Category Archives: Politics

US-Guyana anti-narcotics air, marine patrols not cover for US operations against Venezuela- President Ali

President Irfaan Ali and US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo .

President Irfaan Ali on Friday said the Shiprider Agreement  would not be used by the United States (US) to conduct covert operations against Venezuela through Guyana’s territory under the guise of anti-narcotics operations.

Speaking with the media shortly after exchanging notes for the activation of the 19-year old Shiprider Agreement from next Monday, the President referred to the protocols that have been agreed to for the US’ entry into Guyana’s maritime and airspace.    Continue reading

GUYANA: President Irfaan Ali skirts question about fairness of Exxon deal

When correspondent Shaun Tandon asked President Irfaan Ali whether the deal is fair, the Head-of-State sidestepped the question and proceeded to tell the Agence France-Presse (AFP) journalist about other plans his administration has for the oil sector.

President, Dr. Irfaan Ali

“The arrangement itself,” Tandon asked Ali, “Do you feel that it’s equitable? Do you feel that it’s fair for Guyana?”
Fielding questions under the Baridi Benab at State House, with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the President only offered that his administration is reviewing the Payara Field Development Plan (FDP), Exxon’s third intended development.        Continue reading

Pompeo: US wants to grow Guyana; says China’s money comes with strings

  • Don’t spread fake news  – Chinese Embassy

US State Secretary, Michael Pompeo yesterday said that China’s investments come with strings, but that the US brings Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) that is clean, drawing the ire of the Chinese Embassy in Guyana, which urged Pompeo not to spread fakes news.

US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo

“The United States model is to build out on the best things of your country,” He said. “We’ll show up, we’ll bring capital, we’ll bring resources, we’ll often bring technological capabilities that are much needed to develop resources, develop infrastructure for your country, but we don’t do so with political strings tied to them. We don’t operate the way other regimes do, who might show up with money and then demand political retribution, or worse yet, engage in activity that is corrupt.”          Continue reading

US Secretary of State to highlight “inclusive and transparent governance” in Guyana

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

The United States (US) Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to stress the importance of “inclusive and transparent governance” in Guyana during his two-day visit this oil-rich South American nation.

“We stand together with diverse population of Guyana, as inclusive and transparent governance will be key to building a sustainable future,” the State Department said in a fact sheet issued ahead of Mr. Pompeo’s two-day visit to Guyana.          Continue reading

USA POLITICS: Asian Americans’ political preferences have flipped from red to blue – BY: John A. Tures

Professor of Political Science, LaGrange College

– September 14, 2020. The Conversation

Asian Americans used to be a reliable Republican voting bloc. But long before Kamala Harris, who is Indian American and Black, became Joe Biden’s running mate, they shifted to support the Democratic Party. This is true across ages, genders and ethnic origins of Asian Americans – including Indian, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese and Hmong.

As a political scientist, I’m not just interested in voting, but also in how groups change their party preferences. This subject of study, known as “critical elections,” looks at how political party fortunes change over time as a result of racial, religious or regional groups’ changing views.

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OIL: With two-year deadline… Guyana running out of time to audit Liza One and Two

– will be forced to accept US$10B costs – IMF

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned Guyana since 2016, that one of the most critical challenges it faces is conducting effective cost audits, especially when it is taken into account that the Stabroek Block Production Sharing Agreement (PSA) with ExxonMobil only gives the nation a two-year window to contest unreasonable and/or inflated costs.

With such a timeline, it would mean that the country has to act swiftly or else, those costs as reported by the oil giant would have to be accepted, the IMF cautioned.  Continue reading

GUYANA POLITICS: Why I do not write articles on Guyana – By Hubert Williams

— (Editor’s Note: This article was written nine years ago in 2011. It is long but very informative)

By Hubert Williams –

Boston, Massachusetts, October 30, 2011 — I wouldn’t have thought that it mattered very much. Or that anyone would bother to notice. Until I visited New York to participate in family celebrations over the 2011 Labour holiday weekend.

Godfrey Wray, a journalism colleague from way back and now based in the “Big Apple”, remarked on the absence of writings by me on political, social and economic developments in Guyana.

Nonetheless, Godfrey’s inquiry is haunting: why don’t I write on Guyana?  I just don’t… and have never thought I needed to explain why. However, it is my view that one has to live the reality of Guyana to write informedly about its current affairs. We who reside abroad are mere ghosts of times past.        Continue reading

GUYANA OIL: ExxonMobil says it put Payara FPSO on hold

The Prosperity FPSO hull. [Photo from SWS]

In its recent press statement announcing the Redtail-1 discovery, Exxon noted, of two vessels in Singapore, that the Liza Unity FPSO, meant for the Liza Phase Two project, is under construction, but that work on the third vessel has been stalled.      Continue reading

CARIBBEAN PEOPLE: ‘OUR MISSION IS TO HUMANIZE THE WORLD’ – David Comissiong declares

By: Barbados’ Ambassador to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), David Comissiong, 

David Comissiong

Christopher Columbus stumbled into the Caribbean in 1492 and set in train processes that have led inexorably to the 20th and 21st Century mindset that says “profit and consumption by any means necessary – and more and more for me, in fact, the more the better – and to hell with “lesser breeds” who may be exploited or harmed in the process – just as long as I am doing alright or I think that I am doing alright!”

You see, it was the Spanish Conquistadors of the 16th Century who started the New World process of experimentation with mechanisms to perfect the exploitation of both Man and Nature in pursuit of profit – super abundant profit.

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Bollywood: Sushant Singh Rajput: actor’s death fuels media frenzy in India

Bollywood star’s tragic story has spiralled into a national obsession, with his girlfriend at its centre

South Asia correspondent – 12 Sep 2020 – The GUARDIAN

Sushant Singh Rajput

For 90 days, the death of a young Bollywood star has transfixed India.

The story that began in June, when the actor Sushant Singh Rajput was found dead in his Mumbai apartment, was initially one of grief and tragedy. Police ruled that he had killed himself.

Yet the spectacle it has morphed into since – involving misogyny, drugs, money, media witch-hunts, feuds, police leaks, federal investigations, state elections and the arrest of a Bollywood star – has become an unprecedented national obsession, with everyone from senior politicians to Amnesty International wading in.

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