Category Archives: Latin America

Environment: Scientists Work to Solve Caribbean Sargassum Seaweed Mystery – By VOA

October 09, 2021 – by VOA

A tourist tosses sargassum into the air at Marlin Beach in Cancun, Mexico May 30, 2021. (REUTERS/Paola Chiomante)
A tourist tosses sargassum into the air at Marlin Beach in Cancun, Mexico May 30, 2021. (REUTERS/Paola Chiomante)

Ten years ago, scientists were shocked when a huge amount of seaweed appeared in tropical waters in the Atlantic Ocean. The area where it was found usually lacks the nutrients to feed such growth.

Years later, a group of U.S. researchers has identified one of the leading causes for the event: city and farm runoff carried by rivers to the ocean. This nutrient-charged outflow is just one of several likely suspects fueling an explosion of seaweed in warm waters of the Americas.          Continue reading

‘Venezuela Won’t Even Get to Exploit 5% of Its Oil Reserves’ – Marianela Palacios | Caracas Chronicles

Venezuela – Click to enlarge

Now that oil prices are recovering, Francisco Monaldi analyzes the truth of the nature and magnitude of what lies beneath the Faja del Orinoco (Orinoco Belt) and the historic use of fossil fuel to determine the role of oil in our future 

Marianela Palacios | Caracas Chronicles

IT IS TRUE THAT THERE ARE OVER ONE TRILLION OIL BARRELS IN THE VENEZUELAN SUBSOIL. That’s why Nicolás Maduro brags about the “world’s largest reserves”, although he adds that only a fraction of them are “proven” and exploitable; between 20 and 25 percent of the total amount: 300 billion barrels. But it is also true that, if things stay the way they are, most of it will remain underground forever. The carbon dioxide won’t be released into the atmosphere nor will that wealth be used.              Continue reading

VENEZUELA: A Snapshot of Hell – Caracas Chronicles

This week, the video of an execution, followed by an audio clip of an officer explaining how to cover up the evidence, went viral on social media. The reaction shows how immoral our security forces are… and our public opinion, too 

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Manuel Llorens and Keymer Ávila | Caracas Chronicles 

“We lived happily during the war

And when they bombed other people’s houses, we protested

but not enough, we opposed them but not enough.”

— Ilya Kaminsky 

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GUYANA: News Video: Guyana News Source – 7th October 2021

GUYANA: News Video: Guyana News Source – 7th October 2021

  • Labourer charged with starting Brickdam Station fire @ 0.29 mins
  • Fire Service got no confessions during its probe @ 4.45 mins
  • Woman found dead in washroom at GPHC @ 9.30 mins
  • Health warning to doctors Over Vaccine Exemption Letter @ 14 mins
  • ExxonMobil announces another major oil find @ 12.33 mins
  • Ease at the Fuel Pump @ 15.00 mins
  • Policeman remanded for Marijuana Trafficking @ 16.04 mins
  • Study by Pfizer to vaccinate entire town in Brazil against Covid @ 20.00 mins
  • The Bahamas removing undocumented Haitians @ 20.40 mins
  • UK Eases several countries off Red Travel List @ 21.25 mins

ANALYSIS: Protests Are Taking Over the World. What’s Driving Them? – New York Times      

THE PANDEMIC and PROTESTS   – Oct. 3, 2021 – New York Times

By Zachariah Mampilly – A professor of international affairs at the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, City University of New York.

September was turbulent: More than 200 Australians arrested during citywide protests and a temporary no-fly zone declared over Melbourne. Rubber bullets and tear gas unleashed by the Thai riot police into an angry crowd. Health care workers assaulted in Canada. Rallies of up to 150,000 people across the Netherlands

The pandemic has coincided with an upsurge in protests across the globe. Over the past 18 months, people have taken to the streets in IndiaYemenTunisiaEswatiniCubaColombiaBrazil and the United States. The Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project reports that the number of demonstrations globally increased by 7 percent from 2019 to 2020 despite government-mandated lockdowns and other measures designed to limit public gatherings.        Continue reading

PROFILE: Breaking free from the Roman Catholic Church – By Rosaliene Bacchus

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Breaking free from the Roman Catholic Church did not happen overnight.

The fear of Hell, embedded since childhood, is a powerful force. I began questioning the Church’s religious teachings and practices during my seven years in the convent.

A beginners’ course in Anthropology, taken as a final year university undergraduate, led me to reconsider the nature of being human and our roles as male and female. I recall having an epiphany about the need to change the rules regarding the Church’s Sacrament of Matrimony that was out of touch with our times.      Continue reading

Commentary: The Caribbean’s ‘big fish small fish’ problem – By: David Jessop

Some years ago, the then Prime Minister of Barbados, the late Owen Arthur, told me that unless regional leaders could agree on how to achieve economic parity between CARICOM’s member states, a viable Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME) might not be attainable.

During a lengthy exchange he suggested that to overcome the differences in the weight, size and performance of Anglophone Caribbean nations, CARICOM’s members needed to have greater political will. That meant, he said, adopting, implementing, and sustaining measures that would rebalance relationships, enable intra-regional capital flows, and stimulate economic complementarities. Without this, he said, it would be hard to make competitive and economically secure a geographically-fragmented region.          Continue reading

BOOK: Duplicity and Complicity in a Whitewashed Church – By Rosaliene Bacchus

Rosaliene Bacchus – August 24, 2021– PRESS RELEASE — NEW NOVEL — THE TWISTED CIRCLE

Front Cover The Twisted Circle: A Novel by Rosaliene Bacchus (USA, 2021)

LOS ANGELESAug. 24, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Aggrieved, angered, and ashamed by the revelations in the documentary film, Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, author Rosaliene Bacchus breaks her silence as a former Catholic nun in her novel, The Twisted Circle, and adds her voice for victims of sexual abuse by predatory priests in the patriarchal Catholic Church.

Drawing on her seven-year experience of the religious life during the 1970s in her native land, Guyana, Bacchus explores the abuse of power by members of the clergy. The religious women ensnared in the author’s twisted circle of deceit, are not without guilt. Taught to hate the sin but forgive the sinner, they share silent complicity with the abusers.      Continue reading

VIDEO: U.S. Role In Assassination Of Haitian President Coming Into Focus

VIDEO: U.S. Role In Assassination Of Haitian President Coming Into Focus; Colombians Reportedly Involved

Kim Ives, English language editor at Haiti Liberté, discusses the latest developments in the investigation into President Jovenel Moïse’s assassination.

About Rising: Rising is a weekday morning show with bipartisan hosts that breaks the mold of morning TV by taking viewers inside the halls of Washington power like never before.      Continue reading

HAITI: Doubts raised about who was behind the assassination of Haiti’s president

Police claims that Jovenel Moïse was killed by a mainly Colombian hit squad thrown into doubt

Haitians gather at the US embassy in hopes of visas amid fear and uncertainty following the assassination of the country’s president.
PHOTO: Haitians gather at the US embassy in hopes of visas amid fear and uncertainty following the assassination of the country’s president. Photograph: Orlando Barría/EPA
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Questions have been raised over Haiti’s official narrative for the assassination of its president, Jovenel Moïse, who was gunned down at his mansion in Port-au-Prince last Wednesday, July 7, 2021.

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