Category Archives: Guyana

Guyana Politics – EXPLOITING THE SENTIMENTS OF THE ELECTORATE – By Ralph Ramkarran

Ralph Ramkarran

SHARED GOVERNANCE

Conversation Tree Blog – January 12, 2019  – by Ralph Ramkarran

In a lengthy article written in 2011 before the general elections of that year, for “Freedom House” on “Countries at the Crossroads 2011: Guyana,” Assistant Professor Joan Mars, of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice of the University of Michigan-Flint, said: “Elections are constitutionally due to be held in 2011.

Calls by the political opposition for shared governance have not been endorsed by the ruling PPP/C administration headed by President Jagdeo; with its consistent absolute majority in parliament, the PPP/C has had little incentive to agree to share power, but the idea may be gathering momentum as a major rallying point in the forthcoming elections.“ Assistant Professor Mars, a former practising lawyer in Guyana, concluded: “The current system of majority rule should be reformed to provide for a power-sharing model that is representative of the ethnic diversity in the population.           Continue reading

PROFILE: Child author, Anaya Lee Willabus – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Anaya Lee Willabus

She published her first book when she was only eight years old. It created history as Anaya Willabus became the first child in the United States to write and publish a chapter book at that age. She has published four books to date. They are ‘The Day Mohan found his Confidence; A Bully’s Disguise; Checo and the Homework Passes and Make it Happen-Anaya Willabus.’ Anaya believes in the magic and the beauty of turning the page, and judging from these titles, she will be writing many more books in the future.

Anaya was born in Brooklyn, New York. Her mom is Dimple and her dad is Winston Willabus. Both of her parents are from Guyana. Dimple is from Lodge while Winston is from Rosignol, in Berbice. Anaya has a brother Brandon, and a sister Chantelle, and they are both doing well. Anaya attends school in New York where her best subject is English. She thanks her teachers Ms. Caban and Ms.Chain for their help; they encouraged her to write and would spend time correcting and editing her work.

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Guyana Politics: Heroes, Monsters and ORDER – by Francis Quamina Farrier

Heroes, Monsters and ORDER – by Francis Quamina Farrier

The result of the December 21, 2018, NO CONFIDENCE vote in the Guyana Parliament, remains a HOT TOPIC in Guyana, as well as in the vast Guyanese Diaspora worldwide. In fact, it is still unfolding with a number of unexpected twists and turns, as it was spawned by the “YES” vote itself. As a colleague of mine described it as, “The mother of all “YES” votes in the history of the Guyana Parliament”.

Recently I came across an old photograph of the Public Buildings, which seemed to be well over 100 years old. The photograph also showed scores of ordinary people on the Brickdam pavement and military clad persons inside the compound. It seems that there was no fence around the building at the time the photograph was taken, and certainly no statue of the iconic labour leader Hubert Nathaniel Critchlow in the north east of the compound. In addition, there was no big screen and loud speakers that now project the sitting of Parliament to citizens outside its chambers in real time. Since the photograph was not dated, I wondered what was the specific event and whether it had resulted in as dramatic an upheaval as occasioned by the recent December 21, 2018 sitting of the Parliament.          Continue reading

Guyana Politics: Lawyers launch the Federal United Party (FED UP)

‘FED UP’ lawyers launch party – say they seek to move away from country’s ‘racial politics’

The Federal United Party (FED UP) consisting of Berbice Attorney’s Ryan Crawford, Chandra Sohan and Horatio Edmonson (Left to right in photo) was launched on Saturday at the Central Corentyne Chamber of Commerce building in Rose Hall Town.

Present were supporters from both the business sector and legal fraternity. The party will be contesting under the motto, “Unite for Survival” and says it seeks to move away from the existing “racial politics” within the country.         Continue reading

Cocaine Bust: Surinamese Rice Exporter Shot Dead in Guyana

Surinamese rice exporter gunned down in Guyana after huge cocaine-in-rice bust

A Surinamese rice exporter was shot dead in Guyana, days after law enforcement agents in Suriname busted 2,300 kilogrammes of cocaine in a shipment of rice that was destined for France, his lawyer in Suriname said.

Nitender Oemrawsingh, who owned Nivash Rice in Suriname, was found dead on the Number 63 foreshore on Monday, his lawyer Irvin Kanhai said.          Continue reading

Racism in Guyana: The Millenial Perspective – By Kemol King

The Millenial Perspective…Race and the myth of Colour-blindness

Kemol King, 22

When The Policy Desk held its inaugural session on January 5, 2019 their intention was to give young people a platform to bring the youth’s most pressing issues to the helm, so that political parties would have a clear understanding of what is most important to the generation that will eventually take the reins.

I stood around waiting for someone to bring up what is arguably the biggest issue that has plagued our country for decades, but no one brought up racism. Therefore, I took the microphone. I suggested that the young activists, in their quest to take these fora across the country, dedicate their efforts to tackling racism by facilitating continuous national discourse among youth on this issue.   Continue reading

Racial division as great a threat to Guyana as Venezuelan aggression – CSIS Senior Associate

Evan Ellis

“Perhaps the greatest danger for Guyana is that the present domestic political turmoil escalates to decimate what remains of goodwill between ethnic groups, and their faith in whatever government emerges from the present crisis, to fairly and effectively use the new oil wealth to advance national development.” – Evan Ellis

By Abena Rockcliffe-Campbell

Could a major crisis be upon Guyana soon?
Citizens are eagerly awaiting word on whether General and Regional Elections may be held in less than three months; there is deep political divide; the country is unprepared for oil production in 2020 and Venezuela is flexing its muscles from time to time as it continues to claim a huge portion of Guyana’s territory.              Continue reading

PPP Presidential Candidate Irfaan Ali accused of academic fraud

Irfaan Ali

The academic achievements of one of the frontrunners in the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) race for presidential candidacy, Mohamed Irfaan Ali, are under question.

Recently, Ali has been featured in the media over the 19 charges with which he was slapped by the Special Organized Crime Unit (SOCU) of the Guyana Police Force.

Now, Ali is making more rounds in the media as documents suggest he may have used a fraudulent transcript to pursue a master’s degree programme at an Indian University.       Continue reading

Venezuela’s remapping will be under close watch – Foreign Affairs Minister

 Jan 13, 2019 – Kaieteur News

Guyana: Nearly a dozen Customs officers fired for Corruption

Almost a dozen Customs officers were sacked this past week for alleged corruption.

According to reports, a few, who were sent home, would have served in excess of 20 years at the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA).

While Commissioner-General Godfrey Statia could not immediately be reached, yesterday, well-placed sources confirmed that the termination was long in the making.

There were investigations being conducted since last year with reports recommending termination of the staffers who were mainly working at various city wharves.     Continue reading

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