Daily Archives: 06/24/2013

Scientist: ‘Miami, As We Know It Today, Is Doomed”…

miami skyline

Scientist: ‘Miami, As We Know It Today, Is Doomed. It’s Not A Question Of If. It’s A Question Of When.’

Jeff Goodell has a must-read piece in Rolling Stone, “Goodbye, Miami: By century’s end, rising sea levels will turn the nation’s urban fantasyland into an American Atlantis. But long before the city is completely underwater, chaos will begin.”

Goodell has talked to many of the leading experts on Miami including Harold Wanless, chair of University of Miami’s geological sciences, department, source of the headline quote. The reason climate change dooms Miami is a combination of sea level rise, the inevitability of ever more severe storms and storm surges — and its fateful, fatal geology and topology, which puts “more than $416 billion in assets at risk to storm-related flooding and sea-level rise”:    Continue reading

Six CARICOM countries on Watch List for human trafficking

Six CARICOM countries put on Watch List for human trafficking

 The US State Department has placed six Caribbean countries (including Guyana) on its Tier 2 Watch List, with another four appearing on the Tier 2 List.

By Nelson A. King  – WASHINGTON, USA,  June 24, 2013 – (Caribbean 360)

Even as Caribbean Community (CARICOM) governments, during the past year, have seemingly made efforts in addressing human trafficking, the United States says many of them have still not done enough in tackling the issue.

In this nexus, in its 2013 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, the US Department of State placed six CARICOM countries – Barbados, Guyana, Haiti, St. Lucia, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago – on its Tier 2 Watch List.

Another four – Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Jamaica, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines – have been listed on the Tier 2 List.    Continue reading

US immigration reform: A political strategy that lacks humanity

US immigration reform: A political strategy that lacks humanity
Published on June 24, 2013
By Pamela F. Izaguirre – Research Associate at the Council on Hemispheric AffairsThis is the English version of the original article, first published in Spanish in MetroLatino USA.

It is clear that the future of immigration reform depends on the approval of the Republican majority in the House of Representatives. Due to the growing political significance of the Latino community in recent elections, the Republican Party will not be able to gain control of the White House in 2016 unless it gets behind the immigration reform bill (S.744).

Every day, the media discusses the future of this bill and questions whether Republicans will support their colleagues from the bipartisan group of senators that wrote the S.744 bill, the gang of eight. The dominant narrative, however, fails to observe that the immigration reform is not just about politics, but more importantly it is about people’s lives. It is not only a matter of Democrats versus Republicans. Immigration reform is concerned with those who for years have contributed their labor to the US economy, yet the reform proposal lacks the tools to protect those who are vulnerable and live in the shadows of the system.  [Read more]

More Suriname Cabinet ministers to face the axe … for corruption

More Suriname Cabinet ministers to face the axe … for corruption

JUNE 24, 2013 | BY  |

“Party interests are more important than friendship and the country’s interest is even more important than the party interest…” – Bouterse

President Desire Bouterse

President Desiré Bouterse’s Cabinet may soon experience another “shake-up” as he is planning to dismiss more Cabinet Ministers.
This is according to a Surinamese news website, dwtonline.com, which interviewed Bouterse following the dismissal of Public Works Minister Ramon Abrahams and Forestry Minister Ginmardo Kromosoeto.      Continue reading