Daily Archives: 01/07/2020

Trinidad: Lawyer and Pastor Charged with Human Trafficking Bust at Church Rehab Centre

Police executed a raid at the Transformed Life Ministry rehabilitation centre in early October 2019.

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Tuesday January 7, 2020 – A lawyer and three other people were granted bail when they appeared in court yesterday charged in connection with the human trafficking bust at a church rehab facility three months ago.

The court appearance of 37-year-old civil attorney, Lena Jaggernauth – who is accused of human trafficking – came three days after her mother, Indra Jaggernath, and Pastor Glen Awong of Transformed Life Ministry (TLM) appeared in court on similar charges.          Continue reading

Guyana Elections 2020: the perfect vision of the usual right down the middle – By GHK Lall

 — by GHK Lall

On occasion, I am prompted to believe that I am the wisest one around here, and since that is far from accurate, I will settle for the sanest. For in the past few days of this New Year, this pivotal year of 2020, there came confirmation of things that needed no confirmation. None whatsoever, because as is so obvious, they are characterized by so much of what is of mere commonsense.

First, there was the coalition leadership entourage in full regalia at their kickoff proceedings. It was rousing, electrifying, and there was one more thing: there was a crowd of people: raucous, excited supporters, thousands of them, from what I read and heard. Did anybody, any Guyanese, require that kind of confirmation? I certainly didn’t, which is why I said from the get-go that this political contest has only one manifestation.          Continue reading

Venezuela remains one of Guyana’s biggest rice buyers, despite no PetroCaribe deal

The Guyana Rice Development Board, Cowan Street, Kingston, Georgetown.

Venezuela is Guyana’s biggest rice market, accounting for 34 percent or 177,682  tonnest of all that grain exported to several Latin American countries the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) said in a statement.

This means that despite Venezuela stopping the rice for oil PetroCaribe agreement with Guyana in 2016, a number of private exporters are still selling rice to that neighbouring Spanish-speaking country.          Continue reading

Venezuela’s ruling Socialists seize congress, defiant opposition re-elects Guaido


Venezuela Flag

CARACAS,  (Reuters) – Venezuela’s socialist government installed a new head of Congress yesterday after armed troops blocked opposition legislators from entering parliament, in a move condemned by dozens of nations as an assault on democracy.

Troops with riot shields blocked opposition leader Juan Guaido from entering parliament for what was expected to be his re-election as head of Congress, at one point pulling him off the compound’s iron railings after he tried to push past security forces.

The blockade allowed the ruling Socialist Party to hand the post to legislator Luis Parra, who was recently expelled by an opposition party over corruption allegations. (See earlier report below) Continue reading

US Politics: Trump Just Turned the United States Into a Mideast Country – Bradley Burston | Haaretz

By killing his kindred spirit Soleimani, Trump’s ample figure assumes a closer and closer resemblance to the profile of the Middle Eastern despot

 — Bradley Burston | Haaretz

From here in the Middle East – home to many of the world’s wealthiest, most autocratic, most dangerously, self-righteously erratic of fundamentalism-driven shithole countries – one of the most shocking aspects of U.S. President Donald Trump’s assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani was how oddly familiar it felt. 

Donald Trump just turned his – your – United States of America into a Middle Eastern country.

AND HE DID IT BY KILLING A KINDRED SPIRIT.            Continue reading

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