Daily Archives: 06/27/2019

Tourism must deliver greater benefit to all – By David Jessop

The view from Europe: By David Jessop

David Jessop

June 26, 2019

Tourism now dominates most Caribbean economies, drawing huge numbers of visitors and wealth into the region. Despite this, many of those who work in or with the sector have yet to benefit fully from its success.

A few days ago, in the less than likely location of Baku in Azerbaijan, Jamaica’s tourism minister, asked a question that few Caribbean governments seem to want to address. That is whether an industry worth US$62bn to the region in 2018 is delivering benefits in an equitable manner and if its workers and dependent enterprises are receiving a fair share of the wealth it generates?        Continue reading

Killing For The Sake Of It: The Grisly Reality of the Failing US Empire – By Dmitry Orlov | Russia Insider

This article originally appeared at Club Orlov and was first published in RI April 2015

Dmitry Orlov (Club Orlov) | Russia Insider

Mired in financial collapse, moral decay, and lack of leadership & direction, the last sole superpower is lashing out in every direction, spreading brutal destruction throughout the world for nothing more than its own depraved sake

The story is the same every time: some nation, due to a confluence of lucky circumstances, becomes powerful — much more powerful than the rest — and, for a time, is dominant. But the lucky circumstances, which often amount to no more than a few advantageous quirks of geology, be it Welsh coal or West Texas oil, in due course come to an end. In the meantime, the erstwhile superpower becomes corrupted by its own power.

As the endgame approaches, those still nominally in charge of the collapsing empire resort to all sorts of desperate measures — all except one: They will refuse to ever consider the fact that their imperial superpower status is at an end and that they should change their ways accordingly.              Continue reading

U.S. – Acknowledging slavery and its legacy is first step towards reparations – By Mohamed Hamaludin

 Slavery and Reparations – By Mohamed Hamaludin

Thirty years ago, Rep. John Conyers Jr. introduced a bill in the House of Representatives calling for a commission on slavery reparations but it got nowhere. The Michigan Democrat Conyers introduced it every year until he retired in 2017. On June 19, House Resolution 40, the “Commission to Study and Develop Reparations Proposals for African Americans Act,” finally made it to the House floor, sponsored now by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas.

The writer Ta-nehisi Coates is credited with generating the new interest with a 2014 article in The Atlantic, “The Case for Reparations,” but it still took five years for Congress to formally take it up. Fox News cited polls showing only between 21 and 32 percent of Americans support reparations, which is no surprise; even Barack Obama declined to make it part of his presidential agenda, telling Coates in an interview that paying reparations would be “impractical.” Obama rebuffed calls to use executive action to create the commission sought by Conyers, The New York Times reported.              Continue reading

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