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Georgetown’s garbage crisis: Step in Central Government

Eye on the Issues by GHK Lall Here we go again. Reports are that the two private contractors, Puran Brothers and Cevons Waster Management, are uttering clear warnings that they would have no choice but to discontinue garbage collection work on behalf of City Hall.  It is the usual reason, which needs no introduction: they are owed hundreds of millions, ...

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An unholy troika of Guyana’s opposition politicos

Eye on the Issues by GHK Lall I observe that the opposition has seen the light after some two decades of slackness and dullness.  Finally, it has replaced its printed media signature with not another aged uninspiring presence; but an unusual, if not unholy troika.  Their duty is to preach the party’s apocryphal gospels to the Guyanese multitude via the ...

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National calculations: Will the APNU+AFC coalition win again?

Eye on the Issues by GHK Lall Talk swirls in heady intoxication about the oil resting placidly in its offshore berth.  Meanwhile, political calculations center on social and environmental algorithms continually redesigned and re-calibrated to gain a winning hand.  While the race is to get a controlling position near that same oil, it is also about 2020, too. The first ...

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The local lunatic fringe is alive and well

Eye on the Issues by GHK Lall It mistakenly thought that the local lunatic fringe was on the way out at the close of the last elections, and that it would settle into a dignified death.  Well, circumstances have conspired to prove me wrong in both old and developing theaters.  And theaters they are. There is a whole crowd of ...

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Politics, crime, and violence in Guyana: is there a nexus?

Eye on the Issues by GHK Lall Politics, crime, and violence in Guyana: is there a nexus?  Is there a history?  Is this the reality?  These are sure to be provocative, even unwanted, questions.  They still must be asked and explored. It has been said that choke-and-rob banditry had its origins in the stormy strife-political, racial, social-of the pre-Independence period, ...

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Grenade, press freedom, crime and politics

Eye on the Issues by GHK Lall That live grenade endangering the lives of people at Kaieteur News prompts these two questions: Can democracy, the 21st century, and Guyanese politics and standards coexist?  Coexist constructively and peaceably and progress to a firm lasting footing? It was a live grenade with the potential for mayhem and unthinkable maiming.  If it had ...

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Oil: The Money

Eye on the Issues by GHK Lall Sovereign Wealth Fund: it has a nice sounding comforting ring to it.  It should be noticed right away that this is not a secret Swiss fund, or concealed offshore business, but a Sovereign fund.  It is one that is for the 29people, housing the nation’s deposits, harnessing its future.  It is a fund ...

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Oil: The Marketplace

Eye on the Issues by GHK Lall It is a strange world of futures, swaps, hedges, currencies, spot prices, tankers, and an array of terms that is a language of its own, and alien to the layman.  It is also a world of stupendous booms, and the bottom falling out of once soaring prices, thus bringing nations to their knees. ...

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