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WE DID NOT WANT TO KNOW – by Dave Martins + music videos

Dave Martins

WE DID NOT WANT TO KNOW – by Dave Martins

October 29, 2017

In an earlier comment about song-writing I made the point that while talent has to be there, the more critical quality is observation because that is almost always the ingredient that sets a song apart; the writer has turned a light on something in the society, or in an individual, that would have otherwise escaped the rest of us in the populace.

In fact, to look at the popular columnists or commentators in our local press – Freddie Kissoon, Ralph Ramkarran, Henry Jeffrey, Adam Harris, Christopher Ram, Ian McDonald, etc. – is to see this taking place as each writer brings us to something, or an aspect of something, that is new or revealing or thought-provoking.      Continue reading

Guyana and ExxonMobil: When a wrong is promoted as right – By Adam Harris

When a wrong is promoted as right – By Adam Harris

 

Oct 08, 2017  Features / Columnists, Adam Harris

There is a basic rule that states, “If something accrues from an illegality then that thing is also an illegality.” Simply put, you cannot do something wrong and claim that the end product is right. The end product may be acceptable but certainly not right.

Robin Hood was the epitome of doing something wrong and claiming that what he did was right because he would rob the rich and give to the poor. He was glorified. The society chose to ignore the wrong because the end result was what mattered to them. The Sheriff of Nottingham, however, wanted Robin Hood for the wrong.    Continue reading

Guyana Elections: Donald Ramotar talks of his plans and PPPC achievements

A confident Donald Ramotar talks of his plans for his second term

APRIL 12, 2015 | BY |  By Ralph Seeram  – From the Diaspora…
Pres. Donald Ramotar

Pres. Donald Ramotar

While many are predicting the demise of the PPP with the “Time for Change” campaign, incumbent President Donald Ramotar has plans in the works. He can’t wait for elections to be over so he can implement his party’s plans to move Guyana even further in his second term.
A confident Ramotar is looking not only to get over the 50 per cent mark but hoping to get substantially more.

I caught up with the President on his visit to Florida this past Easter weekend, and took the opportunity to interview him.
One of the main charges of the Opposition against the PPP administration is corruption, so naturally the first question I asked is what his administration will do to fight corruption at all levels. Continue reading

Guyana’s elections- It is all about numbers – analysis by GHK Lall + video interview

Also view video: GHK Lall being interviewed (June 2013), by Christopher Ram on his book “Sitting on a Recial Volcano” – a discussion on racial politics in Guyana.

Guyana’s elections- It is all about numbers – analysis by GHK Lall

Friday, 20 March 2015 –  Written by  GHK Lall

It is all in the numbers, and numbers don’t lie.  Guyanese know that talk of numbers during an election season is talk of race.  When the numbers were comforting, and a solid cushion of confidence existed, there was no need for any appeal of any kind at Babu John; or anywhere else for that matter.  Or to identify the ruling PPP as being of this or that particular kind of party.

Instead, all efforts were focused on trashing and demonizing the opposition.  But now there is open appeal, crude appeal (no matter how sanitized), and desperate appeals that start with the numbers.  What follows is a close scrutiny of the environment, and utilizes the few available figures, to extrapolate and arrive at some reasonable positions.
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Guyana Elections: Opposition coalition means another PPPC victory- Luncheon

Opposition coalition means another PPPC victory- Luncheon

Wednesday, 18 February 2015 – Written by   – CMD

The PPP Headquarters, Freedom House.

The PPP Headquarters, Freedom House

A two-horse race at the May 11, 2015 general and regional elections is expected to see the incumbent People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) returning to office for a sixth straight term, according to government’s Chief Spokesman, Dr. Roger Luncheon.

Luncheon, who is also an Executive Committee member of the PPP, welcomed the coalition between the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR)-dominated A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the Alliance For Change (AFC).   Continue reading

In whose interest are GFC and Govt. acting…Bai Shan Lin or Guyana? – Chris Ram

In whose interest are GFC and Govt. acting…Bai Shan Lin or Guyana? – Chris Ram…Company selling to itself; forcing loggers to export in their names

AUGUST 26, 2014 | BY | As Government continues to vehemently defend the operations of a number of foreign logging companies, there are new
Christopher Ram

Christopher Ram

revelations that suggest more wrongdoings in the Upper Berbice, Region 10 area.
Over the weekend, local commentator and Chartered Accountant, Christopher Ram, visited the Bissaruni, Kwakwani and Ituni areas, speaking with loggers and residents alike.

