Category Archives: Commentary

US Elections: Sanders vs. Bloomberg Scenario Is Like a Jewish Joke turned real- Chemi Shalev | Haaretz 

Two Jewish finalists in the Democratic race is a source of pride for U.S. Jews – as well as a reason for grave concern 

Analysis: Chemi Shalev | Haaretz 

The late and great Leo Rosten recounted in his book “Hooray for Yiddish” that whenever his father would marvel at the wonders of the United States, instead of using the staple quip “Only in America”, he would exclaim “America gonef!” The saying literally means “America the thief”, but in the mouths of Jewish immigrants to the United States, it evolved to signify their unending gratitude and admiration for the country that took them in and made them prosper. 

Rosten recounts that his father, Sam Rosenberg of Lodz, would exclaim “America gonef” at least five times a day. If he were alive today to witness the Democratic primary race, Mr. Rosenberg would have surely doubled or tripled his daily output. As if it weren’t amazing enough that one Jew is leading the Democratic pack, his main challenger could very well turn out to be yet another Jew. If Mad Magazine were still breathing, it might have replaced its legendary strip “Spy vs. Spy” with “Jew vs. Jew”. America gonef!              Continue reading

Guyana Elections 2020: How I plan to vote and why – by GHK Lall

As I prepare to exercise the franchise in the fast approaching elections, I share with fellow Guyanese for which group my vote is to be cast and why. I do this publicly, before all, whether those of like electoral mind, those who stand on either side of the fence, or those on the fence.

My elections choice has nothing to do with oil; pays scant regard to the soapy promises embedded in glossy manifestos and violates racial voting taboos. It is not influenced by who has lambasted their political opponents more accurately, more piercingly, or more ingeniously. It is not based on who has recruited and let loose the greatest number of the loudest, most raucous public parrots pretending at intellectual analysis, political cunning, or the inhuman insights of spiritualists.        Continue reading

Caribbean: Crying for you Venezuela and Haiti! – By Jean H Charles

— By Jean H Charles

Today Haiti and Venezuela represent two nations in shambles where
their citizens are leaving in drove seeking refuge in any hospitable
setting they can find.

Venezuela with a population of around 29 million people and Haiti with
a population of 11 million people are enduring a purgatory weaves by
national and international circumstances. Both nations are linked by
historical connection that placed Haiti has the midwife that facilitates
Venezuela birthing. Indeed when Bolivar visited the entire universe
seeking help to liberate his country from the Spanish conquistadors’
only Haiti on December 15 1815, stepped up to the plate with arms and
munitions to help Simon Bolivar regain force and gain independence.    Continue reading

U.S.– Bigoted pasts return to haunt top Democratic presidential candidates seeking black votes


Corey Booker, Kamala Harris and Deval Patrick’s exiting the race for the Democratic presidential nomination leaves only white candidates, some carrying baggage that diminishes their appeal to African Americans.

Joe Biden claims the African American vote because he was Barack Obama’s vice president. But, as a Delaware senator, he vehemently opposed busing, saying in a 1975 newspaper interview recently unearthed by The Washington Post: “The real problem with busing is that you take [white] people who aren’t racist, people who are good citizens, who believe in equal education and opportunity, and you stunt their children’s intellectual growth by busing them to an inferior school. … I do not buy the concept, popular in the ’60s, which said, ‘We have suppressed the black man for 300 years and…in order to even the score, we must now give the black man a head start or even hold the white man back.’”            Continue reading

Twenty in 2020 and expecting The Good Life – by Francis Quamina Farrier

 50 Republic Jubilee Anniversary, 2020

Twenty in 2020 and expecting The Good Life – by Francis Quamina Farrier

During the past few  weeks I have been wondering what would be the topic for my Guyana 50 Republic Jubilee Feature Article. Just a few days ago I concluded my wondering thoughts and decided to focus on the bright faces and minds of those Guyanese who are now age 20, and who will be voting for the very first time in a National General Elections. I have also decided to respectfully pass on some elderly advice to first time voters; the kind of advice which I received when I was a first time voter.

