Daily Archives: October 14, 2012

Brad Pitt blasts U.S. ‘War on Drugs,’ calls for policy rethink

Brad Pitt blasts U.S. ‘War on Drugs,’ calls for policy rethink

Stabroek editor On October 13, 2012 – LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) –

Brad Pitt has thrown his weight behind a documentary that blasts America’s 40-year war on drugs as a failure, calling policies that imprison huge numbers of drug-users a “charade” in urgent need of a rethink.

The Hollywood actor came aboard recently as an executive producer of filmmaker Eugene Jarecki’s “The House I Live In,” which won the Grand Jury Prize in January at the Sundance Film Festival. The film opened in wide release in the United States on Friday.

Ahead of a Los Angeles screening, Pitt and Jarecki spoke passionately about the “War on Drugs” which, according to the documentary, has cost more than $1 trillion and accounted for over 45 million arrests since 1971, and which preys largely on poor and minority communities.          Continue reading

Mr Chávez’s victory – commentary

Mr Chávez’s victory

Posted By Stabroek staff On October 12, 2012

So, President Hugo Chávez has been re-elected with a healthy 55 percent of the popular vote, though by a slimmer margin of victory than in the 2006 election – 10 percentage points as opposed to 26. The vanquished Henrique Capriles and his coalition of opposition parties, understandably distraught at the result in light of their pre-election optimism, have accepted the loss although there is considerable grumbling about the huge advantages enjoyed by the incumbent and the high degree of “induced” voting.

Apparently, with some 80 percent of the population voting, the number of people declining to exercise their franchise was smaller than calculated by the opposition’s strategists and than estimated by pollsters who had allowed for a 25 percent abstention. It will be recalled that in the December 2007 referendum, which Mr Chávez lost, there was a 44 percent abstention rate.     Continue reading

Opposition’s performance in Parliament disappointing

Opposition’s performance in Parliament disappointing – says Christopher Ram

OCTOBER 10, 2012 |Kaieteur News  – tabled only 1 of 21 bills –

                                   Chartered Accountant Christopher Ram

The performance of the Opposition in the National Assembly is coming under fire, with questions being asked whether it was necessary for a nine-week break. The recess ends today and the Parliament is set to reconvene later this month.

According to financial commentator, Christopher Ram, the work by the Alliance For Change (AFC) and the 10-party coalition A Partnership For National Unity (APNU) during the first session of the 10th Parliament left much to be desired.  Continue reading

From a Semi-Lingual to a Bilingual Jamaica

Talking Tongue(s)

 

The Honorable Minister of Education is reported in the Daily Gleaner of 22nd August, 2012, as lamenting the fact that in the CSEC English A Examination of June, 2012, Jamaican students fell woefully short in critically assessing a passage.  He suggests that too much emphasis has been placed in the education system on memorisation.. Correspondingly, he feels, too little attention has been given to the higher forms of intellectual activity, analysis and critical thinking. When one has difficulty understanding and processing information, one memorises it. In the Jamaican situation, what stands in the way of understanding and processing knowledge and information presented in English is the language barrier.  Most Jamaicans, be they adults or children, are native speakers of Jamaican, a Creole language with a grammatical structure which is quite distinct from English.

 

In recent day, a wide range of voices, from the Principal of Campion…

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Cricket: Shivnarine Chanderpaul Interview

Some readers who have seen this interview on the original blog, have already said that it is one of the best interviews  by Shivnarine Chanderpaul that they have ever read.

Interview with Shivnarine Chanderpaul:

TMC Editor Nikhil Puri recently had the opportunity to catch up with Shiv Chanderpaul here in New York, who was travelling on his way to South Africa for the Champions League T20 tournament. In Part 1 of the interview, Chanderpaul talks about the most difficult bowlers he has faced, characters in the West Indies dressing room, and some of his peers…             Continue reading

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