Guyana Review

One laptop per family: State under scrutiny

T&T Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar

Lest we be tempted to think that we are alone in our seemingly unending continuum of bothersome revelations arising out of President Bharrat Jagdeo’s One Laptop Per Family (OLPF) project, we may – or perhaps not – be comforted to know that the President’s CARICOM colleague, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar had to face her own demons last year arising out of accusations of bribes and kickbacks or what is commonly called ‘influence pedalling” at Hewlett Packard, the same United States company that secured the  TT$83m allocation for the provision of 24,000 laptops for students entering secondary school at the start of the current academic year.

Education, human rights and the rule of law

Justice Roxanne George

Following is an edited version of an address by Justice Roxanne George at the 44th Convocation of the University of Guyana delivered on November 20, 2010 As graduands of the University of Guyana, you have had the opportunity of studying your chosen fields in the context of Guyana in a globalized world.

Gender-based violence in the Guyanese society

By Miriam Williams Gender-based violence is a broad topic that requires focused attention on the most affected by this phenomenon. In this installation, I will attempt to define the issue, outline the general social acceptance of gender-based violence, highlight some issues women and men face with relevance to the topic, and discuss the impact on children, highlighting the cultural, religious, economic, media/music influence on this issue.

Tomorrow and the world

Caribbean review of books

Yesterday’s man: Hosni Mubarak

Nicholas Laughlin on reading Martin Carter while following the Egyptian revolution For most of the past eighteen days, I’ve kept Al Jazeera’s website open on my laptop and Martin Carter’s poems close at hand.

Humiliated in defeat

Otis Gibson:Our big players failed us

We may not have expected the West Indies to lift the 2011 Cricket World Cup but the manner of their loss to Pakistan will long linger as a painful embarrassmentHaving tiptoed shamefacedly into the quarter finals of the 2011 Cricket World Cup the West Indies team wasted no time in conceding that they really did not belong in the auspicious company of the other seven combatants who had earned their places through consistently solid performances or else, like England, had clawed their way back from adversity to arrive in the hall of qualifiers safe if more than a trifle breathless.

In an election year

Gail Teixeira

This is an election year with a difference…actually, several differences. By now, in previous election years, it would have already been patently clear who the presidential candidates for the major political parties were.

Good neighbours, good friends


Presidents Jagdeo and Bouterse

It appears that the remark by President Bharrat Jagdeo regarding his government’s disposition to either facilitating or actually executing the arrest of Suriname president Desi Bouterse made during the opening session of the conference of officers of the Guyana Defence Force was not meant for the ears of the media.

Descent into disgrace



The past year or so of cricket in Guyana has been one of woeful underperformance on the field and fierce conflict and crisis in the board rooms of its administration.

Labour and the budget


Assembled for the budget debate

Over the next few issues the Guyana Review has agreed to publish a succession of three articles by General Secretary of the Guyana Trades Union Congress Lincoln Lewis on public issues of his choosing.

Meeting Digital Students in a digital age

CXC Improves Cyberspace Presence

Students, teachers and CXC staff attending the launch of the new CXC website

By Cleveland SamQuestion Where is the best place to meet people? ANSWER Wherever they congregate. The young and the young at heart among us may even add, “duh, like that is so obvious” And where do the young and young at heart congregate?

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