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VENEZUELA’S BREATHTAKING AUDACITY – by Ralph Ramkarran – (maps added)

VENEZUELA’S BREATHTAKING AUDACITY

Venezuelan claims

Venezuelan claims – click to enlarge

Posted on June 13, 2015  – by  – Conversationtree blog

Venezuela’s proclamation of its “Atlantic Coast” on May 27, which includes all of Guyana’s maritime space, having already maintained since 1962 its fictional claim to two-thirds of Guyana’s land territory, is breathtaking in its audacity. Venezuela’s claim violates the Geneva Agreement and international law and threatens the peace, security and stability of the Region.

Oblivious to this fact, the heirs to Hugo Chavez, Venezuela’s late, transformative leader, have damaged the credibility of his legacy. They are attempting to take by force, and at Guyana’s expense, the Atlantic outlet they have always craved and with it Guyana’s newly discovered petroleum resources.   Continue reading

E-governance contract: AXE THE DAX – By Ralph Ramkarran

AXE THE DAX

Posted on May 2, 2015   –  by

Ralph Ramkarran

Ralph Ramkarran

In 1962 the slogan ‘axe the tax’ became well known in then British Guiana. The United Force adopted it in its campaign against a tax on beer in the Kaldor Budget and against the PPP Government. The campaign was the beginning of a successful three-year, multi-national effort, marked by tremendous violence and property damage, to remove the PPP from office.

 The PPP had justice on its side in 1962 but in terms of strategy and public relations, shot itself in the foot. Fifty years later, shooting itself in the foot has become an occupational hazard for the PPP and its Governments.   Continue reading

President Carter, a true Friend of Guyana, visits again – by Ralph Ramkarran

PRESIDENT CARTER, A TRUE FRIEND OF GUYANA, VISITS AGAIN.

Posted on April 18, 2015  – by
Jimmy Carter

President Jimmy Carter

When the US Government under President Bush decided in 1990 that it would support free and fair elections in Guyana, it was the Carter Centre that was called upon to act as the midwife for a new era of democracy in Guyana. Even though the Hoyte government’s lifeline of international financial and diplomatic support had been partially severed, the government still resisted the reforms demanded by the then opposition. It required the renowned stature and nuanced diplomatic skills of President Carter to negotiate the necessary concessions that would guarantee free and fair elections. President Carter’s name will remain forever associated with Guyana’s democracy.

President Carter and the Carter Centre remained engaged with Guyana. It established a permanent office, mounted a second full observer mission for the 2001 elections and conducted a focused observation for the 2006 elections. On both occasions it concluded that the elections were free and fair.   Continue reading

Jagdeo and the PPP – Lifestyle and Politics – by Ralph Ramkarran

JAGDEO AND THE PPP – LIFESTYLE AND POLITICS

Ralph Ramkarran

Ralph Ramkarran

Posted on March 21, 2015 –  by

In an article for my blog, www.conversationtree.gy, published in SN last Sunday, I took issue with a statement by former President Jagdeo that implied that Cheddi and Janet Jagan lived in luxury. His argument that the Jagans lived such a lifestyle, comparable to his own at the time his house was built, was an attempt to justify his own Cadillac lifestyle, which over the past few years has come under severe scrutiny and criticism.

There were outraged responses by many people to Jagdeo’s statement, including from Clem Seecharran and, more indirectly, Peter Fraser, two distinguished Guyanese historians living and working in the UK. But the most telling came from Nadira Jagan-Brancier, the Jagan daughter, Dr. Tulsie Dyal Singh and Sadie Amin. Dr. Singh, who conferred with Dr Jagan about his medical condition just before he died and visited his home, said that his own family home in Palmyra on the Corentyne when he was growing up in the 1950s was of similar size to the Jagan home. Sadie Amin gave a description of the modest lifestyle and home of the Jagans, including its leaking roof.   Continue reading

Guyana: The PPP should embrace Constitutional Reform – By Ralph Ramkarran

THE PPP SHOULD EMBRACE CONSTITUTIONAL REFORM

Posted on March 7, 2015 by  in conversationtree.gy 

Ralph Ramkarran

Ralph Ramkarran

This month the PPP celebrates the life of Cheddi Jagan. In preparing to face the electorate, the party will be today invoking his legacy at Babu John. The electioneering mode that will dominate the proceedings and atmosphere at Babu John will seek to build enthusiasm and momentum, which are critical in the electoral battleground of the Corentyne, whose voting may decisively influence the outcome of the elections, as it did in 2011. To recover the votes it lost in 2011 in the Corentyne, the public can expect a colourful rally with robust verbal assaults on the APNU+AFC alliance.

