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Ralph Ramkarran

Ralph Ramkarran

Written by Ralph Ramkarran  – Saturday, 15th August 2015

There are growing concerns within the Indian Guyanese community that the Government has embarked on large-scale discrimination against them. This is being fuelled by politically driven accusations by the PPP using the same emotive language used by the PNC/PNCR in the 1990s – ‘ethnic cleansing.’ I do not accept that there is such discrimination but the growing perception is a negative phenomenon so early in the life of the Government. It should not be dismissed because once such perceptions take hold, they are very difficult to overcome.   Continue reading

GUYANA: Latest News – 02 July 2015 – Demerara Waves

    GUYANA: Latest News – 02 July 2015 –  Demerara Waves

  • Investors promised predictable rules as Guyana welcomes opening of Giftland Mall – Demerara Waves http://bit.ly/1Cf4f19
  • High Court action seeks to block two ministers from sitting in National Assembly – Demerara Waves http://bit.ly/1NApHOt
  • Guyana’s growth slumped to 3.9 percent in 2014; PPP, PSC differ on economic recession – Demerara Waves http://bit.ly/1HzJXj3
  • Irfaan Ali distances self as “free fuel” culprit, urges government to name abusers – Demerara Waves http://bit.ly/1C3MCRx
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Pro-PPPC Indian Arrival Committee welcomes, congratulates APNU+AFC-led government 

Pro-PPPC Indian Arrival Committee welcomes, congratulates APNU+AFC-led government

Friday, 15 May 2015 12:46 – Written by    – 15 Comments
Donald Ramotar addressing an IAC-organised 'Hamara Guyana' concert at the Albion Community Centre Ground on May 5, 2015 (GINA photo)

Donald Ramotar addressing an IAC-organised “Harama Guyana” concert

Donald Ramotar addressing an IAC-organised ‘Hamara Guyana’ concert at the Albion Community Centre Ground on May 5, 2015 (GINA photo)

Guyana – “Anxious to leave” – commentary and paper on migration

Anxious to leave… ( also see paper on migration at the end)

Guyana map

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Guyana: It has been reported in the not too distant past that close to 80 per cent of the country’s skilled people migrate.

This certainly paints a gloomy picture for the future. It means that we are getting considerably less for investments in human development; training people is a very costly exercise.

Indeed, for as long as we could remember we have been producing our own teachers, nurses, skilled artisans and the like. Such was our training regimen that all those who graduated were good enough to work in any part of the world.

There was a time when the cost of living was such that we were content to stay and serve. But there was always the lure of life overseas.  Continue reading

“Colorism” – Who is Black in America? – CNN Documentary

Published on Mar 7, 2013 on YouTube

Great show that touches on a MAJOR issue that effects far more people than the few that are willing to admit it.

What’s it like to be Latino – and black?     Continue reading

CCJ rules against Barbados in landmark denial of entry case

CCJ rules against Barbados in landmark denial of entry case
Published on October 5, 2013

By Marcia Braveboy – Caribbean News Now Senior Correspondent
Email: marcia@caribbeannewsnow.com Twitter: @mbraveboy

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CCJ) — In a landmark judgment, delivered at the court’s headquarters in Port of Spain, Trinidad, on Friday, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) awarded Jamaican national, Shanique Myrie, Bds$75,000 (US$37,500) damages to be paid by the government of Barbados. The CCJ found that Myrie had been wrongfully denied entry into Barbados, subjected to a humiliating cavity search and unlawfully detained overnight in a cell and expelled from Barbados.

Shanique Myrie

Shanique Myrie (Jamaica Gleaner Photo)

Myrie had instituted proceedings in May 2012, alleging that Barbados had violated her right to free movement within the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). She also claimed that she was subjected to discrimination on the ground of her nationality when Barbadian officials refused her entry into Barbados on March 14, 2011. The government of Jamaica joined in the proceedings and at the trial supported Myrie’s claims.

Myrie claimed that in the course of refusing her entry into Barbados she was subjected to a body cavity search and to deplorable detention conditions. She gave evidence, which was corroborated by Jamaican medical practitioners, that the treatment she received continues to cause her post-traumatic stress.      Continue reading

A perfect storm – the radio broadcast licences – commentary

In the DiasporaBy Dr Arif Bulkan

Stabroek News – APRIL 15, 2013 · BY  · 
Dr. Arif Bulkan teaches constitutional law and Caribbean human rights law at the St. Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies

The forced disclosure of the Prime Minister that on the eve of demitting office in November 2011, former President Jagdeo issued ten radio broadcast licences in his discretion, brings to mind the concept of a ‘perfect storm’. This refers to a natural phenomenon whereby a series of aggravating circumstances combine to produce one monster event. Jagdeo’s decision to issue those licences was a perfect storm of lawlessness, for it embodied simultaneously a series of unconstitutional and otherwise unlawful acts, all of which are integral aspects of PPP-style governance.

These include their intolerance of criticism, their serial disregard for the law, the nepotism that overshadows employment decisions and government spending, and a shameless policy of racial discrimination targeted at the country’s Afro-descendants. Issuing those licences must have been among the last of Jagdeo’s official acts, and it was wholly in keeping with a tenure that caused Nadira Jagan to lament, shortly after Jagdeo left office, that her parents must be turning in their graves.   Continue reading

Marijuana Decriminalization Won’t Kill Discrimination by NYPD

Marijuana Decriminalization Won’t Kill Discrimination

Friday, 15 June 2012 09:25 By Natasha Lennard, Truthout | News Analysis

New York Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, said something very interesting last week about Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s efforts to decriminalize the public possession of marijuana. With respect to the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk practices, Bloomberg said that decriminalization would “certainly end some of the objections.”  It’s an odd turn of phrase, whether Bloomberg put much thought into it or not, to state that a measure would “end objections” as opposed to, say, fix problems.

However, in the case of the decriminalization proposal currently on the table in the New York state house, Bloomberg’s comment may have been spot on; the proposal to decriminalize the public possession of small amounts of marijuana risks ending a number of objections to the NYPD’s , without properly addressing the racist skew of the policing tactic and the damage it can wreak on the lives of those it targets (namely young black and Latino men in primarily poor neighborhoods). Continue reading

Bob Marley & Peter Tosh – Legalize It (Live 4-10-75)

Bob Marley & Peter Tosh – Legalize It (Live 4-10-75)

Bob Marley & Peter Tosh singing Legalize It together on the 4th of April 1975 with images of them and our friend marihuana      ……….  Legalize now!
Bob Marley y Peter Tosh cantando Legalize It juntos el 4 de abril de 1975 con imágenes de ellos y de nuestra amiga la marihuana ………  ¡Legalización ya!

Also read: Marijuana Decriminalization Won’t Kill Discrimination – by NYPD

DEM HOOLIGANS……Familiar theme – different “Language”‏ – Commentary

DEM HOOLIGANS……Familiar theme – different “Language”‏ – Commentary


Since yesterday I’ve had many folks call me for updates on “wha happenin in town”.

“Why dem behavin so?”

“Is de same ting every time dem lose.”

“Dem always got to bruk up and mek trouble.”

“Dem nah like wuk.”

“Dem hooligans at it again nah?”

Let me state at the outset that I have had conversations with persons integrally involved in the process (not Dr. Steve Surujbally or Gocool Boodhoo) for whom I have the highest regard and they assure me that the results as announced by GECOM are not unfair. On that basis I accept the results. Let me also state that I do not endorse any form of physical assault, brutality and destruction of property.

But let me tell you a few things about ‘dem hooligans’.    Continue reading

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