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Dear Editor,

I have spent my career crafting governance systems in states that are polarized and in some cases engaged in violent conflict.  I have come to the conclusion that Guyana is an anomaly in terms of what we are willing to turn a blind eye to and what we are willing to accept  There is no place as alive as Guyana and this in and of itself an anomaly.  Like the plum tree growing out of the grave side, our roots dig deep, twisting and turning to find nourishment in pain and death. Slavery, indentureship and oppression fed us then, just as corruption and exclusionary politics sustain us now. So just like those burial ground plums, everything seems fine unless you chose to look below the surface.

It should be clear to us now that we cannot continue along our current political and social trajectory. Guyana is an ethnically diverse state with deep social and political fissures. These fractures, fifty-five years after independence have only widened, not narrowed. Change is possible however -but only if we have much needed and frank discussions on development, identity and politics. Today, I would like to take some time to discuss the latter.  Guyanese have made limited demands for deep change or reform. Why is this?  I think we don’t really want good governance, or multi-ethnic inclusive alliances to govern us- deep down we want to dominate one another. How else does one explain the overtly racist characters and parties whom the majority of Guyanese choose to represent us? Our politicians are not a Massacooramaan that comes out of the blaka to torment innocent villagers at night. They are part and parcel of our society. They are us. They know us and what we are willing to tolerate and inflict on our neighbours and they work within those parameters.  Their vileness is a reflection of our own bigotry as peoples.  Further-more, Guyana’s current political set-up is configured in a way that rewards exclusion and competition, rather than fostering the politics of concession and consensus. This reinforces the political culture noted above. There are few states in the world where a party can win 50.6% of the vote and govern without consensus building. The countries where this does take place are nothing like Guyana, culturally or politically.

While culturally Guyanese are more cohesive than many other multi-ethnic states, it’s our politics that fail us. Why is this? There are a number of reasons, but a key issue is the fact that our political system, constitution and other frameworks are out of sync with the nation we are.  We are a nation of various communities, who don’t always see eye to eye on issues. We need a political system that forces us all to be better. That pulls us to consensus, not competition. Wishful thinking? No. Such systems exist and have been put in place relatively recently in places closer to home than we think. In Suriname, following conflict that pitted the Afro-Suri-namese (Creole) army and their indigenous allies against Maroons, the country adopted a new constitution as part of the peace process. There, the president and vice president are elected by a two-thirds majority of the parliament. In Suriname, like Guyana, no single party can meet this threshold, meaning that the party with the largest share must make alliances with other parties, who extract concessions or political horse trading as it is called. ‘We will back your candidate for president if we get the VP position and a certain number of ministerial positions’. In Northern Ireland, a province I have worked in for a number of years, the candidate of the leading party becomes first minister, the candidate of the party with the second most votes becomes deputy first minister. The two parties are forced to work together, with ministerial positions determined by a mathematical formula known as the D’Hondt method.  More interestingly, a number of issues like the budget, security etc are designated ‘cross community issues’ and require a 51% majority from both major parties to pass legislation. Imagine a Guyana where the budget was agreed upon by both leading parties. Imagine a Guyana where the Vice President couldn’t wake up and determine the location of a major oil and gas pipeline without any studies or consultation with other parties and other stakeholders.

Guyana is also a dangerously centralized state, with development and decision making concentrated in Georgetown.  There is a need for devolution of a greater share of the budget and decision making down to the regions.  This would effectively mean a party can lose the national election, let go of power, but know that its constituency is free from undue political interference, harassment or mass firing directed from the centre. Ravi Dev, Vincent Alexander and Dr Henry Jeffrey have also debated the merits of various forms of devolution for some time. It’s time to translate ideas into action.

