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The Roil in Oil – commentary

The Roil in Oil – commentary

Oil rigs

Oil rigs


Most Guyanese have been transfixed by the protests in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) that have already toppled two dictators and are threatening several others. But the sudden jump in our gas prices should have alerted us to another dimension in the crisis that has affected every other country in the world: the future of oil.

Whatever the outcome of the protests, uprisings and rebellions now sweeping the region, one thing is guaranteed: the world of oil will be permanently transformed. And oil, we should know by now, is what makes the world go around.
While coal literally fuelled the 19th century industrial revolution – powering factories, railroads and steamships – it was cheap oil that made the modern, globalised world possible from the turn of the 20th century. Continue reading

The Diaspora is a diminishing Phenomenon – By Hubert Williams


    By Hubert Williams

Boston, Massachusetts — Nostalgia is a constant repetition of a lived experience; so few children based outside of their parents’ home country and who have not really shared their parents’ past should be expected to feel as fervently as their parents do about the “homeland”… so, with each succeeding generation, I expect that the fervour about “our home” will be increasingly depleted, as will the flow of “remittances”, barrels and sundry packages which have helped considerably to sustain relatives during those parlous times in Guyana approaching the end of the last century… and even up to now.

What applies to Guyana is as well the experience of Barbados and other Commonwealth Caribbean countries where the human flow outwards followed Independence, burgeoning economic stringencies and social challenges – not the least of them being corruption, crime and violence.  Continue reading

The Innocence of Ground Zero – By Dmitri Allicock

Ground Zero

The Innocence of Ground Zero

By Dmitri Allicock

It seems only like yesterday but 13 years to date

Almost 3000 heroes indiscriminately killed by hate

Devils of terror armed with the Koran and robe

Attacking freedom with savagery around the globe

Striking within the soft heart of civilization so near

Attempting to spread their medieval dogma of fear

4 airliners hijacked, Twin Towers collapsing in a cloud Continue reading

As Caliphates Compete, Radical Islam Will Eventually Weaken – analysis

As Caliphates Compete, Radical Islam Will Eventually Weaken

Analysis  –  Print Text Size


The rise of the Islamic State will inspire other jihadist groups to claim their own caliphates and emirates. In the long run, the extremism of these contrived dominions and the competition among them will undermine the jihadist movement. However, before that happens, the world will witness much upheaval.


In a 52-minute video that surfaced   in late August, Abubakar Shekau, the head of Nigerian jihadist group Boko Haram, spoke of an Islamic State in northeastern Nigeria. The statement came two months after Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the chief of the transnational jihadist movement in Syria and Iraq, declared the re-establishment of the caliphate, renaming the group the Islamic State. Continue reading

US Immigration Services increase fees

US Immigration Services increase fees

US visaNews Americas, WASHINGTON, D.C., Mon. Sept. 1, 2014: U.S. visa applicants and immigrants may be forced to soon shell out more for immigration services according to a notice published by the Department of State in the Federal Register.

The amendment to the Schedule of Fees for Consular Services Schedule will temporarily take effect on September 6, 2014 for certain nonimmigrant visa application processing fees, certain immigrant visa application processing and special visa services fees, and certain citizenship services fees. Continue reading

Terrorism as Theater – By Robert D. Kaplan

Terrorism as Theater

Global affairs - KaplanWednesday, August 27, 2014 – Stratfor

By Robert D. Kaplan

The beheading of American journalist James Foley by the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq was much more than an altogether gruesome and tragic affair: rather, it was a very sophisticated and professional film production deliberately punctuated with powerful symbols. Foley was dressed in an orange jumpsuit reminiscent of the Muslim prisoners held by the United States at Guantanamo Bay. He made his confession forcefully, as if well rehearsed. His executioner, masked and clad in black, made an equally long statement in a calm, British accent, again, as if rehearsed. It was as if the killing was secondary to the message being sent.

The killing, in other words, became merely the requirement to send the message. As experts have told me, there are more painful ways to dispatch someone if you really hate the victim and want him to suffer. You can burn him alive. You can torture him. But beheading, on the other hand, causes the victim to lose consciousness within seconds once a major artery is cut in the neck, experts say. Continue reading

The Smallness of Being in Economy Class

The Smallness of Being in Economy Class

FROMA HARROP -NATIONOFCHANGE / OP-ED Published: – 27 August 2014  
Economy Class

Economy Class

Wall Street actually rewards airlines that put the most passengers into the smallest areas. The fight for space on airplanes has gotten so bad it has led to physical altercations between passengers!
Americans are in the dumps about their future. What does that have to do with legroom in economy class? Everything.

The middle class sees its stature shrinking in the global pecking order and in a culture that favors money over well-being. There can be no better example for this than the indignities of flying economy.

Surely, you heard the story about the United Airlines flight from Newark to Denver that was diverted to Chicago after two passengers got into a fight over legroom.  Continue reading

Will Caribbean Americans Finally be able to self-Identify on US Census Forms?

Will Caribbean Americans Finally be able to self-Identify on US Census Forms?

Celebs. with Caribbean-roots.

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. August 22, 2014: After a battle waged since 2008, the United States government may finally be prepared to recognize Caribbean immigrants and Caribbean Americans in the United States as what they are – a district identity group within the American society.

If the recommendation made by the National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Other Populations (NAC)  to the U.S. Census Bureau is accepted , Caribbean men women and children will no longer look at the Census form to find themselves invisible, and forced to choose from a list of racial and ethnic choices that are do not accurately identify them. Continue reading

In Iraq, the United States and Iran Align Against the Islamic State

 U.S. President Barack Obama (L), newly elected Iraqi prime minister-designate Haider al-Abadi (C) and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. (WIN MCNAMEE/Getty Images, STR/AFP/Getty Images, ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. President Barack Obama (L), newly elected Iraqi prime minister-designate Haider al-Abadi (C) and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. (WIN MCNAMEE/Getty Images, STR/AFP/Getty Images, ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)

In Iraq, the United States and Iran Align Against the Islamic State

Analysis  August 20, 2014 | 0419 STRATFOR

Summary:  Since June, a great deal of international focus has been on Iraq, where the transnational jihadist movement Islamic State took over large swaths of the country’s Sunni-majority areas and declared the re-establishment of the caliphate. Despite the global attention on the country, especially given U.S. military operations against the Islamic State, U.S.-Iranian cooperation against the jihadist group — a significant dynamic — has gone largely unnoticed.  Continue reading

Melissa Harris-Perry’s Searing Tribute To Black Men Killed By Police – video

Melissa Harris-Perry’s Searing Tribute To Black Men Killed By Police


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