Venezuela’s non-participation before the ICJ in the controversy over the Essequibo Region

By Alexander Wentker Published on June 29, 2018      On 18 June 2018, Venezuela notified the International Court of Justice (ICJ) that it intends not to participate in the proceedings before the Court in the case over the Essequibo region brought by Guyana (for an excellent analysis of Guyana’s application and the complex historical and procedural background on this blog see here).

Influencing public discourse on Oil and Gas in Guyana: The role of the media

Digitization has given us an unlimited capacity for immediacy

Oil and Gas A Presentation by Nigel Hughes, Attorney At Law on the occasion of the Guyana Press Association’s 2018 Media Awards ceremony An edited version Since the announcement of the discovery of oil and gas back in May 2015 much has been said on the subject.

Waves of Emotion-Carlene Gill-Kerr

Book Review

Perhaps poetry’s most valuable purpose has to do with the role it plays in throwing open a door to the mind, to the mind of the poet that is, unearthing thoughts which, otherwise, would probably remain entomb-ed forever in minds that care little for this remarkable discipline.

No walk in the park

An interview with President David Arthur Granger

Politics GR: I want to begin with a foreign policy question, Excellency. Given the various important foreign policy issues on the international agenda would you be attending this year’s United Nations General Assembly?

VS Naipaul: a man who cast doubt on post-colonial liberal certainties

The Conversation

Literary Issues By Dilip Menon Dilip Menon is the Chair of Indian Studies and the Director of the Centre for Indian Studies in Africa, University of the Witwatersrand No author in contemporary times more willfully damaged his reputation with cantankerous observations as did VS Naipaul.

Sustainable expansion of Guyana’s export earnings

Business

Komal Samaroo Chairman, Demerara Distillers Ltd. Feature Address at launch of the GCCI’s Magazine… ‘Guyana on the Move’ I want to compliment the organization for the positive and upbeat choice of theme of their Magazine “Guyana on the Move.”  I believe that too much negative energy has been imbued in our national discourse at a time when the future outlook has never been better.

Igniting a STEM technology ‘fire’ in Guyana

Education

STEMGuyana Co-Founder, Karen Abrams, talks with Guyana Review about the origins, challenges and objectives of the programme GR: It has been three years since your family team brought the STEM technology programme to Guyana.

The International Court of Justice: How we got there

The Guyana/Venezuela Boundary Controversy:

United Nations Secretary General, António Guterres, informed President David Granger that he had “chosen the International Court of Justice (ICJ) as the means that is now to be used for its solution.”

At Twenty five The Guyana Review, 1993-2018

David A. Granger – (Founder and first Editor) President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana   Guyanese news magazines, historically, have had very short and fitful lives.

Nowhere near enough

Politics

By Dr. David Hinds Any proper evaluation of the current government’s performance in office almost three years since its rise to power must be done against the background of the expectations when it came to power in 2015.

The perplexities of policing

Public Security

By Clinton Conway In Guyana police is a good word to start a conversation with, or even better to begin an argument.

E-Testing – Making Caribbean examinations more efficient

Education

By Cleveland Sam “The Caribbean Examinations Council has successfully launched its Electronic Testing or e-testing service to the region.” The announcement was made by Barbados Minister of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation on Monday, 30 January, 2017.

Dr. Mohamed Shahabuddeen passes on

Tribute

Renowned Guyanese jurist Dr. Mohamed Shahabuddeen SC, who served as the Attorney General of Guyana and a judge on the International Criminal Court (ICC) died on 17th February, in Canada, where he resided, and will be remembered for his contributions to the legal fraternity.

Wilson Harris, Guyanese writer of Intricate Novels, dies at 96

The Arts

By Neil  Genzlinger Wilson Harris, a Guyanese novelist and essayist who addressed themes of colonialism and cultural identity in weaving stories of history, fantasy, myth and philosophy, died on March 8 in Chelmsford, England.

Life, Love, Creativity

Photography

The photography of Rex Lucas It is sometimes said that life imitates art and art portrays life.

Reflecting on the age of the stevedore

Society

By Barrington Braithwaite The city we know as Georgetown rose to prominence from the mud flats of the Demerara river, the deepest of the three prominent rivers of the colony of Guiana.

Fighting Back

Social Challenges - Drugs

It is high time that the Ministry of Education develop strategies to tackle the problem of drugs in schools Hardly anyone batted an eyelid when the Stabroek News reported on February 16th last that the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit of the Guyana Police Force has unearthed “a drug ring inside two Georgetown Secondary schools” and that following police investigations charges were expected to be laid “soon.” This was by no means the first time that reports had surfaced regarding the pedaling and use of drugs in the school system in Guyana even though the customary absence of subsequent disclosure on these kinds of incidents by either the police or the Ministry of Education has means that details are usually few, particularly those that have to do with the responses of the authorities to these developments and such measures as being are put in place to attempt to respond to the challenge.

