Norway expresses concerns over Chinese timber firm operations in Guyana


Despite the company’s record, among its supporters is Guyana’s ex-President BharRAT Jagdeo. His photograph is included in Chu Wenze’s presentation, as part of the Guyanese Project Promotion Team for an Economic and Trading Cooperation Park that Bai Shan Lin is developing in Guyana. Other members of the Project Promotion Team include Guyana’s President, Donald Ramotar, and Prime Minister, Sam Hinds. BharRAT Jagdeo is currently the roving ambassador for the Three Basins Initiative, part of which seems to include begging the international community for more money to stop deforestation. Meanwhile, back in Guyana, he’s promoting a Chinese logging company, which seems to be operating above the law.

Despite the company’s record, among its supporters is Guyana’s ex-President BharRAT Jagdeo. His photograph is included in Chu Wenze’s presentation, as part of the Guyanese Project Promotion Team for an Economic and Trading Cooperation Park that Bai Shan Lin is developing in Guyana.
Other members of the Project Promotion Team include Guyana’s President, Donald Ramotar, and Prime Minister, Sam Hinds.
BharRAT Jagdeo is currently the roving ambassador for the Three Basins Initiative, part of which seems to include begging the international community for more money to stop deforestation. Meanwhile, back in Guyana, he’s promoting a Chinese logging company, which seems to be operating above the law.

Oslo, Norway: A senior monitoring official at Norway’s Ministry of Climate and the Environment is alarmed at reports highlighting the apparent green-house abuse of Guyana’s rainforest by a Chinese firm. Referring to several articles in the Guyana’s Kaieteur News, a leading private daily newspaper from Georgetown, the senior Norwegian climate monitor told this Publication that Oslo will be launching a silent investigation into the timber harvesting activities of the Chinese firm Bai Shan Lin. He stressed that the investigation will help to determine whether Bai Shan Lin’s operation is impacting on the terms that Norway had entered into with the Guyana Government under the REDD+ initiative. Sharing a series of inferences that he could have drawn from the articles, the official said that an EU corrupt practices investigation may also be likely, depending on what the initial REDD+ investigations may unearth.

Question on whether the investigation would be a joint initiative between the Guyana and Norwegian Government, the official was quick to say ‘NO’, thus revealing Norway’s obvious distrust of the officials responsible for enforcing Guyana’s environmental laws.

Norwegian officials have practically considered Bai Shan Lin to be an arm of Sinopec and several other Chinese investment firms that were already commercially convicted for flouting the conservation laws of Gabon, and for collaborating with criminals in the exploitation of several forest concessions throughout Africa. Oslo is also worried over intelligence information which suggests that three Chinese operatives, who were reportedly criminally fingered in Cameroon for siphoning off hundreds of millions of dollars in undeclared timber, are now part of Bai Shan Lin’s operation in Guyana.Bai Shan Lin. Guyana

Their worry is practically hinged on those operatives alleged tendency to illegally exploit rainforest concessions, with impunity. Generally associated with the story of El Dorado, and known for its magnificent forests, rivers and the Kaieteur falls, Guyana is home to a large swath of the Amazon rainforest. During November, 2009, the South American country had launched a controversial Low Carbon Development strategy under its previous President, Bharrat Jagdeo. Norway was one of the first countries to support the initiative by offering the country millions of dollars in exchange for protecting its rainforest, under the Guyana REDD+ Investment Fund (GRIF).

However, straddled by poverty, rampant corruption and a low GDP, Guyanese forestry officials are usually very willing to suppress lawful processes in exchange for bribes, thus making the country’s sprawling rainforest a natural attraction for under-dealing companies like Bai Shan Lin.

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12 thoughts on “Norway expresses concerns over Chinese timber firm operations in Guyana

  1. Our forests are been destroyed, time for a regime change

    AUGUST 20, 2014 | BY KNEWS

    Dear Editor,

    In any country, organization or institution that is performing poorly, the most important cause is almost always lack of leadership or incompetency or both. History is replete with examples that in almost every country the role of political leadership in the process of economic development is very important.
    Why do some countries achieve economic development and others like Guyana do not, thus remaining in a perpetual state of underdevelopment because of poor leadership or incompetency and we must add, corruption. In fact, we believe that Guyana is in a state of persistent poverty when compared to most of its CARICOM counterparts. This is why thousands of Guyanese have and continue to abandon Guyana for the Caribbean.
    This leads to the question as to why Guyana is a failed state. The answer lies in the myopic approaches/policies taken by the political leadership as well as the massive corrupt practices that are taking place almost every day.
    Political leadership has been observed to be a critical influence on the efficiency of institutions, economic behavior and investment incentives and it is these key ingredients that determine the economic success or failure of nations. For economic growth to be achieved, it is necessary to have effective political leadership which Guyana does not have at the moment.
    Economic decisions are critical for determining the performance of an economy, but whether a country is poor or prosperous depends on political leadership. It can be argued that it is political leadership that determines what economic decisions are taken. However, this cannot be achieved with the current inept leadership that has pawned Guyana’s pristine forests to foreigners who are causing major destruction to the environment.
    In Guyana, despite what the regime says, there has been very little economic success and the regime has to be blamed for its poor policies and lack of effective and good political leadership.
    They have not created a policy framework that ensures the security of the people, private property, and an unbiased system in which the best qualified will be employed and a functioning market system in an atmosphere based on the equitable distribution of goods and services. But despite some outstanding individuals, the ruling oligarchy since the late 1990s has not produced good political leaders and this is not an historical accident or an act of God, rather it is the result of irresponsible and reckless behavior of the oligarchy to select any riff-raff person as their presidential candidate.
    They select those who aspire to benefit from their political positions in the form of bribery or stealing. And the only reason why they have done this is because the party leaders believe that they can win an election by playing the race card and appealing to their supporters.
    Guyana needs its brightest and best leaders to go into politics and public service. Politics need people with the attitude extolled by the late President John F Kennedy: “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” Guyana does not need leaders whose only intention is to rape the treasury to fill their pockets and those of their relatives and friends.
    These people must be weeded out of the political system and be prosecuted. Leadership change is urgently needed to weed out crime and corruption and to prevent the further destruction of our pristine forests.
    This regime has ruined the coastland, raped the treasury, bankrupted the country and has now sold the forests in the interior. They will not stop until Guyana is completely ruined and the people become full-fledged paupers and beggars.
    Guyana is in a crisis of political leadership. The current political leadership is pathetic and should be replaced immediately either by elections or by any other legal means necessary to save the country and its people from tyranny and the kletocrats .
    They have sold or have taken the best ocean front lands for themselves, sold the state properties to their friends at below the market prices and now they have pawned our pristine hinterland forests to foreigners who have no respect for the environment. As we watched our forests being destroyed by foreigners, it is time for new political leadership. This cannot and should not be allowed to continue. Wake up people, time for action is now.

    Dr. Asquith Rose and Harish S. Singh

    • Guyanese deserve the TRASHING they are getting at the hands of the PPP and their PAID PNC THUGS

      Dem boys seh…Donald using thugs now on reporters

      August 19, 2014 | By KNews | Filed Under Dem Boys Seh, Features / Columnists, News

      De timber situation get out of hand. People start fuh talk and all of a sudden de government decide that dem gun terrorise all dem reporter who expose de story. When de story buss out and dem realize dem in fuh nuff nuff trouble, all of dem run fuh cover and stay quiet. Den after a few days dem get Bai Shaan fuh talk crap in a full page ad.

      Dem boys talk bout shipping out lumber and how much Bai Shan Lin sending out and how Guyana getting nutten. Nobody didn’t talk bout investment. All dem talk bout Guyana getting a fair share from de logs it shipping out. But it seem that Bai Shaan telling Guyana once dem spend money, shut de f*** up and tek whatever “we do”.

      De government get involve after dem boys start exposing more and more wha dem scamps doing in de forest. De last straw bruck de camel back when Donald come out and defend Bai Shaan. He didn’t even have de decency fuh seh that de government gun investigate de issue. De government tek almost a whole week to respond. Rohee was one who seh that Bai Shaan didn’t give de Waterfalls paper wha it ask dem Chinee for. That tek de cake. Dem boys did expect Donald fuh ask Rohee wha nonsense he talking. Instead he didn’t seh nutten

      He setting a new trend, because where he came from everybody knows it’s all about Freedom. He come out of Freedom House wheh he use to preach bout Freedom of Expression and things like that. Instead, dem now find out that Donald come from Free Dumb House wheh people stop and don’t talk at all. At the last press conference dem boys hear he was walking wid a long statement from forestry. So dem boys decided not ask he anything bout that suh he didn’t get to read de statement. He had to remain Dumb.

      Yesterday he got de forest man to call a press conference and to explain this whole fiasco. Everybody know that a press conference is fuh reporters. Instead dem invite people to abuse, insult, assault and intimidate reporters to mek dem stop talk about wha going on. And de leader was Phillip Bynoe, a big frighten man, a man who run and hide in de bush fuh five years because Jagdeo did want to jail he. He even hide from he wife and pickney when dem visit him in his hideaway camp.

      Dem boys ain’t talking how he tun a snitch and mek several people get kill just fuh let Jagdeo pardon him. Dem boys want to know how much Rob de Earth pay Bynoe. This man Bynoe now deh in de government pocket from de time Jagdeo pardon him. This same Bynoe did go to Ohh Pee fuh overthrow Jagdeo; this was de man who run and mek he friend, Mark Benschop, spend five years in jail while he hide like a pussy.

      This is de same man who was in de Pee And See and who use to cuss Jagdeo. But de threat of jail mek he switch suh fast that some people wonder if he can ever be loyal to anything. He tell de reporters, after abusing dem and spitting in one of dem face, that he coming fuh picket de Waterfalls paper. Dem boys want he come. De Waterfalls paper is not de forestry people. Fuh sure de paper ain’t gun pay he nutten. Instead, he might end up in de same jail wha miss he de last time. Talk half and feel sorry fuh wha Donald become, liar like de man who resemble de devil.

