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Capitol News – TV Video reports – 23 September 2014

Capitol News – TV Video reports – 23 September 2014

  • Travelspan to close operations
  • Opposition protests delay in Elections
  • AFC calls for the head of GRA to resign
  • Policeman who lost leg hopes to win in Court
  • Sex Allegations: Speaker files law-suit
  • Rohee says he is not too weak
  • One Billion Rising focuses on protecting women
  • Online streaming of the national assembly
  • Sports
Travelspan to close operations  –  Posted: 23 Sep 2014 03:15 PM PDT –

After restarting its operations here with high expectations this newscast understands that travel span will soon be grounding operations. The airline over the past month or so has encountered many cancelations and flight delays.  But this newscast understands that the airline is having problems with its co partner Vision Airlines that might be financial in […]  Continue reading

Rohee’s threat against Granger and APNU must not be taken lightly by Prof. David Hinds

Rohee’s threat against Granger and APNU must not be taken lightly by Prof. David Hinds

Dr. David Hinds

Dr. David Hinds

24 September 2014 – Demerara Waves

There comes a time when a nation must sit up and take note of where it is and do something to halt its deterioration. Sometimes a nation get so tired of being abused, terrorized and pulverized by its government that it takes such a situation for granted. Government bullying becomes normative. We may be almost there in Guyana, but it’s not too late to do something about it. Take the following statement from a high government functionary that appeared in one of the daily newspapers.

“If Mr. Granger thinks I am weak…You know, he has launched a countrywide protest exercise to hasten the government’s’ signature on a number of Bills. I would like Mr. Granger to know… and I am not threatening or warning anybody. I am just saying that he announced that these things will be peaceful and so forth. If they are not peaceful and should there be any diversions from the peacefulness of any of those protest activities organized by Mr. Granger resulting in upsetting of the peace and good order of our country, then he will see who is really too weak to fight.”  Continue reading

Guyana, Cheddi Jagan & the Cold War – By Rosaliene Bacchus

Originally posted on Three Worlds One Vision:

Cheddi and Janet Jagan - Wedding Photo - Chicago USA 1943Cheddi and Janet Jagan – Wedding Photo – Chicago/USA – 1943
Photo Credit: Cheddi Jagan Research Centre

On Saturday, at the People’s Climate Los Angeles – Building Blocks against Climate Change, I had the opportunity to chat with the leader of the small contingent from the Communist Party USA. I learned that he had visited Guyana in 1967.

In the 1960s, in what was then British Guiana, the Catholic Church had drilled the fear of communism into my young impressionable mind. Those were the days of the Cold War. With their dread of the Soviet Union and fear of another Cuba in their backyard, the US government covertly ousted from power Guyana’s populist East Indian leader, the Marxist Cheddi Jagan.

“I met Cheddi Jagan and his wife, Janet,” the white American male said with pride.

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The Demise of the Nation State – Scotland on the Euphrates – By Uri Avnery

The Demise of the Nation State – Scotland on the Euphrates

20/09/14 –  Uri Avnery

TWO COUNTRIES competed this week for first place in news programs all over the world: Scotland and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

There could not be a greater difference than between these two countries. Scotland is damp and cold, Iraq is hot and dry. Scotland is called after its whisky (or the other way round), while for ISIS fighters, drinking alcohol is the mark of unbelievers, who should lose their head (literally).

However, there is one common denominator of both crises: they mark the approaching demise of the nation-state.

MODERN NATIONALISM, like any great idea in history, was born out of a new set of circumstances: economic, military, spiritual and others, which made older forms obsolete.  Continue reading

Book: British Guiana – By Raymond T. Smith – 1962

British Guiana   –  By  Raymond T. Smith -1962

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

Granger announces protests for local govt elections; AFC says no-confidence motion is priority

Granger announces protests for local govt elections; AFC says no-confidence motion is priority

Thursday, 18 September 2014 – Demerara Waves

Even as Opposition Leader David Granger formally announced that A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) would be embarking on protests to pressure government into holding Local Government Elections (LGE), the Alliance For Change (AFC) said the priority should be passing the no-confidence motion to boot the Donald Ramotar administration out of office.

In an address to the nation that largely said nothing new but reiterated APNU’s call for the President to name a date for LGE, Granger said he had no other choice but to call protests.
“We have called on the President to simply set the date on which local government elections will be held. He has not done so. We have therefore embarked on a campaign of lawful, orderly, peaceful public protests – including picketing, rallies and vigils – to raise public awareness of the threat to our collective rights. 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]

AFC gives “real reason” Govt. scrapped Surendra contract for Specialty Hospital

AFC gives “real reason” Govt. scrapped Surendra contract

SEPTEMBER 19, 2014 | BY |  - says it can help recover US$4M advance

By Abena Rockcliffe
Leader of the Alliance For Change (AFC), Khemraj Ramjattan entered revelation mode yesterday as his Party hosted its weekly Press Conference at the Georgetown Club. Among the disclosures made by the political leader was “the real reason” behind the government’s move to scrap Surendra Engineering’s contract to construct the Specialty Hospital.

Ramjattan told the media that the AFC’s investigation into the matter, the publicized findings thereafter, as well as the Party’s public stance that Surendra’s contract should have been taken away a long time ago, have been justified.
He said that the AFC’s stance was premised on the fact that Surendra Engineering knows nothing about Specialty Hospitals. “We knew that it was a fraud being committed, whereby almost US$19M was going down the drain.”Fortunately, Ramjattan said, it “appears” to be just US$4.5M that went down. Continue reading

Rise of common folk in Brazil, India, Indonesia – commentary

Rise of common folk in Brazil, India, Indonesia

New and popular politicians in the developing world’s largest democracies come from humble origins. This trend reflects an ‘equality of conditions,’ or free societies that come to see dignity in each individual.

Narendra Modi, the newly installed prime minister of the world’s largest democracy, India, is the low-caste son of a tea-stall owner.

Joko Widodo, the president-elect of the third largest democracy, Indonesia, was a furniture maker only a decade ago.

And Marina Silva, the most popular candidate in a presidential race in the fourth largest democracy, Brazil, grew up in poverty in an Amazon jungle town. As a child, she tapped rubber trees and taught herself to read at age 16.

Picture: Presidential candidate Marina Silva of the Brazilian Socialist Party speaks during a Sept. 8 campaign visit to the Unibes Foundation which offers aid to the needy.

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Guyana Elections – Silly Season – commentary

Silly season

An election date has not yet been hinted at, but the silly season has begun. Long suffering Guyanese will recognise it for what it is, having been subjected to it over and over again. It is that time, leading up to elections, when wild accusations and wilder promises are the order of the day. Some observers believe that Guyana is in a time warp; a constant rotation of silly seasons. Perhaps political scientists might want to undertake a study of that.

His overdone protestations to the contrary, PPP General Secretary Clement Rohee’s attack mode lets on that the party is definitely talking elections’ strategy. Mr Rohee gave it away weeks ago with his narrow flailing of the Guyana Elections Commission (Gecom) and its Preliminary List of Electors and his refusal to take cognisance of the fact that his failure to pay attention to and budget funds for updating a key agency like the General Register Office (GRO) had, unlike his coined goat, come back to bite him. There are two simple facts that Mr Rohee seems to have missed: (1) He is still the Minister of Home Affairs. (2) The GRO does fall under his mandate. Enough said.  Continue reading

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