The models for a better Guyana are out there. They work and they are implementable. It is time for us Guyanese to have a frank dialogue to decide where we go. At the cusp of oil wealth and with our last election as a backdrop, it is time for a national dialogue that engages the bottom houses, university students, women, political parties and all of our various stakeholders. This is not about one party or another; it is not even really about elections and who wins. In fact, I am convinced there are no long-term winners in Guyanese elections. This endeavour at interrogating a more suitable political system is not only about minimizing political and social tensions; but also more importantly about ensuring stability, predictability, inclusivity and balanced growth that allows Guyana to reach its full potential as a nation. I am willing to work with any Guyanese individual or group – of whatever political persuasion – to get us to a better place. I know there are many others like me that are willing to contribute. The question before us is, do we want to change, or have we gotten so used to the taste of burial ground plums that we don’t want to think about where they come from?

Yours faithfully,

Dr Kwesi Sansculotte-Greenidge

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Dr. Sansculotte-Greenidge's letter hits the nail on the head.  He outlines the solution to Guyana's political problems.  However, he will have to contend with the pseudointellectuals whose bilge is often on display on this forum.  Should I name them?

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Problem is people are too busy trying to survive to heed your suggestions, Doctor! Job security is their main concern! Most of them are not well off like you and are susceptible to false promises! I'm waiting to see if President Ali's promises will be fulfilled!

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I've waited 17 years to share this startling story of why I don't trust big Pharma

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I have waited 17 years to share this startling story to protect the main person involved. Yet now feels like the time to share it without giving names. It will help you understand my deep distrust of the major pharmaceutical companies. First, a brief background to the story.

As some of you know, I was a debunker of major conspiracies until my eyes were opened by one life-changing video in July of 2001. I had served in the White House as a language interpreter for presidents and had seen nothing of the sort. So I would quietly laugh at one housemate and a few other friends who tried to convince me that crazy things were going on well hidden from the public.

After my sudden awakening to these deeper realities, I dove full time into exploring what was really going on behind the scenes. This is what led to my setting up WantToKnow.info in early 2003 to share my findings with all who wanted to know.

I soon found many avenues of exploration. One of the most intriguing and rewarding came on my interpreting trips visiting many places and people around the country and even overseas. I had the pleasure of meeting hundreds of fascinating people in my travels. When I had the opportunity to really connect with someone, I would drop subtle hints about my Internet work to see if they might be interested or even have a story to share.

Most people don't take the bait, but I was thrilled at how many did. A few shared incredible and quite valuable information. One official slipped papers under the door of my hotel room while I was interpreting for Bush in Bali. Yet the most eye-opening and disturbing story I heard came from a guy I'll call Craig who was sitting next to me when I was flying home from an interpreting assignment in 2003. More than any other, his story convinced me that big Pharma is not to be trusted when big profits are involved.

I've waited this many years to tell this story, as it could be used by those involved to do serious damage to Craig (not his real name) for telling me his secrets. I feel enough time has passed now that I can tell the story without giving names and it is very unlikely he will suffer any consequences. The story is especially poignant now with the discussion of vaccine trials and safety.

Once we struck up a conversation on our long flight, Craig turned out to be a fascinating character. He flew all over the country doing facials and make-up for the rich and famous. It turns out he was one of the top make-up artists for a well know fashion company. When I mentioned to him about WantToKnow.info, he looked at me quite intensely for a moment. He then asked if I wanted to hear his story of major corruption that had happened a few years earlier. I was all ears.

So on one of his trips to Las Vegas, Craig arrives at his hotel only to discover that the hotel is overbooked and has no room for him. He's quite upset about this and demands they find a room for him. They call around, but due to a big event in town, no rooms are available anywhere. Craig gets super upset and threatens to make trouble for the hotel through his connections if they don't find something soon. 15 minutes later, he's given a room in another hotel.

On settled in to his new hotel room, Craig is still fuming about the hotel's screw up. He decides to check his email to get his mind off it. After a couple minutes, he is startled when he opens a very strange email. It informs him about the results of a study on a new drug (which even now is used commonly in hospital emergency rooms). This drug was developed and tested by the large corporation which owns his company.

