Daily Archives: 10/11/2013

The Tea Party Republicans’ Biggest Mistake – by Robert Reich

Robert Reich -The Tea Party Republicans’ Biggest Mistake:

 ….. Confusing Government with Our System of Government

 Robert Reich –  Published: Friday 11 October 2013 National Change – OP-ED
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By using tactics perceived to violate that system, the Tea Partiers have overplayed their hand. If they don’t stop their recklessness, they’ll be out of the game.

Representative Mo Brooks, Republican of Alabama and a fierce critic of the Affordable Care Act, has just changed his tune. He now says: “My primary focus is on minimizing risk of insolvency and bankruptcy. There are many paths you can take to get there. Socialized medicine is just one of the component parts of our debt and deficits that put us at financial risk.”

Translated: House Republicans are under intense pressure. A new Gallup poll shows the Republican Party now viewed favorably by only 28% of Americans, down from 38% in September. That’s the lowest favorable rating measured for either party since Gallup began asking this question in 1992. The Democratic Party is viewed favorably by 43%, down four percentage points from last month.  Continue reading

Cricket: Tendulkar to quit after 200th test

Tendulkar to quit after 200th test

Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar

 Stabroek News – October 11, 2013 – Sports

MUMBAI,  (Reuters) – Indian Sachin Tendulkar, the world’s most prolific international run-scorer, will retire after playing his 200th test match at home against West Indies next month.

“All my life, I have had a dream of playing cricket for India. I have been living this dream every day for the last 24 years,” the 40-year-old, who compiled a record 100 international centuries, said in a statement released by the Indian cricket board (BCCI) on Thursday October 10, 2013.

“It’s hard for me to imagine a life without playing cricket because it’s all I have ever done since I was 11 years old.    Continue reading

Russia’s growing Caribbean interest – by David Jessop

Russia’s growing Caribbean interest – by David Jessop


RUSAL is the majority shareholding in the Bauxite Company of Guyana (BCGI).

By David Jessop –   www.caribbean-council.org

News Americas, LONDON, England, Tues. Oct. 8, 2013: Over the last two to three years, Russian engagement in the Caribbean has been growing; so that today Moscow’s diplomatic profile and its economic presence in a number of Caribbean nations is now stronger than at any time since the end of the Cold War.

Although Russia’s interest is on a much smaller scale to that of China, its presence, its alternative approach on foreign policy issues, its economic interest, and its re-engagement with a changing Cuba, represents a significant alternative in the broadening spectrum of Caribbean relationships.  Continue reading

Venezuela detains oil survey vessel in local waters – updates – ship now released

Venezuela detains oil survey vessel in local waters, Guyana protests

APNU condemns `provocative’ action of Venezuelan navy


Research Vessel -Teknik Perdana

Research Vessel – “Teknik Perdana”

A Venezuela frigate yesterday  [October 10, 2013], shadowed a research vessel for a US oil explorer in Guyana’s waters and later forced it to the Venezuelan island of Margarita where it is presently detained, sparking a strong protest from Guyana.

A statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs this morning said: “The Government of Guyana is of the firm belief that the actions taken by the Venezuelan navy vessel constitute a serious threat to the peace of this sub-region and the Government of Guyana therefore strongly condemns these actions.”   Continue reading

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