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Modi visit to US: Trump appearance signals importance of India – BBC News

Five years ago, when Narendra Modi first stepped on US soil as India’s prime minister to chants of his name and “Hail Mother India”, many called it audacious.

The rock star reception at New York’s Madison Square Garden resembled a victory lap for a leader who had been denied entry into the US for almost a decade.

This Sunday (22 Sep 2019), the Indian leader will address a far bigger crowd of supporters at an event in Houston, Texas, and standing next to him will be the president of the United States – a visual that many believe will help Mr Modi shrug off some of the international criticism over his controversial move on Kashmir.

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London UK- Notting Hill Carnival 2019 day two – photo essay

Notting Hill carnival 2019 day two – photo essay

Photographer Anselm Ebulue found revellers feeling hot, hot, hot on the festival’s scorching second day

Main image: A masquerade dancer feeling the heat after temperatures soared at the Notting Hill carnival Photograph: Anselm Ebulue/Guardian

As temperatures soared to over 30C (86F) in London, the tempo picked up at the Notting Hill carnival – and so did the costumes. The elaborate handmade outfits known as mas – short for masquerade – are at the heart of the annual spectacular.

Middle East: Saudi oil attacks push prices up by highest price surge since 1988

Price of Brent crude surges by more than $12 a barrel as 5% of world’s oil supply is wiped out

Saudi Oil Attack

The Saudi oil attacks have triggered the steepest crude market price surge in 30 years and stoked fears for the global economy.

The attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil infrastructure led to the biggest jump in global prices since 1988 by wiping out 5.7m barrels of production a day – 5% of the world’s oil supply.

The price of Brent crude surged by more than $12 (£9.60) a barrel within seconds as trading began in London, quickly climbing to highs of $70.88 – a rise of more than 19% – before settling lower in a day of record-breaking oil trading. By Monday evening oil was trading at nearly $69, up 15% on the day.                Continue reading

A Brief History of Bullshit: Why We Have Learned to Ignore Truth – by Eva Illouz | Haaretz

Lies no longer draw backlash or punishment. But truth remains the strongest weapon against the world of alternative facts propagated by Trump and Netanyahu

  Eva Illouz | Haaretz

If lying has become a widespread practice in public life, it is because it has gone unpunished, and more disturbingly, because it often seems to bear ripe and colorful fruits. It is enough for Benjamin Netanyahu to say that Mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini engineered the Holocaust, or that Benny Gantz is a security risk to Israel to suddenly create doubt in the mind of the citizen, a doubt which in turn changes reality.

This is a unique historical moment, one that seems to reverse the most fundamental tenets of the Enlightenment, about the moral and political centrality of truth. Hence the question posed here:                 Continue reading

UK Parliament: John Bercow: I’ll Stop Boris Johnson Breaking the Law on Brexit – commentary

Commons Speaker issues direct challenge to ministers threatening to ignore legislation

Rowena Mason and Owen Bowcott | The Guardian UK

John Bercow has threatened Boris Johnson that he will be prepared to rip up the parliamentary rulebook to stop any illegal attempt by the prime minister to take the UK out of the EU without a deal on 31 October.

In a direct warning to No 10, the Speaker of the House of Commons said he is prepared to allow “additional procedural creativity” if necessary, to allow parliament to block Johnson from ignoring the law.        Continue reading

Ugly American, meet Beautiful Barbados – Barbados Today Editorial

— Barbados Today Editorial

One of the greatest social observers of the Victorian era – an age in which life was nasty, brutish and short – once remarked: “A great man shows his greatness by the way he treats little men.”

Perspicacious as the Scottish philosopher, essayist and polymath notably were, he would be no seer or prophet in our modern era of dulled sensibilities, muted sensitivities, coarse and violent ideas, and cheapened life.

We have been raised to expect the lowest of the low to lurk in bushes, in the corridors of prisons and the gutters of ghettoes. But now, ugly thought and speech are being normalised in the highest corridors of power and in the most powerful nation where braggadocio has usurped statesmanship. We consider it our solemn duty to condemn it here as it begins to strike out from one nation to a neighbour, a member of our CARICOM family.              Continue reading

Guyanese Online: Entries List for September 13, 2019

Here is the Guyanese Online List of Entries for September 13, 2019

Click links below for list of entries:

Previous lists are at the link below:

https://guyaneseonline.net/2018/03/15/guyanese-online-entries-from-january-1-2018-click-links-to-view/

Guyana: 923 persons granted citizenship since 2015 … eight were Haitians – Minister Felix

Minister Winston Felix

This was reported yesterday by Minister with responsibility for Citizenship, Winston Felix, during a press conference at his Shiv Chanderpaul Drive office.

The issue has taken front burner in recent months after it was noticed that a significant number of foreigners were in Guyana and being registered.

Among them are Cubans, Haitians and Venezuelans.

The Opposition has made it clear that it suspects that the Government was registering foreigners in exchange for votes.              Continue reading

Bahamas says 2,500 missing after Dorian; PM warns death toll to rise ‘significantly’

Members of the Canadian Burnaby Firefighters Search & Rescue Task Force search for victims after Hurricane Dorian hit the Abaco Islands in Marsh Harbour, Bahamas, September 11, 2019. REUTERS/Marco Bello

Members of the Canadian Burnaby Firefighters Search & Rescue Task Force search for victims after Hurricane Dorian hit the Abaco Islands in Marsh Harbour, Bahamas, September 11, 2019. REUTERS/Marco Bello

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