Thousands of Guyanese to Relinquish their Foreign Visas and Citizenship in the Oil producing Nation of Guyana

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On the sparsely populated island of Guyana with less than 750,000 people, Guyanese at home and abroad are rallying to prove their patriotic worth. The news is out, relatives of thousands of Guyanese will be returning home in the new week. Persons who haven’t seen their relatives in years will finally have the chance to be reunited with them. These people are not coming back because they were deported but because they choose to protest the recent actions of the various international powers.

On the 15th of July 2020, the visas of top officials on the island were revoked because of claims they were trying to undermine democracy. The protesters are claiming that the actions are uncalled for since the elections are not over yet even after 4 months. In response to this, some Guyanese are standing with their leaders against foreign interference in the affairs of a democratic and sovereign country. Sources also say Guinness World Record is considering giving the country an award for longest elections in the world.

In the coming days, thousands of Guyanese will be assembling in front of the various international embassies in and out of the country to relinquish their visas and foreign citizenship. All in an effort to return to the country they love so dearly. This is to boycott CARICOM, OAS, the EU (over one hundred countries) for speaking out about the delay in concluding the country’s March 2nd General and Regional Elections.

According to some of the Guyanese who are waiting anxiously to come home, it would be hypocritical for them to continue living in a country that they are denouncing. These backbone workers hope that their return home can also help in the development of Guyana through the oil industry like they did with the foreign countries. Guyanese at home said they no longer want to travel internationally, their hard earned money will be invested in the local tourism industry. Their hope is to stifle the economy of these countries that depend solely on Guyanese tourists. They said their Guyanese brothers and sisters abroad who might be skeptical should not be afraid to come home. You will be welcomed home with open arms to the Oil Producing Nation of Guyana.

They also stated that they will be observing all COVID-19 precautions when they assemble since the country has recorded over 200 cases of the virus to date.

If you would like to know some simple steps to further boycott these countries click here  or wondering why your family and friends are acting strangely click here.

Ravin Clean

Disclaimer

Satire is the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people’s stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues.

The views expressed by this author are solely their own and does not reflect the position of any organization they represent or may be associated with. The aim to provide commentary on the current political situation in Guyana using satire.

As an aspiring want to be satirist, I hoped you enjoyed!

Education is the leading cause of Dementia -Read more to find out if you’re at Risk.

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Hi it’s me your subconscious back at it again trying to figure why you’re so dotish.

Do you feel mentally confused when someone states factual information? Or have you been in a situation whereby you are unable to fully understand the answer to a question? If yes? Then here may be a reason you  least expect .  A recent scientific study conducted in 2018 to 2020 on the island of Guyana, has lead researchers to some alarming findings.

A group of well-known scientists from the Western hemisphere led a team to Guyana to conduct what was supposed to be a simple baseline study to build a news learning facility. Their discovery left the researchers in a state of shock. The findings were so alarming that the report was classified for only a select few to avoid inciting public panic but credible inside sources have leaked the findings to this publication.

According to the report the study was conducted with a sample size of 100,000 Guyanese between the ages of 4 to 100 years old grouped by nursery, primary, secondary and tertiary to assess their educational status as it relates to a lost in brain function.

It was found that children at 4 to 6 years of age in the nursery levels were least likely to be affected by this phenomenon that causes a decrease in brain function. Their brains showed increased activity with a very high aptitude for learning.  At the primary and secondary level between the ages of 7 to 17 there was a rapid development of brain functions for speech and arithmetic functions but as this group seeks to further educate themselves various problems start to arise.

At the tertiary level is where brain functions start to decrease the most. It was found that persons who went on to be degree holders will have a decline in thinking ability in early stages of their adult life. The areas of the brain that are affected the most are those that deal with reasoning, language and mathematics. It was also found that if you attain more than one degree and actively engage in politics this decline will happen more rapidly. Some of the symptoms found were blind loyalty, a sense of wanting to feel ethically superior to another race, failure to comprehend basic factual information, always making a post in support of the political party of your choice.

It concluded by stating that this sickness has the ability spread rapidly among degree holders since 50% of persons in the study were already suffering from the sickness with another 25% starting to show symptoms.

If you or anyone you know are experiencing these symptoms, please seek urgent medical attention at the closest health facility. Do not be afraid there is help for you!

Ravin Clean


Disclaimer:

Satire is the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people’s stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues.

The views expressed by this author are solely their own and does not reflect the position of any organization they represent or may be associated with. The aim is to provide commentary on the current political situation in Guyana using satire.

