Frankly Speaking

The Politics of Perks

-Homer’s cocaine – and God

Months before the 2011 elections, I wrote a very short piece in this column which carried the same caption as the lead today .

Being simple, effective, about voter-education

-Guns – and Fenty’s Agricola-again

Hello you electors/voters .

Dealing with the Campaign, the “Season”

-Constable Conray and his Superiors

There will be those amongst the Guyanese population who will be indifferent towards the May General Elections .

Women in Politics, Ladies in Government

A Government as a Cartel

I trust I’m not guilty, today, of editorial laziness, content-wise .

Personal, Professional Integrity

Serving the Nation – and the devils

Since Sunday, after the PPP’s announcement identifying President Ramotar’s Prime Ministerial running mate, speculation has been vigorously rife on two fronts: Why and how was that quiet-spoken, charming professional chosen? And why – in Heaven’s name – did she accept such a high profile political offer?Not since Joe Hamilton’s 2011 defection from his PNC, whose anti-PPP street protests he led in 97/98, has such a campaign/political move caught me by impressive surprise .

Hey, it’s African History Month, remember?

What The PPP wants – and will do

-Are Banks allowed to be naughty?I spared myself a day or two before finally deciding that I would dare offer a reminder–comment to the populace, generally, and to African-descended Guyanese specifically that February is usually deemed African History Month .

Our four newspapers at this time

-When Nurse Barkot delivered baby Barrot

- ISIS: A global threat?I suppose it’s no irony; just his many assignments and publications which resulted in Historian David Granger- currently the political Opposition Leader- producing a booklet on a summarized history of Guyana’s (earliest) Newspapers .

Our Guyana, a narco safe-haven?

- My Free Campaign Tips

We’re 22 today!Let’s do a layman’s “analytical” breakdown of the elements, institutional assistance experts, expertise, environment and other personnel needed to deem a society, a country, a State, a narco- friendly place .

In the mind of a PPP Minister

A layman wonders about local aviation

Greetings .

The Republic and Mashramani in an Election year

-Campaign Financing: The PPP and others

I loved – and still do like – our national Song of the Republic .

Issues just fade away… (Our Role)

-Prolonging Power, Political Audacity

I’m hoping that I should be thankful for the young amongst us .

Beaten? Enduring to the bitter end?

Prognostications 2015

On this, our first day of the New Year, I should be concentrating on beginnings, not endings .

Diabetics United – The World and Guyana

- A case for cautious eating

- And their funding comes from?I had touched upon my lead subject a few columns back, writing during a vacation abroad .

Civil society, Civil Christmas

“Politicians Think Power, Leaders Empower”

- Americans against Christmas?With a mere five days to the December twenty-fifth date chosen by some long-time Christian (?)Religious/Imperial Hierarchy as the day to celebrate the birth of God the son, here I go discussing Guyana’s Civil Society .

Cool Christmas, muted Mash, just Elections’

-A visitor’s Americana (Dec. 2014)

The Euro-American traditional Christmas-time music included a song called “Blue Christmas” .

The employed poor: Thanks! For the contempt?

- saving the country from an evil regime

When the late President Hoyte facilitated the return of a relatively free Press – the Stabroek News and the freeing up of the importation of newsprint – and the re-importation of flour and other banned or restricted consumer items, legacies of the rigid Burnham policies, most of the country could breathe again and demonstrated gratitude to Hugh Dessie .

Our police boys and girls – from whence?

-Flying from Port to Fort

Again, I leave the reasons for and consequences of the Prorogation; the visible manifestations of unprofessional ineptitude with respect to vital infrastructure and the issue of how our young ladies dress to the more knowledgeable, the more “analytical” .

Integrity extinct in the corruptocracy?

-monitoring prorogation and campaigns

Here comes one of my university-of-life/faculty-of-the-streets lecturettes today .

It’s the Constitution! As Donald Duck(s)

Again the Guns, the Police, the Community

And snippets from the protestYou “regulars” know me .

Confronting a common enemy. How?

- Gunshots in home – and church!

Greetings to all friends .

Planning the party’s press conference

-H.D. Hoyte’s aggression, 18 years ago

Many would appreciate that I often endeavour to “try something a little different “when numerous other contributors zoom in on the socio–political, socio– economic or hot current issues of the day .

Forever the wretched of the earth?

- development projects from both sides

Welcome again to one of my “time-out” days when I promise – or attempt – to be most brief .

Kwayana’s Guyana, then and now

-Big Brother Don? All-Seeing Glenn?

Hardly the socio-political analyst as others claim qualifications to be, I’ll limit this lead item to my personal remembrances, anecdotes and opinions – the latter deduced from both reasonable belief and speculation .

Acquittals – not guilty, but not innocent

Possession of Narcotics

… For purposes of traffickingGreetings! Sure, my regulars will easily detect that I’m recycling thoughts on this issue today, even as my own record of these columns indicate that I essay comments along these lines at least once per year .

Indefatigable, ubiquitous: Minister M I Ali

- and PPP finance secretary too!

- Local government? Community management? How?Because of this weekend’s Trade Exposition and Fair – GuyExpo – and because I have been reading a few letters-to-editors describing the PPP and its ministers in rather harsh language, I’ve chosen to mention, with some emphasis one rather publicly-vibrant one: Mohamed Irfaan Ali .

Our ‘race’ question: Personal observations

Douglahs can be ‘racial’ too…

Fenty Last Friday, Granger tooIn comparison to a majority of our local social scientists, historians, perhaps, political analysts and, of course, politicians, mine would be a minority viewpoint .

Frankly rambling today

Squandermania; executive bullyism

American teens, Muslim global presenceSome weeks I do tire over the choice of topics or issues .

The Lists, The Laws, The Elections…

Police- Community Relationships- Some Basics

This is one of those Fridays I wanted for my time-out brevity .

Two Presidents chatting

-On Election Day, soon

In the USA, where thousands of my countrymen reside, former Presidents are still addressed as “President .

Bharrat Who? Some Jagdeo legacies

—And Opposition Responses(?)

I know that I have had cause to express my curious appreciation of those columnists and dedicated letter writers – based in Georgetown and overseas – who, virtually, daily, lambaste Bharrat Jagdeo, his heirs and wannabes, most relentlessly with a view to regime change .

Some annual August-time reminiscences

Extreme depravity – the Depths

I tire truly of the world’s and Guyana’s sordid goings-on .

Our dirty money, the DEA and the Bible

Urgently needed? `Chinese–proof’ officials?

If even regarded by some as ramblings or waffle, I return to my lead issues with pointed brevity .

Re-assessing the Brigadier, briefly, APNU? Who?

-Losing our soul in Guyana’s “Summer”

I can claim to be no political scientist nor analyst .

The brigadier’s “explosive sounds”

- Comrade Clarissa, Comrade Aubrey

Within a five–day period thousands of us interested enough were able to be treated to varied “explosions of sound” emanating from the PNC/APNU/Parliamentary Opposition Leader, retired Army Brigadier, David Granger .

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” .



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