Category Archives: Commentary

Donald Trump and Jerusalem: ‘I Don’t See Potential Upsides’ – Richard Haass

Donald Trump and Jerusalem: ‘I Don’t See Potential Upsides’

Richard Haass, 66, is a former U.S. diplomat and current director of the Council on Foreign Relations. He says that the timing of President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the true capital of Israel is troubling and potentially dangerous.

Interview Conducted by Samiha Shafy | Der Spiegel

DER  SPIEGEL: U.S. President Donald Trump has been heavily criticized for his recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and decision to move the U.S.A. Embassy to the city. The United Nations, Arab leaders and even the Pope are opposed to the move. Why is it so controversial, and so significant?      Continue reading

Miss Universe 2017 – Second Runner-Up – 10 Things To Know About Miss Jamaica

From Wildcard To Second Runner-Up – 10 Things To Know About Miss Jamaica Universe 2017

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Miss Jamaica 2017 Davina Bennett competing in the evening gown competition during the 2017 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on November 26, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

News Americas, MIAMI, FL, Mon. Nov. 27, 2017: Miss Jamaica Universe 2017, Davina Bennett, on Sunday night stormed her way from wild card pick to second-runner up in the 2017 Miss Universe pageant that concluded in Las Vegas. She was bested only by Miss Colombia and Miss South Africa, who was crowned Miss Universe 2017 much to the thrill of Jamaicans globally and even Steve Harvey who called her inclusion in the top 16 wild card pick, a moment akin to Usain Bolt winning gold multiple times. Here are 10 things to know about this Caribbean beauty:   Continue reading

GCA -Guyana Cultural Association NY – E- Magazine – December 2017


Taxation, Economic Globalization and the Caribbean – By David Jessop

Commentary: The View from Europe: Taxation, economic globalisation and the Caribbean
By David Jessop

David Jessop

No one likes to pay taxes. Despite this, there is widespread recognition that their imposition is necessary if citizens are to be provided with social services such as education, health care and pensions.

For most Caribbean countries taxation is problematic. Small populations, relatively low levels of economic activity, high levels of debt, weak administration, and severe and costly challenges, such as that posed by climate change, mean that the domestic tax base in much of the region is unlikely ever to cover the cost of all recurrent and capital expenditure.      Continue reading

My UG Convocation address – Part 3 of 3 – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

My UG Convocation address – Part 3 of 3

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

This is the third and final part of my University of Guyana Convocation Address.

I looked at the wall of past students on my first day and there he was: JFK was smiling at me. I knew I was in the right place! Follow your dreams, don’t let anyone deter you. You have more power and light within you than you realize. Miracles do happen; have faith. Here are four miracles that happened to me through faith: I paddled for days in the jungle to get to a tiny airstrip. When I reached Georgetown I had only two days to prepare for the flight to London.     Continue reading

T’is the season to be grateful and $ensible – By Yvonne Sam

T’is the season to be grateful and $ensible.

By Yvonne Sam

We need to recall the joys of Christmases because of the celebration of life, family and community, not Xmas trees, shop-till- you-drop sprees and gargantuan feasts. 

Yes, right after Halloween the buildup and conversion began, with tinsel and glitter replacing masks and costumes, and store circulars becoming much thicker due to longer advertising inserts. Buy! Buy! Buy! The recommendations are almost hypnotic. Merchants have become far more aggressive in trying to separate consumers from their dollars, as humans once again endeavor to bring to mind the reason for the season.      Continue reading

Author Martin Jacques discusses China & global issues – 2 videos

Author Martin Jacques discusses China & global issues Pt 1

CGTN America  –  Published on Oct 19, 2017

Martin Jacques has never been shy about sharing his views, whether as a columnist or editor of various publications, or as co-founder of this own think tank. And he’s no stranger to academia as well. A sought after lecturer, he’s currently a Senior Fellow at Cambridge University and a Visiting Professor at Fudan and Tsinghua Universities in China.

His book – “When China Rules the World: The End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order” is now in its second edition.


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Guyana Institute of Historical Research (GIHR)- 2017 Christmas Edition Newsletter

Download: GIHR News 2017 Christmas edition

My DNA Results: AncestryDNA vs 23andMe… & thoughts about the slave trade

My DNA Results: AncestryDNA vs 23andMe… & thoughts about the slave trade

JeffRowan10s  – Published on May 16, 2017
A deep dive into 400 years of my ancestry, as measured by AncestryDNA and 23andME. How well does my “family narrative” hold up against the latest DNA technology? Plus, reflections on the slave trade.
For those who have asked, my haplogroups are: Maternal: L3b Paternal: R-U152
I never watch long ancestry DNA videos, I skip through until I see the results; but this was so interesting that I wanted to watch the whole thing! Great work!

Guyana: The youths should think ‘outside the box’ – By Stanley Ming

The youths should think ‘outside the box’ – By Stanley Ming

Stanley Ming

Businessman, Stanley Ming, at a recent graduation ceremony, stressed the importance of youths in Guyana “thinking outside the box” so as to become entrepreneurs.

Thinking outside the box, according to Stanley Ming, Ming, the Chief Executive Officer of Mings Products and Services Limited, is actually about finding the ‘unobvious’ solutions to a problem. This, he said, will help to save money and time.
Ming spoke of his personal experience in his business and how thinking of his own solutions helped him to save time and money.     Continue reading

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