Category Archives: Disasters

As the carnage continues—American is running out of reasons – By Yvonne Sam

  By Yvonne Sam

The truth America can no longer shun- her undying affinity with the gun.

Reasons range from untreated madness to sheer badness, as once more America is thrown into a state of mourning— a condition that she has found herself in more often than she cares to recall due to the regularity. The latest mass shooting in El Paso,Texas and Dayton, Ohio is in no way an anomaly, just history repeating itself.

America is running out of excuses, while the murderers are gaining easier access to weapons. The truth be told the problem is dire. Each new event brings with a demand for new laws and regulations.            Continue reading

A Weekend of Mass Murder Reflects How American Violence Goes Viral

Marc Fisher | The Washington Post – [Contribution by James McAuley in Paris]

In El Paso, Dayton and Chicago, a weekend of horrific gun violence seemed on the surface to be another spasm of disconnected mayhem, people taking the lives of others almost at random. But on closer examination, the attacks served to illustrate how America’s lone-wolf shooters aren’t really alone.

Whether the proximate cause was political or personal, whether it grew out of ideological indoctrination, mental illness or some toxic blend of factors that left shooters isolated and damaged, each attack demonstrated a troubling disorder festering in modern America.               Continue reading

Petro-dollars can fuel Guyana’s escape from coming global warming catastrophe – By Mohamed Hamaludin

Petro-dollars can fuel Guyana’s escape from coming global warming catastrophe

– By MOHAMED HAMALUDIN

  • The title of Thomas Wolfe’s posthumous 1940 novel says, “You Can’t Go Home Again.”
  • But you can try.
  • I did.
  •  Wolfe was right.

I visited my native Guyana recently for my dearest friend’s funeral. The trip took me to the capital Georgetown, where I had worked for about a decade and a half as a journalist, then to my friend’s house several miles away and to Essequibo County, where I was born and spent much of my life, eight years as a schoolteacher.

This was my second visit back since immigrating to the United States in 1984, the first in about  20 years later. It was an eye-opener.      Continue reading

Earth’s Climate Emergency: Break down the walls! – by Rosaliene Bacchus

YOUTHSTRIKE4CLIMATE STUDENT MARCH – LONDON, UK – APRIL 12, 2019
PHOTO CREDIT: COMMON DREAMS (PHOTO DAN KITWOOD/GETTY IMAGES)

To those people who are still in denial that humanity faces a climate crisis that would most likely lead to the extinction of our species, not to mention most other species, I say, wake up to reality. We cannot afford to wait until reality strikes you in the groin or chest for us to take evasive action as a united nation.    Continue reading

Fly Jamaica makes staffers redundant; hopes for return in “couple” of months

Ronald Reece

Fly Jamaica has told its staffers that it is experiencing cash problems and are making redundant effective tomorrow  – March 31, 2019.

Fly Jamaica is also hoping to start flying again in a few months but, in the meantime, a sloth in processing refunds continues to upset passengers who were left in limbo.

According to a letter yesterday to staffers, Chairman, Captain Ronald Reece, said that a lack of an aircraft and the impact on the finances has caused the decision.

“It is with great sadness and remorse that we have arrived at this juncture. We are hoping for funding but that has been slow in coming, therefore for the time being, no other resources or options exist.”      Continue reading

IS BOEING CANCELING THE BOEING 737 MAX? – commentary

Boeing 737 MAX 8
Is Boeing Canceling the Boeing 737 MAX?

After the Ethiopian Flight ET302 crashed on Sunday, the whole world is still grieving the 157 victims of the disaster.

However, this is the second deadly Boeing 737 MAX 8 crash in the span of fewer than 6 months. Back in October, a Lion Air MAX 8 plunged into the sea on flight JT 610. The two accidents have raised quite a few safety concerns about the newest Boeing 737 jet.

Subsequently, after the crash in Ethiopia, airlines and aviation authorities have grounded MAX 8 jets. In just three days, almost all of the global Boeing 737 MAX 8 fleet is sitting parked on the ground, generating millions of losses for airlines.

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The Venezuelan crisis requires a planned humanitarian response – By David Jessop

David Jessop

The View from Europe: By David Jessop

In the years following the Arab Spring, Europe learnt that, without prior planning and consideration, large numbers of people fleeing instability can rapidly create political, social and economic tensions in ways that polarise national discourse, change politics, affect foreign relations, and redefine social thinking.

Without clear policies and a well-planned response to the accelerating humanitarian disaster in Venezuela there are good reasons to believe that similar consequences could follow in the Caribbean.          Continue reading

Belgian mercenary admitted the killing of UN’s Dag Hammarskjöld in 1961

Emma Graham-Harrison, Andreas Rocksen and Mads Brügger | The Guardian

  • Man accused of shooting down UN Chief: ‘Sometimes you have to do things you don’t want to…’
  • Exclusive research reveals that a British-trained Belgian mercenary admitted the killing of Dag Hammarskjöld in 1961

Jan van Risseghem was only a teenager when his mother ordered him to flee Nazi-occupied Belgium for her native England with his brother Maurice. After hiding in a convent, and an epic journey across the war-torn continent, they reached safety in Portugal, then took a ship north.

Once in England, the pair signed up with the Belgian resistance, and with the help of an uncle enrolled for flight training with the RAF, a decision that shaped not just their war, but the rest of their lives.   Continue reading

UN Warns: More Venezuelan Refugees and Migrants Expected in Region

Brace for more Venezuelans U.N urges scaled up support in Guyana, other Caribbean countries

…plan seeks to provide financial assistance

Venezuela – Click to enlarge

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency estimates that a Caribbean response in 2019 will cost at minimum US $34M based on the projection that the refugee and migrant population from Venezuela will grow to around 222,000 by the end of 2019 with irregular arrivals expected to continue.        Continue reading

The fire in Paradise. California: From natural disaster to social catastrophe – commentary

https://www.greanvillepost.com/ -By David Brown…  

The basic obstacle to addressing the social causes of catastrophes like that in Northern California is the capitalist system, which subordinates all of economic life to the interests of the corporate and financial elite. There is not a single social problem, including the need for massive investment in social infrastructure, that can be solved without a frontal attack on the wealth of the ruling elite.

The US state of California has been devastated by the most destructive and deadliest wildfires in the state’s history. While wildfires, like hurricanes, are rooted in natural causes, the horrific consequences are the product of corporate malfeasance and government neglect. Continue reading

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