Category Archives: Governance

The truth is that Trump has a point about globalization – By Larry Elliott – The Guardian

The truth is that Trump has a point about globalisation

By Larry Elliott – Wed 26 Sep 2018  – The Guardian

The president’s belief that the nation state can cure economic ills is not without merit

Photo:  ‘The stupendous growth posted by China over 40 years has been the result of doing the opposite of what the globalisation textbooks recommend.’ AFP/Getty Images

Once every three years the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank hold their annual meetings out of town. Instead of schlepping over to Washington, the gathering of finance ministers and central bank governors is hosted by a member state. Ever since the 2000 meeting in Prague was besieged by anti-globalisation rioters, the away fixtures have tended to be held in places that are hard to get to or where the regime tends to take a dim view of protest: Singapore, Turkey, Peru.     Continue reading

India top court upholds world’s largest biometric scheme – named Aadhaar

  • 26 September 2018 – BBC NEWS
An Indian woman poses with new 2000 rupee notes, her Aadhaar ID card and a finger inked with indelible ink after exchanging withdrawn 500 and 1000 rupee banknotes at a bank in Chennai on November 17, 2016GETTY IMAGES
Image caption – Indians will need the identity number to receive benefits from more than 500 welfare schemes

Aadhaar: India top court upholds world’s largest biometric scheme

India’s Supreme Court has ruled that the country’s controversial biometric identity scheme is constitutional and does not violate the right to privacy.

However the court limited the scope of the Aadhaar scheme, saying it could not be compulsory for bank accounts, mobile connections or school admissions.

The world’s largest biometric ID database covers welfare and tax payments and access to social services.

More than a billion Indians have already been enrolled.

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Barbados: Parliamentary Democracy Under the Microscope: Agenda for Change

Barbados Underground

Submitted by Doc Martin

I resonate with commentators on this blog and elsewhere who see the 30-0 sweep wrought by BLP in the May 24 election as a blessing in disguise. But not necessarily for the same reasons!  For those who are willing to look, listen and learn from their mistakes and for those who have “come of age” politically, it is indeed a blessing. 
 
Even as this is being written, the post-election political situation continues to unravel with the so-called crossing of the floor by one of the successful BLP candidates in the May 24 election. This, together with the subtle (and not-so-subtle) retreat of the Prime Minister from some of the promises made in the election, as well as her feigned attempts to convince Barbadians that she is now getting to learn the true gravity of the debt situation, should cause Barbadians to sit up…

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Canada’s Justin Trudeau tells Davos: tackle inequality or risk failure

Canadian prime minister says employing more women is the smart thing to do

Canada’ PM Justin Trudeau

Canada’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau, has challenged leaders of the world’s biggest corporations to hire more women and to tackle sexual harassment as he warned that a business-as-usual approach to tackling inequality would lead to failure for everyone.

In a keynote speech to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Trudeau said hiring, promoting and retaining more women was the key to narrowing the “staggering” gap between rich and poor.    Continue reading

Commentary: Venezuela sinks further, dragging other countries with it

Commentary: Venezuela sinks further, dragging other countries with it

January 21, 2018 – By Youri Kemp

Venezuela is crumbling right before our very eyes. It’s sad that a once prosperous country — even under the tamest Bolivarian dramatics — is being reduced to rubble under what we can only call mismanagement at its highest level.

Since President Nicholas Maduro took office after quelling a mini-coup and massive dissent to his rule, coupled with ongoing civil unrest, there has been nothing but chaos, confusion, allegations of corruption, the suppression of news, assaults on the opposition and media and the repression of a proud people that deserve better.    Continue reading

Guyana Revenue Authority seizes $$$millions in smuggled goods

GRA seizes boats with $$$millions in contraband

The Law Enforcement and Investigation Division (LEID) of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) recently seized millions of dollars worth of smuggled beverages on two trawlers which were making their way from Trinidad and Tobago.

Some of the beverages seized by GRA’s Law Enforcement and Investigation Division.The seizure was made in Guyana.    

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Venezuela’s opposition is on the verge of collapse – By Marco Aponte-Moreno

Venezuela’s opposition is on the verge of collapse – By Marco Aponte-Moreno

It’s been a bittersweet couple of weeks for the Venezuelan opposition, which for six months this year staged daily protests against the authoritarian-leaning regime of president Nicolás Maduro.

On Oct. 26, the alliance – which began working together in 2008 to counterbalance Hugo Chávez’s “Chavista” regime – was given the Sakharov Prize, one of the world’s most prestigious human rights awards.

“Today we are supporting a nation’s freedom to struggle,” said Antonio Tajani, president of European Parliament, in bestowing the honor upon the more than two dozen parties that comprise Venezuela’s Democratic Unity Roundtable.

However, the award came just after the opposition had been handed a stunning defeat in Venezuela’s Oct. 15 regional elections. Despite a 75 percent approval rating, its candidates won just five of 23 state governorships.    READ MORE

Has Canada lost her Identity? – By Yvonne Sam

Has Canada lost her Identity?

– By Yvonne Sam

What does it mean to be a Canadian?

In the history of the world there is no example of a culture, civilization or country that has survived in the absence of an intact family unit.  From a historical perspective this has meant

father, mother, sister, brother, grandparents, and sometimes other extended family members.  The onset of the Industrial Revolution brought what we now know as the nuclear family-father, mother, brother and sister.     Continue reading

Puerto Rico faces ‘apocalyptic’ conditions: Debts should be Forgiven by Trump

If Trump Were Really President, He’d Forgive Puerto Rico’s Debts and Rescue It

The least we can do is get the island back on its feet and put into place policies that will bring prosperity back.

Puerto Rico faces ‘apocalyptic’ conditions: Humanitarian crisis grows for 3.4 million US citizens

“All the infrastructure has collapsed. Everything we had before the hurricane is beyond reach.”    Continue reading

Guyana – MY HEART GRIEVES FOR THEE – By Yvonne Sam

Guyana – MY HEART GRIEVES FOR THEE

Yvonne Sam

By Yvonne Sam

My heart grieves for the country that I was born and raised in; the country I love.

It is so hard to sit back and look, and not be grieved at what is happening in the country that claims to be founded as a God-fearing nation.

My heart grieves at the continuous, self-inflicted violence and murder that we see daily.

My heart grieves for the trend of authoritarianism that is once again raising its head in Guyana?

My heart grieves at the way we continue to overlook and ignore certain issues in our   community, such as mental illness, incest and abuse, which negatively impact so many.   Continue reading

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