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British Guiana – By Raymond T. Smith – 1962

British Guiana   –  By  Raymond T. Smith

Oxford University Press 1962, Reprinted 1964. Reprinted in 1980 by Greenwood Press, Connecticut.        

In 1958 or 1959 I was asked by the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London to write a general book on British Guiana.  I readily agreed to do so in spite of the fact that I was about to leave the Caribbean to take up a post at the University of Ghana in West Africa.  The bulk of the book was written during the first half of 1959, in Jamaica and then in Ghana.  Things were changing rapidly in British Guiana during this period and then even more rapidly after the book was published.  I returned to Jamaica from Ghana early in 1962, just before publication.

Although the book was favourably received there were notable exceptions.  Sir Jock Campbell, Chairman of Booker Brothers, a company that had subsidized research in British Guiana through the Commonwealth Foundation’s grant to the Institute of Social and Economic Research at the University of the West Indies, wrote a strong letter complaining that I had accused him, and Bookers, of insincerity in their attempts to introduce a more humane form of capitalism in the management of their sugar enterprises.   Continue reading

No Confidence motion: Opposition buyout alleged – denied by Gov’t

No-confidence motion…Govt. plans to buy- off three MPs at $30M each – Ramjattan

FULL STORY | | Kaieteur News

Three Parliamentarians from the Opposition’s camp are expected to be bought at a whopping $30M to vote AFC Leader Khemraj Ramjattan against the no-confidence motion. This is according to Leader of the Alliance For Change (AFC), Khemraj Ramjattan,…. [Read more]

This outrageous allegation is utter rubbish – Govt.

FULL STORY | | Kaieteur News

The government has viewed as “utter rubbish” the recent claim by the political opposition party, the Alliance For Change (AFC), that the PPP wants to “buy-out” three opposition Parliamentarians at $30M each, so that they would not vote…  [Read more]

Scotland Is Seeking Independence From the Political Establishment- Op-Ed

UPDATE:  see the following Guyanese Online entry:

Scotland votes ‘No’ to independence: 55-45%

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Tuesday, 16 September 2014 -By Ronan Burtenshaw, Truthout | Op-Ed

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    (Photo: Lawrence OP / Flickr)The referendum campaign is about much more than nationalism.

    Scotland Is Seeking Independence From the Political Establishment

This week’s vote on Scottish independence has lit up the political landscape in Europe, encouraging the left and prompting panic in the halls of power. If the “Yes” side manages to beat the odds and win on September 18, new possibilities will arise on a political spectrum which seemed to be shrinking by the year.

But it didn’t always look like this would be the case. When the referendum campaign began, the leading force for a Yes vote, the Scottish National Party (SNP), promised what could best be termed independence light. Staying were the pound, the Queen, NATO and even the economic model, buttressed by a “competitive” corporate tax regime to rival free-market Ireland. This appeal was nationalist in its purest sense – social questions would remain untouched and only the flag would change.  Continue reading

Water versus gold at Port Kaituma – commentary

Water versus gold at Port Kaituma

Two weeks ago, residents of Port Kaituma and nearby areas began to complain bitterly about the pollution of their water supplies by miners working upstream. In the past few years such complaints from various parts of the country have been numerous and a reflection of the wanton disregard of miners for the riparian rights of citizens in these areas. Miners have become emboldened by the increasing weight of the economy attributable to their mineral returns and the ineffectiveness of the government and its regulatory bodies at reining in environmental pollution.

How did the government respond to the concerns of the Port Kaituma residents? Well, it seems that the Minister of Natural Resources Robert Persaud had been in the area for mining week activities and upon hearing of the concerns he announced that the ministry would make available G$80m (US$400,000), to the Guyana Water Inc (GWI) for the construction of a water treatment plant.   Continue reading

US Immigration Services increase fees

US Immigration Services increase fees

US visaNews Americas, WASHINGTON, D.C., Mon. Sept. 1, 2014: U.S. visa applicants and immigrants may be forced to soon shell out more for immigration services according to a notice published by the Department of State in the Federal Register.

