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SURINAME: Politics: Protest gets grimmer; protesters want to storm Cabinet

Huge crows outside the Office of the President – Paramaribo. Suriname

July 18, 2022

(Suriname Herald) Protests against the policies of the Santokhi government are getting grim. At the Office of the President, protesters just tried to enter the grounds of the Office of the President. They were stopped by presidential security.

There is a huge crowd at both the Office of the President and the Independence Square. The people are very heated. One chants “Down with Chan!”.            Continue reading

OPINION: Bribery and corruption – By Neville J. Bissember

By Neville J. Bissember

In February 1999, as the second round of negotiations on a successor Agreement to the Lome Convention advanced – the name Cotonou had not as yet been determined – the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group and the European Union (EU) travelled to Senegal to hold those discussions, honoring the tradition of an ACP Member State playing host to a session.  Besides the EU’s intention to “balkanise” the grouping into six regional trade blocks and to dispense European Development Fund assistance differently, a priority area for them in the political dimension of the cooperation arrangement was on introducing good governance, which included addressing bribery and corruption, as an essential element.    Continue reading

Guyana’s local content law is likely to achieve the opposite of what was intended – Letter by Andre Brandli

Dear Editor, — Letter by Andre Brandli

National news outlets, including this distinguished newspaper, have been documenting problems that are emerging as a consequence of the Local Content Act, which was passed by Parliament in late December 2021. Companies, such as Ramps Logistics Guyana, the largest logistics company servicing the oil and gas sector has apparently been denied access to the local content register.

Timothy Tucker, President of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) has been quoted saying that “rent-a-citizen” tactics run counter to the local content law. Finally, Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo has recently voiced that the government is having difficulties with companies trying to circumvent the Local Content Act.        Continue reading

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: President Ali names 2020 election inquiry commission

DEMERARA WAVES: By Denis Chabrol – Tuesday, 21 June 2022  

]In keeping with my commitment to establish a Commission of Inquiry (COI) to inquire into the events of the 2020 General and Regional Elections, I am pleased to announce that the following persons shall be appointed to conduct this inquiry:

Chairman of the Commission – Retired Justice of  Appeal Stanley John; Former Attorney General, High Court Judge and Acting Justice of Appeal in the Eastern Caribbean, Godfrey P. Smith SC; Former Chair and Chief Elections Commissioner of India, Dr S. Y. Quraishi; and, Former Chancellor (ag), Carl Singh OR. CCH.

To assist the Commission with its work, Dr Afari Gyan and Dr Nasim Zaidi will serve as resource personnel.

In the coming weeks, the intended Commissioners and resource personnel will review the reports and documentation, set out modalities and commence work.    Continue reading

GUYANA: Police ranks’ firefighting training helps contain blaze at CID headquarters

The Narcotics Branch building in the CID compound where the fire erupted

The fire, which is still being investigated, occurred just after 10:00hrs at the Narcotics Branch building located in the northwestern side of the CID compound.

The fire, which was contained to that building, was quickly extinguished by some members of the Force who were in the facility at the time.          Continue reading

U.S.A — Anti-democratic forces deploying Black Codes against autocracy opponents – By Mohamed Hamaludin

By MOHAMED HAMALUDIN

Chris Wallace, formerly of Fox News, was visibly surprised when, in a CNN+ interview, journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones reminded him that the United States was not established as a democracy. The creator of the 1619 Project informed Wallace that, at its birth, the nation still enslaved millions of Africans. She could have added genocide against Indigenous peoples and that, anyhow, only land-owners could vote.

The matter of a universal franchise did not surface until after the Civil War ended in 1865 and the right to vote, fundamental to democracy, has been on a tortuous journey which is now being traveled backwards more than 150 years later. President Andrew Johnson scuttled Reconstruction and empowered the defeated states to set up their governments and, between 1865 and 1866; they promptly enacted laws — the Black Codes –denying citizenship to African Americans.              Continue reading

GUYANA: Article 13 justifies call for confirmation of Chancellor, Chief Justice

Acting Chief Justice Roxanne George-Wiltshire (right) and Acting Chancellor of the Judiciary Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards.

The civil society pro-participatory governance organisation, Article 13, said the acting Chancellor of the Judiciary, Yonette Cummings and acting Chief Justice Roxane George-Wiltshire should be confirmed because they have performed creditably.

“They have obviously been in the system for years and years. Over the time, they would have given some excellent decisions. They would have given some decisions that were overturned . They have given decisions for and against an incumbent government which shows not only independence but it shows judicial courage which is what a country such as this certainly requires,” Article 13’s Christopher Ram told Demerara Waves Online News/ News-Talk Radio Guyana 103.1 FM.        Continue reading

GUYANA: Government: Auditing of the public accounts: – By Anand Goolsarran

 — What about non-Central Government activities?

In last week’s article, we discussed four of the seven infrastructure development projects financed by the Exim Bank of China that ran into serious difficulties during their execution stages – the Skeldon Sugar Modernisation Project; the One Laptop Per Family Project; the Fibre Optic Cable Project; and the Cheddi Jagan International Airport Project. The first three have failed completely to deliver in terms of their objectives, outputs, outcomes and impacts, thereby encumbering the Guyana’s public debt in the tune of US$115.4 million, with little or nothing to show for the expenditure incurred.

This is in addition to the significant amounts expended as counterpart funding on these projects. In the case of the airport project, the works are still on-going after ten years, with a revised completion date of 20 June 2022. The original construction cost was estimated at US$150 million. This has now been revised to around US$200 million.            Continue reading

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

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