Big news last Friday afternoon: Guyana’s Court of Appeal invalidated the passage of the December 21 no-confidence motion against the government, due to a need for an “absolute majority” of 34 votes as opposed to 33 “simple majority” votes. Cue … Continue reading In the news: Court of Appeal overturns December’s No Confidence Motion
A few days ago, Guyana made it to Forbes again. This time, in the context of our neighbour’s disastrous implosion. Here’s what they said: A central factor in the shriveling of the economy has been over-dependence on oil. Non-oil industries have all but vanished, their share of exports falling from around 25% in the late 1990s to less than 3% in recent years. The government borrowed heavily against rising oil revenues in the previous decade, fueling social spending. When oil prices fell in 2014, Venezuela had minimal savings and no other buffer. The result has been a shortage of dollars … Continue reading In the news: Forbes thinks we should learn “lessons” from Venezuela
On January 23, 2019, something unusual happened next door. Well, let’s be honest, there’s always something not quite regular going on next door. But something particularly distinctive occurred. The leader of an opposition party and President of Venezuela’s National Assembly, … Continue reading When your neighbour has two presidents
It’s almost the end of January in the new year. Happy 2019! Apologies on 1) not writing in December and 2) taking so long to write this month. I won’t go into the details of good intentions lacking implementation but … Continue reading It’s never boring in Guyana
The Bank of Nova Scotia is leaving Guyana – and eight other countries in the Caribbean region. They are selling their banks to Trinidadian Republic Bank. They are heading to greener pastures apparently. I suppose they are not impressed by … Continue reading In the news: Scotiabank is leaving?
Good news for progress in the Caribbean! Yesterday, the Caribbean Court of Justice ruled that Section 153(1)(xlvii) of the Summary Jurisdiction (Offences) Act, which makes it a criminal offense for a man or woman to dress in clothing assigned (by whom, I … Continue reading In the news: The CCJ rules Guyana’s anti-cross dressing laws unconstitutional!
Last week, the Houston Chronicle reported on an interesting situation in America’s backyard: Almost 4,000 feet beneath the surface of the Atlantic Ocean, off the northern coastline of South America, Exxon Mobil is drilling one of the biggest oil discoveries … Continue reading In the news: Guyana’s Robert Ludlum treatment
Last week, iconic American political activist, Angela Davis, recalled reading How Europe Underdeveloped Africa and meeting Walter Rodney: I feel extremely privileged to have met Walter Rodney during my first trip to Africa in 1973. I mention this visit to Dar es … Continue reading In the news: Angela Davis on Walter Rodney’s brilliance
Big news this week: Guyana has surpassed all the other Caribbean countries for tourism growth in the first half of 2018. What! If you’re Guyanese and you bump into basically anyone in the world outside of the Caribbean, people are … Continue reading In the news: Watch out Caribbean! It’s happening.