The PPP could have been facing the electorate in completely different circumstances. Displaying a woeful lack of foresight, it sat back and allowed its opponents to unite, rather than keeping them competing for influence, as they had been doing after the elections. The exposure of the Government/Granger Linden electricity deal by the AFC in 2012 comes to mind. Now, the APNU+AFC political alliance threatens the PPP’s hold on political power.   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

Georgetown: A MAN MADE DISASTER – by Ralph Ramkarran

A MAN MADE DISASTER – by 

Ralph Ramkarran

Ralph Ramkarran

Posted on November 30, 2013

Georgetown is already a disaster. An explosion of disease is all that remains to condemn the city as unsafe for human habitation. The spectacle of Georgetown and its environs under water was not unusual but the mixture of water with muck and floating garbage from clogged drains could only be described as gross. Even though the Government has taken control of the city’s administration, the interminable blame game continues, while the city gets worse every year, just when we felt that it was so bad it could not.

Yet we were recently regaled by Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo, a Champion of the Earth, not bother about clogged drains. The daily column in Guyana Times, Eyewitness, nowadays reflects his views in uncannily familiar language, close to his own. It regularly takes issue with anyone, including me, who may have ignited, or could potentially ignite, the great man’s infamously short fuse in puerile analyses and ‘pathetic’ (Eyewitness’s word) conclusions, but has not pontificated on the relationship between clogged drains and flooding in the city.   Continue reading

ReCivilization – challenges facing the world – CBC Radio

About the Show  — from CBC Radio

ReCivilization is a five-part series that examines some of the the biggest challenges facing our world. It charts a path to the future enabled by the revolutions underway in communications, innovation and learning in this new, post-industrial, digital age. Celebrated Canadian author and thinker Don Tapscott guides us along this path with some of the most prominent minds in education, government, industry, the media, science, and health and medicine — along with the pioneers who are collaborating to create a new era of networked intelligence.  [more]
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Here is the fourth segment of this series (with comments) – the previous segments are listed below:

Episode Four: Re-Industrializing the planet (Listen)

CBC Radio – Streaming Link

In episode four of ReCivilization, Don examines how the digital revolution has cut transaction costs and changed the notion of the firm, and how business needs to operate collaboratively and transparently — to meet the needs of increasingly savvy consumers concerned about sustainability and ethical behaviour. As Don says, the level of scrutiny made possible by the web means businesses operate nakedly. And if you’re going to be naked, you’d better be buff.

Other Episodes

Episode Five: Rebooting the Public Square

Guyana: 2012 National Budget – Summary (GINA)

Guyana: 2012 National Budget – Summary (GINA)

Finance Minister presents whopping $ 192.8B national budget
-exemplifies a continuation of economic growth

Georgetown, GINA, March 30, 2012

Dr. Ashni Singh

History was again made today in the National Assembly as Minister of Finance, Dr. Ashni Singh presented Guyana’s largest national budget; the first in the life of the Tenth Parliament. Presented under the theme, “Remaining on course, united in purpose, prosperity for all”, budget 2012 worth $192.8B, is fully financed without the introduction of any new taxes.

Minister Singh in his succinct presentation said that with the new parliamentary dispensation, whereby the governing Party does not hold an absolute majority, beckons the country into a new political epoch and heralds an opportunity for the nurturing of a new political culture.
“Budget 2012 comes to this House when the Guyanese economy is at its strongest in recent memory. Our productive base is showing increasing signs of resilience and dynamism and is more diversified than ever before, with real growth in gross domestic product averaging 4.4 percent over the past five years,” he said…..

Read complete summary: Guyana 2012 National Budget – Summary (GINA)

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GUYANESE ONLINE NEWSLETTER – OCTOBER 2010 RELEASED

Guyanese Online Newsletter – October 2010  released

DownloadGuyanese Online Newsletter – October 2010

This  issue is 18 pages, the largest ever published.  It features a number of pages on the Amerindians of Guyana, September being their annual Heritage Month.  The “First Peoples of Guyana” have been here for over 10.000 years.

The October Newsletter  contains positive Guyana News;  Regional News; Tourism;   and three pages of news from various Guyanese Associations.   It also has three pages featuring  Guyanese Arts and Culture  and four pages on the history and related information on the Amerindians.

We hope that you enjoy this edition of our newsletter.  Please forward it to your family, friends and anyone interested in Guyanese news and culture.

We look forward to your comments.

Cyril Bryan,  Publisher and Editor.

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