Category Archives: crime and Investigations

Camp Street Jail should not be allowed to rise like the Phoenix from the ashes- By Yvonne Sam

Camp Street Jail should not be allowed to rise like the Phoenix from the ashes.

By Yvonne Sam

Photo: Rioting inmates of the Camp Street Prison, look out the prison windows in Georgetown, Guyana, Friday, March 4, 2016. 

Firstly permit me to offer my sincere condolences to the grieving family of the deceased Prison Officer Odinga Wickham.  On being made aware of the fire at the Georgetown Prison, my first reaction was” Not again”, followed shortly by “ What’s next”.  What is there to be said, that has not before been said?  There will be finger pointing, and appointees, commissions, omissions and perhaps demissions, there will be shame and blame, tears and fears and the accompanying schisms about the prisons.       Continue reading

The conviction of former President Lula of Brazil’s – a political purge

Brazil – Why the Lava Jato corruption investigations must continue

The Economist   The Americas – Jul 15th 2017

Lula da Silva

ALMOST three-and-a-half years after it began as a seemingly routine probe into money-laundering, Operation Lava Jato (“Car Wash”) has reached a critical stage. On July 12th Sérgio Moro, a federal judge, sentenced Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, a former president, to almost ten years in prison, ruling that he was given an apartment worth 2.2m reais ($690,000) by a construction firm that had received padded contracts for work on an oil refinery. Congress this week began debating whether to allow a trial of the current (centre-right) president, Michel Temer, who is charged with benefiting from a bribe of $150,000, which he denies.   Continue reading

Trump Jr.’s Emails Explode in His Father’s Face – Chemi Shalev | Haaretz

Poetic Justice and Historic Irony as Trump Jr.’s Emails Explode in His Father’s Face

President Donald Trump

New revelations demolish White House denials of his campaign’s collusion with Russia and could ultimately destroy the Trump presidency

Chemi Shalev | Haaretz

The land mine that Donald Trump Jr. planted on Monday blew up in his father’s face on Tuesday. All the tricks and all the shticks, all the excuses and all the evasions that President Trump and his advisers have offered over the past year to deny the Russian conspiracy to influence the U.S.A. presidential elections – and their own willingness to be a part of it – went down the drain. Whether it’s because of a lack of intelligence, bad legal advice, his back to the wall or some Oedipal motivation that we are not privy to, Trump Jr. has pushed Trump Sr. to the edge of the abyss, and possibly beyond.      Continue reading

Canada: Black Lives will only matter when the Black Vote matters – By Yvonne Sam

Black Lives will only matter when the Black Vote matters

By Yvonne Sam

Black lives will never matter in Canada until they matter to Black people enough that will force them to utilize every tool in the toolbox to fight back, and the biggest tool is the Black vote.

A lingering question permeating the minds of Blacks throughout the Canadian provinces  is how many more not guilty verdicts can the community take especially when it comes down to police officers and the shootings of unarmed Black males.  Yet, another devastating blow was dealt to the black community in Toronto when recently an inquest jury ruled the case of Andrew Loku, a South Sudanese native a homicide, a verdict which does not carry any criminal or civil liability.   Continue reading

Guyana: PPP GOVERNMENT LAND GIVEAWAY – By Verian Mentis-Barker




To understand this we will have to go back a few centuries to establish the mores of the Guyanese East Indian and the Guyanese African and the learned behavior that shreds the homogeneity constantly challenged in the country’s motto, One People One Nation and One Destiny.

So, those who prefer to be informed by bullet points or lightly tossed baseless banter could check out now.

This is serious stuff.   

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ICE Officers Told to Take Action Against All Undocumented Immigrants

ICE Officers Told to Take Action Against All Undocumented Immigrants Encountered While on Duty

Monday, July 10, 2017 By Marcelo Rochabrun, ProPublica | Truthout Report

The head of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement unit in charge of deportations has directed his officers to take action against all undocumented immigrants they may cross paths with, regardless of criminal histories. The guidance appears to go beyond the Trump administration’s publicly stated aims, and some advocates say may explain a marked increase in immigration arrests.      Continue reading

Guyana Prison population being reduced; some prisoners unaccounted for

Prison population being reduced; some prisoners unaccounted for

Mazaruni Prison – Guyana

More than 180 of the just over 1,000 prisoners, who have been dislocated by a fire at the Georgetown Prison, were Monday sent to other prisons, Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels said.

Samuels said 188 inmates, including those sent on their own recognisance by magistrates, were removed from the Lusignan prison holding facility and the exercise would continue on Tuesday. Demerara Waves Online News was told by other sources that 150 inmates were expected to be transported to the Mazaruni Prison.     Continue reading

Tragedy beyond words at the Camp Street prison – Freddie Kissoon 

Tragedy beyond words at the Camp Street prison

Jul 10, 2017 Features / Columnists, Freddie Kissoon 

 What is a central prison doing in the heart of the city? Before we answer that let’s reason about the dark side of human nature. Convicts at age 30 are sentenced to eighty years in prison without chances of parole. Such persons would be willing to take heavy risks. They feel their lives are over and they will do desperate things. Why retain such persons in the central prison right in the heart of the capital?    Continue reading

UPDATES: Camp Street jail on fire – Monday 10 July 2017 – includes video

UPDATE: Camp Street jail on fire + video – Kaieteur News – 10 July 2017

– several inmates on the run, car hijacked    – prisons officers injured

One year after a fire killed 18 persons at the Camp Street jail, another blaze late today— deliberately set– has leveled several blocks in the prison compound. At least seven prison officers were either shot of chopped. Two were critical. Three prisoners were also hospitalized with gunshot wounds.  Continue reading

BREAKING NEWS: Jail break and fire at Georgetown prison – UPDATES- 09 July 2017

BREAKING NEWS: Jail break and fire at Georgetown prison

There is a jail break and fire at the Georgetown Prison, fire and prison officials have confirmed.

Fire fighters, police and other security personnel have responded to the report of a prison riot.   Continue reading

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