      • Dem boys seh…Our leaders clutching at anything now

        AUGUST 20, 2014 | BY KNEWS | FILED UNDER DEM BOYS SEH, FEATURES / COLUMNISTS, NEWS

        Mouth can seh anything. That is why some people does mek empty statements. Philip Bynoe open he mouth and talk how he bringing 400 people fuh picket de Waterfalls paper. Well dem boys seh that he woulda mek front page.
        Whole day Tuesday de Waterfalls paper waiting. Dem had people to greet dem. By de end of de day de people suck dem teeth and go home because Bynoe didn’t do wha he mouth seh that he woulda do.
        De Waterfalls paper go through a lot standing up fuh de Guyanese people suh nutten like threats, abuses and intimidation gun stop dem from wha de Creatah send dem to do. That is why dem gun continue to dig and dig to get to de bottom of de corruption.
        But is de people who leading we who got people talking. Imagine that de government instead of defending de Guyanese people decide to defend de foreigners. And to mek matters worse de government resorting to terror tactics. It got to be that dem running scared.
        In case people want to know wha gat dem frighten, is de dutty deals that dem do and dem frighten that dem deals come to light. That is why dem clutching at anything. Imagine dem lean pun a man like Bynoe. That surely show that dem clutching at straws.
        De thing is that dem is de ones who benefitting from de foreigners in de logging companies and dem don’t care if de country ain’t get nutten. That is not selfishness. That is corruption of de highest order. Dem is de people who does get jail in any other country. Dem boys seh that de time gun come when Guyana gun get like dem other country and jail all de corrupt politicians.
        De people who running fuh defend de foreign logging companies get kickbacks, kick up and kick front, while de Guyanese people get kick down. Dem boys hear that in nuff cases people collecting US$10,000 and some collecting US$20,000 fuh each shipment of logs.
        Is about de same price dem collecting fuh visas and foreign work permits. That is why Rohee believe that dem boys ask dem Chinee people fuh something. He know that dem same Chinee people busy sharing out money. But de Creatah bless dem boys wid a contented mind. Dem satisfy wid wha dem got and dem does share it wid de workers, because dem is de people who does mek de money fuh de Waterfalls paper.
        De government, on de other hand, tekking money from these same workers and de Guyanese people fuh pay de thugs dem hire. Imagine that dem pay $40,000 fuh every person dem bring out of de interior that using dem vehicles fuh help defend de foreign logging companies. Dem pay $10,000 to de poor people who travel on Bai Shan vehicles. Is a pocketpiece fuh buy lunch dem tell de people.
        Dem boys want to know what else dem plan to do to de Guyanese people. Of course dem quick to bring lawsuit against de Waterfalls paper, but that ain’t gun stop dem boys. For too long all of dem drawing down and fulling dem pocket and any other place that got a hole. This got to stop.
        Talk half and know that this is de worst de Pee Pee Pee get in dem 22 years in power.

  2. Norway expresses concerns over Chinese timber firm operations in Guyana

    By Dennis Adonis | Dennis E. Adonis | August 11, 2014

    Oslo, Norway: A senior monitoring official at Norway’s Ministry of Climate and the Environment is alarmed at reports highlighting the apparent green-house abuse of Guyana’s rainforest by a Chinese firm. Referring to several articles in the online version of Guyana’s Kaieteur News, a leading private daily newspaper from Georgetown, the senior Norwegian climate monitor told this Publication that Oslo will be launching a silent investigation into the timber harvesting activities of the Chinese firm Bai Shan Lin.

    He stressed that the investigation will help to determine whether Bai Shan Lin’s operation is impacting on the terms that Norway had entered into with the Guyana Government under the REDD+ initiative. Sharing a series of inferences that he could have drawn from the articles, the official said that an EU corrupt practices investigation may also be likely, depending on what the initial REDD+ investigations may unearth.

    Question on whether the investigation would be a joint initiative between the Guyana and Norwegian Government, the official was quick to say ‘no’, thus revealing Norway’s obvious distrust of the officials responsible for enforcing Guyana’s environmental laws.

    Norwegian officials have practically considered Bai Shan Lin to be an arm of Sinopec and several other Chinese investment firms that were already commercially convicted for flouting the conservation laws of Gabon, and for collaborating with criminals in the exploitation of several forest concessions throughout Africa.

    Oslo is also worried over intelligence information which suggests that three Chinese operatives, who were reportedly criminally fingered in Cameroon for siphoning off hundreds of millions of dollars in undeclared timber, are now part of Bai Shan Lin’s operation in Guyana. Their worry is practically hinged on those operatives alleged tendency to illegally exploit rainforest concessions, with impunity.

    Generally associated with the story of El Dorado, and known for its magnificent forests, rivers and the Kaieteur falls, Guyana is home to a large swath of the Amazon rainforest.

    During November, 2009, the South American country had launched a controversial Low Carbon Development strategy under its previous President, Bharrat Jagdeo. Norway was one of the first countries to support the initiative by offering the country millions of dollars in exchange for protecting its rainforest, under the Guyana REDD+ Investment Fund (GRIF). However, straddled by poverty, rampant corruption and a low GDP, Guyanese forestry officials are usually very willing to suppress lawful processes in exchange for bribes, thus making the country’s sprawling rainforest a natural attraction for under-dealing companies like Bai Shan Lin.

    • More action needed on mining deforestation here – Norway funding agency – confirms Guyana will lose US$20M

      AUGUST 20, 2014 recent reports by Stabroek News

      Systems are in place for measuring forest protection but insufficient action has been taken to reduce the mining operations that are the main cause of deforestation, the Norwegian government agency through which funds are channelled to pay Guyana for protecting its forests, has said.
      The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) in its latest report released on Monday, confirmed that Guyana will lose US$20 million as a result of increased deforestation in Year 3 (2012) of the Guyana-Norway forest protection partnership. NORAD is a directorate under the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and since 2010, it has been monitoring Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI) the programme under which Guyana is paid to protect its forest.
      Guyana has established the necessary systems for measuring forest protection but insufficient action has been taken to reduce the mining operations that are the main cause of deforestation in the country, NORAD said. The agency confirmed that payments from Norway for 2012 were reduced by approximately US$20 million.

  3. “The PPP are burning logs to hide evidence, they are tearing down websites and withdrawing information from the public domain.” …

    Stats bureau website suspended

    Posted By Staff Writer On August 20, 2014 @ 5:15 am In Local News | No Comments

    The Bureau of Statistics’ website has been suspended for unknown reasons and officials are unable to say why.
    The timing of the suspension raises questions as it follows recent reports by Stabroek News which states that logging figures offered by Finance Minister Ashni Singh in his mid-year report were contradicted by figures released by the International Tropical Timber Organisation (ITTO).
    In its bi-weekly report, released last Friday, the ITTO, citing figures supplied by the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) said that log exports rose by 80% in the first half of this year compared to the same period last year. This revelation contradicts Singh, who in his mid-year report in the economy attributed the 31.3% increase in timber export earnings to “an expansion in plywood earnings.”
    The state of the website was discovered yesterday morning and it remained this way until press time last evening. A reporter from this newspaper visited the Bureau around 3:35 pm yesterday and waited for more than an hour to query the development with Chief Statistician Lennox Benjamin who was said to be in a meeting at the time.
    When the reporter left at around 4:45 pm Benjamin was said to still be in his meeting.
    Efforts were also made to speak to the agency’s Information Technology (IT) staff about the suspended site but a message from the department referred the reporter back to Benjamin. Eventually, a representative of the Bureau explained that the suspension of the site was noticed by them on Monday.

  4. The Jagdeo-Ramotar approach to private enterprise

    Posted By TarronKhemraj On August 20, 2014 @ 5:01 am In Daily,Features |

    Former President Jagdeo has carved out his own method of promoting private enterprise. The strategy has largely been adopted by current President Ramotar. Both men had strong Marxist-Leninist upbringing. This socialization is quite evident in the manner in which they go about promoting private investments in Guyana. On the surface, they appear to be strong proponents of a private sector led economy where economic activities are guided by free private markets and firms. However, if we delve deeper we would see the Freedom House hand instead of the invisible hand of markets driving private investments. The Freedom House hand, which appears pro-business on the surface, involves significant control of who can invest and in which sectors. Mr Jagdeo made it clear a few years ago that he is promoting a new private sector. He was dead serious and indeed his approach includes punishing the old private sector as he builds up the new one using the resources of taxpayers.

    Even the Private Sector Commission appears to be pro-Jagdeo and pro-PPP these days. So much so that it appears like the Marxist-Leninist PPP has become the pro-business party, while the opposition looks mainly like the party of negativism and budget cuts. Instead of crafting a new social, political and economic vision for the country, the opposition is now the party of many nays. It is not that active opposition is not needed, but to overcome the incumbency advantage positive alternatives have to be given as much as the nays. Although my sample of observation of young people – some of mixed ethnicities – in Guyana is cursory at best, it suggests some of them (very likely your swing voters) are coming around to accepting the PPP as the party of young professionals. Let us try to understand why the Jagdeo-Ramotar (hereafter the JR) method versus the opposition’s way could be turning some middle voters to accepting the status quo.

    Firstly, the entire edifice of the JR approach is to produce so-called symbols of development. These symbols, when combined with the ample new hang out spots that emerged owing to the underground economy, provide powerful visuals in favour of the government. The PPP and Jagdeo prefer a “development” programme that is premised on drinking, partying, gambling and 20-20 cricket. Tertiary education will take a back seat as we can see with the brinkmanship this week played out over the University of Guyana. The Social Sciences – from where the critical thinkers are more likely to emerge – in particular will take a big hit.

    Many young people, independent voters and the PPP East Indian supporters are given a choice between the so-called symbols of development and the purely negative approach of the opposition. The Guyana Times recently wrote an editorial “Cricket in nation building”. The editorial provides a key insight into the JR approach, which is not too concerned that the crowds frequenting the artless 20-20 cricket matches at the stadium are mainly East Indians. Nor is it too bothered by the disintegration of Bourda and its great legacy in West Indian and world cricket. Development does not include social cohesion and preservation of history and great legacies. It is the PPP’s way or the highway! Nevertheless, middle voters are given two choices: (i) the JR approach of hot and wild party spots, gambling, drinking, gyrating, swanky new houses located in areas with recurring floods, ample rum shops and no green parks in which children can play, a ritzy cricket stadium and 20-20 cricket; and (ii) the opposition’s negative way.

    Furthermore, in the JR approach gyrating and artlessness are not subtle. One has to only go back to the party’s 2011 election campaign song “dem a watch we” to get a feel for the in-your-face method. The song encapsulates the methodology and mentality of those proposing the JR way quite well. It says we the oligarchs will capture the state, the PPP and eventually the government to offer ourselves all the advantages for plunder and patronage. We shall acquire the wealth via patronage and nepotism rather than personal abilities, sacrifices or education. Therefore, civil society is just envious of our oligarchic wealth; hence the message “dem a watch we.” The meaning of the song is quite clear: join the wine up party or just be envious of our plunder and blunder.

