Rape is a four-letter word

Religious and political protestors last week must have been so consumed by the controversy over the coming of casino gambling and by complaints about the confusing introduction of the value added tax that few found of them time to contemplate the worsening plight of this country’s girl children.

Indecent haste

Considering the indecent haste with which it was bundled through Parliament, the Gambling Prevention (Amendment) Act will leave critics shaking their heads in collective disbelief that the government has been so inconsiderate of well-founded concerns.

The double dividend

In her novel Dangerous to Know, English-born best selling writer Barbara Taylor Bradford describes a sixteenth century matriarch who had stipulated that her huge house should always be passed down to a female inheritor.

The Turkeyen tragedy

No one who is familiar with the faltering academic standards and squalid physical conditions at the University of Guyana’s central Turkeyen campus should have been surprised at the desperate tone of Vice-Chancellor Dr James Rose’s address to the 40th convocation congregation.

National security advisers

Does the President need a national security adviser to analyse the abundant amount of raw information that passes through his office and to coordinate the myriad security agencies and programmes in the country?

Casino licences: who will get them?

The moral protest by local religious organizations over the official introduction of casino gambling in Guyana has obscured a disturbing feature of this development.

Local government projects

Two revealing meetings were held over the last two weeks in relation to local government at which the subject minister Mr Kellawan Lall presided.

Sunday Editorial

The unanimity of the various faiths on the subject of casino gambling has clearly taken the government off guard.

Reality show?

Racial slurs targeted at famous Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty on the popular Channel 4 television show in Britain, Celebrity Big Brother, have been around the world and back and the issue has since taken on international proportions.

2004 report on Berbice bridge proposal ignored

A 2004 report, which criticised aspects of the Louis Berger feasibility study done on the Berbice bridge, has been ignored and government is moving to build the bridge using the Berger recommendations.

The president and the party

The recent controversy concerning the President’s appointment of ministers of the new Cabinet before they were declared elected as members of parliament has given rise to considerable speculation.

The Kindness of Strangers

The world grew a little colder, and larger, last July when the BBC revealed that “‘six degrees of separation’ may be the academic equivalent of an urban myth.” The phrase had come from a famous 1967 experiment in which the sociologist Stanley Milgram asked a random sample of people in Kansas and Nebraska to deliver a letter to a ‘target’ in Boston, using only people they knew on a first-name basis.

The Mazaruni menace

More of a quaint, 19th century, Victorian heritage site than a national maximum security penitentiary, the Mazaruni Prison has once again become the scene of an escape of some of its desperate inmates.

Another prison break

Friday afternoon’s escape of nine inmates from the Mazaruni penal facility and the shooting of four members of the joint services is just another manifestation of the precarious state of the nation’s security.

The Health Facilities Licensing Bill

Partly owing to the contretemps over the Gambling Prevention (Amendment) Bill which seeks to legalize casinos, the Health Facilities Licensing Bill perhaps did not receive quite the same degree of publicity last week which it otherwise might have done.

Political correctness

Last year, the Amerindian People’s Association attempted to have the National Assembly alter the title of the Amerindian Act by using the term ‘Indigenous’ rather than ‘Amerindian.’ The African Cultural and Development Association similarly passed a resolution calling upon the authorities to use the term ‘African’ rather than ‘negro’ or ‘black.’ To some, these demands might seem frivolous but language is powerful and ought not to be used to cause offence, particularly to ethnic and cultural communities, to denigrate and disparage disadvantaged groups or to undermine the dignity of persons.

Good news doesn’t have to travel fast

Nobody yet knows how fast information will travel in the twenty-first century. Three months ago the Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation established a new standard for data transfer by sending a message at a rate of 14 trillion bits per second.

Pirates of the Corentyne

Will Corentyne’s coastal and riverine fishermen ever be safe from the scourge of piracy or should they accept it as a permanent occupational hazard?

Virtual Communities

The current issue of Time magazine flatters its readers with the conceit that 2006 was the year of the Ordinary Person.


Having crossed into the new year and VAT land no one was expecting that the experience was going to be smooth.


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A real tragedy

News that a newborn baby girl had been allegedly abducted from her mother was a talking point over the past week.

Citizen security

Responding to the surge in violent crime over the last six years, the Administration adopted a multi-dimensional approach that relies not solely on the Guyana Police Force but also on creating parallel schemes based on the greater involvement of citizens and their communities.