ADVERSARIAL POLITICS AND A COMMON OPPOSITION STRATEGY

October 25, 2014, By Filed Under Features/Columnists, Peeping Tom, Source = Kaieteur News

 

 

There is no basic rule of joint opposition politics to wit, that if there is a common adversary then there has to be a common strategy to confront that adversary. There has never been such a rule; politics have never been that inflexible and dogmatic.


In Guyana during the struggles to end the PNC dictatorship there were numerous occasions during which the political opposition parties came together. They came together in political formations such as the Committee in Defence of Democracy, the Arnold Rampersaud trial and the Patriotic Coalition for Democracy (PCD).


The latter is instructive of the fact that there can be joint opposition politics even when the political parties have major differences over tactics and strategies. Within the PCD there were many different parties including parties such as the Democratic Labour Movement which was ideologically opposed to both the Working People’s Alliance and the People’s Progressive Party. Indeed, the PPP also had grave reservations about the DLM, labeling it as a CIA front organization.


The PPP was viciously opposed to the DLM but that did not stop them from coming together under the umbrella of the PCD.


Throughout the life of the PCD there were major differences amongst the constituent parties. The most terminal were the differences on a common slate and a common platform for the 1992 elections. The historical record will show that it was the WPA in cahoots with GUARD which eventually jettisoned comprises reached on the common slate.


Despite these differences, the PCD was able to achieve a great deal. For example had it not been for the PCD it is doubtful that the electoral reforms which eventually culminated in the agreement for counting the votes at the place of poll would have materialized. The point is that you can still find common ground where there is major disagreement.


The argument, therefore, that there is a need for APNU and the AFC to have a common strategy to confront the PPP is a flawed argument. Indeed, the AFC as a third force and a party offering itself as an alternative to both the PPP and the PNC has to be very careful about the permanence of alliances that it cements with APNU.


AFC offers itself up as holding the balance of power in the National Assembly. And therefore while it can cooperate with APNU, and it has done so on a number of occasions, it has to be in a position whereby any tactical alliances it forges do not erode its freedom to differ with APNU, as it has done on occasion in the National Assembly.


To therefore commit to a common strategy against a common adversary would be tantamount to the AFC undermining its freedom to decide on what issues it will oppose either the PPP or APNU or both.


The conclusion therefore that the no-confidence motion will fail because the two parties do not have a common strategy is based on a fallacious premise that there has to be a common strategy amongst the joint opposition parties. There has to be common agreements on issues but not necessarily a common strategy to confront the PPP.


The AFC is not interested in local government elections. It wants to cut short the term of Donald Ramotar for reasons that it knows best. It wants to deny him a full term.  APNU on the other hand may have reservations about the outcome of fresh general and regional elections and may be thinking that local government elections would be a suitable referendum on the support that the opposition parties now enjoy. There may thus be differences as to how each of the opposition parties approaches the no-confidence motion.


But the bottom line is this: APNU has publicly indicated that it will support the motion whenever it is tabled. Therefore there is consensus on this issue even though tactically the two opposition parties may be approaching the issue differently, which all go to debunk the notion that a common strategy is needed to confront a common adversary.


But that argument about the need for a common strategy to confront a common adversary exposes a certain mindset. That mindset is that when it comes to the PPP, the opposition parties must be adversarial. By labeling the PPP as an adversary, one effectively closes the door to any form of political cooperation.


Those who wish to pursue this confrontational path of politics are effectively sidelining the possibility of power sharing. If power sharing is to be achieved requires some form of political cooperation between government and opposition.


The promotion of adversarial politics also misreads the public mood. Right now there are talks going on between APNU and the PPP over governance. At the centre of those talks is the issue of local government elections. But what the people really want is for some agreement, any agreement to come out of those talks so as to put an end to adversarial politics which the prophet of shared governance now deems as demanding a common strategy by the joint opposition parties.

 

Source = http://www.kaieteurnewsonline....opposition-strategy/

 

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MOSCOW, October 25 (RIA Novosti) - Despite international protests, Iran hanged 26-year old Reyhaneh Jabbari Saturday, arrested several years ago after she killed a man formerly working for the Iranian intelligence, who she claimed tried to sexually abuse her.

"With sad news, Reyhaneh Jabbari was executed early hours of [Saturday] morning," the Facebook homepage dedicated to campaigning against the execution "Save Reyhaneh Jabbari From Execution In Iran" stated.

