Ok so few months ago Bharrat Jagdeo said Wikileaks was BS and told Guyanese to ignore them, that the American don’t know what they are talking about, but all of a sudden to drum up fear in the nation as usual, he quote Wikileaks to the people in Bartica to get his racial point across.
President Bharrat Jagdeo on Monday brushed aside concerns about the image of Guyana as a country heading for narco-statehood and his administration appearing unwilling to fight the drug trade.
Confidential United States diplomatic cables recently released by the whistleblowing site, Wikeleaks, saw the then American Ambassador Roland Bullen weighing in on the reasons why an office of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) was not yet opened in Guyana.
Speaking with Demerara Waves Online News ( www.demwaves.com ), Jagdeo relied on what he said was the United States’ refusal to confirm that the communication are American diplomatic cables.
He said his presidency and the country’s profile would be unaffected by Wikileaks’ revelations.
“If I allow an American ambassador’s view to put a damper on my feeling or my image, then I wouldn’t be fit to run this country. This is their opinion about what is taking place in Guyana,” he said.
Against the background of Bullen telling Washington that Guyana was heading for narco-statehood and government was lukewarm to the narco-fight, Jagdeo dismissed such assertions and questioned the credibility.
“I just want it to come out because it’s interesting to see ambassadors’ perspectives… I find a lot of amusing; it is like ambassadors speaking, their opinion, nothing is substantiated so I’m looking forward to more fun with Wikileaks, “ he said.
However to scare Guyanese Jagdeo is referencing the same Wikileaks to drive fear in the nation, and keep that racial divide alive and well, since a racially divided Guyana only benefits PPP.
The president cautioned Barticians against voting for the opposition, saying they have a track-record of supporting and having links with criminal gangs like those that killed 12 persons in Bartica on February 17, 2008.
“The very famous Wikileaks said that the PNC had its hand in what took place in terrorizing the people in Buxton and those same individuals were part of the killings here in Bartica. Are we going to allow those people to ever run our country? Are we going to allow them to get the reins of power here in Guyana,” he said
Written by Paul Sanders
My two cents: President Bharrat Jagdeo should have you worried again.
His so-called Appreciation Day last Friday assumed that somehow Guyana has been all hunky dory under his watch, and that is a classic trope of fascists.
His raw enthusiasm is enough to tire an elephant and his messianic intensity can only be tolerated in short doses. He is very much like a high-power fluorescent light; in other words, he gives you an instant headache.
Perhaps the godly Juan Edghill has it right. Against the background of a propaganda portrait of President Bharrat Jagdeo, magnificent in a red tie, Edghill asserted that he was “keeping with what the scripture says…”
The righteous man continued with the horoscope: “There is an energy and synergy developed around this appreciation that is quite healthy. Some of the persons who have contacted me as one of the organizers of this activity are not people who have voted for Bharrat Jagdeo for president.”
Wait a minute. Back that truck up. Who are they? What the? Are you kidding?
So that twinkle in the eyes of this pious man at the news conference a week earlier as he fretted, was the telling look of a huckster who knows he was pulling a fast one on Guyana. He was socking it up to the nation in the name of the Lord. Recall, the sorcerers of ancient Egypt were doing the same thing, too. Hallelujah.
An embattled chairman of the Ethnic Relations Committee who hobnobs with the “Friends of Jagdeo,” and the pro-government body called the Federation of Independent Trades Union, Edghill’s startling performance was nothing short of rank unorthodox concealment of motives.
Juan Edghill may be a rodeo and radio clown whose grasp of history is what you’d expect from a college dropout, but he is also smart enough to know that using such motives is how Hitler and the Nazis rose to power.
Guyanese need to thank God for Reverend Kwame Gilbert, too, who claims he makes official state visit on behalf of the Jagdeo administration. He shot off a nice ecclesiastical letter to the press hoping to clear up confusion about “attempts to deify” President Jagdeo. The wizard, skilled in wisdom, did exactly that while simultaneously apotheosizing the president and sanctifying the Appreciation Day event.
