Regulars would have read my frequent offerings on the themes of Corrupt Practices, Bandit Businessmen, New Values From The Cocaine Reality, the Power of Perception and sundry and varied related issues.
Again the brightest of observations and notes on the subject of Guyanese migration and its consequent diaspora – or dispersal, which now sees very much more “born-Guyanese” living permanently away from their homeland.
A comment stimulated by my recent piece on “honest businessmen”; our challenged University’s struggle to produce “relevant” educated citizens and (election) talk about our society’s “polarisation”, have all caused me to revisit these issues today.
My brevity today indicates that this offering is one of my “time-out productions.” However, as I read, weekly, of the huge cocaine busts which now irrevocably taints my Guyana as some “Cocaine transshipment/trafficking point,” thoughts of the stories of some of our legendary business families cross my mind.
Guess what? I’m pretty sure that in last Friday’s offering on issues related to same-sex/gender matters, Guyana-wise, I had promised to take a long time out from such topics.
I’ll probably leave this lead subject alone after this treatment. I’ve explored, cursorily, male and female homosexuality in two previous pieces over the years.
Occasional association with GAWU President Komal Chand was good enough to arouse my interest – and curiosity – a few years ago.
It just had to be one of the early issues of this year’s elections campaign.
Since I’ve decided not to vote for anybody to lead me, I certainly have to abide with other people’s choice.
In my lead caption and “story”, it’s former Police Assistant Commissioner Paul Slowe I mean.
What happens if you ask coastlanders – especially our under-20s – what and where is “Region Eight” in Guyana?
Long-given promises and the realities in this Big, Beautiful, Blighted Land have turned me into something of a “Doubting Thomas”.
This offering, which threatens to be my most brief in months, attempts to provoke thought about two central issues in the news as they relate to the “character” of government and governance here these days.
Today’s lead topic is re-cycled from 17 years ago. Why? Because I am utilizing my rarely-used right to be professionally lazy; and also because migration to the USA has been a powerful blight in our national lives for some three decades now.
At Guyana’s elections time just who raises the spectre of race first? Then how is that issue made an element of electoral consideration, further emphasized, and by whom?
This will be one of those relatively “lazy”, time-out pieces today. Extreme brevity as I dare to comment on two issues, seemingly so disparate.
I have to meekly concede. My consistent indiscipline makes me again, intervene, intrude into what Dr David Hinds describes as “essentially black people’s business”.
The Ministry of Culture has attempted to make good on its pledge to “widen the menu of activities” that it was sponsoring or endorsing as part of its official Republic Anniversary programme this year.
I’d guess that, at the minimum, half of our population is aware of the origins and reasons for the annual festival that is Mashramani.
Don’t Plunder the Public Purse Today’s offering, in one sense, may be considered as a tribute, of sorts, to the Kaieteur News, the other acknowledged private “independent” newspaper in this country.
After proudly chalking up eighteen (18) years of this column, non-stop, last Friday, I’m taking one of those “time-outs” to be most brief today.
And Purely Personal, After 18 years Ironically, I’ll understand if readers turn to something else after just a minute or two of glancing at this.
This is, or should be, serious business. I mean choosing a candidate; then ultimately, voting for a party’s ‘Head of List’ who may end up as Guyana’s president.
-Some response from GAWU Because I agree with Eric Phillips – ACDA official, one-time consultant in South Africa (How did that go?), Pan Africanist, ABC Founder, White House scholar – I quote him: “It is that time of pre-elections realities when the true feelings
I give thanks for being allowed to be alive with you in these first weeks of a new calendar year 2011, according to how we in this portion of the planet keep count of time.
– our president, my prognostications I suppose this will forever be my own patriotic position: The land of my birth, where I’ve decided to live all my years (left) – Guyana – will always be a land to love – despite… Despite and notwithstanding the bungling by its political managers which threaten to reduce it (further) to a socioeconomic mess and into an untidy, health-challenged home and even though I harbor strong doubts about them … about us … from time to time, I can’t see our Guyanese people allowing any professional political pretenders
You’re traditional. No matter what. You believe or share other people’s belief, about the Birth celebrated on December 25.
-Sealandia’s Pots and Kettles Again eschewing the more profound, the cerebral and analytical, I caution instead those citizens willing to be reasonable, or conservative, for this “Season”.
-A white Christmas – Forever? -Oh, Thanks President Santa…Perhaps I can justify using this “season” of a rather universal virtually-invasive Christian celebratory festival, to cogitate upon Ian Mc Donald’s last Sunday Stabroek column.
-My government can respond, I’m sure My “working-class” here refers to the thousands of Guyanese actually holding down some type of employment in the country’s public or private sector.
-Bishop “Brev” – and a cane-cutter’s thoughts The primary objective herein today is to express my conditional support for the latest governmental initiative to confront, lessen or eliminate gender-based abuse, domestic violence.
-85,000 Hindus, Christians for Mash 2011 Just last Friday I had opined that the typical working-class Guyanese citizen cares little about (macro) economic issues or the more sophisticated even if necessary, questions of fiscal management – or our foreign policy.
On Traffic – And Politicians at Sport Admittedly, these are, in the main, recycled thoughts from an earlier column on the issues published four years ago.
– spousal killings, defence duty It could be the unfortunate legacy of our “culture of lateness, late-coming and delay”.
Those poor Gecom chairmen Just before I offer you brief comments on the (vexed) issue of National Registration, I allow myself an observation about our census.
– Retaliation? Responsibility? Readers, citizens will be aware of numerous charges and allegations of favouritism and outright, studied, discrimination by this government, its agencies and its officials with decision- making authority.
Oh dear, here I go breaking and breaching my own self-imposed rule: “try not to join in offering comments on current robust issues and controversies which are attracting the daily attention of those much more analytical, erudite and intellectual than I can ever hope to be, or become”.
-And National Songs, National lies Yes here I go again with one of my occasional opinionated, lecture-type pieces.
Frankly Speaking… By A.A. Fenty I nearly wrote “Ho-Hum”. Because it’s Emancipation time again!