Posts Tagged ‘Forbes Burnham’

The decision to rescind the O.R. Tambo award for President Forbes Burnham

Hugh Masekela – Stimela

The decision to rescind the OR Tambo award for President Forbes Burnham by President Jacob Zuma of South Africa

Guyanese have sat on their asses and allowed others to define their history for them. They spend enormous amounts of time on Facebook spewing bile and agonizing over who is trying to upstage or conspiring against them by creating similar groups etc. We write lengthy pseudo-intellectual articles and none will be recorded in the annals of history to defend our legacy and our great leaders and heroes.
America had presidents who were slave owners, and until recently some in congress were members of the Ku-Klux Klan and all of these have been labeled great men. Guyana had President Linden Forbes Sampson Burnham and we must not allow anyone to decide for us his level of greatness, he is ours and he has served our country and the world in very positive ways like no one else. Just like the American “greats,” President Burnham may have erred, but point to a man without fault and it is either you are lying or he was never born.  Continue reading


Toots and the Maytals with Willie Nelson – Still


BY  EWALT AINSWORTH                            10 01 2012

While President Donald Ramotar was away in New York doing some shame management, it is only now the old-man is realizing that after twelve is lunch and it is time for him to step out on his own.  Ramotar also indulged in self-well-faring and buying himself and beautiful wife gifts for his upcoming birthday this October. Mrs Ramotar showed interest in size-12 outfits but backed off slightly after trying on outfits at some trendy stores. Ramotar was spotted at GIFTLAND…where you can order and pay for the gifts in NY and can be picked up almost immediately in GT at no extra cost.

The President now has 12 credit cards; he clipped coupons and filled out rebate certificates.  He simply loves a bargain and in the twelve months or so he has been hanging in, the micro-managing thing seems to be getting to him.  TALK HALF/LEFF HALF.    Continue reading

Letters to the Editor on the PNC party

Swamp Dogg – In My Resume

Madness in the face of the enemy


Dear Editor:

In 1961, two months before the PNC contested the general elections, Mr. Sydney King, then General Secretary of the PNC, had a public falling out with party leader Forbes Burnham. The PNC entered that election a fractured group and lost the elections. Several party members broke away with King who later became a founder member of the Working People’s Alliance (WPA).An acceptable definition of madness is to do the same thing over and over again, yet expect a different result.

Several decades later Mr. Hugh Desmond Hoyte suffered a similar fate when PNC strong man and senior central executive member of the party Mr. Hamilton Green left the PNC and formed his own political group (Good and Green for Guyana) GGG; this group later contested elections against the PNC.
Green, a popular party leader, took several party members with him and in the process fractured the PNC. The insurgencies continued throughout Hoyte’s leadership of the party as several young turks smelled blood and circled in for the kill.    Continue reading

Dr. Asante Vanwest-Charles-Le Blanc

Dr. Asante Vanwest-Charles-Le Blanc – An unconventional woman

By By Renée Cummings – Trinidad Express newspaper

Story Created: Apr 14, 2012 at 9:36 PM ECT

NOTHING is conventional about Dr. Asante VanWest-Charles-Le Blanc. Her unconventional upbringing began as the granddaughter of Forbes Burnham who reigned supreme over Guyana and ruled with might and myth for 21 years until his death in 1985; undoubtedly, and historically, one of the most controversial and colourful political figures of the region.

“I would play under the table where he held his cabinet meetings. I also went around with him on his horse. On Fridays, he rode around town and through the country areas. I also remember he would have his entire cabinet swimming in the pool at the residence. I can’t remember all the dignitaries I met but some of the African leaders, Clive Lloyd, and Sir Shridath Ramphal who I grew up calling uncle.” Her middle name is Indira. It is said that Indira Gandhi impressed Burnham so much when they met …….  [ more ]



By  EWALT AINSWORTH                01 23 2012

There is a certain propensity by both politicians and parents alike, to duplicate and replicate themselves in communities and in families.

It is a silly-billy-singh  thing to want to make people do exactly like you do. Cloning is an active verb and ridicule a way of life in visible minority communities.  Parenting seems to be an obsolete skill as politicians create and manufacture social traps to keep the electorate in bondage while they drink bonded reserve in their penthouses.  That type of social bonding creates poverty and a class system.  These were never the ideals and ideas of Cheddie Jagan, Forbes Burnham and Eusi Kwayana.  Kwayana is the last man standing from that era and wishes Guyana well in shared governance and mutual respect.         Continue reading