In normal times, false prophets and brown-nosers alike who use esoteric pitch might leave the public bemused, bewildered or just bored. But these aren’t normal times, and the boisterous crowd on-demand that was bused, trucked, chauffeured in at the Providence Stadium – just like the Babylonian folks who assembled before Nebuchadnezzar – roared its approval.
Yeah, the people came, and stood before the king; they came with great readiness and willingness, esteeming it a great honor done them to be sent by the king; they sang and danced awaiting his will and pleasure.
George Orwell would have felt at home here. He would have recognized the rewriting of history. The event was so suffused with awareness that President Jagdeo has lost the public’s confidence long ago. And yes, the cyber world of bloggers gingerly await the Indian essay from lousy poet at the poll station; he likes to speak like Charles Manson.
Of course. At the NCN, Guyana Chronicle and the Guyana Times, one can find a people in denial and suffering delusions as they continue to deceive themselves into believing the world is buying that kind of turd.
All religions have a magical aspect. And in the tabernacle of the PPP, magical knowledge and power emanates from the gods and is bestowed upon the king and his substitutes: the religious spokesmen – the less exalted, who do not deal with life and death but with more mundane issues like good luck charms, enchantments, astrology, and serious propaganda.
The significance of Edghill and Gilbert was to interpret the Divine communication through the magic formulas, or incantations and the secret sciences of political occultism, and to extol the Guyanese fascist to blissful eminence. These scribes have brought to the altar the sacrifice of their conscience to make favorable before their Highness, and by their arts endeavored to avert the threatened misfortune of a bad election year.
What else can be made of the tribute to President Bharrat Jagdeo’s “contribution to the economic, social and political transformation of Guyana?”
It’s just a sad, dark day for intelligence and common sense in this country. The exponents of “transformation” are eager to keep people in the dark. The constant blackouts have cast a shadow on the country’s new heights of economic achievement.
Factories grind to a halt; essential services are immobilized and basic existence becomes a burden. No one needs that story from the snow cone man. And just when you think it’s as dark as it can get, you realize that there are men of God who can make it even darker.
Celebrate Guyana, celebrate. Stop in awe and begin to think how Guyana has morphed from Burnham’s era of “kick down the door” bandits to present day gun battles playing fiercely out on the streets; gun runnings linked to the military and police; massacres like the ones at Lusignan, Bartica and Lindo Creek; daily murders, good enough for a movie script; spectacular Hollywood style hold ups, daring sea pirates; government sponsored killing machines such as the “Phantom Squads;” and a host of anti-life orchestration all happening in an equal opportunity manner.
That’s the transformation Guyana celebrates. Moving from bad to worse. And it’s getting dangerously worse. Nothing is sacred. Under the PPP, Guyana has drifted from a pathetic Co-operative Socialist Republic (of the Burnham kind) steadily to the invidious position of a failed state and into a narco-state.
Drugs and money laundering that accompany; killings and sleek trafficking that associate with the industry are all ubiquitously synonymous with the Jagdeo Adminstration. So synonymous that the president is pointedly referred to as“Drugdeo” in bloggersphere.
In this democracy, there is a premium for being a jerk; just listen to the caustic forcefulness of folks like Clement Rohee, Kellawan Lall, OP’s poster boy Kwame McKoy and the rising superstar Minister Irfan Ali.
And while the president and his associates continue to appreciate themselves, the rest of Guyana must make a judgment on how their lives measure up against the lives of the Guyanese rulers or their children. Case in point: the issue of Minister Manniram Prashad’s son vehicular homicide of a UG student; and the attitudes of the ruling class in the aftermath.
And what about the scams, too numerous and too fast to keep apace with? What does it say about transformation? It speaks eloquently about the conspiracy of family and best friends; the tangled tale of criminality and massive corruption, of politicians, government officials in thrall to the power of unsavory businessmen of the underworld. It is the quotidian existence.
Corruption is not only rampant; it is an epidemic. It is the new normal; another catharsis for “transformation” attributed by President Jagdeo. Shrewd business activity requires an ear to the vicissitudes of the administration; a razor sharp knowledge of the extent of the inherent venality in the system, and ruthless street smarts to equalize the equation.
