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Guyana Elections: Donald Ramotar talks of his plans and PPPC achievements

A confident Donald Ramotar talks of his plans for his second term

APRIL 12, 2015 | BY |  By Ralph Seeram  – From the Diaspora…
Pres. Donald Ramotar

Pres. Donald Ramotar

While many are predicting the demise of the PPP with the “Time for Change” campaign, incumbent President Donald Ramotar has plans in the works. He can’t wait for elections to be over so he can implement his party’s plans to move Guyana even further in his second term.
A confident Ramotar is looking not only to get over the 50 per cent mark but hoping to get substantially more.

I caught up with the President on his visit to Florida this past Easter weekend, and took the opportunity to interview him.
One of the main charges of the Opposition against the PPP administration is corruption, so naturally the first question I asked is what his administration will do to fight corruption at all levels. 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