Editorial

Postfactual politics

“Everyone is entitled to his own opinion,” said US Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan a generation ago, “but not his own facts.”  What would Moynihan say if he were alive to witness an election in which so many facts have disappeared into the unfathomable data stream of social media?

Emergency Medical Service

Last month when he announced government’s plan to expand our emergency medical services Minister Joe Harmon stopped short of acknowledging that the emergency response here is downright poor, and that it fails to provide timely and life-saving assistance to citizens.

Jamaica-Trinidad & Tobago relations

It might have been surprising to observers that so soon after the 37th Caricom Heads of Government meeting from the 4th to 6th of this month, the Trinidad & Tobago Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley should have chosen to make an official visit to Jamaica to discuss bilateral relations between the two countries.

Same old, same old

Sunday’s comprehensive defeat suffered by the West Indies cricket team in the first of four Test matches against a clearly superior Indian outfit provided a poignant reminder that the road back from ignominy to international cricketing respectability in Test cricket will be long and difficult, and that it may well take a generation or more ‒ if indeed those days do return even that quickly.

Disruption of Region Five council

It’s now been over six months since the meetings of the Region Five council have been disrupted by APNU+AFC councillors over a perceived slight to President Granger by the Chairman of the Region, Vickchand Ramphal who happens to represent the opposition PPP/C.

The city authorities

The Mayor & City Council seems to lurch from one embarrassment to the next. First it was the eviction of the street vendors without having detailed arrangements in place for their relocation; then it was the scandal of the proposed parking meters; and now it’s the court humiliation in relation to the container tax recently announced by the municipality.

Self-evident truths

Narratives of America’s decline have become so entrenched in the US media that is possible to forget that the same news outlets that created, and continue to foster, such pessimism are responsible for giving Donald Trump an estimated US$2 billion in free media coverage.

Student loan defaulters

When the government released the findings of a forensic audit of the University of Guyana Student Loan Agency last month, there was an expectation in some quarters that an announcement would follow of a set of comprehensive steps to address this national problem.

Save the children

Last week, three minor girls aged ten, seven and five years old were seen on the seawall in a Berbice village at an hour in the morning which suggested that they would have slept there the night before.

Dress code

The government’s inexplicable dress code is back in the news again, this time because a Guyana Chronicle columnist was refused access to the National Communications Network (NCN) compound because she was wearing a sleeveless dress.

Mournable bodies

When atrocities become a recurrent feature of contemporary life they can stretch our capacity for empathy close to its limit. As France counts the dead and wounded from yet another terror attack, it is a daunting task to consider even a fraction of the suffering of the victims’ families, much less to gauge the potential political fallout from such appalling violence.

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