Frankly Speaking

Guyana’s Murderous Madness

-Bharrat, Benjie, Basmattie

- The Politics of the Seventh ParliamentIn these Op-Ed pieces one is given to (hopefully) well-thought out analyses and conclusions, strongly-held, truth-and-fact views, sometimes preachy “lectures” and heavily-referenced or endorsed dissertations .

Respect? Why Bother? But we must

-Civil Society: The Cynics and Caricom

Two most brief lecturettes today as senior years muse on values and virtues lost, providing origins and causes for our socio-national decline .

Some presidential responses?

-For whom do they speak?

Your might detect, rather easily, that I tend to leave some of the more topical issues to those commentators eminently qualified to analyse and share opinions on the numerous matters of “national significance” .

Guyana’s Civil Society, Too Civil?

Frankly Speaking – A.A. Fenty

-Our 2014 “Summer” has arrived These brief notes on my lead subject are occasioned by both my involvement in and with a Non- Government, Civil Society Public Policy Group and two recent letters to the Press .

On campaign funding and related issues

- Comrade Komal and GUYSUCO

I actually missed the news item on Gecom and campaign funding which one friend mentioned .

Ambition and vision? Or just greed?

World Cup Football, Race Realities

Hello friends, today’s lecturette is both brief and also my personal search for assistance with regard to the issue raised in the caption .

Weddings, marriage and love (?) in June

-Guyanese fatherhood – and PPP/C Football

Another Friday of my trying to be more light-hearted than intense or profound .

Some real cocaine scenarios

-Mannie and Maimoom own the Marriott

A few columns ago I took you all to GUYISLE, that independent state off the five Guianas Shield .

“This whole country needs an IMC (steuups!)”

- Guyana’s First Douglahs

Yes, my regular readers would discern whenever I attempt to be escapist .

Identity challenge – and losing our soul

Why the Islanders supported corruption

The Law and Karan’s NoseSo the world is now a Global Village? How did that phenomenon come about? Because all of present-day mankind – ethnicities, races, religions – originated in one place, Africa’?Because of continuous migration and modern communication technology?Early intrepid explorers, sometime aided and rewarded by greedy ambitious Emperors, Kings, Queens and “Conquerors” of every hue, carved out “countries” from the spoils of invasions, occupations and settlement .

Protesting and picketing – then and now

  -Still coming: Inside this ministryThe Guyana Constitution, under the provisions which “guarantee” our Rights and Freedoms, permits, even protects citizens wishing to engage in peaceful public protests and demonstrations against the widest possible range of issues which those citizens deem unjust or somehow against personal, community, workplace or national well–being .

Our Judicial World – Off-Limits? Independent

Ezekiel, Farrakhan, Flight 370 - and WheelsA little less than two years ago I dared to venture out of my depth to explore the lead topic indicated above .

South of the border – and military AID

Seven Self-Employed Bandits,Crime as “Employment”Not with an actual “heavy heart” but with some deliberation, I restrained myself from personal commentary on yesterday’s Labour Day or on Monday’s Arrival Day .

My own “Crimewatch Guyana”

  -Abduction, Detection, ProsecutionBelieve me friends, there is no joy, no “satisfaction” having to broach such issues as indicated in my caption -   crime, abduction et al .

Faith, Matthew – and my friend Didymus

- No Easter, No Faith

Today, of course, is the Christians’ Good Friday .

Wanted: Integrity at the top – and Commissioner Felix

Even though I am a relative dinosaur, still not (idiot -) friendly with computers, I welcome the few, but pointed, responses to last Friday’s offering: ‘Inside GuySuCo, today’s ideal police commissioner’ .

Inside GUYSUCO: Its directors, its managers

Today’s ideal Police Commissioner

When I considered exploring today’s lead issue, during last week .

On budgets and growing old

-Western aid equals poverty?

It is my habit to leave weightier issues like National Budget Analyses to those much better qualified .

Law, order and standards: A Granger Presidency?

Poor people’s money and just two roads

Personal and collective respect for law, order, discipline, reasonably-civilised standards of behaviour, service and of living itself .

The bandits’ briefing – and love-making

Our Sugar: Competence, Decisions

The Bandits’ Briefing/Meeting is the Summary of the Minutes of my own sometimes – creative mind .

Kowsilla, Cheddi, Protest – and Struggle

Ten-year visa, ten years jail

The latter-day Chinese have fashioned a gem of wisdom which advises that “women hold up half the sky” .

Our World is a Corrupt Place

-The Church as Business

There is still one senior PPP-man (a People’s Progressive Party Stalwart) – that I can relate to as a somewhat principled gentleman .

How Civil Society becomes compromised, neutralised

Some Real Heroes of Our Republic

Pre-Republic Day Greetings to those “regulars” who have followed this man-in-the street feature over its twenty-one years, as well as to those newer readers of the column .

Cocaine’s Success Stories

- Drivers’ Licences: Guyana, Trinidad

Leaving the contention and debates with respect to the acting Chief Justice’s ruling, Budget preparations and Money Laundering Bill to the more competent, I had (my own) today’s topics thrust upon me .

Our independent Republican dream

The Constitution, The Court, The Majority

Independence .

The employed poor, any lighter side?

Still Mashin’ – at 21 today!

Hello all .

Dear Comrade Minister Rohee, Sir…

Pragmatists? Or Philistines?

Hello there Comrade Minister .

Petamba and his beloved P.P.P

`Mih vote fuh alyuh forevva. But dis overbearing now; de whole farm duck again’

-Suriname’s Civil SocietyWhile I have long decided to relinquish my right to vote for persons to govern me and this land, I usually pay reasonable attention to the statements and activities of the Parliamentary opposition .

Radio Guyana – and Terence Holder

-The President As Party–Animal

This lead piece – a very summarized partial history really is most significantly different from what was planned for today’s offering .

On sovereignty, civil society – and fear!

-My own 2014 wish list

(A peaceful, healthy and successful 2014 to all citizens from this soon–to–be twenty–one year–old column .

Mary and Mothers, Virgin or Not

Loving our soldiers, cooks and cleaners...Wake up the pepperpot! C.S.O.’s

I’ve never been persuaded to become a resolute believer or activist in any religion although, from childhood, my roots were decidedly Christian .

Christmas: A lovely welcome lie?

Towards a cleaner New York?

Even though I’m edging towards seventy it cannot be “old age” that is responsible for my increasing intolerance or cynicism with respect to the once–beautiful festival of Christmas .

Violating the Environment

Sir-Lessons, Miss-Lessons

Crimes against cleanliness .

A visa, a coffin before twenty-five

Not “compromise”, the constitution!

Businessmen-cops, the “lessons industry”Except for the comments on the Procurement Commission, I’m again wearily exploring that which has attracted repeated commentaries and analyses elsewhere .

A.A. Fenty ‘speaks’ with President Ramotar

-Different Caribbean persons

The conversational encounter described hereunder is very much taken from my imagination .

Christianity’s Origin, Caucasian Church?

-Not on our People’s T.V?

Today I again side-step the usual, high-profile “issues of national significance” .

Jessica, Priya: Two Sunday Letters

-Organising, Empowering Civil Society

Frankly Speaking a few folks would most likely, berate me for daring to juxtapose the illustrious Jessica Huntley’s name in the same (literary) vicinity next to Priya Manickchand’s .



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