As an aspiring satirist I hoped you enjoyed!

Guyana’s Tragedy: Race is the tool, Oppression the result

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There is no doubt that we have produced many brilliant politicians. The problem is that they have misused their intelligence. The following is an adaptation of a speech delivered decades ago by a politician who used his intelligence to serve (in so far as I am aware).

After decades of hurt and suffering too many of us have still not had enough of this foolishness of race. Allocating blame one way or another will serve no productive purpose. More than one political party has been responsible for the crisis of race relations which continues to plague this country. Our leadership has continued to fail us on that score. History shows us that external intervention was important in bringing races against each other in the 50s and particularly in the 60s. We must also acknowledge that this pitting of one race against another has served our political parties well. Race has been a key factor in gaining votes since the 60s. But I am concerned with the present. Ordinary Afro-Guyanese and Indo-Guyanese have been misled about the myth of race repeatedly. And though we could not afford it today, race has yet again been our undoing.

Do these words sound familiar? They are an adaptation of a street speech delivered by the late Dr Walter Rodney more than 30 years ago. Not much has changed. It’s almost as if Guyana is stuck in a time loop and doomed to repeat history. Does it have anything to do with race that families can barely put food on the table because of a pandemic? Does it have anything to do with race that businesses are closed and many jobless? Does it have anything to do with race that the weaknesses within the Constitution and electoral laws continue to be exploited by politicians? Does it have anything to do with race that young people cannot access government scholarships without the appropriate connection to the party in power? The more things change, the more they stay the same.

This story about race is not in the interest of the common Afro-Guyanese or Indo-Guyanese. It is meant to divide the People. Those who are attempting to manipulate the current electoral process are not the ones who will suffer when all is settled. If the upcoming ruling of the Caribbean Court of Justice does indeed bring an end to the 2020 elections, the politicians will not be the losers or suffers in all of this. The losers will be those who participated in the sharing and receiving of blows. Because when all is said and done, the politicians will share the spoils, settle into their fancy positions and collect their salaries and allowances funded by your taxes, your sweat and blood. This is what the racial discrimination does, feed power to the wealthy at the expense of the ordinary man.

Will this race hate keep your children safe and alive? Will this race hate ensure that food is on your table after the elections is settled? Will this race hate keep you safe from the pandemic and ensure that the public health system can provide the best care possible? Will this race hate fix the weaknesses in the Constitution and electoral laws? What will it do for you? You see, it will not end with just racial discrimination. You know this story very well. It starts with one thing and then leads to another thing that is worse for every man, woman and child. This was and still is a system of class oppression that disguises itself under a racial cover. There is the class of fat pigeons who handle the sharing of the corn and then there are the half-starved yard fowls waiting for them to shit so they can eat. Those who have and continue to manipulate the electoral system are doing it for the corn, not for you and your children.

I am sure that by now many of you know that it doesn’t matter if you are a member of one party or the other today. It does not guarantee your safety or security and will not protect you from the injustices of tomorrow. The political machinery is only concerned with its own interests and will move against anyone regardless of the colour of their skin. It will move even against its own. Because when a bad thing is allowed to grow, it grows out of control and it will eat up even those who created it. Today, the right of the matter happens to coincide with the interests of one party, but that does not mean tomorrow they will not take advantage of the same systemic weaknesses which have been used against them. Every politician with half a brain knows this. Someday, I hope that more of us will understand this too.

 

❤ Sara

 

Disclaimer:

This article contains the personal views of the author and is in no way connected with any institution or group with which she may be affiliated.

 

A note from the Author:

Given the custom by party loyalists to misrepresent and misuse any type of political commentary to support their own positions, I feel that it is necessary to borrow the following from Thomas Paine (an English-born American political activist, philosopher, political theorist, and revolutionary) with whose work I became acquainted as a student of History at the University of Guyana:

Who the Author of this Production is, is wholly unnecessary to the Public, as the Object for Attention is the Doctrine itself, not the Woman. Yet it may not be unnecessary to say, That she is unconnected with any Party, and under no sort of Influence public or private, but the influence of reason and principle.

Craig Village, East Bank Demerara, June 27, 2020

Colour

When I am an old lady with spotted skin and bones tired of carrying life, I will still remember 2020 as the year leaders of my youth ripped open deep wounds filled with the rankness of racism. I will never forget because the memory of the pain will be buried deep in my cells. Even if they don’t know it yet, the people of my time are destined to carry the wounds of today until their very last breath.

