Darfur’s dreadful future

A few days ago, on the fifth Global Day for Darfur British prime minister Gordon Brown said “the eyes of the world are rightly focused on the millions of men, women and children in the region who continue to start each day with the fear of violence, abduction, rape or death.” Brown offered to host a peace summit “as soon as practicable”.

Haiti and its implications

In recent weeks, Caribbean governments, and indeed governments in many developing countries, must have been dreading what has happened in Haiti.

More crime, more conferences

The Caribbean Community held yet another heads of government conference to consider a collective response to the crime crisis.

The Channel Six Suspension

There is no disagreement that the threat uttered against President Jagdeo on a live call-in programme on CNS Channel Six on February 21 was criminal, reprehensible and inexcusable.

The Olympic torch

China clearly didn’t anticipate the Olympic torch fiasco, and neither, it seems, did the International Olympic Committee.

The blindness of absolute power

On Wednesday evening last, Guyanese who were of a mind to, could have tuned in to a local television channel to watch, along with millions around the world, the charity show ‘Idol Gives Back’ on Fox.

Prosecuting Torture

In November 2005, during a trip to Panama, President Bush told reporters that the United States faced “an enemy that lurks and plots and plans and wants to hurt America again.” But even though the US intended to “aggressively pursue” its foes it would only do so “under the law.” The soundbite of the day was unequivocal: “We do not torture.”

Zimbabwe so far

The post-election circumstances in Zimbabwe should not be entirely surprising. It was likely that President Robert Mugabe would seek to resist moving out of office in the event of defeat.

Conspiracy theories

Are criminal gangs politically motivated? Is there one criminal gang or many? Do media houses coordinate their presentation of the news about crime?

Walk-out

The walk-out of the opposition from Parliament on March 27 was an ominous augury for members of the public who were looking to the assembly for decisive and cohesive steps to address crime.

Education and society

It is fairly well accepted that dysfunctional families have a negative impact on the capacity of children to learn.

Siege mentality

The would-be debate that degenerated into a débâcle in the National Assembly last week was preventable but not entirely unpredictable.

The United States in Iraq – five years later

The fifth anniversary of the United States-led intervention in Iraq has coincided with an uprising of the Mahdist forces particularly in Basra, spreading to other zones.

The war without end

Five years and 4,000 US deaths into the Iraq war, it is no longer clear what a reasonable exit strategy might be.

The state’s $10.3M case

On May 27, 2005, Customs House was rocked by a $10.3M robbery. Two men armed with guns invaded the Main Street office just after closing hour, grabbed a bag of cash and fled.

Sound archive

One of the best known sound archives in the world is that belonging to the BBC.

Heal the earth

The gigantic waves that pounded part of the lower East Coast last week were a sight to behold.

Magical thinking

Arthur C. Clarke, the pioneering science-fiction author who died last week, once formulated three ironic laws of ‘prediction’, the last of which read: “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” He should have added a caveat about how quickly we become accustomed to miracles and even learn to ignore them.

The Bourda Accord

Just over a decade after President Janet Jagan and opposition leader Desmond Hoyte signed the Herdmanston Accord at the northern end of New Garden Street in Georgetown on 17 January 1998, President Bharrat Jagdeo and forty social partners agreed to the Bourda Accord at the Office of the President at the southern end of the same street on 12 March 2008.

Caricom integration and Caricom sovereignty

A recent comment, and an apparently negative decision by the newly-elected Prime Minister of Jamaica, Mr Bruce Golding give pause for thought on the trajectory of the regional integration movement.

The Wright stuff

Even forty years after civil rights pioneers like Dr King opened up the political landscape for black America, racial injustice is a subject that is mostly taboo.

Fifteen years

April 9 will mark 15 years since the shocking, unsolved murder of Monica Reece and the dumping of her body on Main Street.

Lack of autonomy

It was the issue of the withdrawal of government advertisements from the Stabroek News which highlighted the lack of autonomy in local government once again.

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.