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Guyana Politics: A brief history of instabilities in Guyana: 1953-2019 – By Freddie Kissoon

A brief history of instabilities in Guyana, 1953-2019

Freddie Kissoon

2013: A year of lost opportunities for Caribbean countries

2013: A year of lost opportunities for Caribbean countries

By Sir Ronald Sanders
Sir Ronald Sanders

Thursday December 26, 2013 – 2013 was not a good year for any of the 14 independent member States of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) – not even for three of the four commodity-exporting nations Belize, Guyana and Suriname, despite their economic growth. The fourth commodity-exporting country, Trinidad and Tobago, had no growth to speak-of.

All the countries were beset by high unemployment; there was high debt in 10 of them; decline in inclusive economic growth in 11 of them; unsustainable fiscal deficits and widening trade deficits in goods and services in all of them; and foreign exchange losses in many of them. Additionally, bank lending and private spending tightened in 11 of them causing a contraction in the private sector to which all countries had been looking to lead economic recovery in the wake of cash-strapped governments being compelled to retreat as both investor and employer. Continue reading

Transparency International ranks Barbados as least corrupt Caribbean country

Transparency International ranks Barbados as least corrupt Caribbean country

image Transparency International has ranked Barbados 15th out of 173 countries with a score of 75, down one place from the 2012 figure of 76.

BERLIN, Germany, Wednesday December 4, 2013, CMC – Barbados is among the least corrupt countries in the world according to the latest figures released by the German-based Transparency International (TI) on Tuesday.

According to TI, Barbados heads the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries on the Corruption Perception Index that ranks countries based on how corrupt their public sector is perceived to be.

Transparency International has ranked Barbados 15th out of 173 countries with a score of 75, down one place from the 2012 figure of 76.   Continue reading

Six CARICOM countries on Watch List for human trafficking

Six CARICOM countries put on Watch List for human trafficking

 The US State Department has placed six Caribbean countries (including Guyana) on its Tier 2 Watch List, with another four appearing on the Tier 2 List.

By Nelson A. King  – WASHINGTON, USA,  June 24, 2013 – (Caribbean 360)

Even as Caribbean Community (CARICOM) governments, during the past year, have seemingly made efforts in addressing human trafficking, the United States says many of them have still not done enough in tackling the issue.

In this nexus, in its 2013 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, the US Department of State placed six CARICOM countries – Barbados, Guyana, Haiti, St. Lucia, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago – on its Tier 2 Watch List.

Another four – Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Jamaica, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines – have been listed on the Tier 2 List.    Continue reading

Venezuelan election – commentary – October 7, 2012

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Venezuelan election

 Stabroek News On October 7, 2012 – Editorial |

By the time today’s edition of Sunday Stabroek lands on the breakfast table, thousands of Venezuelans will be queueing up to cast their votes in what is by far the most important poll in this hemisphere, bar the US election next month.  In fact, news agencies and media houses around the world will be monitoring it closely, since there is no South American leader – not even in behemoth Brazil – who triggers such strong emotions in politicians and ordinary citizens alike as the garrulous and mercurial Mr Hugo Chávez.

In this region particularly, a great deal hangs on the outcome of this poll, and it would send seismic shock waves throughout almost all the Caricom countries if he loses. For Cuba, of course, it would be less a seismic shock wave than a full-blown economic earthquake, but they are not the only ones who would feel the financial tremors. Leaders of other nations too have been the beneficiaries of President Chávez’s liberality, such as President Kirchner of Argentina, President Ortega of Nicaragua, and even the odious Bashar al Assad, to whom the Venezuelan head of state has been sending diesel fuel to keep his killing machines rolling through the towns and cities of Syria.   Continue reading

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