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Police Service Commission and the President’s diktat

By Henry Jeffrey August 16, 2017 stabroek news ‘[O]ptimum functioning or malfunctioning of the Public Service Commission … depends on the type and nature of the regime within which the institution operates.’. (Shahan, Asif (2008) Politics − Bureaucracy Relationship in Bangladesh: Consequences for the Public Service Commission.) This obviously goes for most public…

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An unnecessary media quarrel

By Henry Jeffrey August 9, 2017   Former President Bharrat Jagdeo and the PPP/C’s pontifications about the need for a free and open media must have elicited if not the vast hilarity coming from his detractors at the very least a timid smile from even his ardent supporters.  After solemn promises of various…

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Thinking diaspora

By HENRY JEFFREY stabroek news  August 2, 2017 Please excuse me if I am somewhat jaded by all the talk and little action surrounding diaspora involvement. Vocal elements in the diaspora bemoaned their exclusion from and disappointment with the pace of promised change (SN: 01/10/2016); government ministers were promising a diaspora policy…

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New old stories

By HENRY JEFFREY stabroek news  July 26, 2017 This has been an unusually good week for finding issues to comment upon, but apart from joining those celebrating the success of the 2017 STEM Guyana team, I want to focus on two matters – the African Business Round-table and acting Chief Justice Roxane George’s…

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Class, ethnicity and jail

By HENRY JEFFREY  stabroek news July 19, 2017 Last year, when considering the establishment of the Commission of Inquiry into the March 2016 prison disturbances in which 17 inmates lost their lives, I made two recommendations having to do with imprisonment and sentencing, which I am following up on here, because I…

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The politics of education

By HENRY JEFFREY stabroek news July 12, 2017 In view of the accepted  importance of eduation, some of what has taken place during and in the aftermath of the removal of Dr. Rupert Roopnaraine as the Minister of Education and the publication of the results of the 2017 National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA)…

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Freedom

By HENRY JEFFREY stabroek news July 5, 2017 This year marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of Karl Marx’s ‘Das Capital’, and I was invited by the Guyana Peace Council, Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union and the Cheddi Jagan Research Centre to make a presentation, “How to translate Capital into meaning…

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Lincoln Lewis: reasoning away structures

By HENRY JEFFREY  stabroek news June 28, 2017 In 1817, the social theorist, activist and ‘father’ of ‘cooperation’, Robert Owen, was told at the Congress of Sovereigns at Aix-La-Chappelle that the enduring structural contradiction between capital and labour would make it impossible for his idea of cooperativising the world to gain…

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Jagdeo negotiating under duress

By HENRY JEFFREY June 21, 2017 stabroek news Long conceptual and practical experience has taught me that the vicissitudes of the negotiation process are such that what at first may appear simple can become very complex, requiring an inordinate amount of thought and preparation. I promised to argue this week ‘that Mr….

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The Elections Commission: Race has no premium

By HENRY JEFFREY stabroek news June 14, 2017 On Sunday 11th June 2017, I read an article in Stabroek News (‘Process to appoint substantive Chancellor, CJ should not be rushed – lawyer’), which convinced me that a substantial number of us suffer from a form of ‘cognitive delusion’: a preoccupation with beliefs about…

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