Is the ecstasy ‘monster’ still stalking our schools?

Last September, the Customs Anti-Narcotic Unit (CANU) made what, at the time was held in some quarters to be a somewhat surprising disclosure that the ‘recreational’ drug ecstasy (surely a misapplied terminology) was being distributed in five local schools.

Constitutional crisis and its cause

As the no-confidence motion clock runs down towards the end of the three-month period for the staging of general elections, there has been a flurry of accusations back and forth between President Granger and Opposition Leader Jagdeo about who is responsible for the present deadlock.

Not good news

In any other circumstances, we would be paying more attention to the matter of the Venezuelan border.

I am unaware GECOM took decision to discard pool of trained persons, constitutional deadline is overriding factor in setting election date

Dear Editor, Please permit me space to respond to the letter captioned `GECOM could not deliver elections in 90 days, need for rigorous training cannot be over-emphasized’ which was published in the Stabroek News of 15 March 2019, in the name of Yolanda Ward, Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Guyana Elections Commission, in response to statements I made during my exclusive interview with the Stabroek News.

Hate speech and extremism

Yesterday’s massacre at two mosques in New Zealand is another instance of extremist violence facilitated by  digital platforms which freely share supremacist ideologies and other forms of hatred.

Miles was a revolutionary democrat

Dear Editor, He abhorred labels, stereotyping and sycophancy. He didn’t mind belonging to a political party like the PPP but he was passionate about independence of thought, freedom to express one’s views and to openly criticize and disagree when it became necessary to do so.

Despairing depths of disregard for life

One of the moral principles that govern most of the civilised world is the principle of the “right to life.” The United States of America’s “Declaration of Independence” captures this concept in beautiful prose which reads, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Here in Guyana, Article 138 (1) of our Constitution speaks to the protection of this “right to life” in the following manner, “No person shall be deprived of his life intentionally save in execution of the sentence of a court in respect of an offense under the law of Guyana of which he has been convicted.” All this sums up quite neatly the fact that life is something to be respected and highly regarded, whether it is one’s own life, or that of another.

Women and discrimination

On Tuesday, as the Commission on the Status of Women began their 63rd session at the UN in New York, news broke that the UK Equality and Human Rights Commission had launched an investigation into the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) over whether it has been paying women less than men for doing the same work.