Political vibrations in Barbados

The announcement by former Prime Minister and Barbados Labour Party leader Owen Arthur, that he would be leaving the party which he had led from 1994 to 2013, cannot have been wholly unexpected by the Barbadian public .

In bad taste

It would be naïve of the People’s National Congress/Reform to pretend that it can now assume what one might call an ‘as you were’ position following the proceedings at last weekend’s Congress .

Unchecked power

Governments the world over that aspire to be responsive and accountable to the people function in a system of checks and balances and respect this .


One would have thought that the government should have registered at least a smidgeon of embarrassment after what Lt-Col Jerry Slijngard of the Suriname Coast Guard was reported to have said last week, but then again, the administration at this stage of its incumbency is probably incapable of embarrassment .

Reporting on the war in Gaza

Last week the Guardian’s Jerusalem correspondent visited a residential building in Sha’af that had been hit by a shell fired from an Israeli tank .

No World Cup bounce for Dilma Rousseff

Before the 2014 FIFA World Cup, most people expected the Brazilian team to be brilliant and the hosting of the event to be fraught with risk if not downright shambolic, given the preceding social tensions and protests and the last minute rush to be ready for kick-off .

Five murders and a suicide

Last Friday, a 30-year-old mother of one, Candy Rawlins, was stabbed to death in her home, allegedly by her husband, former local professional boxer Vidol Rawlins, who subsequently disappeared .

The BRICS move forward

Last week was an active one for the BRICS – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – countries which have recently given their relationships an institutional form .

What is at stake?

The People’s National Congress Reform’s forthcoming 18th Biennial Delegates’ Congress has attracted more public discourse and media attention than any of its recent predecessors, and that may well have to do with the fact that members and non-members of the party alike, sense that a juncture has been reached where, come this weekend, much more will be at stake than the election of new PNCR office bearers and, simultaneously, the election of a Leader of the Opposition .

Dire sugar news

Given the enormous failures at GuySuCo, particularly in the last five years, one would have expected radical changes this year in the management and leadership of the corporation accompanied by a new plan to rescue it .

Political uncertainty

Publication of some initial data from the 2012 census has precipitated a flurry of hypothesizing .

America’s refugee crisis

US immigration, legal and otherwise, has always been a barometer of the projected hopes of America’s poorer, less stable southern neighbours .

Cynicism has to give way to idealism

In positing, last Friday, that we, the Guyanese people, need to choose between recrimination and reconciliation, we had, in part, hoped that we would stimulate the type of public discussion that this newspaper has always championed .

Kevin Fields

For at least the last two years of his 21-year-old life, Kevin Fields apparently considered himself a high roller (rich ghetto gangster – Urban Dictionary) .

Scotland and the United Kingdom

Two weeks ago, as we drew readers’ attention to the struggle that British Prime Minister David Cameron was having to get his way in the European Union (EU), we observed that that struggle was part of a wider domestic political one being forced on the British public by the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), perceived as essentially a fringe of the ruling Conservative Party, but opposed to membership of the EU .

Our North American food export market

In May this year a small group of Canadian businessmen came to Guyana to examine the prospects for increasing the volume and variety of local farm produce and agro-processed goods being imported into Canada .

Local government elections

It is clear that the PPP/C government is reeling from its public shaming over the refusal to call local government elections .


The contretemps over how Ms Manickchand comported herself at the farewell reception for the former American Ambassador has had a longer afterlife than the government no doubt expected .

World Cup Fever

A week may be a long time in politics, but Germany needed only six minutes to seal the fate of Brazil in their 7-1 rout of the World Cup hosts earlier this week .

Recrimination or reconciliation?

Oftentimes, when we publish our editorials, we have little idea of how they have been received by our readers, apart from the occasional letters to the editor or, increasingly, online comments, viewed, of course, only by our online community .

The age of man

As World Population Day 2014 is observed tomorrow under the theme, ‘Invest in Young People today, to ensure a Bright Future’, the world economy continues to grapple with an ever burgeoning population and rapid urbanization .

Obama and US public opinion

A recent opinion poll in the United States by a reputable polling group showed thirty-five per cent of the respondents defining President Barack Obama as being the “worst president since the end of World War Two in 1945 .

Media ‘management’ vs media freedom

This newspaper has many recollections of frustrating encounters with high officials of government and senior public servants in the course of trying to secure a comment or perhaps a piece of relevant information that might help in the development of a story .

Denial of democracy

It never ceases to amaze the lengths to which this government is prepared to stretch the limits of hypocrisy .

‘Feral blast’

Minister Manickchand’s tawdry behaviour at a reception marking American Independence Day that was also intended as a farewell function for outgoing US Ambassador Brent Hardt was not, it seems, simply a reflection of her own social limitations .

Mixed verdicts for Murdoch’s minions

Britain’s phone-hacking trials may have resulted in the conviction of former editor of the News of the World Andy Coulson, for conspiring to hack phones, but the Crown’s failure to convict his predecessor, Rebekah Brooks, on the same charge (and for corrupting public officials, and conspiring to conceal evidence) is probably what will be remembered when other memories of the years-long saga have faded .

One hundred years of bitterness

100 years ago last Saturday, a young Bosnian Serb, Gavrilo Princip, fired shots that were heard around the world, the reverberations of which are still being felt today .

Celebrating Caricom

Tomorrow marks the 41st anniversary of the signing of the original Treaty of Chaguaramas, which established the Caribbean Community (Caricom) and the Caribbean Common Market, doing away with the Caribbean Free Trade Association (Carifta) which was officially discontinued the next year in May .

Britain and the European community

Even as we considered Britain’s relations with the Caribbean Community last week, as British Foreign minister Hague met with our countries’ foreign ministers in London, it was clear that Hague had something else on his mind, specifically the campaign being led by his Prime Minister David Cameron to get his own choice of President of the European Commission .

The $500M Georgetown rehabilitation project

Several talking points have arisen out of government’s announcement that it would commit half of the one billion dollar coastal clean-up allocation to rehabilitating the capital .

Death of Jaden Mars

On March 1st this year in Trinidad, a baby, Simeon Cottle died at the Mount Hope Women’s Hospital after a horrific mistake during a routine caesarean operation .

LGBT rights

On January 4, 2001, the National Assembly passed an amendment to the Constitution of Guyana prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, among other things, by a vote of 55 to 0 .

A world of displaced people

A week ago, on World Refugee Day, the UN placed the number of refugees and internally displaced people worldwide at more than 50 million, an increase of more than six million over the previous year .

Really, Dr Dabydeen?

In a series of short interviews leading up to this year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, the BBC World Service has been asking athletes, their supporters and cultural personalities from around the Commonwealth, to choose a piece of music that inspires them .

The stain of drug abuse and trafficking

Commuters around Georgetown may have seen him – a young man, possibly in his early 20s, dressed in a dirty neon green t-shirt, neon green lens-less plastic eyewear and torn pants .

Britain and Caricom meet

Caricom governments and the United Kingdom government, represented by their foreign ministers, met last week in the latest of a series of such meetings held periodically since 1998 .

Living in a different age

This is the period during which post-CXC students await the results of their examinations, wondering as the days go by just where their school days have gone and, perhaps, just what the next, possibly more challenging phase of their lives, will bring .

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