The ‘Good life’

Address by His Excellency Brigadier (retd) David Granger Leader of the People’s National Congress to the 19th Biennial Delegates Congress of the People’s National Congress The 19th Biennial Delegates Congress of the People’s National Congress assembles today.

Caricom – trends towards the future

A PRESENTATION BY AMBASSADOR COLIN GRANDERSON ASSISTANT SECRETARY-GENERAL FOREIGN AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY (CARICOM) SECRETARIAT AT THE ORIENTATION PROGRAMME FOR THE NEWLY APPOINTED HEADS OF GUYANA MISSIONS Caricom, going forward In 2012, one year before the celebration of the Fortieth Anniversary of the Caribbean Community, the Conference took the decision to “re-examine the future direction of the Community and the arrangements for carrying it forward”.

Wrong Turn

After the deed had been done they were unable to think straight, to fashion a plan to extricate themselves from what they had done.

Noises of war?

An extraordinary escalation of Venezuelan military activities

Venezuela’s historic pattern of provocation and sabre-rattling in support of its spurious territorial claim against Guyana has manifested itself once again.

The May 2015 general elections and beyond

Just how long the changed atmosphere in Guyana will last following the May 11 general elections and the removal of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic administration from office after twenty three years.

PPP suffers setback in Guyana elections

By: Dr. Odeen Ishmael, Senior Research Fellow at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs   Guyana witnessed a change in administration after the ruling People’s Progressive Party-Civic (PPP) lost by a mere one percent of the votes to an alliance of opposition parties comprising A Partnership for National Unity and the Alliance for Change (APNU+AFC) in the general elections held on May 11.

The Caribbean… a zone of peace

Government of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana Address by Brigadier David Granger, MSS President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana  to the 11th Parliament, Georgetown, on 9th July 2015.

The rise and fall of Donald Ramotar

At 65 and generally felt to be in fairly good health one might have thought that Donald Ramotar departed the political centre stage far too early though, in as sense, it was he who ‘called time’ on his own presidency.

US/Cuba Relations: A contemporary overview

Introduction On April 11, 2015, Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro shook hands at the Summit of the Americas in Panama, marking the first meeting between a U.S.

China uses intimidation tactics at U.N. to silence critics

GENEVA, (Reuters) – In a cafe lounge at the United Nations complex in Geneva, a Tibetan fugitive was waiting his turn earlier this year to tell diplomats his story of being imprisoned and tortured back home in China.

Where did the voters swing

It wasn’t that close. Indeed, five seats is a Goldilocks-zone majority. Any less, and governments get jumpy.

Playing with Words

An educator for over forty years, Hazel Moses has had a lifelong love affair with words.

Is it time for a regional airline?

Caribbean Airlines is a top regional carrier. It and other Caribbean carriers had the lowest load factor among airlines operating from their bases to and from the US in 2014.

“What is the big deal about CXC History?”

Dr Didacus Jules asked and answered the question when he spoke at a launch of The History of CXC on 2 December, 2014

So what is the big deal about the Caribbean Examination Council that it should want to have its history written?

Mirrors

After a third full week had passed without Samantha being able to raise enough money to buy what her son needed to start the new school year she had begun to wonder whether it was worth persisting.

Politics…Countering conflict and economic stagnation with inclusionary government

An interview with APNU+AFC presidential candidate David Granger

Guyana Review poses key post-elections questions to APNU-AFC coalition presidential candidate David Granger GR: Setting aside hopes of unseating the ruling PPP/C, do you see the Cummingsburg Accord and the APNU-AFC coalition as the first steps in the direction of changing the culture of ethnic voting in Guyana?

Politics…Serving the government of the day

An Interview with PPP/C Prime Ministerial Candidate Elisabeth Harper

GR: The most persistent public response to your selection as the PPP/C’s Prime Ministerial candidate has been one of surprise.

Politics…A referendum on corruption and mismanagement

An interview with APNU-AFC prime ministerial candidate Moses Nagamootoo

GR: What we have witnessed in recent years – and more particularly in recent months – is the creation of new alliances amongst individuals and groups hitherto regarded as implacable foes.

Society commentary…Fixing our broken down institutions

A Presentation to Trinidad and Tobago Transparency Institute Anti-Corruption Conference Hilton Hotel, March 20th 2015 A few weeks ago, Justice Gillian Lucky sentenced two men to jail terms, one for 10 months for drug trafficking and the other for 5 months for shooting with intent to do grievous bodily harm and robbery.

