Category Archives: USA Politics and Economy

Five Million Down.. Another 6.5 Million More To Go

Five Million Down.. Another 6.5 Million More To Go

By Felicia J. Persaud

Obama - Immigration announcementPhoto: President Obama announces executive action on immigration from the East Room of the White House on Nov. 20, 2014.

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Nov. 21, 2014: One hundred and two open letters to President Barack Obama, undocumented youth risking arrest and deportation each time they occupied offices of members of Congress; parents who participated in direct actions and sit-ins in front of the White House; countless immigrant activists, and organizations rallying the President and Democrats, all came down to Thursday night, November 20th, and excitement over the long overdue and much publicized executive immigration action announcement.

For some five million undocumented immigrants in the U.S., Thanksgiving came early. It now means an opportunity to apply for a work permit and travel documents and step out of the so-called shadows and into the light.  Continue reading

INTERESTING MAPS – very enlightening


1. This map shows the world divided into 7 sections (each with a distinct color) with each section containing 1 billion people.

New York mayor signs bills that “drastically limit” deportation of Caribbean immigrants

New York mayor signs bills that “drastically limit” deportation of Caribbean immigrants


NYC Mayor Bill deBlasio

NEW YORK, United States, Sunday November 16, 2014, CMC – With United States President Barack Obama vowing to proceed on immigration reform by executive order, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday signed two bills that would drastically limit the federal government’s ability to deport undocumented Caribbean and other immigrants from New York City.

Under one of the new laws, the city will, in many cases, refuse to hand over immigrants in the criminal justice system to federal agents, according to the New York Daily News. Continue reading

Obama Plan May Allow Millions of Immigrants to Stay and Work in U.S.

immigration pix
A demonstration in front of the White House last  week in support of broad changes in immigration enforcement. Credit Jabin Botsford/The New York Times

Obama Plan May Allow Millions of Immigrants to Stay and Work in U.S.

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Victoria, BC Canada marketer’s letter about Obama goes viral

Victoria, BC Canada marketer’s letter about Obama goes viral

When Richard Brunt wrote a letter to the editor in the Detroit Free Press about the American midterms, he never expected its reach.

Richard Brunt's letter to the Detroit Free Press has made him an accidental viral celebrity.

Richard Brunt

Richard Brunt‘s letter to the Detroit Free Press has made him an accidental viral celebrity.

When an online marketer in Victoria, B.C. decided to pen a letter to the editor of the Detroit Free Press, he never expected to find his face on the cover of his local paper two days later.  And yet, there it is, Richard Brunt’s smiling photo staring back at the world.

Brunt’s letter, which appeared in the Detroit Free Press on Nov. 10, has been reprinted in media across North America, and reached as far as a group of Democrats in Texas, which is using the letter as advertising material (with his okay).   Continue reading

Venezuela’s economic problems get worse as oil prices drop

Venezuela’s economic problems likely to get worse
Published on November 3, 2014 - By Caribbean News Now contributor
President Nicolas Maduro

President Nicolas Maduro

CARACAS, Venezuela — With Goldman Sachs forecasting that US oil prices will drop by 10 percent next year from current levels, Venezuela’s already dire economic straits seem likely to get worse before they get better.

According to Paul Shortell, a Latin America analyst from the Inter-American Dialogue, writing in the World Politics Review, “With crude oil prices down 25 percent since June and holding at roughly $86 a barrel, Venezuela is getting nervous. Lower prices will put greater strain on Venezuela’s oil-reliant economy as its government struggles with growing macroeconomic imbalances.”

Oil accounts for 95 percent of Venezuela’s exports and nearly half of the government’s revenue. However, two-tier foreign exchange policies and rates implemented by former president Hugo Chavez are causing huge problems for firms doing business in or with Venezuela. Multinational manufacturers have closed down operations and most foreign air carriers have reduced or suspended flights to the country.  Continue reading

The Global Drop in Oil Prices: Part 1 – Geopolitical consequences

Lower Oil Prices Carry Geopolitical Consequences

November 3, 2014 | Analysis by STRATFOR

The Global Drop in Oil Prices - Part 1Summary

Editor’s Note: The recent drop in global oil prices is affecting economies around the world. This series examines the reasons behind the falling prices and their effects on major energy consumers and producers. Part One discusses the structural changes in the oil market, particularly the growth in supply and the decline in demand.

