Descent into disgrace


The past year or so of cricket in Guyana has been one of woeful underperformance on the field and fierce conflict and crisis in the board rooms of its administration.

Labour and the budget


Over the next few issues the Guyana Review has agreed to publish a succession of three articles by General Secretary of the Guyana Trades Union Congress Lincoln Lewis on public issues of his choosing.

Rethinking education in the Caribbean


Over the past 20 years, Caribbean education has been through several reforms and changes, most of which have sought to address perceived deficits or problems in the system.

A tale of Sillies

Those IPL contracts including Lara’s

By Earl Best It wasn’t going to be the worst of teams but it also wasn’t likely to be the best of teams.

Glimpses of Guyanese History

The 1962 and 1963 Constitutional Conferences

The 1962 and 1963 Constitutional Conferences were the most controversial in the pre-Independence period.

Transforming Caribbean police forces

Book Review

Policing the Caribbean: Transnational Security Cooperation in Practice Ben Bowling Oxford/New York,Oxford University Press 2010 ISBN 978-0-19-957769-9 By PETER D FRASER This admirable book is a pioneering examination of the workings of the upper echelons of the policing family of the Commonwealth Caribbean in a comparative fashion.

Remembering Private Marks

A year after their son’s decomposed body was removed from the Ekereku River a week after his disappearance from the Guyana Defence Force border post at Eteringbang, Julian and Denise Marks talk with Guyana Review editor Arnon Adams about the still unexplained circumstances of Private Julian Machel Miquel Marks’ untimely death.

The high price of being on top

The Caribbean

Reprinted from the Trinidad and Tobago Review – October 2010By anka Price David Thompson, Prime Minister of Barbados who died of pancreatic cancer two Saturdays ago, was the 14th prime minister in the English-speaking Caribbean to die in office in the last 43 years.

David Thompson’s legacy

The Caribbean

The following editorial was published by the Jamaica Gleaner on Tuesday, October 26, 2010.

PANCAP and the HIV/AIDS challenge in the Caribbean

Regional Health Issues

Importance of partnerships and human rights in the global, regional and national response to hiv and aids: Address by he kofi a annan to the Tenth Annual General Meeting of the pan Caribbean Partnership against hiv and aids (pancap) 31 october 2010, st maarten Thank you for that warm welcome.

The literary talents of Pauline Melville

Guyanese Writers

About Pauline Melville Pauline Melville was born in Guyana in 1948. She has worked as an actress, appearing in films such as Mona Lisa and British television programmes including the BBC Television comedy series ‘The Young Ones’.

An interlude of optimism


One swallow decidedly does not make a summer and we must be mindful that what, for the West Indies, was a commendable outcome to the just concluded first Test match against Sri Lanka does not engender a misplaced sense of euphoria.

We’re rolling!

Kashif Muhammad gives the signal that plans for the 21st annual K&S tournament are underway One doubts that the twenty first annual Kashif & Shanghai football tournament can match the spectacle of its immediate predecessor, though, over the years, the promoters have proven quite adept at springing surprises.

Innings Over! Edwin Carrington prepares to depart the Caricom crease

Two years before the end of what would have been his fourth five-year term as Secretary General of the Caribbean Community, (CARICOM) Edwin Carrington, the 72 year-old Trinidad and Tobago-born career diplomat, announced that he will step down from what is widely regarded as the foremost and arguably most demanding regional public service assignment, at the end of 2010.

Talking Business

Guyana Review talks with Robert Badal Robert Badal is Chairman and CEO of Guyana Stockfeeds Inc of Farm, East Bank Demerara, a company with interests in the rice and edible oils sectors.

Ken Corsbie is eighty

Time flies, and Ken Corsbie, arguably the most talented and versatile Guyanese creative artists of his generation turned eighty recently.

A brief history of radio in Guyana

The Ovaltine Programme was one of the best-loved children’s radio programmes in Guyana The origin of radio broadcasting in Guyana is located somewhere in the 1920’s and the first evidence of radio is credited to several local ‘buffs.’ The introduction of short wave broadcasts was preceded by a modest wired service that relayed broadcasts from the BBC over the telephone system in Georgetown.

Another fresh start

Darren Sammy’s surprise appointment as West Indies captain appears to mark another ‘fresh start’ for Caribbean cricketSurprising though the decision may seem to appoint Darren Sammy captain of the West Indies cricket team, the selectors may well have felt that they had little choice.

Another story of underachievement

One of the largest teams ever fielded by Guyana at the Commonwealth Games concluded their assignment in India with a single medal, a bronze plus the considerable embarrassment of the defection of its entire three-member boxing team.

Fear and loathing in Bartica

Bartica is much more than the ‘gateway to the hinterland.’ It has also become a gold-plated magnet for armed robbery and murder.

