The declaration by the new Chief of Staff of the Guyana Defence Force, Commodore Gary Best that there should be some closure in the investigation of the alleged torture of two Buxtonians by members of the Joint Services comes across as hollow.

Sunday Editorial

The two Colombians and a Venezuelan who were held by the Guyana Police Force in connection with an airstrip near Orealla in Corentyne and other matters, were deported to their respective countries last week.

‘Tis the season

Christmas in the city is now synonymous with several things. Some are fairly recent traditions at this time of the year, like flooding.

Up North

A week before winter is meant to begin, the streets of Toronto are covered with snow.

No strategy, no security

Addressing newly-commissioned military officers last week, President Bharrat Jagdeo contended correctly that, if the security challenges currently facing Guyana were not adequately addressed, they can compound the difficulties related to the economic challenges which need to be addressed.

Cocaine airways

It was just another Sunday in the South American cocaine belt when the Guyana Defence Force discovered another illegal airstrip by chance.

A dialogue on corruption

At a recent press freedom seminar in Jamaica, that country’s Finance Minister, Mr Audley Shaw sketched a startling picture of how serious the corruption problem in the country was.


The workings of the University of Guyana are shrouded in mystery as far as outsiders are concerned, and even the periodic flashes of publicity do little to illuminate how the institution is administered.


Taken at face value, the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) Incorporated’s Energy Conservation Cam-paign launched last week is an admirable step in the right direction.

Smart Power

Richard L Armitage was US Deputy Secretary of State from 2001 to 2005 under President George W Bush.

Iowa’s dark horses

With the Iowa caucus barely a fortnight away, the current front-runners in this year’s US presidential campaigns make an unlikely pair.

Grand evasions

President Bharrat Jagdeo set the intellectual tone for the administration’s present posture on piracy in the East Berbice-Corentyne Region.

Blind faith

Mr Abdul Kadir’s arrest earlier this year heightened widespread dread of terror attacks against targets in the western world by Islamic extremists.


Early on in his `92 administration President Cheddi Jagan expressed exasperation at the situation at the then Guyana Electricity Corporation (GEC).

Sunday Editorial

The world was somewhat surprised – and perhaps even the Venezuelan opposition was too – when President Hugo Ch

Bad press, good press

At an interaction with the media on Monday last, President Bharrat Jagdeo hedged when asked whether the reports that he was planning a Cabinet reshuffle were true.

A fish rots from its head

A centuries-old Italian proverb says that “When a fish rots, it starts from its head.” As the Guyana Police Force prepares to embark on the DfID-funded Security Sector Reform Action Plan which was recently approved by the National Assembly, it is a good thing that attention is being paid to training young officers who will eventually occupy positions at the head of the force.

Conduct unbecoming 1

One of the most widely known articles of the United States’ Army Uniform Code of Military Justice states that “Any commissioned officer, cadet, or midshipman who is convicted of conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.” The international public has become familiar with the expression ‘conduct unbecoming’ through books and films which have often focussed on the foibles and failings of military officers.

Fallen through the cracks

A 16-year-old, an 18-year-old and a 20-year-old are dead. Having graduated, reports say, from being lookouts for bandits, they took up arms and went on the attack in Non Pariel.

The Lall incident

Minister of Local Government, Mr Kellawan Lall has declined several invitations from this newspaper to speak about what he is alleged to have done three Sundays ago at a rum shop at Vryheid’s Lust on the East Coast.

Seasonal woes

The year 2007 is not ending very well for President Jagdeo. If it wasn’t enough that the Venezuelans invaded the Cuyuni, the government found itself begging for a shipment of fuel from the perpetrators of the aggression.

Corentyne outreach

In the aftermath of a series of serious security incidents, the cabinet conducted a weekend ‘outreach’ campaign on 16-17 November on the Corentyne coast.

The transatlantic Muslim divide

Compared with the tension that exists in Muslim communities across Europe, America’s Muslims are a more contented lot.

A moral question?

The novelist Martin Amis recently asked a British audience to raise their hands if they felt ‘morally superior to the Taliban’.