Pakistan’s Black Revolution

By Anne-Marie Slaughter SHANGHAI — Immediately after taking office last month, Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani ordered the release of the 60 judges who had been detained by President Pervez Musharraf since November.

In the Diaspora

Aimé Césaire: The passing of the doyen of letters  By Linden Lewis, a Professor of Sociology at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania, USA.

A Tribute

Wordworth McAndrew passes on By Oscar Ramjeet Guyana has lost one of its greatest cultural and folklorist icons who died at the South Orange Hospital in New Jersey.

Guyana and the wider world

Do the interim EPAs create opportunities for Caricom? By Dr Clive Thomas We saw last week that as the WTO-waiver deadline approached at the end of last year, the stratagem that might best describe the process of hasty initialling of interim EPAs was “the aversion of disaster at all costs, with agreement reached nowhere.” As a consequence the interim EPAs lacked careful thought and therefore reflect no clear economic rationale.

Ian On Sunday

Freedom for the collision of views By Ian McDonald  Whatever happened to the National Broadcasting Authority Bill?

On the street where you live

Nostalgia 373 By Godfrey ChinDuring 2003, I encouraged the Guy-Aspora to record ‘the street where they lived’ in Guyana.

Consumer Concerns

Illegal disconnections: GPL should put its house in order By Eileen Cox The Guyana Power & Light Inc wastes no time when it wishes to disconnect a customer but takes its time when a reconnection is to be done.

The View From Europe

The region needs a unified position on the global debate over climate change By David Jessop New international fault lines are emerging at the point where concerns about climate change, agriculture, food and energy meet.

Arts On Sunday

Masquerade is an appropriate form for Carifesta By Al Creighton Carifesta X has been launched in Georgetown. 

Pet Corner

Roundworms By Dr Steve Surujbally  Roundworm infections in dogs and cats occur pretty frequently.

A Gardener’s Diary

Go easy on the chemicals By John Warrington I briefly talked about using chemicals towards the end of last week’s column.


Epilepsy: The brain’s ‘electrical storm’ Continued By Dr Santosh Mhetre  (Paediatric consultant) What to tell your doctor Most doctors will never see your child have a seizure; they don’t happen often in the doctor’s office.


Chess develops decision-making skills With Errol Tiwari ‘Every man gotta right to decide his own destiny’Making those critical and irreversible decisions over the chessboard determines the outcome of our game.

Cancer world

by Derva DavisPITTSBURGH – In 1971, President Richard M Nixon launched a “war” against cancer.

Reinventing energy

by Jeffrey D. Sachs   NEW YORK – The world economy is being battered by sharply higher energy prices.

Frankly Speaking… By A.A. Fenty

When greed overpowers need                    – on ‘corruptocracy’ and kleptocracy This commentary just cried out last weekend to be written by me.

History this week No.16/2008

Around the museums of Guyana Lloyd F Kandasammy Louis Lemieux defined the museum as “an institution that collects and preserves objects that will compose its collections, that studies these objects in order to establish their importance and significance as part of the society’s cultural heritage, and disseminates the knowledge thus acquired by means of various educational formulas.” There is no universal definition as to what is a museum.

Guns, drugs, and financial markets

By Dani Rodrik CAMBRIDGE – The sub-prime mortgage crisis has demonstrated once again how hard it is to tame finance, an industry that is both the lifeline of modern economies and their gravest threat.

India’s Dalai dilemma

by Shashi Tharoor (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 world reacts to China’s crackdown in Tibet, one country is conspicuous by both its centrality to the drama and its reticence over it.

What the people say about

The cost of living Interviews and photos by Shabna Ullah Sugar workers in Berbice recently protested the high cost of living and this week we asked persons to comment on how the issue is affecting them and got the following responses: Nigel Abbensetts, farmer “It is very hard for people to survive with this high cost of living.

In The Diaspora

“A disservice to the Caribbean, indeed” By Alissa Trotz The title of this week’s column borrows from an editorial in the Jamaica Observer (April 18), which targeted those involved in what it described as “an orchestrated campaign against the recent Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).” The commentary expressed outrage that this ‘Caribbean’ issue had been aired on the international stage via an article and websites, in a move “calculated to embarrass the political leadership of the region.” It reserved its harshest comments for those ‘wise men’ who attended an EPA forum in South Africa, wondering whether resources from cash-strapped universities had been wasted to finance such disloyalty, even suggesting that the move was purely self-serving, intended to “catapult forgotten or obscure intellectuals into the glare of media coverage”.

Guyana and the Wide World

The challenges of the interim EPAs By Dr Clive Thomas This series of Sunday columns assessing the CARIFORUM-EU, EPA started on January 20 and after fourteen weeks it remains incomplete without an appreciation of some key issues surrounding the several interim EPAs, which were initialled in Africa and the Pacific at about the same time.