Jabbari was hanged despite more active calls for the execution to be dropped in the recent weeks by human rights organizations and the international community.

"The death penalty is a despicable punishment that is both cruel and inhumane. Applying such a punishment in any circumstances is an affront to justice, but doing so after a flawed trial that leaves huge questions hanging over the case only makes it more tragic," Amnesty International stated on Friday, in a last attempt to stop the execution.

Jabbari was arrested in 2007 and sentenced to death in 2009 in Tehran, what Amnesty called a "deeply flawed investigation". She admitted to stabbing Morteza Sarbandi in self-defense but claimed that a man who was also in the house during the incident killed the man.

As is customary in Iran preceding executions, Jabbari's mother was allowed to see her daughter for one hour on Friday. But the authorities did not offer any further details to the family regarding the execution, according to Amnesty.

Based on the organizations estimations, Iran has performed more than 369 executions in 2013, and more than 250 have been performed this year, according to a report published in June by the United Nations.

 

With fifth installment to be made soon…

With fifth installment to be made soon…

Norway transfers additional US$35M to Guyana

-accumulated US$80M earmarked for Amaila hydro project

A TOTAL of US$35M will be transferred to Guyana by Norway, the fourth payment for climate services and continued low deforestation, as part of the country’s Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS).The announcement was made by President Donald Ramotar, in an address to the nation last evening, who stated that the payment was based on Guyana’s deforestation rate in 2012, as well as the country’s progress on indicators related to agreed goals for forest governance.

“Today’s announcement is also a strong rebuttal to those who have tried for several years to kill our Low Carbon Development Strategy and the Guyana-Norway partnership. For many years, vested interests in Guyana tried repeatedly to prevent our country from receiving this money from Norway.” – President Donald Ramotar

“Today, the Government of Norway announced the latest payment under the Guyana-Norway forests and climate change partnership. Norway will pay Guyana US$35M for the global climate services provided by our forest during 2012,” he said.

 

FUNDING FOR AMAILA
He stated that the US$35M will go towards the Government’s Amaila Falls Hydropower Project (AFHP).

Last year, Norway transferred some US$45M for the project and coupled with yesterday’s transfer of US$35, the Amaila project now stands to benefit from an accumulated sum of US$80M.
Norway is expected to transfer the US$80M to the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), to be used as Guyana’s equity contribution to the AFHP.

 

Slated to be this nation’s most ambitious undertaking, the Amaila Falls Hydro Project (AFHP) is touted to be able to provide Guyanese with a cheaper, reliable and sustainable electricity supply. It involves the construction of a hydropower plant in the area of West-Central Guyana, where the Amaila and Kuribrong Rivers meet. Electricity produced there would be delivered to Georgetown and Guyana’s second largest town, Linden.

 

Source: http://guyanachronicle.com/wit...ent-to-be-made-soon/

 

Jihadists celebrated attacks on Canadian military men as dead soldier memorialized 

Twitter users sympathetic with Islamic jihadists posted tweets that ridiculed the Canadian government and encouraged more attacks. The Twitter posts came as people gathered around the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the National War Memorial in Ottawa Friday.

 

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People gather around the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the National War Memorial, in Ottawa on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. Canadians are mourning the loss of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, the army reservist who was shot dead as he stood guard before the Tomb of the Unknown soldier on Wednesday.JUSTIN TANG/APPeople gather around the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the National War Memorial, in Ottawa on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. Canadians are mourning the loss of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, the army reservist who was shot dead as he stood guard before the Tomb of the Unknown soldier on Wednesday.

Jihadists lauded the attacks in Canada that took the lives of two soldiers, posting celebratory wishes on Twitter and encouraging more destruction, while the body of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was slated to be returned to his hometown Friday.

“During war, soldiers defend the country … except in Canada where they take off their uniforms and hide in their bases! #OttawaShooting,” wrote a Twitter user who goes by Abusunnah.

Other Twitter users took hits at the Canadian government for ordering soldiers to take off their uniforms in public and barricading the doors of a party caucus room in Ottawa, according to the National Post.

“Canadian politicians who voted for war against the Islamic #Khilafah now in terror during todays #IS attack in Canada,” user AbaUmar8246 captioned underneath a photo of the caucus room with green leather chairs piled against a door.