The drug baron’s welcome charity

-Gunmen in the National Assembly?

-Elections USA: Some “Black” Presidents Okay friends, bear with me as I return yet once more to my dubiously-favourite theme of a modern-day moral dilemma.

Cannabis and Coca: Not that “Green”!

-Independent thinkers- The Party/ Government line

Far be it for me, an ageing patriot who chose to live and stay solely and only in this country of my birth, to bad-talk it negatively in a consistent manner.

Election Campaign USA: Personal perspectives

-some puzzles from the Coalition Cabinet

Firstly, I am aware of the numerous analyses, predictions and conclusions being published daily regarding this 2016 (unconventional) election campaign now raging in the USA.I still add my layman’s bit as anyone with just a bit of interest in electoral politics – and has Cable TV- must be enthralled by the rather strange goings on across the US at this time.

…And justice for some?

“C” is for Corrica, Calypso, Canary- and clay blocks

Up front I’ll concede that today’s lead topic above consists of my layman’s ramblings on a societal issue that is very complex, complicated, technical, even profound.

Station-cell incarceration: Human rights violations

-Coalition politics and victors

The man I knew as “father” was a policeman all his life. Even in his retirement when he taught young recruits to drive and was himself the driver and “Man Friday” for Sir Shridath Ramphal, he remained an “Ole police” at heart.

Our Golden Senior Citizens

-The Brigadier’s first major press conference

I realise that, most likely, it is because I am at the cusp of plunging into the heart of that demographic that is the Guyanese elderly that I return to this theme almost annually.

Our First People, our land, our constitution

“Single-parent Guyana”

To his socio-political credit, David Arthur Granger, whilst on the pre-May 2015 Election Campaign trail did visit and interest himself in many hinterland communities at a very personal level.

Corruption and scandals: Probable participants

- ‘Thief man nah like see ‘e mattee wid bag’

Whether the reason or cause is personal economic hardship, innate disrespect for honesty and the law, greed or some disdain for (hard) work, there are parents or guardians who will knowingly accept stolen items generated by their younger relations.

Some suggestions for our police service – again

On apologies – and being `honourable’

I suspect that it’s because “hope springs eternal (in the human breast/spirit”) that I return to the issue of the status, role and effectiveness of our Guyana Police Force or Service.

Guyana at the 2020 Olympics: An appeal

- another PPP strategy session

Attention Vice-President/Senior Education Minister Dr Rupert Roopnaraine. Attention Minister Nicolette Henry. Attention Chairman, National Sports Commission.

Thoughts on ISIS terrorism

-How some nurses scare(d) me

-An Emancipation/Arrival nugget Taking a break from our local stresses of life here, I venture to comment on the burgeoning globalised ballistic stress that is terrorism.

Our youth: Plight and potential

American citizen, Guyanese national

Various countries and cultures and the United Nations Organisation all define what they deem to be the World’s “youth”.

Indira and India, Dianand and diabetes

More on remand, bail, sentencing

Earlier this year I was moved to comment (twice) on thoughts and issues of identity and belonging evoked by the poetry and other declarations by Ms Ryhaan Shah, Indian Pride activist.

Corruption: A global evil of the rich

- Searching for good since May 1966

Quite often, when guilty, immoral or indifferent persons are confronted with deeds or thoughts which are negative to good order, to righteousness, even national development, they slink and hide behind one mantra: “It happen everywhere, not only in Guyana.” Not choosing to come out publicly, even privately, to denounce wrong-doing, they – usually normal folks – choose not to be courageous.

Justice and Guyana’s Courts

-Our ‘Heartland’ of drugs, terror in America

A brief visit to two of Georgetown’s Magistrates Courts was enough to re-trigger my years-long consideration of local administrators of legal justice in our homeland.

Security: Personal precautions, private companies

Ali: Old men, young men, war

I am aware of the United Nations’ definition of human security. It now embraces wide-ranging sub-concepts – from refugee security to gender security, economic, environmental, food, health, community, cultural,  political and , of course, personal security.

Bad police, good police

-Auditing the audits and commissions

-The Anniversary Broth: Too many (new) cooks?Some years ago my column containing some of the following sentiments was titled, in part-creole, `Aftuh Gawd, is Police!’ The expression meant that no matter how the working-class society disparage the police service, whenever there was imminent or present criminal danger, after soliciting divine assistance from their heavenly creator (God) folks swiftly sought recourse to police expertise and personnel.

One-year report card: Revelations and inaction

What parents? What cohesion?

You all know that it’s almost a personal “policy” not to join roaring debates on current national issues, as I prefer to defer to those with superior qualifications and experience.

Slowly understanding their Indianness

-After her heritage poem

-‘It was always illegal’ Two small up-front points: I’m glad I actually purchased a Guyana Times this past Sunday (I’m not too much a regular); secondly, what follows is as much a testimony to my fascination with other people’s Indianness in Guyana, as it is a brief nano-summary of my continually-delayed enlightenment on the issue, the phenomenon, the complex matrix of (a) people’s origins, history, culture, religion, ethnicity and generational lifelong bond.

