Category Archives: Military

The view from Europe: Tariff wars and sanctions: the new normal? – By David Jessop

 By David Jessop

The moment is fast arriving when Caribbean Governments and business will have to consider the consequences of the tariff wars and sanctions that Washington is now pursuing.

Far from reducing its ‘America First’ rhetoric and seeking compromise, the Trump Administration has become committed to weaponising its trade policy to achieve its broader political objectives. If sustained this will reshape global markets, making an equitable rules-based global trading system no longer possible.

So serious has the matter become that the Chinese government recently issued a white paper on its trade dispute with the US. The document, which has much broader relevance, sets out clearly how since President Trump took office in 2017 the US administration has threatened its major trading partners with new tariffs and introduced measures provoking frequent economic and trade friction.      Continue reading

“Nothing to Worry About” ~ Poem by Palestinian-American Poet Remi Kanazi

FRONT COVER: BEFORE THE NEXT BOMB DROPS: RISING UP FROM BROOKLYN TO PALESTINE
BY REMI KANAZI [HAYMARKET/USA, 2015]

My Poetry Corner June 2019 features the poem “Nothing to Worry About” from the poetry collection Before the Next Bomb Drops: Rising Up from Brooklyn to Palestine (Haymarket Books, 2015) by Remi Kanazi, a poet, writer, and organizer based in New York City. Born in 1981, he is the son of Palestinian refugees who fled Palestine during the Nakba of 1948 when the state of Israel was established. In this collection, he not only addresses the Israel-Palestine conflict, but also examines racism in America, police brutality, US militarism at home and wars abroad, Islamophobia, and more.

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Guyana: EX-GDF, EX-GNS, EX-GPM and EX-BGVF Officers 2019 Reunion Dinner- NYC- July 5. 2019

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Venezuela crisis: Maduro claims victory over ‘deranged’ coup attempt

Venezuela crisis: Maduro claims victory over ‘deranged’ coup attempt

President blames Trump imperialists and ‘coup-mongering far right’ as rival Juan Guaidó calls for more protests

 National Guard armoured vehicle drives into protesters in Venezuela – video

Nicolás Maduro claimed his troops have thwarted a botched attempt to topple him masterminded by Venezuela’s “coup-mongering far right” and Donald Trump’s deranged imperialist “gang”.

In an hour-long address to the nation on Tuesday night – his first since the pre-dawn uprising began – Maduro accused opposition leader Juan Guaidó and his political mentor Leopoldo López of seeking to spark an armed confrontation that might be used as a pretext for a foreign military intervention.                Continue reading

USA: Trump tells Russia to get its troops out of Venezuela

The arrival of two Russian air force planes carrying nearly 100 Russian troops outside Caracas on Saturday has escalated the political crisis in Venezuela.

Russia and China have backed President Nicolas Maduro, while the United States and most Western countries support opposition leader Juan Guaido. In January, he invoked the constitution to assume the country’s interim presidency, arguing Maduro’s 2018 re-election was illegitimate.  Continue reading

Washington Owes The Region An Explanation – By David Jessop

 Washington Owes The Region An Explanation

| March 10, 2019 | By David Jessop 

US National Security Adviser John Bolton

From Iraq, through Libya to Syria, the approach to regime change by the United States and its allies has been to support the removal of a disliked government with little serious thought as to the broader consequences.

Absent in these and other lower intensity conflicts has been any informed long-term thinking or planning about the ensuing instability, the multiple damaging effects on neighbours, or the additional cost in human suffering an intervention causes.      Continue reading

Putin to U.S.: I’m ready for another Cuban Missile-style crisis… if you want one

President Vladimir Putin

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia is militarily ready for a Cuban Missile-style crisis if the United States wanted one and threatened to place hypersonic nuclear missiles on ships or submarines near U.S. territorial waters.

The Cuban Missile Crisis erupted in 1962 when Moscow responded to a U.S. missile deployment in Turkey by sending ballistic missiles to Cuba, sparking a standoff that brought the world to the brink of nuclear war.

More than five decades on, tensions are rising again over Russian fears that the United States might deploy intermediate-range nuclear missiles in Europe, as a landmark Cold War-era arms-control treaty unravelsContinue reading

Trump reportedly floated ‘using military force’ in Venezuela

Trump reportedly floated ‘using military force’ in Venezuela

President Donald Trump

Business Insider – – 28 January 2019

  • President Donald Trump reportedly floated using “military force” in Venezuela to Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham in recent weeks.
  • Graham told Axios he cautioned Trump the move could be “problematic.”
  • The US and several other countries recently recognized opposition leader Juan Guaidó as the legitimate interim president over Nicolas Maduro.
  • Speculation has been mounting ever since over the Trump administration’s next moves in Venezuela

President Donald Trump reportedly weighed using the “military option” in Venezuela in recent weeks, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham told Axios on Sunday,  27 January 2019 Continue reading

More aircraft, boats for GDF; no place for low endurance soldiers- Granger

President David Granger addressing the GDF’s 2019 Officers’ Conference.

Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, President David Granger on Thursday announced that the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) would be getting more aircraft, including drones, this year.

Addressing the opening of the GDF’s 2019 Officers’ Conference, he said some of the GYD$14 billion allocated to the GDF this year would be used to purchase “light transport aircraft” as well as drones for border surveillance, inshore patrol vessels and engineering and transport equipment.         Continue reading

Venezuela to remap offshore oil, escalating tension with Guyana

Venezuela to remap offshore oil, escalating tension with Guyana

BLOOMBERG – Venezuela will remap its Caribbean oil and gas prospects in a move that could further stoke a century-long border dispute with Guyana and collide with Exxon Mobil Corp.’s venture in the region, people with knowledge of the plan said.              Continue reading

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