That sounds like Ed Ahmad- an aficionado of alleged political gangsta-ism; the haughtiness and a personal friend of President Jagdeo. Ed is the quintessential example of how big money allegedly courts big corruption with the big boys at the top. Even as more details unfold about his $50 million alleged fraud in the U.S., and as prosecutors move for more indictments against him, Ed Ahmad provides the best example of how much accessibility money can buy, with the right moves.
It is the pace of commerce in Guyana. Getting “in” practically means ripping a page out of the “Who ya know” handbook; and guaranteed prosperity and success demands a kind of obsequiousness that graduates into an entitlement of the government franchise. But it requires a repudiation of self esteem and integrity supplemented by a stomach for violence – literally or metaphorically.
Say it ain’t so. For decades there have been two main forces in Guyanese politics: the Indo and Afro world outlook, alternately holding power and seeking it – by whatever means. Which means the exploitation of the race card.
How far (or close) has President Jagdeo brought the two races harmoniously together? No need to think; it’s not a tricky question. There is nothing too highbrow in his utterances when he seeks the audience in the East Indian strongholds.
It is almost a paradox that many East Indians who are traditional supporters of the PPP, and who have maintained a sense of self worth had to choose to escape – legally and illegally – to North American and, more recently, into the Caribbean islands to pursue their economic survival. These skilled men have had the sad realization that their ” Apaan Jhaat” votes did not translate into prosperity, but effectively transformed them into “runaways.”
What the Appreciation Day was intended to achieve, at a cost of more than $100 million – some of it “protection” money paid by business entities, in terms of election propaganda was to turn the tide against the revelations of Wiki leaks. Appreciation Day was meant to prop the mighty leader in order to outshine the damage of the cables.
Instead, it turned out to be a fiasco. Wiki leaks did not go away. The cables were a wicked deluge of a mess. Day after day Wiki leaks provides another confirmation of what the public already know about the inner workings of the PPP and the disgraceful Jagdeo cabal. And the responses by Donald Ramotar and President Jagdeo are further confirmation that these are indeed arrogant men.
So what are the lessons of the “transformation” of the Jagdeo kind? It tells us of a dangerous regional development: of all theCaribbean leaders, President Jagdeo’s tenure as a politician is not a catalog of triumphs.
And the Manchurian candidate, Donald Ramotar, whose image is built on the stellar combination of whims and idiosyncrasies of a fascist leader, is aiming at the presidency. He is a unique affliction that plagues Guyanese politics.
Where is everybody?
WikiLeaks cables on Guyana link
Link to search the WikiLeaks cables
SUBJECT: HAPPILY NEVER AFTER: PRESIDENT TO DIVORCE
Classified By: CHARGE MICHAEL THOMAS FOR REASONS 1.4(B) AND (D)
1. (C) SUMMARY: Ending public speculation regarding the
status of their relationship, President Bharrat Jagdeo and
First Lady VARSHNIE Jagdeo yesterday announced the end of
their nine year marriage. The announcement came as a shock
to no one-rumors of adultery, separation, and domestic
violence have been rife for some time. END SUMMARY
“ALL OUT” AT THE CRICKET MATCH
2. (C) The tumultuous relationship of President Jagdeo and
his wife came to a boil at the Cricket World Cup in Guyana
last week. Apparently, the First Lady and her father showed
up, uninvited, to the one of the cricket matches and were
seated in the Presidential Box. An angry Jagdeo ordered his
chief protocol officer to have her removed from the premises.
The officer refused, and he was subsequently relieved of his
duties and sent home. After the media got a hold of the
story and began to ask questions, Jagdeo told them that he
would “deal with that within two weeks time.” A week later,
the Jagdeos announced their pending divorce.
