Daily Archives: 08/04/2014

From the Diaspora… OLD HABITS HARD TO DIE – By Ralph Seeram

From the Diaspora… OLD HABITS HARD TO DIE

AUGUST 3, 2014 | BY  –  By Ralph Seeram

ballot boxIt was like an excursion; busloads of PNC supporters travelling from poll station to poll station in Berbice to vote. There was much merriment; everybody was so happy committing election fraud. But who could object, the entire electoral process was controlled by the PNC. It was blatant for all to see that the election was being rigged.

I had suggested to some friends not to waste their time to go voting as they have already voted. Many persons approached me saying they were turned away at the voting booth because they had voted already. On the Corentyne, PPP supporters were desperately trying to ensure that their representatives accompanied the ballot boxes. We know that some were murdered by GDF soldiers in that process.   Continue reading

Guyana: Linden to Lethem road in terrible need of repairs

Linden to Lethem road in terrible need of repairs

AUGUST 3, 2014 | BY |

As Brazil and Guyana continue discussions on the asphalted paving of the Linden to Lethem Road, the lives of those who presently traverse the laterite structure are in some amount of danger.

Bus drivers using the road.

This is because the surface of the road has deteriorated to the extent that it now has craters capable of consuming a bus.  Also, several sections of the road are flooded.

Kaieteur News understands that the surface of the road is severely depressed and drivers cannot revert to the shoulders of the road simply because is it covered with debris. Continue reading

Guyana: Observing and participating in the expression of indigenous culture

Observing and participating in the expression of indigenous culture


…Anthropologist Dr. George Mentore is a ‘Special Person’

 “Basically what I’m doing is trying to collect information about how they live, (in community) what we call ethnographic field research … and I’ve become a specialist on the Wai Wai. But I also try to develop a specialty on other Amerindian groups in the deep south, including the Wapisiana and the Macushi, so I’ve become a little bit more comparative in my work.”

By Dennis A. Nichols
Many Guyanese have heard of the work of the late artist, writer, and archaeologist Denis Williams. But how many know about the contributions of other contemporary Guyanese in a similar sphere of endeavour?  Continue reading

Administration has no reason not to hold Local Govt. Elections – Ramkarran

Administration has no reason not to hold Local Govt. Elections

Ralph Ramkarran

Ralph Ramkarran

AUGUST 4, 2014 | BY – Ramkarran  

There is no reason why the Government cannot now proceed to hold Local Government Elections, since a decision on whether to hold General Elections is not likely to be taken until next year.

This is the view held by former Peoples Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) stalwart, Ralph Ramkarran who opined too that Local Government Elections can be held in the second half of the year.

According to Ramkarran, the holding of Local Government Elections would be a wise option since it would divert attention from some unwelcome issues.  Continue reading

Guyana’s Surveillance State, Death Squad & Undercover Agents

Three Worlds One Vision

Robert Gates - Witness for Walter Rodney Commission of Inquiry - June 2014Allan Robert Gates – Witness for Walter Rodney Commission of Inquiry
Georgetown – Guyana – June 2014
Photo Credit: Guyana Chronicle

The three years leading up to Walter Rodney’s assassination on June 13, 1980, were dangerous times in Guyana. Living with State surveillance, the Police Death Squad, thugs of the House of Israel Sect, and economic hardships had become our new reality. Informers were everywhere. A treacherous remark could cost you your job or worse.

During session three of the Walter Rodney Commission of Inquiry, Allan Robert Gates was the star witness. Since January 2014, he has been serving a two-year prison sentence for fraudulent activities. He claimed they were “trumped-up charges” to prevent him from testifying.

Gates described himself as a security expert. As a young man in June 1977, he joined the Police Force. Two years later, he was assigned to the Special Squad of the Criminal Investigation…

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