BLOOD ON THE RIVER


The Berbice Slave Rebellion of 1763 is a seminal event in Guyanese history, commemorated by Guyana’s most famous work of sculpture at the south eastern entrance to the Georgetown city centre. Republic Day and Mashramani celebrations take place in February. The Rebellion’s lessons of the enduring quest for freedom, the display of statesmanship and courageous leadership, have been inculcated as part of the Guyanese consciousness and have shaped our aspirations.

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POMPEO’S VISIT


The Opposition’s theory in relation to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit to Guyana, appeared to be that the US could or may be contemplating an invasion of, or some sort of intervention in, Venezuela and that if Guyana were to get involved, it would somehow jeopardize Guyana’s current case in the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ). How any action by the US, even if Guyana supports it, would affect Guyana’s case, when Venezuela has declined to participate in relation to an issue that occurred in 1899, and has not recognized the jurisdiction of the ICJ, is still to be explained.

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GUYANA’S AGONY


Violence at election time or immediately thereafter in Guyana, though devastatingly painful, particularly to the victims, is nothing unusual. It gave rise in the past to a memorable phrase – “slo fyah, mo fyah,” the meaning of which speaks for itself and was manifested in the arson of Berbice homes and property in the streets in recent days.

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APNU+AFC: DECLARE GRANGER PRESIDENT ON FRAUDULENT RESULTS


According to media reports, if accurate, the election petition to be filed on behalf of APNU+AFC alleges that the elections were fraudulent and seeks an order that new elections be held or that Mr. David Granger be sworn in as President, presumably on the results delivered by the fraudulent elections.

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TURMOIL IN SOPHIA – JOE HARMON TRIUMPHS


Like everything else, political parties undergo change and renewal. The reasons, circumstances and methods of change are of infinite range. In Guyana, change has not escaped the PPP in its long history. More recently, current changes began with the passing of Cheddi Jagan in 1997. While there have been dramatic moments, the changes were largely incremental. The PPP of today has little resemblance to the PPP of 1997, except that its outmoded constitution, structure and system of democracy remain in place, perhaps conveniently. Even though I was severed from the PPP as late as 2012, my contemporaries have departed or have, or have been, retired or no longer wield influence. Admittedly, most of us are now rather long in the tooth.

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