A MARRIAGE OF CONVENIENCE
3. (C) Despite their gala wedding ceremony in 1998, many
speculated that the marriage between Jagdeo and VARSHNIE was
one of convenience. At the time, Jagdeo was an up-and-coming
politician, rising through the ranks of the People’s
Progressive Party (PPP), and sitting on the doorstep of the
presidency. It is rumored that Janet Jagan, then President
of Guyana, persuaded Jagdeo to marry in order to project a
more stable, family-oriented image. In fact, VARSHNIE, who
was born and raised in the U.K., immediately went back to
school in England following their wedding — they lived apart
for two years before she finally returned to Guyana. There
have been all sorts of salacious rumors surrounding the
Jagdeos’ marriage. From the very beginning, it was common
knowledge that Jagdeo continued to have girlfriends or other
liaisons on the side. VARSHNIE is also believed to have been
living with a boyfriend the last few years. The political
opposition has also pushed the unlikely rumor that Jagdeo
prefers men – in the last election, the leader of the
opposition party, Robert Corbin, often insinuated in his
campaign speeches that Jagdeo was gay.
ME, MYSELF, AND I
4. (C) COMMENT: Jagdeo’s divorce announcement comes at a time
when he has become increasingly insular in his actions.
Long-time PPP members have commented that the President no
longer seeks outside counsell from his advisors or his
party– he prefers that any government decisions come through
him personally. Now, in the ultimate sign of going it alone,
Jagdeo has even jettisoned his wife.
Greene was bad for drugs-fight; good for street-crimes- Wiki-leaked US cables
Written by Demerara Waves
Friday, 02 September 2011
Western Nations had threatened to withhold key security cooperation fromGuyana because they could not trust Henry Greene as Police Commissioner due to his alleged links with the drug underworld and inability to protect sensitive information.
“Greene’s new position will have consequences on foreign assistance involving the GPF,” Charge D’Affaires, Michael Thomas said in a July 24 cable that was Wiki-leaked late Thursday night.
The cable from the American embassy here questioned Greene’s confidentiality and labeled him as “crooked” and “grossly incompetent” when he was Crime Chief.
“He is unwilling or unable to protect sensitive information or to fulfill straightforward extradition requests. Greene as Commissioner would be bad for Guyana’s security and would compromise all international cooperation with the Guyana Police Force.
Greene, whose American diplomatic and tourist visas were revoked in days leading up to his July 24, 2006 appointment as acting commissioner has already publicly denied benefiting from the proceeds of drugs. None of the cables released so far has disclosed specific cases of Greene’s alleged criminal activities.
US laws bar the American government from releasing reasons for visa revocations or denials to third parties like the media. But one of the cables says Greene cried when he was told that his visa was being revoked on July 20, 2006 because of information gathered by the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
“Greene broke into tears when informed of this, fearing the embarrassment the revocation will cause, and denied involvement with drug trafficking. He expressed surprise that the revocation was not due to his “troubling the girls”,” the cable states.
One of the cables noted that the DEA had given specific language to inform President Jagdeo that the Greene had benefited from drug funds. “U.S. law enforcement has reliable reports from multiple sources that Henry Greene has benefited from, and continues to benefit from, the proceeds of drug trafficking.”
The cables reveal a flurry of shuttle-diplomacy by the American, British, Canadian and European Union envoys here to Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Roger Luncheon and President Bharrat Jagdeo to “head off Greene’s appointment before his swearing-in within the next few days.”
The cable titled “GOG picked crooked police chief despite revoked visa” states that due to Greene’s appointment the US is not pushing ahead with a plan to establish a DEA vetted anti-narcotics unit under Greene’s commissionership. Moves by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to install a gun-trace computer terminal to help the GPF track firearms had been also pulled back.
Similarly, British High Commissioner, Fraser Wheeler had told President Bharrat Jagdeo thrice between July 21 and 24 that the UKgovernment had “concerns about Greene’s elevation” and pre-2006 election training for the police force would have been quashed. The Canadian High Commissioner also told Charge that his government will cease all cooperation with the police if the Greene appointment goes through, states the cable.
But in another cable titled ‘Police Commissioner Greene: Give us Barabas’, then Ambassador David Robinson credited Greene with better dealing with street crimes and that the United States would eventually have to work with the police force under his stewardship.
“Henry Greene is corrupt but he is more effective than his predecessor in controlling the streets. The president is happy in the role of Pontius Pilate and is betting that the donors ultimately will work out some accommodation with the commissioner. He is probably right. We will not rehabilitate Greene, but we will have to cooperate with his police force if he becomes permanent,’ states Robinson in the cable.
