Category Archives: Commentary

CLIMATE CHANGE: COP27- Responding to geopolitical change | By David Jessop

Recently, COP27, the twenty-seventh UN conference on climate change, ended.

Seen from a Caribbean perspective, the primary objective was to deliver with other vulnerable nations an agreement on ‘loss and damage’ through the creation of a mechanism that could provide the financing required to recover from extreme weather events. It was also about ensuring a continuing global commitment to what had been agreed at COP26 in relation to reducing carbon emissions and support for adaptation.

In the end, some progress was made. Agreement was reached at the eleventh hour to establish a loss and damage fund, although who will pay, how much, and what the criteria will be for any nation to qualify are for future discussion.            Continue reading

CHINA: Tucker: COVID reaction: It is hard to believe this is real

CHINA: Tucker: COVID reaction: It is hard to believe this is real

WARNING-Graphic footage: Fox News host Tucker Carlson rips the reaction from the Biden administration and the left to protests in China over the COVID-19 lockdowns on ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight.

PROFILE: Buxtonian Pauline Baird is dedicated to keeping Guyanese creole alive

Buxton born writer and professor Pauline Baird is dedicated to keeping Guyanese creole alive

By Oluatoyin Alleyne – November 20, 2022

Dr. Pauline Baird

Dr Pauline Baird is a professor and author who wants to keep Guyanese creole alive and chief among her attributes is her storytelling skill, which she learned from her deceased mother, who was a consummate storyteller.

In fact, Megan Griffith-Baird did not just tell the stories she portrayed them in the way she dressed, which was always African styled, and when she walked through the streets of Buxton, East Coast Demerara, everyone knew her mission was keeping African culture alive. Her daughter described her as being quite an activist.                    Continue reading

GUYANA: Celebrate Stanley Greaves – and his birthday – VIRTUAL PRESENTATION

STANLEY GREAVES

STANLEY GREAVES

Guyana SPEAKS will be hosting a zoom event this coming Sunday at 3.30pm on Stanley Greaves, ‘Maker of Things’, Part 2.  Helping us to celebrate Stanley Greaves – and his birthday – are our distinguished guests: 
Therese Hadchity, Major General (retd) Joseph G Singh, Aubrey Williams, Dr. Dawn Forde Arno.  For further details, and to register, please go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/stanley-greaves-maker-of-things-part-2-its-his-birthday-tickets-467084029907
 
You can alternatively simply click on the ZOOM link below to join the meeting.  Please however ensure that your full name is visible on entering the waiting room or you may not be given access to the meeting.                

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GUYANA: ENERGY MAGAZINE- Q2-2022

ENERGY MAGAZINE- Q2-2022

http://www.energyupdate.gy/books/ukfw/#p=1

Venezuela: Illicit Trade Represents 21% of Venezuela’s GDP: Is This Our Post-Oil Future?

Venezuela – Click to enlarge

Tony Frangie Mawad | Caracas Chronicles

 After calculating the current annual worth of drug, gold and gasoline trafficking and port smuggling in Venezuela, a study by the local chapter of the anti-corruption nonprofit Transparency International — with estimates from Ecoanalítica, a Venezuelan economic consulting firm — concluded that these illegal economies made up 21.74% of Venezuela’s GDP last year.

“This means they are more powerful than any other economic sector right now, including oil,” says Mercedes De Freitas, Transparencia Venezuela’s executive director. “And we are talking only about the size of four of these economies, the most important ones. THERE ARE OTHER ILLICIT TRADES: Certain types of food smuggling, diesel smuggling, cooking gas trafficking, human trafficking or timber trafficking, which could be important in some regions.”       Continue reading

GUYANA: Building Expo 2022- Govt. pledges millions of dollars in free building materials for eligible applicants

Building Expo 2022… -Slashes interest rates for houses and buildings

Scenes from Friday 22 July Launch of Building Expo 2022.

By Shervin Belgrave – Kaieteur News  – Guyana’s largest and most anticipated Building Exposition officially opened on Friday afternoon at the Providence National Stadium.

The event was noticeably enveloped by grandiose decorations, state-of -the-art architectural layouts for hundreds of booths and all the pomp and ceremony, one could envision for the opening that featured presentations from President, Irfaan Ali; Housing and Water Minister, Collin Croal; and Minister within his ministry; Susan Rodrigues.

READ MORE: https://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2022/07/23/govt-pledges-millions-worth-of-free-building-materials-for-eligible-house-lot-applicants/#

GUYANA: Four Points by Sheraton in Houston fits into expansion of economic zone – President Ali

– Says project strategically aligned to Govt’s development goals

His Excellency Dr Irfaan Ali said that Four Points by SheratonMarriott Bonvoy to be constructed at Houston, along the new Eccles to Mandela Road link, is just one component of the rapid economic zone set to change the landscape of the country.

He noted that the hotel, which is being developed by Caribbean Green Building Inc., would be a “natural spin-off” for development and key to the growth and progression of the area.

He stated that the area would have a private sector industrial/commercial development to support the oil and gas sector, which would be a part of a huge commercial zone, an upscale housing development, a medical and technological zone, and a service hub.        Continue reading

UK: Rishi Sunak steps up attack on Truss tax cuts as poll puts his rival – Liz Truss -well ahead

Former chancellor says opponent’s economic policies risk stoking inflation and pushing up interest rates

Rishi Sunak

Rishi Sunak

, and Thu 21 Jul 2022 20.23 BST – The GUARDIAN. UK

His attack came as a new poll of Tory party members gave Truss a commanding lead in the race to become prime minister.

Tax and spending has become the key battleground in the hard-fought contest, with Sunak insisting that cutting taxes immediately, as Truss has promised, would risk exacerbating the cost of living crisis.          Continue reading

USA: America’s Epidemic of Hate – Cynthia Miller-Idriss | Foreign Affairs

By Cynthia Miller-Idriss | Foreign AffairsUSA: America’s Epidemic of Hate – Cynthia Miller-Idriss | Foreign Affairs

The murder of seven parade attendees on July 4 in Highland Park, Illinois, was horrifying — and all too predictable. Over the past decade, there have been scores of mass killings across the United States. In 2012, a shooter murdered seven Sikh worshipers in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. In 2015, an assailant massacred nine Black people at a church in Charleston, South Carolina. An attacker killed 23 Walmart shoppers in 2019 in El Paso, Texas. And on May 24 of this year, a shooter killed 21 people in Uvalde, Texas.

These episodes have no single formula, but recent assailants typically share a similar set of toxic traits: A history of murderous fantasies, violent nihilism, self-harm, or suicidal ideation; withdrawal from friends and family; and streaks of cruelty expressed through the torture or killing of animals, the stalking or harassing of women, or threats of rape and other physical harm. Investigators are still learning about the Highland Park assailant and his motive, but they know that the 21-year-old alleged shooter had threatened to kill his family and commit suicide. Similarly, the man charged with murdering ten Black Americans in June 2022 at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York, had threatened to commit a murder-suicide and had written about stabbing and beheading a cat.            Continue reading

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