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Episodes in the life of Rory Westmaas – Letter by Nigel Westmaas

Episodes in the life of Rory Westmaas

My Uncle Rory passed away on January 24, 2016. He meant a lot to his family, to his many friends and to Guyana. As we offer our solidarity with Rory’s children Peta, Blaise, Storm and Wilde, I thought I would compose some brief quotes on episodes and vignettes from his often larger than life political contribution and experiences.

He was an independence movement titan and a passionate shooter from the hip against colonialism, classism and race. But he was also a fun uncle to have, always engaged in his legerdemain bag of tricks. He often made one or more of his fingers disappear in front of our eyes. I recall one time when he made a marble “disappear” from his hand and end up in a shoe across the hall. To this day I can’t figure out how he accomplished that feat.   Continue reading

Guyana – Capitol TV News Videos – 26 January 2016

Capitol TV logoGuyana – Capitol TV News Videos – 26 January 2016

Carvill Duncan in Court over increase

Posted: 26 Jan 2016 03:09 PM PST

Groups put up their lists for Local Government elections

Posted: 26 Jan 2016 03:08 PM PST

East Coast groups in the elections fray

Posted: 26 Jan 2016 03:07 PM PST

Standoff over teacher promotion

Posted: 26 Jan 2016 03:06 PM PST

City workers feeling the squeeze from late salaries this month

Posted: 26 Jan 2016 03:05 PM PST

Another mother says her son is innocent of murder allegations

Posted: 26 Jan 2016 03:04 PM PST


Posted: 26 Jan 2016 03:00 PM PST

Guyana: Local residents and the Diaspora – 5 Letters to the Editor

Guyana: Local residents and the Diaspora – 5 Letters to the Editor

Here are five recent letters to Stabroek News that highlight the issues relating to Guyanese residents and the Diaspora.


There is a division between the locals and the diaspora

By Anthony Pantlitz –On January 5, 2016 @ 5:11 am In Letters

Dear Editor,

There should be a poster at the Cheddi Jagan Airport which reads: “Diaspora not wanted in Guyana.” I believe that not until the diaspora forms its own political party, will they have representation in the Guyana government. Despite the fact that every past and present government has encouraged the diaspora to return home and rebuild the country, none of them meant it. It was just a show.   Continue reading

Former PPP/C ministers adjust to life in and out of Guyana

After elections loss, former PPP/C ministers adjust to life in Guyana and out

Stabroek News – 11 January 2012 – Following the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) loss in last year’s May 11 general elections, some of its former ministers have moved to new pastures outside the country while others remain here though not representing the party in the National Assembly.

The PPP/C had replaced just under one-third of its Members of Parliament from the 10th Parliament. These include former Prime Minister Samuel Hinds and former Ministers of Finance, Foreign Affairs, Public Works, Natural Resources, Labour, Human Services, Local Government, and Agriculture, respectively Ashni Singh, Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett, Robeson Benn, Robert Persaud, Nanda Kishore Gopaul, Jennifer Webster, Norman Whittaker and Leslie Ramsammy.   Continue reading

The thing David Granger gave East Indians in 2015 – By Freddie Kissoon

The thing David Granger gave East Indians in 2015


On more than one occasion, the Stabroek News has referred to the razor thin victory of the APNU-AFC coalition over the PPP. The analyst reading that is bound to conclude that the PPP nearly won. There are some mistakes in that conclusion. First, I think the coalition victory had more votes than what the official results showed. I wouldn’t say a substantial number but in riverain areas and distant enclaves where opposition activities are traditionally weak, there has been a long pattern of PPP electoral skullduggery. Unfortunately, over the decades the PNC, later APNU, has not been able to prove it.   Continue reading

Imagined Nations – By Uri Avnery – commentary

Imagined Nations

By Uri Avnery – 26/12/2015

TWO WEEKS ago, Benedict Anderson died. Or, as we say in Hebrew, “went to his world”.

Anderson, an Irishman born in China, educated in England, fluent in several South Asian languages, had a large influence on my intellectual world.

I owe a lot to his most important book, “Imagined Communities”.

EACH OF us has a few books that formed and changed his or her world view.

In my early youth I read Oswald Spengler‘s monumental “Der Untergang des Abendlandes” (The Decline of the West). It had a lasting effect on me.   Continue reading

A lesson for Europe in Spain’s startling election – commentary

By the Monitor’s Editorial Board DECEMBER 22, 2015

A new global survey by a German university finds Europe to be the worst place in the world for young people to become entrepreneurs. Their main obstacle? Nearly 70 percent of Europeans harbor a fear of failure in forming a start-up. This fear may help explain the results of a Dec. 20 election in Spain, where nearly half of youth adults remain jobless seven years after Europe’s financial crisis.  Continue reading

Michael Moore’s New Movie Tells Americans: Pack Your Bags for Europe

Michael Moore’s New Movie Tells Americans: Pack Your Bags for Europe

A documentary based on the benefits of invading other countries sounds like an unlikely premise for Michael Moore, the controversial filmmaker and antiwar activist who slammed the U.S. invasion of Iraq a decade ago in Fahrenheit 9/11. But his latest movie, Where to Invade Next, relies on the concept of a metaphorical, not a physical, attack.

Moore, parading as a one-man army representing the United States, goes on a quest to gather the most effective ideas and policies from nations around the world. From the factories of Italy to the public schools of Finland and the prisons of Norway, Moore uses his so-called invasions to show how America might learn from the success and efficiency of others. After each visit with business leaders, law enforcement officers, and politicians, the Oscar-winning auteur plants the American flag on foreign soil and declares liberation.

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Race on Campus – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Race on Campus – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Statistics can be cooked up to prove almost a good example of a psychologist that has used numbers to prove his theory. He spent the greater part of his life showing that, ‘a child’s intelligence was mainly inherited from its parents and that social circumstances played only a minor role.’

This idea took root in Britain before the introduction of comprehensive education and it formed the basis of education policy there for a number of years. Since intelligence was derived largely from heredity it could be measured and graded. This led to intelligence or IQ tests that ‘creamed off’ a minority to elite schools while the rest were labeled as failures.   Continue reading

Impact of the Anti-Chavista political swing in Venezuela – By Odeen Ishmael

The Anti-Chavista political swing in Venezuela – Its impact on Guyana and Caribbean relations

Venezuela_elections 2015By Odeen Ishmael

The December 6 elections to the National Assembly in Venezuela resulted in an overwhelming majority victory of the opposition coalition, the Democratic Unity Roundtable (Mesa de la Unidad Democrática, MUD), over the governing Chavistas—the  United Socialist Party of Venezuela (Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela, PSUV) led by President Nicolas Maduro. The right-wing coalition won 109 seats, and with the support of three elected indigenous legislators has managed to control a razor-edge two-thirds majority in the 167-seat National Assembly.

Despite all the pre-election claims of expected fraud by anti-Chavista groups and some sections of the international media, none of the contesting parties questioned the final results.

Read more: The Anti-Chavista political swing in Venezuela – Its impact on Guyana and Caribbean relations

By Odeen Ishmael


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