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Business is the sole rationale for gay nuptials

Business is the sole rationale for gay nuptials

My elder sister, Christine — I have two, and the elder is one year older than I am – and my youngest brother, Ronald, two years my junior, have been at it in our email conversations [...]

Corozal’s 19th century elite

Corozal’s 19th century elite

Cornelio Lizarraga, whose father came from Valladolid, in northern Yucatán, installed modern milling equipment at San Máximo, which he leased from Schofield. He married Petrona Staines (niece of Bernabé Carillo), and their daughter married Leopoldo Rosado, [...]

Ancient Egyptians were distinctly African

Ancient Egyptians were distinctly African

The ancient Egyptians were distinctly African people. They were not Hamites, as some history books tend to indicate. The manners and customs and religions of the ancient Egyptians suggest that the original home of their prehistoric [...]

Accomplishments and disappointments

Accomplishments and disappointments

This is the graduation season, and I must say it makes for a lot of happy moments and I am absolutely happy and overjoyed when I see so many youths graduating and sharing this joy with [...]

YES was humbling, but very low risk

YES was humbling, but very low risk

To my mind, the Belizeans who voted No to the ICJ did so because of the indignity of handing over our property title to the court, not so much because they were of the belief that [...]

Musings by the Curious  Non-Conformist

Musings by the Curious Non-Conformist

I first wrote and published this piece almost in July of last year via my Facebook account entitled, “Sweet Belizean Child, I apologize.” I do not remember what news story spurred me to write this piece, [...]

The Caste War and the flight from Bacalar

The Caste War and the flight from Bacalar

Bacalar was attacked by the Santa Cruz Mayas in April 1848, the rebels offering to spare the lives of its ladino inhabitants if they surrendered and left for British Honduras (Cal 1983:47; Anderson 1952:15). Thereafter, refugees [...]

The first Spanish families in Belize: the history they never taught in B.H.

The first Spanish families in Belize: the history they never taught in B.H.

Mestizos, or “Spanish,” as they are known locally, have a long history in Belize. The first Spanish families came from neighboring Yucatan in Mexico, fleeing the Caste War between Yucatecans and Mayas that began in 1847. [...]

Adios Kwalpeh (Bryan Muschamp)

Adios Kwalpeh (Bryan Muschamp)

It happened in the mid-1980s that I had to serve my adopted home, Camalote, as the manager of the village’s football club. I know it was the mid-1980s because I was working at Belize Food Products [...]

Pay Day

Pay Day

As you may know, our dear readers of this column, on Dec. 8, 2008, at the headquarters of the OAS, the representatives of Belize and Guatemala signed a Special Agreement known as the compromis to take [...]