December 19, 2013 By
December 17, 2013 By
…marches for public servants
We’ve got to hand it to Patrick Yarde. Not because he’s got to be at least 70 years old and is head of an organisation where members have to retire at 55, but because he promised he’ll lead public servants on marches around Georgetown between December 21-31. Now we know the Pied Piper led a march back in the town of Hamelin, Germany back in the day.
That’s when the Piper led all the rats into a river where they all drowned. In the recent flood of Georgetown, we know an awful lot of rats were flushed out from the sewers. We wonder if they’ll come out for Yarde. They’d better because we don’t see public servants marching around on Christmas Day – when they could be home munching their black cake and quaffing their ginger beer.
Unless, of course, he’ll have them carolling and handing out Christmas goodies to the long suffering citizens of the city. But when we took a look at the route he asked for, we doubt he has carolling on his mind.
And he isn’t calling for marches only on Christmas Day. The fella wants to shutdown the city – and hit the business community where it hurts most – their cash registers. Yarde wants the public servants to march up the entire length of Regent Street, the city’s busiest shopping venue. Can you imagine the scene?
Even without any marchers, you can hardly get from point A to point B on Regent Street – what with the cars and the shoppers, marching public servants will mean utter bedlam. But this is exactly what Yarde wants. He wants to rile up citizens – who’ll be trampled underfoot – against the government. If some “rough boys” join the march and “take” some Christmas “gifts” from the Regent store shops, he’ll be even happier.
As we’ve said before, Yarde remembers his strike of 1999 with more than nostalgia. It’s his moment of glory…his 15 minutes of fame in which he still basks. He wants to relive the paralysis of the city… the shotgun pellets against strikers…the shutdown of Georgetown Public Hospital…, among others. And then to top it off, the panel – selected by Dr Henry Jeffrey – handed down a whopping 33 per cent pay raise to public servants.
Ahhh…those were the days. Yarde, however, forgets that “this time na lang time…”. The police has to deny him permission until after the holidays. In the meantime, he can round up some rats.
Around this time of the year, there’s a lot of vino and booze flowing around offices. But it appears that maybe something stronger floated around the MuckrakerKN’s publisher’s office. Imagine the Mook actually accused a top woman in the city of “picking fare” back in the day. We haven’t seen anything in print but it’s obvious somebody told them in no uncertain terms exactly what kind of low lying 40 scums he and his editor were. We hope it was a woman…if they don’t speak up for one of their own…well, it could be them the next time.
Anyhow, the Mook came up with one of the lamest excuses ever. Well, his name is “Mook”, isn’t it? Name and nature. The fella now says, it wasn’t what they wrote. Somebody hacked into their computer and wrote the scandalous lowdown charge! The fact that the woman they threw mud at had taken them to court for non-payment of taxes had nothing to do with the column!!
Maybe the Mook should’ve said, “The Devil made me do it”. It would’ve been more believable, in light of the close relationship.
It’s the time of the year for Christmas parties, also. And your Eyewitness is pleased as punch (of which he imbibed more than his fair share) to have danced the night away at the Palm Court last night courtesy of the Guyana Times boss. Let the good times roll!!!
December 16, 2013 By
The opposition parties have their buktas a in a knot over the government’s decision to forego the “democratisation project” that was going to be executed by the International Republican Institute (IRI). Kemraj Ramjattan of the Alliance For Change (AFC) and Joe Harmon of the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) huffed and puffed in righteous indignation as to why the government wouldn’t want Americans promoting “democracy” in Guyana.
Well, there are Americans and there are Americans. Our government hasn’t said much, but we’re rather surprised they even allowed the IRI to get their toe into “democratisation” in Guyana. Especially after their record all over the world – and most recently Egypt.
So what’s this IRI all about? It’s a constituent of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) formed in 1983 by Ronald Reagan to push “democratisation” abroad. That’s the same year he invaded Grenada in his crusade against communists, communism and their fellow travellers.
The IRI is manned by the right-wing Republican Party and is matched in the NED of the National Democratic Institute (NDI) run by the Democratic party. There’s also a group to “democratise” foreign labour movements and one for “private enterprise”.