The email informs him that over 1% of participants in some of the drug trials died as a direct result of this medication. It goes on to say that top executives have made deals with the contacts in the FDA to cover this up, so that the FDA will still agree to give approval to the drug, despite the high death rate.

Craig is quite shaken after reading this email. He knows that one of the top executives in the parent corporation that owns his company has the same name as his, as he's received a couple emails in the past meant for this guy that were mistakenly sent to him. He figures he must have mistakenly received this message which was meant for that executive. He also is quite nervous knowing that whoever sent the email would not be happy to know he read it.

A short time later, Craig receives a phone call. A man on the other end is ranting and screaming at him, saying, “Who the hell do you think you are reading other people’s email! If you say a word about any of this you can kiss your ass good-bye!” To make things even stranger, because of his hotel change, no one knows where Craig is staying, not even his partner. How did this guy know where he was and get his phone number? He hadn't called or told anyone of his change of hotel due to the originally booked hotel's mistake. This call really shakes him up.

Now, later in the evening, Craig turns on his computer to check his email again only to find that all of his emails have been completely erased and that his entire email program is gone! Then, two weeks later, his computer literally melts from the inside out, completely destroying it. The experienced company technician he brings it to says he has never seen anything like it.

I was stunned to hear Craig's disturbing story. He had no reason to make up something like this or lie to me. Before the story, we had just been having an engaging conversation and he seemed perfectly normal and reasonable. As this was only one of many intriguing stories I’d heard from people I had run into, and as I had learned by then about huge corruption in many drug companies, I'm almost certain his story was true. I took notes at the time which I used to write this story now.

If a drug company would collude with government in a way that sacrificed many people's lives in exchange for big profits, I concluded that it is best to not trust both government and big Pharma in anything involving profits. So when the avian flu hit in 2005-06, the swine flu in 2009-10 and the Zika Virus in 2015-16, I thoroughly researched each pandemic and found easily verifiable corruption and government collusion that led to many billions of tax dollars being funneled into the coffers of big Pharma through purchases of drugs that were almost completely wasted. You can read my findings in verifiable research presented on this webpage.

So when the coronavirus hit, I was immediately suspicious with the amount of intense fear being spread by the media and government. I also questioned the huge push for vaccines, which according to the UK's Financial Times, are among big Pharma's best selling products that bring in huge profits. The damage done by the virus has been absolutely tragic, yet given all this, you can likely understand why I deeply question the official story of what's happening and the drug companies role in it. And there are many reasons for concern around these little-tested vaccines.

Having researched and reported on such matters full time now for over 16 years, I have very little doubt that there is a deeper agenda going on. Another amazing woman has come to similar conclusions after her decades of research. Catherine Austin Fitts was the Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under George H.W. Bush. Yet when she tried to clean up the massive corruption she found there, she was attacked in many ways and became a whistleblower. You can read this courageous hero's amazing and inspiring story about this on this webpage.

I mention Catherine because the best summary of the deeper levels of deception I've found on the coronavirus is a 45-minute interview she gave. An economic genius of the highest order, in this video she brilliantly explores the deeper agenda of all that's going on with the coronavirus and how it relates to a major shift in our monetary system. If you want to be fully informed, I most highly recommend you consider the information in the interview at the link below. In the first 10 minutes she presents a great summary of her research.

https://www.bitchute.com/video/LQZVU6b6kTdz/

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Fred Burks for PEERS and WantToKnow.info
Former White House interpreter and whistleblower
January 14, 2020

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@seignet posted:

Maybe you are of a different stripe but you are marked just the same as those whom you are considering to be the problem.

Quamina was a principled rebel, perhaps he should be revisted.

You need to be explicit.  What am I marked as?

@seignet posted:

indifference to other races.

That's what I thought.  The bilge I was referring to was half-baked and downright ludicrous ideas on development, not racism.  Racist actions could be suppressed by some simple constitutional amendments.  But, just to clarify, don't interpret my use of the term "chupidy coolie" etc. as racist.  I have previously provided my definition of that label.  Some have assumed that I am AfroGuyanese and racist towards IndoGuyanese.  That is not the case.

