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.
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.
-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.
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.
Even though I am a relative dinosaur, still not (idiot -) friendly with computers, I welcome the few, but pointed, responses to last Friday’s offering: ‘Inside GuySuCo, 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.
It is my habit to leave weightier issues like National Budget Analyses to those much better qualified.
Personal and collective respect for law, order, discipline, reasonably-civilised standards of behaviour, service and of living itself.
The Bandits’ Briefing/Meeting is the Summary of the Minutes of my own sometimes – creative mind.
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.
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.
Hello all. Today’s date, thirty-first January 2014, marks two significant personal landmarks for me.
Hello there Comrade Minister. The “comrade” is a salute to and recognition of your former Communistic but still Socialist-oriented disposition.
-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.
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 have temporarily misplaced it, but I’m sure I did a piece titled “Sovereignty Belongs To The People” a few weeks ago.