Even the innocuous Wikipedia entry admits: “The IRI operates as a political organisation abroad, providing training and assistance to favoured political parties”. Lest we be accused of exaggerating, back in 2012, the New Statesman wrote:
“NED and its affiliates (particularly IRI) have been implicated in funding groups involved in organising coups against democratically elected leaders such as Hugo Chávez of Venezuela (2002), Jean-Betrand Aristide of Haiti (2004) and Manuel Zelaya of Honduras (2009). NED massively funded the political opposition to democratically elected Nobel Peace Prize winner President Oscar Arias of Costa Rica (1986-1988).”
In Egypt, staff members of the IRI quit after they accused the organisation of only supporting groups deemed “friendly” when they were supposed to be non-partisan. Members of the organisation, including some Americans, were put on trial after Hosni Mubarrak was deposed.
There was a huge hue and cry of “non-governmental organisations (NGOs)” being attacked – which was ironic, since the IRI is totally funded by the American government!
It’s for these reasons we’re not surprised the AFC and APNU are up in arms at the thought of the IRI being halted in its tracks. It’s long being rumoured that foreign funds launched these groups. Who’d you think paid for the Dick Morris’s poll back in 2006 in the effort at “democratisation” here?
The People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) probably just woke up to the fact that they’re still viewed as “leftists”. Especially to the IRI right wingers. Better late than never.
Just when you thought the MuckrakerKN couldn’t sink any lower – how do you sink lower than a snake’s belly when it came to spewing out garbage and filth? – they’ve managed to do just that. The Eyewitness finally found out why he was tortured about “negative numbers” in high school – you can really sink below zero!
It’s truly said that “all skin teeth na laugh”. So when the MuckrakerKN might want to say their effusions are just “skin teeth” of the owner (the “Mook”) and his house editor, it’s no laughing matter when they mock a public official for “picking fare” at night.
Women have suffered centuries of humiliations and slights to inch up the professional ladder – and one of the most low down things men can do is to suggest that they’ve had to sleep their way around. We’ve never seen them accuse men of this act…and we hope that women in general will condemn this maligning of a woman’s reputation.
The final irony was them also mocking the woman for changing her name to an English one.
Now who was it that changed his name from “Mohan” to “Glenn”?
Was Minister Robeson Benn using President Donald Ramotar to find out if lepto is around when he asked the president to wade around in sewage laden water?
December 15, 2013 By
The pieces of the puzzle are falling into place. Your humble Eyewitness always had a sneaking suspicion as to what the final picture would be. Not because he had any powers of clairvoyance – just experience in dealing with the politically ambitious and their wanton choice of bedfellows.
We’re talking, of course, about ex-Speaker Ralph Ramkarran’s latest article for the StabberNews. He pleaded that in the next elections, there should be a “consensus” candidate leading the opposition into the next elections.
Coyly, he doesn’t explicitly nominate himself for the position, but every sentence evoked the image of the man feverishly waving his hand in the air, like a first grade schoolboy – “me! me! me!”! The Eyewitness always maintained that StabbberNews picking up of Ramkarran’s “blog” column had an ulterior motive.
Too many times, the piece was in the paper before it came on the “blog”. Then, quelle surprise!! Ramkarran was given a second shot at the Guyanese populace when the following day, the Stabber would regurgitate the column as a “news item”.
Jeez…this was positively incestuous – and like all incestuous relationships, they eventually produced a degenerate offspring: Ramkarran for opposition consensus candidate!!!!
The puzzle now make sense – but it’s chilling to see the Machiavellian manipulation of the sentiments of Guyanese to garner support for Ramkarran’s run – a whole year before the actual gambit. The legacy of Dr Cheddi Jagan – is continually evoked. He’s made to always push “unity” with the People’s National Congress (PNC).
Dr Jagan pushed “unity”, all right, but never without “struggle”: “unity with struggle” was the great man’s mantra. He never gave up the struggle against the PNC’s excesses just to “get a position”.
Ramkarran, however, is so eager for a shot at the presidency that he’s willing to close his eyes to the deformities in the present opposition. Not so as to the opposition’s leaders: they have to be removed to clear the way for him!
David Granger? “For a reason that is well known, but need not detain us, the proponents of the consensus presidential candidate idea do not see Granger as attracting enough People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) supporters to lead to an opposition majority.” Please! please! detain us! Detain us!
His erstwhile comrades Moses Nagamootoo and Kemraj Ramjattan, now in the Alliance For Change (AFC)? “The AFC will be crushed if it aligns with A Partnership for National Unity (APNU). “So what to do? “
Funny you asked: “…search for a suitable candidate from outside the ranks of the opposition who has broad, across the board appeal.” And who else but Ramkarran fits the bill? Ah…the canker of ambition!
