Category Archives: Politics

South Africa and the COVID-19 – by Francis Quamina Farrier

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– by Francis Quamina Farrier

Since the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, and its spread all around the world, I have written articles which have focused on the way some countries have been dealing with the challenges brought on by the pandemic.
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Many African countries with populations in the millions, have less than 100 deaths. The reason being, that those countries took immediate action and put things in place to stop the spread of the disease at an early stage; they closed their borders and international airports and went into national lockdown very early. Testing was also immediate and quarantine put in place wherever and whenever it was necessary.              Continue reading

Canada: Plain to see – Racism in Canada invoked intellectual disparity

By Yvonne Sam

Whenever racism faces denial…..  History goes on trial.

In the aftermath of the senseless murder of George Floyd, the collective eye became fixed on race relations in Canada. The oppressive system racism that Blacks have faced over the years, detonated into the foreground through street protests and riots. Disillusioned and angry people are expressing age-old dissatisfactions that echo through time. Images on screens of cell phones and televisions now draw arrant parallels with a sad history that most do not want to relive.

Underlying this all lies RACISM, its very existence belied by many, as some of Canada’s leaders have openly asserted that systemic racism does not exist in Canada in the selfsame manner as it does in the United States. It is a part of the Canadian national narrative of positioning the  country in juxtaposition to the United States.            Continue reading

TRAVEL: Six airlines to serve Guyana; other CARICOM countries following LIAT’s collapse

LIAT at ‘Ogle’ International Airport.

Six  privately-owned airlines are being considered to link Guyana with the numerous scattered Caribbean islands as the several Caribbean shareholder governments say they are broke and can no longer afford to pump money into the ailing LIAT (1974) Ltd.

LIAT’s board has decided to ground the decades-old regional carrier and separate assets from liabilities because of insolvency. The financial situation has worsened because the airline has been grounded for several weeks now due to the fact that most Caribbean countries have closed their airports due to COVID-19.    Continue reading

WHAT IS GUYANA’S DESTINY? – By Geoffrey Da Silva – former Ambassador. CEO. Minister and Consul General

WHAT IS GUYANA’S DESTINY?

Geoffrey Da Silva

National Unity with Equal Economic Opportunities
                            or
An Ethnic and Political Stalemate with the Consequences of
Persistent Poverty and Bouts of Temporary Insanity

This is a contribution to the many broad initiatives of those Guyanese and friends of Guyana who are searching for ways to build national unity and provide equal economic opportunities for Guyanese in all the ethnic communities. Some persons support a particular political party and many are not politically aligned. It does not matter.

Most importantly, they belong to all the ethnic communities in Guyana and they want a new beginning for Guyana.

I humbly present these reflections and action proposals for critical review and correction. There are five reflections and two action proposals. They are divided into seven Parts so that you can read them separately, at your own convenience.:      (PDF copy below) Continue reading

Guyana Politics: This election has changed Guyana for the worse – Dr. David Hinds

Nobody can say with any confidence when and how Guyana’s current political impasse would end.

This is partly because we have not been down this road before and partly because the final outcome is linked to factors that are not electoral in nature. I have argued all along that this election is the occasion for the settling of other non-electoral scores, some old and others new.

It is, therefore, not accidental that after almost four months, the imminent end may not be that imminent. It is also not surprising that external forces have become more embroiled than normal in the situation.        Continue reading

Guyana Politics: Pres Granger describes Jagdeo’s tenure as “Decade of Death in Guyana”

Pres. David Granger

 ─ no Guyanese wants a reoccurrence

 DPI, Guyana, Monday, June 29, 2020

His Excellency David Granger has described the tenure of former President Bharrat Jagdeo as the “decade of death in Guyana.”

The current General Secretary of the Peoples Progressive Party (PPP), Bharrat Jagdeo served as President of Guyana from 2000 to 2012. During that period President Granger noted there were close to 1,500 murders.

The Head of State was at the time a guest on Benschop Radio 107.1FM on Monday June 29. He said Mr. Jagdeo had left a scar on Guyana that will never be forgotten.  Continue reading

US History: The Story of Nancy Green – The “Aunt Jemima” Success Story

Aunt Jemima 

The world knew her as “Aunt Jemima,” but her given name was Nancy Green and she was a true American success story. Born a slave in 1834 Montgomery County, KY, she became a wealthy superstar in the advertising world, as its first living trademark. While in Kentucky, Green was employed by Charles Walker, then an attorney and later a distinguished Circuit Judge. She moved with the family to Chicago just after the Great Fire in 1872.

Walker heard that a friend was looking for a model for the Aunt Jemima character, and he suggested Green who, by that time, had served the family for many years. She was instantly recognized with the characteristics the guy was looking for… charisma, humor, and a fantastic cook.        Continue reading

Guyana Elections: GECOM can correct Lowenfield’s actions – Jagdeo

Bharrat Jagdeo
Bharrat Jagdeo

While President David Granger has endorsed the controversial move by Chief Election Officer (CEO) Keith Lowenfield to discard 25% of the votes cast at the March 2 polls, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo yesterday said that the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) could still rectify the situation.

“What is even more powerful is the constitutional role of the Commission…Lowenfield was hired by the Commission and the constitution of Guyana says that they can intervene and take any act necessary of expedient to ensure impartiality fairness and compliance,” Jagdeo told an online public briefing yesterday.        Continue reading

Guyana Politics: CCJ Live Stream website for Hearing on July 01 from 9.00 am

CCJ Live Stream website for July 1 Hearing Beginning at 9.00 a.m

GYCV2020/002 – Mohammed Ifraan Ali et al v Eslyn David et al (Hearing)

The Applicants are appealing the decision of the Court of Appeal of Guyana delivered on Monday 22nd June 2020. On Thursday 18th June 2020, before the Chief Elections Officer of the Guyana Elections Commission was scheduled to submit his Report on the results of the General and Regional Elections held on 2nd March 2020.    Continue reading

Guyana’s political tragedy – By D. Alissa Trotz and Arif Bulkan – Commentary

Guyana is in a most profound crisis. This crisis has been

in the making for over 50 years – ever since the declaration of independence that came on the heels of the collapse of a multiracial anticolonial movement, the intervention of the joined imperialist forces of the UK and US and the convulsive coastal racial disturbances of the 1960s that delivered almost unshakeable constituencies of African and Indian Guyanese to the two major political parties in Guyana.

This has persisted through 24 years of rigged elections. It has persisted in spite of the return to elections that were free and fair in 1992 (but, if we are to be honest, never really free from fear of the racial other where these two groups are concerned). It has persisted across 23 years of PPP rule, five years of coalition government and it has now erupted in plain sight four months after the March 2nd election that has as yet failed to deliver a result.              Continue reading

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