Daily Archives: 12/02/2012

The PPP and Challenges Ahead – by Ralph Ramkarran

The PPP and Challenges Ahead

Written by Demerara Waves – Sunday, 02 December 2012 16:09

by Ralph Ramkarran, former PPP Executive Committee member.

The Election Results and its Aftermath.


Ralph Ramkarran

Four successive election victories of the Peoples Progressive Party (the Party) in 1992, 1997, 2001 and 2006 were followed by the failure to obtain an absolute majority in 2011. It was unexpected and a shock and disappointment.

Under the Constitution the Party was entitled to the Presidency and the President could appoint Ministers from among members of the National Assembly, except for technocrats. The President opted for Ministers from only the PPP, leading to a minority, rather than a coalition, majority supported government.  Continue reading

Chris Brown & Domestic Violence in Guyana – Rosaliene Bacchus

Another excellent blog entry from Rosaliene Bacchus

Three Worlds One Vision

Help & Shelter Candle Vigil against Domestic Violence - Guyana - 25 November 2011

Guyana NGO Help & Shelter Candle Light Vigil against Domestic Violence

Source: www.demerarawaves.com

Domestic violence is a difficult issue for me to discuss. But, ever since Chris Brown cancelled his Guyana Christmas concert, originally programmed for Boxing Day, following protests from local women’s rights groups, the subject has been haunting me.  According to the U.S. Human Rights Practices Report for 2007, one in every three Guyanese women is a victim of domestic violence. An article in the Kaieteur News, published in January 2012, puts the number at over two-thirds of Guyanese women. Violence against women contaminates all social and economic strata and ethnic groups of Guyanese society where men batter, rape, maim, and kill their female partners.

As a child growing up in Guyana, I was unaware that other children in school shared the same shame and fear that I experienced in living with a father who became…

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Guyana: How happy are we?

How happy are we?

Posted By Stabroek staff On November 30, 2012 – Editorial | Comments

For some years now, there has been, pretty much on a daily basis, an unrelenting litany of bad news in the local media. Accounts of horrific murders, domestic savagery and public uncouthness, crimes of all kinds and general lawlessness tend to dominate the headlines. Equally, the politics of polarisation and divisiveness, allegations of corruption and misfeasance in public office, accusations of incompetence and counter-accusations of sabotage and subversive behaviour, all jostle for space and airtime in the print and broadcast media.

In addition, tragic and often avoidable road accidents, fatal fires, rotting rubbish and unsanitary conditions posing an increasing threat to public health, unreliable water and electricity supplies, the seemingly larger numbers of vagrants and the mentally ill, all this and more would appear to paint a picture of a society in terminal decline.   Continue reading

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