…for opposition wuk
With snap elections in the air (can we go on much longer with this confounded nonsense?) Ramkarran’s in front of a long line of wankers trying to oust the opposition leaders – and take their place.
They know they can’t “make side” in the PPP/C, of course. In the StabberNews there was a letter from Tarron “Donkey Cart” Khemraj, who’d bolted the AFC because Ramjattan and Nagamootoo weren’t giving him enough play.
He entered APNU in company with the Asquith Rose fella, who’s incapable of crafting a letter on his own – he always needs a sidekick. Anyhow, Khemraj seems to have eased off on his romance with Granger and also with Rose.
He’s now teamed up with some older disgruntled refugees from the Guyanese political scene. He’s pushing an idea he’s cogged wholesale from his Economics 101 textbook – the need for a developmental state in Guyana.
Even though StabberNews had given him his column – hey, he’s opposition, isn’t he? – they didn’t do the regurgitating routine as for Ramkarran. Can’t have him challenge Ramkarran, can they?
So they’ve let him into the letters columns for his second shot. Ah…ambition is so fecund!
The Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU), arguing for higher public servants wages, complained they’ve been “sometimes working under difficult and unhealthy conditions”. We always knew air conditioning wasn’t only unhealthy for the environment!
December 15, 2013 By
In truth, the truth really hurts. Especially when you’ve been caught with your pants down, and more so when you’re been holding yourself out as the local George Washington, who never told a lie.
Khemraj Ramjattan had displayed his endemic ignorance of parliamentary practice when he accused Finance Minister Dr Ashni Singh of misspending monies for public servants’ salaries. Ramjattan, of course, has been assiduously sucking up to public servants since he can’t shake his habit of poaching on A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) turf.
So the finance minister, who’s obviously had it with the sleazy ambulance-chasing lawyer, bitch-slapped him about ignoring his party Chairman Nigel Hughes’ hiding his conflict-of-interest relationship with the Amaila Falls Hydro Inc (AFHI).
Now Hughes has been hiding under a rock since the scandal broke, but now his wife – who was the public relations flak for AFHI’s affiliate Sithe Global Inc, jumps to his defence. Unfortunately, she’s landed him smack into the old doo-doo he hoped would’ve washed off.
This is what the self-proclaimed public relations guru proclaimed: “Ramjattan, on the day of the publication of the news of my husband’s position as company secretary of Sithe Global, stated that he knew of Hughes’ relationship with the company.
“That Hughes had disclosed this relationship to the party and that he, Ramjattan, saw no conflict of interest, as Hughes did not participate in any Alliance For Change (AFC) meetings, discussions or decisions taken in relation to the Amaila Falls Hydro Electricity Project (AFHEP).”
Lies! Lies! And more lies! That is exactly what DID NOT happen. At the time, Ramjattan confessed that while he knew of some “association” between Hughes and AFHI, his chairman hadn’t shared with him the news that the “association” was actually that of company secretary.
Now this is not an inconsequential difference. And in her assertion, Hughes’ better half shows that she’s just as contemptuous of the intelligence of the average Guyanese. Does she really believe that in this day of the retrieval capabilities of the Internet, we can’t check what was really said?
…versus the truth
As we wrote then, “A ‘company secretary’ isn’t someone in short skirts who takes notes in shorthand. Hughes is basically the legal officer of AFHI and in that capacity would have advised, for instance, on the entity getting the best deal – that is making the maximum profits from the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) – from the deal.
Now Ramjattan said, as a professional lawyer, Hughes can sell his services to whomever he wants. We have no problem with this. What we have a problem with is that Hughes has been less than “professional” in not revealing his employment in a company that has been in the centre of a controversy precipitated by his party’s position.
Ramjattan assured us that Hughes recused himself when matters involving the Amaila Falls hydro project were being discussed by the AFC. But if Ramjattan and other party members didn’t know of how key a position Hughes held in the SPV, how the heck can we be sure that in informal contexts Hughes mightn’t have influenced others? Or even the gullible Ramjattan himself?
In our highly-charged political atmosphere of accusations and counter accusations of “conflict of interests” and “self-interested parties”, shouldn’t Hughes, at least, have revealed the true nature of his involvement? Like when, for instance, on June 21, he articulated his party’s position on AFHEP at a press conference?”
We hope the AFC wankers realise that “the truth will set us free”!
