Daily Archives: 03/21/2015

Guyana’s elections- It is all about numbers – analysis by GHK Lall + video interview

Also view video: GHK Lall being interviewed (June 2013), by Christopher Ram on his book “Sitting on a Recial Volcano” – a discussion on racial politics in Guyana.

Guyana’s elections- It is all about numbers – analysis by GHK Lall

Friday, 20 March 2015 –  Written by  GHK Lall

It is all in the numbers, and numbers don’t lie.  Guyanese know that talk of numbers during an election season is talk of race.  When the numbers were comforting, and a solid cushion of confidence existed, there was no need for any appeal of any kind at Babu John; or anywhere else for that matter.  Or to identify the ruling PPP as being of this or that particular kind of party.

Instead, all efforts were focused on trashing and demonizing the opposition.  But now there is open appeal, crude appeal (no matter how sanitized), and desperate appeals that start with the numbers.  What follows is a close scrutiny of the environment, and utilizes the few available figures, to extrapolate and arrive at some reasonable positions.
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The View from Europe: The Summit of the Americas and Venezuela – By David Jessop

The View from Europe: The Summit of the Americas and Venezuela

David Jessop

David Jessop

Published on March 21, 2015- By David Jessop 

In a few weeks time President Obama will make a one day visit to Jamaica. There, in addition to a number of relatively brief national encounters, he will meet with Caribbean Community (CARICOM) heads of government.

This summit is a belated follow up to a promise the US president made in April 2009 when he met in Trinidad with regional leaders in the margins of the fifth Summit of the Americas. Since then there have been encounters with Vice President Biden, at which the predominant focus has been on security and energy; exchanges that at times have not been easy, as to a significant extent the US’s regional preoccupations have not been those of CARICOM, and the approaches discussed have lacked accompanying funding.
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Women’s History Month: Women of Substance – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Women’s History Month: Women of Substance 

By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

‘If your dreams don’t scare you then you are not dreaming big enough,’ says Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to the class of 2011 at Harvard. Little did she know that in 2014 her country would have needed all her leadership skills to combat Ebola.

If all goes well Liberia will be declared free from Ebola in Aril 2015. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gwobee and Tawakkol Karman. These three women won the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize. They are in the forefront in the fi ght for truth, justice and equality in their respective countries. Ellen and Lemyah are from Liberia while Tawakkol is from Yemen. It is the first time in the history of the Nobel Prize Committee that three women have had this honor conferred on them in a single year.  Continue reading

Cricket World Cup, 4th Quarter-Final: New Zealand wins vs West Indies

ICC Cricket World Cup, 4th Quarter-Final: New Zealand v West Indies at Wellington, Mar 21, 2015

New Zealand 393/6 (50.0 ov)   Martin Guptill 237
West Indies 250 (30.3 ov)     Chris Gayle 61
New Zealand won by 143 runs

It’s cold in Wellington, but the crowd stayed back to listen to Brendon McCullum speak, cheering him on at every answer. Whether it was about the crowd, whether it was about that special catch from Vettori, and howling in affirmative when McCullum was asked if this was the greatest New Zealand side ever. They have been the most joyful side to cover this World Cup. Now they enter the stage where they have stumbled so many times. Their match against South Africa – who have had their own stumbles – promises to be one for the ages. I just can’t wait for it. We will see you on Tuesday with that. This is Sidharth Monga, leaving you with this beautiful statement from McCullum: “We are having the best times of our lives.”  Continue reading

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