Wednesday Ramblings

The country is healing. It’s official. The Chronic made the announcement on Monday morning with this soporific headline: “Science technology being used to drive agricultural development.” The quite ordinary picture of Minister Persaud standing in front of some microscopes brought tears to our eyes.

What the people say about

In the wake of the Lusignan massacre, what do you think the government needs to do to improve security?

Frankly Speaking… by A.A. Fenty

I have determined that I must stick to my promise to share the views of a knowledgeable analyst regarding how the rich world and its specially-created institutions perpetuate poverty around the always “developing” and “under-developed” world.

History This Week No.05/2008

The creation of East Indian land settlement schemes in the late nineteenth century in colonial British Guiana was partly due to both the costly repatriation schemes and the cessation of re-indentureship at that juncture of our country’s history.

The Caribbean Economy…

The Cariforum-EC Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) is more than just a trade agreement: its scope embraces many subjects that have up to now been solely or mainly within national and regional jurisdiction (Box 1).

The Region

In the context of integration institutions in the developing world, the Caribbean Community has had a certain success in terms of the relative longevity of its existence as a progressively innovating institution.

Schomburgk’s travels in British Guiana

Chapter IV 276. Thus the day of departure ever drew nearer and kept us all the more occupied as we still had many a thing to think of, and much to worry over that we had postponed to the very last moment.

In The Diaspora

In 1989, CARICOM Heads of Government issued the Grand Anse Declaration, which established the West Indian Commission, an independent body with a mandate to come up with recommendations to advance the goals of the Treaty of Chaguaramas, CARICOM’s founding document.

What the people say about…

Several companies recently showcased their solar and wind-powered generating sets at the Alternative Energy exhibition held at the Umana Yana and we decided to ask members of the public how much they knew about these two types of energy and if they would switch.

Bolivia Divided

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 Bolivia seems to be in danger of falling apart.

History This Week

The accidental discovery of the West Indies by Christopher Columbus set in stage a remarkable number of events allowing for European powers to establish their first overseas empires to reap the wealth first through the mining of gold and later through the establishment of plantation economies.

Pakistan’s Iranian Shadow

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 As the future of both Pakistan and its president, Pervez Musharraf, wallow in uncertainty in the wake of Benazir Bhutto’s assassination, parallels are being drawn to the 1979 fall of the Shah and the Islamic Revolution in Iran.

What about the world?

Richard N. Haass, formerly Director of Policy Planning in the US State Department, is President of The Council on Foreign Relations As America’s primaries move beyond Iowa and New Hampshire, it is simply impossible to predict who will be the Democratic and Republican nominees, much less who will become the 44th president of the United States.

In The Diaspora

(This is one of a series of fortnightly columns from Guy-anese in the diaspora and others with an interest in issues related to Guyana and the Caribbean) In the last week, a diverse group that included civil society organizations, trade unions, artists and academics, endorsed a statement expressing concern over the Economic Partnership Agreement that Cariforum (CARICOM member states and the Dominican Republic) initialled with the European Community in December.

Automatic Savers

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 People are fascinated by wealth.

FRANKLY SPEAKING… By A.A. FENTY

Quite often, cost, funding, simply money – the lack of it – is the cause of sub-standard products and services.

History This Week No. 3/2008

Introduction In two previous articles, the participation of women in Guyana’s general elections was examined against the background of changing social, political and ideological conditions and the government of Guyana’s international, regional and national commitments to improve the status of women, especially in the areas of political participation and power and decision making.

Wednesday Ramblings

The Best Political Team in the Media, the WR Political Affairs Unit, is here tonight to give an early report on the race among the presidential nominees for the PPP.

What the people say about

On Friday a public consultation on the University of Guyana was held at the Guyana International Convention Centre, Liliendaal.

In the Diaspora

By the time of the elections in Trinidad and Tobago, great tension lay across the land.

Frankly Speaking…

Look, I won’t – even can’t – go on about the more technical, legal aspects and interpretations of the crime of rape.

Imperial Hubris

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 The United States, with its claims of exceptionalism, is usually thought of as free of historical analogies.

Ask the Consul

Q: How can I fill out the Electronic Visa Application Form (EVAF) and obtain a Non Immigrant Visa (NIV) appointment without a personal computer?

History This Week

Introduction In the previous article the extent of participation by women in the general elections from 1947 to 1968 was examined against the background of our ratification of several United Nations conventions.

Wednesday Ramblings

The WR investigative crew has been busy diving in dumpsters over the holidays.

Uncertainty and Action on Climate Change

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 The uncertainties about climate change are many and great.

Arab fathers and sons

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 The problem of succession in the Arab secular republics highlights their predicament in the transition to a post-revolutionary phase, for succession in regimes that fail to build strong institutions always risks triggering a systemic crisis.

In the Diaspora

Trinidad and Tobago’s November 5th election pivoted on the impact of third parties in a first past the post system and in a political culture marked by ethnic-based voting.

The IMF’s Next Mission?

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 The world economy is increasingly threatened by volatile market reactions to global imbalances at a time when the IMF has largely lost its original raison d’

Frankly Speaking

“All de bess”, “Happy New Year”. The cliched greetings and wishes will be heard for at least another week.

Stagflation Cometh

New York – The world economy has had several good years. Global growth been strong, and the divide between the developing and developed world has narrowed, with India and China leading the way, experiencing GDP growth of 11.1% and 9.7% in 2006 and 11.5% and 8.9% in 2007, respectively.

History This Week No. 1/2008

Far across blue waters Guyana is calling you Come into the bosom of this land And prove what you can do Come Guyana is calling There’s a welcome at her shores Come all you young people And show the world course These words by Pamela Ali, encapsulate the essence and the excitement in which thousands of artists and onlookers joined to celebrate and display the ‘potpourri of West Indian culture intermixed with a rich flavouring of South American traditions’, in Guyana in 1972.

In the Diaspora

(this is one of a series of fortnightly columns from Guy-anese in the diaspora and others with an interest in issues related to Guyana and the Caribbean) In the June 3, 2007 edition of the Sunday Stabroek, David Jessop’s “The View From Europe” column focused attention on the consequences of the loss of Caribbean collective memory.

What the people say about…

This week, we asked the people of Berbice: What are some of the problems that affect you and what would you like to see changed in the New Year?

Pakistan after Bhutto

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 The assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto has brought Pakistan’s state of turmoil to new heights.

Frankly Speaking

I suppose it had to happen. My personal limitations? Or choices and preferences?

The `Browning’ of African Technology

Forget MIT. Hello, Tsing Hua University. For Clothilde Tingiri, a hot young programmer at Rwanda’s top software company, dreams of Beijing, not Cambridge, animate her ambitions.

Christmas: Splurge time for West Berbicians

With flickering fairy lights and well-decorated homes, many non-Christians in West Berbice, join in the celebration of Christmas and splurge on their shopping while sharing the joy with gifts and goodies.

A Santa for all seasons

Herman Vangusty had good reason leave Georgetown seven years ago. Many reasons made him “migrate” to the “Ancient Country” town of New Amsterdam.

Old time Manchester Christmas

As a youngster growing up in Manchester Village with my grandmother, Christmas was always the best time around.

St Joseph corrected 91 cleft lip, palates this year

Over the past year, the St Joseph Mercy Hospital Wishbone Project conducted 91 surgeries, including cleft lip and palates, among other surgeries, and a total of 260 surgeries since 2004.