Category Archives: USA Politics and Economy

Venezuela: Russia and hemispheric geopolitics – Stabroek News Editorial

Stabroek News – October 13, 2019

A number of news organisations, including the BBC, have produced pieces on Russia’s growing global reach, and President Vladimir Putin’s apparent mission to re-establish his country’s influence in world affairs and engineer a return to spheres of influence. He has been aided by the carelessness, lack of judgement and sometimes arrogance of the West, which made it possible for him to make Moscow a player in the Middle East, take the Crimea and bring eastern Ukraine under its ambit.

But all of this, while of interest to Guyanese on account of the small world we live in, is not of immediate moment. In contrast, Russia’s actions across our border are. Once again, with Washington taking the lead, the West made a strategic miscalculation in de-recognising Nicolás Maduro as Head of State and Government in Venezuela, and according interim presidential status to Juan Guaidó.              Continue reading

Analysis: Trump’s Kurdish Treachery Casts Netanyahu as Lone Rider on Paper Tiger

The prime minister’s reckless gamble on a shameless U.S. president unravels before Israel’s startled eyes

    Analysis: Chemi Shalev | Haaretz

The only indication that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recognizes the enormity of his strategic failure is his renewed emphasis in recent days on the traditional motto that “Israel will defend itself by itself.”

In a speech at Thursday’s annual ceremony commemorating the 1973 Yom Kippur War, Netanyahu continued to pay lip service to “staunch” U.S. support but refrained from boasting of Washington’s ability to curtail Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Instead, he said, the onus will fall on Israel and its army.          Continue reading

US Immigration: Guyanese among 500 picked up by ICE in last five days

US – (Amsterdamnews.com)- While many have been distracted by the whistleblower’s complaint; Donald Trump’s foot in mouth disease over that Ukraine call; the Democratic Congress’ push for an impeachment inquiry and all the latest drama in this bad soap opera we are trapped in, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency has been quietly and wildly ramping up its enforcement actions.

No more announcements of those so-called raids to alert activists and communities. It’s been a silent assault. In a five-day targeted enforcement action that wrapped up on Sept. 25, U.S. ICE said it nabbed a total of 497 immigrants in 10 states, most “driven by leads developed by the local field office in conjunction with the Pacific Enforcement Response Center and the National Criminal Alien Targeting Center.”    Continue reading

OPINION: Dear Ellen: The Problem With George W. Bush Is Not His Beliefs — It’s His War Crimes

 –By Mehdi Hasan | The Intercept

Back in November 2018, Michelle Obama described George W. Bush as “a beautiful, funny, kind, sweet man,” shortly after images of the former first lady and the former president sharing a cough drop went viral.

On Tuesday, talk show host Ellen DeGeneres told her audience that she is “friends with George Bush,” after images of her laughing with the 43rd president at a Dallas Cowboys game also went viral. In an extended monologue, she explained that she is “friends with a lot of people who don’t share the same beliefs that I have. … Just because I don’t agree with someone on everything doesn’t mean that I’m not going to be friends with them.”                Continue reading

“Globalism”: which U.S. President Donald Trump criticizes is a double-edged sword – By Mohamed Hamaludin

  — By MOHAMED HAMALUDIN

In his three addresses to the United Nations, President Donald Trump has increasingly stressed his belief in nativism and his distaste of multilaterialism or “globalism.” It is a theme that plays well with his base.

 “If we are to embrace the opportunities of the future and overcome the present dangers together, “ he said In 2017, “there can be no substitute for strong, sovereign, and independent nations — nations that are rooted in their histories and invested in their destinies; nations that seek allies to befriend, not enemies to conquer; and most important of all, nations that are home to patriots, to men and women who are willing to sacrifice for their countries, their fellow citizens, and for all that is best in the human spirit.”      Continue reading

Professor who predicted last 9 presidential elections says Trump will win in 2020

Man who predicted Trump’s win makes bold impeachment prediction

Professor Allan Lichtman, who correctly predicted the last nine presidential election wins, says Democrats will only have a chance at winning in 2020 if they impeach President Donald Trump. #CNN #News

Opinion: The Real Reason for Trump’s Meltdowns – By Paul Brandus | MarketWatch

 Paul Brandus | MarketWatch

It’s easy to see why President Trump’s latest meltdown — on display for all to see in the East Room last Wednesday — makes it easy for commentators to say that the 73-year-old man has lost his marbles. He’s “unhinged,” they say with an exaggerated amount of glee.

You can decide for yourself whether this is so. Meantime, I’ll offer some additional thoughts that may help explain his behavior.

I’ve said this before: Trump spent most of his life as the CEO of a privately held company. Yes, there were those disastrous years between 1995 and 2004 when Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts was a public company – investors lost about 90% of their money.      Continue reading

US Economy: US unemployment rate falls to 50-year low of 3.5% – The Economist

Ford workersThe US unemployment rate has fallen to a 50-year low, possibly easing recession worries after recent weak economic data.

The Labor Department figures showed that the rate fell to 3.5% in September from 3.7%, with the economy adding 136,000 jobs last month.

In addition, August data was revised up to 168,000 jobs created instead of the previously reported 130,000.  However, wage growth was unchanged and manufacturing jobs fell in September.

The report came on the heels of a string of weak economic reports, including a plunge in manufacturing activity to more than a 10-year low in September and a sharp slowdown in services industry growth to levels last seen in 2016.

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US Politics: Impeachment will provide a test of Trump’s true support- By Mohamed Hamaludin

By MOHAMED HAMALUDIN

Now that the U.S. House of Representatives has begun impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, it is worth repeating that this is a man who has boasted that he could shoot someone and get away with it, who bragged about sexually assaulting women, who is accused of sleeping with an adult film star and a Playboy model and paying them to keep quiet and who encouraged Russia to hack Hillary Clinton’s emails. All of this was known but still he was elected president.      Continue reading

Impeachment—The Democratic act of desperation that may lead to their Ruination – By Yvonne Sam

  By Yvonne Sam

The Dems are playing with fire but it will not be Trump who gets burnt.

It has become apparent that the Democrats are seemingly in desperate need of guidance before their eventual riddance.  Do they really believe that an impeachment just before a general election is the correct thing to do or the right way to go morally and politically?  There they are, fully convinced that with President Donald Trump’s call to his Ukraine counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky  they have him exactly where they want him.

We have all travelled down that road before. The Russia probe was supposed to terminate in impeachment. It did not. Claims made in the book Fire and Fury written by Michael Wolff were supposed to end the presidency. Again they did not.  Neither did the raunchy tales of Stormy Daniels, nor the testimony of Michael Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer. The truth be told neither did a plethora of other allegations, slanders, and stories some true, some not true at all.          Continue reading

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