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The New Rulers Of The World – By John Pilger – video

The New Rulers Of The World – By John Pilger

Note: This documentary was made some 15 years ago. What has changed?  Your comments are welcome!

‘The New Rulers Of The World (2001) analyses the new global economy and reveals that the divisions between the rich and poor have never been greater – two thirds of the world’s children live in poverty – and the gulf is widening like never before.

The film turns the spotlight on the new rulers of the world – the great multinationals and the governments and institutions that back them such as the  IMF, the World Bank and the World Trade Organisation under whose rules millions of people throughout the world lose their jobs and livelihood.  Continue reading

APNU-AFC’s economic plan…All agents of financial lawlessness will be dealt with

APNU-AFC’s economic plan…All agents of financial lawlessness in NICIL, GRA, GFC, GGMC etc will be dealt with – APNU-AFC

MARCH 2, 2015 | BY |  By: Kiana Wilburg

…so that the much needed transparency and accountability can be returned

Carl GreenidgePhoto: APNU’s Shadow Minister of Finance, Carl Greenidge

APNU’s Shadow Minister of Finance Carl Greenidge in a recent interview with this publication explained some of the details of the APNU-AFC programme for improved governance as it relates to economic development, financial legislation and taxation reform.

While it gears to launch its election campaign on Wednesday in preparation for the May 11 polls, A Partnership for National Unity-Alliance For Change (APNU-AFC) disclosed that it is practically in the final stages of preparing its joint economic plan for the nation. Continue reading

Guyana: Rice industry at boiling point – no markets for increased production

Rice industry at boiling point

Dr. Turhane Doerga

Dr. Turhane Doerga

MARCH 1, 2015 | BY - farmers ready to endorse Opposition – Alesie

The rice industry is facing a deep crisis with no markets for a significant quantity that will be generated in the coming crop.
The situation may even cause millers to reduce purchases of paddy and definitely affect the price being offered to farmers, says Dr. Turhane Doerga, senior official of Alesie Rice.

Doerga, a fierce critic of the way the rice industry is being managed, issued the warnings during a press conference on Thursday at the Georgetown Club.  He is part of the Rice Producers Association Action Committee (RPAAC), a breakaway faction of the Guyana Rice Producers Association (RPA). Also there was RPAAC’s official, Jinnah Rahman, a rice farmer from West Demerara.  Continue reading

THE PPP’S CHALLENGES – By Ralph Ramkarran

THE PPP’S CHALLENGES – By Ralph Ramkarran

Posted on February 28, 2015  by Ralph Ramkarran

Ralph Ramkarran

Ralph Ramkarran

The responses of the PPP to The Cummingsburg Accord by APNU and the AFC were a declaration by President Ramotar that it is a ‘farce’ and the unleashing of Ms. Elizabeth Harper as its prime ministerial candidate. The first reaction was bravado. The second had real substance. Ms. Harper has credentials – ability, integrity, experience, dedication – and her agreement to adorn the PPP’s ticket will add lustre to its appeal. If anything, it is the PPP that will damage Ms. Harper’s credibility. The silence they have imposed on her is a mistake. Ms. Harper’s qualities need to be on public display.

Having looked at the potential for the opposition coalition last week, some thoughts about the PPP’s prospects may be of interest. Facing the task of recovering lost support after 22 years in office, the PPP’s image badly needs to be enhanced with new faces like Ms. Harper’s, however limited the possibilities may be. Continue reading

Red flags over Amaila Falls Hydro project and China Railway First Group

Red flags over Amaila and China First Railway are catalysts for a change in govt.

February 28, 2015 | By |Letter by Emile Mervin
Amaila Falls Hydro Dam

Amaila Falls Hydro Dam

DEAR EDITOR,
Your Friday, February 27 lead article, “Controversial Amaila Falls hydro…Govt. stands behind Chinese contractor – says IDB has safeguards,” should be the catalyst for voters to send the PPP packing May 11.

