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 fellow laments a lost-love during the season of gifts, hope and love.

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. I was using “Kleptocracy” in this feature long before more recognized “minds” appropriated it for their columns.

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

Again the Guns, the Police, the Community

And snippets from the protest You “regulars” know me. Though a man-in-the-street, working-class commentator, I pause a while before rushing in to weigh-in on the hot topics of national significance.

Confronting a common enemy. How?

- Gunshots in home – and church!

Greetings to all friends. Even critics, detractors attract my best wishes and blessings as I really endeavour to make today’s piece the briefest.

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.

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 trafficking Greetings! 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 too In 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. Yet I’ve captioned “lofty” issues of “national significance.” I am fairly well-known – more because of my television variety programme- so I’m approached often, for enlightenment – or clarification- on some basic issues.

Two Presidents chatting

-On Election Day, soon

In the USA, where thousands of my countrymen reside, former Presidents are still addressed as “President.” Let’s today imagine that former President Jagdeo, whom, I “profiled” last Friday (to some rave reviews) decided to invite current President D.

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. 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.