    A second aspect of the approach is the desire to completely control the media and information space. Even data from the Bureau of Statistics are now suppressed. As this column is written, the website of the Bureau of Statistics has been suspended. It is the first time this writer has seen the website suspended after visiting it regularly for the past 14 years. State resources are used to nurture a new like-minded private media. The Guyana Times was created while Kaieteur News and Stabroek News were boycotted by the Jagdeo government. Monopoly rights are given for the purchase of medicines so that the monopoly profits can be used to buy up private TV and radio stations. Radio licences were given mainly to friends and families associated with the government.

    Thirdly, the strategy above is in keeping with the desire for limited complementarities of investments. A Marriott hotel was established in spite of the low occupancy rate that already exists in the hotel industry. The government did not see the need for a sound feasibility study. The purpose of the Marriott – subsidized by taxpayers’ money – is to eventually corner the market and gradually kill off other hotels that will eventually be bought up cheaply.

    This is the exact opposite of how the Asian economies (Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan and Malaysia) used complementarities in industrial policy to nurture their domestic business sector.
    The same principle is used for the suppression of the independent private media. It is hoped that eventually the pesky independent private media will just go away as the oligarchs create a new one.

    Fourthly, only dubious foreign investors without a credible track record are allowed to invest in Guyana. No reputable global publicly traded company (except the obscure CGX that was traded) subjected to strict disclosure laws or an American company subjected to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) has ever invested here since 1992. The FCPA is an American law that prohibits its companies from offering bribes in foreign countries.
    The PPP government therefore found a natural ally in the natural resource sharks from Asia. The sharks often make great promises to invest in manufacturing and ship building here. But as the private media shows, it’s all a ruse meant for clouding the real intention of only extracting and exporting raw materials. The sharks also hardly rely on local workers. The tax base and NIS contributions are not expanded from these investments in natural resources.

    The next column will pick up on these themes providing data to demonstrate that the overall private sector is actually contracting instead of expanding. The main thesis of Development Watch is the contraction is determined because of the lack of complementarities and the deliberate crowding out of traditional private investors.

    • The PPP sent Navin Chandarpal to represent the Party at the 13th International Meeting of Communist and Workers Parties in Athens, Greece.

      “THE PPP OF GUYANA expresses its sincere appreciation to the Communist party of Greece for the excellent preparations for our meeting and more importantly for the great example of struggle that it is currently leading.
      In Guyana, our Party the PPP, in Government, has been working tirelessly to rebuild the shattered economy inherited from colonial rule followed by an authoritarian dictatorship during the first quarter of a century of our
      existence as an Independent Nation.
      AS A MARXIST-LENINIST PARTY committed to a Socialist Future, we have embarked on the initial stage of National Democracy which seeks to strengthen the role and influence of the working class and reduce the influence
      of local and foreign capitalist forces.

      The newly elected President of our Country, our Party’s General secretary, Comrade Donald Ramotar, re-emphasised this commitment in his declaration to the electorate that:

      «Specific attention will equally be paid to workers who are the bedrock of our economic activities. We hope to work closely with the labour movement so as to protect and advance the interests of workers in an environment that guarantees the personal safety of every citizen. My objective is to work with stakeholders to promote unity of the labour movement».

      AT THE INTERNATIONAL LEVEL, our Party had expressed the position for many decades that the unbridled control of market forces over the direction of globalization would not only lead to major setbacks for the economies of developing countries but would also result in intense crises in the developed capitalist economies.
      AS IN PREVIOUS CRISES OF CAPITALISM, the forces of imperialism and reaction are seeking to divert the anger of the working people from understanding the real nature of the crisis. They are greatly helped by the severe decline in ideological work which followed the collapse of the socialist system two decades ago.
      However, the failure of the combined efforts of the major capitalist powers to stop the decline has re-opened peoples’ doubts about the false pictures painted of capitalism. And the attacks on the working class generated by
      the crisis have provoked new levels of militant actions by the working people to defend their interests.
      TODAY, HERE IN ATHENS, let us once again draw inspiration from the ongoing struggles of the working people of Greece to confront the difficult tasks facing the Proletariat with the legendary strength of Heracles
      (referred to by the Romans as Hercules) and like Theseus and Perseus destroy the Minotars and Medusas of Capitalism and Imperialism.”

  5. Yet, if 90-95% were given US visas – GUESS WHAT?

    Hope Uncle Sam has enough space for daydreamers…

    Do they use ‘CAPITAL’ in communist/socialist countries?
    Damn, I forgot, everything is ‘utopian’ and FREE – one works for the glory of god(leader)/state.
    Now is 2014 not the middle ages, or worst ‘ANCIENT GREECE’, when only certain people wrote EVERYTHING.
    And they thought the earth was FLAT.

    Guyanese are born GO-GETTERS, we don’t need all that chi/com/len/marx/sol – BS.
    Many Gy leave with a plane ticket and 1 or 2 suitcases for a CAPITALIST shore,
    leaving the fantasy behind and working their butts to enjoy life NOW, not TOMORROW.

    Life is short, everything is temporary(like a dream)…only assholes sit around, mentally climaxing
    on the shortfalls of CAPITALISM/IMPERIALISM and GREEN people trying to control us.
    Thought we were all born FREE with CHOICES…like being SANE.

    &*$#@$#@*& COMMUNISM.

