Daily Archives: July 9, 2018

The Guyana Revenue Authority was designed to be corrupt – GRA Chairman Lucas

GRA was designed to be corrupt – Lucas

…says network of skullduggery “very wide and thick”

In the past two years, the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) has been dismantling several networks of corruption within its fold. But these discoveries come as no surprise to Chairman of the GRA Board of Directors, Rawle Lucas.
Under the guidance of its previous management, the economist is convinced that the revenue authority was modeled to be corrupt.

In his interview with Kaieteur News yesterday afternoon, Lucas said, “I am not surprised at the levels of corruption we continue to unearth. We are dealing with a system that has been in place for a number of years and which was designed or modeled in my view, to be corrupt.”

“Corruption was rampant primarily because those who were there before were not interested in revenue collection for the government for the people of Guyana. They might have been interested in revenue collection for themselves because that is the kind of things that we continue to find, that is what it appears to be.”     Continue reading

GUYANA SPEAKS: London UK – “OIL” by Chris Ram on July 13, 2018; + “Emancipation and Beyond” – July 29, 2018

 GUYANA SPEAKS – Featuring CHRIS RAM – 13 July 2018. London. England.

Chris Ram, who was one of our speakers on What will oil do for Guyana? in November 2017, has just received a certificate for the Masters of Laws in Oil and Gas from Reading University and is currently in the UK.  Guyana SPEAKS will therefore be holding a one-off special in which Chris will talk for 30 mins on “First Oil in 2020: Are We Ready?” followed by a Q&A session.  If you are able to attend, please RSVP so that we have an idea of numbers. The event will be held on Friday, 13th July (6.30pm for a 7pm start) at the Classic.       Continue reading

Exploitation: A history ignored, a debt unpaid — and the barbarians at the gate By Mohamed Hamaludin

Exploitation: A history ignored, a debt unpaid — and the barbarians at the gate

By MOHAMED HAMALUDIN

22nd June 1948: MV Empire Windrush arrives at Tilbury Docks in London

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May joined more than 2,000 others at Westminster Abbey in London on Friday to recognize the contributions to the country by immigrants from the English-speaking Caribbean and elsewhere invited in 70 years ago to help rebuild its war-ravaged economy. But it was more an act of contrition over the way the British government treated these people during its own crackdown on illegal immigration, giving birth to the Windrush scandal.

The ship Empire Windrush – yes, empire was flouted in those days – docked in London on June 22, 1948, with 1,027 passengers, 802 of them from the Caribbean, but the “Windrush generation” eventually  totaled more than 50,000, coming from several other countries, with a promise that they could live and work in Britain.      Continue reading

Trump Cannot Reverse the Decline of White Christian America –

Trump Cannot Reverse the Decline of White Christian America –  By Robert P Jones | The Atlantic

Two-thirds of those who voted for the president felt his election was the “last chance to stop America’s decline.” But his victory won’t arrest the cultural and demographic trends they opposed.

Robert P Jones | The Atlantic

Down the home stretch of the 2016 presidential campaign, one of Donald Trump’s most consistent talking points was a claim that America’s changing demographics and culture had brought the country to a precipice.

He repeatedly cast himself as the last chance for Republicans and conservative white Christians to step back from the cliff, to preserve their power and way of life. In an interview on Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) in early September, Trump put the choice starkly for the channel’s conservative Christian viewers:  

“If we don’t win this election, you’ll never see another Republican and you’ll have a whole different church structure.”     Continue reading

PRESIDENT RAMSON JR. ….By Verian Mentis-Barker

PRESIDENT RAMSON JR. ….

By  Verian Mentis-Barker – July 9, 2018

Guyana’s politics seem to have discovered what soft drink manufacturers have known for years… the power of a brand …

All we need do is look back down the line of politicians and note their recurring names – not because they were on an honor roll of any sort, now.

They were just the crew that discovered branding before it was a thing and realized that it was an easy road to prominence if it could become a family business.    Continue reading

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