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OPINION: Dr. Mark Bynoe_not a spectacular choice, but a safe one

by GHK Lall Any selection to head the local Department of Energy would, as sure as the seawall keeps out the Atlantic, raise questions, stir controversy, and inevitably fall short.  In terms of falling short, that would be the settled perspective of all and sundry, including me, as to how Dr. Mark Bynoe measures up. Personally, I had high hopes ...

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Opposition to government moves against hot money

by GHK Lall News reports and commentaries have indicated that local foreign currency reserves are under serious pressure.  What is really happening here? Why? Who are the financial authors? Addressing these questions calls for some delving into history, and local contexts and developments, so that the picture becomes clearer, more sharply pointed. The year was 1981, the place France, and ...

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OPINION: Charles Ramson, Jr. for president, not just yet

by GHK Lall Charles Ramson, Jr. for president has a new and different sound with a fresh appealing flavor to it.  This comes out of the blue and could pose a migraine for the PPP’s brain trust; and the party’s electoral base as well, long committed and intertwined with one man. The questions are these: Is young Mr. Ramson good ...

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OPINION: GECOM staff composition, fair, solid and satisfactory

by GHK Lall The Chairman of GECOM should be lauded for taking the bold step of quickly releasing those staff numbers and identifying the ethnic composition of the entity.  These same numbers tell a clear and frank story: the claim of the opposition is grossly exaggerated and may be the product of hasty honest error; it could be argued also ...

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OPINION: Attempted civil coup d’etats by GHK Lall

There is a problem; in fact, many serious problems.  No one wants to hear any questions; no one wants to provide any answers.  Call them silent, speechless, deliberately and determinedly dumb when such tactics suit their purposes.  The same pervasive resistance-be it individuals, corporate citizens, or legal entities-have no documents to furnish and no interest in furnishing any.  Not a ...

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OPINION: “Facts to set the public record straight” on loss/settlement of cases- Anil Nandlall

Minister of State, Mr. Joseph Harmon has now entered the arena in defence of his colleague, Attorney General, Mr. Basil Williams. The Attorney General has been the subject of repeated public onslaught in the media for the constant loss and/or settlement of cases, which are costing taxpayers billions of dollars. In relation to the cases that have been lost, the ...

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OPINION: Some deep dark holes is an understatement

by GHK Lall Some sharp thoughts were provoked by the article titled, “Harmon on 1.76b judgment to TPL…PPP left some deep dark holes” (KN April 24).  I usually do not find much with which to agree on with the Hon. Minister, but on this point of “some deep dark holes” I am with him and even think that he has ...

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OPINION: Unenforceable makes the ExxonMobil contract look rich

by GHK Lall “Venezuela says move to ICJ on border controversy unenforceable” (Stabroek News April 1).  I believe that Stabroek News is too sober and responsible to engage in April Fool jokes, but there it is in black and white, and as final as a fatal heart attack.  That one word “unenforceable” says it all. I proceed. First, I did ...

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OPINION: The AFC is directly responsible for the removal of the Hinds and Lewis columns from the Chronicle

By David Hinds In a recent interview with the Guyana Times (March 26, 2017), the AFC General Secretary, Marlon Williams, boasts about Guyana being a “beautiful” democracy.  But there is nothing democratically beautiful about removing independent voices from the state-owned newspaper. And Mr. Williams cannot not know of the direct and indirect role AFC leaders played in removing me and ...

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