Government spokesmen were getting their tongues tied in knots last week .
Speaking in Rio de Janeiro earlier this week, Pope Francis warned that the “liberalization of drug use” would not help to curb the “spread and influence of drug addiction” in Latin America .
Jamaica and the rest of the region are still reeling from the shocking disclosures that five Jamaican athletes, starting with the legendary Veronica Campbell-Brown and including their beloved Asafa Powell and 2004 4x100 Olympic gold medallist Sherone Simpson, have tested positive for banned substances .
The assault of a female minibus driver by a male colleague, whose only concern appeared to be bending the rules so that he could earn an extra dollar and do it while putting lives at risk, should raise the ire of every one of us .
As Brazil’s President Dilma Rouseff has been preparing for two significant events this year, the first a visit by Pope Francis of Latin American origins, and the second a visit by the President herself to the White House in October, she has suddenly, and obviously unexpectedly, found herself under political siege at home .
Following the spate of armed robberies that occurred in the city last week the top brass of the Guyana Police Force tried once again to put a brave face on its limitations .
President Ramotar’s use of language such as terrorism and blackmail to describe the defeat of two matters on Thursday in the opposition-controlled legislature pertaining to the Amaila Falls Hydropower Project obscures a very important point .
There has been no let-up in the spate of armed robberies in the city .
A striking photograph of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the alleged Boston Bomber, appears on the cover of the latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine .
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s reference, in her opening remarks at the recent meeting of Caricom Heads in Port of Spain, to the view that “Caricom, as it was originally envisioned, has reached its political, socio-economic and ideological limits,” may have its genesis in the thinking of her foreign minister, Winston Dookeran .
Difficulties break some men but make others .
It seems worthwhile to return once again, editorially, to the subject of the recent Caricom Heads of Government conference held in Trinidad and Tobago earlier this month .
From whatever angle one views the current political crisis in Egypt, the spectre of an unchanging United States foreign policy returns an unflinching stare .
While the public is acutely aware that law enforcement is severely hobbled in many ways, the problems in the maritime zone of the country are quite different from terra firma and even more serious .
The impact of Mr Vincent Alexander’s letter published in this newspaper on Thursday was the equivalent in the physical universe of being hit by a rock from the asteroid belt .
While it is still too early to say where the political crisis in Egypt will end, the military’s decisive role in any settlement is already clear to most informed observers .
Between the host prime minister’s opening speech and the final communiqué of last week’s Caricom summit, there was, as feared in many quarters, a distinct lack of comfort with regard to concrete action to reinvigorate our faltering regional integration project .
Two of the ten random people interviewed by this newspaper for this week’s ‘What the People Say’ column on the ‘International Building Expo’ which was held over the weekend at the Guyana National Stadium Providence expressed concern that there were too few contractors and not enough building materials on display .
It is now nearly six-and-a-half years since Julian Assange and Wikileaks started releasing official government documents, revealing to the publics of the world information deemed to be classified and forbidden from exhibition, because such release might injure the security of particular states and by extension (in the eyes of their governments) the safety of citizens .
With the Parliament in Zimbabwe having been dissolved last Friday ahead of the July 31 national elections, the country has been left to function with just two branches of the state, the executive and the judiciary .
Rapt attention has no doubt been paid by the public to the manoeuvrings surrounding the contract of the Chief Election Officer, Mr Gocool Boodoo .
There are few articles which have stirred as much interest in recent times as Mr Ralph Ramkarran’s column two weeks ago in the Sunday Stabroek entitled ‘The Kleptocratic Republic of Guyana .
The saga of Edward Snowden, trapped in an airport lounge while trying to escape the long hand of an aggrieved superpower, has obscured the enormity of his disclosures .
Caricom heads of government, in Trinidad for their 34th regular meeting, commemorated yesterday the 40th anniversary of the signing of the founding Treaty of Chaguaramas .
Guyana’s dismal record on maternal mortality would have contributed to the near-fail the region received on this target when the 2013 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) report was released on Monday in Geneva, Switzerland .
Over the last week President Obama made his second visit to the African continent, the first having been in July 2009 .
The sense of incompleteness which, from the start, had appeared to characterize Egypt’s ‘first revolution’ - including the election of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohammed Mursi to the presidency last year – now manifests itself in waves of civil insurrection .
At every twist and turn along the way, the government is being confronted with diplomatic and not so diplomatic warnings about corruption and the threat that this poses to investment, good governance and the rule of law here .
On 1st October this year, the University of Guyana will celebrate 50 years since it first opened its doors .
The US Supreme Court’s decision to strike down key provisions of the Defence of Marriage Act has been hailed as a landmark moment for gay rights in America .
Dr Moisés Naím, a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a global international relations think tank, was trade and industry minister of Venezuela in the early 1990s and then editor-in-chief of the acclaimed Foreign Policy journal for 14 years .
Earlier this month, this newspaper published a photograph of a man shoulder-deep in a muddy drain along Mandela Avenue .
Following upon revelations emanating from the United States, casting a shadow over the career of Mr Jack Warner, popular politician, heavyweight Minister and close advisor to the Trinidad Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, that forced his resignation not only from his ministry but also from his chairmanship of the ruling People’s Partnership coalition, Trinidad & Tobago seems engulfed with yet another suddenly arising political contention .
The government of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has been mindful not to go down the same road as others – that of Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan being the most recent – that have opted for bullish, often brutal responses to popular protest .
“GAWU contends that because of GuySuCo’s `poor husbandry and mismanagement’ there are not enough canes in the ground this crop to meet the corporation’s … target” .
It seems many moons ago since the PPP/C embarked on its odyssey in government, while the commitments and assurances it gave then sound to us now like the covenants from a simpler and less cynical era .
The unexpected victory of Hassan Rouhani in Iran’s presidential elections has raised hopes that dialogue may soon ease the US sanctions that have crippled the Iranian economy for the last three years .