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[that one dealing with his cousin roger khan, desi bouterse and racheid doehkie] don’t worry jagbamzee there will be more cables and more opportunities for you to select your pamper size today in a startling admission before officers of the Guyana Defence Force the president of Guyana admitted that he likes little girls. we already know that jagdeo [cousin of roger khan] remember this is the same jagdeo that made much ado about signing the sexual offences bill with priya manickchand sometimes these things just have a way of coming back and biting yuh in de ass just ask baby doc duvalier bharrat jagdeo dancing in the streets bharrat jagdeo getting his freak on. big man with fancy colour shirt, bald head man left head down man right partially hidden in black shirt are presidential guards. clique on picture About these ads AT-M Ad Share this: FacebookTwitterStumbleUponGoogleEmailLinkedInTumblrPinterestRedditPrint DISCUSSION 102 thoughts on “bharrat jagdeo” Jag de hoe is only pretending.The man—- i mean girl is a fag.Even Joey said it on radio in NY a few years ago.Jag had an African fellow student as his man while they were students in Russia,Both jag de hoe and kwamie are batty boys.Varshnie was used as a tool to deflect his true sexual orientation.Jag still meets his old African boy friend and his other man in Queens New York. Publisher i implore you to call Joey Jagan to confirm his interview on a New york radio station a few years ago.A certain guyanese lawyer and two other people were on the discussion panel. 27 15 Rate This POSTED BY CUFFY777 | JANUARY 26, 2011, 8:40 PM REPLY TO THIS COMMENT @ cuffy777 we don’t need confirmation 🙂 bharat jagdeo mansion built on cocaine money 19 8 Rate This POSTED BY NELLY AVILA MORENO | JANUARY 27, 2011, 12:26 PM REPLY TO THIS COMMENT so what is fucking wrong if Barrat Jagdeo is a homo or straight, i definately don’t see what his sexuality has to do with his presidency, at least he is the fucking head of ur state (Guyana) but who the fuck is you? you need to put some hard evidence here to proof that he is really putting his head in man…..i have to see to believe, only assholes and illeterate believe what they hear and not what they see! 35 34 Rate This POSTED BY CYMA22 | SEPTEMBER 2, 2011, 3:27 PM REPLY TO THIS COMMENT I believe u r a fag 16 16 Rate This POSTED BY TRUTH TELLER | SEPTEMBER 6, 2011, 11:10 AM REPLY TO THIS COMMENT WE IN NY KNOW THE WHOLE STORY…..IT IS NOT A CRIME TO BE IN NY. IN GUYANA CONTEXT IT IS ,SO I HOPE U PUT IN LAW IN GUYANA BEFORE U ALSO SHIT YOUR SELF. 1 10 Rate This POSTED BY REV. MONIRAM MAMBODE | NOVEMBER 30, 2011, 12:11 AM REPLY TO THIS COMMENT Guyana fuck up bad bad 5 1 Rate This POSTED BY JAMES GARFIELD | NOVEMBER 12, 2013, 2:11 PM REPLY TO THIS COMMENT I BUBBA Jagdeo and he husband Bobby in bobby Swimming Pool, that is why Bobby wife left him after seeing him kissing jagdeo in the swimming pool. 7 1 Rate This POSTED BY GT BOY | NOVEMBER 16, 2013, 3:20 PM REPLY TO THIS COMMENT Nah. The fat fuck in the grey suit with the pen is a criminal name vic persaud chief of protocol in the office of the president. He is the facilitator of the diplomatic runnings; People with false documents leaving Timehri as diplomats through the diplomatic lounge and switch passport on the plane. or body strapped with drugs. He is a convenient relic from the pnc era. When the time comes, he is one that certainly qualifies for several decades behind bars. 28 2 Rate This POSTED BY FREEDOM HOUSE GUARD | JANUARY 26, 2011, 9:06 PM REPLY TO THIS COMMENT barrat ;;a fucking robing the guyanese ;. 15 12 Rate This POSTED BY RENNY KEVIN | MAY 4, 2011, 3:06 PM REPLY TO THIS COMMENT ahhhhh vickie always drinkin an sportin in orange walk gracias 10 4 Rate This POSTED BY NELLY AVILA MORENO | JANUARY 27, 2011, 11:58 AM REPLY TO THIS COMMENT Frank Anthony is the faggot. 6 6 Rate This POSTED BY SHAUN | FEBRUARY 1, 2011, 5:12 PM REPLY TO THIS COMMENT @ shaun you know that or you just feel like saying that? 12 1 Rate This POSTED BY NELLY AVILA MORENO | FEBRUARY 1, 2011, 6:52 PM REPLY TO THIS COMMENT my friend fuck he 11 10 Rate This POSTED BY COCK MAN | MAY 16, 2011, 3:18 PM REPLY TO THIS COMMENT The DEA, FBI and IRS are INVESTIGATING “TOWER COCAINE IN TILAPIA HOTEL” and JAMES COCAINE IN TILAPIA MANBAHAL. 6 4 Rate This POSTED BY TONY | FEBRUARY 26, 2011, 12:49 PM REPLY TO THIS COMMENT Bharrat Jagdeo is a homosexual. He limes with dougla girls to prove that he is not a faggot. He pays the girls to hang out with him. His sex partners are Dr.ramroop, Manniram Prashad, Brian Yong and Dr. Coby Fripong. He loves to suck dicks especially big ones. 21 16 Rate This POSTED BY AVINASH | FEBRUARY 26, 2011, 2:19 PM REPLY TO THIS COMMENT right ;.me son fuck he ;..in he asshole;.. 12 9 Rate This POSTED BY RENNY KEVIN | MAY 4, 2011, 3:05 PM REPLY TO THIS COMMENT YOUR SON CHOOSE TO HAVE SEX WITH A MAN ..WHAT WILL YOU CALL YOUR SON ? COME ON ANSWER? HE LIKE MEN, NOT GIRLS. 12 2 Rate This POSTED BY REV. MONIRAM MAMBODE | NOVEMBER 30, 2011, 12:19 AM REPLY TO THIS COMMENT you sound a bit jealous of mr barrat jagdeo……………that is none of your business if he is paying them to hung out with him, i’m sure that u can’t afford to pay girls to hung out with you, maybe you are one of those who fucks and lime with them for free! And what proof do u have that those men are his sexual partners? maybe u should go spend ur time wisely because barrat is living his life and u are wasting ur time judging what he is doing……. u should go get a life of your own because he is happy! 12 16 Rate This POSTED BY CYMA22 | SEPTEMBER 2, 2011, 3:37 PM REPLY TO THIS COMMENT I comfirm u r a fag why u defendin that fool who r u? 12 8 Rate This POSTED BY TRUTH TELLER | SEPTEMBER 6, 2011, 11:15 AM REPLY TO THIS COMMENT You are correct Dr Frimpong gets a fat salary for buggering the passive Jagdeo. 9 5 Rate This POSTED BY VIJAYSINGH | MARCH 10, 2012, 1:39 AM REPLY TO THIS COMMENT dem man fuck barrat 12 7 Rate This POSTED BY RENNY KEVIN | MAY 4, 2011, 3:03 PM REPLY TO THIS COMMENT i hear Jag get a big asshole…………. my friend fuck Frank….. the boy is a Unit Leader with PYARG 4 8 Rate This POSTED BY COCK MAN | MAY 16, 2011, 3:15 PM REPLY TO THIS COMMENT PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THE REAL ESTATE THIEF ed ahmad WAS denied permission to Travel to Guyana to Visit his Girlfriend Jagdeeshri…he also claimed in court today that he is personal FRIEND OF THE PRESIDENT OF GUYANA ..this thief Ahmad is trying to run ..please note also that the properties that he put up for Bail does not have any equity , he does not own a Fancy Car Anymore he sold it for 100K a few months ago ..definitely he will make a perfect hen in prison 9 4 Rate This POSTED BY DAVID | JULY 29, 2011, 3:48 PM REPLY TO THIS COMMENT more details would be helpful. thanks for checking in with updates 5 0 Rate This POSTED BY EL CHE | JULY 29, 2011, 3:54 PM REPLY TO THIS COMMENT David, we all try to be successful in life, and Ahmad seems to be a man who tries to develop himself, I do hope that he does not end up in prison and that he should try to sort out his business and desist from situation that could cause him problems, I think he is extremely handsome and I would hope that he does not end up in prison. 5 10 Rate This POSTED BY OBSERVER | SEPTEMBER 3, 2011, 2:21 AM REPLY TO THIS COMMENT Antiman Fagdeo is a BUGGA BATTIE Man HORE , Fagdeo is Friends with the Owners of “COCAINE TOWER HOTEL” he is always at the CLUB at the “Tower COCAINE HOTEL” 8 4 Rate This POSTED BY GTGYAL | SEPTEMBER 10, 2011, 11:25 AM REPLY TO THIS COMMENT wow all you fag or non fag really love the president of guyana to spend so much time talking about him 7 7 Rate This POSTED BY FRY | NOVEMBER 29, 2011, 10:17 PM REPLY TO THIS COMMENT I BUGGA JAGDEO, KWAME. MANNY, BOBBY RAMROOP. THEY PAY TO BUGGA THEM. 9 3 Rate This POSTED BY AUBREY | JANUARY 28, 2012, 5:10 PM REPLY TO THIS COMMENT I find the language very distasteful. 8 2 Rate This POSTED BY JAMES ANTHONY | FEBRUARY 10, 2012, 5:28 AM REPLY TO THIS COMMENT FAGDEO, KWAME,MANNY, BOBBY RAMROOP are ALL BUGGA BATTIE ANTIMEN with AIDS, they HAVE BUGGA PARTIES with SCHOOLBOYS. 6 3 Rate This POSTED BY PAM | MARCH 17, 2012, 9:41 AM REPLY TO THIS COMMENT fuck alll ayo 3 5 Rate This POSTED BY SAHID | APRIL 3, 2012, 11:01 AM REPLY TO THIS COMMENT “Has the world gone mad” 6 2 Rate This POSTED BY EZIO AUDITORE | MAY 14, 2012, 10:47 AM REPLY TO THIS COMMENT NUFF A YAL WA TALKING THAT BARRAT A GAL ANTIMAN WHT EVA I KNOW HE WILL FUCK NUFF A YAL….. 2 6 Rate This POSTED BY JAMES | JULY 30, 2012, 10:02 PM REPLY TO THIS COMMENT ANTIMAN JAGDEO LIKE SUCK CACK AND TEK BUGGA. 4 5 Rate This POSTED BY FAROUK@YAHOO.COM | SEPTEMBER 22, 2012, 2:26 PM REPLY TO THIS COMMENT very nice. the queen loves you all. 1 1 Rate This POSTED BY DDOG | OCTOBER 5, 2012, 5:05 PM REPLY TO THIS COMMENT hey renny kevin, yu can sen u sun ova ot de reverend…e sound like e can set im strait, not like them otha reverends . 1 0 Rate This POSTED BY DDOG | OCTOBER 5, 2012, 7:06 PM REPLY TO THIS COMMENT I am seeing this blog for the first time. WOW! whilst some of you have some facts, That’s not the whole story. Look at my avatar. it has three sides. yours, mine and the truth. I also have testimonials on who supplied jagdeo’s brazilian women at castellani house compound. How much they were paid and what a good time they say they had! I also know whose wives visited State House alone and were let in without security checks. Hey even jesus surrounded himself with adoreing male sycophants. But that doesn’t curse him beyond redemption…seems we need to refocus on the real issues. 2 3 Rate This POSTED BY BARBADOS1956 | OCTOBER 25, 2012, 1:04 PM REPLY TO THIS COMMENT @ barbados1956 welcome and send us what you got 1 1 Rate This POSTED BY ADMIN | OCTOBER 25, 2012, 6:23 PM REPLY TO THIS COMMENT seems like the pink dollars a run things in Guyana as it does in the UK. The Taliban can do a better job than the pres of Guyana 2 0 Rate This POSTED BY SYDNEY | JANUARY 17, 2013, 9:40 PM REPLY TO THIS COMMENT again a man been a youg professinal working years after years save his money , ggot a million US from the UN changed such and got 200 000 000 now a house like that worth that, now huges have so much houses and lands, now he paid the GRA 5 000 000 in taxes that not half, we need to understand taht mosses get 1 200 000 a month, grangers get 120 000 from his pension scheme, pluse now a whoppinng 1 500 000 for been a opposition and plus a guard, duty freee every three years, so is mooses come on let me talk more nnnnaaaa you see fa your self… 2 3 Rate This POSTED BY YOUNGREVOLT | JANUARY 19, 2013, 2:17 PM REPLY TO THIS COMMENT if you get a man like benschop in the parliamnet the mooses you are a crimainal, come on demons, you no that you are a criminal, a now the afc the peace let me tell you people of guyanan a man like huges when he represent a case a saw a case in cotton rtree village where the farmer trying to sue the mma the people who gave them water for their crops, wondering if the afc can do better an d if so does the huges getting a cut from the money, al the farmer at cotton tree are the one need to protect there land but tyen again does farnmers pay taxes, i need the gra to cogo to cotton and do a auditting and get all those people to pay there taxes, at the end of the day tax payer money going to repay them… 3 2 Rate This POSTED BY YOUNGREVOLT | JANUARY 19, 2013, 2:22 PM REPLY TO THIS COMMENT Guyanese ppl are in an abusive relationship with their country. No food, no jobs, no proper school system, no proper social system just mental abuses and promises to change, but yet Guyanese love this disgraceful Guyana. It is what it is. Why should Guyana change when it is quite accepted by Guyanese the way it is. It’s like a man beating a woman…if she is still there then why change…maybe she likes it or she has no other choice and that’s where the abuse comes in. Guyanese who can’t get out of Guyana has to put up, shut up or get killed. 4 3 Rate This POSTED BY SYDNEY | MAY 12, 2013, 2:20 PM REPLY TO THIS COMMENT Guyana is progressing Squidward!! 