Daily Archives: May 31, 2015

Can the PPP be saved? – By Ralph Ramkarran

Can the PPP be saved?

Ralph Ramkarran

Ralph Ramkarran

By Ralph Ramkarran (reproduced from http://www.conversationtree.gy )

The end of the Jagan leadership of the PPP terminated the era of real, as opposed to formal, internal democracy. Its structure and leadership model, third world and Leninist influenced, lent itself to authoritarian methods. But the Jagans ensured full discussions and neither dictated conclusions. Both changed their views from time to time after being persuaded by contrary opinion in discussions.

The symbol of that openness was that after a debate where opinion was divided, a vote was taken. However, after the Jagdeo leadership gained traction, voting after discussions ceased at his instance. Jagdeo summed up all discussions and the summing up, containing his views, was the decision. He still does so. Elections at and after Congress began to be grossly manipulated. Both Donald Ramotar and Bharrat Jagdeo publicly opposed the 2011 presidential candidate being elected by secret ballot. Continue reading

Jagdeo must go if PPP is to revive- Clinton Urling

Jagdeo must go if PPP is to revive- Clinton Urling

Clinton Urling

Clinton Urling

Sunday, 31 May 2015 07:58  -Written by  Denis Scott Chabrol

People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) candidate, Clinton Urling has blamed former President Bharrat Jagdeo for the party’s defeat at the polls earlier this month and said the time has come for him to take a back seat if the party is to be rebuilt.

Urling predicts that the PPP will face a difficult task  in rebuilding itself if Jagdeo remains the de facto leader. “Moreover, it would be difficult to attract, and in my case retain, the type of people who can help reinvent the party. Plainly stated, the party has to move on without Jagdeo if it is to ever recapture its former political prestige,” said Urling.   Continue reading

“Even the Rain” – Poem by Agha Shahid Ali

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Purple Rain - Photography by Adam Rose

Purple Rain – California Collection – 11 x 14 matted
Adam Rose Photography

My Poetry Corner June 2015 features the poem “Even the Rain” by Kashmiri-American poet Agha Shahid Ali (1949-2001). This poem is part of his final poetry collection, Call Me Ishmael Tonight: A Book of Ghazals, published posthumously in 2003, following his death from brain cancer in December 2001.

The ghazal, a Persian poetic form, is five or more thematically unrelated couplets connected through rhyme and repetition. The opening couplet sets up the scheme of rhyme and refrain by having it occur in both lines. The rhyme immediately precedes the refrain. In the following couplets, this scheme of rhyme and refrain only occurs in the second line. The last couplet names the poet directly in the second or third person.

Ali’s opening couplet in “Even the Rain” sets up the refrain, even the rain, and the…

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