Category Archives: crime and Investigations

USA: Gun makers exploit vulnerable youths to market their deadly wares – By Mohamed Hamaludin

By MOHAMED HAMALUDIN

Only two of 30 mass shootings recorded between 1949 to 2017 were committed by killers younger than 21 — in Columbine, Colorado, in 1999 and Sandy Hook in Connecticut in 2012. Prior to 2000, most of the killers were men in their mid-20s, 30s and 40s but since then they have been between 15 and 25. And the nine deadliest mass shootings since 2018 were committed by mass killers 21 years old or younger, including an 18-year-old who killed 10 African Americans and wounded three other people at the Tops Friendly Markets store in Buffalo, New York, on May 14.

They are in the age range which “law enforcement officials, researchers and policy experts consider a hazardous crossroads for young men, a period when they are in the throes of developmental changes and societal pressures that can turn them toward violence in general, and, in the rarest cases, mass shootings,” The New York Times reported.      Continue reading

GUYANA: Commission of Inquiry into 2020 elections to open next week – President Ali

– President to empanel commissioners Tuesday

Jun 17, 2022 —Kaieteur News

In what can be seen as an about-face decision, President Irfaan Ali announced on Thursday that next week Tuesday, he will be naming the persons to sit on an international panel to inquire into the chaotic 2020 General and Regional elections.

Ali made the announcement while wrapping up his speech at the Enmore Martyrs’ Commemoration Service. “In honour of these martyrs and all Guyanese who fought relentlessly to ensure that our country did not go down as an undemocratic state…we will have an international CoI into the last elections.

Not a review…we promise, particularly your President promise a CoI and I say to all of you before dawn on Tuesday, your President will name the members of that CoI and those who sought to subvert democracy… the COI will set the truth from the untruth…” Ali declared.              Continue reading

USA– For Abortion Rights, Against Trump, Against Fascism: Why American Jews Won’t Stop Fighting – Opinion

For the great majority of Jewish Americans, any embrace of Trump is impossible, the potential overturning of Roe is abhorrent, the MAGA culture wars are madness and the moral collapse of the Supreme Court is a tragedy

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Haaretz  

This past weeks were terrible for America.

The apparent decision of the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade was one more blow, and a devastating one, to America’s system of democratic governance.  

Do you remember, not so long ago, when American democracy was a beacon in a world clouded by tyranny? But that time has passed.        Continue reading

GUYANA: Guyanese think Govt. corrupt at all levels – US Dept. of State Human Rights report

WORLD — ‘Cultural genocide’ against children getting belated attention – By Mohamed Hamaludin

By MOHAMED HAMALUDIN

“I feel shame and pain. I ask forgiveness of God,” Pope Francis said on Friday as he apologized for the “deplorable” abuses of Canada’s First Nations children.

Between the 1880s and the 1990s, the government ran a system of compulsory boarding schools which a National Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) recently dubbed ‘cultural genocide’,” The New York Times reported. The Catholic Church operated about 70 percent of those schools, where about 150,000 children were placed and “where abuse, both physical and sexual, was widespread, along with neglect and disease,” The Times said. A former judge, Murray Sinclair, who headed the commission, estimated that at least 6,000 children went missing.          Continue reading

GUYANA: VP Bharrat Jagdeo denies taking bribes from Chinese companies

Also read: PNC Leader Norton to Jagdeo: ‘Match your earnings with your assets’

By: Denis Chabrol in Demerara Waves – Tuesday, 8 February 2022.

V.P Bharrat Jagdeo

Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo has rejected claims of kickbacks to facilitate Chinese investors doing business in Guyana.

In an interview with the United States-headquartered Vice News that was posted on his Facebook page, he admits that he helps people but he denies that he takes bribes. “I help people out but doesn’t mean for consideration. It does not  mean for bribe because I believe that we have a mission to help as many as possible move forward in Guyana,” he said.

He admits that he knows a gentleman whose name is Mr. Su who is his friend and his tenant but said that he is lying on him if he told the reporter those allegations.      Continue reading

GUYANA: MUDWATA – The profane and homophobic commentator – Wanted by police

The vast majority of Guyanese do not have access to social media to be able to experience the MUDWATA product. It is among the influential to whom MUDWATA is available that the opponents of profanity and homophobia lurk, hence the ease with which the police, the Crime Chief himself, is invoked for a cuss case, in between investigating a G$20 million armed robbery in Berbice.        Continue reading

USA: A Tribute in memory of Colin Moore – By Lear Matthews

Colin Moore

A Tribute in memory of Colin Moore  – By Lear Matthews

As we mourn the loss of Colin Moore, bringing a message of condolence and comfort to his family, I would like to share a few thoughts about my friend, colleague and mentor. He has been a champion for human rights, a voice of the downtrodden and devoted son of the soil.

What he has done as a political activist, legal scholar, historian, community organizer, father, husband and citizen of the world has left an indelible mark which will continue to influence many lives. His political advocacy spanned the globe, but particularly Guyana, Jamaica and the US. He participated in early efforts to establish a National Arts Council Center in Guyana to promote cultural and ethnic unity, and national solidarity.        Continue reading

GUYANA: US$5M worth of ammo found on ship with Guyana flag in Dakar, Senegal

Some of the ammunition seized at Dakar

Jan 21, 2022 – Kaieteur News – Senegal has seized three containers of ammunition from a Guyana-flagged cargo ship in the port of the capital Dakar, in a rare arms haul worth an estimated $5 million.

In a statement seen by AFP on Tuesday January 18, Senegal’s customs agency said it had searched a ship named the MV Eolika that stopped to refuel, after it had made “inconsistent declarations.”

Senegal seizes three containers of ammunition from a Guyana-flagged cargo ship in the port of the capital Dakar, in a rare arms haul worth an estimated $5 million. (Senegalese Customs/Handout/AFP)        Continue reading

GUYANA: Corruption?: The Queen’s College Living Quarters Contract – Opinion

Stabroek News

By December 29, 2021

Almost two months to the day after the World Bank had staged its October 25-28 forum on the subject of Data Analytics for Anticorruption in Public Administration, in which it had made some pointed observations about the nexus between corruption and poverty in poor countries, the Stabroek News published in its December 23 issue an article headlined “Education Ministry signed contracts for over G$15 million before Internal Tender Board’s approval.” (See article below)

The content of the article had to do with, not one, but a series of blatant irregularities in the official handling of a contract “for repairs to the Queen’s College living quarters,” a modest assignment in monetary terms, as state contracts go.

The article is worth reading because of its articulation of what continues to be the flippant manner in which political administrations in our country ‘play monopoly’ with public monies and lawful procedures, in this instance, seemingly in pursuit of the dispensation of what appears to be a political favour, even as government continues to trumpet the virtues of responsibility, accountability and good governance.               Continue reading

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