65,000 new registrations of motor vehicles in less than 5 years. Diamond, Grove, La Parfait Harmonie and Tuschen are growing villages. The skyline of GT is changing from wooden 3 storey buildings to state of the art 6-8 storey buildings. Marriott Hotel is almost completed and the infrastructure of Guyana’s roadways are upgraded to a 4 lane thoroughfare. I bet you are one of those in the Diaspora who can’t afford to own a car or own a home in Jewmerica. You should thank the black man Obama for the food stamps and Medicare. Guyanese don’t go to dollar stores for bargain. Too bad you can’t afford the bus fare to the airport to come back to Guyana loser! The opposition is peddling their bullshit around the Diaspora. If we Guyanese are poor, why are 10,000 vehicles being sold and registered every year? And house lots are selling like hotcakes! We Guyanese deh good! Go and study about the rent you owe this month to the Jewish landlord you debt slave!!! 1 7 Rate This POSTED BY PPP/C RUN THINGS | MAY 13, 2013, 7:45 PM REPLY TO THIS COMMENT ask Bharrat about Paulie from Barr Street kitty… 4 1 Rate This POSTED BY JOHN SMITH | SEPTEMBER 17, 2013, 10:37 AM REPLY TO THIS COMMENT What De rass?? Ayo leave ppl and their fancy lives.. work and build your own.. 2 3 Rate This POSTED BY DDL GUYANA | OCTOBER 16, 2013, 9:41 AM REPLY TO THIS COMMENT their fancy lives is the rest of the country fancy misery 3 1 Rate This POSTED BY ADMIN | OCTOBER 16, 2013, 3:12 PM REPLY TO THIS COMMENT jagdeo sucking a lot of people wife and daughter…..chandini rambalack was one of them….oh in that picture with jagdeo signing the sexual offence bill….the fucker @ the back of him ( bodyguard) his name is Mcpherson…he and wesford does fuck….how the parliamentary opposition dnt investigate wahat is going with wesford ministry….she employed two presidential guard on a patrimely basis. they are Mcpherson and purai…these two chaps receive more than what they receive @ the presidential guard plus duty free concession and they doesn’t meet that criteria. I guess because purai does fuck jagdeo drunking sister shanta. 4 0 Rate This POSTED BY WATCH DOG FOR THE POOR | OCTOBER 27, 2013, 8:58 PM REPLY TO THIS COMMENT yo…uncle paul the biggest drugs lord in Guyana….supplied all the cement and trowel text to bugarat jagdeo when he was building pradoville 2 house. I have the info from an ex presidential guard who is in the states living happily. 1 0 Rate This POSTED BY WATCH DOG FOR THE POOR | OCTOBER 30, 2013, 9:45 PM REPLY TO THIS COMMENT EDUL AHMAD REAL ESTATE CROOK STOLE $300M from POOR PEOPLE gave FAGDEO the BIGGEST ANTIMAN in GAYANA THE MATERIALS FOR HIS HOME IN PRADOVILLE ANTIMAN JAgdeo GAVE ED AHMAD LEONORA ESTATE . 1 0 Rate This POSTED BY BODYGUARD | DECEMBER 21, 2013, 11:58 AM REPLY TO THIS COMMENT He under minding President D.R 1 0 Rate This POSTED BY KUMAR | DECEMBER 23, 2013, 3:14 AM REPLY TO THIS COMMENT De man is a rich champion of the Dirt 3 0 Rate This POSTED BY EARTH OF THE DIRT | DECEMBER 23, 2013, 6:29 AM REPLY TO THIS COMMENT If Batty men can ,command Authorities in G/Y,then what kind of real men living in that Country, them like baby Toys. 3 0 Rate This POSTED BY G/T TIMES | FEBRUARY 20, 2014, 10:07 AM REPLY TO THIS COMMENT The Govt administration’s are a bunch of Quack. 1 0 Rate This POSTED BY MARKSINGH | FEBRUARY 26, 2014, 6:04 PM REPLY TO THIS COMMENT i heard that brazzy, babby, barrat, and kwame does keep bikini pool party in florida… only thing is that there ain’t no girls… 😀 1 0 Rate This POSTED BY SIVA 6 THE WOOZIE KILLER | MARCH 18, 2014, 2:19 PM REPLY TO THIS COMMENT Stabroek News MARCH 24, 2014 · BY STAFF WRITER · Airbrushing In last Monday’s editorial `Pass this bill’ Stabroek News argued that it was time for the groups in Parliament to reach a compromise on the passage of the anti-money laundering bill as there was a growing risk of financial sanctions hitting the ordinary woman and man. The point was made that for all of the gnashing of its teeth over this bill, the PPP was being grossly hypocritical as it had had several years with a clear parliamentary majority to pilot the enhanced measures necessary and nearly two years in the last Jagdeo administration when there were explicit warnings from the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force that non-compliance could result in dire consequences. Further, the editorial went on to say that the period 2003 to 2011 would come to be recorded as “one of the darkest and replete with the most egregious crimes that the AML/CFT bill is seeking to counter. During this period, there is little doubt that rampant money-laundering and the financing of terrorism was occurring in the shadowy activities of the several death squads and the unrestrained activities of convicted drug lord Roger Khan, who was bold enough to state that he had assisted the Jagdeo administration in fighting the crime wave triggered by the 2002 prison escapees. It is a period that will undoubtedly require careful examination of why there was a failure across the board to detect these activities.” It would appear that this passage in the editorial hit a raw nerve at Freedom House, or more precisely, in the camp of former President Jagdeo as the PPP went into overdrive accusing the newspaper of an attempt to tarnish the “character and successes of the former Bharrat Jagdeo administration”. The statement by Freedom House points to an increasingly frenetic proxy campaign for Mr Jagdeo either for reasons of his international image or for domestic purposes. Time will tell which one it is. Suffice to say, the editorial had nothing to do with the “character” or “successes” of the Jagdeo administration. Why Freedom House would reel off a compendium of his achievements is perplexing as the editorial did not address the record of Mr Jagdeo’s entire presidency. That would be an exhaustive undertaking too onerous for these columns. Yet Freedom House was moved to argue that “The reality is that Guyana has been placed on the relevant pathway to economic development since, development projects under the Jagdeo Administration continue to impact positively on the daily lives of its citizens.” While many of the items on the Freedom House list are questionable in terms of their impact, success and propriety, there was one notable omission which would unbalance the cloying hagiography: the fate of the sugar industry. Indeed, the sugar industry was brought to its knees progressively and patently during the 12-year tenure by Mr Jagdeo, highlighted by the no doubt well-intentioned but gigantic failure at the Skeldon factory. Mr Jagdeo takes the major credit for that project. However, as stated before, the total record of Mr Jagdeo is for another occasion. What is being examined are the actions of the Jagdeo administration that culminated in the manifestation of criminality in its grossest forms. Unfor-tunately for Freedom House, its statement was its worst enemy. The PPP statement opined that the “darkest” period referred to by Stabroek News was triggered by the February 23, 2002 Mash Day jail break and the beginning of a reign of terror in Guyana by criminals. It added that it was during that period the criminal gang of Rondell `Fineman’ Rawlins shot and killed 11 law-abiding citizens including children at Lusignan, 12 persons in Bartica and eight miners who were working to make an honest living at Lindo Creek. The pinning of all three of these massacres on one gang is simplistic and questionable but that, too, is a matter for another occasion. The breakout from prison was indeed the catalyst for the crime of that period but what cannot be ignored is that a full decade earlier, the PPP/C had been repeatedly warned that security reforms were desperately needed to professionalize the police force, strip away corruption, improve intelligence gathering capabilities and heighten the all-round capacity of the joint services to battle serious crime. These calls went unheeded as the PPP/C was too consumed with wanting to control the police force to permit a revamping. Former President Jagdeo assumed the presidency in 1999 and did nothing to alter that equation despite the fact that the Symonds Report of 2000 – the author of which is now assisting with limited police reforms – had recommended sweeping changes. So when the notorious five broke out of Camp Street on Mashramani Day 2002 with the intent to cause maximum mayhem, the Jagdeo administration was caught completely flat-footed. It had no answer to the daily carnage. The police force was without adequate leadership, morale was low, ranks were outgunned and not motivated. No solution worked and several key Joint Services operations were compromised by infiltration. This was when the criminalizing of the state began in earnest. Those who felt threatened by the marauders, many of them in the drug trade and in the deep underworld mobilized themselves and offered their services to those in authority. They conducted their own operations unimpeded by the security forces and when bullet-riddled bodies were discovered there would be knowing looks of unknowing. The term `phantom’ gang was of the Jagdeo administration’s coinage and the unrelenting allegations of connections between death squads and then Home Affairs Minister Gajraj brought the matter into sharp focus. Into this cauldron, the activities of convicted drug lord Roger Khan became known to all and he would years later seek to stave off apprehension by the local police in relation to the theft of arms from Camp Ayanganna on the grounds that he had helped to beat back the criminals who were rampaging along the coast. Much earlier in the rampage Khan had been nabbed red-handed with electronic eavesdropping equipment and weaponry by alert GDF intelligence ranks in the midst of one of his crime fighting operations. After much hemming and hawing he was charged but like with many other sensitive, clear-cut cases, the charges against him were thrown out and he continued with his operations unimpeded. There have been credible reports that Khan was well-connected with government officials and on one occasion was seen on the premises of the Office of the President. His interconnections with crime, vigilantism and officials of the Jagdeo administration require an investigation of the order of the Commission of Inquiry that will soon embark on an examination of the killing of Dr Walter Rodney. The PPP statement also went on to say that “Stabroek News must prove beyond reasonable doubt that during the 2003 to 2011 period; `rampant money laundering and financing of terrorism was evident around that time.’ Rather than engaging in scandalous and vexatious allegations, the Stabroek News must come clean and provide the evidence in its pages”. The guilty plea of Roger Khan in a US court to the shipping of drugs to the US, the conviction of others in foreign jurisdictions and the constant interception of drugs from Guyana in various parts of the world provide the starkest evidence of what the PPP seeks. The recruiting and financing of death squads by enforcers and drug lords for political and other purposes would also fall into the categories that the Anti-Money Laundering/Countering the Financing of Terrorism (Amendment) Bill is seeking to fight. There is only one other point in the PPP statement worth exposing, that is the claim that upon the death of `Fineman’ in August of 2008 the government “embarked on national consultations aimed at reforming the Guyana Police Force.” This is absolute piffle as the comprehensive report of the Disciplined Forces Commission (DFC) had been delivered in 2003 and not implemented. So derelict was the government in this respect that it is still today trying to address some of the key DFC recommendations and the Minister of Home Affairs is well into the second year of another supposed set of reforms which are still to yield results. Any consultations held after the death of `Fineman’ would merely have been for the purpose of throwing up a smokescreen. It remains the case that the PPP/C continues to toy with security reform and the operational readiness of the police force. The force remains in dire need of professionalizing and this grave lack will not be aided by airbrushing former President Jagdeo’s record. 