Category Archives: Emigration/Immigration

The Netherlands: Moving away from Globalization – By Afshin Molavi

The Netherlands was once a liberal force for globalization. Has the country lost its way?

By Afshin Molavi Global Opinions  – March 12 at 8:08 AM

Photo: Geert Wilders, leader of the Party for Freedom, in Schiphol, Netherlands, last year. (Michael Kooren/Reuters)

AMSTERDAM — Tucked away in a side street across from a hip clothing store, a Surinamese restaurant and a marijuana shop selling bongs and cannabis-infused tea, a monument to our global, interconnected economy and our modern way of life is largely ignored by passing tourists, students and locals. It’s no exaggeration to say that modern market capitalism was born on this spot on this month, exactly 415 years ago, when a trading company known as the Verenigde Oostindische Compagnie — the United East India Company — was born.      Continue reading

Guyana: The opposition miscalculations will hurt its visions – by GHK Lall

Eye on the Issues: The opposition miscalculations will hurt its visions

by GHK Lall – in Demerara Waves – March 12, 2017

The happenings at that recent commemoration event at Babu John made me sit up and take notice.  When I place those developments in Berbice next to the results from the Congress in Essequibo, it becomes clear that the opposition made a terrible miscalculation; in fact, several huge miscalculations for which there will be reckoning.

First, and taking the easy part early, it is widely known that the choice (“election”) for top dog seriously rankles many near and far, and within the party, too.  That was ignored and dismissed as negligible in the grand scheme of numbers and the keys it holds for electoral success.     Continue reading

Trump Has Emboldened ICE Agents At All Borders To Terrorize Us All – commentary

Trump Has Emboldened ICE Agents At All Borders To Terrorize Us All

Published on Mar 10 2017, at 3:53 am- News Americas Now

US-ICE-agents-2017By Felicia J. Persaud

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Mar. 10, 2017: It was John Dalberg-Acton who wrote: “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

With executive orders issued last month, and the new ban on Monday, March 6, 2017, Donald Trump has given ICE agents a new reckless power to not just round up and deport but denying entry for visitors with valid visas while even questioning the religion of US citizens.     Continue reading

Trump’s Immigration Order Creates Fear – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Trump’s Immigration Order Creates Fear

By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

You can see the fear in the eyes of the people. It was a pleasant day in South-East Queens but Liberty Avenue looked like a barren desert.  Normally, this strip with its business would attract hundreds but today the people were taking no chances. The mere mention of the word ICE was enough to drive people in the underground.

The man from the barbershop complained of poor business; the roti shops were empty and those West Indian stores stopped playing the music. What’s the point, they argued? People were not buying. They were staying home. But it’s not only about business.    Continue reading

Refugees fleeing the U.S. to Canada could become a deluge in the spring

The trickle of refugees fleeing the U.S. to Canada could become a deluge in the spring

By Alan Freeman February 23 at 3:00 AM – Washington Post

refugees-in-canadaPhoto: Members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police help a family from Somalia on Feb. 17, 2017 along the U.S.-Canada border near Hemmingford, Quebec. (The Canadian Press/AP)

OTTAWA — As desperate asylum seekers continue to flee the Trump administration’s immigration crackdown by crossing into Canada, concern is growing here over whether the country will be able to cope if the number of migrants keeps growing.    Continue reading

US Implements ‘Hyper-Aggressive Mass Deportation Policy’

Trump Administration Issues How-To for ‘Hyper-Aggressive Mass Deportation Policy’

us-dhs-logoNew Homeland Security guidelines constitute a sweeping rewrite of Obama-era policies on immigration

by Lauren McCauley, staff writer – Tuesday, February 21, 2017 by Common Dreams

The Trump administration on Tuesday issued new guidelines that constitute a “sweeping rewrite” of Obama-era policies on immigration, greatly expanding the number of individuals that can be forcibly deported and further emboldening the current crackdown.

The memoranda on implementation (pdf) and enforcement (pdf) of President Donald Trump’s recent executive orders on immigration, which were dated Monday February 20, 2017, and published by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), were leaked to news agencies over the holiday weekend and sparked wide concern among immigrants and civil liberties organizations.     Continue reading

Why ‘Hidden Figures’ Is Alarmingly Relevant to the Black experience in present-day USA

Why ‘Hidden Figures’ Is So Alarmingly Relevant

coloredEven though it’s set in the 1960s, ‘Hidden Figures’ represents the Black experience in present-day USA.

 Uri Klein – Haaretz

 “Hidden Figures,” the second feature (after “St. Vincent,” 2014) by Theodore Melfi, is a lesson in American history that’s intended for the whole family. It’s set in the most significant decade of U.S.A. history, in the second half of the 20th century – the 1960s. Other films that take place in that decade deal grimly with the blacks’ struggle for civil rights and equality.

By contrast, “Hidden Figures,” though not omitting any part of the ugly treatment meted out to the “coloured,” as they were then called, presents its true story almost as a fairy tale that inevitably leads to victory.  Continue reading

Trump Divides and Rules – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Trump Divides and Rules – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Opinion - commentary -analysisimagesWhy protest? You can sit and do nothing. They will gradually chip away at your rights while you are busy with other things. Then one day you will wake up to find that the liberties you took for granted are gone, and never to be replaced.

You make some token noises but no one really listens. It is too late. The alternative is to peacefully rise up and let your voice join in a crescendo that advocates for change. The tone in Washington is ugly, incorrect and poisonous and looks likely to get worse. The voices for change are needed more than ever before.   Continue reading

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Caribbean nationals urged to take care when travelling to the US

Caribbean nationals urged to take care when travelling to the US

MIAMI, Feb 12 2017 – A Florida immigration attorney, Dahlia Walker-Huntington, is warning Caribbean nationals with green cards who have been charged with a crime in the United States to postpone overseas travel.

In spite of a ruling from a federal court stopping the Trump Administration’s executive order banning travellers from seven predominately Muslim nations, Caribbean nationals living in the US are nervous. The attorney spoke at recent immigration forum at Holy Family Episcopal Church in Miami Gardens, Florida, and stated that non-US citizens are still exposed to the ban’s negative implications.      Continue reading

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