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Guyana News – Budget Debate issues – 4 videos

Clash over Budget cuts

Sport Ministry allocations come under intense scrutiny

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Govt signals spending disapproved by Opposition in Parliament

“There are ways and means to which we can find mechanisms to restore that which has been disapproved but the fundamental point,” Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Anil Nandlall told a news briefing immediately after the National Assembly’s Committee of Supply concluded consideration of the estimates of expenditure.

The total amount not approved by the opposition-controlled House  was GUY$37,461,340,000.   (about US $185M)    US$1 = 208 Guyana$ app

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PPP prepared, ready for elections

PPP prepared, ready for elections

PPP news conferenceFrom left, PPP Executive Secretary Mr Zulfikar Mustapha, PPP General Secretary Mr Clement Rohee and PPP Member Mr Bryan Allicock at the news conference at Freedom House. (Adrian Narine photo)

April 14, 2014 – Guyana Chronicle

- Rohee says extensive discussions on this was held during party’s ‘CC’ meeting on April 12.

THE Central Committee of the ruling People’s Progressive Party (PPP) met, last Saturday (April 12), at Freedom House and General Secretary Clement Rohee, who chaired the meeting, reported that extensive discussions took place also on local government and national elections.
The Party’s preparedness to face the electorate whenever elections are called was also discussed, he told a press conference yesterday at the party’s Freedom House headquarters in Robb Street, Georgetown.   Continue reading

Cuba, Competition and the Caribbean

Cuba, Competition and the Caribbean

By David Jessop 

Cuban President Raul Castro

Cuban President Raul Castro

News Americas, LONDON, England, Weds. April 9, 2014:

On March 29 Cuba’s National Assembly passed a new foreign investment law. Its content has far reaching implications for the future economic organisation of the country. It has also stimulated a lively public and private debate in the rest of the Caribbean about whether it represents a new economic challenge to others in the region.

Unusually, the changes that the new law contains had been widely trailed in Cuba’s national and provincial media before its passing. This was because of its contentious nature within Cuba and the challenge it offered to many Cuban conservatives’ belief in the need to maintain full control over national sovereignty and economic decision making.  Continue reading

Norman Girvan- Prominent Caribbean academic passes away

Norman Girvan- Prominent Caribbean academic passes away
Published on April 11, 2014 - By Caribbean News Now contributor
HAVANA, Cuba — Well known Caribbean academic Norman Girvan passed away on Wednesday in Cuba. He was 72.

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Norman Girvan

Jamaican-born Girvan, who earlier this year suffered a serious fall while in Dominica, was Professor Emeritus of the University of the West Indies (UWI).

He was also a professorial research fellow at the UWI Graduate Institute of International Relations at in St Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago.

Girvan had up until late last year, been one of the very vocal regional voices condemning the Dominican Republic’s constitutional court ruling that made tens of thousands people, of mainly Haitian descent, stateless.

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Guyana: New Elections in the Air? – commentary

Guyana: New Elections In The Air?

Editor’s Note

 If the AFC does not vote for the National Budget Estimates for the Office of the President for the reasons mentioned in its Press Statement below, that would be only 7 votes in the 65 seat National Assembly. It would then depend on how APNU with its 26 seats votes. If both Opposition Parties vote against the estimates of expenditure for the Office of the President, President Ramotar will have little alternative but to call a new General Election.

A new General Election is therefore in the air depending on whether the PPP/C Government accedes to the AFC request that the Minister of Finance immediately enters into discussions with the AFC and APNU with a view to removing certain allocations, including those for NCN and GINA, from under the Office of the President’s allocation and placing them under another mutually negotiated Head. If the Government is not obliging, then new elections will also depend on if APNU joins the AFC in voting against the OP’s allocationContinue reading

The Celebration of Dorothy I. Height – by Lawrence O’Donnell

The Celebration of Dorothy I. Height – by Lawrence O’Donnell

Dorothy Height

Dorothy Height

Published on Mar 26, 2014: The Celebration of Dorothy I. Height, one of the most respected and powerful women of the 20th Century. March 24th was her 102nd Birthday

More info from Wikipedia:

Dorothy Irene Height (March 24, 1912 – April 20, 2010)[1] was an Americanadministratoreducator, and a civil rights and women’s rights activist specifically focused on the issues of African-American women, including unemployment, illiteracy, and voter awareness.[2] She was the president of the National Council of Negro Women for forty years and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2004.[1] 

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The Jagdeo challenge – by Ralph Ramkarran

The Jagdeo challenge – by Ralph Ramkarran

Stabroek News – March 30, 2014 – Features, Sunday

RamkarranThe Guyana Times published a story on Thursday March 20 reporting that the opposition had caused a poll to be conducted last month which found that “former President Bharrat Jagdeo would be the most formidable candidate that the Opposition parties… could face in any upcoming general elections.” The following day the Guyana Chronicle carried a front page headline as follows: ‘Jagdeo favoured as PPP’s presidential candidate’ in an opposition poll. The opposition denied any such poll.

The publications in the newspapers which followed outreaches organized by loyalist ministers, belie Dr Jagdeo’s protestations that he is not interested in a third term. This new campaign was no doubt inspired by talk of a landslide victory if he had been the candidate in 2011, and if he is now the candidate. An expensive campaign was also put together in 2010 which only fizzled out when General Secretary Donald Ramotar took a stand against a third term. Now that elections appear to be on the horizon Dr Jagdeo is beginning to drool with renewed ambition and hunger for high office.   Continue reading

Kaldor Budget and Black Friday February 16, 1962 – commentary

From the Diaspora…Kaldor Budget and Black Friday February 16, 1962

MARCH 30, 2014 | BY  | Commentary … By Ralph Seeram 

Ralph SeeramMr. Forbes Burnham dealt with the harsh tax measures introduced by what was known as the Kaldor Budget and ended his speech by working on the emotions of his audience in the manner of Mark Anthony. “Comrades,” he exclaimed, “the fight starts now. Tomorrow at 2 o’clock in the afternoon there is a demonstration organized by the Trade Union Congress, a demonstration against the harsh proposals of the budget, which make life unbearable.

“No doubt the Riot Squad will be there. Do you still want to go? Comrades, remember that tomorrow Jagan’s army is coming down from Cane Grove and Windsor Forest. Do you still want to go? (Wynn Parry Commission).”

Thus started a series of events on February 12, 1962 that led to the burning and looting of several businesses in Georgetown on what is now described as Black Friday February 16, 1962.

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Without Malice – Letter by eusi Kwayana

Without Malice – Letter by eusi Kwayana

Dear Editor

The Guyana Chronicle has confirmed what the Stabroek News and the Kaieteur News have reported: The PPP has called on the PNC/R and the WPA both part of APNU to cooperate with the Inquiry. The call did more. On the eve of the Inquiry it proclaimed guilt and asked persons  to ‘exonerate’ themselves. The tone signals what now controls the PPP.

Those who dismiss ethics as an element of politics and call themselves pragmatist will say that the PPP and any other  party has every right to turn anything  into an election campaign in order to “win”.

The political parties of Guyana have very capable people in their leaderships and their clusters at home and abroad. They also have others.  Taking into account all that can be said about politics, I find the PPP’s political culture wanting in quality. It has got away with a lot.  Continue reading

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