5 0 Rate This POSTED BY MARK | MARCH 28, 2014, 8:03 PM REPLY TO THIS COMMENT Does the PPP honestly believe it is innocent or is it a deranged group? MARCH 26, 2014 | BY KNEWS | FILED UNDER FEATURES / COLUMNISTS, FREDDIE KISSOON Every year I would publish an analytical review of world politics. I did so for 2013 but it was never printed. And that is because I never submitted it. On the occasion when I was about to send it, Guyana’s depraved exercise in power got in the way. It has been like that for many other columns. I did a review of a new book on Guyanese history that painted a pro-PPP position on the troubles of the sixties but never submitted it. The runaway train of depraved power got in the way. I rushed to my keyboard and analyzed a piece of mouthing-off by Mr. Jagdeo in Essequibo at a PPP meeting to celebrate twenty years in power in which he said he, Jagdeo, took away the young lover of a certain media owner in Guyana. I didn’t get the opportunity to send it off. Recently, I looked at the inherent weakness of an observation by a certain weekly independent columnist in another newspaper in which he opined that the RACE thing exists in all countries, so why do we concentrate so obsessively on it in Guyana. It ended up lost somewhere on my hard drive. This week for sure, I will look at Fazil Khan. The reason why these columns remain invisible is because of the tsunami of power madness that gets in the way, so I rush to do another column on matters that need more attention. There is no letting up. Every day the Government of Guyana or the PPP does something that is so awful, so terrible, so undemocratic, that you have no time to publish an article on world politics or review a book on Guyanese history. The exigency demands that you look at these waterfalls of political depravities. Today’s column should have been on the need for Guyana to suffer the consequences of the sanctions for the anti-money laundering lapse, so it can drive home to Guyanese that they have to be less self-destructive and confront their heartless government on the desire for good governance. But here I am doing a different column. And it was motivated by the anger generated in me when I read a statement by the PPP rejecting an editorial by the Stabroek News, in which it opined that Mr. Jagdeo presided over some of the most disturbing periods in modern Guyanese history. Unbelievable would be the adjective that would come out of the mouth of anyone who read the PPP reaction. The PPP let Stabroek News know that the more troubling days in Guyana’s history were under the Burnham Government and it cited Walter Rodney and Father Darke’s murders, and the shooting death of two protestors during the 1973 general elections. As you read this sickening denial of the PPP horror story since 1999 and including the reign of Mr. Ramotar, you wonder to yourself; are these people sick? Do they know what they have done since 1992 to this country? It is impossible not to ask yourself if the PPP is not a psychotic organization, in that it lives outside the mainstream of reality. How can a government be in power for twenty-two years, in which time, people were remanded for long periods for treason and sedition; people hauled before the courts for libel; people murdered in suspicious circumstances, including a Minister, and directions point to a centralized hand; attempts made on the life of critics; the press hounded down; civil servants dismissed under circumstances even the colonial government would find too tyrannical. I could go on and the examples would fill volumes of books, not just newspaper columns, but my concern is not the mountains of depraved and abominable acts of tyranny committed against democracy in Guyana by the PPP since Mr. Jagdeo became president. There has been the constant need by the PPP to publicize the sins of the Burnham Government, with the specific desire to fool Guyanese into thinking that Mr. Burnham was the bad guy and Mr. Jagdeo was the good sermonizer. Two questions face you in dealing with this macabre situation. One is that the PPP is truly a psychologically-wrecked collective. It has no mental awareness that it has been and is a terrible government, the members of which cannot avoid prosecution if the PPP loses power. The second one is that the PPP is fully aware that it has virtually collapsed, has lost all moral standing in the eyes of the world, and its only hope is that in telling the young population of Guyana that the PNC is the bad guy, it can survive in the future. I doubt it. 5 0 Rate This POSTED BY MARK | MARCH 28, 2014, 8:13 PM REPLY TO THIS COMMENT ANTIMAN BHARAT RAMROOP ANTIMAN BOBBY JAGDEO ANTIMAN KAWAME ANTIMAN MANNY STOP SPREADING AIDS IN GAYANA> 3 0 Rate This POSTED BY EXCANU | MARCH 29, 2014, 12:34 PM REPLY TO THIS COMMENT Dem boys seh…Bobby and Jagdeo frighten MARCH 30, 2014 | BY KNEWS | FILED UNDER DEM BOYS SEH, FEATURES / COLUMNISTS, NEWS Guyana beginning to look and sound crooked. Dem boys flying in a plane and dem see how shape change. One man seh that it tek de face of Jagdeo, another seh that de centre look like Brazzy belly and dem boys seh that de tail part look shaat like Bobby. That happen because of de airwaves and since all de crooks flying in de air. Jagdeo give away half of Guyana after he done tek half fuh heself and he friends and family. One quarter he give to de Chinese and de other quarter he give to de Brazilians. De real Guyanese, coolie and black man, ain’t lef wid one S*&$##. De last thing he give way was de airwaves. He try fuh give way de sky but he find out that de sky belong to de Creatah. He do all that to Guyana and he got de nerve fuh try to guh back in de chair. Dem boys got a message fuh he. Dem wouldn’t rest until he and Brazzy and all of dem see de jail door. He never allow de DEA and de FBI because he know that he and all ee friends woulda done deh in jail because of wha dem people woulda done pick up. He only delay destiny. Donald allow dem fuh come in but dem nah set up office yet. Dem deh all over de place. Some of dem wukking wid Bobby and he nah know. That is why de other day when he loss he office key he didn’t realize that de Feds did want to search he office. Dem boys would like to know wha dem find and how much dem see wha Jagdeo really own in Bobby business. Bobby change de lock in he office but by then de Feds did done get wha dem want. Now Bobby distressed and Jagdeo worried over that. But Donald seh that if you nah do nutten you nah got fuh frighten anything. But Bobby and Jagdeo frighten. Talk half and look out fuh de arrest. 4 0 Rate This POSTED BY MARK | MARCH 30, 2014, 12:21 PM REPLY TO THIS COMMENT Jagdeo ‘drools with renewed hunger’ for high office MARCH 31, 2014 | BY KNEWS | FILED UNDER NEWS …had set in motion a two pronged strategy to regain power – Ramkarran “Party stalwarts were retired, removed or sidelined…Independent voices were driven out…The newcomers, enticed with career opportunities…easily fell in line…” Former Executive Member of the Peoples Progressive Party (PPP) Senior Counsel, Ralph Ramkarran delivered a stark warning to Head of State, Donald Ramotar, while suggesting that former President Bharrat Jagdeo is attempting to scheme his way back into power. In his most recent writings on his conversationtree.org outlet. Ramkarran first alluded to an article in the Guyana Times, which said that the Opposition had caused a poll to be conducted last month which found that “former President Bharrat Jagdeo would be the most formidable candidate that the Opposition parties…could face in any upcoming general elections.” Former PPP stalwart, Ralph Ramkarran Former PPP stalwart, Ralph Ramkarran1 He noted that the following day, the state-owned Guyana Chronicle carried a similar front page headline: “Jagdeo favoured as PPP’s presidential candidate” in an Opposition poll. Both the Alliance for Change and A Partnership for National Unity have denied any such poll. Ramkarran noted that the publications in the newspapers belie Jagdeo’s protestations that he is not interested in a third term. “This new campaign was no doubt inspired by talk of a landslide victory if he had been the candidate in 2011, and if he is now the candidate.” Ramkarran recalled too that an expensive campaign calling for a third term was also put together in 2010 which only fizzled out when the then General Secretary, Donald Ramotar, took a stand against a third term. According to Ramkarran, now that elections appear to be on the horizon Jagdeo is “beginning to drool with renewed ambition and hunger for high office.” From the time he settled in to the Presidency and realized its potential to elevate him to ‘greatness’ and wealth (by saving), Jagdeo set in motion a two pronged strategy, Ramkarran says. The former executive member of the party said that Jagdeo, while in office began to nurture and encourage a group of business people, many of whom expanded through opportunities available from state contracts and other linkages, into massive and still growing conglomerates. “Today, crony capitalism has taken root in Guyana in a big way.” Ramkarran opines that the group of businessmen is personally loyal to Jagdeo and displays nominal loyalty to the PPP “but some are now quietly establishing or renewing links with the Opposition.” Former President Bharrat Jagdeo Former President Bharrat Jagdeo According to Ramkarran the second limb of Jagdeo’s plan was to break down any independent thinking and resistance to himself from the leadership of the PPP. “Party stalwarts were retired, removed or sidelined…Independent voices were driven out, stilled or subverted…The newcomers, enticed with career opportunities and devoid of ideological commitment or political history, easily fell in line and learnt that exaggerated and sycophantic displays of loyalty offered security of tenure and protection, albeit limited, from the great man’s rages.” Ramkarran noted that unfortunately, the core leadership of the PPP unwittingly succumbed in the early stages of the plans, not realizing their implications. “Worse, even after the Party realized their purport, they went along, seeing only short term advantages and not the big picture.” According to Ramkarran, the party leadership certainly did not recognize that the ambitions of Jagdeo, who was soon to leave office, could not be contained. “The 2011 elections revealed the extent of the damage to the Party.” According to Ramkarran, the open campaign for a third term, the direct challenge to President Ramotar and his leadership and the attempt to deprive him of a second term, whether of a minority government or not, were nevertheless exposed by the two publications. He posits that Jagdeo “can only succeed if he divides the Party which he clearly has no qualms in doing.” Ramkarran says that he can make bold to raise this direct challenge because, although President Ramotar recognizes the need to curb his influence, he has taken no decisive action to do so. “President Ramotar is now paying the price for inaction, which will probably continue and which will become increasingly costly.” Ramkarran said that Jagdeo, salivating for office, is not going to give up against President Ramotar and the PPP who are not his comrades, but instruments of his now monumental ego and ambition. “(Jagdeo’s) scheming has been perfected into a high art,” according to Ramkarran. The billboard that was erected seeking to solicit support for a third term for then President Bharrat Jagdeo The billboard that was erected seeking to solicit support for a third term for then President Bharrat Jagdeo He says that Jagdeo, who now has nothing but contempt for the alleged failings of the leadership of the PPP and of the Government, arrogantly sees little obstacle in his path even though, “as one comrade told him immediately after the elections in 2011, ‘it was your mansion and pension that caused the loss…The comrade, deprived of high office as a consequence, omitted the cussing out, loud music, lewd dancing, big rallies and years of hostility to sugar workers, all designed by the genius.” According to Ramkarran, Jagdeo succeeded in doing what the British, Americans and the PNC together could not do – deliver an electoral disaster to the Party of Cheddi Jagan. “With his usual hubris he now believes that only he can reverse the disaster of his own creation, ‘deal’ with the Opposition and manage Guyana. The PPP would unfortunately continue to regard an anti-socialist like Jagdeo as a ‘comrade,’ and defend him, in order to maintain the appearance of unity, “even though he has demonstrated by the publications and otherwise, over and over again, that he cares nothing about Party unity.” Ramkarran observed that the success of his plan for the Party has weakened it, has caused simmering discontent, has led to the almost total depletion of leadership material which understands the primacy of the PPP’s commitment to the disadvantaged within certain ideological perspectives and underpinnings. Ramkarran in his writings, warned that unless the Jagdeo grip on the throat of the Party and Government is prised open by President Ramotar, finger by finger, and he nurtures the leaders mentioned, and they in turn show some political courage, the intellectual successors of Jagdeo will eventually inherit the leadership of the Party and Government, and he and they will have the last laugh. 