On free and fair elections in Guyana

Address by Ralph Ramkarran New York Diaspora, 8th October, 2017) October 5 will forever be remembered in the history of Guyana as the date when a short-lived democracy was restored.

The Multiversity Universities of the Caribbean

Vice Chancellor’s Fourth Renaissance Lecture September 7th, 2017 By George A. O. Alleyne, Director Emeritus Pan American Health Organization September 7, 2017   First, I wish to thank Dr.

A brief history of the University of Guyana

Presented at the Interfaith Service to mark the 50th Anniversary of the passing of the University of Guyana Ordinance #63, April 19, 1963 In the George Walcott Lecture Theatre (GWLT), Turkeyen Campus on April 19, 2013 By Sr Mary Noel Menezes, RSM, AA edited and adapted for this Publication.

Devastation and desolation beckon integration

By Walter Alexander The headline “For the first time in 300 years, there is not a single living person on the island of Barbuda” brings to the fore the stark reality of the plight of some small Caribbean states after the recent hurricanes and in the face of over-whelming economic challenges. 

CARIFESTA…dreaming

It’s not easy to extract a thoughtful creative perspective from the Guyanese craftspeople who journeyed to Barbados for CARIFESTA X111.

Sport as a nation-builder

This is not the first time that we have engaged our readers on ‘school sports.’ It is a repetitive rendition of the mediocrity that passes for sports at the school level, its absurdity growing more prominent in direct proportion to the advances in school-level sports that obtain in other CARICOM countries, Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago being among the primary examples.

Sugar at a Crossroads

This article submitted by the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GUYSUCO) contends that tackling the challenges facing the sugar industry has broader implications for the Guyana economy as a whole.

Politics…Perusing the Presidency

On the eve of the second anniversary of the accession to office of the APNU-AFC administration, President David Granger talks with The Guyana Review about his administration, his presidency and his vision for the future of Guyana ________________ Guyana Review: You are the only President of Guyana ever to have served in that office without the benefit of any prior Cabinet experience.

Education…The University of Guyana: Challenge and Change

University of Guyana Vice Chancellor Professor Ivelaw Griffith talks with The Guyana Review about the challenges that inhere in the transformation of the University of Guyana

University of Guyana Vice Chancellor Professor Ivelaw Griffith talks with The Guyana Review about the challenges that inhere in the transformation of the University of Guyana Guyana Review: Perhaps we can start by trying to secure an insight into your vision, your priorities for the University of Guyana.

Oil and The Future…The Crucible of our Time

By Raphael Trotman MP, Minister of Natural Resources Many adjectives and superlatives can be used to describe today’s happenings not just what is unfolding at this instant at the Georgetown Marriott, but overall, I am speaking about what is taking place within Guyana and around the world following on the announcement of a ‘significant’ discovery 200 km offshore Guyana’s territorial waters – “historic”, “transformational”, “transcendental”, “outstanding”, “stupendous”, and “exciting” are some words which spring to mind and have been used.

Tribute…Derek Walcott

The poet and playwright Derek Walcott, who moulded the language and forms of the western canon to his own purposes for more than half a century, has died aged 87.

Society…Reincarnating the Guyana National Service

Recollections of a Pioneer/ Instructor

Gerry Gouveia can think of a whole host of reasons why it would be more than worth the while to reintroduce the Guyana National Service (GNS) as a dimension to the experience of young Guyanese.

Comment…The diaspora dynamic

These days, much more than during any other period in our post-independence history, there is, with good reason, a deliberate focus on the role which Guyanese in the diaspora can play in the country’s   development.

Diplomatic noises on Guyana’s two most contentious borders

Chatter on both fronts:

Even at a time when the attention of Guyana’s coalition government is focused on energizing the country’s underperforming economy, the administration still cannot afford to allow its attention to wander from a foreign policy agenda that includes managing relations with two neighboring countries with which separate territorial controversies loom large.

Thinking Oil: Where do we go from discovery

There has been an undeniable air of expectancy here in Guyana arising out of the disclosure last year by the United States company, Exxon Mobil that commercial deposits of oil and gas had  been offshore Guyana.

The development agenda

Key excerpts from President David Granger’s address to the National Assembly on October 13, 2016 Economic policy

Politics Your Government entered a depressing financial landscape in May 2015. The economic legacy that this nation inherited was characterised by a lack of strategic planning and whimsical decision-making.

Spotlight on NAREI

Agriculture

As agriculture moves increasingly to the forefront of the Guyana economy the Guyana Review examines some of the key achievements of the National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute (NAREI) in 2016 April last brought rainfall after a prolonged dry season that started in 2015.