Statistics tell one story. It’s quite different to experience the reality of what those stats mean.
Choosing what kind of government we want to govern us as a people is the whole point of free and fair, democratic national elections.
For a decade, from about the mid-1970’s to mid-1980’s, this nation saw such severe economic deprivation that a generation may have been lost under the weight of poverty and social degradation.
How could this nation create a brand new future; one that sees that astonishing, elusive, national potential become real?
In this elections campaign, Government hails its macro-economic policies and parade economic statistics to prove that it has developed this country over the past 19 years.
How do we nurture this society to be the best place for Guyanese to spend their days, to call home?
Even as experts bemoan the fact that 85 percent of this country’s skilled people migrated and gave their talents to overseas societies, we still have a pool of great people who stayed here and battled the tide of deterioration.
Serena Williams lost the US Open tennis final recently, and ended up on the front page of the world’s newspapers.
Democracy promises power to the individual. Yet, the average person feels powerless and unable to influence the shaping of this land, of making a positive impact on his or her society.
Working hard to hone and develop inner character rewards one with a deep appreciation of life’s beauty.
Cultivating the reading habit presents any person with the greatest of gifts. This ability to read most people take for granted.
Words play a vital role in a person’s life. We negotiate the wilderness of our social environment with words and language.
Democracy works best as a triangular love affair between the people of the society, elected government under free and fair national elections, and an independent, diverse, credible and ethical mass media.
In the time since this nation achieved political independence from Britain – over the past 50 years – several nations saw their people lifted out of gross poverty.
Promise and potential exist side by side with plight and hardship in this country.
Berbice exudes the kind of charming calm that countryside living offers. Aback of Number Two Village, Canje lies the sprawling green carpet of a wide expanse of savannah, decorated with the contented grazing of hundreds of cattle, horses, sheep, pigs and goats, all roaming freely munching on the fresh, lively grass under wide open skies.
People coming into this country travel along the shocking eyesore that is the East Bank Demerara corridor.
To endure the rat race of living in a world of all-too-frequent troubles, it’s useful to cultivate a big goal, a life pursuit that furnishes one’s days with fun,
Internet-driven technology continues to transform the world, and the new future rushes at the global village so fast that the old order comes crashing down with hardly any warning.
Craig Village lies nestled, serene, on the eastern bank of the Demerara river, mid-way between Georgetown and the international airport at Timehri.
Sir Shridath Ramphal co-chaired the Commission for Global Governance with the Swedish Prime Minister Ingvar Carlsson in 1992.
My first job after graduating Central High School saw me turn up to work every morning to face a blank blackboard.
Mentors make men and women strive for the extraordinary. Whether it is Tiger Woods in golf, Venus and Serena Williams in tennis or Shivnarine Chanderpaul at cricket, master mentors make the difference between being mere ordinary sports players or fascinatingly extraordinary performers.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul stands out as a great Guyanese, joining the long list of sportspersons who escaped the poverty of small-village rural living to conquer the world.
How could poor societies uplift their citizens? What action could this country take to safeguard the next generation against the numbing effects of poverty?
Innovation stands as the new buzz word of the world’s top business leaders.
Once the Garden City. Known for friendly, hospitable people. And St George’s Cathedral, the tallest wooden building in the world.
Something is indeed rotten in the state of our nation. We’ve got so much going for us, with natural resources including quality gold and diamond, expensive wood and lumber, golden sugar and rice,
“Some people don’t just live: they lead a life. They don’t sit around waiting for a lucky break; they create opportunities for themselves.
What kind of society do we live in? I am friends with a former senior St Lucia government official and top businessman there who, when he heard about the gross corruption rampant here, said business-state corruption riddles Caribbean societies.
In this Information Age where knowledge ranks as the top traded commodity in the global village, our society seems deformed and dysfunctional.
“Where shall wisdom be found?” This question forms the title to a probing book by literary critic Harold Bloom that seeks to investigate where humankind may find the fundamental answers to life’s fundamental challenges.
Who is a Guyanese? What makes a person qualify to be a Guyanese?
We look up to our leaders as mentors, inspiring examples of how to live well, and as having our best interests at heart.
One laptop hooked up to wireless internet hands power to the single individual in society.
How Government spends public money generates controversy year after year. While ministers came out of Parliament on Monday applauding themselves after Finance Minister Ashni Singh’s Budget speech, most of the nation yawned in knowing boredom.
Who inspires this nation? Men and women proclaim themselves leaders – in business, politics, civic organizations and even religion.
News on the dawn of 2011 that the Inter-American Development Bank wants to work with enterprising entrepreneurs comes with a huge sigh of relief.
Small village living comes easy to us. Big global thinking comes hard. Marshall McLuhan taught literature as an eccentric professor for most of his life in Toronto, Canada.
When people look in to Guyana what do they see? What do others feel about us as a society?
Where do new ideas come from? Such a question may sound strange to us, especially in our Guyanese society still obsessed with the little things of daily existence.
Georgetown suffers from poor management. The country knows this, and accepts it as a fact of life.
Think design – life design: I could design my life the way an architect designs a building, for aesthetic beauty, for creative flair, to be a human being of value, living to transform my world into a just social space.
Stabroek News introduces a weekly column by journalist and former SN reporter, Shaun Michael Samaroo.