Category Archives: USA Politics and Economy

U.S. ramps up Mexico asylum returns: ‘safe third country’ plan – ‘Remain in Mexico’ 

— Trump confirms ‘safe third country’ plan – ‘Remain in Mexico,’ 

Under pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump, Mexico agreed on June 7 to expand the programme, known as the Migrant Protection Protocols, or ‘Remain in Mexico,’ which forces mostly Central American asylum seekers arriving at the U.S. southern border to await the outcome of their U.S. asylum claims in Mexico.  Continue reading

U.S. — Cynicism is driving force behind the political race to the bottom — By Mohamed Hamaludin

— By Mohamed Hamaludin

A recent effort to eliminate federal funding for the Special Olympics that helps special needs children reflects the cynicism behind policies proposed or implemented during Donald Trump’s presidency. Billionaire education secretary Betsy Devos wanted to eliminate the $17.6 million allocation.

Congress when controlled by Republicans voted more than 60 times to repeal Obamacare and take health insurance away from 20 million people. A federal judge declared the measure unconstitutional in a lawsuit filed by 20 states with Republican governors, including then Florida governor Rick Scott. Trump has backed away from wanting the law repealed, saying he will wait until after the 2020 presidential election. Then he put Rick Scott in charge.        Continue reading

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

U.S: White nationalists pushing ‘replacement’ theory conveniently ignore history – By Mohamed Hamaludin

 – By Mohamed Hamaludin

In his review of Justin E.H. Smith’s “Dialectics of Enlightenment” in The New York Review of Books, Kwame Anthony Appiah points out that some noted figures of the “Enlightenment” held downright racist views. Voltaire “emphatically believed in the inherent inferiority of les Nègres, who belonged to a separate species, or at least breed, from Europeans—as different from Europeans, he said, as spaniels from greyhounds.”  Kant, commenting on something a black carpenter told him, said that “the fact that he was black from head to toe was proof that what he said was stupid.”

This racism carried over from the Enlightenment and liberal democracy into the body politic of Western civilization and its attitudes towards non-white peoples. One consequence was that it encouraged “the thought that the more advanced civilizations were merely lifting up those more backward when they conquered and colonized them,” Appiah noted.            Continue reading

Impeachment: The Disintegration of the Democrats and the American nation – By Yvonne Sam

By Yvonne Sam

In the partisan context it has been talked about so much that it is now seen as nothing more than a mere electoral ploy.

It is becoming extremely hard to take the issue of impeachment seriously.  Plainly put impeachment has jumped the shark.  Recent behavior of the Democrats has left serious- minded politicians wondering if President Trump for political advantage is trying to goad Democrats into impeaching him. Gone is the established assumption that impeachment itself would be a blot on Trump’s reputation.

Frankly speaking, it would be impossible for any sane member of the Homo Sapiens genre to imagine a more preposterous scenario under the Constitution and in the history of the Presidency.  From the outset the constitution framers intended impeachment to be treated as a highly serious option restricted to the most extraordinary, deplorable violations of the rule of law. They knew that elected politicians would not be free of political motivation.    Continue reading

Caribbean and China: USA’s Huawei sanctions raise complex questions

David Jessop

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Being a head of government or a foreign minister is a thankless task.

Although normally advised by a small number of able civil servants and ambassadors, the pressure that senior politicians personally experience can be acute, particularly when they have to make choices affecting national security or a country’s international relations.

For small states such as those in the Caribbean, such decisions require a high degree of subtlety if the region’s diverse development, trade, investment and security interests are to remain balanced and driven by national interests.    Continue reading

US Politics: Mueller’s Full Statement on the Trump-Russia Probe

Full text of Special Counsel Robert Mueller speaking  about his Russia investigation

Robert Mueller


Two years ago, the Acting Attorney General asked me to serve as Special Counsel, and he created the Special Counsel’s Office. The appointment order directed the office to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. This included investigating any links or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the Trump campaign.

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Poll: A majority of American voters think they’re better off under Trump …BUT!!??

A majority of American voters think they’re better off under Trump, but they still don’t like him, according to a new poll

US voters say they’re doing well under President Donald Trump, but they still don’t approve of him, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll.
  • The poll said 52% of American voters believe they’re better off financially now than they were in 2016, but voters still gave Trump just a 38% approval rating.
  • The discrepancy could have something to do with Trump’s approach to issues such as foreign policy and trade, for which voters generally had a negative view of his performance.
  • The paradoxical results are also indicative of the political tightrope Trump will likely have to walk leading up to the 2020 election.
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“When we begin to build walls of prejudice, hatred, pride, and self-indulgence…..” (Mother Angelica)

From Rosaliene Bacchus Blog:

Three Worlds One Vision

As we remember those who have fallen this Memorial Day, I share the thoughts of fellow blogger Larry “Dutch” Woller, a Vietnam veteran.

Maybe No More Children Will Die

I sit here looking at the news
The powers wanted peace they say,
And while they spoke, bombs were dropped
20 children died that day!

Read more at On the Path Least Traveled

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Over 42,000 Caribbean nationals overstayed their non-immigrant US visas

US citizenship and immigration services

Washington, USA – Acting Homeland Secretary, Kevin Mc Aleenan revealed that over 42,000 Caribbean nationals from across the region overstayed their non-immigrant visas and stayed in the US between October 2017 and September 2018. This figure is contained in the US Department of Homeland Security’s (DSH) fiscal year 2018 entry/exit overstay report.

The US government has provided figures to show that overall, in the wider Caribbean Community (CARICOM countries, Trinidad and Tobago has the lowest over-stay rate with the United States at 0.40 percent, followed by The Bahamas (0.475), Barbados (1.11 percent), St Kitts and Nevis (1.73 percent), Saint Lucia (1.86 percent) and Belize (1.93 percent).               Continue reading

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