… in APNU
Imagine that APNU’s leader David Granger will “investigate” Volda Lawrence because the poor woman ran out of the House before she puked on her colleagues. Seems that the brigadier feels his members of parliament must remain at their post, come hell or high water – or vomit.
We just hope he doesn’t muster up a firing squad for Lawrence for “desertion”.
December 14, 2013 By
There’s been a great deal of talk about the present Parliament being special. That it “represents the people” to a larger extent than the government: the opposition’s one seat majority and all that. But for two years, that opposition has used their razor-thin majority as a battering ram to scuttle the government’s programmes – on which it was elected to form the executive in the first place.
Some people cut them some slack because they said the opposition was just playing “hardball” politics. The one in which you oppose for the sake of opposing and give no quarter – even if it means wrecking the country.
But what do these people say now that the same opposition’s refused to hear a petition from 5000 Guyanese who’re concerned about what’s going on in the cricketing fraternity?
The right to petition your representatives about your concerns and then act to address them is one of the foundation stones of any democratic society. In fact it’s one of the oldest democratic rights…even peasants could petition their king when they felt abused.
And here it is, this opposition, boasting securing a “majority” of the people’s votes, can just turn them away from the chambers of Parliament.
Very sadly, the opposition’s now shown itself willing to deploy its “take no prisoners” approach, not only to the government but, to the very people who elected them in the first place. There’s no other word to describe their behaviour than “power-mad”.
But it’s truly been said that “those whom the gods wish to destroy, they first make mad”. This rebuff to ordinary people from being heard will have reverberations in the coming elections – which, President Donald Ramotar should not put off for long. Or else, who knows how far this madness may be taken.
The language of the petition was what the opposition said they were objecting to. Can you believe this? Here’s a bunch of people who’ve been given the privilege to say whatever they want about anybody under the sun and any subject under the moon – and not have any sanctions imposed – and they want the citizens who put them there to watch the words THEY use in the same forum?
But the truth, of course, is that the opposition is just pandering to their cricketing cronies.
This is just another example that shows the opposition’s grown too big for their britches. They’re too full of themselves. We need a snap election to let the people have the final word.
The Guyana Public Servants Union (GPSU) is now threatening a “national shutdown”. Their members have been “going slow” even since this government assumed office. We’ve been particularly disappointed with the personnel in the health sector.
Whether their colleagues in other departments see themselves as “public servants” or not (most don’t), nurses and other such workers, by the very tenets of their profession, have to hold themselves to a higher standard when it comes to their work.
How can they “go slow” or “picket in the streets” or just “walk off the job” when people have been, and will be, literally dying? Now, we’re not saying that nurses and other health workers shouldn’t have decent salaries. But they have to bear in mind the constraints under which the government is operating.
Can they really say, compared to where all of this begun – the devastated economy of 1992, when rats were nibbling on babies’ toes – that their conditions of work and pay haven’t significantly improved? In this season of goodwill, we hope that the GPSU will play less political games and more positive education of their membership.
Looks like the Alliance For Change (AFC) wankers came to their senses at the last minute and decided to rescinded the cuts to the development projects they advocated earlier. Won’t save them at the soon to be called snap elections though.
“Too late” shall be the cry.
December 12, 2013 By
How many lies must a newspaper publish before the people say “enough is enough”? According to Bob Dylan, the answer might be “blowin’ in the wind”. Seems like every day, the MuckrakerKN’s forced to retract, rewrite, apologise or otherwise “beg pardon” for lies about one thing or other. Then there’s the countless other concoctions people just allow to slide past.
Just the other day, it had to apologise twice for claiming “billions” in government overpayments… when it was just thousands! The MuckrakerKN’ s owner – Mohan Lall aka Glenn Lall – never learnt to count beyond his fingers, of which he has six on each hand. Now he’s just shown he can’t read – and had to beg pardon once again.
With all his digging and peeping, he claimed that former President Bharrat Jagdeo – the man he gets his jollies off by cussing every day – had been gifted a house.
He even plastered a picture of the house – a very nice house, if we may say – in his rag. Now it turns out the house is on the south side of the plot on which the former president has refurbished a building for the Jagdeo Foundation.
Jagdeo had acquired the northern lot. Now you and I – and the kid in first grade – might know the difference between “north” and “south”. But how do you convey the idea to a fella who don’t know “b from bull foot”? Do you say “top side” and “bottom side”?
