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Guyana: The May 11 election in Guyana is about an electoral revolt – Dr David Hinds

Guyana: The May 11 election in Guyana is about an electoral revolt – By Dr. David Hinds

Dr. David Hinds

Dr. David Hinds

Ms Ryhaan Shah has ignited a debate over the role of the “past” in Guyana’s public political discourse. She has accused the APNU-AFC Coalition of urging Guyanese to forget the past – something she thinks is disadvantageous to the youth. Ms Shah hints that the coalition leaders, in their quest to win the imminent elections, are deliberately trying to hide the past. One is tempted, at first glance, to agree totally with Ms Shah. In fact I sympathize with the underlying principle of her intervention.

But the more she writes on the issue, it becomes clear that she is not primarily interested in rallying young people to study Guyana’s history in its totality as a means of both understanding our present and informing choices, aspirations and dreams for a more cohesive and perfect nation. Rather, she seems more interested in remembering that part of our history, which she accuses the coalition of wanting to forget.
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A Government of National Unity is the Best Solution for Guyana – By Dr. David Hinds

A Government of National Unity is the Best Solution for Guyana

Dr. David Hinds

Dr. David Hinds

Dr. David Hinds

The APNU/AFC coalition is campaigning on a promise of a Government of National Unity (GNU).

The APNU campaigned on it in 2011. Everywhere the message was enthusiastically embraced by Guyanese people of all races and classes. Above all it was embraced by the young people. This simple but powerful message of national unity and reconciliation provides Guyanese with the opportunity to once and for all break out of the political prisons in which we have been trapped since 1955. In voting for a GNU, Guyanese are voting directly for a solution to our problems of political and racial division.

The PPP, the WPA and the PNC at different times in the past have embraced the idea of a GNU. Now the AFC has embraced it. The political crisis brought on by 23 years of PPP misrule can be corrected by a government that includes all of the representatives of the people. Continue reading

Is Public Stripping a PPP Political Tool – Dr. David Hinds

Is Public Stripping a PPP Political Tool

Dr. David Hinds

Dr. David Hinds

Dr. David Hinds

I join with others in expressing utter disgust at Minister Ramsaran’s abuse of Sherlina Nageer. But I have to say that I am not the least surprised. For the last 23 years we– all of us–have allowed the PPP to criminalize others while they, the PPP, have used the cover of the government and state to abuse and intimidate others without sanction.

Some of us have been crying out as loud as we could, without success, for some acknowledgement that political abuse, violence and otherizationhave now become systemic in Guyana. Sometimes we are shut down by the press. WPA’s Professor Clive Thomas has long pointed to the criminalization of the State under the PPP.   Continue reading

Guyana Elections: I Fear for Vanessa Kissoon’s life – By Dr. David Hinds

I Fear for Vanessa Kissoon’s life

Dr. David Hinds

Dr. David Hinds

By Dr. David Hinds

I write in solidarity with Vanessa Kissoon. This young woman has been bearing too much on her own. I have hesitated in the past to say anything about her travails because I did not want to become embroiled in the affairs of a party to which I do not belong. And I still don’t.  From my estimation Ms. Kissoon is of the political type that elites would rather not have around. She is working class, fearless, independent and most of all driven by an instinct for resistance not as a convenient tool but as a way of political life. I am sure she, like all of us, she has not always conducted herself in the most disciplined manner.

According to news reports Ms. Kissoon heckled at a recent PPP meeting in Linden. The newspapers originally reported that she was subsequently arrested. The public only leaned that this was not true when Ms. Kissoon wrote to the media. We then read in the media that she may still be charged. The PPP media also reported that Ms. Kissoon’s party has condemned her behavior. Her party has not denied this report.   Continue reading

The rot in the Guyana’s PPP started while the Jagans were still alive – Dr. David Hinds

The rot in the Guyana’s PPP started while the Jagans were still alive

Dr. David Hinds – March 18, 2015

Dr. David Hinds

Dr. David Hinds

There has been quite a stir in Guyana since President Bharrat Jagdeo, in defending his sumptuous lifestyle, suggested that the party’s founder leaders and heroes Cheddi and Janet Jagan lived well too.

Ex-Executive Ralph Ramkarran and the Jagans daughter, Nadira, disputed Jagdeo’s suggestion. A few others have followed. But, none of the current leaders of the party has said anything in defense of the Jagans. What is clear is that the present PPP leaders are prepared to go at any length to protect their hold on power, including denigrating their founder-leaders. The Jagans, it seems, are now collateral damage. Continue reading

The APNU/AFC coalition is both a breakthrough and a gamble

The APNU/AFC coalition is both a breakthrough and a gamble

Dr. David Hinds

Dr. David Hinds

Sunday, 15 February 2015  – by Dr. David Hinds

Although I remain skeptical about the coalition strategy, I do welcome the compact between the two parties as a reflection of a hitherto elusive political maturity on the part of the leaderships of the APNU and the AFC. The leaderships of the APNU and the AFC should be commended for this brave step, in particular the AFC for conceding the top spot.