4 0 Rate This POSTED BY MARK | MARCH 31, 2014, 9:40 AM REPLY TO THIS COMMENT Third term’ campaign – Moses Nagamootoo APRIL 3, 2014 | BY KNEWS | FILED UNDER NEWS There seems to be something more sinister about the “Jagdeo Third Term” saga, says Alliance for Change Parliamentarian, Moses Nagamootoo. According to Nagamootoo the Ralph Ramkarran column from last Sunday really “hit the hammer on the nail”. Ramkarran, a former PPP/C stalwart in his weekly blog, delivered a stark warning to Head of State, Donald Ramotar, suggesting that former President Bharrat Jagdeo is attempting to scheme his way back into power. According to Nagamootoo, everyone saw how persons whom he refers to as the “gang of B’s” coined the campaign of “Bring Back Bharrat”. Nagamootoo told Kaieteur News that he strongly believes that the “gang” isn’t so “concerned” about a third term but something more sinister. “The gang knows that the notion of a third term is a like kite that cannot fly. The tail is too heavy to make it fly” Nagamootoo said. He explained that the campaign is even more sinister and perhaps less noticeable by the general public and the PPP membership. It could see Ramotar being forced to step down as President before the end of his term and Jagdeo being installed. Then he does not breach the constitutional provision which states that he cannot be re-elected. According Nagamootoo, former President Bharrat Jagdeo has been a debilitating factor which was introduced into the PPP. He said that everyone has seen him operate by stealth trying to wield control. “Because he had access to the Ministry of Finance and it’s a fairly influential position he was able to corral under his side people who could be easily compromised” Nagamootoo opined. The idea in the PPP was described brilliantly by Dr. Joey Jagan who said that the “Gang of Eight” out of 15 members of the leadership, which is the executive committee, can control literally the party which is like the head. According to Nagamootoo, the former president had worked his way among the group of trained leaders of the party, and moved the Gang of Eight to his side. “I think that they are attempting to start a rift inside the party to be able to get Jagdeo to control the Gang of Eight, in which case they could ask President Ramotar to step aside for whatever reason as what has happened with Janet Jagan in 1999 and allow Jagdeo to act as president until fresh elections,” Nagamootoo posited. Ramkarran first alluded to an article in the Guyana Times, which said that the Opposition had caused a poll to be conducted last month which found that “former President Bharrat Jagdeo would be the most formidable candidate that the Opposition parties…could face in any upcoming general elections.” Bharrat Jagdeo He noted that the following day, the state-owned Guyana Chronicle carried a similar front page headline: “Jagdeo favoured as PPP’s presidential candidate” in an Opposition poll. Both the Alliance for Change and A Partnership for National Unity have denied any such poll. Ramkarran noted that the publications in the newspapers belie Jagdeo’s protestations that he is not interested in a third term. “This new campaign was no doubt inspired by talk of a landslide victory if he had been the candidate in 2011, and if he is now the candidate.” Ramkarran recalled too that an expensive campaign calling for a third term was also put together in 2010 which only fizzled out when the then General Secretary, Donald Ramotar, took a stand against a third term. According to Ramkarran, now that elections appear to be on the horizon, Jagdeo is “beginning to drool with renewed ambition and hunger for high office.” From the time he settled in to the Presidency and realized its potential to elevate him to ‘greatness’ and wealth (by saving), Jagdeo set in motion a two pronged strategy, Ramkarran says. The former executive member of the party said that Jagdeo, while in office began to nurture and encourage a group of business people, many of whom expanded through opportunities available from state contracts and other linkages, into massive and still growing conglomerates. According to Ramkarran, the party leadership certainly did not recognize that the ambitions of Jagdeo, who was soon to leave office, could not be contained. “The 2011 elections revealed the extent of the damage to the Party.” The open campaign for a third term, the direct challenge to President Ramotar and his leadership and the attempt to deprive him of a second term, whether of a minority government or not, were nevertheless exposed by the two publications. He posits that Jagdeo “can only succeed if he divides the Party, something he clearly has no qualms in doing.” Ramkarran says that he can make bold to raise this direct challenge because, although President Ramotar recognizes the need to curb his influence, he has taken no decisive action to do so. 4 0 Rate This POSTED BY MARK | APRIL 4, 2014, 7:35 AM REPLY TO THIS COMMENT Jagdeo’s legacy was already tarnished … APRIL 9, 2014 · BY STAFF WRITER · 2 COMMENTS NEXT ARTICLE » Dear Editor, Those whom Cheddi Jagan lifted from obscurity to megalomania at Freedom House are concerned about Stabroek News tarnishing of the legacy of Bharrat Jagdeo. Mr Jagdeo was President of Guyana from August 11, 1999 to December 3, 2011. Guyana became a major drug transhipment point and crime-infested republic during that period, and attained its pinnacle of inequality, injustice, corruption, cronyism, immorality and unfairness. This is some achievement considering the dreaded PNC regime swung a wrecking ball at this country for 28 years. So what is there to tarnish when it has already been tarnished? Mr Jagdeo was trained as an economist, yet Guyana under Jagdeo achieved the following yearly GDP growth rates from 2000 to 2011 inclusive: 2000: -1.4%, 2001: 2.2%, 2002: 1.1%, 2003: -1%, 2004: 3.3%, 2005: -2%, 2006: 5.1%, 2007: -3.6%, 2008: 2%, 2009: 3.3%, 2010: 4.4% and 2011: 5.4%. Guyana had total annualized GDP growth of 18.8% in the 12 full years of Mr Jagdeo’s rule. Dentist Cheddi Jagan oversaw the following GDP growth rates from 1993 to 1996 inclusive: 1993: 8.2%, 1994: 8.5%, 1995: 5% and 1996: 7.9%. Janet Jagan achieved annual GDP growth as follows from 1997 to 1999: 1997: 6.2%, 1998: -1.7% and 1999: 3%, an average of 2.5% in those years. Those propagating the myth of Jagdeo as a leader believe they can con the Guyanese people; they cannot. The most telling legacy from the Jagdeo era is the criminalization of the society. Add waste (Skeldon Sugar Factory), incompetence (we cannot collect full LCDS payouts under Guyana-Norway agreement because of a self-strangulating agreement), cronyism (Berbice River bridge paid for primarily by taxpayers but private companies are reaping the most profits), and an indifference to wrongdoing and we get to the almost failed state we have today. It is no wonder the PPP continues to decline. It is no wonder there has been a mass exodus of PPP supporters. Everything is a game of historical jumping jacks to Freedom House. When Stabroek News quotes a period of terror and crime within the last decade, the PPP hijackers at Freedom House become like automated kangaroos jumping several decades further back to haul up erstwhile events that the majority of citizens and PPP supporters do not care about. Backward looking idealism is symptomatic of the backward mindset infecting Freedom House. Present atrocities must be addressed with past atrocities. Walter Rodney’s killing in 1980 is raised when the killing of so many Guyanese is happening yearly right now. Did so many Guyanese lose their lives in 1980 when Rodney was killed or when the two PPP activists were shot over the ballot box incident? Were Berbicians being incessantly terrorized by bandits then as they are now? Mash Day would not have occurred if the PPP had reformed the prison system, professionalized the police force and strengthened security and the protection of the citizenry, something which their own supporters had demanded for decades before they returned to power in 1992. The attempt to use drug trafficking cartels to fight criminals has left us with even more crime. Using criminals to kill criminals has given us even more criminality. Mexico and Colombia have a DEA office, Guyana has none. Do Clement Rohee and his associates really call the pathetic performance of the Guyanese economy under the PPP relative to the rest of the world and similar economies responsible fiscal management? Does a country with 83,000 square miles of some of the richest territory on earth with a mere 750,000 people to reap the benefits but which is still mired in poverty really a model of responsible fiscal management? If Haiti did not have the natural disasters it suffered in the last 21 years, it would have outgrown Guyana economically despite its humongous population! Why didn’t Mr Jagdeo use these state of the art health facilities his government created when he got sick instead of jetting off to foreign lands? The PPP has not fixed many of these decrepit hospitals but wants to spend taxpayers’ money to create a Specialty Hospital. Is domination of the Amerindian people by throwing them outboard engines and vehicles, and expecting them to politically bow to the PPP hinterland development? Is the smuggling of our gold by foreign and local miners also hinterland development? Was the dried-up Amaila Falls of US$1billion fame, hinterland development? Guyana’s international image has been rebuilt indeed; we are now known as a cocaine trafficking nation. Is a boundary award obtained after a pathetic government incapable of militarily defending its territory was chased out of its own territory by a smaller neighbour now something to celebrate? It was our territory to begin with as the award confirmed, and the PPP was incapable of defending it just as this PPP government has bent over and allowed Venezuela to hold this country to economic ransom with PetroCaribe. The fibre optic cable is now years behind schedule and has drained and continues to drain tens of millions of US dollars from taxpayers’ pockets, and an airport expansion that is overpriced and not justified by demand is now development. House lot distribution is a PPP success but so has been the giveaway of prime lands to a select few. Mr Jagdeo who has saved to afford a mansion worth millions on the local market still, despite his ability to be able to build such a mansion, got his land at Pradoville 2 at a price below what remigrants are asked to pay. This is not to say the PPP has done no good. The problem is it is difficult to see and even some of the projects which could bring genuine benefit to the country are so damaged by graft, or misuse or waste, that they no longer produce a viable return on taxpayers’ money. Yours faithfully, M Maxwell 5 0 Rate This POSTED BY MARK | APRIL 9, 2014, 9:26 AM REPLY TO THIS COMMENT Why the PPP gets away with excesses APRIL 10, 2014 | BY KNEWS | FILED UNDER FEATURES / COLUMNISTS, FREDDIE KISSOON Do you know the police can arrest you for buying foreign ice cream? There is no doubt about it; the young population of this country if asked which President was a terrible leader would say Bharrat Jagdeo. Given our demographic structure, they are too young to know that President Burnham was far from democratic. In fairness to Mr. Burnham, I lived under his reign and had caustic encounters with him and I suffered but one has to be the epitome of intellectual depravity to argue that Forbes Burnham was more extreme than Jagdeo. Any scholarly comparison, I believe, would have Mr. Burnham coming out far better than Mr. Jagdeo. As a layman and a trained academic, I believe Mr. Forbes Burnham was a better President than Mr. Jagdeo What is it about Guyana that allowed Mr. Jagdeo such gigantic latitudes for dictatorial behaviour that even the Ramotar presidency enjoys? Take the madness that came out of the mouth of Minister Irfaan Ali. If such words were said in any other Caribbean country, there would have been angry denunciations. Mr. Ali is quoted in this newspaper as telling one of its reporters that the advice of the government to commuters is not to pay a $20 minibus increase and that they must take the bus number to the police. Obviously, the government had to inform the police of the situation, why else would the commuter go to the police. What Mr. Ali and the Government of Guyana have done is to proclaim that they don’t care about laws and to make it more horrible, they order the police to do the same thing. There is no law under which a minibus driver can