The Ramkarran recommendation

Soon after the Speaker of the National Assembly Mr Hari Narayen ‘Ralph’ Ramkarran called for “a high degree of national unity in order to bring criminals to justice,” and after pointing out that poverty was one of the main root causes of crime, he was roundly contradicted by his colleagues in the People’s Progressive Party-Civic.

Colombia-Venezuela-Ecuador: peaceful resolution

A huge rock concert on the Colombia-Venezuela border has signaled the end of the apparent threat of military conflict which seemed to overshadow the relations between the three countries over the last few weeks.

Not awesome

The second meeting of the national stakeholders with President Jagdeo at the Office of the President on March 12 produced the following agreements: i) Establish as a matter of urgency a new parliamentary standing sectoral committee on national security; ii) Expedite the appointment of the six constitutional commissions “which are key features of the governance framework within 90 days”; iii) Activate the parliamentary constitutional reform committee; iv) Ensure the effective participation of civil society in these parliamentary processes; v) Explore a mechanism for the continuation of the national stakeholders forum.

Political space

There is lunacy abroad. Leaving aside for the time being the fact that it was a hard-working wife and mother who never did anyone harm that was murdered last Monday, just which criminal madman or band of madmen decided that gunning down Mrs Marcyn King would help the society – or even some group or groups within the society?

Not too much to ask

Superwoman is alive and well, overworked, underpaid and mostly unappreciated and she should not expect her circumstances to change.

Heavy words, lightly spoken

Had Mr Bharrat Jagdeo not been president, and had the security situation not been so severe, his utterances on the recent cataclysmic criminal events might have been ignored.

The ads boycott 16 months on

As we reported in yesterday’s Sunday Stabroek, the PPP/C government’s ads boycott of Stabroek News is now approaching 16 months and shows no sign of ending.

Crime and security in Caricom

At their annual meeting last weekend in the Bahamas, Heads of Government of Caricom indicated their increasing sensitivity to the rising levels of crime in virtually all member-states.

Clinton’s pyrrhic victories

Samantha Power, a senior foreign policy adviser to Barack Obama, recently made the headlines when the Scotsman newspaper quoted her saying that Senator Clinton is “a monster .

Clinton’s pyrrhic victories

Samantha Power, a senior foreign policy adviser to Barack Obama, recently made the headlines when the Scotsman newspaper quoted her saying that Senator Clinton is “a monster .

The ads boycott 16 months on

As we reported in yesterday’s Sunday Stabroek, the PPP/C government’s ads boycott of Stabroek News is now approaching 16 months and shows no sign of ending.

The ads boycott 16 months on

As we reported in yesterday’s Sunday Stabroek, the PPP/C government’s ads boycott of Stabroek News is now approaching 16 months and shows no sign of ending.

The Colombian raid

While there is no country on the continent which can afford not to denounce Colombia’s violation of Ecuador’s territory in pursuit of FARC’s number two man, Raúl Reyes, there must have been at least one or two Latin leaders who indulged themselves with the private thought that had they been in President Uribe’s shoes they too might have done what he did.

The Colombian raid

While there is no country on the continent which can afford not to denounce Colombia’s violation of Ecuador’s territory in pursuit of FARC’s number two man, Ra

10,000 women

On Wednesday last, the Goldman Sachs Group, Incorporated, launched a US$100 million five-year global initiative to provide 10,000 underprivileged women – predominantly in developing and emerging markets – with a business and management education.

Easing the tension

On Saturday, 1st March, Colombian troops attacked guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) across the border with Ecuador and succeeded in killing the FARC number two, Ra

Overcrowded Prisons

A recent report by the US-based Pew Center on the States estimates that more than one percent of America’s adult population is currently in prison.

Governance of Caricom

Indications in the press this week that the Heads of Government will consider the issue of the relationship between the Caricom Secretariat and the Caricom Regional Negotiating Machinery, serve to remind us that since the deliberations and decisions of the Heads at their last Conference in July last year, nothing further has been heard on implementation of measures agreed for Caricom’s reorganization, based on the Report of the Technical Working Group (TWG) on Governance, Managing Mature Regionalism.

Kosovo

When he first addressed the United Nations General Assembly after the independence of Barba-dos, Prime Minister Errol Barrow indicated his recognition that the world’s powers tended to see small states as irritants.

The phoney war

Stalling the meaningful implementation of the National Drug Strategy Master Plan and skimping on cash for the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit while serenading the public with promises to be “tough on drug lords” have helped the administration to win for itself another adverse annual report for under-performance in its so-called war on illegal narcotics.

The phoney war

Stalling the meaningful implementation of the National Drug Strategy Master Plan and skimping on cash for the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit while serenading the public with promises to be “tough on drug lords” have helped the administration to win for itself another adverse annual report for under-performance in its so-called war on illegal narcotics.

The US drug report and the crime crisis

Friday’s rebuke by the US of Guyana’s drug efforts will be hard for this government to lightly dismiss especially in the backdrop of the current UK-funded security sector reform programme which identifies the narcotics trade as a risk factor.

Politics v professionalism

In our edition last Tuesday we carried a report saying that the photos of six men wanted by the police in connection with the Lusignan and Bartica killings had not been released by the police force to Stabroek News despite the fact that they had been carried in the February 23 edition of the Guyana Chronicle, as well as in the Kaieteur News the following day.