On Speakers – and falls

-Some August-month Ramblings

With respect, I repeat my own view that the typical working-class citizen of this big beautiful, but blighted land makes little time to consider the role of the National Assembly and its chairpersons, described as speakers.

Producing corrupt generation?

- August – time trivia

Senior–Citizen moralistic lamentations again? I suppose so. But if I influence only one reader, I would sleep well.

Emancipation? “You went to school in August?”

Those “Hospitals”

A reflective Emancipation weekend to all.  The point has been pounded recently: that the physical, legal freeing of the BG Colony’s slaves necessitated the arrival of all the other immigrant–labourers here. 

The Opposition as “Government”

- Guyanese Remittances: Be Not Ashamed

“The Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) team met with a group from A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the Alliance For Change (AFC) in what will be interpreted as a growing recognition in the international community that the Opposition is in charge of the legislature.

The world’s Mandela, our constitution

-Retirement? In Guyana?

If I’m accused of journalistic laziness today, I’ll plead guilty. That’s because in recognizing yesterday’s birth anniversary of Nelson Mandela, one of the world’s foremost international Statesmen, I shall record what anyone can glean from Internet sources.

June: From Wedding to Marriage

-Annihilating mankind, managing garbage

Escapist again? Guilty!  As death by murder and mis-adventures stalk our newspapers’ front pages and as numerous commentators and columnists contend with our politics and governance in daily robust manner, I tire of such issues.

The Americans, the brigadier and the brigands

-The necessary big brother, U.S.A

As a citizen of this sorry Republic, formerly somewhat “political” and still with a lively interest in its survival, I am given to wondering: of what significance is Guyana to the U.S.A.

On Martyrs and Fathers

Our Parliament, Our Paralysis

Here I go again with my now annual lamentation and enquiry. On Sunday 16th we here get a “package of observances – one strictly local, one more universal.

My Big, Beautiful, Blighted Republic

Race- and Kissoon’s 17 questions

Quite frequently over the past decade, I have voiced, in print and on television, the habit of describing my Native Land Guyana, as “This Big, Beautiful, Blighted Land”.

Reporting the News. News?

- Our Holidays, Observances. Their Politics.

The lead issue today resides in the fact that I notice this newspaper advertising its vacancies for “Reporters” and the various reports in the dailies this past Monday regarding the fatal shooting on Orange Walk in Georgetown.

An Independence Report-Card: Regrettable?

Guyanese in the Caribbean

“… on and after 26th May 1966 … her Majesty’s Government in the United Kingdom shall have no responsibility for the government of the territory which, immediately before that day, constitutes the colony of British Guiana which, on and after that day, is to be called Guyana”.

Institutional respect, power and greed

Radio – then and now

It was on Sunday of this week, during a nine-hour blackout, that I persevered with the notes of this (type of) Frankly Speaking mini-lecture you’re reading here.

May Day musings, 2013

- Chronic greed? Farewell Neville

In five days’ time it will be the first of May – May Day, Workers Day, take your pick.

Bullets to the head and heart

National Radio – then and now

Oh dear me… It’s not only because Guyana’s four major newspapers now feature about a “hundred” columnists, analysts and commentators that makes me unsure, intimidated sometimes, of what new issue to confront.

The right to change one’s mind –and party

Public Service, Personalised Farewells

I suppose that, sub-consciously, it is one of my pastimes: paying attention to the criticisms by individuals and groups against their former colleagues and organisations.

National Security Strategy vs Personal Safety

Again: Stealing, Survival as Protest

I suppose that my journalistic superiors and senior political columnists (and “satirists”) will point out that the concepts or issues indicated in my caption need no “versus”. 

Young Jagdeo’s Vision? Mission Statement?

And Doses of Incestuous Nepotism

A Really Good Friday as Prophesied At my age and stage I have little enthusiasm to vilify, demonise and condemn senior public figures in our Big Beautiful Blight of a society.

Nigel’s constitution on this Women’s Day

-Parbattie and Pan

It’s the Attorney/Politician Nigel Hughes I mean.  And the Constitution in question here is the Constitution of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana (1980, with Amendments to 12th August 2003) which governs the national, even personal, lives of Mr Nigel and all citizens of the forty-three-year old Republic.

Kofi, Jefferson, Lincoln – And Liberty

Frankly Speaking.

Do you realize that it was a mere thirteen years after 1763 that the American colonists, (rather “rebelliously”), declared their break-away and independence from Britain?.

My Mashramani Moments

-Rebellions and Republicanism – Whatever?

A name sake, Allan, as in Allan Fiedkou contributed, for the consideration of Linden’s Jaycees, the description Mashramani, when that organization wanted an appropriate name for their series of events to usher in Guyana’s Republican status in February of 1970.

The American D.E.A. in Guyana

Frankly Speaking

-A Meeting of Bernie’s Bandits Ordinary, working-class, proletarian, salt-of–the-earth Guyanese citizens often miss media reports of some significant events taking place here.

African Heritage, Rampant Indianisation?

Frankly Speaking

Exploring “Transactional” Sex Recall that last Friday I tickled Afro-centric representative organizations and other leaders of the “black” Afro- Guyanese community to reveal whether they are bothering with the traditional February–Black History/African Heritage Month observance.

For Want of (Good) Prosecution

Frankly Speaking

-Fighting Crime: Some Simple Steps On Wednesday morning I decided that I would use this theme (above) to, lazily but appropriately repeat some views.

Jesus’ working-class parents

In 2013, Hug your woman, hide your ego

– In 2013, Hug your woman, hide your ego We are still in the midst of the season or Festival of Christmas. 

After University and Prison, What?

“Shubh Diwali, Happy Mashramani” Not having attended Secondary School, much more the local University,  my unlettered, uncertified “inferiority complex”  intrudes whenever I make bold to comment on things related to our highest tertiary institution, the University of Guyana (UG).

On Cocaine, Guns and Murder

“Om Shree Ganesh Aya Namah” Gosh! Today I’m as guilty as those newspapers Editors who ensure that the subjects in my caption are plastered on their front pages.

On U.S. Visas, Tickets—And Debates

-as reported in my Stabroek News… Both a recent visit to the United States Embassy’s Consular Section in Kingston, Georgetown and that component of the American Election Season which was the Presidential Debates, prompted this brief piece.

Are government critics correct? Honest?

– Syria – and our humanity One of my shorter anxieties today, this is derived from two of my lifelong intrigues with politics and governments, patriotism and (variations of) democracy.

Growing old in Guyana

Demography, Control – and image Two tiny introductory points:  It was once advanced that a stranger could judge a new society after a little while, by how that society treats its books, treats its animals and treats its old people. 

Poor police commissioner…

What? Islamic ingratitude? Greetings friends.  My file reveals that this piece is the third, in as many years, wherein I’ll recycle my oft-repeated views on aspects of the Guyana Police Force and policing in this, our law-and-order-forsaken society.

Festivals – For People and Politicians

Frankly Speaking By A A Fenty

Letter-writers:  Prolific and Prominent Thoughts of the just-concluded Inter-Guiana Cultural Festival held in Georgetown, the Guyana Cultural Association, New York and its Labour Day week-end, Guyana-oriented Folk Festival and  the quite imminent preparations for the Mashramani 2013 Festival all combined to prompt these reflections and personal opinions on Festivals generally. 

‘We selling hay eleven years now’

-On GAWU – and our ‘Labour Movement’

On Monday of this week, during one of the Georgetown City Council’s usual inconsistent sporadic, “law-and-order exercises”, the “single-parent” pavement vendors – all female to “a man” – let go their normal protest-anthems.