In Guyana, a Land Dispute With Venezuela Escalates Over Oil – NY Times article

New York Times Article – BY WILLIAM NEUMAN

In Guyana, a Land Dispute With Venezuela Escalates Over Oil

Venezuela has long insisted it owns everything west of the Essequibo River, including the Guyanese town of Bartica, in a battle that intensified after an oil discovery.

BARTICA, Guyana — At a little tin-roofed beer joint on the west bank of the Essequibo River, Rawle Huggins relaxed on a wooden bench and considered his tiny country’s escalating border spat with its much bigger neighbor, Venezuela.

“Here is Guyana,” said Mr. Huggins, a sometime gold miner, referring to the land beneath him and everything around it. “I don’t live in Venezuela. I live in Guyana. They live,” he added, gesturing beyond the jungle that fringes the town, “over there.”  

Bartica (pronounced BAR-ti-ca), a two-and-a-half-hour journey by car and boat from Guyana’s capital, Georgetown, is the jumping-off point for what the Guyanese call “the interior,” a sparsely populated region of forest and savanna that holds indigenous villages, mining camps and deposits of gold, diamonds, bauxite and other minerals.  [Read more]

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  • Gigi  On 11/23/2015 at 9:59 am

    Ah yes, the NYT shills and hacks doing what they do best for their employer, the ministry of misinformation. Ah shucks, such hypocritical compassion for a poor, tiny nonentity like Guyana. Oh, they care about us. How sweet. Yeah, right! These a** kissers, boot lickers and a** lickers don’t give a damn about Guyana. But the picture of the uncle tom is priceless. The poor man was so severely malnourished and half starved growing up under the PNC dictatorship, he’s still as skinny as a waif. Imagine the state of his poor brain. I can see why the US installed him as president.

    I guess a US diplomatic cable would read something like this…the target is showing accelerated wear and tear but is still immensely loyal and dutiful from years of conditioning. Our preferred candidate, the young, brilliant, agile, charismatic and fiercely independent-minded opposition leader still refuses to bend over for us. As a result, he continues to enjoy strong support among his people despite our exhaustive efforts to malign and destroy his character. It would be in our best interest to give them their own separate country. This will surely win the hearts and minds of these people and will ultimately work in our best interest.

  • Clyde Duncan  On 11/23/2015 at 10:26 am

    This is a Canadian band at a time when Canadians with their [our] Colonial mentality thought that only the American bands could entertain – so they called themselves “Guess Who” – by the time the public figured it out, they were already a success, Wolfman Jack, an American DJ helped promote them ….

    What I wanted you to hear is the Wolfman saying “…. You ain’t goin’ get it because I got it – You may want to try – But I gon’ keep ‘um …….”

    – NOT a Blade of Grass – Guyana, South America

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