MEDIATING THE POLITICAL IMPASSE

The Leader of the Opposition, Mr. Joe Harmon, has lamented the neglect by the Caricom Secretariat and its Chairman, Prime Minister Keith Rowley, of acknowledging his letters requesting their mediation of the current stalemate between the Government and Opposition. The stalemate has arisen because the Opposition Leader’s request of President Ali for a meeting to […]

VICTIMOLOGY AND ITS NARRATIVES

In a letter to SN of January 13 Dr. Kwesi Sansculotte-Greenidge pointed out the necessity and possibility of a political solution to Guyana’s ethno-political problems through constitutional restructuring. The proposals, which would find many supporters, flounders on the narratives of victimology by Guyana’s two major ethnic groups which fuel a relentless drive to seek dominance. […]

GUYANA’S AGONY

Violence at election time or immediately thereafter in Guyana, though devastatingly painful, particularly to the victims, is nothing unusual. It gave rise in the past to a memorable phrase – “slo fyah, mo fyah,” the meaning of which speaks for itself and was manifested in the arson of Berbice homes and property in the streets […]

THE POWER OF ETHNICITY – THE ROHINGYA PEOPLE

The spectacle of a Nobel Laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi, a world renowned fighter for human rights, and former political prisoner, denying genocide during last week at the World Court is sobering. Let there be no doubt, there is no objective reason, no political rationale, no need to maintain any democratic opening in Myanmar, that […]

A POST-RACIAL FUTURE FOR GUYANA IS WITHIN GRASP

During last week, the Stabroek News published an article (Akola Thompson “Towards a post-racial future” and a letter (Ryhaan Shaw “Little hope of a post-racial future for Guyana any time soon”) on the future of race in Guyana. Race is a difficult issue to discuss because of its complexity and intractability. But a peaceful and […]