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BOOK: “A New Look at Jonestown: Dimensions from a Guyanese Perspective” – By Eusi Kwayana

“A New Look at Jonestown: Dimensions from a Guyanese Perspective” 

Eusi Kwayana: “A New Look at Jonestown: Dimensions from a Guyanese Perspective” is now available for order on Amazon Books, both in the e-book format and in paperback ($10.00 eBook; $19.95).

The 1978 Jonestown fiasco in Guyana is considered the greatest peacetime horror ever. Almost all of the 918 lives lost were Americans. Prime Minister Forbes Burnham called it “an American problem.” All the books on the subject are written by people from outside. This is the first by residents of the host country.

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Back then it was Red China.    Beijing was Peking.

Its ambitions were cocooning with sights set on the Western Hemisphere.

Now, some serendipity.

British Guiana becomes independent in 1966.

Then Chinese Premier Chou En-lai cabled then Prime Minister Forbes Burnham that he hoped “the people of your country achieve new success in the struggle to safeguard national independence and oppose colonialism and neocolonialism”….and instructed the Chinese press to emblazon its pages with a salute to Guyana and its people, welcoming them to the world of political freedom.   ………………    Six years went by.


Prime Minister Burnham ascended to President and was struggling to legitimize his Presidency and the Cooperative Socialism ideology he had adopted.  His political swing to the left cost him favor with the West and as punishment, the country lost volume in the export market.

READ MORE: http://xpressblogg.com/guyana-caught-china-trap/

Guyana- Whatever happened to our ‘Buy Local’ Campaign – By Sase Singh


 IN 1969, then Prime Minister Forbes Burnham started an aggressive campaign to persuade Guyanese to “buy locally produced products.” But even before that, the first national development plan coined in 1953 under Premier Cheddi Jagan also advocated strongly for this agenda. Both leaders, in their own time, appealed to the people’s patriotic pride to drive the local economy, rather than depend on unnecessary imports.

Of course, after the split, a proactive PPP propaganda campaign did severe damage to this programme in the 1970s and 1980s. As things got hard in the 1980s, the persuasive forces moved from voluntary to mandatory (the famous ban), and this played right into the PPP propaganda machinery, and they (the PPP) milked this situation to their maximum benefit.  Continue reading

Gov’t can spend up to November 30, 2015 without approval – Ram

Gov’t can spend up to November 30, 2015 without approval – Ram

November 13, 2014 · By Stabroek News  · Comments

Christopher Ram

Christopher Ram

Analyst Christopher Ram has slammed President Donald Ramotar for suspending parliament using a provision intended for a different purpose and he also noted that without further approval, the government can continue spending up to November 30,2015.

Ram lamented loopholes in the constitution reform process which allow prorogation to thwart a motion of no confidence and called for a new constitution.

His latest column on www.chrisram.net follows:


The President has done what many, I included, feared he would – but still hoped he would not do – prorogue the National Assembly. In so doing President Ramotar was exercising a power that then Prime Minister Forbes Burnham retained for himself under the Constitution of 1980. Continue reading