What the people say about

Do you believe that the government’s response to the Venezuelan attack was strong enough?

In TheDiaspora

In the Diaspora (this is one of a series of fortnightly columns from Guya-nese in the diaspora and others with an interest in issues related to Guyana and the Caribbean) The issue of development challenges goes beyond economistic interpretations of governments, regional organizations and the World Bank.

China’s see-no-evil diplomacy

Ever since its founding, the People’s Republic of China has adhered to a foreign policy of non-interference in other country’s internal affairs – or so it claims.

History This Week No. 47/2007

The Prussian explorer Robert Schomburgk returned to England for a period of well-deserved rest following his rather extensive challenging and successful explorations of the main rivers of Guyana during the years 1835-1839.

Ask the Consul

Ask the Consul – Preparing for the Immigrant Visa Interview Q: How can I be sure I am prepared for my immigrant visa interview?

Wednesday ‘s Ramblings

According to our sources, President Jagdeo spent most of the Commonwealth Summit in Uganda trying to flog Guyana’s forests to other leaders.

Farewell to development’s old divides

NEW YORK – The notion of a divide between the rich north and the poor and developing south has long been a central concept among economists and policymakers.

Will China ‘lose’ the 2008 Olympics?

When the International Olympic Committee awarded Beijing the 2008 Summer Games in July 2001, the announcement ignited wild celebrations across the country.

In the Diaspora

Rhoda Reddock is Professor and head of the Centre for Gender and Development Studies, University of the West Indies, St., Augustine Campus In our lifetime we sometimes have the privilege to live and walk with people of great vision and genius.

Europe’s New Donald Rumsfeld

Russia’s Duma elections this December are almost certain to cement the power of forces loyal to Vladimir Putin.

What the people say…

Do you have pets? Why/why not? We asked several persons in the street this question and these were their responses: Benjamin Dufu, computer technician ‘Yes, I have a dog and it’s about five to six months old.

Frankly Speaking A.A. Fenty

From the routine deception of commercial “giveaways” and the numerous promotions to increase sales, to the occasional real offers of gifts; from the varied forms of exploitation of labour by greedy unscrupulous employers to the threat by under-performing public abilities to deprive the poor of their services, you just know that the “Season” is upon us.

Medellin moves to Africa

An unfamiliar country keeps popping up in press reports about drug trafficking: Guinea Bissau.

History this week No. 46/2007 Part 1

By far the most intensive and painstaking explorations of Guyana, the former colony of Britain, were those conducted in the third and fourth decades of the nineteenth century by the German, Sir Robert Herman Schomburgk.

Installment Fifty five

Q: I know more than one person who is involved in a sham marriage just to get a visa.

Sadat’s journey, 30 years after

TOLEDO – If “one man of courage makes a majority,” as Andrew Jackson said, then 30 years ago, in November 1977, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat was such a man.

A new holy alliance?

LONDON – The recent meeting in the Vatican of the “Custodian of The Holy Places,” King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, and Pope Benedict XVI was a seminal event, particularly as it comes at a time when radical Muslims are decrying the role of “crusaders” in Middle East politics.

Wednesday Ramblings

Minister of Foreign Affairs Rudy Insanally was involved in a vigorous verbal battle last night over the relevance of CRNM in rapidly evolving trade talks.

The myth of decoupling

PALO ALTO, CALIF. – The fact that America’s economy is slowing is bad news for Europeans, regardless of claims that Europe’s economy has successfully decoupled itself from the United States.

What the people say…

Do you eat healthy foods? Do you pay attention to whether foods are low in fat and sugar?

In The Diaspora

In the Diaspora (this is one of a series of fortnightly columns from Guya-nese in the diaspora and others with an interest in issues related to Guyana and the Caribbean) The desires of many Guyanese to head north-yearning for the perceived opportunities of security and wealth in Brooklyn, Queens, Toronto, London, and the like, reflect the influence of how the thrust of American and European economic might have shaped the consumer realities and political imaginaries of many Guyanese.

Financial Hypocrisy

This article was received from Project Syndicate, an international not-for-profit association of newspapers dedicated to hosting a global debate on the key issues shaping our world.

Frankly Speaking By A.A. Fenty

A few weeks ago, I had conceded that I, and quite a few thousands of other adult Guyanese, I suspect, paid little attention to issues related to one of our “most huge” natural resources – our vast forests.

Stay the course in The Hague

WASHINGTON DC – After eight years on the job, Carla del Ponte is about to step down as the chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague.

History This Week

Guardians of the past, they testify to the ordeals and exploits of those who worked in them.

Uncertainty shifts to China

Now that the dollar has dropped 43% from its high against the euro, the process of global financial rebalancing is seriously underway.

What the people say…

How have you found food prices? Have you had to make changes in what you purchase?

Humpty Dumpty and Global Financial Imbalances

This article was received from Project Syndicate, an international not-for-profit association of newspapers dedicated to hosting a global debate on the key issues shaping our world.

Frankly Speaking… By A.A. Fenty

Former American Vice-President Al Gore has done his significant bit to heighten our awareness of the clear and present dangers of global warming and climate change generally.

History This Week

Two years ago the University of the West Indies (U.W.I.) honoured Mary Noel Menezes, a former head of the Department of History at the University of Guyana, by awarding her an honorary Doctorate Degree for her invaluable contribution as an academic and philanthropist.

Wednesday Ramblings

This was the Week of Unbounded Self Congratulation. Why not? There is really nothing more important to do at the moment what with the traffic crisis “condignly” solved.

In the Diaspora

Staceyann Chin is a full-time award winning writer and activist. She identifies as Caribbean and Black, Asian and lesbian, woman and resident of New York City.

Should we talk about race and intelligence?

This article was received from Project Syndicate, an international not-for-profit association of newspapers dedicated to hosting a global debate on the key issues shaping our world PRINCETON, NJ – The intersection of genetics and intelligence is an intellectual minefield.

Frankly Speaking

Greetings to my regulars. And to the occasional, the curious and even the critics.

Buddy’s fuel trial

Guyana Energy Agency (GEA) prosecutor Anil Nandlall laid over his written response to the defence no-case submissions, as the Buddy’s fuel trial continued at the Providence Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.

The Nobel Message

Al Gore’s Nobel Peace Prize is a fitting tribute to a world leader who has been prescient, bold, and skillful in alerting the world to the dangers of manmade climate change.

History this week No. 43/2007

The ability to participate without restraint in the domestic polity by way of the vote did not occur in Guyana until the 1953 elections.

Wednesday Ramblings

How exciting to read that this esteemed newspaper has resorted to a competition in order to keep its front page slogans going!

Latin America’s Corruption Challenge

COPENHAGEN – It is difficult to distinguish the consequences from the causes of the corruption that bedevils many Latin American and Caribbean nations.

America’s Self-Defeating Hegemony

When I wrote about the “end of history” almost twenty years ago, one thing that I did not anticipate was the degree to which American behaviour and misjudgments would make anti-Americanism one of the chief fault-lines of global politics.

Frankly Speaking… By A.A. Fenty

How sordid my captions. One would prefer not to address such issues for the young and the world to read and consider.

History This Week No. 43/2007

Introduction In the last article, the four general elections held between 1947 and 1961 were examined.

Wednesday Ramblings

It’s time the people have a little sympathy for their president. After all, he only has four more years of running traffic lights while speeding around the country as if in some manic hurry