Category Archives: USA Politics and Economy

Guyana: Wait Times for USA Immigrant Visas – Questions and Answers

Wait Times for USA Immigrant Visas

February 26, 2015 · By Stabroek News – Ask the Consul-  Installment 157

U.S. Department of State - Great SealAn immigrant visa, which entitles a person to live and work permanently in the United States, can only be obtained after an applicant’s qualifying family member, or employer, in the United States has filed a petition with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Once the petition is approved, a case is created at the National Visa Center (NVC), the applicant (beneficiary) completes required processing, and NVC then schedules an appointment for the applicant to appear at the Embassy for an interview. This whole process can take a few weeks to many years depending upon the relationship between the petitioner and beneficiary.

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Climate Disruption: Thought of the Week – By Rosaliene Bacchus

Originally posted on Three Worlds One Vision:

Global Divestment Day – February 2015
Source: Go Fossil Free Movement

Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement

The fossil fuel divestment movement, now in more than 60 countries, is having exactly the impact we hoped it would. By acting together, we’ve made sure that not a week goes by without a university, local government, faith group, medical association, or heavyweight institution divesting from those companies that are driving the climate crisis.

~ Katie & the Fossil Free team, Go Fossil Free

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The disappeared: Chicago police detain Americans at abuse-laden ‘black site’ – video

The disappeared: Chicago police detain Americans at abuse-laden ‘black site’

Chicago Police - Honan SquareWhile US military and intelligence interrogation impacted people overseas, Homan Square – said to house military-style vehicles and even a cage – focuses on American citizens, most often poor, black and brown. ‘When you go in,’ Brian Jacob Church told the Guardian, ‘nobody knows what happened to you.’ Video: Phil Batta for the Guardian; editing: Mae Ryan

  • Exclusive: Secret interrogation facility reveals aspects of war on terror in US
  • ‘They disappeared us’: protester details 17-hour shackling without basic rights
  • Accounts describe police brutality, missing 15-year-old and one man’s death

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The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in the USA – Book by Ai-jen Poo

The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America

February 6, 2015 – by Ai-jen Poo

The following is an excerpt from Ai-jen Poo’s new book,The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America.


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My father’s father, Liang Shao Pu, lived to the age of 93. A lifelong student and then teacher of tai chi and a die-hard Wheel of Fortune fan, he had a slow, deep‑throated laugh that never failed to infect my sister and me, sending us into spasms of giggles. After moving from Taiwan to the United States to be close to his children and grandchildren, my grandfather often picked us up from school, the silhouette of his baseball cap visible from down the block. He was never late.

My grandfather quietly sustained the heartbreaks of my parents’ divorce, the passing of most of his friends and then the loss of his wife of more than 40 years.  Continue reading

NEAT OLD CARS AND THINGS – A blast from the Past – The 1950’s in pictures

NEAT OLD CARS AND THINGS  – The 1950’s in pictures

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1956-1960 Desoto Adventurer

 A great collection of 1950 photos from Railroad Jack…Remember him?  

 If you remember the 1950’s, you’re gonna’ love photographs! Even if you don’t remember the 1950’s – as you may be too young or not yet born – they are really super photos just to look at.

 Note: If you “mouse-over” each picture a short description will pop up.

 You can still see many of these cars when you visit Cuba… the USA embargo ensured that they kept them running.

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New details emerge on lynchings in USA’s south

New details emerge on lynchings in Jim Crow South

New report documents 3,959 lynchings from 1877 to 1950 – more than earlier estimates

A new report from the Alabama-based Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) said its researchers have documented nearly 4,000 lynchings of African-Americans in 12 states during the Jim Crow era — about 700 more than previous comprehensive studies have found.

Titled “Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror,” the EJI report said 3,959 lynchings of African-Americans took place from 1877 to 1950 in states across the South: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.  Continue reading

Climate Disruption: Thought of the Week – By Rosaliene Bacchus

Originally posted on Three Worlds One Vision:

Global Average Temperature Anomaly 1850-2014Warming Trends Continue in 2014
Photo Credit: World Meteorological Organization

“Fourteen of the fifteen hottest years have all been this century. We expect global warming to continue, given that rising levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and the increasing heat content of the oceans are committing us to a warmer future.”

~ Secretary-General Michel Jarraud, World Meteorological Organization, Geneva, February 2, 2015

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New Evidence that Half of America is Broke – commentary

New Evidence that Half of America is Broke

PovertyAmerica021015Half of America is barely surviving and new data strengthens the case. Yet, people’s views are distorted by growing financial wealth. As half of our nation is in poverty, where is that booming economy everyone’s talking about?

Happy Monday! S&P 500 now up 10% for yearCNN Money
Third-quarter U.S. economic growth strongest in 11 yearsReuters
The U.S. economy is on a tearWall Street Journal

Half of our nation, by all reasonable estimates of human need, is in poverty. The jubilant headlines above speak for people whose view is distorted by growing financial wealth. The argument for a barely surviving half of America has been made before, but important new data is available to strengthen the case.

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Guyanese in the USA: Are East Indians at war with themselves? – By Paul Sanders

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Albert Baldeo and Ed Ahmad

A sneak preview of a brutally frank and introspective column by Paul Sanders to be published in the Caribbean Daylight (precipitated by the conviction of Albert Baldeo last Monday), on the shopping list of Guyanese who have screwed over their fellow countrymen and run afoul of the law in the United States.

Introspection: Are East Indians at war with themselves?

By Paul Sanders – Caribbean Daylight, NY  – February 2015 

I’ve been thinking…..
And I have thought long and hard whether I should write this. Last week Thursday, I had this same conversation with a good friend, Sankar Nirahu. He challenged me into making this my next writing project. He died 24 hours after that exchange. This piece is dedicated to his memory.

We all wish to bounce around happily with our political correctness, filled with warm euphemisms, ready to hide our conscience, closing our eyes to the truth under the pretext that if we don’t see it then it doesn’t exist.

We want to be shaken and stirred – but not too much. We want to be guilt-schlepped – but not too much. We want to be provoked – but not too much. We want to be transformed – but not too much.

Yeah, I get it. But as an East Indian I have a compelling obligation, a responsibility to articulate what is in my heart, and what I passionately believe must be said and heard.  Continue reading

Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement – Fast-track to where? – By Rosaliene Bacchus

Originally posted on Three Worlds One Vision:

Trans-Pacific Partnership Countries with US Total Trade 2013Map of Trans-Pacific Partnership Countries
Showing Total US Trade in Goods for each Country, 2013
Source: Federation of American Scientists

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a proposed multilateral free trade agreement between the United States and eleven other countries in Asia and the Pacific, is currently nearing the final rounds of negotiation. Some members, like Canada and Japan, still have unresolved issues. Accounting for around forty percent of global GDP, the TPP is a Big Deal. Given the lack of exposure in the national media, American businesses and the general population don’t appear to be concerned about what could become the largest regional trade block on the planet.

During his recent testimony before the House and Senate committees, US Trade Representative Michael Froman reported that the TPP is nearing the finish line. “We are not done yet but I feel confident that we are making good progress and we…

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