The US, according to the cables, appeared upset that Jagdeo and Luncheon had lured the diplomatic community into believing that once Greene’s visa had been revoked his appointment would have been reconsidered.
“This contradicts what he told Charge — that revoking Greene’s visa would give the GoG cover to back down. Luncheon and Jagdeo have been disingenuous throughout this episode, especially in protesting they were unaware of our concerns about Greene,”
Jagdeo had told diplomats that he had been under intense political pressure to stick with Greene but, according to one of the cables “the source of this pressure is unclear.”
The cables released quote the Ambassador as alleging that Greene was linked criminal activities. “Greene’s name appears repeatedly in reporting by various USG agencies in connection with criminal activities,” he said.
The ambassador had told government officials that the US government could not have provided details but “it would be very embarrassing for the GoG if a sitting Police Commissioner were indicted in a foreign court.”
Then Home Affairs Minister, Gail Teixeira, described as the “voice of reason” in the Guyana government had described to diplomats “in some detail her struggles to get Jagdeo and Luncheon to come around to her point of view” concerning Greene.
Roger Khan funded Muslim activities, planned to blow up DEA operation
Written by Demerara Waves
Friday, 02 September
Convicted cocaine trafficker, Shaheed ‘ Roger’ Khan, who had allegedly helped build mosques and fund scholarships, had allegedly promised to blow up a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) location and kill the United States Ambassador.
Labeled “Secret,’ the latest Wikileaked diplomatic cable from then American envoy, Roland Bullen likened Khan untoColombia’s one-time drug baron, Pablo Escobar.
Khan was arrested in Suriname in June 2006 and put on a plane to Trinidad where he was snatched by US agents and taken to New York. He was convicted for cocaine trafficking in October 2009 and sentenced to 15 years jail after a plea bargain.
In the February 1, 2006 missive, he detailed Khan’s operations that included arms and trafficking connections with the Colombian rebel group, FARC, with links to Panama and France.
Bullen recalled that Khan had allegedly threatened to kill the Ambassador and the Regional Security Officer when an informant leaked an American plan to set up a DEA counter narcotics operation inGuyana.
“After the leak, Khan threatened to blow up the site of the operation and threatened the lives of Ambassador and the then RSO (Ref D). These threats forced the operation’s abandonment,” said Bullen.
Recounting that Khan enjoyed business ties with now late Farouk Razac of Swiss House Cambio, “a big money laundering operation, to launder his narco-trafficking proceeds,” the cable noted that “Khan’s drug proceeds have also funded mosques and sent Muslims to study abroad.”
The then US Ambassador noted that Khan was operating in Guyana with apparent impunity and tacit approval of the Guyana government (GoG)
“It is believed that GoG is compromised to such an extent that it will not pursue Khan, despite paying lip service to the fight against narco-trafficking.
“Ambassador has spoken with GoG to little avail about Khan’s drug activities and unaccounted wealth. The GoG has adopted a head-in-the-sand approach to Khan and narco-trafficking in general. The GoG asks for hard evidence and pretends not to know how Khan acquires his means,” states the cable.
Bullen alleged that former Home Affairs Minister, Ronald Gajraj had employed a death squad whose principal was Khan to crack down on crime from 2002 to 2004. The cable quoted Gajraj as telling American embassy officials that Khan regularly traveled to Suriname to meet with Desi Bouterse. The two had met at a hotel in Suriname as recently as 2005.
Bullen alluded to what he termed “strong indications that Khan was deeply involved in a December 2005 shipment of weapons to FARC in Columbia.”
The cable disclosed concerns that Khan had been negotiating with former Chairman of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuco), Vic Oditt to purchase a 200 square mile ranch at Pirara in the Southern Rupununiregion. “The ranch has a large airstrip, and Khan is believed to be acting at the behest of Colombian or Panamanian narco-interests.”
