Jamaica.

Meet Aurelia Ibrahim – Guyana’s 14-Year-Old Published Author

The success of Aurelia Ibrahim at such a young age in one of the world’s most competitive and challenging fields is yet another beautiful example of a parent’s ability to recognize a child’s latent talents and abilities and help them to harness it. This key concept is the backbone of the success story of young Guyanese author, Aurelia Ibrahim, who is the published author of two books: “A Little Poet’s World,” and “A Picturesque Journey” – both poetry collections.

Video: Plane Lands at Lethem (Part 3)

Today, 6th of January, 2023, I did a third video of the Trans Guyana Plane landing at the Lethem Airport. Hope I didn’t scare anyone or cause any problems by the way. I stood on the road just in front of the airstrip. When the plane approached, it was a scary feeling, as though the plane with its frightening propeller blades were coming straight at me. I tried to hold my ground but I found myself side stepping a bit.

Guyana’s Victoria Amazonica No Longer World’s Largest Water Lily

Guyana’s National Flower, the Victoria Amazonica, has lost its record as the world’s largest water lily. Up to July, 2022, the Victoria Amazonica had boasted the title of the world’s largest water lily. However, a new water lily, called the Victoria Boliviana, has blown the Victoria Amazonica out the water and taken its spot as the world’s largest water lily.

Owner of Iconic “100 Windows” House Issues Notice to Public

The archaic 100 windows house located at No. 19 village is a relic of colonial rule in Guyana, South America. The gigantic structure has been there for perhaps a century, and needless to say, has fascinated the general Guyanese population. Often, travelers and vacationers have stopped to take photos from the road, but many have ventured beyond the gates into the private property to have a close-up view and take more pictures.

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Badam Latch – a Super Tasty Guyanese Snack Now Going Extinct

Badam Latch, also variably called “badam latcta,” “balam latcha,” etc, is a super tasty snack made, sold, and consumed in Guyana since pre-independence times. Originating in India, it was introduced to Guyana by the East Indians. Unfortunately, due to evolving foods and food technology, as well the influx of imported food products, badam latch is rarely seen nowadays. Nevertheless, we urge all Guyanese to keep the badam latch experience alive. Through documenting this recipe this article, we hope that we have helped to keep it alive.

Flag Raising in Guyana, a Biannual Ceremony

The first Flag Raising Ceremony took place on Midnight of May 25th 1966 – or just at the dawn of Guyana’s first Independence Day – the break of May 26th 1966. On the first ever Flag Raising Ceremony, the Union Jack, the flag of British Guiana during colonial rule, was lowered, and the Golden Arrow Head, the current flag of Guyana as an independent nation, was ceremoniously hoisted.

Essequibo – The Cinderella County

The county of Essequibo encompasses approximately 290,000 people in 700 villages and communities, the majestic Kaieteur Falls – the world’s highest single-drop waterfall – and most of Guyana’s precious mineral resources to boot. This includes the Rupununi Savannahs which span thousands of acres of virtually untouched plains, rain-forested mountains, Amerindian villages and rare wildlife–one of the brightest jewels in Guyana’s tourism crown. The Essequibo is everything west of the mighty Essequibo River towards the border with Venezuela.