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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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The ashes of Cheddi and Burnham

Reproduced with permission from Sara Bharrat’s blog at http://sarabharrat.wordpress.com/ Dare I risk taking on the Jaganites and the Burnhamites? Dare I question the counterfeit images of dear old Cheddi and dear old Burnham that have survived for my generation to see? My only answer is this: why else do I have a mind if not to question everything endlessly so ...

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Being East Indian does not automatically make me PPP

Reproduced with permission from Sara Bharrat’s blog at http://sarabharrat.wordpress.com/ My identity is my own. I do not appreciate being branded politically because of my skin colour. Last time around, I stood at a rally screaming in favour of the AFC. Who knows where I’ll be next time around. Maybe no place close to any of the madness that happens here ...

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Volunteerism and You

by Subrina Mohamed-Puran Georgetown, Guyana – October 26, 2013 – We all belong to a community in one way or another, but how well do we really know these communities? A few months ago, I came across an article in the newspaper about a group of children who were about to release a CD. Pop artists in the making? No. ...

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Being a Good Parent

Ministry of Education Feature by Richard Francois Arguably the most responsible job in the life of an adult with children is parenting. Regardless of the resulting situations for which one is faced with the responsibility of raising children, it cannot be denied that being a good parent remains one of the most important influences in a child’s life. Children look ...

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The IMF’s Caribbean Report: A Critique by Ronald Ramkissoon Ph.D. Senior Economist, Republic Bank Ltd.

The recent International Monetary Fund (IMF) Report on the Caribbean titled Caribbean Small States: Challenges of High Debt and Low Growth (February 20, 2013) deserves particular attention for some of the things it says, and for some of the things it did not say. As is well known, Caribbean states, to varying degrees, are finding it extremely difficult to make ...

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