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Should charges be laid against former and current government officials for conditions of service? – Anil Nandlall

I have been charged for stealing books, the subscriptions for which were paid for by the Government of Guyana, which I specifically requested as a condition of my service as Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs and which was granted by the President of the Republic of Guyana. The market value for these books is about $420,000. Sometime in ...

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Eye On The Issues by GHK Lall: The financial sector has had a free pass; time to change that

There have been occasional mutterings over a very profitable segment in the visible, well-regarded part of the Guyanese economy.  It is time that an honest probing telescope is trained on it, and the mutterings coalesce into a consistent crescendo.  The private financial sector is highlighted. Even to the untutored layman, there is some discernment that recognized institutions may have allegedly ...

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Eye On The Issues: Citizens have to decide between the dirty and deadly and clean and costly

by GHK Lall Citizens from a few strata of society have been visible and vocal in their disagreements with government on a number of simmering issues.  While the underlying substance might be significant on occasion, the thinking and approaches have raised questions.  Nevertheless, the result is that government is under continuous scrutiny, sometimes skewered, and altogether pressed for higher standards ...

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Eye on the Issues: The opposition miscalculations will hurt its visions

by GHK Lall The happenings at that recent commemoration event at Babu John made me sit up and take notice.  When I place those developments in Berbice next to the results from the Congress in Essequibo, it becomes clear that the opposition made a terrible miscalculation; in fact, several huge miscalculations for which there will be reckoning. First, and taking ...

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No lessons are learned

Even a cursory look at ongoing developments makes it clear that no lessons are learned from prior mistakes, prior times, and prior regimes.  It is not one place or group where this becomes apparent, but in a more than a few sensitive places and involving unreconstructed people positioned to perpetuate the absurdities and gross derelictions that once and still prevail. ...

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Eye On The Issues: Time for strong, decisive leadership outside identity politics by GHK Lall

I immerse myself from a distance in the existentialist environment called Guyana, and I shudder.  As I listen, observe, exchange, and absorb more shuddering comes.  And what follows is sure to introduce even more cringing, especially among the self-congratulating, the self-satisfied, and the self-indulgent. For its entire post-colonial life, this entire society has been imprisoned in the unchanging life sentence ...

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Pandora’s Box: Requesting new list of GECOM nominees a dangerous precedent

by Vivian Williams, Esq. LLM When Guyana’s President David Granger requested a second list of nominees for Chairman of the country’s Elections Commission (GECOM) from the Leader of the Opposition, he extended an olive branch and created a dangerous precedent. The submission of a list of nominees is a one-shot deal. The Constitution does not provide for the submission of ...

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Fit and Proper: An Unnecessary Fight

by Attorney-at-Law, Vivian Williams, Esq; LLM When a moment in time presents an opportunity for a historian to leave foot prints in the sand, you expect him to seize the moment. The rejection of the list of nominees for Chairman of Guyana’s Elections Commission (GECOM), presented such an opportunity to President David Granger and he demurred. Mr. Granger traded a ...

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Dancing on Black Ice Part II: The Reply to Nandlall on the GECOM Brouhaha by Vivian Williams

Dancing on Black Ice Part II: The Reply to Nandlall on the GECOM Brouhaha by  Attorney-at-Law, Vivian Williams   Grown accustomed to a nuanced application of legal principles from Guyana’s former Attorney General, Anil Nandlall, I was disappointed by his response to my article Dancing on Black Ice: That Legal Threat Over a Nonjusticiable Constitutional Provision. Though his article, The President is Not ...

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