@Totaram posted:

That's what I thought.  The bilge I was referring to was half-baked and downright ludicrous ideas on development, not racism.  Racist actions could be suppressed by some simple constitutional amendments.  But, just to clarify, don't interpret my use of the term "chupidy coolie" etc. as racist.  I have previously provided my definition of that label.  Some have assumed that I am AfroGuyanese and racist towards IndoGuyanese.  That is not the case.

Assumed, eh totes?😄😃😄😃😄😃

@Totaram posted:

That's what I thought.  The bilge I was referring to was half-baked and downright ludicrous ideas on development, not racism.  Racist actions could be suppressed by some simple constitutional amendments.  But, just to clarify, don't interpret my use of the term "chupidy coolie" etc. as racist.  I have previously provided my definition of that label.  Some have assumed that I am AfroGuyanese and racist towards IndoGuyanese.  That is not the case.

Who gives a fk about your definition? Just don't use it, chupidy Ram....goat!

Changes are coming. The last 5 1/2 months proved that. Only the enemies of the state don't want change. They prayed every day for the PPP to fail. But we have intelligent people running the country. Just wait and see what is going to happen in the next 5 months.

@Totaram posted:

That's what I thought.  The bilge I was referring to was half-baked and downright ludicrous ideas on development, not racism.  Racist actions could be suppressed by some simple constitutional amendments.  But, just to clarify, don't interpret my use of the term "chupidy coolie" etc. as racist.  I have previously provided my definition of that label.  Some have assumed that I am AfroGuyanese and racist towards IndoGuyanese.  That is not the case.

Another fella named Leslie use to say it is difficult for him to be racist against Indians bcz he said, he is an Indian.

Do you have racial tendencies? Attitude is the key to Guyana's dilemma. Remembering to pull back is easier than legislating laws. Laws are there to be broken.

@seignet posted:

Another fella named Leslie use to say it is difficult for him to be racist against Indians bcz he said, he is an Indian.

Do you have racial tendencies? Attitude is the key to Guyana's dilemma. Remembering to pull back is easier than legislating laws. Laws are there to be broken.

In order to get out of a Jam, people usually say that laws are there to be broken without considering the consequences of going to jail.

They also say that promises are made to be broken.

Totarum wrote: Some have assumed that I am AfroGuyanese and racist towards Indo-Guyanese. well!  Action speaks louder than words. You said that you support the PNC which is a criminal organization.  An organization that is hell-bent on destroying Indo_guyanse. On a daily basis, you cursed the Indo-Guyanese population including yours.  That is why one would assume that your heart is black.

@Ramakant-P posted:

In order to get out of a Jam, people usually say that laws are there to be broken without considering the consequences of going to jail.

They also say that promises are made to be broken.

Totarum wrote: Some have assumed that I am AfroGuyanese and racist towards Indo-Guyanese. well!  Action speaks louder than words. You said that you support the PNC which is a criminal organization.  An organization that is hell-bent on destroying Indo_guyanse. On a daily basis, you cursed the Indo-Guyanese population including yours.  That is why one would assume that your heart is black.

You a wan chupidee coolie.

@seignet posted:

Another fella named Leslie use to say it is difficult for him to be racist against Indians bcz he said, he is an Indian.

Do you have racial tendencies? Attitude is the key to Guyana's dilemma. Remembering to pull back is easier than legislating laws. Laws are there to be broken.

The issue at hand is how to overcome the constant tension resulting from a racially bifurcated state where race and politics are aligned.   Racial harmony is not a prerequisite to address the problem.  In fact, simple constitutional changes could make inclusive government a reality and lessen racial tension.  For example, think about a requirement that all major bills, including budgets, get a 60% vote for approval in parliament.  Wouldn't this mean that both major parties have to agree? 

@seignet posted:

I cannot differ with you, it is good to accomplish those things with the hope of progress.

Similar formulas have been used in similar situations around the world.  Guyana's is not a unique case.

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