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Donald Ramotar once asked me what is “the poetic essence of history” – By Freddie Kissoon

Pres. Donald Ramotar

Donald Ramotar

Donald Ramotar once asked me what is “the poetic essence of history”.

May 16, 2015 | By KNews | Filed Under Features / Columnists, Freddie Kissoon

In a letter in the Kaieteur News, published several years ago, long before he became President, Donald Ramotar, inquired about something I wrote in one of my columns, “the poetic essence of history.”  I didn’t reply. I felt if I had defined the term, it would not have made an ounce of difference to Ramotar.

I didn’t offer a definition because (at the time) I felt Ramotar had become disrespectful of the poetic essence of history when in a conversation at Bakewell’s, he bluntly told me that the giant of a woman, Andaiye, a founding member of the Working People’s Alliance, was racist against Indian people.  Continue reading

The great betrayal: W. Rodney and R. Ramkarran – Freddie Kissoon

The great betrayal: W. Rodney and R. Ramkarran


During the days of the Forbes Burnham regime when the Working People’s Alliance (WPA) bore the brunt of Burnham’s anger, the consensus among academics and political observers was that there was a mindset inside the Burnham Government that felt Walter Rodney was extremely impertinent to attack an African-led Government, therefore more attention should be paid to undermining the WPA than the overtly Indian adversary, the PPP.

Political activists and analysts argued that Burnham was implacably opposed to Rodney, Clive Thomas, Eusi Kwayana, Andaiye, Bonita Bone, Dr. Omawale, Tacuma Ogunseye and David Hinds, among others in the WPA, because he felt that they were betraying their race in trying to weaken a government whose fulcrum rested upon the embrace of African Guyanese.   Continue reading

Linden Commission of Enquiry Compensation:- letter by Red Thread

Linden Commission of Enquiry Compensation:-  letter by Red Thread

March 15, 2013

Dear Editor,

Although others have condemned the size of the compensation awarded by the Linden Commission of Enquiry (the Report uses the words “awarded” and “recommended” interchangeably), the travesty of justice becomes clearer if we break the figures down. This is a strategy Red Thread often uses: to break down large figures into what they mean for each household or individual per day: what is the Old Age Pension per day per recipient? Public Assistance? The minimum wage? The wages of domestic workers, security guards, shop assistants, cooks and cleaners in small restaurants? What can each wage buy? How does it compare to the cost of items of basic food?  Of shelter? Of sending children to school? Of medicine? Of transport? Of utility bills?                 Continue reading