We are all fair game

Continuing its recent attacks on the Guyana Elections Commission (Gecom), the PPP is currently waging a public campaign against the recent hiring of Richard Francois as the commission’s Public Relations Officer (PRO).

‘Because we care’

Something happened earlier this year which reminded me that government policy and programmes are not for all of us.

Trivialising rape

Last month, a young woman came forward to share a horrific report of being drugged then brutally raped by three men at a business in Mahdia where she had worked.

A long way to go

Guyana has a long way to go in regards to respecting the rights of the child and ending violence against our children, according to a recent United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) study, which found that 76 percent of our children are victims of violent discipline.

Enemy of the state

This week, I found myself reflecting on my journalistic career and the toxic nature of the relationship that develops between the independent press in Guyana and our government, particularly within the last few years of the PPP/C’s scandal-filled management of the state.

A call to action on our suicide crisis

Just days after the World Health Organisation (WHO) named Guyana as the country with the highest estimated suicide rate for 2012 globally, the findings of a local study were released and together they confirmed the growing mental health crisis we are facing.

Helping our mentally ill

With little or no comment, persons with mental illnesses are being fed into our badly overcrowded prison system and health authorities appear to be making no attempt to correct this situation.

Lessons from Ferguson

Ferguson, Missouri’s response to the shooting of teenager Michael Brown mirrors a similar narrative that unfolded here when three unarmed protestors were gunned down at Linden just over two years ago.

A major distraction

Within a relatively short time, the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) and its messy internal politics have become a major distraction in the country, which is an unfortunate development at a time of popular dissatisfaction with government.

Reparations are owed

It has been over a century and a half since slavery was abolished in the Caribbean, but the wide-ranging consequences of one of the most oppressive and intolerable institutions in human history continue to shape life in the region.

Pause

By Andre Haynes, Guest Contributor   If the AFC has its way, we could soon find ourselves facing new general elections a lot earlier than expected.

The inequality of life

Killed on a city street in our capital while committing a robbery earlier this week, Kevin Fields achieved the kind of notoriety in death that he seemed determined to attain during his young life.

The right to equality

The issue of gay equality remains unresolved and contentious here despite the vigorous efforts of activists and supporters to promote a more open and equal society.

The gay agenda

Last month, I travelled to Buxton to stand in solidarity with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community as they protested the detention of a 15-year-old who was locked up following a fracas in which he was booked by police as both aggressor and the victim.

Freedom to discriminate

The following is a guest column addressing LGBT rights in light of recent public statements: Two weeks ago, the Vice-Chairman of the Inter-Religious Organisation (IRO), Pastor Ronald McGarrell, went on the radio and shared his view that homosexuals should live on island by themselves in order to spare heterosexuals God’s wrath.

Change you can believe in?

With his recent elevation, new acting Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud has tried to signal that change was coming to the Guyana Police Force (GPF), promising improved accountability for unlawful killings and unjustified shootings, sustained efforts to end excessive police corruption, and policies that treat citizens with dignity and respect.

#WhatAboutOurGirls?

The ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ campaign is unsurprisingly trending here. We are expressing our outrage on social media, sharing countless images that have gone viral and organising vigils in support of the international movement to ensure the safe return of the abducted Nigerian school girls.

City Council has become a national joke

Some years ago in conversation with a colleague I had referred to City Council as an “archaic and useless body” that exists to furnish us with laughs, and one that also serves as a useful model of how an important democratic institution could disintegrate in the absence of crucial reforms, years of political wrangling and numerous internal trivialities.

Out of line, not out of context

The political landscape of this country has for some time now been a theatre for acerbic insults and narrow-mindedness.

Robbing our athletes of a real fighting chance

The declining standards of our performances in sports was put into sharp focus when the team we prepared for the London 2012 Olympics returned following a poor showing – the reality was apparently so upsetting to the Director of Sport that he severely criticised the group calling their showing “miserable.” The Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) later summed up government support for sports as pretty much the same time thing – miserable.

A convenient crusade

Education Minister Priya Manickchand, facing a barrage of criticism for the CN Sharma remark she made in Parliament last week, questioned when it is a convenient time to expose rape and paedophilia.

Wanted: A ministerial code

Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar recently sacked her Minister of the People and Social Development Dr Glenn Ramdharsingh for his inappropriate behaviour towards an attendant on a Caribbean Airlines flight.