Some annual August-time reminiscences

Extreme depravity – the Depths

I tire truly of the world’s and Guyana’s sordid goings-on. These days I often wonder whether I could have been a media reporter required to write those daily new-stories of tragedy and misery – murder, other crimes, assaults, arson, accidents, corruption, etcetera.

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

-Losing our soul in Guyana’s “Summer”

I can claim to be no political scientist nor analyst. I am a layman of some one-time Party affiliation and experience in Public Relations during three major elections campaigns.

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 Parliament In 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.

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.

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. To avoid the unrelenting stress of “Pressing matters of national significance.” (Just how does a certain columnist manage to buse the government every day!?

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.

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, Prosecution Believe 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. Local experienced attorney Leon Rockcliffe reminds that it is indeed a Good Christian Day second only to the greatest Monday of the resurrection.

Inside GUYSUCO: Its directors, its managers

Today’s ideal Police Commissioner

When I considered exploring today’s lead issue, during last week.  I suspected that it might just generate stimulating, even animated exchanges in the Assembly.

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.

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.

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. Republicanism.  During the February months of 2012 and 2013, the Central Mashramani Planning Committee agreed that I should respond to requests to discuss basic aspects of Republicanism and the 1763 Berbice Slave Rebellion with post-primary school students in three Regions of our Independent Republic.

Dear Comrade Minister Rohee, Sir…

Pragmatists? Or Philistines?

Hello there Comrade Minister.  The “comrade” is a salute to and recognition of your former Communistic but still Socialist-oriented disposition.

Petamba and his beloved P.P.P

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

-Suriname’s Civil Society While 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.) I have temporarily misplaced it, but I’m sure I did a piece titled “Sovereignty Belongs To The People” a few weeks ago.

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. Crimes against the environment. Beginning in 2004, those were captions I used to show off my grasp of the challenges and possibilities with respect to the daily, necessary and vital issue of solid waste management.

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.  The “interview” is probably merely a wish; just hypothetical. 

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”.  Other commentators, including those professional letter-writers who command hundreds of column inches daily, are attending to those “issues”.

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.

The FOI: Our right to know

-R. Kelly: The Blitz, The Payments

Frankly Speaking, it is no longer surprising to me that certain issues of national significance keep repeating themselves as the years roll by.

On Guns, Jail and Punishment

Respect due?

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.

‘Sovereignty belongs to the people’, says who?

Is Mr Bharrat Jagdeo wealthy?

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.

Admired and accepted, but corrupt and crooked

- Sparrow – and heroes recognition day

Today is preachy-sermon day. This brief is another perspective on my well-worn theme of the new morality/abandonment of acceptable, old-fashioned values and virtues.

Mr Granger’s youth lament

Citizenship—A Guyanese Trinidadian

Academic, Historian, Ideologue/Military Officer.  Now Leader of the People’s National Congress and Leader of the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) – and Leader of the Parliamentary Opposition. 

Whither Black Business?

Please answer Ram, Mr Brassington

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.

Some hoped-for Emancipation projects

-Creole Cheddi-beyond August

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.