His visit would come over increasing questions regarding the arrangements that Government has with Bai Shan Lin, a Chinese logging company. The situation has also cast a long shadow over the arrangements with other foreign-owned loggers as the indications are that there is no enforcement to ensure that their commitments to establish processing facilities are being honored. These arrangements include seemingly unlimited duty free, fuel and other tax concessions.

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Guyana: Is the Opposition proactive or reactive? – commentary

Is the Opposition proactive or reactive? – commentary

NOVEMBER 18, 2013 | BY  | It seems like they are asleep – Ram
By Abena Rockcliffe 

APNU Leader, David Granger It is worrying that the opposition is made of 33 members and it seems like only one or two are working. The other 31 are almost like passengers, “I am really disappointed with the Opposition, too few of them are working.”

APNU Leader, David Granger  (Left)

AFC Leader, Khemraj Ramjattan Those were the sentiments expressed by financial Analyst/Columnist, Christopher Ram as he responded to a question of whether he sees the Opposition—A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and Alliance for Change (AFC)—as being proactive or reactive.

AFC Leader, Khemraj Ramjattan (Right)   

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Amaila Project over priced by 40% – says Ram and Gaskin

Amaila Project over priced by 40%

JULY 25, 2013 | BY  |Govt. guaranteeing 82% of monies for 40% stakes

“…no self-respecting executive would take a deal structured similar to the hydro to its Board of Directors for approval”- Gaskin, Ram

Two financial experts have expressed alarm over the structure of the current Amaila Falls hydro electric deal, yesterday warning that there is no guarantee tariffs will not raise once the facility is in operation.
Both Christopher Ram and Ramon Gaskin also questioned the rationale behind the decision to allow the developer, Sithe Global, a 60 per cent stake in the company managing the hydro facility despite Guyana putting up or guaranteeing almost 82 per cent of the funding for the project.   Continue reading

Budget 2013 – Christopher Ram replies to Power & Light Co. Management

Only $1,000M was requested for GPL’s operations and the National Assembly approved that; the warning of a tariff increase is nothing but scare tactics

APRIL 24, 2013 · Stabroek News · COMMENTS
Dear Editor,

Now more than ever I lose hope and faith in our politicians whose words speak louder than their action. But then I see some dishonesty, chicanery or fabrication that upsets me and makes me take up my pen.

In today’s (April 23) Stabroek News Messrs Brassington and Bharat Dindyal, Chairman and CEO respectively of the mismanaged Guyana Power & Light Inc are threatening a 17% tariff increase because of the $5.2 billion cut by the National Assembly. The reasons they give are so dishonest that I cannot help but recall the feigned outrage by Messrs ‘Fuzzy’ Sattaur and Martin Goolsarran when the NCN subsidy was cut last year.

Mr Dindyal was reckless enough to accuse the parliamentary opposition of “a poor understanding of the company’s operations.”            Continue reading

Kissoon details why he called former President ‘ideological racist’

Kissoon details why he called former President ‘ideological racist’

JANUARY 26, 2013 | FILED UNDER NEWS

With the Bharrat Jadgeo libel case making its first call for the year, defendant, and Kaieteur News columnist Frederick Kissoon yesterday (January 25, 2013),  returned to the witness box for the continuation of his evidence-in-chief before presiding Judge Brassington Reynolds at the Supreme Court. Kissoon, and National Media and Publishing Company, publisher of Kaieteur News, and Editor-in-Chief Harris, are being sued for over $10M, by the former head of state who is claiming libel in one of Kissoon’s daily columns published in 2010.

Kissoon

Frederick Kissoon

Under the direction of Attorney-at-law Nigel Hughes who is partnered with Attorney Christopher Ram, Kissoon started to explain how he came to term the former President an “ideological racist.”

With investigative research materials which have already been provided to the court, Kissoon said he has based his conclusions on his findings.

The columnist and former University of Guyana lecturer stated that from 1978, when he commenced research on Guyana’s political economy, it was revealed that there were two major ethnic communities, distinct in spheres and existence. He said they were the Afro-Guyanese and the Indo-Guyanese who were manifestly different in culture, religion, politics and economy.

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