Category Archives: Government

Forcing Black Men Out of Society – Editorial – NY Times

An analysis in The Times — “1.5 Million Missing Black Men” — showed that more than one in every six black men in the 24-to-54 age group has disappeared from civic life, mainly because they died young or are locked away in prison. This means that there are only 83 black men living outside of jail for every 100 black women — in striking contrast to the white population, where men and women are about equal in numbers.

This astounding shortfall in black men translates into lower marriage rates, more out-of-wedlock births, a greater risk of poverty for families and, by extension, less stable communities. The missing men should be a source of concern to political leaders and policy makers everywhere.

While the 1.5 million number is startling, it actually understates the severity of the crisis that has befallen African-American men since the collapse of the manufacturing and industrial centers, which was quickly followed by the “war on drugs” and mass imprisonment, which drove up the national prison population more than sevenfold beginning in the 1970s.  Continue reading

Is Public Stripping a PPP Political Tool – Dr. David Hinds

Is Public Stripping a PPP Political Tool

Dr. David Hinds

Dr. David Hinds

Dr. David Hinds

I join with others in expressing utter disgust at Minister Ramsaran’s abuse of Sherlina Nageer. But I have to say that I am not the least surprised. For the last 23 years we– all of us–have allowed the PPP to criminalize others while they, the PPP, have used the cover of the government and state to abuse and intimidate others without sanction.

Some of us have been crying out as loud as we could, without success, for some acknowledgement that political abuse, violence and otherizationhave now become systemic in Guyana. Sometimes we are shut down by the press. WPA’s Professor Clive Thomas has long pointed to the criminalization of the State under the PPP.   Continue reading

Guyana: Capitol TV News Videos – 24 April 2015

Guyana: Capitol TV News Videos – 24 April 2015

  • Ramotar reprimands Health Minister over abuse of activist Nageer
  • Increased salaries, other benefits for security sector if coalition wins
  • Ramotar will have to “address” Best’s endorsement of coalition– Luncheon
  • Young opposition coalition leaders say promises will be kept
  • Kazakhstan wants improved ties with Guyana, CARICOM
  • Sports

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Ramotar reprimands Health Minister over abuse of activist Nageer

Posted: 24 Apr 2015 07:09 PM PDT    Continue reading

After six years…Jagdeo speaks out on wife abuse allegations

After six years…Jagdeo speaks out on wife abuse allegations

April 23, 2015 | By KNews | Filed Under News

Former President Bharrat Jagdeo

Former President, Bharrat Jagdeo

Six years after maintaining absolute silence on allegations of domestic abuse leveled against him former President Bharrat Jagdeo has said that despite numerous claims being circulated he never resorted to physical violence against his ex-wife, Varshnie Singh.

Jagdeo, who spoke out in defence of women, yesterday, stated that the only act of physical violence against women he had ever been involved in was when he was a lad of 10 years and had tussles with his older sisters.

He made these remarks during a press briefing at Freedom House, Robb Street, on April 22.  At the time, he was asked about Minister of Health, Dr. Bheri Ramsaran’s confrontation with a female activist on Monday April 20.   Continue reading

Guyana: The arrogant and sick Government Minister – commentary

The arrogant and sick Government Minister

April 23, 2015 | By KNews | Filed Under Editorial

Bherri Ramsarran vs Nageer

Dr, Bherri Ramsarran being confronted by Sherlena Nageer

On Monday, the Health Minister of Government Dr. Bheri Ramsaran created quite a stir during a confrontation with a female protestor (Ms Sherlena Nageer), outside the Whim Magistrate’s Court. In the process he demonstrated the kind of arrogance that Government Ministers and officials exhibit these days.

