The latter-day Chinese have fashioned a gem of wisdom which advises that “women hold up half the sky” .
There is still one senior PPP-man (a People’s Progressive Party Stalwart) – that I can relate to as a somewhat principled gentleman .
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 .
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 .
Hello all .
Hello there Comrade Minister .
-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 .
This lead piece – a very summarized partial history really is most significantly different from what was planned for today’s offering .
(A peaceful, healthy and successful 2014 to all citizens from this soon–to–be twenty–one year–old column .
I’ve never been persuaded to become a resolute believer or activist in any religion although, from childhood, my roots were decidedly Christian .
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 .
Crimes against cleanliness .
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 .
The conversational encounter described hereunder is very much taken from my imagination .
Today I again side-step the usual, high-profile “issues of national significance” .
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 .
Frankly Speaking, it is no longer surprising to me that certain issues of national significance keep repeating themselves as the years roll by .
Pity that in Guyana – and the world – of today, the issues as reflected in my lead caption attract national attention to the extent that they impact on the quality of citizens’ lives in terms of security and comfort .
I’ll understand if some readers are saturated with this issue of Guyana’s now-entrenched narco-trans-shipment and trafficking status .
Those readers interested in this column would no recall that some six months (25 Fridays) ago, I penned a piece captioned ‘Inclusionary Democracy My Eye!’I discussed the intent of the much-touted Article 13 of the Constitution of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana .
Today is preachy-sermon day .
Academic, Historian, Ideologue/Military Officer .
Again I avoid today what those more competent will address – the economy, the crises of all categories, crime, controversy and Syria .
I concede, I confess, I admit: it is, perhaps, the third time in eighteen years that I’ve employed today’s caption to explore, most briefly, a favourite provocative theme of mine .
At the very real risk of upsetting my friends at ACDA – the African Cultural and Development Association – and other Afrocentric activists – (they could let me know that it’s none of my business”) – I, never-the-less, repeat some of my strongly-held Emancipation-Month views .
With respect, I repeat my own view that the typical working-class citizen of this big beautiful, but blighted land makes little time to consider the role of the National Assembly and its chairpersons, described as speakers .
Senior–Citizen moralistic lamentations again? I suppose so .
A reflective Emancipation weekend to all .
I did my best to discover just who reviewed and “reformed” Mr Burnham’s 1980 Constitution of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana .
Does not crime and punishment hold a permanent place in most societies?Prison, jail, penitentiary, correctional centre, detention centre .
“The Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) team met with a group from A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the Alliance For Change (AFC) in what will be interpreted as a growing recognition in the international community that the Opposition is in charge of the legislature .
If I’m accused of journalistic laziness today, I’ll plead guilty .
Escapist again? Guilty! As death by murder and mis-adventures stalk our newspapers’ front pages and as numerous commentators and columnists contend with our politics and governance in daily robust manner, I tire of such issues .
As a citizen of this sorry Republic, formerly somewhat “political” and still with a lively interest in its survival, I am given to wondering: of what significance is Guyana to the U .
Here I go again with my now annual lamentation and enquiry .
Quite frequently over the past decade, I have voiced, in print and on television, the habit of describing my Native Land Guyana, as “This Big, Beautiful, Blighted Land” .