Guyana’s new political landscape

By far the most significant outcomes of Guyana’s 2011 general elections was the loss of its parliamentary majority by the ruling People’s Progressive Party/CIVIC and the emergence of the Alliance for Change (AFC) as a critical power broker in the National Assembly.

Managing public examinations in a regional collaboration construct

By Susan Giles, Senior Assistant Registrar – Examinations Administration & Security Caribbean Examinations Council Extract from a Paper presented at the 37th International Association for Educational Assessment Conference, 23 – October 23-28, 2011, Manila, Philippines Background The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) is a regionally funded non-profit examining board established in 1972.

How much should sex matter?

Peter Singer is Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University and Laureate Professor at the University of Melbourne.

“Reds” Perreira’s “dream”

The man widely regarded as Guyana’s most accomplished sports commentator, launched his book Living My Dream on Monday March 19 in St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Rohee’s riot act

Home Affais Minister Clement Rohee is nothing if not the People’s Progressive Party’s (PPP) lightning rod for controversy.

Seeking Justice for Gayle

WICB and Arbitrary Power

By Retired Judge Romain Pitt Ontario Supreme Court of Justice Even those who hold power legitimately ought not to exercise such power arbitrarily.

Darren Sammy: Under pressure to shine

One doubts that there is any international cricketer who has been more maligned than West Indies captain Darren Sammy though from the way he handles his critics you might think that they simply do not exist.

Playing to the West Indies’ weaknesses

Australia’s seemingly somewhat risky declaration on the penultimate day of the first test match in the current series against the West Indies was reflective of a belief that not much had changed in Caribbean cricket at least as far as the will to win was concerned.

Ramotar rises

Guyana’s Seventh Executive President takes office

Long before Donald Ramotar was eventually chosen by the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) to be its presidential candidate at the 2011 general elections, there was talk that a way was being sought to have Bharrat Jagdeo circumvent the constitutional provision which he himself had signed into law in order to have a third presidential term.

An unchanged political landscape

What Guyanese usually become preoccupied with whenever the country goes to the polls – apart from who will win the elections, of course  – is whether or not the outcome will be attended by violence, race on race violence.

Who gets the Speaker’s job

The political row over the choice of a Speaker of the National Assembly may well have raised concerns over the likely effectiveness of the parliamentary opposition

A mere of two months after the Alliance for Change (AFC) and A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) polled sufficient votes to secure a single seat more than the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) in the National Assembly, questions have arisen as to just how effective a parliamentary opposition they are likely to be.

A moment of political truth

A conversation with Speaker of the National Assembly Raphael Trotman

Raphael Trotman readily concedes that the political tumult that preceded his belated emergence as the Speaker of the National Assembly makes his eventual accession to office a wholly unexpected turn of events.

Tomorrow and the world

Nicholas Laughlin on reading Martin Carter while following the Egyptian revolution

For most of the past eighteen days, I’ve kept Al Jazeera’s website open on my laptop and Martin Carter’s poems close at hand.

Elson Brown-Low: Youth not wasted on the young

One of the pressures of conducting a newspaper interview reposes is pursuing a line of questioning that elicits responses that allow for the creation of a logical order in which you set down what you are told.

The brain-drain panic returns

By Jagdish Bhagwati Jagdish Bhagwati, Professor of Economics and Law at Columbia University and Senior Fellow in International Economics at the Council on Foreign Relations, recently edited, with Gordon Hanson, Skilled Migration Today.

Who cares about Guyana’s cricket, anyway

That the Government of Guyana ascribes an altruistic motive to its intervention in the feuding among the rival factions in the struggle for control of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) which had placed local cricket in an even more perilous state than it had been previously, does little to disguise the fact that the intervention was “political,” initiated as it was by President Bharrat Jagdeo during his last few months in office.

Five Lessons from Lara

In October, West Indian cricket legend and former team captain, Brian Charles Lara spoke to the UWI graduating class of 2011.

WICB v Gayle

By Romain W M Pitt The issue is: what is more likely to cause long term harm to West Indies cricket?

Picking a Winner

David Granger APNU The quality of life for the majority of Guyanese has deteriorated under the People’s Progressive Party Civic’s 19-year administration.

Political sketch: Raphael Trotman

Up to the time that this issue of the Guyana Review was published, Raphael Trotman was still the only named Prime Ministerial candidate for the 2011 General Elections A friend Raphael Trotman’s remarked recently that he felt that while the law was his profession politics was his “real calling.” The commentator was quick to add that the remark was not intended to call Mr.

TUF returns to the political affray

To many people’s surprise The United Force (TUF) announced earlier this year that it would contest the 2011 general elections.

Celebrating Victoria

The Indaba, and the Future of the Village Economies in Guyana

By Leyland Lucas, PhD, Donald Ainsworth, MA, Rawle Lucas, MA, CPA, Sheranne Doorgasingh Wickham, M.

Court of Appeal (Amendment) Act 2008: A different perspective

An edited address in the National Assembly 24th July 2008 by K Ramjattan (AFC Chairman) re Debate on the Court of Appeal Amendment Bill 2008 Sometime ago in this Assembly, I had argued the case that there must be in place a Law Reform Commission.

WikkiLeaks: Another Perspective

Media freedom is by no means the first issue that would have arisen in the minds of Guyanese with the advent of the WikkiLeaks phenomenon.

