Daily Archives: January 24, 2020

Guyana: DOCUFEST 2020: Celebrating Guyana’s 50th & U.G’s 57th Anniversary: February 01-15, 2020

Suriname: President Desi Bouterse fights 20 year jail sentence for 1982 executions

January 15, 2020BY BERT WILKINSON – Caribbean Life News. NY

In about a week’s time, embattled Surinamese President Desi Bouterse of Suriname will make his very first appearance before a court or war council which had last month ordered him jailed for 20 years for the 1982 mass executions of 15 government opponents.

The Jan. 22 hearing is designed to allow Bouterse, 74, to signal his plans to appeal the jail sentence for the killings in the height of military rule, following the February 1980 coup that had toppled the elected government of then Prime Minister Henck Arron.

Bouterse, trying to win a third consecutive five-year term in general elections on May 25, has never appeared before the panel of judges hearing the mass murder case for more than a decade, but now that he has been sentenced, he has wasted no time in moving to appear knowing full well that the sentence will be confirmed and imposed if he stays away again.              Continue reading

Guyana: Renewed efforts to make our roads much safer – by Francis Quamina Farrier     

– by Francis Quamina Farrier    

Last year, 2019, there were 128 Traffic Fatalities in Guyana, and as I write this article six persons have already lost their lives this year, 2020, due to traffic crashes. However, with the stepping up of a wide range of concerned Guyanese, there is a likelihood that there will be a decrease in the number of victims in 2020.

Over more recent years, in the face a unbelievable madness displayed by a high percentage of drivers here in Guyana, more individuals and groups have stepped forward to arrest the situation in which hundreds of fatalities and thousands injured since the turn of the century. Most Guyanese drivers of today seem to be always in a hurry. Always very impatient. Most of them seem unable to keep their hands off the vehicle horns.    Continue reading

U.S. — Trump’s unfitness for office runs deeper than policies, personal flaws – By Mohamed Hamaludin

 — By MOHAMED HAMALUDIN

If the criterion to be president is fitness to hold the office and the power which comes with it, then a persuasive argument can be made against Donald J. Trump, his detractors insist. Even before he won the 2016 election and was sworn into office in January 2017, he boasted of abusing women. He declared that he could shoot someone on the street and his supporters would not care. So far, he has uttered at least 16,200 false or misleading statements, according to tracking data from The Washington Post.        Continue reading

Guyana Politics: Will the West Lose Guyana to the Chinese? – Ian McCredie | Fair Observer

By investing in Guyana’s oil industry, the Chinese are taking a longer, multi-generational view.

Ian McCredie | Fair Observer

Guyana, home to just 750,000 people, is about to leap from one of the poorest to one of the richest countries in the world. The financial predators are circling, led by the Chinese. Guyana‘s inexperience, incompetence and lack of Western interest will hand the Chinese a valuable prey.

Oil discoveries off the coast of Guyana are on course to produce about 1 million barrels per day of oil for 30 years. If oil fetches just $50 per barrel, this equates to nearly $500 billion. Guyana’s share of this will be approximately $300 billion; the other $200 billion will go to the Exxon-controlled consortium. The amounts are conservative estimates: New oil discoveries keep coming. Exxon and its partners, Hess and Nexen (the latter owned by the Chinese), landed a very sweet deal.       Continue reading

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