But the issue goes far beyond the disabilities and infirmities of one deluded and megalomaniacal individual. It has to do with the responsibility of the press to conduct their inquiries with a modicum of seriousness that shows they’re willing to at least genuflect to the facts.
What’s going on with Lall and his MuckrakerKN is the media bodies and authorities are allowing him to get away with murder. Murder of reputations…murder of facts and murder of the profession of journalism.
Has anyone read the contents of some stories filed under “news”? The ones that concern Jagdeo and anyone even remotely connected with him? You can’t even call them “opinions”. Maybe there should be a new category called “tales”. Malicious tales. But seriously folks, when will the media groups sanction this fella? Are they satisfied being lumped together with such unsavoury behaviour?
As for the government – it doesn’t look like they have the courage of their convictions. If they even have the slightest convictions expressed on the need to have such a body to ensure some guidelines are followed by the press.
And maybe they can have Lall attend some remedial classes in “reading, ‘riting and ‘rithmetic”.
…can’t understand business
The Muckraker yesterday kept repeating that the opposition was a “collation”. We know they can’t read (see above) and don’t know the difference between “collation” (to put together things like paper) and “coalition” (a temporary alliance). Anyhow this “collation” – the fellas are “paper tigers”? – has been making noises about “reducing the tolls on the Berbice bridge”.
It’s clear they don’t know the first thing about public-private partnerships. Or they’re too dull to learn. The Berbice bridge corporation is just that – a corporation. A government – and certainly an opposition – can’t just walk in and change the contract between the corporation and the government.
Apart from the legal challenge, does the “collation” (of index cards?) appreciate the signal they’ll be sending to the outside investors?
Now it could be that David Granger and Carl Greenidge have been closet communists all along – having been young men who directly worked under Forbes Burnham – and they don’t give a damn about the private sector. Folks should take note.
Next thing you know, they’ll be banning food items.
We’re making one last appeal to the “collation” (of twigs?) to follow through with their promise to clean the city along with government officials. Your Eyewitness’ wife can’t shop and she’s making his life miserable.
December 12, 2013 By
Barack Obama is regarded as an orator par excellence. His speech at the memorial to Nelson Mandela didn’t disappoint. But as is often the case when leaders get caught up with soaring rhetoric, they get carried away and sometimes lose sight of the ground reality.
With Obama, there was one line that caught your Eyewitness’ attention: “There are too many of us who happily embrace Madiba’s legacy of racial reconciliation, but passionately resist even modest reforms that would challenge chronic poverty and growing inequality”.
And we wondered whether he had been brought up to scratch with what’s happening in his own neck of the woods. Last time we looked the “growing inequality” in the U.S. was at an all time high. The term “one per cent” has now entered the national vocabulary to immediately bring to mind the obscene amount of wealth that the elite has accumulated, and the even more obscene income that flows into their pockets.
Even as the U.S. jobless rate is stuck just below 10 per cent…with no long term relief in sight. Most of the “profits” are generated by the financial industry, while the average Joe and Jane, who would normally get a piece of the action from blue collar jobs like factory hands, are on the streets.
So while Wall Street makes money on money…the middle and lower class Americans sink further into debt as their jobs are exported to third world sweatshops. Where the labour is dirt cheap, as was seen in the Bangladeshi garment factory fire, and life is even cheaper.
But there was a special irony to Obama’s soaring rhetoric: he was the first African-American president honouring the iconic African leader of the time. Yet his remarks about inequality ignored the even the more dreaded condition of African-Americans versus even the poor Whites of that country.
In 2009, the median net worth of a black family was a piddling US$28,500, with Whites clocking in at US$265,000 – almost 10 times higher. This gap of US$236,500 was almost three times what it was back in 1984. Blacks are falling behind even faster that before.
The most telling statistic on equality is the number of Blacks in jail. Overall while “coloured” peoples are 30 per cent of the population, they make up 60 per cent of the prison population of every two million! One in every 15 African American men is in jail. The figure for Whites is one in 106. In the meantime, one out of every three Blacks in the “land of the free” will be jailed during their lifetime.
Isn’t it time world leaders take a look in the mirror, stop throwing mud, and begin to fix problems?
In Guyana, the soaring rhetoric and its obliviousness to ground reality is even more stark. What’s the opposition actually doing to help its constituency – much less the general population?
Back in 1989 Desmond Hoyte finally admitted the emperor had no clothes and ran, cup in hand, to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Carl Greenidge scored some points for admitting that the cupboard was not only bare…it had a hole via which we owned billions.
