Category Archives: International News

HOW COME – By Dave Martins + music video

HOW COME – By Dave Martins  – Credits Stabroek News.

Dave Martins

One of the things I’ve noticed about people in the arts field – writers, painters, architects, etc – is that they are unconventional thinkers so that although they are people who obviously operate vertically, they are also observers, in an almost horizontal manner, of mankind.  An example of this is that I have noticed that often completely engrossed in some creative project, I will suddenly be caught by a completely extraneous thought that has no relation to my project.  Most of these wanderings are usually brief but I will often find myself left with the “how come” question still nagging me. (I may have gone down this road before, but new “how come” examples keep popping up.)     Continue reading

Venezuela: Protest Violence Escalates – Death Toll Nears 50

Venezuela Death Toll Nears 50 As Protest Violence Escalates

 –MAY 22, 2017

PROTESTS IN VENEZUELA CONTINUE. (PHOTO CREDIT: TWITTER/HENRIQUE CAPRILES)

CARACAS, Venezuela, Monday May 22, 2017 – A 23-year-old man died from a gunshot wound to the chest on Saturday, raising to 48 the number of people known to have been killed in seven weeks of protests against Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro.

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Annual Health Education Family Funday – Brooklyn. NY. – July 22, 2017

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Cabinet finalizing Diaspora Engagement Action Plan – Harmon

Cabinet Committee finalizing Diaspora Engagement Action Plan—Harmon
Posted by: Gary Eleazar – Demerara Waves – News May 22, 2017

Minister of State Joseph Harmon Monday (May 22, 2017) made the announcement as he addressed the opening ceremony of a one-week confab at the Guyana Pegasus aimed at facilitating a 10-man investment team from the diaspora currently in Guyana.

The ‘Go See Visit’ initiative was organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).      Continue reading

Israel: Parliamentary Riffraff – Uri Avnery

Parliamentary Riffraff 

Uri Avnery

WHEN I first entered the Knesset, I was shocked by the low standard of its debates. Speeches were full of clichés, platitudes and party slogans, the intellectual content was almost nil.

That was 52 years ago. Among the members were David Ben-Gurion, Menachem Begin, Levi Eshkol and several others of their kind.

Today, looking back, that Knesset looks like an Olympus, compared to the present composition of that non-august body.

AN INTELLIGENT debate in today’s Knesset would be as out of place as a Pater Noster [Our Father] in a Synagogue.    Continue reading

Rouhani’s Victory is Good News for Iran, but Bad News for Trump and his Sunni Allies

Rouhani’s Victory is Good News for Iran, but Bad News for Trump and his Sunni Allies

The Saudis will be appalled that a (comparatively) reasonable Iranian has won a (comparatively) free election that almost none of the 50 dictators gathering to meet Trump in Riyadh would ever dare to hold

Robert Fisk | Independent UK

So it’s a good win for the Iranian regime – and its enormous population of young people – and a bad win for Trump’s regime, which would far rather have had an ex-judicial killer as Iranian president so that Americans would find it easy to hate him. Maybe Hassan Rouhani’s final-week assault on his grim rival candidate and his supporters – “those whose main decisions have only been executions and imprisonment over the past 38 years” – paid off. Who among Iran’s under 25s, more than 40 per cent of the population, would have wanted to vote for Ebrahim Raisi whose hands had touched the execution certificates of up to 8,000 political prisoners in 1988?    Continue reading

Bubble bath- The end of Canada’s housing boom?

Bubble bath- The end of Canada’s housing boom?

American protectionism is not the only threat to the economy

What Makes A Country Happy – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine – commentary

What Makes A Country Happy – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

The images from Syria are horrible.

Why would a ruler want to use chemical weapons against his own people? There are many tragic scenes that tug at the heart but one man holding his dead twin daughters will forever be seared in the memory.

While the world waited for Trump’s response the usual blame game and denials surfaced. The fact is that Syria is one of the unhappiest places on earth. But it is not alone.

It is followed by Afghanistan, Burundi and Togo in the latest World happiness Report.  Continue reading

China’s Xi lays out $900bn Silk Road vision amid claims of empire-building

China’s Xi lays out $900bn Silk Road vision amid claims of empire-building

Global leaders attend ‘Belt and Road’ infrastructure summit to praise plan Xi Jinping says will bring a new ‘golden age’ of globalisation

PHOTO: A Chinese flag flies over Tashkurgan, a tranquil frontier town on China’s border with Pakistan, which is bracing for change as President Xi Jinping kicks off what some call the most ambitious development plan in history, the ‘Belt and Road initiative. Photograph: Tom Phillips for the Guardian.

Why Namibian chiefs are taking Germany to court – The Economist explains

Why Namibian chiefs are taking Germany to court

The Herero and Nama peoples are seeking reparations for the 20th century’s first genocide

IN 1904 the Herero people of modern-day Namibia rose up against German colonists, who had seized and settled much of their land. The response of the German army, imbued with racist ideology, was to annihilate them. “Within the German borders every Herero, with or without a gun, with or without cattle, will be shot,” ordered General Lothar von Trotha, its commander. Some Herero died at the hands of Trotha’s soldiers; many more perished after being pushed into the desert or herded into concentration camps.    Continue reading

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