He had already bought out Kaow Island, Essequibo River from local entrepreneur and Harry Rambarran in February 2005. Once owned by the now bankrupt Willems
Timber, Kaow Island has a wharf for ocean going vessels, an airstrip, access to Guyana’s bush roads that radiate out from Bartica, and a 136,000-acre timber concession. In September 2005, Rambarran sued Khan for defaulting on a USD 1.1 million
promissory note made in partial payment for the island.
The embassy cable quoted a senior functionary of Office of the President as saying that sophisticated cell phone intercept equipment and high-powered weapons that had been seized by a Guyana Defence Force (GDF) roadblock in December 2002 had been handed back to Khan.
“Our interlocutor said the arrest had been “a mistake” because Khan was “working with the police” when the arrest was made,” states the cable.
Wikileaks – Confirms what most Guyanese knew, the Bharrat Jagdeo PPP/C are a cocaine friendly government
Guyana heading for narco-statehood; govt lukewarm about drug trade– Wikileaks|
Written by Demerara Waves
Saturday, 27 August 2011 13:47
The United States (US) badly wants a Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) office in Guyana because the South American country is approaching narco-statehood, already resulting in drug seeping into almost all layers of the society.
“Post requests the formal establishment of a DEA office at Embassy Georgetown. Guyana is well on its way to narco-statehood — a prospect that poses a real threat to U.S. interests,” said then American ambassador, Roland Bullen.
The cable was dispatched on May 24, 2006 to, among others, the US Secretary of State, DEA Headquarters in Washington. “The level of narco-trafficking influence on the political, judicial and economic systems in Guyana creates ripe conditions for the emergence of a narco- state,” the Grenada-born ambassador told his principals as well as counterparts in Trinidad, Suriname and Venezuela.
The American envoy believed that a DEA presence in Guyana would significantly improve the US government’s ability to fight drug trafficking in Guyana.
Bullen noted that while Guyana, with a population of 750,000 people and an official Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of less than US$1 billion does not attract much US government attention, narco-traffickers regarded Guyana where they can “operate with impunity” partly because of its geography, law enforcement corruption and a government that is less than enthusiastic about smashing the drug trade.
“They see a country with porous borders, corrupt and ineffective law enforcement, little or no control over its airspace, vast swaths of uncontrolled land, ready access to the Caribbean, North America, and Europe, and a government that has been lukewarm about clamping down on the drug trade,” Bullen said in his missive.
In an earlier cable dated January 6, 2006, Bullen noted that the two countries have been talking about setting up a DEA office here since 1999 and questioned the Guyana government’s sincerity in wanting one. “The current stumbling block is the GoG’s inability or reluctance to give approval for basic logistical details. Post’s position remains the same — the USG is ready to work with and advise the GoG as soon as the GoG is fully prepared to move forward in its fight against narco-trafficking.”
The Guyana government has, over the years, complained bitterly that countries like the US have been reluctant to provide enough funding and other rescources to combat the narco-trade. Guyana expects support through the one-year old US-Caribbean Basin Secuity Initiative (CBSI) to fight the narcotics trade and money laundering.
In the May 24, 2006 cable , the American envoy described as “an especially disturbing development” was Guyana’s involvement in “drugs for arms; financing for insurgent groups like the FARC throughout the region.
In addition, large-scale Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia (AUC) infiltration into Venezuela has led to their playing a significant role in narcotics smuggling activities on the Guyana/Venezuela border, he said.
The US embassy’ primary objective in 2008 of disrupting criminal organisations was, he said, difficult by the lack of a permanent DEA presence in Guyana. The office in Trinidad is fully pre-occupied with the counter-narcotics initiatives in their host nation.
Describing the narco-situation in Guyana as “severe”, he said the DEA could work more effectively to accomplish the critical MPP counter-narcotics objectives and provide more sustained support to local law enforcement agencies in Guyana.
The DEA was expected to establish a vetted counter-narcotics unit in Guyana but the ambassador told the Secretary of State that he was worried that it could become infected by corruption.
“An important challenge facing this unit is the pervasive corruption in the country, which has undermined previous Guyanese counter-narcotics initiatives,” he said, adding that establishing a DEA office will allow close and constant monitoring of the vetted unit to help alleviate this problem.”