Category Archives: International News

The danger in what others wish for in Venezuela – By David Jessop

The View from Europe: The danger in what others wish for in Venezuela

David Jessop

February 16, 2018 – By David Jessop

A few days ago, the International Energy Agency reported that oil production in the US was undergoing extraordinary growth. The OECD-related body for net importers of oil said that the increase meant that US “production could equal global demand growth” largely because of its rapidly expanding shale output. This meant that US production would probably reach 11 million bpd by late 2018, outstripping Saudi Arabia and offsetting OPEC-led supply cuts aimed at increasing energy prices.      Continue reading

Violence in America – By Hubert  Williams (written in July 2012)

Violence in America

By Hubert  Williams (written in July 2012)

In 2016, The US had over 300 million guns – nearly one for every member of the population

Boston, Massachusetts, July 27, 2012 – – Every time some idiot takes a weapon(s), which the United States Constitution gives him the legal right to have, and murders people he has never met, this nation rises up in remorse, but then settles back comfortably to await the next appalling repetition.

From the way the public speaks, the possession of deadly weapons is a prerogative many Americans treasure.   Continue reading

HAITI: Caribbean Dignity Unbowed – By Professor Sir Hilary Beckles (UWI)

HAITI: Caribbean Dignity Unbowed

University of the West Indies (UWI)

The following statement is issued by the Vice-Chancellor of The University of the West Indies, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles.

The democratic, nation-building debt the American nation owes the Caribbean, and the Haitian nation in particular that resides at its core, is not expected to be repaid but must be respected. Any nation without a nominal notion of its own making can never comprehend the forces that fashion its origins.

Haiti’s Caribbean vision illuminated America’s way out of its colonial darkness. This is the debt President Trump’s America owes Toussaint L’Ouverture’s Haiti. It’s a debt of philosophical clarity and political maturity. It’s a debt of how to rise to its best human potential. It’s a debt of exposure to higher standards. Haiti is really America’s Statue of Liberty.

The President’s truth making troops might not know, and probably care little for the fact that Haitian people were first in this modern world to build a nation completely free of the human scourge of slavery and native genocide.     Continue reading

Why Public Transportation Sucks in the US – Video

Why Public Transportation Sucks in the US – Video

 

Why Black History – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Why Black History – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

February – Black History Month February, teachers go into their rehearsed routine. They bring out the books from a year ago, dust them Black History is American history. It is rich, extensive, and powerful but it is confined to the shortest month of the year. Each and stack them on their desks. Since it is February they will teach ‘Black History.’

Why this has to be a yearly event is not clear since Black History is all around us. We breathe it and live it all the time. The reality is that every day is Black History day and no month or specific days should be set aside for teaching it. Recently, a number of prominent Blacks have argued that the setting aside of a month for black studies is unnecessary. They say it is un-American.

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TORONTO: Factories are desperate for skilled workers

The shortage of skilled workers in Canada’s industrial sector is reaching a new intensity, with many factory owners saying the lack of talent is hindering the growth of their companies.

“It’s getting worse every year,” says Doug Kamphuys at Ellesmere Fabricators Ltd., a custom steel fabricator that makes massive smokestacks and other metalwork for hospitals and waste-water treatment plants.

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They thought they were white – DNA tests showed otherwise

They considered themselves white,: DNA tests told a more complex story

By Tara Bahrampour February 6, 2018 – Washington Post

As more Americans take advantage of genetic testing to pinpoint the makeup of their DNA, the technology is coming head to head with the country’s deep-rooted obsession with race and racial myths. This is perhaps no more true than for the growing number of self-identified European Americans who learn they are actually part African.

For those who are surprised by their genetic heritage, the new information can often set into motion a complicated recalibration of how they view their identity.

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America First Actually Means China First – by Dilip Hiro, Tomgram

America First Actually Means China First – Tomgram: Dilip Hiro

China: President Xi’ Jinping

He took a remarkable star turn at Davos — and, no, I don’t mean President Trump.  I was thinking about Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2017, when he claimed the title of globalist-in-chief in a highly praised speech to the world’s assembled CEOs and plutocrats.  He was then promoting a “community of shared future for mankind” versus you-know-who’s America First policies!  In the process, he won admirers galore.    Continue reading

 The US Presidents Meet Queen Elizabeth II … since 6 February 1952 – Photos

The US Presidents Meet Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II

Today marks the 56th year since Elizabeth II became Queen.

Elizabeth II – BornApril 21, 1926,  has been Queen of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand since 6 February 1952. Additionally, she is Head of the Commonwealth and queen of 12 countries that have become independent since her accession.

Are you a little shocked by the pictures when it penetrates your brain as to how long she’s been around. She gives new meaning to the phrase “Long Live the Queen”.
In all, she has met 11 US Presidents, starting with Truman and ending with Obama.
The 12th will be President Trump when he makes his first official visit to London.
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WHO  ARE  WE ? – REPARATION  FOR  WHOM? – By Hubert Williams

WHO  ARE  WE ? – REPARATION  FOR  WHOM? – By Hubert Williams         

My poem “WHO  ARE  WE?” was penned  years before the Stabroek News editorial’s headline,  but its focus is overwhelmingly on reparation.

I have re-typed the original of this piece and also changed a line to refer to Obama’s presidency. There is now increasing talk about reparation, and I saw in the Barbados Sunday Sun newspaper that UWI’s Sir Hillary Beckles will be lecturing on the subject this Thursday 08 February 2018, in Barbados.    ( SEE info on The Caribbean Reparation Commission at end) Continue reading

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