Category Archives: International News

SCIENCE: Will the Sahara Dust Plume Help or Hurt Us? – National Geographic

Oh Canada! … Canada Day: July 1, 2020 – Enjoy it virtually

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Government of Canada – Various Events

Across the country

Enjoy virtual Canada Day celebrations happening in cities and communities across the country on July 1.

Around the world

Find out what Canada Day activities our embassies, consulates and high commissions outside of Canada have organized.

Guyana-Venezuela Border Controversy: Guyana presents border controversy case at ICJ

 Sir Shridath Ramphal speaking at today's hearing

Sir Shridath Ramphal speaking at today’s hearing

Sir Shridath Ramphal with support from several international lawyers, this morning argued before the International Court of Justice (World Court) that it has the jurisdiction to decide that the Paris Award which settled the boundary between Guyana and Venezuela is binding.

In his presentation to the Court, Ramphal maintained that a juridical settlement of this matter is the only recourse remaining as Guyana has exhausted all other measures including those provided for in the 1966 Geneva Agreement.        Continue reading

BOOK: Memory, Migration and (De)Colonisation in the Caribbean and Beyond

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Memory, Migration and (De)Colonisation in the Caribbean and Beyond

Edited by Jack Webb, Rod Westmaas, Maria del Pilar Kaladeen, and William Tantam
18 February 2020

In recent years, academics, policy makers and media outlets have increasingly recognised the importance of Caribbean migrations and migrants to the histories and cultures of countries across the Northern Atlantic.

At the heart of this book are the voices of Caribbean migrants themselves, whose critical reflections on their experiences of migration and decolonisation are interwoven with the essays of academics and activists.            Continue reading

Guyana Airports: CJIA readies for proposed July 1. 2020 reopening

A sign at the airport, in the baggage retrieval area.

TRAVEL: Guyana among countries to be allowed under strict criteria to enter EU

Guyana among countries to be allowed under strict criteria to enter EU

The list has already aroused controversy after sources revealed that the United States – the worst-affected country worldwide by COVID-19 with more than 2.4 million cases, is on the following list.    Continue reading

Medical: Learning From the COVID-19 Failure — Before the Next Outbreak Arrives

Chronicle of a Pandemic Foretold –

Michael T. Osterholm and Mark Olshaker – HEADS OF STATE 

“Time is running out to prepare for the next pandemic. We must act now with decisiveness and purpose. Someday, after the next pandemic has come and gone, a commission much like the 9/11 Commission will be charged with determining how well government, business, and public health leaders prepared the world for the catastrophe when they had clear warning. WHAT WILL BE THE VERDICT?” 

That is from the concluding paragraph of an essay entitled “Preparing for the Next Pandemic” that one of us, Michael Osterholm, published in Foreign Affairs in 2005. The next pandemic has now come, and even though COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus that emerged in late 2019, is far from gone, it is not too soon to reach a verdict on the world’s collective preparation. THAT VERDICT IS A DAMNING ONE.            Continue reading

Venezuela: Trump slams Guaidó while expressing openness in speaking with Maduro

Trump slams Guaidó while expressing openness in speaking with Maduro

Trump and Guaido

By Paul Antonopoulos | June 22, 2020

In what potentially could be a radical change in Washington’s policy towards Venezuela, U.S. president Donald Trump confessed that he has had doubts about his decision to recognize opposition leader Juan Guaidó as president of the South American country.

Trump revealed in an interview with Axios in the Oval Office what he thinks about the self-proclaimed wannabe president of Venezuela, Guaidó, and even confessed that he “would maybe think” of meeting personally with Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, who has already publicly expressed his willingness to talk with the American president.          Continue reading

History: Britain’s culture war and the Caribbean: Colonialism and Slavery – By David Jessop

By David Jessop – June 23, 2020

Last week a culture war erupted in Britain over its colonial history.

Ostensibly the debate revolved around how to respond to public protests against the memorialising in city streets, squares, and public spaces of those involved in slavery. More profoundly, however, what happened and was said illuminated the need for Britain to find ways to rebalance the nation’s understanding of the role played by conquest, exploitation, and empire in creating its wealth.

The matter achieved prominence because of events on June 7 in Bristol in the West of England. There protestors had taken to the streets to join the international condemnation of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and to make clear that Black Lives Matter in Britain too.          Continue reading

HISTORY: A swift goodbye to some racist imagery and policy – National Geographic

Selma Alabama Bridge -1985

TODAY’S BIG QUESTION: WINDOW DRESSING, OR THE ROAD TO CHANGE?

By Debra Adams Simmons, HISTORY Executive Editor  – National Geographic

Hope infused last week’s broad Juneteenth celebrations and U.S. Supreme Court decisions protecting nearly 700,000 “Dreamers” from deportation and the civil rights of America’s LBGTQ communities.

Statues fell, flags with Confederate symbols came down, portraits of house speakers who served in the Confederacy were removed from the U.S. Congress. Venerable brands, which have long used labels such as Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben’s, announced an end to faces on food boxes and bottles that were born in racist stereotypes. Longtime companies that worked with slavers and profited from them, such as Lloyds’ of London, apologized to the Black community and promised to make amends.          Continue reading

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