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Guyana: The African-Guyanese woman many Indians wrongly dislike – By Freddie Kissoon

Guyana Politics: The unsinkable Titanic sank in 2015 – By Freddie Kissoon

Guyana Politics: The unsinkable Titanic sank in 2015

By Freddie Kissoon – 12 June 2018

Three important occurrences last week should be noted – the court ruled that the President could select a GECOM Chairman of his own choice bypassing the Carter formula. Secondly, Ashni Singh and Winston Brassington have received more criminal charges. Thirdly, after a long absence from the public gallery, Roger Luncheon surfaced to accuse GECOM of discrimination in employment.

Inside the psychology of all PPP leaders after their 1992 victory was that the PPP could never lose an election and was only kept out of power by electoral fraud. For all PPP cadres, once there is a general election, the PPP will win. By the time Jagdeo won a second term in 2006, the PPP’s collective psychology was saturated with invincibility.      Continue reading

Jagdeo says Benschop should thank PPP for being pardoned; Benschop fires back

Jagdeo declares Benschop should go to church and pray for PPP because he was pardoned; Benschop fires back

The social activist said Guyanese still remember the many incidents that occurred under the Jagdeo presidency including the shooting of protesters and the murder of over four hundred persons during the crime spree. He said if there is anyone who should be praying for forgiveness, it would have to be Jagdeo.

Jagdeo declares Benschop should go to church and pray for PPP because he was pardoned; Benschop fires backOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on May 16. 2018 declared that political activist and former treason accused, Mark Benschop should be thanking him and the PPP and going to church everyday and pray for the PPP because he was pardoned.It was under Jagdeo’s Presidency that Benschop was charged for sedition and treason.READ MORE

A president’s decision creates a hornets’ nest – By Adam Harris

A president’s decision creates a hornets’ nest

By Adam Harris  – October 21, 2017

President David Granger seems to be in the middle of some flak from a growing group of self-proclaimed guardians of the society. This time the criticisms are coming from his decision to appoint a chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission. He rejected three lists produced by Leader of the Opposition, Bharrat Jagdeo, and appointed retired judge, Justice James Patterson.

There are some things that I could not help but notice. The first was the contention that President Granger is indecisive. He was said to be indecisive when he pondered over the lists. Then he made a decisive choice and is being pilloried for it.

The second has to do with the use of the Carter formula. There is nothing in the formula that says that the president must accept a name recommended by the opposition. It is true that from the time the formula was introduced the president has always selected a name from the list provided by the opposition.   Continue reading

Guyana: Evidence of discrimination against Africans by the PPP Government – Freddie Kissoon

Evidence of discrimination against Africans by the PPP Government

Freddie Kissoon

Freddie Kissoon

Aug 01, 2016  Features / Columnists, Freddie Kissoon 

Opinion - commentary -analysisThe talk coming out of the mouth of the Indian dominated PPP and its tribalist supporters is that there is ethnic bias against East Indians by the APNU-AFC Government. The PPP has latched on to certain dismissals in the public sector.
These same tribalists were on another planet when African Guyanese were supplanted in the same public sector and in scholarship awards.
Mark Benschop was charged for treason. Oliver Hickson was charged for sedition and refused bail. A young mother Carol-Ann Munroe and her army husband Bruce Munroe were charged for treason along with a family friend, Leonard Wharton. All five named here were African Guyanese.
Where were the voices of the PPP and the tribalist fanatics that are shouting accusations of Indians being targeted? To make matters worse, all the special Prosecutors hired by the State to prosecute these five victims were Indians.  Continue reading

Crum-Ewing murder: Charge against ‘Grey Boy’ Rodrigues not adding up

Charge against ‘Grey Boy’ Rodrigues not adding up

By Stabroek News – August 10, 2015 – Letter by Emile Mervin

Dear Editor,

Your news article, `DPP advised cops to charge Rodrigues with Crum-Ewing murder,’ (SN August 9) should have been providing closure for relatives of Courtney Crum-Ewing, but as one of many observers closely following the March 10th execution-style killing and its continuing narrative, I have to admit something is not adding up with the decision to charge alleged trigger man Regan Rodrigues alone.

I am not saying he was not involved in what is obviously a planned conspiracy to take out Crum-Ewing, but if we go back to the night of the hit, Stabroek News was one of the media outlets that cited eyewitnesses’ accounts that four men drove up in a Toyota A212 vehicle and confronted Crum-Ewing while he was doing his thing with his bullhorn. He was shot thrice in the head and twice in the torso, after which the vehicle sped away.  Continue reading

Update: Crum-Ewing’s killing: Narine confronts main suspect Regan Rodrigues in Police presence

President Ramotar is doing his work; the opposition is incompetent – Freddie Kissoon

President Ramotar is doing his work; the opposition is incompetent


When Khemraj Ramattan and Gerhard Ramsaroop confronted President Ramotar on my dismissal from UG at the first meeting of the tripartite entity, Mr. Ramotar told them his government had nothing to do with it. I asked Gerhard what the response by the APNU representatives was who heard that.
He said that David Granger, Rupert Roopnaraine and Deborah Backer said not a word. Not even. “Come on Mr. President, please!”
On the PPP side were Ramotar, Gail Teixeira and Clement Rohee. Rohee and Ramotar spent eight years individually working in communist Czechoslovakia. They are very senior political activists in Guyana. Just as seasoned as them is Gail Teixeira. These people may not be practitioners of democracy but they are political hunters. They know their prey.
When Granger, Roopnaraine and Backer sat silent as the AFC fired away on my dismissal, Ramotar, Rohee and Teixeira took notes. Continue reading

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