Category Archives: Politics

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: Jagdeo’s Bribery for Investment Scandal – “Guyana For Sale” – VICE News video +News Reports

VICE NEWS VIDEO – Released June 19, 2022 — “GUYANA FOR SALE”
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Jagdeo takes aim at Su in alleged bribery-for-investment scandal; to evict him from house

Demerara Waves: By Denis Chabrol — Sunday, 19 June 2022

Su Zhi Rong

Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo on Sunday fended off fresh claims that he takes bribes from Chinese investors and said he would possibly take legal action against Guyana-based Chinese businessman, Su Zhi Rong for sullying his name and engaging in extortion.

“Su denied having said this. Now, I have seen the release that he has actually said this so now I’ll have to ensure that I take some steps in regard to dealing with that because he has used his friendship to basically leverage it and in so doing destroying my reputation and extorting investors,” Mr. Jagdeo told Demerara Waves Online News/News-Talk Radio Guyana 103.1 FM.            Continue reading

GUYANA: MV Ma Lisha – New North West vessel ‘fit for purpose’– Government

 NewsROOM Guyana- 

The government on Monday defended the new US$12.7 million vessel, which will ply the route from Georgetown to the North West District in Region One (Barima-Waini), noting that the vessel was designed and built with specifications to operate in the conditions it is intended to.

“This is a boat that is being built from scratch, designed for the conditions that it has to operate in with specifications to meet the needs of the people in Region One,” Minister of Public Works, Bishop Juan Edghill said during a media briefing on Monday where he unveiled the model of the ship.        Continue reading

BARBADOS: Guyana-born Ingrid Griffith presents Shirley Chisholm – Barbados – June 25th and 26th, 2022

GUYANA: Disapora International Cultural Diversity Conference – Georgetown – 25 June 2022

AFRICA: Why France faces so much anger in West Africa – “Neo-colonial arrogance” – BBC News

By Paul Melly – Africa analyst – Published

It all started so positively. Where have things gone wrong? Why does France now appear so unpopular in Africa?

French President Emmanuel Macron has increased aid to the continent, begun the return of cultural artefacts stolen during the colonial wars and reached out beyond the usual inter-government ties to engage younger generations and civil society.

He has kept French troops in the Sahel to fight the jihadist militants that kill so many local civilians, police and soldiers and supported the regional bloc Ecowas as it tries to defend electoral politics against military takeovers.

Yet his country is now the target of embittered African complaints and criticism on a scale that is probably unprecedented.     

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GUYANA: Cabinet approves G$60,000 minimum wage for private sector employees – Pres. Ali

June 16, 2022 – https://newsroom.gy/

After two years of discussing an increase in the minimum wage of private sector employees from G$44,200 to G$60,000, President Dr Irfaan Ali on Thursday evening announced that it has been approved by the cabinet. This increase to G$60,00 is approximately US$300 per month at the exchange rate of 200-1.

“Cabinet has agreed with the recommendation of the tripartite committee and that is, we are in support of the minimum wage, that is, the $60,000…” President Ali said while addressing the 74th commemoration of the Enmore Martyrs.

The minimum wage was increased to G$44,200 in 2017 from G$35,000.              Continue reading

REFUGEES: No room for today’s ‘tired, poor, huddled masses yearning to breathe free’ — By Mohamed Hamaludin

By MOHAMED HAMALUDIN

The number of free African Americans increased from around 60,000 in 1790 following the Revolutionary War to about 300,000 in 1830 and European Americans feared they would help the still enslaved to escape or revolt and believed anyhow that they were an inferior race who would be better off elsewhere. The American Colonization Society and others came up with this solution: send them to Africa.

African Americans, in general, objected strongly, with some pointing out that they had lived in the United States for generations and were “no more African than white Americans were European,” as Wikipedia puts it. Shame upon the guilty wretches that dare propose and all that countenance such a proposition,” abolitionist and scholar Frederick Douglass declared. “We live here—have lived here—have a right to live here and mean to live here,”

Still, 4,571 African Americans were relocated between 1820 and 1843 to West Africa, in a collection of settlements with names such as Mississippi in Africa, Kentucky in Africa and Republic of Maryland that formed the nation of Liberia by 1857. Because of diseases, only 1,819 survived. Continue reading

CARIBBEAN: David Jessop | Rapid action needed on food security

   June 12, 2022 |  Jamaica Gleaner

Could the threat of global food shortages finally unite Caricom? Will it cause member states to act together, making real the Caricom Single Market & Economy’s promise of effective regional cooperation and economic security?

These are questions that should be on every Caribbean citizen’s mind, as food and energy prices skyrocket globally, with worse forecast to come.

The causes of what will likely become a lengthy and pervasive crisis are multiple. At the start of 2022 food prices were already high because of pandemic-related supply chain problems, increasing input costs, and lower yields due to climate change.          Continue reading

CANADA: Toronto Police Chief apologizes for years of systemic racism on the force

BlogTO – 15 June. 2022

Chief of Police James Ramer addressed the media on Wednesday morning, delivering a brutally honest apology in response to the Toronto Police Service’s (TPS) 2020 Race-Based Data Collection Strategy findings, admitting the frankly obvious fact that profiling and discrimination against members of racialized communities are a systemic issue on the force.

The Toronto Police and all law enforcement services in Ontario were directed to begin collecting race-based data in instances of reportable use of force back in 2019, leading the TPS Board to approve a “Race-Based Data Collection, Analysis and Public Reporting” policy with an aim to identify a problem that was already plainly obvious to even the most casual observer.

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