Indeed, this is not the first time that a government official will be confronted by a member of the public and lose his temper, neither will it be the last. But for the greater part Government officials exercise restraint because in the final analysis the very people they confirm can determine their future.  Continue reading

APNU+AFC promises-salary hike for law enforcers; gun amnesty, crackdown on corruption, drugs

APNU+AFC promises hefty salary hike for law enforcers; gun amnesty, crackdown on corruption, drugs

Thursday, 23 April 2015 21:27 –  Written by   -CND

The opposition coalition A Partnership for National Unity+ Alliance For Change (APNU+ AFC) is promising a 20 percent salary hike for all law enforcement officers in the first year, and a crack down on white collar crime, drug trafficking and illegal guns.

With the starting salary of constables just around GY$60,000 (US$300), the coalition hopes that an initial 20 percent hike in salaries will be among several measures that will help policemen and women go after criminals. “Public security is the bedrock of a safe human society and the crime situation is both the most pressing and most depressing problem facing ordinary Guyanese today,” says the grouping in its 44-page manifesto.   Continue reading

Guyana: Capitol TV News Videos – 23 April 2015

Guyana: Capitol TV News Videos – 23 April 2015

  • GHRA makes recommendations to ease corruption
  • CARICOM Skills Certificate could be processed online soon
  • After apology, Health Minister calls activist Nageer a miscreant who needs psychiatric help
  • Agricola man gunned down in minibus
  • WBD businessman shot; BMW hijacked
  • Bush Truck goes up in flames near gas station
  • Sports

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GHRA makes recommendations to ease corruption

Posted: 23 Apr 2015 07:06 PM PDT   Continue reading

President Carter, a true Friend of Guyana, visits again – by Ralph Ramkarran


Posted on April 18, 2015  – by
Jimmy Carter

President Jimmy Carter

When the US Government under President Bush decided in 1990 that it would support free and fair elections in Guyana, it was the Carter Centre that was called upon to act as the midwife for a new era of democracy in Guyana. Even though the Hoyte government’s lifeline of international financial and diplomatic support had been partially severed, the government still resisted the reforms demanded by the then opposition. It required the renowned stature and nuanced diplomatic skills of President Carter to negotiate the necessary concessions that would guarantee free and fair elections. President Carter’s name will remain forever associated with Guyana’s democracy.

President Carter and the Carter Centre remained engaged with Guyana. It established a permanent office, mounted a second full observer mission for the 2001 elections and conducted a focused observation for the 2006 elections. On both occasions it concluded that the elections were free and fair.   Continue reading

The PPP is responsible for the militarization of large segments of society – GHK Lall

The PPP is responsible for the militarization of large segments of society

Wednesday, 22 April 2015 16:27  –  Written by  GHK Lall

Today there is loud talk of the militarization of the opposition.  It is part of the mauling of apprehensive supporters, through persistent injections of fear.  This was followed by the comment of “big trouble” brewing; and the bravado of being “battle ready.”  More and more this has progressed beyond the regular stridency of an election campaign, and clearly into the ferocity of war talk from a war party.  Today, however, the focus is on this business about “militarization.”

First, there is this pointed slur against those who have served this country loyally, including during multiple PPP administrations.  To attach sinister motives to their presence in the opposition ranks is not only disturbing, but dangerous.  The concern is self-serving, and ignores conveniently what has grown exponentially in this society under the PPP.  That is, the militarization of this society, through its own policies and actions, and its failures, too.  Continue reading

Guyana Elections: Jagdeo warns of unrest if PPPC wins election narrowly – warns against opposition rigging

Jagdeo warns of unrest if PPPC wins election narrowly

Saturday, 18 April 2015 17:14 – Scott Chabrol – CND

A section of the PPP rally at Anna Regina

A section of the PPP rally at Anna Regina

Former President, Bharrat Jagdeo Saturday afternoon warned supporters of his People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) that if they do not turn out and vote resounding next month, the opposition would cause unrest.

Addressing thousands of supporters at a rally at Damon Square, Essequibo Coast, he said already the opposition was setting the stage for disturbances by already objecting to the voters’ list.  Continue reading


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