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Guyana, the NEW Frontier – on the Barbados Underground Blog

Barbados Underground

Submitted by The Mahogany Coconut Group

A decade ago, many Guyanese living in the Diaspora, would have been negative about returning home. They feared mostly the racial and political tensions. Some sought to live in other Caribbean islands and were often accused of accepting lower wages than the workers in those countries. In many ways, Guyana had become the butt of many “island jokes” about its weak currency and shortage of consumer goods, taken for granted throughout the region.

Those travelling to Guyana on vacations and business often were amazed that Guyanese themselves, were so negative about such a bountiful land with natural resources not found in any other country in the region. They also marvelled at the gracious manner of the Guyanese people, even in the toughest of times. The Guyanese are known for their excellent cuisine and their incredible crafts people. They have long established themselves as intellectual…

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Don’t Pity White, Middle-Aged Men – Jonathan Freedland | The Guardian UK

Don’t Pity White, Middle-Aged Men. It’s Ludicrous to Cast Them as Victims

Jonathan Freedland | The Guardian UK

What we’re talking about here? Theresa May’s supposed purge of the white men in her government.

French female campaigners are defending men’s rights to ‘hit on’ women, while May’s ‘massacre’ of the pale, male and stale leaves them remarkably well intact.

Progressives need to update their settings: there’s a new beleaguered minority in town, one that needs our support. This group has been “punished summarily, forced out of their jobs”, according to campaigners in France, while in Britain it’s even more serious. Here, according to a leading national newspaper, this same oppressed group has just been subjected to a “massacre”.

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Guyana: The uphill fight against corruption – By Adam Harris

The uphill fight against corruption

Dishonesty is a part of human character. People will do those things that are wrong, because they believe that they will not be caught. Such is the case with smuggling. This past week the authorities nabbed a senior police officer with a large quantity of whisky.

Surely this could not have been the first time that the officer was involved in such a thing. However, this time a junior rank was not fazed when he spotted a case of whisky in the minibus. A search revealed another 30 cases.    Continue reading

Israel’s History – Why I am Angry with the Mizrahi elite – By Uri Avnery

Israel’s History – Why I am Angry with the Mizrahi elite. Very angry indeed.

By Uri Avnery – 06 January 2018

Mizrah is the Hebrew word for East. Eastern Jews are those who lived for many centuries in the Islamic world. Western Jews are those who lived in Christian Europe.

The words are, of course, misnomers. Russian Jews are “Westerners”, Moroccan Jews are “Easterners”. A look at the map shows that Russia is far to the East of Morocco. It would be more accurate to call them “Northerners” and “Southerners”. Too late, now.     Continue reading



 Jan 03, 2018  Editorial Kaieteur News

Looking back, 2017 was not a bad year after all compared to others. In fact, no matter how one slices it, 2017 will go down as another peaceful but challenging year for Guyana.
The country had to grapple with problems of the economy, high unemployment, health care, and education. However, there was the declining road fatality figure; there was the drop in serious crimes and the police solved crimes that were unsolved for years.    Continue reading

Hidden Areas of Oppression – By Eusi Kwayana

Hidden Areas of Oppression

By Eusi Kwayana

The accusations of sexual harassment against a top Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein have turned out to be the occasion or opportunity for large numbers of women of some strata only,  to go public about what they have suffered at the hands of  immature males. And maturity has nothing to do with age. A thoughtful previewer of this statement feels that ” immaturity” is too moderate a term for these offences .

I plead blamable for moderation. What I mean by immaturity is to insist that although these offenders have political, administrative and celebrity power, humanly speaking they are, like all felons, not developed.  Here could be men they command that may be more human than they.    Continue reading

Europe’s Unprecedented Challenge from the Authoritarians in the East – Jon Henley | The Guardian UK

Europe’s Unprecedented Challenge from the Authoritarians in the East

How the EU deals with members flouting core western liberal norms and values could overshadow Brexit wrangling in 2018

Jon Henley | The Guardian UK

 In 2017, Europe survived the crunch Dutch, French and German elections that – after Brexit and Trump – many predicted would mark the beginning of its end. In 2018, the biggest threats could come from the east.

When Poland and Hungary joined the EU in 2004, the integration of the former communist bloc countries was seen as critical to the bloc’s post-cold war advance. Barely a decade later, they risk becoming its first rogue states.     Continue reading

Our Community—New Year. New Strategy – By Yvonne Sam

Our Community—New Year. New Strategy

By Yvonne Sam

New Year has joined the list of things that are gradually becoming objects of derision and contempt among many people. These New Year pessimists reason that if a person has not been sufficiently inspired to follow their dreams in the present year, not much if anything at all, will change in the New Year.

Point taken and noted!  However, every New Year brings in its wake the probability for a new start, a new outlook. The operative word is “probable”, for it is probable that someone will seize the opportunity, take advantage and get their dreams back on track.   Continue reading

Oil-producing Guyana; growth rate may jump to 38.5 percent- IDB, IMF

Fewer soft loans for oil-producing Guyana; growth rate may jump to 38.5 percent- IDB, IMF

IDB Headquarters Washington. DC.

Posted by: Denis Chabrol Demerara Waves December 20, 2017

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), in announcing its approval of Guyana’s four-year country strategy, has cautioned that the country would eventually not be eligible for a lot of international concessional financing when it becomes an oil-producer.

“As Guyana transitions to oil and gas production by mid-2020, it is expected that the country will likely see reduced access to concessional resources from the multilateral development banks. This means that the next four years are particularly important for the IDB’s long partnership with Guyana,” the bank states.   Continue reading

CSJAD Newsletter – December 2017

CSJAD – Centre of Social Justice and Development

Download: CSJAD Newsletter – Dec. 2017


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