Category Archives: Governance

A Brief History of Bullshit: Why We Have Learned to Ignore Truth – by Eva Illouz | Haaretz

Lies no longer draw backlash or punishment. But truth remains the strongest weapon against the world of alternative facts propagated by Trump and Netanyahu

  Eva Illouz | Haaretz

If lying has become a widespread practice in public life, it is because it has gone unpunished, and more disturbingly, because it often seems to bear ripe and colorful fruits. It is enough for Benjamin Netanyahu to say that Mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini engineered the Holocaust, or that Benny Gantz is a security risk to Israel to suddenly create doubt in the mind of the citizen, a doubt which in turn changes reality.

This is a unique historical moment, one that seems to reverse the most fundamental tenets of the Enlightenment, about the moral and political centrality of truth. Hence the question posed here:                 Continue reading

Guyana Politics: As Election draws near—Facts that the political analysts need to share – By Yvonne Sam

No political analyst is talking about the growing mixed population… who are all mixed up as they search for responsible leadership and good governance.

    By Yvonne Sam

While certain sectors of the populace have become overly concerned about the influx of Haitians, and the possibility of their very presence being the pendulum that swings votes in favour of a certain party, (similar to that of the Russians and Donald Trump) serious consideration should be given to the country’s current ethnic distribution and their likely contribution, which may seriously affect the outcome of the forthcoming election.

A major analysis of the Guyanese population in 2012 https://guyaneseonline.net/2016/07/19/guyana-census-2012-highlights-decline-in-main-ethnic-populations/ showed that the East Indians the largest ethnic group comprised 39.8%, a fall of 3.65 from 43.4% (2002).  They are followed by persons of African heritage 29.2% down from 30.2 %.        Continue reading

Guyana Politics: Irfaan Ali’s candidacy is not diminished by fraud charges – says Jagdeo

PPP Presidential Candidate, Irfaan Ali

During a press conference, yesterday, Jagdeo said that Ali is still a good candidate because the voters know that the charges brought before him were fueled by ulterior motives.

“People know,” Jagdeo said. “People understand that these are politically motivated; done by an agency that is corrupt.”      Continue reading

USA: 50 maps that explain how America lives, spends, and believes

  and Jul. 4, 2019 – Business Insider

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America is a complicated place.
 Ramin Talaie/Stringer/Getty Images; Sam Mellish/Getty Images; SOPA Images/Getty Images; Jonathan Ernst/Reuters; Yutong Yuan/Business Insider
  • To celebrate Independence Day, we’ve assembled a collection of maps that illustrate who Americans are and how they live.
  • Geography matters — where we reside and where we come from affect many facets of our lives.
  • The US is a large, complex place, and maps can provide a big-picture sense of how we’re doing as a community and as citizens.

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“India Wants To Use Flesh Eating Turtles To Rid The Ganges Of Bodies (HBO)”

“India Wants To Use Flesh Eating Turtles To Rid The Ganges Of Decomposing Bodies (HBO)”

VICE News – Published on Jan 21, 2019

India’s Ganges river is the main source of water for half a billion people. It’s also holy to the country’s almost 1 billion Hindus, who bathe in the river to be cleansed of their sins and believe that if a body is cremated and released into the water at Varanasi it can escape the cycle of reincarnation.

But the river’s cleansing abilities are limited by the fact that the Ganges is one of the world’s most polluted waterways: A billion gallons of raw sewage and industrial waste currently pour into it every day.      Continue reading

Singapore burns its trash to generate electricity ….. with no-pollution – video

Singapore burns its trash to generate electricity…..  with no-pollution – video

Guyana Politics: Voters will reject the do-nothings who dominate the PPP today – by Cheddi (Joey) Jagan

Joey Jagan

Dear Editor,  [Letter by Cheddi (Joey) Jagan]

With oil money coming, the political stakes could not be higher, as most of our citizens know and feel that they could be cheated of their God given rights to the opportunities and wealth of our Republic. Some of our “experts” decry the financial and technological arrangements which we have with ExxonMobil, finding fault and opposing this great investment – these malcontents should understand that over the next  two years, ExxonMobil will invest over 35 Billion US dollars in worldwide oil exploration  without a clear prospect of oil recovery and with the price of oil not yet $60 a barrel, the investments are not always profitable.

We in Guyana, should be proud and excited that the largest oil company in the world is investing real money into our economy – this will eventually attract other good foreign investments and trade to our Republic in areas like agro-industry, mineral extraction, our water potential, our fishing potential, our forest potential and other new avenues to make up for lost time and lost opportunity.      Continue reading

Guyana Politics: Nigel Hughes, politics, governance and a response to the Opposition- Video

Nigel Hughes, politics, governance and a response to the Opposition

Malika Natasha Ramsey  – Published on Mar 15, 2019

Press Secretary and Television Anchor Malika N. Ramsey sits down with Guyanese Attorney at Law Nigel Hughes. The two discuss politics, Guyana’s constitution and much more.

CARICOM: CSME Member States Sign on to Contingent Rights Protocol

Caricom Headquarters
Georgetown. Guyana.

BASSETERRE, St Kitts, Monday March 4, 2019 – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States that are participating in the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) have all signed on to the Protocol on Contingent Rights and most of them are prepared to immediately begin provisional application of the Protocol.

The Protocol covers the rights of persons moving to another country under the free movement of skills regime, as well as the spouses and dependents of those who move to another country.    Continue reading

Christmas gifts from the politicians – Commentary – Stabroek News

Editorial – Stabroek News – 25 December 2018

There is little peace and good will in the political arena this season. And that applies not just to Guyana, but also to some of the leading democracies such as the UK, France and, of course, the US, to name a few. There is President Donald Trump whose administration stumbled into farce a long time ago, and which has since been disintegrating into chaos. As has become customary in more recent times, lawmakers agreed a short-term spending compromise to carry the government over into the new year.

However, Mr Trump has refused to sign the bill unless the Senate attaches funding to it for a border wall fence. So far he has adhered to that position, effectively partly shutting down the government, and sending thousands of its workers home without their end-of-year salaries. Apparently he does not remember that the Republicans paid a heavy price for refusing to sign a compromise when President Clinton was in office.              Continue reading

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