Arrival, ‘cohesion’, Douglahs

- ‘J’ for Jubilee, ‘J’ for Jamaican

The American “Solidarity Forever” trade union battle song was meant to say it all: in unity there is working-class strength; strength to negotiate workers’ rights even though there should be no need to have to “bargain” for just rewards.

Three days in our month of May

Jail those thieves! The pros and cons

Perhaps a little research can reveal if we – less than a million of us – really boast, proportionally, too many national holidays.

Background, character, integrity and penitence…

In high places, Guyana

Crime –  as trade and profession Just the briefest of my own grass-roots, man–in-the-street brand of “philosophising” about the implications of the behaviours now being exhibited by some “new” personalities in high places.

Mr President, guess which Minister…

-Some PPP issues - and ISIS

Any of you ever heard how Forbes Burnham inveigled Barrister-at-law Desmond Hoyte to join him and the PNC in sophisticated, but activist party politics?

Concerning Hamilton ‘Old Sawakie’ Green

Forever loyal, forever tribal, regardless?

Emanating from my brief paid-up membership but years-long support of and for the People’s National Congress (PNC) – 1973 to around 1996 – I was one under–35 who admired Leader Forbes Burnham and wondered about the brash, ubiquitous, once-powerful Deputy, Hamilton Green.

Prison reform, contented prisoners reformed?

Mr Trump, the Pope and the President

– Remembering Thomas Didymus Thick, fast and sustained the comments, criticisms, suggestions flow via the media, recreational spots, “workshops” and from government and opposition. 

SOCU, SARU, CANU, GRA, FIU, etc: Securing us?

-Rodney and Roopnaraine

– truth and healing The Special (?) Organised Crime Unit, the State Assets Recovery (?) Unit, the Financial Intelligence (?) Unit, The Customs Anti-Narcotic Unit, the Investigative Arms of our National Revenue Authority, the newer “units” and departments under the Police, especially Mr Blanhum’s Criminal Investigation Department CID- all the above, before and after the APNU+AFC installation in the corridors of authority, power and responsibility, were/are meant to secure us, taxpayers and law-abiding citizens, from those who pilfer(ed) our Public Purse.

Growing old (and “golden?”) in Guyana

-Political thievery: Irrefutable cases?

Here are some relevant definitions from one of my old-time dictionaries. (Are dictionaries still in use by the dot-com generation?) “Jubilee” – a” fiftieth (50th) anniversary.” “A season or occasion of/for celebration.” “Golden Years” – the advanced years in a life-time.” “Golden-Ager” an elderly and often retired person (usually engaging in club activities.”) “Golden” Wedding Anniversary –

Giving- and telling about it

Ravi, Ryhaan, and those “B’s”

If there is any society on our planet that is absolutely, perfectly classless, I have not yet been convinced about its existence.

Human nature: Politics, position – and power

Black History – and ideas for black business

Basdeo questions Bharrat After completing twenty-three years within this ‘paper and column, regulars would appreciate that I am not given to – or can’t manage – the more academic, more analytical/philosophical reviews and assessments, whilst discussing or exploring issues.

Critchlow cries, as Duncan in ‘cuffs

A strange car, the shop, the wedding house

-We’re 23 today!Strange how one can juxtapose seemingly oblique, or very unrelated events, personalities, reminiscences, when one vivid, even startling bit of drama unfolds.

A just life for our murderers

A President of pardons and compassion?

Just one anniversary IdeaAgain disregarding my preference for staying away from certain “hot” issues that attract current national attention from the more qualified, I nevertheless, feel obliged to repeat my own perspectives on matters related to capital punishment.

Responding to the PPP: Why? When?

-Our vote, our voice - managing ourselves

During May-June last year   they solemnly and spitefully promised to deliver what we – meaning all those not with them – seem to be receiving: A cheated-not-defeated/oppose-expose-depose parliamentary and political opposition.

Christmas under the coalition

Ole-time masquerade, other trivia

Well, well, well, do you realise that this December’s Christmas Season is the first one that young Guyanese, twenty three years and young, will spend not under a PPP government?

My now usual Christmas woes

- Mr Farook, U.S. Citizen; Mr Hongbo, Guyanese Citizen

Okay my annual Yuletide lamentation is becoming, for me, as traditional as all the universal and (very) local activities and traditions now associated with this “joyous” Christians Festival being celebrated in December.

Junkie Jermayne and the National Clean–Up

The Brigadier-Veteran, Ex-Cops, Retired Public Servants

The whole concept of the Guyana-brand of “junkies” is worth some additional study even though I suspect much has already been attempted with respect to this unwanted social phenomenon.

A recent PPP strategy session

-That 1955 split, Cheddi, Ashton, Forbes

I invite readers, both my regulars and casual fans, to decide whether (all) the following is factual, true and an accurate record of a very recent war-room-type strategy meeting by executives of the opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP), as they planned another round of responses to all the Granger government is doing right and doing wrong as they, the PPP, fights to stay relevant even necessary.

Travis and the Traffic Chief

-Cheddi’s Red House – and the split

Ignoring my preference for avoiding immediate comment on issues of simmering significance, sometimes better left to others blessed with sharper intellects, wider experience and more analytical attributes, I, never-the-less, plunge into two conversations today.