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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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A budding ‘competitive authoritarianism’

By HENRY JEFFREY stabroek newsJune 7, 2017 As promised, this column will consider the political side of former president Donald Ramotar’s ‘Under the PPP/C Guyana had the fastest growing economy in the region’ (SN: 22/05/2017), since it raised important issues which, because they are coming from Mr. Donald Ramotar and there is…

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Donald’s truth

By HENRY JEFFREY stabroek news May 31, 2017 In ‘Under the PPP/C Guyana had the fastest growing economy in the region’ (SN: 22/05/2017), former president Donald Ramotar presented some isolated truths, but the story he wove around them was essentially false. Mr. Ramotar speaks to an important constituency which his highly distorted narrative…

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The strategic plan for social cohesion

By HENRY JEFFREY stabroek news May 24, 2017  The recently completed Draft Strategic Plan for Social Cohesion in Guyana, 2017-2021 (SP) (http://www.motp.gov.gy/images/documents/draft_social_cohesion_strategis_plan_2017_2021.pdf),  has given enhanced meaning to the notion of ‘missing the bus’!  If not rectified in the final document, what could be an ideal opportunity to attempt something transformative will instead…

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Dr. Hinds’ nonexistent ethnic trap

By HENRY JEFFREY May 10, 2017 Contrary to what Dr. David Hinds says, none of our pre- or post-independence governments has been in an ethnic trap of any sort (Guyana Chronicle 23/04/2017; Guyana Chronicle .30/04/2017). I believe that Dr. Hinds is faced with a situation (which to his credit he has frequently…

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Act now on African land issues

by HENRY JEFFREY May 3, 2017 No sooner had President David Granger, in his address to the Fourth Annual State of the African Guyanese Forum at the Critchlow Labour College in August 2016, declared that his government intended to ‘establish a Lands Commission in order to rectify the anomalies and resolve the…

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Coupling African and Amerindian land issues

By HENRY JEFFREY stabroek news April 26, 2017 Given its historical development and situational context, outside of pure formalism (an emphasis on form rather than content), to which this regime appears particularly prone, there are no good logical, historical, political, economic, social or other reasons why it should have decided to couple…

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