Remembering Dag Hammarskjold

My search for reflections on the life and work of Dag Hammarskjold emanating from Caribbean thinkers and institutions concerned with International Relations may well have been less than vigorous, though, even if it was, I doubt that a great deal was written in the region about the man who is still thought of by many as the best Secretary General the United Nations ever had.

St Barnabus Anglican, Bourda, 1884-2011: A church re-aligned from North-South to East-West

Lennox J Hernandez Broken and spartan, the Anglican Church of St Barnabas, located at Regent Street & Orange Walk, Bourda, Georgetown, opened as a relatively small building in 1884 in a north-south orientation with the main altar at the northern end, and, after a series of grand additions and alterations, consecrated in 1938 with an east-west orientation and the main altar at the east end, is no more.

Searching for life after Warner

LASANA LIBURD says despite the recent damage done to the CFU, Caribbean Football is moving forward on a stronger footing.

Campaigning on continuity

Guyana Review Editor Arnon Adams talks with PPP/Civic presidential candidate Donald Ramotar

On a Donald Ramotar presidential agenda Donald Ramotar cannot be separated from the PPP and the PPP/C Government.

Africa and its history

By Cedric L Joseph Africa’s first task was to establish that, like other societies, it had a past and was part of the known global community.

Atkinson Field and World War II

A memoir 1943 to 1946

By Ivan O. Carew Having been born and having grown up in the capital city, Georgetown, in the county of Demerara, British Guiana, now called Guyana, I did have some knowledge of the villages on the Eastern bank of the Demerara River.

A Practitioner’s Perspective – B O Adams

Advocacy and decorum:

In the “Ethics of Advocacy” by Lord Macmillan is to be found this passage: “The code of honour of the Bar is at once its most cherished possession and the most valued safeguard of the public.

Saluting a champion

Few Guyanese sportsmen in any discipline can lay claim to the accomplishments of national rifle shooting champion Ransford Goodluck

If a panel of experts were to be required to name the ten Guyanese sportsmen who have accomplished the most in their respective disciplines over the past 25 years, the inclusion of the name Ransford Goodluck on that list would almost certainly be automatic.

Football’s fuzzy future

Has the myth of the Guyana Football Federation’s immunity from local sanction been shattered by the recent court injunction that put a brake on the holding of its elections?

Something quite significant happened in local football recently. The Georgetown Football League (GFL) secured a court injunction that brought a halt to the Guyana Football Federation’s (GFF) plans to elect a new executive.

A platform for democracy, inclusivity

Our political culture is being made over

Presidential candidates’ perspectives? Following the naming of Attorney-at-Law Khemraj Ramjattan and retired Guyana Defence Force Brigadier David Granger as presidential candidates for the Alliance for Change and the People’s National Congress Reform the Guyana Review has secured interviews with the candidates which are published in this issue of the newspaper.

One laptop per family: State under scrutiny

Lest we be tempted to think that we are alone in our seemingly unending continuum of bothersome revelations arising out of President Bharrat Jagdeo’s One Laptop Per Family (OLPF) project, we may – or perhaps not – be comforted to know that the President’s CARICOM colleague, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar had to face her own demons last year arising out of accusations of bribes and kickbacks or what is commonly called ‘influence pedalling” at Hewlett Packard, the same United States company that secured the  TT$83m allocation for the provision of 24,000 laptops for students entering secondary school at the start of the current academic year.

Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs

The Guyana Report Card

2011 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR) March 3, 2011 Guyana A. Introduction Guyana is a transshipment point for cocaine from Colombia and Venezuela destined for North America, Europe, and the Caribbean.

Education, human rights and the rule of law

Following is an edited version of an address by Justice Roxanne George at the 44th Convocation of the University of Guyana delivered on November 20, 2010 As graduands of the University of Guyana, you have had the opportunity of studying your chosen fields in the context of Guyana in a globalized world.

Rekindling the El Dorado dream?

- Claude Lemasson, Chief Operating Officer

Is El Dorado “the lost city of gold” in Guyana? Is El Dorado “the lost city of gold” in Essequibo, the Cinderella county of Guyana?

Tomorrow and the world

Caribbean review of books

Nicholas Laughlin on reading Martin Carter while following the Egyptian revolution For most of the past eighteen days, I’ve kept Al Jazeera’s website open on my laptop and Martin Carter’s poems close at hand.

Humiliated in defeat

We may not have expected the West Indies to lift the 2011 Cricket World Cup but the manner of their loss to Pakistan will long linger as a painful embarrassmentHaving tiptoed shamefacedly into the quarter finals of the 2011 Cricket World Cup the West Indies team wasted no time in conceding that they really did not belong in the auspicious company of the other seven combatants who had earned their places through consistently solid performances or else, like England, had clawed their way back from adversity to arrive in the hall of qualifiers safe if more than a trifle breathless.

In an election year

This is an election year with a difference…actually, several differences. By now, in previous election years, it would have already been patently clear who the presidential candidates for the major political parties were.

Good neighbours, good friends


It appears that the remark by President Bharrat Jagdeo regarding his government’s disposition to either facilitating or actually executing the arrest of Suriname president Desi Bouterse made during the opening session of the conference of officers of the Guyana Defence Force was not meant for the ears of the media.