To the first time voters, I would let them know that back in Colonial British Guiana, one could not have voted at General Elections unless one was a property owner. One had to own house and land. In other words, ordinary poor people did not have a franchise and were not entitled to vote. So, many of our ancestors were really not full citizens as we are today. Then came what was known as “Adult Suffrage” which gave Voting rights to all adults 21 years and older. That was subsequently reduced to 18 years and older.      Continue reading

Diaspora Engagement: Assessing Tensions and Solutions due of Social and Economic Transformation in Guyana — By Lear Matthews

This two-part article examines the tensions between the diaspora and home country and efforts to resolve them. This timely presentation is informed by the imminent economic windfall which requires constructive dialogue, collaboration, and informed policy, and argues that geographic separation should not prevent a common identity and the will to achieve a mutually beneficial purpose.

Diaspora Engagement: Assessing Tensions at a Time of Social and Economic Transformation in Guyana

— By Lear Matthews      (PART 1)

Transnational ties between immigrants and their home country is a universal phenomenon, but the relationship is often tenuous if not ambiguous. Diaspora engagement presupposes the formation of a partnership for development in which immigrants bring “potential value” to the development process through the provision of financial resources and human capital. Ideally, this situation augments connections and contributes to nation-building. Nevertheless, tensions do exist though not readily acknowledged.              Continue reading

Mapped: Visualizing the True Size of Africa – Infographic


The True Size of Africa Map

Mapped: The True Size of Africa

Take a look at any map, and it’s clear that the African continent is a big place.

However, despite the common perception that Africa is a large landmass, it’s still one that is vastly underestimated by most casual map viewers.

The reason for this is that the familiar Mercator map projection tends to distort our geographical view of the world in a crucial way — one that often leads to misconceptions about the relative sizes of both countries and continents.


US economy under Trump: Is it the greatest in history? – Reality Check – BBC News

Card with President Trump on the left and the quote "Our economy is the envy of the world. Perhaps the greatest economy in the history of our country."

Claim: President Trump often says the US economy is on an historic high, perhaps the greatest it’s ever been.

Speaking at his State of the Union address in February, he reinforced those claims by hailing his pro-growth policies which he says have helped Americans with jobs and wages.

Reality Check verdict: It’s true the economy has been doing well – but there have been periods when it was even stronger.

And the trade war with China, rising tensions in the Middle East and fears over the health of the global economy have unsettled markets at various points, and led the US central bank, the Federal Reserve, to lower interest rates.

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Guyana: OIL:10 billion US dollars a year and growing – By Steven Jasmin – OilNOW

By OilNOW – February 16, 2020 –  By Steven Jasmin – OilNOW

Steven Jasmin

A few weeks ago, I posted a breakdown of the estimated $500 Billion USD worth of oil that has been discovered and will be extracted. The post was well received and re-shared quite a bit. In the post I outlined my napkin estimate that Guyana was expected to see at least $200 billion over the next 20 years in revenue from the country’s take of the Oil and Gas find – approximately 40% of the total value of the recoverable assets.

Recently, a report came out by Rystad Energy that flipped my analysis on its head. Rystad believes that given what has been found, by 2035 the country of Guyana will not be receiving 40% of the total revenue as I predicted, but rather 10 billion dollars a year which is closer to 60% of the total revenue from the field.          Continue reading

TRAVEL: There’s a huge fight over reclining your airline seat. Is capitalism to blame?

Recline or don’t recline – it’s your call, but the greed of airlines in shrinking space to reap profits makes them the true villains

Recline or not to recline? In the face of such cramped conditions, it’s no wonder people are nipping at each other’s throats.
 Recline or not to recline? In the face of such cramped conditions.

Ariveting piece of cinema has captured the world’s attention, sparking endless debate about the perils of life under capitalism. No, not Parasite, but a 30-second video of an altercation on an airplane posted to Twitter. Like the Oscar-winning film, it reminds us how the baked-in incentives of greed and competition pit us needlessly against one another, robbing us of our humanity in turn.

The video, which has swiftly marshalled partisans on either side of a longstanding and heated debate about the relative merits of ethical reclining, was shared widely after being posted by a reporter from a Fox news station in Washington on Wednesday.


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