Category Archives: legal

Global Passport Ranking – How Powerful is Your Passport in a Post-Pandemic World?

Global Passport Ranking – Henley Passport Index 2021

Ranking the the world’s most powerful passports based on access to visa-free destinations. Where does your country fall on the list?

With historical data spanning 16 years, the Henley Passport Index is the only one of its kind based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Authority (IATA). The index includes 199 different passports and 227 different travel destinations.

Updated quarterly, the Henley Passport Index is considered the standard reference tool for global citizens and sovereign states when assessing where a passport ranks on the global mobility spectrum.


ENGLAND: No Covid checks on green and amber list arrivals

 England no longer have to verify whether new arrivals have received a negative Covid test

People queueing at Heathrow under a 'UK Border' sign
Border Force officers say the changes have been brought in because IT systems are struggling to cope with the number of checks. Photograph: Hannah McKay/Reuters
THE GUARDIAN —Tue 20 Jul 2021 17.04 BST
Border officials are no longer required to make basic Covid checks on people arriving in England from green and amber list countries, according to leaked instructions that have prompted claims that the government is turning a blind eye to the risk of importing Covid cases.            Continue reading

GUYANA HISTORY: A summary of the 1889 ‘Cent Bread’ riot in Georgetown – By Nigel Westmaas 

Stabroek Market: Location of the inciting incident

Georgetown: Stabroek Market: Location of the inciting incident

By Nigel Westmaas 

In 1889, there was massive riot in Georgetown that led to widespread unrest and the destruction of buildings, especially Portuguese shops. The incident that sparked the revolt was the occasion for the riot but the context was simmering for decades. It was symbolized and highlighted by the expressive ‘cent bread’ descriptive.        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
 ,   –Sat 10 Jul 2021  – The Guardian UK
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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GUYANA: Marijuana criminalization impacts – By Akola Thompson


A few weeks ago, members of the Rastafarian community staged protests in front of the Attorney General’s Chambers. While these specific protests were inspired by the recent arrest of former Council President Ras Leon Saul for possession of a small amount of cannabis, Rastafarians have for years been calling on government officials to lead decriminalization efforts.

Despite the many promises that have been made over the years, to date, very little has been done to seriously propel us towards marijuana decriminalization.  Continue reading

TRAVEL: Trinidad to reopen borders July 17, 2021

 On July 17, the borders of Trinidad and Tobago will be opened to citizens and nationals of Trinidad and Tobago.

The announcement was made this afternoon by Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley who outlined the conditions under which people would be allowed into the country.

He said that T&T nationals who are fully vaccinated (defined as a person who has received the required number of doses of a WHO approved vaccine two weeks prior to travel and having shown proof of a negative PCR test taken 72 hours before) such a person who is a citizen or a resident would be allowed to enter, having shown proof of a negative PRC test taken no longer than 72 hours before.          Continue reading

GUYANA: President Ali removes Haitians from list of visa-free nations

Haitians and Cubans in Bon Fim. Brazil – arrested by Federal Police (file photo)

President Irfaan Ali has withdrawn the automatic six-month stay of Haitians on arrival in Guyana, now resulting in nationals of that former sister-Caribbean Community (CARICOM) having to get visas here.

The order, which  is dated June 22, 2021 and signed by President Irfaan Ali, removes Haitians from the list of nationals who can enter this country without visas. His order revokes the Immigration Order 2019 is revoked.    Continue reading

USA Politics: Greene’s Ahistorical Claim That The Nazis Were Socialists – Opinion + Video on “Socialism”


– Glenn Kessler | The Washington Post

“You know, Nazis were the National Socialist Party. Just like the Democrats are now a national socialist party.”

              — Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), speaking at an “America First” rally, May 27, 2021

Those who apparently do not know history are doomed to make basic mistakes. 

IT SEEMS SO SIMPLE. The official name of the Adolf Hitler’s political party — the Nazis — had the word “socialist” in it. Ergo, it must have been a socialist party. And that means that Democrats, some of whom call themselves socialists, must be Nazis. Or something like that.       Continue reading

U.S.A: New breed of prosecutors embracing policies to end systemic injustice — By Mohamed Hamaludin

Some 2.2 million Americans are locked up in 6,849 prisons and jails, representing 21 percent of the world’s prisoners in a country with five percent of the world’s population.

For African Americans, the rate is more than five times that for European Americans; for African American women, twice the rate for European American women; their children are 32 percent of those arrested, 42 percent of those detained and 52 percent of those tried in criminal court.

The federal government and 27 states, including Florida, confine 128,063 of those inmates in private prisons run mainly by Core Civic and GEO Group. Those companies have said their goal is to make money.          Continue reading

GUYANA: The Audacity – Think on That – By Mosa Telford

Directors of Superior Concrete Inc., a foreign company in Guyana, disrespected Housing Minister Colin Croal, Chief Executive Officer of the Central Housing and Planning Authority Sherwyn Greaves and staff of the CH&PA’s Enforcement Department. Minister Croal and CH&PA officials visited a site in Houston Estates to issue an order to Superior Concrete Inc., which was illegally constructing a concrete factory.

Not only was the first Cease and Desist order destroyed by one who had the gall, but on another visit, our officials were not only told to leave because it was private property, but that the arrogant ones at Superior Concrete Inc. did not wish to speak to them.          Continue reading