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Ralph Ramkarran, Stabroek

A bleak prognosis?

By Ralph Ramkarran stabroek news   The government is silently leaning the economy towards Burnham’s socialist control system, to cooperativism and poverty, where the sugar workers suffer and the private sector has no influence. The past government’s policies favoured drug lords, the criminally inclined and business crooks. While these two parties are…

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Ralph Ramkarran, Stabroek

Independent third world judges lead the way

By Ralph Ramkarran stabroek news The stunning news, unprecedented in Africa’s history, broke on Friday morning that the Kenyan Supreme Court had overturned the results of the August 8 elections which the incumbent president, Uhuru Kenyatta, 55, had won with 54 per cent of the vote. The six-bench Supreme Court ruled four to…

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Ralph Ramkarran, Stabroek

Sex for women was better under socialism

By Ralph Ramkarran stabroek news August 20, 2017   Alexandra Kollontai (1872-1952) was a leading Bolshevik and the earliest champion of women’s rights under the new Soviet government. From an aristocratic background, she was attracted to left wing ideas as a student and in 1899 joined the Russian Social Democratic Labour Party, under which…

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Ralph Ramkarran, Stabroek

Camp Street was a tragedy waiting to happen

By Ralph Ramkarran stabroek news There are approximately 2,000 prisoners in the five facilities in Georgetown, New Amsterdam, Mazaruni, Lusignan and Timehri. Of these 35 per cent are on remand awaiting trial. The Georgetown Prison at Camp Street was designed to accommodate 600 prisoners but held in the vicinity 1,000. Violent incidents…

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Ralph Ramkarran, Stabroek

Absence does not make the heart grow fonder

by RALPH RAMKARRAN stabroek news  July 30, 2017 Being away for the past six weeks allowed me the luxury of leisurely contemplating Guyana from afar. The news emerging was not encouraging. The prison was burnt down and prisoners escaped; then more escaped from Lusignan. A disaster waiting to happen, it was said, but…

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Ralph Ramkarran, Stabroek

Making the small man a real man

By RALPH RAMKARRAN May 21, 2017 stabroek news The collapse of the Palmyra foundation structure intended to support an Indian Arrival Monument which was unveiled on Arrival Day was reported by the Stabroek News on April 27. Stabroek News had interviewed a Mr Marlon Cumberbatch, who said he was the supervisor of…

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Ralph Ramkarran, Stabroek

When should a judge recuse himself or herself?

By RALPH RAMKARRAN stabroek news May 14, 2017 ‘Inappropriate recusals are potentially very damaging.’ This statement begins the concluding portion of an article by Professor Abimbola Olowofoyeku, Professor of Law, Brunel University, London, UK, entitled ‘Inappropriate Recusals’ in The Law Quarterly Review, April 2016. The main basis for recusals by judges (or other…

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