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Ralph Ramkarran, Stabroek

What I said in New York: A synopsis

By Ralph Ramkarran October 15, 2017 stabroek news October 5 will forever be remembered in the history of Guyana as the date when a short-lived democracy was restored. Our freedom was obtained on May 26, 1966. The period of formal democracy lasted from 1966 until 1968 when it was crushed by rigged elections….

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The heyday is gone but the sweetness lives

By Dave Martins, stabroek news october 15, 2017 Calypso achieved popularity with the arrival of calypso tents in Port-of-Spain, particularly from the first commercial recordings in the 1930s, and from the spread of the tents after World War Two ended in 1945. In short order the form became party music as…

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Spare the rod

By Mosa Telford September 23, 2017  stabroek news The Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted by the United Nations in 1989 and approved by the Government of Guyana in 1991. Article 19 (1) states: “States Parties shall take all appropriate legislative, administrative, social and educational measures to protect the child…

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Ralph Ramkarran, Stabroek

Ethnic dominance

Conversation TreeBy Ralph Ramkarran  stabroek news The drive for ethnic dominance is an unavoidable consequence of our social history. It manifests itself in numerous ways and appears in discourses relating to social and economic policy. More importantly and fundamentally, it appears in political competition. Ideas of ethnic dominance have always shaped…

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Henry Jeffery, Stabroek

Are most of our political elite racists?

By Henry Jeffrey stabroek news ‘Is it possible to vote and/or encourage others to vote racially and not be a racist?’ The incident involving Ms. Lloyda Nicholas-Garrett, President David Granger’s public information and press officer, was being considered when the above question was raised. Briefly, in a private group on Facebook, she…

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Race is still a viciously divisive issue

stabroek news letters Dear Editor, Last week, after the incident between two public office holders, one a parliamentarian, the other a support staff member at OP, the following thoughts came to mind. Reading Vidyaratha Kissoon’s ‘Coil’ was a far more precise rumination, reminding us about what’s actually in the Constitution,…

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Moving social cohesion beyond words

By Mosa Telford stabroek news A woman of African descent wrote on social media this week, “Amerindians are animals and should go back to the bush.” The post resulted in people of all ethnicities condemning her and the condemnation in part saw her being subjected to racial slurs. People are imperfect, often…

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Ralph Ramkarran, Stabroek

Race: President Granger has the power in his hands

By Ralph Ramkarran stabroek news Membership of our two main political parties does not necessarily imply that one is a racist or subscribes to an ethnic approach to politics. The leaderships of both parties seriously strive, largely unsuccessfully, to broaden the leadership and membership of their parties. That they have not been successful…

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