The View from Europe

The Caribbean can learn from Iceland By David Jessop It is hard to imagine nations less like one another than the islands of the Caribbean and Iceland.

Ian on Sunday

Miracle By Ian McDonald My sister, Gillian Howie, who lives with her husband Doug in a beautiful house on a cliff overlooking the ever-changing, blue-green, coral-shadowed sea on the north coast of Antigua, is a lover of West Indies cricket.

A Gardener’s Diary

Always remember our feathered friends By John Warrington The trouble with an automatic watering system starts when you take your plants off it and start watering by conventional ways, say using fresh water in a watering can.

Chess with Errol Tiwari

Making chess friendships stronger On Sunday, some unlikely chess players from grassroots Berbice began a cultural intercourse with the Guyana Chess Federation.

The rights of the executive and the responsibility of the National Assembly over financial charges and debts

By Ralph Ramkarran, Speaker of the National Assembly In March 2008, Minister of Finance Dr Ashni Singh objected to a motion moved in the National Assembly by Mr Winston Murray, the Shadow Finance Minister, which sought to impose a limit of $10 million on the aggregate of debt obligations that may be forgiven, postponed or reduced by the minister without the approval of the National Assembly in any fiscal year.

The race for the White House

Obama stumbles (Wayne Brown is a well-known Trinidadian writer and columnist who now resides in Jamaica.


Epilepsy: The brain’s ‘electrical storm’  Part I By Dr Santosh Mhetre, MD  (Paediatric consultant) (Dr.

Pet Corner

Worms By Dr Steve Surujbally Sorry folks! From one gruesome topic to another.

Consumer Concerns

GPL guide for estimating consumption under question By Eileen Cox We are not convinced.

Frankly Speaking

Carifesta, songs and bananas and a challenged Capital  By A.A. Fenty Just as I decided to repeat a few facts and statistics about the economics of Carifesta (s), I came across a piece written a few months ago by an old friend, international correspondent Bert Wilkinson.

History This Week

West Indies – Sri Lanka Test Cricket: A historical perspective (Part IV – Final Instalment) By Winston McGowan This fourth and final instalment of this article will focus on the two Test series between the West Indies and Sri Lanka which immediately preceded the recently concluded tour by Mahela Jayawardena’s team.

Wednesday Ramblings

No one die for four months Re-entry was hard…a switched plane in Piarco caused the customary cussing and the tired retort to the tannoy: “They would not do this to anyone else but Guyanese, dem eyes pass us…” Then turbulence over the gradually muddying  waters, combined with the surliest flying waitresses, slapping packaged cornbread onto the trays, more eye pass …they would not do that to ….

Resilient Brazil

By Glauco Arbix (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) SÃO PAULO – Less than a decade ago, Brazil’s economy faltered at the first sign of instability in international financial markets.

What the people say about…

Being registered (Interviews and photos by Shabna Ullah) This week we asked persons if they have been registered as yet by the house-to-house exercise and got the following responses: Roopchand, pandit, “Yes, I got registered about two weeks ago.

In the Diaspora

The Political Economy Tradition in the Caribbean (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 March, an international two-day conference was held at the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies.

Pet Corner

Canine cancers – conclusion As promised in our last week’s column, we will have a look today at some other assorted cancers that affect our companion animals.

The race for the White House

‘The Walls of Babylon’ Wayne Brown is a well-known Trinidadian writer and columnist who now resides in Jamaica.

Al Creighton’s Arts on Sunday

Marcus Garvey’s latest biography appeals to general audiences [Suzanne Francis-Brown and Jean-Jacques Vayssières, Marcus Garvey, Kingston: Ian Randle Publishers, 2007. 

Chess with Errol Tiwari

Swiss system blitz on at Port Mourant today “One person with a belief is equal to a force of ninety-nine who have only an interest.”-   John Stuart Mill (1806—-1873)  Philosopher, political economist.

Through a woman’s eyes

Making memories By Cheryl Springer I recently became reacquainted with a dear friend I had lost contact with several years ago after she migrated.


Tuberculosis: The tough bug to debug Dr Soumyaroop Dash – MD, DNB (Consultant Gynaecologist & Obstetrician) Dr.

Consumer Concerns

We would do well to pay attention to edible leaves By Eileen Cox If you are driving going East on Lamaha Street you will see a small Saijan tree laden with flowers.

A Gardener’s Diary

Citrus give a most gorgeous scent to a house By John Warrington Here in Guyana we enjoy occasional periods where the weather is chronically dry with only the occasional drop of rain.

Ian on Sunday

The truth about life By Ian McDonald At the ripe old age of seventy-five, when one is increasingly aware that it is time to make sense of what has happened in one’s life, I have become convinced about two major things.