Donald Ramotar – last man standing

Donald Ramotar, bar the shouting, seems to be the last man standing in the race for the nomination as the People’s Progressive Party’s presidential candidate.

Remedying the ills of the Georgetown municipality will be a challenging process

Head of the Commission of Enquiry into the Operations of City Hall, Keith Burrowes talks with The Guyana ReviewKeith Burrowes is altogether unsurprised over the fact that the outcomes of the 2008 Commission of Enquiry into the operations of the Georgetown Municipality have not, so far, brought the citizenry bountiful returns.

Man with a key to the internet

Gerard Best goes one on one with Bevil Wooding, the Caribbean’s very own technology ambassadorBevil Wooding Since news broke in the international media that a Trinidad and Tobago technology evangelist was one of only seven persons in the world trusted with keys for the Internet, the spotlight has turned to this tiny Caribbean state and to Bevil Wooding, the man with a key to the Internet.

Amazon Conquerors in Africa

What happened to the Amazon Conquerors in South Africa was a considerable and predictable humiliation.

The Guyana Missionary Baptist Church – Lott Carey

The Guyana Missionary Baptist Church (GMBC-Lott-Carey) is currently celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of its founding The Guyana Missionary Baptist Church (GMBC Lott-Carey) is a Christian denomination that answered the call to Christian service more than fifty years ago.

Dr. Vincent Adams…A Guyanese engineering giant

A motor accident several years ago may have cut short a promising cricketing career; life, however, is full of ironies, and when one door was closed to Vincent Adams another threw itself open for him to step inEven as the Guyana twenty/20 cricket team reflects on its failures at the just concluded Champions League tournament in South Africa, a former Guyanese cricketer continues to climb the ladder of success in an entirely different field.

Celebrating Caribbean writers

Trevor Rhone Beginning with this issue The Guyana Review seeks to shine a spotlight on Caribbean Writers whose works are widely felt to have made a significant impact on the literature and culture and in an understanding of the West Indian condition.

Yes, Two Can Play

By JAMES LEE WAH I first saw Trevor Rhone’s Two Can Play in the 80s when, if my memory serves me right, Trevor himself brought his production, I believe to The Little Carib Theatre.

Democracy: Daring to disagree

For an administration that says it sets much store by freedom of thought and expression, the Government of Guyana gradually earned a well-deserved reputation for frowning harshly on public utterances that either challenge or contradict its own point-of-view.

Death by murder

What does the current murder rate and motives tell about living in Guyana?

Security: Making communities safer?

The wave of criminal violence that erupted on the East Coast was the most severe and sustained spell of murder in the country’s history.

The Region: Gangsters, politicians, cocaine and bankers

By Horace Campbell Reprinted from the Trinidad & Tobago Review Edward Seaga The arrest of Christopher “Dudus” Coke in a road block in Jamaica on Tuesday, June 22, 2010 opens the possibility once and for all to reveal the full extent of the corruption of the politics of Jamaica and the Caribbean by the rulers in collaboration with the intelligence, commercial and banking infrastructures of the United States From the streets of West Kingston to the hills of Port of Spain, Trinidad to Guyana and down to Brazil, gunmen (called warlords) allied and integrated into the international banking system had taken over communities and acted as do-gooders when the neo-liberal forces downgraded local government services.

Sport: Purple Patch

An ugly brawl between two local welterweight boxers, disgruntled over the outcome of their Friday May 28th bout on the Pro Am Fight Card at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall provided a painful reminder of the periodic violence among athletes and spectator alike that blights some local sports.

Politics: Running men

Several men might run for the presidency in the general elections due in 2011 The race for the presidency is bringing out the serious and the devious in political parties and civil society alike.

External Relations: Live from Washington, DC

The United States Department of State disseminates three annual reports which the Government of Guyana never fails to repudiate The Government of the United States, through its Department of State in Washing-ton, DC now under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, has become the Govern-ment of Guyana’s recurrent nightmare.

Regional Affairs – Food and folly:

Can CARICOM deliver a paradigm shift in food and nutrition security? The realization of yet another  draft Regional Policy For Food and Nutrition Security for the Caribbean is a small step on a road littered with challenges.

Society: Waking the dead

An amnesiac generation reawakens the pioneering spirit of its dead ancestors By David A Granger No month more than August evinces the patterns of challenge and response in the annals of the African-Guyanese experience.

The Hemisphere: Suriname’s strongman or statesman?

Suriname’s new president Désiré  Bouterse seeks to alter his image from one of military strongman to that of civilian statesman Former Master Sergeant Désiré Delano Bouterse ruled Suriname with an iron hand as its military strongman after staging a coup d’etat almost exactly 30 years ago in 1980.