Monthly Archives: August 2011

UN Minorities report accepted as evidence in Jagdeo-Kissoon libel case

UN Minorities report accepted as evidence in Jagdeo-Kissoon libel case |
Written by Denis Scott Chabrol –  Demerara Waves
Tuesday, 30 August 2011 17:39
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    Dr. Luncheon leaving the High Court recently. >>>>

A High Court judge on Tuesday admitted into evidence a copy of a United Nations report on the status of minorities in Guyana that was rejected by the Guyana government.

The report, painting a poor condition of African Guyanese, was tendered by the defence in a libel case brought by President Bharrat Jagdeo against Kaieteur News newspaper columnist, Freddie Kissoon, newspaper editor, Adam Harris and publisher, Glen Lall.

Jagdeo believes that he was libeled by Kissoon characterizing him as an ideological racist in a June 28, 2010 article titled ‘King Kong sent his goons to disrupt the Conference’. Kissoon was alluding to the near-break up of the annual historical conference at the National Library by persons who had heckled pro-government sentiments when he was about to deliver his presentation.  Continue reading

GuySuCo – Incompetence at Skeldon factory – Commentary

It must have hurt the Minister of Agriculture a great deal to have to admit the incompetence at Skeldon  
Written by realTalk   – Demerara Waves
Sunday, 28 August 2011
Last week, the Honorable Minister of Agriculture revealed to Guyana that GuySuCo does not possess the competence to run the US$100M Skeldon Sugar Factory. He went on to encourage its Board of Directors to hasten the consideration of the proposals currently on the table by companies from China and India to take over the management of the failing factory.To make this admission had to be a really hard and painful decision for Minister Persaud in the face of all the propaganda and hype that the government generated around this factory that was to be the saviour of the Guyana sugar industry. After Booker Tate, the global leader in the provision of development, management and technical services to the world of sugar, ethanol, bio-energy and other agribusiness projects, had been unceremoniously dismissed by the Government, it seems rather strange that more foreign management is being sought once again for the troubled factory.        Continue reading

UN Report Status of Minorities in Guyana by Gay McDougall

Note: This Report has been accepted as evidence in the present libel case – Jagdeo vs Kissoon, regarding a column written by Kissoon last year.  You can read the court reports on this website.

UN Report Status of Minorities in Guyana by Gay McDougall

Here is the link to the complete Report http://www.unhcr.org/refworld/pdfid/49bfa6ec2.pdf:

 Summary –

The independent expert on minority issues, Ms. Gay McDougall, visited Guyana between 28 July and 1 August 2008. During her visit, she travelled to Georgetown and surrounding communities. She held consultations with the State President, ministers and other senior government representatives, NGOs, civil society groups, political parties, religious leaders, academics and others working in the field of minority issues and anti-discrimination.

The independent expert visited communities, including Buxton, and talked to community members about their lives and issues.  =

In July 2003, the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance highlighted that he found that every level of Guyanese society is permeated by a profound moral, emotional and political fatigue, arising out of the individual and collective impact of ethnic polarization.1 In 2008, the independent expert witnessed a continuing societal malaise that shows evidence of having deepened and transformed in some instances into despair, anger and resistance. This is particularly evident among Afro-Guyanese individuals and communities that reported feeling excluded, discriminated against and criminalized.  Continue reading

Day 3- Jagdeo vs Kisssoon Libel Case… Jagdeo’s “Forget the Past” comments tested

Day 3- Jagdeo vs Kisssoon Libel Case…

Jagdeo’s “Forget the Past” comments to Afro and Indo-Guyanese tested in High Court

1. Different speech to racial groups
2.  Access to TV  
3. Judicial Appointments
4. Critchlow Labour college.
5. UN Report on Minority  Rights.

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By Dennis Scott Chabrol – Demerara Waves

Monday, August 29, 2011

President Bharrat Jagdeo‟s remarks to two different audiences- one predominantly of African Guyanese and the other of Indo-Guyanese- were tested in a High Court libel case he filed against a newspaper columnist and its publisher.

Jagdeo filed the case against newspaper columnist and academic, Freddie Kissoon, Kaieteur News Editor Adam Harris and the newspaper‟s publisher, Glen Lall, claiming more than GUY$10 million in damages. Jagdeo believes that he was libeled in a Kissoon article titled , “King Kong sent his goons to disrupt the Conference‟, which refers to the Guyanese leader as an ideological racist.  Continue reading

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

A memorial honoring Martin Luther King Jr. is set to be dedicated August 28 on the National Mall. Hundreds of thousands of spectators are expected to attend the event, but many people will sneak a peek at the memorial in the days leading up to it.

These are photos of the nation’s newest memorial below.  Click to go to the web page  … Continue reading

Ten Things Martin Luther King, Jr. Taught Us

Today’s Visionary: 10 Things Martin Luther King, Jr. Taught Us About Today’s Struggles

By Richard (RJ) Eskow

A lot of people in the media are so afraid of offending anyone that they can’t even tell the truth about the man whose memorial is being unveiled this weekend in Washington.

Their coverage could give you the impression that the purpose of Martin Luther King, Jr’s life was simply to make everybody in this country feel good about themselves. So once again we’re presenting ten quotes that represent Dr. King as he truly was — the kind of brave and visionary leader we so badly need today.   Continue reading

Jagdeo brushes off US Envoy’s concerns about Guyana’s Narco-image

Jagdeo brushes off US envoy’s concerns about Guyana’s narco-image   ||
Written by Denis Scott Chabrol
Monday, 29 August 2011 11:11
jagdeoclicoPresident Bharrat Jagdeo on Monday (August 29), brushed aside concerns about the image of Guyana as a country heading for narco-statehood and his administration appearing unwilling to fight the drug trade.Confidential United States diplomatic cables recently released by the whistleblowing site, Wikeleaks, saw the then American Ambassador Roland Bullen weighing in on the reasons why an office of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) was not yet opened in Guyana. Continue reading

Corruption in India – 12 day hunger strike forces change

Corruption in India ….12 day hunger strike forces change

AUGUST 28, 2011 | BY KNEWS |

In a remarkable feat of patriotism and bravery, Anna Hazare’s fight for the wellbeing of his beloved India has come to a triumphant close.

Last night, the Indian Parliament in New Delhi unanimously passed a resolution accepting Hazare’s demands on the Jan Lokpal Bill and incorporating elements from it in a new draft. Supporters around the nation went into an uproar as the news spread across the airwaves after Parliament conceded to the Hazare’s demands.     Continue reading

Hurricane Irene – Damage in USA slide show – 117 photos

Hurricane Irene damage
Officials survey the damage to Route 12 on Hatteras Island, N.C., Aug. 28. Hurricane Irene swept through the area Saturday, Aug. 27, cutting the roadway in five locations. See all 117 photos at link below:   Continue reading

Guyana Oriental College Old Students Association

GUYANA ORIENTAL COLLEGE OLD STUDENTS ASSOCIATION INC.

867 Troy Ave.,

Brooklyn New York, 11203

We are organizing an Alumni Association for our “old school”.

Please contact us if you were a student of Guyana Oriental College.

 Contact Mrs. Penelope Stephens Bascom

Director/ Asst. Secretary (organizing)

 Tel. 347-499-3889

Email: pennymbgt@yahoo.com

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