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Transparency Theatre: starring the PPP

There is never a week in Guyana that passes without some startling revelation about governance that leaves the more perceptive citizens in shock and awe. Actually, the Guyana government and its affiliated entities lead the way in producing the most absurdities that are not only disrespectful to the Guyanese people, but severely highlights the arrogance of the officials involved. Sometimes ...

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Guyana’s Joint Opposition missed the opportunity for a Political Solution immediately after the 2011 elections

by David Hinds For any society to advance it has to settle a fundamental question—Who Governs? Such a settlement is even more urgent in countries, such as Guyana, which are deeply polarized along ethno-racial and political lines. From the time of the split of the nationalist movement in 1955, this question has haunted Guyana. The failure to adequately address and ...

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The PPP is being deceptive and selective on the issue of Proportionality; The Opposition should challenge the composition of the Cabinet in the courts

by David Hinds The PPP has, since the results of the last elections, discovered the virtues of proportionality. It’s their new mantra. They placed it at the top of the tripartite agenda. They have now asked the court to pronounce on allocation of seats on the parliamentary committees. So far so good. The problem is that the PPP is being ...

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The Catholic Church in politics then and now

by Carl B. Greenidge I read with utter fascination the account in the March 5th Edition of Demerara Waves an account of The Catholic Church’s contribution to views on the actions of the government and its Ministers in the aftermath of the debate on the two financial papers (7 & 8 under Bill#1 of 2012) laid in the House on ...

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The battle over the Speaker of the House

by Rohit Kanhai (New York-based Caribbean Daylight newspaper) “Livy says that Menenius told the soldiers a fable about the parts of the human body and how each has its own purpose in the greater function of the body. The rest of the body thought the stomach was getting a free ride so the body decided to stop nourishing the stomach. ...

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Parliamentary Representation

by Dr. Richard Vanwest Charles Our elections are over. National discontent is ever present amidst the possibility of having a different parliamentary experience which many never thought the 1980 Constitution could have delivered. Some see this as progressive and a golden opportunity for collaboration in the national interest. Others feel that this new dispensation has given the national psyche to ...

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UNASUR advances institutional building under Guyana’s chairmanship

by Odeen Ishmael On October 29, 2011, the Government of Guyana, after holding the annual rotating position of pro-tempore chair of UNASUR since November 26, 2010, handed over the gavel to Paraguay at the fifth meeting of the Council of Heads of State and Government held in Asuncion, the Paraguayan capital. During the year of Guyana’s chairmanship, the South American ...

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If the PPP can drown out the voices of AFC and APNU on NCN and in the Chronicle then the Buxtonions and Victorians can drown out the voice of the PPP in their own villages

Dr. David Hinds In our haste to be politically correct, to fall in step with broad notions of politics we often miss the essence of socio-political action that emanates from among the people. This is exactly the mistake that has been made by some people in the media, in the government and in High Civil Society in relation to some ...

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Meritocracy, Affirmative Action and Reducing Poverty in Guyana

by Dr. David Hinds Guyana’s second Presidential debate at the Theatre Guild was low-keyed compared to the one held last week at the University of Guyana. Perhaps the absence of the ruling PPP’s candidate had a lot to do with that outcome. Yet some of the answers are most revealing. They exposed, to a large extent, the ideological mindset of ...

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