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.

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.