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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

August 1, 2017 – You can easily become un-emancipated today if…. By Freddie Kissoon  

You can easily become un-emancipated today if….

Freddie Kissoon

If you are planning to smoke a marijuana cigarette (in common parlance, “a joint”) tonight at the National Park when the crowds thin out and the night gets older; don’t do it. On Emancipation Day you will get seriously unemancipated. The police will arrest you, a silly magistrate will give you three years, the people you voted for couldn’t be bothered with your fate, and you may lose your life in a prison riot.

In other words on Emancipation Day, slavery may visit you again, if you take that joint. On this crucially important date, all African Guyanese must ask themselves if the effects of the abolition of slavery are totally gone.   Continue reading

Guyana: Evidence of discrimination against Africans by the PPP Government – Freddie Kissoon

Evidence of discrimination against Africans by the PPP Government

Freddie Kissoon

Freddie Kissoon

Aug 01, 2016  Features / Columnists, Freddie Kissoon 

Opinion - commentary -analysisThe talk coming out of the mouth of the Indian dominated PPP and its tribalist supporters is that there is ethnic bias against East Indians by the APNU-AFC Government. The PPP has latched on to certain dismissals in the public sector.
These same tribalists were on another planet when African Guyanese were supplanted in the same public sector and in scholarship awards.
Mark Benschop was charged for treason. Oliver Hickson was charged for sedition and refused bail. A young mother Carol-Ann Munroe and her army husband Bruce Munroe were charged for treason along with a family friend, Leonard Wharton. All five named here were African Guyanese.
Where were the voices of the PPP and the tribalist fanatics that are shouting accusations of Indians being targeted? To make matters worse, all the special Prosecutors hired by the State to prosecute these five victims were Indians.  Continue reading

Commentary: The Forensic Audit Reports … Dr. David Hinds

The Forensic Audit Reports … Dr. David Hinds

March 26, 2016 – Transfer of State resources has serious consequences

Dr. David Hinds

Dr. David Hinds

THE results of the recent Local Government Elections have once again confirmed what we have long known: that Guyanese generally vote along ethnic lines. One may not like Mr. Jagdeo’s politics, but he is the first PPP leader to say openly that the PPP is an East Indian party whose first line of action is to secure its ethnic base. Not even Dr. Jagan was so blunt about it. In fact, given Dr. Jagan’s socialist rhetoric, he could not bring himself to say so even if his political practice reflected that truism.

Jagdeo does not have that burden; he has never been a prisoner of socialist rhetoric. But more importantly, Jagdeo knows from actual practice what the intentional merging of ethnic politics and governance means for consolidation of ethnic support and marginalization and co-option of the ethnic opposition.  Continue reading

Ethnic Division Dilemma – by Dave Martins

Ethnic Division Dilemma – by Dave Martins

Dave Martins

Dave Martins

From a boy of 10 or so, growing up on West Dem, it was there in front of me – the difference between Indians and blacks, what we refer to today as the ethnic divide; I never heard the term back then. Only on my return here did I come to understand the depth of this rift, and the dilemma it poses for Guyana. In the wake of the election, several prominent voices, including our former Speaker Ralph Ramkarran, have addressed the resolution of this topic; Freddie Kissoon in Kaieteur News has recently written a stirring column on the subject, citing East Indian myopia; I urge all Guyanese to read those columns.  Continue reading

Statistics and names of ethnic cleansing during the PPP’s reign – By Freddie Kissoon

Statistics and names of ethnic cleansing during the PPP’s reign 

 AUGUST 24, 2015 | BY KNEWS | COLUMNISTS, FREDDIE KISSOON

The talk coming out of the mouth of the Indian dominated PPP and its affiliate organizations, particularly the Indian Arrival Committee, now the Indian Action Committee, is that there is ethnic cleansing against East Indians by the APNU-AFC Government. The IAC has latched on to certain dismissals in the public sector.

This same IAC was on another planet when African Guyanese were supplanted in the same public sector and in scholarship awards.  Continue reading

Guyana: Analyzing the 2015 General Elections results – Freddie Kissoon

Analyzing the 2015 General Elections results

May 30, 2015 | By | Filed Under Columnists, Freddie Kissoon

ballot boxSerious episodes of impossibilities characterized the results of the 2015 National Elections. All three parties – APNU, AFC and PPP – will have to call in their analysts to help prepare political strategies for 2020.

First, the Amerindians devastated coalition hopes. In all the Regions where there were Amerindians, the indigenous people embraced the PPP. In what can be called a caricatured victory, the coalition won Region Eight by one vote. In 2011, the PPP was beaten badly there. In 2015, the coalition increased its take by a hundred votes; the PPP by one thousand.  Continue reading

Jagdeo in the dock: Power goes one day – By Freddie Kissoon + videos

Jagdeo in the dock: Power goes one day

Jagdeo at News Conference

Fmr. President Bharrat Jagdeo

May 27, 2015 | By |  Columnists, Freddie Kissoon

The first thing that came to my mind when I read that Bharrat Jagdeo, which this column will emphasize was the former strongman, was summoned to appear in court or face arrest were the words of President Jagdeo to striking air traffic controllers.

The strike began while President Jagdeo was out of the country and on returning to Guyana from New York agreed to a request by the strikers to meet with them. He told them that he heard that on deplaning, they had planned to picket him and if that was done he would have fired all of them.

This was the strongman at the pinnacle of power. Now power is gone.   Continue reading

Night falls on Stalingrad: The PPP at 65 – commentary

Night falls on Stalingrad: The PPP at 65

January 16, 2015 | By | Columnists, Freddie Kissoon

What is facing the PPP on its 65th birthday is the worst trouble any human being can find him/herself in – the jeopardy of freedom. This explains why the celebrations are so muted. The energy, animation, optimism are not there. When a party in power is facing its final moments, it does not think of celebrations, it is only possessed of fear, the fear of what is to come when mighty people drop down to earth and become mere mortals.

At 65, there isn’t a Papa Jagan or Mama Jagan. The Jagans left two biological children, and both think the PPP is a caricature of what their parents created. At 65, the PPP has lost every ounce of moral redemption, every ounce of political decency and every fibre of humanity. At 65, the PPP has not one woman or man that could command any significant level of respect from any level of the Guyanese society.  Continue reading

Guyana: Capitol News – TV Reports – 06-January 2015

Capitol News – TV Reports – 06-January 2015

  • 120 Kilos cocaine seized on ship destined for Europe
  • Aishalton teacher faces expulsion from village
  • GGMC workers demand 35% increase in salaries
  • Ombudsman says Freddie Kissoon wrongfully dismissed, should be compensated
  • Sports

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120 Kilos cocaine seized on ship destined for Europe  Posted: 06 Jan 2015 01:09 PM PST  Continue reading

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