Category Archives: Politics

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

Political favouritism in Guyana – commentary

Political favouritism in Guyana

SEPTEMBER 7, 2014 | BY | EDITORIAL

It is no secret that residents of some communities are denied certain basic facilities through low level functionaries implementing a deliberate unspoken policy of marginalization.

Roads are constructed in areas and last no more than four weeks before they deteriorate. One technique that is constantly observed is the practice of carrying out ad hoc cosmetic works in communities peopled by dedicated non-supporters of the ruling party.

These deliberate acts seem intended to humiliate because at the same time more structured, solid in-depth works are being carried out in neighbouring villages that are identified as built-in constituencies of the party that forms the national
government that supposedly works in the interest of all the people. Continue reading

Guyana: Capitol News Videos – 05 September 2014

Capitol News Videos -05 September 2014

  • PPP running scared – APNU
  • Suicide rate in Guyana alarming
  • Brazen Bandits
  • videos private – Police
  • Police Blotter
  • City Councillors want swift justice
  • Free Movement of people under challenge?
  • Sports

Click links below to view the video news reports:

PPP running scared – APNU    Posted: 05 Sep 2014   Continue reading

Owl of Minerva’s View: ISIS and Our Times – By Noam Chomsky

Owl of Minerva’s View: ISIS and Our Times

Friday, 05 September 2014 13:10 By Noam Chomsky, Truthout | Op-Ed

Refugee Camp - syriaPhoto:Families camp out at the Bajid Kandala refugee camp, near Iraq’s border crossing with Syria, Aug. 16, 2014. (Photo: Lynsey Addario / NYT)

Noam Chomsky, Truthout:  Human civilization began by the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. It is perhaps fitting that we have plunged the cradle of civilization into disaster, just as we may have ensured the end of the human civilization by warming our climate to the point of no return. 

It is not pleasant to contemplate the thoughts that must be passing through the mind of the Owl of Minerva as the dusk falls and she undertakes the task of interpreting the era of human civilization, which may now be approaching its inglorious end.  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

Granger supports PPP’s “national alliance policy”; AFC calls it “a delaying tactic”

Granger supports PPP’s “national alliance policy”

 - prepared to sit and talk with ruling party

David Granger

David Granger

September 1, 2014 | BY KNEWS | Some critics got it wrong this time when they assumed that Opposition Leader, David Granger would be worried about government’s recent move in calling for a national alliance, which according to its PPP General Secretary, Clement Rohee, has been well received thus far.

In fact, Granger told this publication that he would not seek to checkmate the People’s Progressive Party’s (PPP) move, which apparently came in light of looming early general elections. The Leader of A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) said that he fully supports the policy for he believes that it is quite desirable.

Granger asserted that the APNU was established three years ago with the aim of creating a government of national unity but its call was not supported by the PPP at that time, for they were still wedded to the winner-takes-all attitude.  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
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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

Terrorism as Theater – By Robert D. Kaplan

Terrorism as Theater

Global affairs - KaplanWednesday, August 27, 2014 – Stratfor

By Robert D. Kaplan

The beheading of American journalist James Foley by the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq was much more than an altogether gruesome and tragic affair: rather, it was a very sophisticated and professional film production deliberately punctuated with powerful symbols. Foley was dressed in an orange jumpsuit reminiscent of the Muslim prisoners held by the United States at Guantanamo Bay. He made his confession forcefully, as if well rehearsed. His executioner, masked and clad in black, made an equally long statement in a calm, British accent, again, as if rehearsed. It was as if the killing was secondary to the message being sent.

The killing, in other words, became merely the requirement to send the message. As experts have told me, there are more painful ways to dispatch someone if you really hate the victim and want him to suffer. You can burn him alive. You can torture him. But beheading, on the other hand, causes the victim to lose consciousness within seconds once a major artery is cut in the neck, experts say. Continue reading

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