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Commentary: Venezuela sinks further, dragging other countries with it

Commentary: Venezuela sinks further, dragging other countries with it

January 21, 2018 – By Youri Kemp

Venezuela is crumbling right before our very eyes. It’s sad that a once prosperous country — even under the tamest Bolivarian dramatics — is being reduced to rubble under what we can only call mismanagement at its highest level.

Since President Nicholas Maduro took office after quelling a mini-coup and massive dissent to his rule, coupled with ongoing civil unrest, there has been nothing but chaos, confusion, allegations of corruption, the suppression of news, assaults on the opposition and media and the repression of a proud people that deserve better.    Continue reading

Dysfunction in Washington – An Apprentice in the White House! – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Dysfunction in Washington – An Apprentice in the White House!

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

By Dr Dhanpaul Narine

You knock on his door…  And he kicks you from his Tower. You are not the right color.  But you don’t care. You cook, clean, scrub, babysit, Teach, and serve in uniforms.  You stand tall, dream big Break walls, and soar like an eagle. You too are America!

How about those other ‘S’ words?  We can start with savage, slavery and supremacists. Each word tells a story of inhumanity and the burden of nations trying to rid themselves of an embarrassing past.     Continue reading

The 100 best nonfiction books of all time:-By Robert McCrum  – The Guardian

The 100 best nonfiction books of all time: the full list

By Robert McCrum  – The Guardian

After two years of careful reading, moving backwards through time, Robert McCrum has concluded his selection of the 100 greatest nonfiction books. Take a quick look at five centuries of great writing.:

Composite for the 100 best nonfiction books of all time list

1. The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert (2014) 
An engrossing account of the looming catastrophe caused by ecology’s “neighbours from hell” – mankind.

2. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion (2005)
This steely and devastating examination of the author’s grief following the sudden death of her husband changed the nature of writing about bereavement.


U.G. Inaugural Entrepreneurship Conference – Guyana – May 20-22, 2018


80 Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) staffers fired last year in corruption clean-up

Corporate Coercion: Drive to Eliminate Cash – by Ralph Nader

Corporate Coercion and the Drive to Eliminate Buying with Cash

Once you’re in the credit card system, lack of privacy and access to your credit are just the tip of the iceberg.

by January 03, 2018 –

 “Sorry we’re not taking cash or checks,” said the clerk at the Fed Ex counter over a decade ago to an intern. “Only credit cards.

China set to move into US ‘backyard’ with national development plan for Grenada

China set to move into US ‘backyard’ with national development plan for Grenada

December 21, 2017 – By Caribbean News Now contributor

Grenada’s capital, St George’s. Photo: Wikimedia

ST GEORGE’S, Grenada — If the Grenadian government accepts a multibillion dollar plan, it would become the first in the world to opt for the wholesale adoption of a Chinese development blueprint – increasing Beijing’s influence in what is frequently described as ‘America’s backyard’.      Continue reading

Jamaica welcomes historic four-millionth visitor for 2017

Jamaica welcomes historic four-millionth visitor

Photo: Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett (L) greets the four-millionth visitor to the Jamaica in 2017, Jill Bell, who arrived at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay on December 15, 2017.   Photo: Garwin Davis

By Garwin Davis

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (JIS) — Jamaica’s tourism industry marked a historic milestone on Friday, welcoming the four-millionth visitor to the island in a single year.

In tandem with this achievement, the tourism sector is also poised to reach US$3 billion in earnings for the year.        Continue reading

The Story within the Story… When sugar becomes bitter – By Leonard Gildarie-

The Story within the Story… When sugar becomes bitter

Leonard Gildarie

By Leonard Gildarie

I grew up in a sugar-producing community – Enmore. I loved it. Although I moved away since the ‘80s, the connection was never severed. It is difficult to explain to someone what the idyllic life in such a community is all about, the sight of the fields of cane in the wind. There is something mysterious about it.

The smell of the Friday markets along with the faces of canecutters collecting their weekly wages all mingled with the role everyone played, including housewives, in getting their families out to school and work.    Continue reading

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

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