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“Who to believe” – Luncheon responds

I sympathise with you with the dilemma you describe. “Who to believe” I am perplexed by your choice as you did not disclose valid reasons for rejecting my explanations. I will stand anywhere and at anytime to insist that the United States did not  consult the Government on this project. My assertion is supported by the documentation and disclosures that ...

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The Abuse of Guyana – A Culture of Fear and Silence

Reproduced from http://sarabharrat.wordpress.com/ with permission from the writer. Not so many years ago, I was an abused woman. Ever since I freed myself, Guyana has not looked the same. I think that once you’ve broken the chains of any type of oppression it sharpens your vision. So now when I look at our country I recognize a certain pattern, a ...

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To Roger F. Luncheon – On Democracy, Trust and Tragedy

Reproduced from http://sarabharrat.wordpress.com/ with permission from the writer Dear Roger F. Luncheon: I had a bone to pick with you about that USAID Leadership and Democracy (LEAD) project. However, bone picking is exactly why we are the way we are. I have been many things, I am many things, I will be many things but I will never become the ...

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The Fear Complex, the Ramotar Administration and the USAID LEAD project

The issue is and remains the Ramotar Administration’s refusal of the GY$300 million USAID Leadership and Democracy (LEAD) project. Shortly after 6:30pm on July 24, 2013 US Ambassador Brent Hardt addressed an audience at Cara Lodge, Quamina Street, Georgetown. Members of the government, the opposition, civil society and others associated with the USAID Leadership and Democracy (LEAD) project were present. ...

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The Dougla Defect

For Rochelle Etwaroo: the hybrid of two great people and a seed of hope. Dougla Defect?Indian speaks to a Dougla woman about her Dougla babyIndian: The baby getting nice now.Now he complexion comin’ lil clear.(Rochelle Etwaroo photo and testimony) The Dougla Defect is evidence of Guyana’s ongoing Black and Indian war. It is a source of shame to both the ...

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To Freedom House

Dear Freedom House: I am anti-corruption, anti-abuse, anti-violence and many other things. I am not anti-government nor anti-PPP. I am not pro-government or pro-PPP either so do not get your hopes up. However, I am pro-truth and you do not intimidate me. On this note then, I think it’s time we had a talk because it seems that my peers ...

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If you call my brother a slave I shall answer you.

The Guyanese culture is a layered thing with many folds in which to hide weapons. It has become cultural for us to hurt each other. But I’ve found that the weapon which hurts a man the most is a single word carefully aimed at his heart. One word can rob a man of self, reason and hope. What moves a ...

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Mandela

first published on Ralph Ramkarran’s website www.conversationtree.gy For most politically conscious people of my age, Nelson Mandela has been with us all our lives. I was not yet a teenager in the late 1950s when I remember a sticker on my father’s car ‘End Apartheid Now,’ the meaning of which I only later learnt. By the time the Rivonia Trials ...

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They brand us, play us and cast us aside

Reproduced with permission from Sara Bharrat’s blog at http://sarabharrat.wordpress.com/ Many a bottom house raja and rani have told me that there is no race problem here in Guyana. They must really think that my belly is too full of that grassroots thing for me to not notice the hate, anger and bitterness that simmer just under the skin of my ...

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