I have not known of any project that has captured, with growing consternation, the attention of a nation because of its sheer enormity in size and price, yet not many are convinced it will benefit the nation.

It seems as though this project is about the PPP being determined to score political points, perhaps lining some politicians’ pockets, and not about the people of Guyana, despite pleas and concerns by others for a delay in pursuit of the project to ensure it has been thoroughly reviewed by important stakeholders.   Continue reading

Guyana: Capitol TV News Videos – 25 February 2015

Guyana: Capitol TV News Videos – 25 February 2015

  • UG described as “National Disgrace” as strike continues
  • Sam Hinds refuses discussion on why he was shunned by the PPP
  • 6, 000 solar panels for Amerindian, riverain communities
  • Sukhai in communist joke at bizarre ceremony
  • Nursing students protest relocation
  • A Look at the Courts
  • Sports

Click links below to view the TV News videos:  Continue reading

Guyana – Capitol TV News Videos – 24 February 2015

Guyana – Capitol TV News Videos – 24 February 2015

  • Elections: Returning officers Sworn in
  • Still no word from the PPP’s Prime Ministerial candidate
  • AFC/APNU mash band a big hit on the road
  •  GT -Mash is over but bachannal over rental of spots continue
  • UG strike enters its 5th week
  • A Look at the Courts

Click links below to view the TV News videos:  
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Clive Thomas the intellectual and activist – By Nigel Westmaas

Clive Thomas the intellectual and activist

February 23, 2015 · By Nigel Westmaas – Nigel Westmaas teaches at Hamilton College

Clive Thomas

Clive Thomas

Any attempt to analyze or summarize the vast repertoire of Clive Thomas’s work in a single article is a daunting task. For over five decades the academic and political contributions of Thomas, who retired from the University of Guyana at the end of 2014, have helped shape intellectual and economic thinking in the Caribbean and beyond. More specifically, as economist, trade unionist, and politician, Thomas has contributed immensely to the political and social landscape of his native Guyana.

In the DiasporaThe contours and impact of Thomas’s overall work; his contribution to regional thinking not only in “third world” economics but the global economy and its operations; and his forthright support of the working class and the poor and the powerless in Guyana and the region are enormous.   Continue reading

Guyana: President announces dissolution of Parliament – on February 28, 2015

President announces dissolution of Parliament will be on February 28, 2015

Posted By  http://www.stabroeknews.com/ – February 24, 2015 @ 7:00 pm

President Ramotar

President Ramotar

President Donald Ramotar this evening announced the dissolution of parliament to pave the way for general elections on May 11th. The President had been criticised for not announcing the dissolution earlier.

His statement follows:

Address to the Nation by His Excellency Donald Ramotar
President of the Republic of Guyana and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces

Fellow Guyanese,    Continue reading

Alliances and Compromises in Guyana’s Politics – By Ralph Ramkarran

Alliances and Compromises in Guyana’s Politics

Ralph Ramkarran

   Ralph Ramkarran

By Ralph Ramkarran – February 21, 2015 conversationtree.gy blog

The Cummingsburg Accord is only the latest in the history of alliances in Guyana’s post-war politics. The PPP emerged out of informal class and ethnic alliances in 1950. The PNC-UDP sought to merge African working and middle classes in the 1950s, with some resistance. The ‘moderate’ PNC came together with the ‘right wing’ UF in 1964. The opposition formed the little known VLD (Vanguard for Liberation and Democracy) in the late 1970s and the PCD in 1985, which comprised groups of differing ideological persuasions. The WPA emerged out of an alliance of several left/radical groups.

The PPP sought to engage the PNC by ‘critical support’ in 1976. In 1977 the PPP offered to sacrifice the presidency and take the second spot of prime minister in a new constitutional formula outlined in the National Patriotic Front in the interests of national unity. It was the epitome of political magnanimity in Guyana’s modern political history. The PPP saw working class unity and the strengthening of the left trend initiated by the PNC Government, as the outcome. It was rejected.   Continue reading

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