WOULDN’T IT BE A GREAT DAY FOR GUYANA IF….?


On September 27, 1965, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) delivered a 1965-page report into Racial Problems in the Public Service of British Guiana. By letter dated April 6, 1965, Prime Minister Burnham, in his invitation, said to the ICJ that his Government had been “deeply concerned with the need to remove from our society sources of racial disharmony and to promote the right of each individual, whatever his ethnic origin, to have an equal opportunity to play a meaningful part in the community.” He said that his Government’s concern had been to “determine whether such [racial] imbalance as may exist in any particular field can be corrected and, if so, what is the shortest practicable period for such correction.” Burnham may well have been pressured by the UK to invite the ICJ having regard to searing ethnic strife of the early 1960s and the perceived undermining of Indian political representation by the imposition of proportional representation to defeat the PPP.

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BLOAT AND BIOMETRICS


Guyanese are well aware of the Opposition allegations that the electoral list is bloated and needs to be ‘cleaned.’ In recent letters to the press, the Attorney General has pointed out, in a more direct manner than I have done in the past, that the electoral list cannot be bloated if the Chief Justice has ruled that names are validly on the list even if the persons cannot be located at their addresses.

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VENEZUELA’S PRELIMINARY OBJECTION IS “TOTALLY HOPELESS.”


Although Venezuela’s official position is that it is not participating in the case before the ICJ relating to the controversy arising from the claim that the Arbitral Award of 3 October 1899 is null and void, it seeks every opportunity to intervene. Venezuela now makes a preliminary objection to the effect that the Court lacks jurisdiction to entertain Guyana’s Application on the ground that the United Kingdom is a necessary party to the proceedings.

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IS THE US BECOMING IMPATIENT WITH GUYANA?


Why is it necessary for the US Ambassador, Her Excellency Sarah Ann Lynch, to again call for inclusion, long term growth for all nationals and legislation against corruption? Ambassador Lynch’s remarks on the Wilson Centre’s Plaza Centre podcast titled “Guyana’s ‘oil Rush” were reported by Demerara Waves on 9 November. Ambassador Lynch is reported to have said: “It is an ethnically divided society and so they need to focus on inclusion and there have been many efforts to do so so far but they will need to continue to do that at an increased pace.”

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LETITIA JAMES JOINS HAKEEM JEFFRIES TO EXPLOIT RACE IN GUYANA


Rickford Burke, well known Guyanese anti-PPP political activist in New York, has finally landed a political gold mine. Burke’s long and unrelenting campaign alleging racism against the PPP and its governments occupied the fringes of the political discourse in the New York diaspora for many years. Burke’s distance from some past PNC leaderships had relegated him to a sideshow in Guyana’s opposition politics in New York. Burke, now in favour, has creatively linked the vote of the African Guyanese diaspora in Brooklyn, New York, with African American politicians in New York who rely on those votes for re-election. Burke can no longer be considered a fringe or marginalized political activist. How far his campaign, marked by dedicated persistence, will go cannot be predicted although its influence on Guyana’s political direction will remain limited to being a vocal irritant.

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