People were actually walking around with “white mouths”. Now how can they, with a straight face, say things haven’t improved? Are they helping their constituents by encouraging them to always blame “the other side”. In an improving economy, don’t they have a duty to encourage all Guyanese to buckle down and develop themselves and so the country?
Take the boom in gold mining during the last decade. Shouldn’t the opposition work with their constituents who benefitted overwhelmingly from that windfall, to invest the money into sustainable enterprises?
We hope the leaders of the opposition would also take a look in the mirror.
In the meantime, over in India, Narendra Modi, whose visa is cancelled by the U.S. is on his way to winning the next elections. Will the U.S. give him back his visa, like they did with Mandela, 18 years late?
December 11, 2013 By
…from writer’s eye
In his quest for publicity (to hock his self published book?), Ruel Johnson feels compelled to revive the infant terrible role even though he’s so long in the tooth. The last time he tried it, he was pitching for the post of editor with the Guyana Press – at a price of $3 million a month.
He evidently thought – by some reverse psychology process – that by cussing out the Culture Minister Dr Frank Anthony, who would’ve been his boss, the fella would hire him. He thought wrong.
So he’s throwing another hissy fit once again. But then we shouldn’t be surprised – they do say that you can’t teach old dogs new tricks, don’t they? He also decided to move up the ladder and cuss out Dr Anthony’s boss – President Donald Ramotar.
And what’s twisted his bukta into a knot this time? “Ramotar isn’t fit to attend Nelson Mandela’s funeral,” he hissed. He didn’t take issue with those who wanted the prezzie to take along Opposition Leader David Granger with him.
Granger, it’s said, is the inheritor of Forbes Burnham’s mantle, and Burnham’s right up there as one of the liberators of South Africa. So Granger should’ve gotten a free ride. Well, let’s talk about Granger, Ramotar and South Africa.
Ramotar is the inheritor of the mantle of Dr Cheddi Jagan…first as general secretary of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) and then as president of Guyana. Dr Jagan, we have to remember, was honoured by South Africa with its highest civilian award: the Order of the Friends of O R Tambo.
This was awarded posthumously for Dr Jagan’s “exceptional contribution to the struggle against racial oppression and colonial exploitation”. The award, as a matter of fact, had been accepted by no other than Ramotar himself…in a ceremony that also conferred the honour to non-aligned giants, India’s Jawaharlal Nehru and Indonesia’s Sukarno (born Kusno Sosrodihardjo).
Burnham, as Ramotar’s critics disingenuously pretend to forget, was denied the same award. Most credible Pan Africanists raised the not inconsequential matter of Burnham’s role in the assassination of Dr Walter Rodney.
Johnson should take the plank from his eye when he says the president’s not fit to attend Mandela’s funeral because he hasn’t walked in Mandela’s shoes. Has Granger? Even Barack Obama admitted he fell short.
Mandela was a man who preached that we cannot keep on stirring up old hatreds. In this regard, Granger has been most egregious – witness his creation this year of a monument to the victims of Sun Chapman.
Is this what Mandela would’ve done? Johnson should be ashamed for ignoring the foisting of Granger, the disciple of the discredited Burnham, into the final rites for the man who will go down in history as the “great forgiver”.
Transparency International (TI) local compradors sponsored a march against corruption in Guyana. They’re shedding crocodile tears and complaining that no government officials were arm in arm with them. Well it’s been truly said, “show me your company and I’ll tell you who you are”.
We all know that the local TI body doesn’t just have only opposition friends…they’re themselves all opposition.
Imagine the hypocrisy of continuously stabbing the government in the back ever since they were formed, but expecting members to attend their march – just because it was a United Nations (UN) sponsored event. They should’ve never been allowed to host the event in the first case. It’s tantamount to a paedophile being allowed to march against paedophilia – and complaining children didn’t attend!
The government would’ve needed to have their collective heads examined if they’d showed up. TI should be renamed “OI” – Opaque International, since they refuse to be transparent about the methodology through which they arrive at their ratings.
Three years ago, the economist said “the best-known corruption index may have run its course” because it was “misleading”.
…from Congress’ eyes
The deal with Iran – pushed by the U.S. administration – to ensure it doesn’t develop nuclear weapons, was hardly inked when their Congress moved to install new sanctions. They just love the planks in their eyes.
December 10, 2013 By