Daily Archives: 08/14/2012

When Brown people think they are White

When Brown people think they are White

The confusion is also visible in the question of race and heritage. The Census Bureau is insisting on forcing people who speak Spanish to write in Hispanic or Latino, which are European cultural heritages.

Most of peoples in the so called Latin America are of Indigenous (Native) and African heritages, and the mix of both with others including Europeans, Asian, Arab, etc. But we ignore our true heritage, due to the Euro-centric educational system and a racist corporate media. We prefer to say we are White instead of accepting our true heritages, because for many is painful and even shameful to remember who we are.                    Continue reading

Puttin’ on the Ritz … in Moscow! – ‘flash mob” video

Puttin’ on the Ritz … in Moscow!

What a crazy, delightful ever changing world!

Who   could have thought that in 2012 young people in  Moscow would put on a “flash mob” happening, dancing   to an *83 year old* *American song* written by a   Russian born American-Jew (Irving Berlin) whose last   name is the capital of Germany…

Our thanks to Clyde Duncan for forwarding this to Guyanese Online

Corruption investigations: NCN and East Coast Highway

NCN investigation report leaked…“If criminal charges are not laid against Sattaur and Goolsarran, then Ramotar supports corruption” – Ramjattan


The Alliance For Change (AFC) is calling for a full blown inquiry into the entire operations of the National Communications Network (NCN) after a damning report that was leaked to a Parliamentarian spoke clearly of collusion by two senior staffers to milk that state-owned entity. According to AFC’s Leader, Khemraj Ramjattan, the report which was […]

Leaked NCN report reveals shocking details of attempted cover up…Staffers pressured to prepare backdated invoice for $3.6M


A leaked report on investigations at the state-owned National Communications Network (NCN) has revealed startling details of how two under-fire managers in June attempted to pressure female staffers to backdate a $3.6 million invoice to January to cover up their tracks. But the staffers, from the Marketing Department, refused and later told investigators that they […]

E.C.D. four-lane extension…Contractor rejects bribery demand   Continue reading

“Agitating” police officer ordered out of Linden operation

“Agitating” police officer ordered out of Linden operation

Written by Denis Scott Chabrol  – Demerara Waves
Monday, 13 August 2012 18:48

In picture :  Assistant Superintendent Watts and Opposition politician Dr. Rupert Roopnaraine having a discussion during tense moments in Wismar on Sunday, August 12, 2012.

A senior police officer was Monday ordered out of Linden after his presence in the still tense Wismar area continued to agitate residents, according to a source close to the Joint Services.
The decision was taken even as a tense calm hung over Linden that has been wracked by days of violence in which several civilians have been killed and injured during clashes with police, others arrested and government buildings burnt.

The unrest centers around government’s now suspended plan to hike electricity rates, a matter that a joint opposition-technical committee would be addressing in the coming days.
There are still other outstanding issues like permission to open private television stations and creating an investment friendly climate.             Continue reading

Linden – an in-depth analysis


Posted By Stabroek staff On August 12, 2012

The arson which took place in Linden on Friday simply cannot be excused. It would be fatuous to point out that the burning of buildings will do nothing for the economy of the mining town, and economic conditions are one of the underlying issues fuelling the protest.  And it would be similarly pointless to observe that the destruction of public (and private) structures will only make recovery there more difficult, not less so. After all, what drives acts of destruction is anger or rank lawlessness, not reason. It is just that the rest of the nation finds it very difficult to understand why, when by all accounts negotiations with the government were making progress, critical buildings were torched by the very people who have most to lose by doing so. Just what was the objective of such incendiarism? Or was it that there simply was no objective, it was just nihilism in action?

This does not mean to say that while the government cannot be held directly responsible for the torching of buildings and toll booths, it must not take its share of the blame for creating the kinds of conditions which made what happened on Friday a distinct possibility, if not a probability. If nothing else its actions – or at some points, its  lack of them – have provided fodder for those of its critics who are convinced that it would not be averse to seeing Linden in flames, because that would harmonise well with the line it has been pushing to its constituency for so long.   Continue reading

Is Linden a diversion from corruption investigations? – 3 articles

OP attracts protest over approach to Linden issues


“The Government is prolonging Linden’s struggle to distract Guyanese from the bigger issues of corruption at NCN, NICIL, GuySuCo, and the super salaries at OP. They obviously need a distraction” – Gerhard Ramsaroop    

Political leaders, social activists and a number of Linden residents yesterday assembled at the Office of the President and mounted a […]

Linden, a diversion from corruption – AFC


The ruling PPP government thrives on chaos and is triggering delaying tactics in settling the Linden unrest to keep corruption off the front pages, Khemraj Ramjattan, the leader of the Alliance for Change (AFC) said yesterday. Ramotar charged that the government is aggravating the unrest in Linden instead of seeking an early resolution, because, […]     Continue reading

Can anyone now question Usain Bolt’s legendary status? – commentary

Commentary: Can anyone now question Usain Bolt’s legendary status?

Published on August 14, 2012 –  Caribbean News Now    By Jeevan Robinson
There has been some talk leading into the 2012 London Olympics, and even throughout the tournament, about the legendary status of sprint king, Usain Bolt. He captivated the just concluded Olympic Games, winning three gold medals in impressive form, very much similar to the rich run of form that carried him to glory at the 2008 games in Beijing. But the question many are asking even more loudly is if Usain Bolt is now a living legend?

Jeevan Robinson is founder and editor-in-chief of  MNI Alive.com. He can be reached at jeevan@mnialive.com

Bolt himself declared after winning the 200 metres race: “I’m now a living legend, I’m also the greatest athlete to live.”

Well in such a debate, the evidence surely is what will speak loudest for the matter to be resolved.

Sprint sensation Bolt captured gold in the 100 and 200 metres, becoming the first athlete to repeat victory in both these events. He went on further Saturday evening to bring home the Jamaican 4×100 relay team, in impressive style, as they set a new world record, with a capacity crowd bearing witness to the greatness of the Jamaican athletes, once again on display.

Recently, International Olympic Committee president, Jacques Rogge had to retract a statement he had made earlier during the Olympics that questioned Bolt’s legendary status. Rogge had previously stated that Usain needed to prove his greatness over time before claiming to be a “living legend.”                Continue reading

London 2012 – commentary

London 2012

Stabroek staff On August 10, 2012  – Editorial

When the United Kingdom made its pitch to host the 30th Olympiad in 2007, one of the key messages underlying the bid was the wonder of the rest of the world coming to London in 2012 rather than the old stereotypical notion of the post-imperial power still seeking somehow to impose its will and its presence on the rest of the world.

One of the most striking aspects of London 2012, however, has been not so much what the world has been learning about the UK but what Britons themselves have been learning about themselves and their country.

Put aside pre-Games fears about lousy weather, lengthy immigration queues and chaos at Heathrow Airport, traffic gridlock and public transport inadequacies, security snafus, and the apparent lack of enthusiasm on the part of the majority of the host population.   Continue reading

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