Part Two will examine the countries likely to be most troubled by price drops, while Part Three will look at the countries likely to gain the most.

Since mid-June, the price of Brent crude oil has fallen by nearly 25 percent — going from a high of $115 to about $87 a barrel — and structural factors are causing concern among global oil producers that oil prices will remain near current levels through at least the end of 2015. This concern has caused several investment banks to slash their oil price outlooks for the immediate future. Stratfor believes that oil supplies will stay high as energy production in North America increases and OPEC countries remain hesitant or unable to cut production significantly. Moreover, in the short term, the Chinese economic slowdown and stagnant European economy will limit the potential for growth in oil demand. These factors could make it harder for global oil prices to rebound to their previous levels.   Continue reading

Americans Are Working So Hard It’s Actually Killing People

Americans Are Working So Hard It’s Actually Killing People

Saturday, 01 November 2014 10:07By Esther Kaplan, The Nation | News Analysis

Hospital staff

(Image: Hospital staff via Shutterstock)

Jessica Wheeler works the night shift as an oncology nurse at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital in northeastern Pennsylvania—but her patients are usually wide awake. “When they have a new cancer diagnosis or they’re going to have a biopsy in the morning, they don’t sleep,” says the 25-year-old Wheeler (which is not her real name). “They’re scared.”

Other patients are in their final hours of life, surrounded by grieving family. What she wants is to be there to comfort them, to talk them through those difficult hours, to hold their hands and attend to their pain. But, mostly, she can’t.

According to hospital policy, night nurses on her floor should care for no more than six and a half patients, but they typically have ten. When things go bad with one or two, the floor quickly tips into chaos. Continue reading

Five Things That Will Kill More Americans Than Ebola – commentary

 Five Things That Will Kill More Americans Than Ebola

Media is blowing Ebola out of proportion. First world countries like the U.S. can handle the virus. More immediate concerns are lack of gun control, smoking, Obamacare, coal, and obesity.

The odd hysteria about ebola is being driven more by a media frenzy than the actual public health risks.  Ebola is not the sort of disease that is likely to turn into a pandemic, becoming really wide spread.  It is too hard to contract (it doesn’t spread by infected persons just breathing on others) and kills too many of its victims (diseases don’t survive well if neither do their hosts).  Moreover, countries that are relatively well-governed, with good public health systems are not at high risk from this sort of disease.

Even Senegal and Nigeria in West Africa have dealt with small outbreaks professionally and right now have no ebola cases, in contrast to countries ravaged by years of civil war like Sierra Leone and Liberia (wars, by the way, in which former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi played a major and cynical role). Continue reading

Seven Bad Endings to the Wars in the Middle East – By Peter Van Buren

Peter Van Buren, Seven Bad Endings to the New War in the Middle East

middle east mapIt was May 23, 2012, and President Obama was giving a graduation speech at the Air Force Academy when he told the assembled cadets that they should “never bet against the United States of America… [because] the United States has been, and will always be, the one indispensable nation in world affairs.”  On that basis, he suggested, the twenty-first century, like the twentieth, would be an American one.  Then, on October 23, 2012, in the final presidential debate with Mitt Romney, he reiterated the point, saying: “America remains the one indispensable nation, and the world needs a strong America, and it is stronger now than when I came into office.”

That phrase, “the indispensable nation,” is of relatively recent coinage, but it is now seemingly an indispensable word for any American politician and so it’s not surprising that the president continues to cling tightly to it.  On May 28, 2014, for instance, giving another commencement speech, this time at West Point, he once again went for that indispensable rhetorical jugular. Continue reading


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