Monthly Archives: June 2019

“A New Look at Jonestown: Dimensions from a Guyanese Perspective” – By Eusi Kwayana

“A New Look at Jonestown: Dimensions from a Guyanese Perspective” 

Eusi Kwayana: “A New Look at Jonestown: Dimensions from a Guyanese Perspective” is now available for order on Amazon Books, both in the e-book format and in paperback ($10.00 eBook; $19.95).

The 1978 Jonestown fiasco in Guyana is considered the greatest peacetime horror ever. Almost all of the 918 lives lost were Americans. Prime Minister Forbes Burnham called it “an American problem.” All the books on the subject are written by people from outside. This is the first by residents of the host country.

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U.S. ramps up Mexico asylum returns: ‘safe third country’ plan – ‘Remain in Mexico’ 

— Trump confirms ‘safe third country’ plan – ‘Remain in Mexico,’ 

Under pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump, Mexico agreed on June 7 to expand the programme, known as the Migrant Protection Protocols, or ‘Remain in Mexico,’ which forces mostly Central American asylum seekers arriving at the U.S. southern border to await the outcome of their U.S. asylum claims in Mexico.  Continue reading

Trinidad announces visa requirement for Venezuelans….. as protests erupt

   –   15 June 2019

National Security Minister Stuart Young (centre) addresses the media at the close of registration on June 14, 2019.

(Trinidad Guardian) Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Min­is­ter Stu­art Young has an­nounced that from Mon­day, the Gov­ern­ment of Trinidad and To­ba­go will im­ple­ment a visa sys­tem for Venezue­lans wish­ing to come to Trinidad and To­ba­go.

The min­is­ter made the an­nounce­ment at a news con­fer­ence in Port-of-Spain at the end of the Venezue­lan reg­is­tra­tion process.

“From Mon­day morn­ing we will be im­ple­ment­ing visas for Venezue­lans to come to Trinidad and To­ba­go,” Young said.            Continue reading

U.S. — Cynicism is driving force behind the political race to the bottom — By Mohamed Hamaludin

— By Mohamed Hamaludin

A recent effort to eliminate federal funding for the Special Olympics that helps special needs children reflects the cynicism behind policies proposed or implemented during Donald Trump’s presidency. Billionaire education secretary Betsy Devos wanted to eliminate the $17.6 million allocation.

Congress when controlled by Republicans voted more than 60 times to repeal Obamacare and take health insurance away from 20 million people. A federal judge declared the measure unconstitutional in a lawsuit filed by 20 states with Republican governors, including then Florida governor Rick Scott. Trump has backed away from wanting the law repealed, saying he will wait until after the 2020 presidential election. Then he put Rick Scott in charge.        Continue reading

Having a Say—On Father’s Day – By Yvonne Sam

 By Yvonne Sam

I recall from my early years a quote from Aristotle the ancient Greek philosopher and scientist:

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence is not an act but a habit. Fatherhood is not an act it is what males should repeatedly do.  It should be a natural instinct not governed by rules.

Father’s Day is just a few days away, the day set aside to celebrate the special man that is or was in each of our lives. Needless to say it should be every day. While mothers are usually considered the ones who nurture families, on the corresponding hand I think of fathers as the backbones of families.  Continue reading

FATHER’S DAY 2019: Ghanaian Fathers and Father Figures – by Francis Quamina Farrier

Guyana was honoured last week with a State Visit by the Head-of-State of the West African country of The Republic of Ghana, His Excellency President Nana Akufo-Addo. As such, I decided to throw the spotlight on Ghanaian fathers and Father figures, in this my 2019 FATHER’S DAY Feature  Article.

The Ghanaian Head-of-State, President Nana Akufo-Addo and First Lady Rebecca, have three daughters. Guyana’s President David Granger is also a father of daughters. For those observing the way the Ghanaian president interacted with the Bishops’ High School and other students who turned up to greet him at the Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Non-Aligned Monument Garden in Georgetown last Tuesday, would have no doubt that the President of Ghana, is a loving father and Father figure to millions in his native Ghana (Population 27 million) and abroad.      Continue reading

Toronto celebrates Raptors’ historic NBA win – Articles and videos – BBC News

Toronto celebrates Raptors’ historic NBA win

The city of Toronto erupted in celebration after its basketball team, the Raptors, made history by winning the NBA championship – the first Canadian team to take the American title.

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-us-canada-48633649/toronto-celebrates-raptors-historic-nba-win

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The view from Europe: Tariff wars and sanctions: the new normal? – By David Jessop

 By David Jessop

The moment is fast arriving when Caribbean Governments and business will have to consider the consequences of the tariff wars and sanctions that Washington is now pursuing.

Far from reducing its ‘America First’ rhetoric and seeking compromise, the Trump Administration has become committed to weaponising its trade policy to achieve its broader political objectives. If sustained this will reshape global markets, making an equitable rules-based global trading system no longer possible.

So serious has the matter become that the Chinese government recently issued a white paper on its trade dispute with the US. The document, which has much broader relevance, sets out clearly how since President Trump took office in 2017 the US administration has threatened its major trading partners with new tariffs and introduced measures provoking frequent economic and trade friction.      Continue reading

Frightful similarities encircling tourist deaths in the Dominican Republic

By Caribbean News Now contributor – June 12, 2019

PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic – The latest in a series of startling similar fatalities in the Dominican Republic, a sixth American tourist was reported Monday to have died from a strange illness at a resort in the island.

Most of the deaths, and several other serious illnesses, include healthy, middle-aged adults who consumed a drink from their hotel room minibar before abruptly becoming severely ill.        Continue reading

Ghana’s president promotes “Year of Return” to five Caribbean nations

Photo: President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

By Ray Chickrie – Caribbean News Now contributor – June 12, 2019

GEORGETOWN, Guyana —  President Akufo-Addo has embarked on a working visit to five Caribbean nations as part of efforts promoting the “Year of Return.” 

Having proclaimed 2019, as the “Year of Return” to Ghana, the 400th anniversary of the commencement of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade, when the first 20 West African slaves landed in Jamestown, in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the commemoration, according to President Akufo-Addo, “is a statement of our determination that never again should the African peoples permit themselves to be subjected to such dehumanizing conditions, sold into slavery and have their freedoms curtailed in order to build up forcibly countries other than their own and create wealth for the peoples of unknown lands to which they were sent, wealth from whose enjoyment they were largely excluded.”        Continue reading

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