Category Archives: Politics

India’s justice system does far too little to protect witnesses – The Economist

Conviction rates are just 6% in cases involving politicians

Print edition | Asia – The Economist
Aug 24th 2019| DELHI

INDIA: Silence or the grave

The teenager riding down National Highway 31 was already living a nightmare. Two years earlier she had been raped, she claimed, by a group of men starting with Kuldeep Singh Sengar, a powerful politician in her home district of Unnao, in Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state. Her family tried to file a complaint with the local police, who brushed them off. Then they began receiving death threats.    Continue reading

Jeffrey Epstein’s Suicide? What’s to Hide? – By Yvonne Sam

By Yvonne Sam

It should be always borne in mind that the truth never remains hidden.

How safe can one be in prison? While there is no knowingly fail-safe method to predict the occurrence of suicide in a prison setting, there is however an obligation on the part of the Correctional Services to preserve life in custody.

It is clear to see why the alleged suicide of sex-offender socialite Jeffrey Epstein in a federal jail, that housed some of the highest security inmates, has opened the door to rigid scrutiny.  There are several factors that put incarcerated individuals at a heightened risk of suicide. Incarceration by its very nature brings about loss of autonomy and personal control.    Continue reading

Guyana: Our people are not seeing the jobs – By Adam Harris

It would be interesting to know how many foreigners have secured jobs in Guyana at a time when Guyanese themselves say there are no jobs. For some time now, people have been saying that they cannot get jobs. So persistent have been these statements that they actually became believable.

There were those who claimed that they spent years pursuing an education and having completed their studies, simply cannot find jobs. Eventually this chant about no jobs became a political statement. The political opposition, with no evidence, chanted that the government is neglecting young people.    Continue reading

Mr. Jagdeo’s unwillingness to come to the table is not progressive politics – By Lincoln Lewis

It is now time to call on the PPP/C to return to parliament and give a fair day’s job for the pay they are earning every month. It is unacceptable for this nation to be continuously held to ransom by misleading statements related to election being held by 18th September, for which Mr. Jagdeo is on record stating if election is not held, the PPP/C will not return to parliament to grant an extension for election, consistent with Article 106(7) of the Guyana Constitution.

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Guyana Elections: GECOM commences training for polling day staff

– over 2,200 undergoing training in Georgetown 
– a total of 11,500 to be trained ahead of elections

IN preparation of the imminent General and Regional Elections, the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), on Saturday August 17, 2019, commenced the process of training polling day staff. This includes the training of presiding officers, assistant presiding officers, ballot clerks, poll clerks and information clerks among others.

The training exercise was rolled out in 20 locations across Georgetown, and over the next six to eight weeks will be conducted in other communities across Guyana.  Continue reading

Guyana and Britain deny Russia claim of military base construction in Essequibo

  • Russia says Essequibo island base is aimed to destabilise Venezuela

Several Essequibo Islands

Guyana and Britain on Friday rubbished Russia’s claim that a British military base was being constructed on one of the Essequibo islands to train Venezuelan refugees to destabilise the Nicolás Maduro-led government.

The Foreign Ministry here called on Russia to withdraw the statement by Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Vladimirovna Zakharova, during a briefing on Thursday on the sidelines of the international youth educational forum “Eurasia Global” in the Russian city of Orenburg.        Continue reading

Investment in Guyana: Trinidad private sector group “discussing” comments by Jagdeo

Bharrat Jagdeo

(Antigua News) – The Trinidad and Tobago private sector remained silent on Wednesday August 14, 2019 after Guyana’s Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo criticised Trinidadian investors seeking to do business in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country.

A spokesman for the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) that “the matter is currently being discussed.”.

Jagdeo, speaking at a news conference last Thursday August 8, 2019 referred to the foreign investors as “carpet baggers” adding “there are quite a few coming in from Trinidad and Tobago”.    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

Conservation of Forests: The Green Heart Of Guyana – Video

Conservation of Forests: The Green Heart Of Guyana – Video

A look into the conservation research that Operation Wallacea carries out in the Iwokrama reserve of Guyana.

Guyana holds one of the largest intact tropical rain-forests in the world and with Operation Wallacea, students like myself, can go to this remarkable place, to work with world renown scientists, indigenous people of the region and like minded people to try and protect this wonder.

Find out more at: https://opwall.com

Guyana Politics: Chief Justice says GECOM’s House-to House Registration is constitutional

Chief Justice Roxane George

The house-to-house registration exercise which has been embarked upon by the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) in order to compile an Official List of Electors (OLE) for the holding of general and regional elections has been declared legal by Chief Justice Roxane George.

The Chief Justice was asked by Attorney-at-Law Christopher Ram to look into the constitutionality of the registration process.  Ram had approached the court, asking for a Conservatory Order halting GECOM from continuing the house-to-house registration exercise which  he argued was in violation of Articles 106 (6) and (7) of the Constitution as well as the judgment of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).      Continue reading

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