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USA: US influence in the Americas is waning – The Long View by David Jessop

Sunday | June 26, 2022 – Jamaica Gleaner

The recently ended Summit of the Americas will likely be best remembered for the US decision not to invite Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua, the chaotic unprepared way in which Washington tried to manage this, and the decision by some hemispheric leaders, most notably Mexico’s president, not to attend.

While this may be unfair in terms of substance, it is a real indication that in the longer term, the United States’ influence in the Americas is waning and that others sense opportunity for influence or division.

Despite this, the Los Angeles summit had multiple positive short to medium-term outcomes and saw a consensus among participants on several shared concerns.            Continue reading

RUSSIA-UKRAINE WAR: G7 face battle for unity as cost of Ukraine war mounts

— By James Landale Diplomatic correspondent – BBC NEWS

The Russian war against Ukraine will inevitably dominate the summit of G7 nations in Bavaria.

And the leaders of the US, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Canada and Japan face a difficult challenge.

They are aiming to put on a show of unity and resolve over the war. In recent months, the Western alliance has shown signs of strain and fatigue.

Some voices – particularly in France, Germany and Italy – have asked if it might not be better for the war to end, even if it came at the cost of Ukraine having to cede territory. A recent cross-Europe opinion poll suggested some voters put solving the cost-of-living crisis ahead of punishing Russia.        Continue reading

CLIMATE CHANGE: Visualizing the Impact of Rising Sea Levels — by Country

VISUAL CAPITALIST: https://www.visualcapitalist.com/cp/sea-level-rises-2100-by-region/

June 24, 2022 – By  Florent Lavergne and  Carmen Ang

Visualizing the Impact of Rising Sea Levels, by Country

Climate change is already causing sea levels to rise across the globe. In the 20th century alone, it’s estimated that the mean global sea level rose by 11-16 cm.

How much will sea levels change in the coming years, and how will it affect our population?

In the below series of visualizations by Florent Lavergne, we can see how rising sea levels could impact countries in terms of flood risk by the year 2100.

These graphics use data from a 2019 study by Scott Kulp and Benjamin Strauss. Their study used CoastalDEM—a 3D graphics tool used to measure a population’s potential exposure to extreme coastal water levels—and examined rising sea levels under different levels of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.    Continue reading

GUYANA: Heavy rainfall floods Hinterland Communities once again

Several hinterland communities flooded once again —  2021 repeated

–- flooding streets, forcing residents to evacuate homes

Last year, these and other regions across Guyana suffered after the country recorded the highest amount of rainfall in decades.

Jun 23, 2022  – Kaieteur News – Scores have been forced to evacuate their homes as massive floods hit Kwakwani, Upper Berbice, Region 10, Mahdia, Region 8 and a number of communities along the Cuyuni River, Region Seven.

Flood Scenes from Kwakwani, Upper Berbice, Region 10

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AFRICA: Why France faces so much anger in West Africa – “Neo-colonial arrogance” – BBC News

By Paul Melly – Africa analyst – Published

It all started so positively. Where have things gone wrong? Why does France now appear so unpopular in Africa?

French President Emmanuel Macron has increased aid to the continent, begun the return of cultural artefacts stolen during the colonial wars and reached out beyond the usual inter-government ties to engage younger generations and civil society.

He has kept French troops in the Sahel to fight the jihadist militants that kill so many local civilians, police and soldiers and supported the regional bloc Ecowas as it tries to defend electoral politics against military takeovers.

Yet his country is now the target of embittered African complaints and criticism on a scale that is probably unprecedented.     

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CARIBBEAN: David Jessop | Rapid action needed on food security

   June 12, 2022 |  Jamaica Gleaner

Could the threat of global food shortages finally unite Caricom? Will it cause member states to act together, making real the Caricom Single Market & Economy’s promise of effective regional cooperation and economic security?

These are questions that should be on every Caribbean citizen’s mind, as food and energy prices skyrocket globally, with worse forecast to come.

The causes of what will likely become a lengthy and pervasive crisis are multiple. At the start of 2022 food prices were already high because of pandemic-related supply chain problems, increasing input costs, and lower yields due to climate change.          Continue reading

GUYANA: 27 Traditional Guyanese Foods — By insanelyGoodRecipes.com

Last Updated on: June 4, 2022– https://insanelygoodrecipes.com/guyanese-foods/

From flavored rice to curries to cakes and candies, you won’t run out of Guyanese foods that are definite must-tries.

Guyana, or “the land of many waters” is a small Caribbean country whose cooking boasts of big flavors.

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With African, Indian, Portuguese, and even Chinese influences, it’s a melting pot of different cultures and cuisines.        Continue reading

GUYANA: Letter to the Editor: Election Malpractice Cases – By Eusi Kwayana

 Letter to the Editor: Election Malpractice Cases

By Eusi Kwayana

Something has gone wrong in the Criminal Justice System of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana.

During the impasse following Guyana’s 2000 General Elections, the entire world was effectively alerted to a perceived plan or plots to steal the election and give the victory to the wrong List.

The returning government (PPP) will claim that because of its vigilance the plot to steal the elections failed, though narrowly, because the perceived plotters were caught red-handed. The suspects were roundly denounced; exposed and criminal charges were made against them.          Continue reading

GUYANA: Santa Rosa’s Marti De Souza leading efforts to transform education in hinterland

Marti De Souza
Marti De Souza

Marti Fernando De Souza, 39, Deputy Chief Education Officer with responsibility for Amerindian and Hinterland Education Development, is working to eliminate the disparity that exists in the education system between the hinterland and the coastland, create opportunities for trained and qualified teachers to teach, and to improve pass rates in examinations in hinterland areas.

At the end of 2020, the Ministry of Education (MoE) saw the need for someone who can relate to the hinterland and work on policies at the ministry level to bring the standard of education in the hinterland to a level that is on par with the coastland. As a result, the ministry created the post of DCEO for Amerindian and Hinterland Education Development and offered it to De Souza.

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UKRAINE: Russia is winning the economic war – and Putin is no closer to withdrawing troops

The perverse effects of sanctions means rising fuel and food costs for the rest of the world – and fears are growing of a humanitarian catastrophe. Sooner or later, a deal must be made
Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Wednesday.
‘The Kremlin thinks Russia’s threshold for economic pain is higher than the west’s, and it is probably right about that.’ Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Wednesday. Photograph: Mikhail Metzel/AP
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