I will remember the angry cries – that were really screams of agony – from the black human and the brown human who were both reduced to nothing more than the colour of their skin. Their cries tell a story of an ancestral inability to truly love themselves. If they loved themselves then they would see that what makes them beautiful is so much more. If they loved themselves then no one could use the colour of their skin to manipulate them.

The blood pumping through their veins is full of memory. Some of these memories carry the sting of the whip, the humiliation of poverty, the loss of home and love and the heaviness of fear. But in the same blood, there is a song of home, of love, of hope, of courage and of a time when there was pride and joy. In the end, we choose which songs we hear more loudly. We choose.

Colour is a building block of the glorious beauty in this world and I am grateful for this gift. When I look at the people I love, I see them in all their glorious colour and I celebrate it for what it is – beauty. I have been blessed to witness the ebony glory, the golden glow, the bronze hue, the pearly softness and the pink undertones. They are all a sign of the wondrous gift we call life.

And we have corrupted the beauty of colour. We have twisted it into a tool to enslave. We use it to belittle, demean, hurt and hate. And many of us don’t even know why we do it. The truth is that the many rob themselves to satisfy the greed of the few.

❤ Sara

From Rice and Sugar to Oil – How will this change us?

I grew up in Craig, a small village on the eastern bank of the Demerara River, where rice and sugar are an important part of many family stories. Rice provided for our village and then sugar came and changed the drainage and irrigation system in our village’s backlands. And when the land changed, so did the people and their village. Today, oil is the new plantation and it is already sweeping across the land and transforming us.

In the early to mid-90s, I remember walking along Craig Old Road in the evenings with my Nana (maternal grandfather) to hang lanterns which lit the way to our village shop. It’s been ten years since he died and I still walk this same path almost every morning but our village is not the same. And now I wonder if one day, Nana also looked around him and thought the same thing – Guyana is changing.

Nana was a farmer for most of his life. He threw paddy on acres of our family land behind the village and he was a top producer at the Diamond Sugar Estate (which is no more). Tonight, Nani (maternal grandmother) told me that the village looks and feels much different than it was when she and Nana were a young couple with nine children. I don’t know if Nani realizes that she is witnessing history writing itself across the land again.

Knottie and James Bacchus sold their land along Craig Public Road to the great grandfather of my family pandit (Gopi). He opened a rice mill where farmers brought their paddy every crop. There were also rice mills in Buzz-bee Dam and New Hope. These were closer than Bel Air where farmers had to take their produce before. But the Diamond Estate changed everything and the rice farmers became sugar-cane farmers. Now, the rice mills are only memories for old folks in these parts.

When sugar-cane started declining, many farmers including those in my family switched to planting ground provisions, cash crops, fruits or running poultry farms. In the 70s, my family moved to the Public Road (now Craig Old Road) and opened a village shop. Back then it was a vibrant place with pools tables where many a village wife came in search of her husband. By night my uncles gave life to the shop and at the crack of dawn they farmed our land.

The last of the farmers in my family died a few years ago. My mamoo (maternal uncle) Seepaul farmed until he died and Beebee (my younger mamoo) stopped farming when he got sick. Bee left land to his sons, but they sold it because farming does not provide the instant economic gratification that my generation seems to crave. The rich history of farming in my family is now ashes mixed into the soil feeding some other kind of life.

These days with all the in-fighting going on in our country I am not sure what will happen to us. Not knowing is very frightening. Are the changes brought by oil already turning us into ashes which will feed other kinds of life around the world?

Oil is changing us; it is no longer a choice. Our response to this change is the important thing now and for this we need united leadership. While I accept that leading a country this young and with our complex history is no easy task, it does not mean that we cannot shape our own transformation. We need a clear vision and leaders committed to serving and respecting the nation and freedom our ancestors delivered to us.

Without Wax,

Sara

 

Featured Image: Ace Raima

 

Disclaimer:

This article contains the personal views of the author and is in no way connected with any institution or group with which she may be affiliated.

 

A note from the Author:

Given the custom by party loyalists to misrepresent and misuse any type of political commentary to support their own positions, I feel that it is necessary to borrow the following from Thomas Paine (an English-born American political activist, philosopher, political theorist, and revolutionary) with whose work I became acquainted as a student of History at the University of Guyana:

Who the Author of this Production is, is wholly unnecessary to the Public, as the Object for Attention is the Doctrine itself, not the Woman. Yet it may not be unnecessary to say, That she is unconnected with any Party, and under no sort of Influence public or private, but the influence of reason and principle.

Craig Village, East Bank Demerara, August 31, 2019

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