Daily Archives: September 15, 2020

GUYANA POLITICS: Why I do not write articles on Guyana – By Hubert Williams

— (Editor’s Note: This article was written nine years ago in 2011. It is long but very informative)

By Hubert Williams –

Boston, Massachusetts, October 30, 2011 — I wouldn’t have thought that it mattered very much. Or that anyone would bother to notice. Until I visited New York to participate in family celebrations over the 2011 Labour holiday weekend.

Godfrey Wray, a journalism colleague from way back and now based in the “Big Apple”, remarked on the absence of writings by me on political, social and economic developments in Guyana.

Nonetheless, Godfrey’s inquiry is haunting: why don’t I write on Guyana?  I just don’t… and have never thought I needed to explain why. However, it is my view that one has to live the reality of Guyana to write informedly about its current affairs. We who reside abroad are mere ghosts of times past.        Continue reading

USA POLITICS: The Platform the GOP is Too Scared To Publish – By David Frum |The Atlantic

What the Republican Party actually stands for, in 13 points

David Frum | The Atlantic

REPUBLICANS HAVE DECIDED NOT TO PUBLISH A PARTY PLATFORM FOR 2020. 

This omission has led some to conclude that the GOP lacks ideas, that it stands for nothing, that it has shriveled to little more than a TRUMP CULT. 

THIS CONCLUSION IS WRONG. The Republican Party of 2020 has lots of ideas. I’m about to list 13 ideas that command almost universal assent within the Trump administration, within the Republican caucuses of the U.S. House and Senate, among governors and state legislators, on Fox News, and among rank-and-file Republicans.      Continue reading

How Kamala Harris’s Immigrant Parents Found a Home; and Each Other; in a Black Study Group – NYT

By Ellen Barry September 13. 2020.  New York Times

Kamala Harris

Donald Harris and Shyamala Gopalan grew up under British colonial rule on different sides of the planet. They were each drawn to Berkeley, and became part of an intellectual circle that shaped the rest of their lives.

At an off-campus space at the University of California at Berkeley in the fall of 1962, a tall, thin Jamaican Ph.D. student
addressed a small crowd, drawing parallels between his native country and the United States.    Continue reading

DEMOGRAPHICS: The Implications of an Aging Population – Infographics by Visual Capitalist

The Demographic Debacle

The world is experiencing a seismic demographic shift—and no country is immune to the consequences.

While increasing life expectancy and declining birth rates are considered major achievements in modern science and healthcare, they will have a significant impact on future generations.

Today’s graphic relies on OECD data to demonstrate how the old-age to working-age ratio will change by 2060, highlighting some of the world’s fastest aging countries.        Continue reading