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Venezuela: Protest Violence Escalates – Death Toll Nears 50

Venezuela Death Toll Nears 50 As Protest Violence Escalates

 –MAY 22, 2017


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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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

Caribbean Life News Updates – 12 May 2017

Caribbean Life News Updates – 12 May 2017  

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Guyanese in Schenectady thank coalition for consular services


City Council Member John Mootooveren, a Guyanese who immigrated to Schenectady, New York, with an influx of nationals seeking affording housing and opportunity, praised Guyana’s Coalition government for making it possible for the Guyana Consulate to conduct outreach programs where some 10,000 compatriots reside.

Guyana consul general reaches out to her nationals


Fresh from the success of serving almost 200 Guyanese citizens in Schenectady, New York during a second outreach program on April 22, Consul General of Guyana to New York, Hon. Barbara Atherly called on the community to reach out to the diplomatic office to schedule a community outreach in their area, at a recent Brooklyn program.

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Immigration: A toxic issue until Britain faces up to its colonial past- David Wearing

Immigration will remain a toxic issue until Britain faces up to its colonial past- David Wearing

Emmanuel Macron has condemned France’s behaviour in Algeria. Until Britain is similarly honest about its history, we will still think in terms of “us” and “them”.

Both Ukip and Theresa May trumpeted their anti-immigrant credentials yesterday, with fresh and not-so-fresh policies for the election. Hostility to foreigners is now an established theme in the UK’s political discourse, partly because it has deep cultural roots. But there may be something we can learn from Emmanuel Macron about how this problem can be addressed.    Continue reading

After BREXIT: English in the EU: Lingua franca – The Economist Magazine

English in the EU: Lingua franca 

…. Britain is leaving the EU, but its language will stay

The Economist Magazine – May 9, 2017

“Slowly but surely, English is losing importance,” quipped Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission, before switching to French to deliver a speech last week. In fact, EU enlargement has shifted the balance from French towards English. 97% of secondary-school students outside Britain study English; only 34% learn French and 23% German. Unlike Britain, English is here to stay, …..writes our language columnist <click

Caribbean Life News Updates – May 9, 2017

Caribbean Life News Updates – May 9, 2017

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Brooklyn artist creates vintage furniture from African textiles


Benga Akinnagbe is an American-born artist of Nigerian lineage, so it is not surprising that he sources some of the most beautiful prints from the continent of his ancestors, to fashion his Enitan Vintage furniture collection.

CRICKET: T&T Women win Regional Super50 title


Trinidad and Tobago Women cricketers have retained their Regional Super50 title when they defeated Barbados by 21 runs in the final at Arnos Vale Stadium in St. Vincent on Sunday, April 30.

Eusi Kwayana’s wife dies… An “irreplaceable loss”, says WPA

Eusi Kwayana’s wife dies… An “irreplaceable loss”, says WPA

Tchaiko Kwayana

Following is the Working People’s Alliance’s tribute to late Tchaiko Kwayana

The Working People’s Alliance (WPA) is deeply pained and saddened at the death of Sister Tchaiko Kawayana, who, after a struggle with cancer, departed the world of the living to join her ancestors on the morning of Saturday May 6th 2017 in the USA.

Sister Tchaiko was the wife of the dedicated, committed and outstanding patriot and Elder Statesman of Guyana, Brother Eusi Kwayana.    Continue reading

The bizarre business politics of the Jagdeo era – Freddie Kissoon

The bizarre business politics of the Jagdeo era

I read the other day that the NIS has seventy-six percent of the share-holding in the Berbice Bridge Company. When you square that with the fact that the very company was against the lowering of the fare, then it brings into sharp focus what kind of government Bharrat Jagdeo and Donald Ramotar ran.

If the majority of investment money in the construction of the bridge came from the State then the majority share-holder has a greater input in policy. You don’t have to be a business student to know this.    Continue reading

Over 200 persons blacklisted from leaving Guyana – SOCU

Over 200 persons blacklisted from leaving Guyana – SOCU

As the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) intensifies investigations into the 19 forensic audits that were referred to that entity, this newspaper has learnt that in excess of 200 persons have been blacklisted.

SOCU Headquarter at Camp and Cowan Streets

It means that those persons who have been identified by SOCU cannot leave Guyana through the lawful ports.

According to a government source, the list is being constantly updated as the crime unit delves deeper into suspected cases of money laundering and misuse of state funds by some officials.   Continue reading

Canada: The Failings and Trailings of Senator Don Meredith

Canada: The Failings and Trailings of Senator Don Meredith

By Yvonne Sam

Senator Don Meredith

The issue is not about making a moral judgment regarding extramarital sex, but instead of a Senator who crossed the line creating a power imbalance between himself and a besotted underage female.

In the Good Book John 8:7 pointedly states, “He that is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone.  Embattled Senator Don Meredith despite pleading for forgiveness for his moral failing following his inappropriate sexual relationship with a teenager, also recently discovered that based on the stones casted he was the solitary sinner. His open contrition was grossly insufficient in assuaging the Senate Ethics Committee who called for his expulsion.   Continue reading

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