be arrested for hiking his fare. The reality is that minibus fares are not regulated by law. You can call the driver unreasonable or refuse to pay him but he cannot be arrested. To think that the government can openly embrace such lawlessness and the media, human rights community, Bar Association, opposition parties and the society in general stood silent is graphic proof of why dictators get away with their horror shows. You may think it is a joke but after what Irfaan Ali said, who knows what next is coming. Maybe if the Government has an ice-cream manufacturer it favours, he can report you to the police for patronizing the foreign version. Maybe the police can arrest you if you choose to support a football match at another venue instead of the one the government would like you to attend at another ground. If you find these examples absurd then how do you account for what Ally said about the minibus fare? What Irfaan Ali did explains why Jagdeo became such an invincible dictator. So let us answer the question why this country allowed Jagdeo to do what ever he wanted and why we are now silent about the Jagdeo pattern that Ramotar has adopted? The answer is as old as time itself. Consider Hitler of Germany, Amin of Uganda, Doe of Liberia, and Bush of the US. Hitler committed one atrocity after another and there was no national outcry. The result was psychological invincibility. Hitler felt that he couldn’t be touched. The same applied for Amin and Doe. After Bush began to assault American democracy using the war on terror as his reason, the American people refused to check him until it was too late. When they woke up they found that American democracy was shaken to its foundation by the extremism of Bush. Jagdeo began to take small tyrannical steps after the 2001 elections when he felt that Mrs. Jagan could no longer give him instructions. From 2001 to 2006, Mr Jagdeo had a taste of untamed power and he saw the society’s fear and compliance. Invincibility began to creep in. Mr. Jagdeo knew he had become a powerful president whose authority was unchecked. Then came another victory in 2006 and untamed power became absolute power. As the years wore on absolute power became omnipotent power. By the time we reached 2011 when was time for him to demit office, Jagdeo had become the first absolute dictator in the history of the British West Indies. There was nothing Mr. Jagdeo wanted he could not do and he did it. Where President Burnham was sacred because he wondered what the PPP, WPA, Catholic Standard, would say or do if he overdid it, there was no such hesitancy under the Jagdeo presidency. By the time he left office, Mr. Jagdeo had virtually destroyed the weak pillars of Guyanese democracy inherited from the British in 1966. Will we allow Ramotar to copy Jagdeo? The truth is, we are doing so. 5 0 Rate This POSTED BY MARK | APRIL 10, 2014, 6:20 PM REPLY TO THIS COMMENT Penis erection politics and the goat man’s goat politics APRIL 13, 2014 | BY KNEWS | FILED UNDER FEATURES / COLUMNISTS, FREDDIE KISSOON The incident in which a powerful PPPite told a very young journalist in a request for an interview that he still can achieve penis erection has come at an interesting time. In Trinidad, the Prime Minister is in an ongoing no-nonsense mood. She has fired several Ministers over embarrassing indiscretions. Had one of her Ministers done what this PPPite did to that journalist, he would have been fired. In Guyana, the reverse is the opposite, the more sexually depraved are the apparatchiks, the greater the protection by the party machine. The sexual thing in politics in Guyana is not new. Maybe it goes way back to the early post-colonial days. But the sickening and semi-civilized dimensions can really be dated to the era of the champion. The champion really dirtied the personality, mind, soul, heart and character of the PPP. It is not that the PPP had much of those elements anyway, but what little the PPP had of them, the champion destroyed with the saturation of sexual excesses. One simply has to do elementary Freudian analysis on the penis erection encounter and one will see how sexual morbidities have taken over the PPP Government. There are literally millions of ways you can indicate to a woman that you want to have sex with her. You have to belong to a culture of extreme lecherousness to tell her; “I want you to know I still can get an erection.” Why did he descend to such vulgar levels? Because this is what he has seen since the champion took over his party and the country. Look who the champion surrounded himself with? Look what crazy sexual things they say and do? Let me repeat in these columns about an incident that took place with me and one of the most intimate pals of the champion. I was coming out of the Foreign Service Institute of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on New Garden Street when this tall friend of the champion who is a stain on the revolutionary credentials of the African people of Guyana came into my car. He just opened the door and sat down. I swear on my life, this is what he did. There wasn’t time to stop him. He asked if I was going downtown, then said, “This is the first time I’ve see you in person; I didn’t know you were so small, how you is manage to F… all those women at UG?” That is how this man greeted me. This man became extremely close to the champion. Imagine what direction he and the champion went into. I can tell you that when Roger Khan was in his prime, there were nasty late parties at the Pegasus in which the type of debaucheries that took place there featured many prominent members of the corridors of power as participants. This is the direction the champion took the PPP into. This is the only world the penis erection man knows, that is why after one of the annual anniversary events of Cheddi Jagan’s death at the mansion of the champion, he took a 14-year-old and played with her at his home rather than keep the promise to her mother that he would take her to her home. The penis erection incident will not be the last. The culture of sexual escapades has overtaken the organization that Cheddi Jagan left behind. To hear about these sexual escapades would sicken you, especially since they involved underage age boys and girls. It simply boggles the mind why the powerful United States has not moved against this regime given its mountain of unspeakable immoralities. My two nephews and my brother-in-law visited from Canada some years ago and we stayed way into the early morning at Celina Resort at the Kitty pump station. The caprine Minister came in with another gentleman and two definitely underage teens. What the penis erection man did is just the tip of the iceberg. But that will not deter the goat man. The goat man will continue to tell Guyanese that his party and his government are the best things to have happened to Guyana. The goat man is going to completely black out from his press conference notes or from his mind when he addresses his party supporters that penis erection politics has permanently damaged the image of his party. The goat Minister is not going to tell Guyanese that never before in the history of politics, has power been so intertwined with sexual miasma, sexual orgies, sexual vocabulary as in the rule of the PPP since 1999. Sad though that as the goat man continues to sing his song of PPP goodness, penis erection politics will continue to make him look like a goat. 5 0 Rate This POSTED BY MARK | APRIL 13, 2014, 9:07 AM REPLY TO THIS COMMENT Prosperity for a few on the backs of all is what Hydar Ally and the PPP celebrate APRIL 13, 2014 | BY KNEWS | FILED UNDER LETTERS Dear Editor, Hydar Ally’s article titled “The rising tide of prosperity” (KN, Apr 12, 2014) was standard PPP propaganda dancing lewdly in front of us and telling us it is a modest creature. The kangaroo tendency of the PPP to jump backward into the past when confronted by its shortcomings and atrocities of the present is now legendary. Hydar Ally speaks of negative economic growth under the PNC. But Hydar Ally will not tell us of the shoddy and pitiful economic performance of the PPP in an era of unrestrained free market growth from the 1990s to present. Cheddi Jagan oversaw the following GDP growth rates from 1993 to 1996 inclusive: 1993: 8.2%, 1994: 8.5%, 1995: 5% and 1996: 7.9%. Janet Jagan achieved annual GDP growth as follows from 1997 to 1999: 1997: 6.2%, 1998: -1.7% and 1999: 3%. Mr Jagdeo was trained as an economist, yet Guyana under Jagdeo achieved the following yearly GDP growth rates from 2000 to 2011 inclusive: 2000: -1.4%, 2001: 2.2%, 2002: 1.1%, 2003: -1%, 2004: 3.3%, 2005: -2%, 2006: 5.1%, 2007: -3.6%, 2008: 2%, 2009: 3.3%, 2010: 4.4% and 2011: 5.4%. Donald Ramotar had economic growth of 4.8% in 2012 and 5.2% in 2013. That is 73.1% total annualized GDP growth over 21 years or growth or 3.48% per annum for the past 21 years. The entire world economy grew by 3.5% annually over this time period. So much for this pathetic economic charade the shallow comrades at Freedom House are crowing over! That is lacklustre economic growth by any stretch of the imagination and certainly when one considers Guyana as one of the most blessed nations in terms of resources per capita. That is a shameful performance for a country with Guyana’s distinct advantages of (1) small population (2) high debt writeoffs (3) significant per capita natural resource allocation (4) English speaking population (5) cheap labour (6) close proximity to Latin American, Brazilian, South American and North American markets and (7) significant remittance inflows. We missed out on the commodity booms and instead cocaine became our strongest export in the past 20 years. Massive countries devastated by the fall of communism like China and Russia with hundreds of millions and over a billion in populations were able to lift their people out of poverty yet the economic charlatans at Freedom House were able to deliver a pathetic 3.48% annual GDP growth over 21 years. Now that we know the PPP’s dismal economic performance in relation to the rest of the world, we must consider the type of economy inherited by the PPP. The PPP operates Hoyte’s economy without any significant alterations over the past 20 years. Hoyte handed the PPP an economy that grew by 6.026% and 7.758% in 1991 and 1992 respectively. The PPP got a booming economy from the PNC, ready for takeoff in a free market system. The economy has sputtered since. The PPP’s sordid claim to fame as an economic rejuvenator is bogus. Its lifelong excuse of inheriting a broken economy from the PNC does not fly anymore. The following countries all had decrepit socialist and communist economies – USSR, China, India, Vietnam, Albania, Angola, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Cambodia, Mongolia, Poland, Romania, former Yugoslavia republics, Ukraine, Belarus, Algeria, Indonesia, Nicaragua, Seychelles and Suriname- and they have all outperformed the PPP’s Guyana. The other issue with Ally’s propaganda is prosperity for whom: the fat cat contract worker friends of the PPP like some sitting at OP and collecting inflated salaries to write mindless drivel to the nation’s independent newspapers or the lean sugar workers trying to stay afloat financially? Is it prosperity for the lucky few who get government contracts or the unlucky not so few who have to make out with the contract of indenture the PPP has saddled them with? Prosperity for the Pradoville mansion builders or the Plastic City shantytown residents? Or is it prosperity for the drug dealers, gun runners, contraband traders, fuel smugglers, pimps and money launderers versus prosperity for the decent citizen struggling to find his or her daily bread. Prosperity by inequality, by taking taxes and VAT collected from all including the poor and giving it to a few in choice contracts is not prosperity. Nor is allowing drug kingpins to flourish in prosperity. The GDP per capita does not reflect the dangerous and crippling repercussions of the PPP’s wrongdoing, marginalization and cronyism. It does not show the chasms and gulfs between the haves and the have-nots. The PPP have glorified the demise of the working class people. And these rogues still have the temerity to keep Cheddi Jagan’s photograph adorning their Freedom House shrine. M. Maxwell 5 0 Rate This POSTED BY MARK | APRIL 14, 2014, 5:36 PM REPLY TO THIS COMMENT Vulgarity APRIL 13, 2014 · BY STAFF WRITER · 15 COMMENTS NEXT ARTICLE » Vulgarity is part of life; in this country, some might say, too

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