Politics…Bharrat Jagdeo and the PPP/C’s

2015 elections campaign:

A Perspective It took but a matter of days after President Donald Ramotar had made public the date for the holding of general elections for the country to realize that Bharrat Jagdeo would be the ruling Party’s engineer-in-chief in its bid for yet another term in office; and as the days went by it became clear that Mr.

Book Review…Empire’s Crossroads

By Carrie Gibson  Review by Chris Hartman, February 23, 2015      Carrie Gibson’s thoughtful and extensively researched Empire’s Crossroads is a revelation.

Society…The make-up of a Great Club

Speech by Dr Ian Mc Donald at the Queen’s Park Cricket Club Annual Dinner Friday March 27, 2015

What a great honour this is!  This is one of the great Clubs of the world!

Creative writing…Cold reality

It took half a dozen or so attempts before her shaky legs eventually carried her to the other side of the street, to the side where a handful of boisterous young men were drinking beer and tossing rude remarks at passing teenaged girls who were mostly grinning in response, as though the lewd remarks that were being flung their way they were fulsome compliments.

Why young people must go to the polls

By Elson Browne-LowMuch has been said about young voters’ role in the May 11 general and regional elections, and as the recent student strike at the University of Guyana has demonstrated, young people have become frustrated with the hand that they are being dealt as Guyana moves forward.

Sport…The malignancy of failure

As this article is being written the West Indies is yet to play its final game in the 2015 instalment of cricket’s most prestigious tournament.

Ebola: Africa is not that far away

By mid October the west – and America particularly- had conceded that it had completely underestimated the threat of Ebola.

On a global stage

Address by His Excellency Donald Ramotar, President of the Co-operative Repub-lic of Guyana at the General Debate of the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly on September 25, 2014 in New York Mr President, Mr Secretary General, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen: I wish to congratulate you, Mr.

What Caricom is not

By Dr Ralph E. Gonsalves (edited version)   The current status of CARICOM can be characterized by the twin and dialectically-connected processes of consolidation and progress within the terms of CARICOM’s design as crafted in the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas of July 2001 and the subsequent decisions of the Conference of Heads and of other Treaty institutions.

Making the case for reparations

Address delivered by Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, chairman of the CARICOM Reparations Commission, House of Commons, Parliament of Great Britain, Committee Room 14, Thurs-day, July 16, 2014 Madam Chair, the distinguished member of Parliament for Hackney North and Stoke Newington, Diane Abbott, other distinguished members of the House of Lords, and House of Commons, Excellencies of the Diplomatic Corp, colleagues at the head table, Ladies and Gentlemen.

University under pressure

Guyana Review talks with newly elected President of the University of Guyana Students Society Joshua Griffith GR: Yours has been an inherited position since you were elected Vice President rather than President of the UGSS.

Shiv on the shore

Courtesy of The Cricket Monthly from ESPNcricinfo   By Rahul Bhattacharya   One day Khemraj “Cowfly” Chanderpaul got vexed.

Talking shop

Edited Address by Brigadier (rtd) David Granger, Leader, to the 18th Biennial Delegates’ Congress of the People’s National Congress Reform at Congress Place, Sophia, Georgetown on July 25, 2014.

On leadership

Guyana Review talks with youth leader Astell Collins   GR: When you look at the various challenges facing Guyana how do you see your own ideas on leadership making a difference?

The Edge of Night

By Ian McDonald   Watchman by the seawall koker twenty years I met him on my walks seawind and sunset I see recalling him.

The Caribbean Premier League

After two seasons of the Limacol Caribbean Premier League T20 tournament, this particular version of the game is still on trial in our part of the world.

School and September

September ought to be the most significant month in the lives of school children and in the entire school year.

Our splendid democracy

Things have not been the same since the general elections in November 2011, though, as Guyanese would say, the outcomes – or at least the majority of them – were hardly anything to write home about, anyway.

Two nations

By David A. Granger Hinterland Guyana comprises over three-quarters of this country’s territory.

Caricom’s inertia: Who’s to blame?

Address by Dr. the Hon. Ralph E. Gonsalves Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Chairman of CARICOM at the Opening of the Twenty-Fifth Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government at Buccament Resorts, St.