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OPINION: Proceed cautiously with any new airline application

By GHK Lall I learn that an entity that once plied the skies between Guyana and points north has applied for approval to start over doing business with Guyanese travelers under a new configuration. I recommend that Guyanese authorities proceed cautiously, conduct really robust and stringent due diligence; and after only the most rigorous tests should such approvals be forthcoming ...

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OPINION: Volda’s unhealthy foot-and-mouth

By GHK Lall Talking without thinking? A rush of blood to the head? A private position publicly aired by a ranking party (public) official? Say it ain’t suh, Volda…. However looked at, this is bad news. I submit that this is the political simplicity of job opportunities and hiring decisions here; always was, always is. As repeated constantly, the reality ...

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OPINION: From the big stick of gunboat diplomacy to the political correctness of oil diplomacy

by GHK Lall The Americans have spoken.  I would hope that the established pantheon of Guyanese oil patriots is listening, and that they appreciate the full import of the finely calibrated language of our formidable northern Uncle on the thorny, long unsettled, heavily menacing border dispute.  Except that the sophisticated syntax of the Americans has just diluted significantly that menace. ...

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OPINION: What election gimmickry

by GHK Lall The vulgar dissonance that has characterized the Berbice Bridge from its conception, birth, and now sickly if not obese presence continues.  Dissonance is being polite; it is more like river-crossing robbery; in reality the political precursor and equivalent to the piracy on the high seas further pass that same bridge.  Now in the ongoing frenzies of cleverness, ...

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OPINION: I support government’s temporary takeover of the Berbice Bridge

By GHK Lall I must go against the grain and embrace a contrarian position.  It is the extreme position of agreeing fully with government’s “temporary takeover” of the Berbice Bridge.  In so doing, I think it signals the administration’s impatience and disgust with the commercial hustlers of another era, who with the colluding and blessing of supportive political leadership ripped ...

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OPINION: Guyana’s brain has little to nothing left to drain

By GHK Lall There was this troubling article titled, “Guyana’s brain drain at worrying levels -US State Dept. highlights shortage of even semi-skilled individuals” (KN October 20) that brought to a halt.  Though this supports existing private assessments, I do not think that the headline tells the whole story, the embarrassing story of how bad things really are. The Guyana ...

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OPINION: The related farces of integrity, amnesty, continuity

by GHK Lall As I observe the latest hullabaloos over conflicts, integrity commissions, disclosures and that dysfunctional family tree, I ponder again as to why so many, sometimes, make life complicated and difficult.  I am perplexed and alarmed as why straightforward personal matters that rightfully should be disclosed before official, need-to-know, domains become so tangled. I remind: it is not ...

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OPINION: David Granger “allows too many crass venal comrades to besmirch his visions for a clean Guyana”

by GHK Lall As I continue my self-appointed role as Granger watcher, I confess to uncharacteristic uncertainty, traces of hesitancy.  There is much to dissect, more to parse; and even after those, I find myself coming up short and wondering. Perhaps I am analyzing too much, thinking too much. A start is made at revisiting the elusive elements of a ...

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OPINION: Local commentators coy and silent about local ‘Exxons’… pre-oil poor will be poorer after oil

by GHK Lall Everybody (except me) have dived into the national sport that is Exxon bashing.  Though I still stand by what I shared from the inception, I agree that some of the barbs and blows might be deserving.  But I believe that the attention and obsession of the sentinels and verbal pile-drivers are misplaced, and indicative of coyness and ...

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