It clearly took a lot give and take to arrive at the pact. From the attempt of the Patriotic Coalition for Democracy (PCD) in the run- up to the 1992 elections to the formation of the APNU prior to the 2011 election, the formation of a broad anti-incumbent pact had proved elusive. The breakthrough this time around seems to have been driven by a combination of intense pressure from the followers of the opposition parties, some degree of enlightened leadership, the absolute inflexibility of the current PPP and the prospect its consequent vulnerability within its traditional constituency.
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In going for the whole hog, we may end up losing the whole hog – By Dr. David Hinds

In going for the whole hog, we may end up losing the whole hog
Published on January 27, 2015
By Dr David Hinds

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Dr. David Hinds

Since my last article, there have been some very energetic discussions, particularly on social media about the composition of the much touted all-opposition pre-election coalition, especially the AFC-Nagamootoo-led ticket. Nuff respect to the debaters. Those who thought I was being “racist” by bringing the race component into the open are now hearing from many African Guyanese — “But an African is not good enough to be president?”

The answer to them is that the objective is to get rid of the PPP and all other considerations must take backseat — what I call an overdose of expediency. Some, APNU supporters have even argued that in any case David Granger’s track record over the last three years does not qualify him to be the top man so why not go with Moses — a tacit admission that there is no African to fit the bill.   Continue reading

The Thinking That Drives the PPP – By David Hinds

The thinking behind the Proroguing of Guyana’s Parliament: What drives the PPP?

Dr. David Hinds

Dr. David Hinds

Dr. David Hinds

Calls by Dr. Rupert Roopnarine and Ms.Lurlene Nestor, members of the opposition A Partnership for National Unity (APNU),  for boycott of the Guyana Times and the State media and businesses  that aid the PPP’s authoritarian rule respectively have drawn swift and sustaining  vitriol from the PPP, its sympathizers , Guyana Times and the State media.

Why this outcry from the PPP and its friends over two routine non-violent calls to action from opposition figures? Boycotts are standard fare in the politics of protest all over the world. It has been used in Guyana by all parties, including the PPP. Most of the time it is an ineffective tool of mobilization; it serves more as a threat against opponents. So why is the PPP making a big deal over these two calls? The answer lies in an understanding of two levels of PPP’ thinking—the sub text behind what appears as normal politics.   Continue reading

The suspension of Guyana’s parliament: Democracy has been subverted – By Dr. David Hinds

The suspension of Guyana’s parliament: Democracy has been subverted
Published on November 12, 2014 – By Dr David Hinds

The president of Guyana in his sole, deliberate judgment has suspended Guyana’s parliament. He was avoiding a no-confidence motion brought by one of the parliamentary parties. Guyanese leaders seem stunned. The rest of the Caribbean establishment is unperturbed. After all, the president has acted constitutionally. But that constitutional act has far-reaching implications for Guyana. The next few months will be more than interesting.

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Guyana’s political system differs from the rest of the Anglophone Caribbean. The offices of head of state and head of government are fused in the presidency. The president is elected separately from the parliament. The president could also be elected with a plurality of the popular vote rather than the customary majority. So unlike other Caribbean countries, divided government is possible in Guyana.

This is exactly what happened as a result of the last election held in 2011 — the party that is in control of the executive branch, the East Indian-dominated PPP, does not control a majority of the legislature. The two other parliamentary parties, the AFC, supported by dissident East Indians and the African-dominated APNU coalition, together have a one-seat parliamentary majority. In effect the executive government is a minority government. Continue reading

Guyana’s no-confidence vote: “A common fight must have a common strategy” – David Hinds

Commentary: A common fight must have a common strategy: The fate of Guyana’s no-confidence vote
Published on October 27, 2014

Dr. David Hinds

Dr. David Hinds

By Dr David Hinds

Many people have asked me why, despite their legislative majority, the opposition in Guyana has, since 2001, allowed the PPP and its executive government to out-maneuver them. They are of course referring to the latest confusion surrounding the AFC-sponsored no-confidence vote.

Dr David Hinds, a political activist and commentator, is also an Associate Professor of Caribbean and African Diaspora Studies at Arizona State University. Send comments to dhinds6106@aol.com. More of his writings can be found on his website. Continue reading

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