Frankly Speaking A.A. Fenty

I’ll really try to be more “festive” from next week. Meanwhile bear with me these random thoughts in what should be one of the briefest offerings of the year.

Wednesday’s Ramblings

President Jagdeo has gone green. His decision to take the nation’s forests hostage in a high stakes game of ecological chicken (“I will chop them down!

Imagining recession

The world’s housing, oil, and stock markets have been plunged into turmoil in recent months.

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.