The amendment to the Schedule of Fees for Consular Services Schedule will temporarily take effect on September 6, 2014 for certain nonimmigrant visa application processing fees, certain immigrant visa application processing and special visa services fees, and certain citizenship services fees. Continue reading

GECOM slams allegations of padded voters’ list

GECOM slams allegations of padded voters’ list

 - defends Commission’s integrity

September 5, 2014 | BY |By Zena Henry

Steve Surujbally

Steve Surujbally

The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has not taken lightly to what it says are “relentless, unacceptable, unwarranted and undeserving amounts of castigation,” levied against its integrity.

With an invitation to the media and several representatives of the diplomatic corps, the body hosted a press conference at Cara Lodge yesterday and went in-depth into its operational procedure in a bid to clarify untruths being pushed by “antagonizing parties” and also published in some sections of the media.

Chairman of the Elections Commission, Dr. Steve Surujbally stated categorically that GECOM dismisses any information that seems to suggest padding of the voters’ list, reluctance in addressing objections and failing to effectively deal with matters of integrity among others.  Continue reading

Guyana: Capitol News Videos – September 29, 2014

Guyana: Capitol News Videos – September 29, 2014

  • Coalition will not dilute AFC says David Granger of APNU
  • PUC begins hearing on proposed landline hike
  • Fugitive Guyanese drug smuggler in US Court
  • Stiffer Penalties for Child Abuse
  • Dino Bouterse of Suriname changes Plea
  • Sports
Coalition will not dilute AFC says David Granger of APNUPosted: 29 Aug 2014 02:10 PM PDT
PUC begins hearing on proposed landline hikePosted: 29 Aug 2014 02:09 PM PDT Continue reading

Politics and the Guyana Middle Class – By Ralph Ramkarran

Ralph Ramkarran

Ralph Ramkarran

The middle class, which supported the PPP in 1950 and was heavily represented in its leadership, began to divide on the basis of the ethno-political developments after 1955. This division and consolidation matured only in the early 1960s.

During this process Burnham saw the importance of the middle class, particularly the African middle class. He courted the United Democratic Party, which was the political expression of the League of Coloured People and eventually merged with it. According to some critics of the PPP, Jagan signaled the need for a similar outreach in his 1954 Congress speech.

If this is so then it is evidence that both leaders saw the importance of capturing the support of the middle class, or rather, that section of the middle class which they expected to be sympathetic. Continue reading

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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AUGUST 30, 2014 | BY |  EDITORIAL

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

Guyana will guarantee financing for India group – Ramsammy denies company claims

UPDATED:  Ramsammy denies ‘60,000 hectares’ claims by Indian group

AUGUST 30, 2014 | … says agreement inked with Ministry has expired  
Agriculture Minister, Dr. Leslie Ramsammy, has denied that his Ministry allocated more lands in the Canje Basin, or entered into any “new deals” with Indian conglomerate, Ajeenkya DY Patil. This is in stark contradiction to what the company claims on its website. The company claimed that …[Read more]
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Guyana will guarantee financing for India group – company website claims

- says it was given 60,000 hectares in Canje Basin

Leslie Ramsammy

Photo : Dr Leslie Ramsammy Min. of Agriculture

AUGUST 29, 2014 | BY –  |ndian conglomerate, Ajeenkya DY Patil, says that it has been provided with a 99-year lease on 60,000 hectares of land located in Canje Basin for a mega-farm. The Government of Guyana will provide tax holidays, waive import and export duties, and provide exemption from local taxes, the company said on its website.

The Ministry of Agriculture had initially stated that it had given approximately 10,000 hectares of land in the Canje Basin to the group for “mega farming”.  There have been no announcements by Government of these new arrangements.

The company said it was also able to acquire the rights to not only what is above the  ground but below, a significant allowance, as it could pave the way for even mining to taking place in the concession. Continue reading

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