Next week Friday is Labour Day. If ever one of Guyana’s too–numerous Public Holidays was justified and valid it is this national occasion which recognizes and celebrates the local and global contributions of the working class to a nation’s development and sustenance.
Determined to be time–out brief today even as others plunge real deep into the electoral politics of the current robust campaigns.
As I wrote and promised three columns ago, today’s very brief piece is another contribution from me to GECOM’s and the political parties’ Voter Education process and efforts.
“At the graveside the emotional outbursts of the windows and relatives of the deceased had been intensely distressing and I could not restrain my tears.
Months before the 2011 elections, I wrote a very short piece in this column which carried the same caption as the lead today.
Hello you electors/voters. Perhaps I’m impertinent enough to dare to present a few pointers/discussion points with respect to elements of current voter-education initiatives now being contemplated, or implemented – But I do so never-the-less.
There will be those amongst the Guyanese population who will be indifferent towards the May General Elections.
I trust I’m not guilty, today, of editorial laziness, content-wise. Because I know I’ll be guilty of using Elizabeth Anne (Lis) Harper’s Prime Ministerial candidacy as a kind of reminiscence relevant to female Guyanese who dared to enter the robust world of both routine and electoral politics over the years.
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?
-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.
– 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.
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.
Greetings. Today might very well be one of those times when I venture into an ocean of human behaviour but certainly out of my depth.
I loved – and still do like – our national Song of the Republic.
I’m hoping that I should be thankful for the young amongst us. Because I’m trusting that – either on their very own, or with guidance from elders – they become aware of national issues even as they prepare themselves for a very adult existence in a very challenged society.
On this, our first day of the New Year, I should be concentrating on beginnings, not endings.
– And their funding comes from? I had touched upon my lead subject a few columns back, writing during a vacation abroad.
– 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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
Greetings to all friends. Even critics, detractors attract my best wishes and blessings as I really endeavour to make today’s piece the briefest.
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.
Welcome again to one of my “time-out” days when I promise – or attempt – to be most brief.
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.
… 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.
– 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.
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.
American teens, Muslim global presenceSome weeks I do tire over the choice of topics or issues.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If even regarded by some as ramblings or waffle, I return to my lead issues with pointed brevity.
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.
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.
– 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.
Two most brief lecturettes today as senior years muse on values and virtues lost, providing origins and causes for our socio-national decline.
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”.
-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.
I actually missed the news item on Gecom and campaign funding which one friend mentioned.
Hello friends, today’s lecturette is both brief and also my personal search for assistance with regard to the issue raised in the caption.
Another Friday of my trying to be more light-hearted than intense or profound.
A few columns ago I took you all to GUYISLE, that independent state off the five Guianas Shield.
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!?
The Law and Karan’s Nose So the world is now a Global Village?
-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.
Ezekiel, Farrakhan, Flight 370 – and Wheels A little less than two years ago I dared to venture out of my depth to explore the lead topic indicated above.