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USA: The Future Of American Power – By: Arundhati Roy | The Economist  

Arundhati Roy | The Economist  

This By-invitation commentary is part of a series by a range of global thinkers on the future of American power, examining the forces shaping the country’s standing.

IN FEBRUARY 1989 the last Soviet tank rolled out of Afghanistan, its army having been decisively defeated in a punishing, nearly decade-long war by a loose coalition of mujahideen, who were trained, armed, funded and indoctrinated by the American and Pakistani Intelligence services.

By November that year the Berlin wall had fallen and the Soviet Union began to collapse. When the cold war ended, the United States took its place at the head of a unipolar world order. In a heartbeat, radical Islam replaced communism as the most imminent threat to world peace. After the attacks of September 11th, 2001: The political world as we knew it spun on its axis. And the pivot of that axis appeared to be located somewhere in the rough mountains of Afghanistan.         Continue reading

ENERGY: ‘Insanely cheap energy’: solar power continues to shock the world

Solar is now officially cheapest form of energy – IEA

IEA’s Executive Director, Dr. Faith Birol

May 02, 2021 – Kaieteur News – According to the estimations of the Paris-based International Energy Agency (IEA), solar energy has not only become the cheapest form of energy, but is also poised to become king of global electricity markets.

The intergovernmental organisation which works with countries around the world to shape energy policies for a secure and sustainable future, made this conclusion known in its recent publication of World Energy Outlook 2020. This document is a yearly study that allows the agency to map possibilities for the future.

In the WEO-2020, the agency outlines the “extraordinarily turbulent” impact of the coronavirus on the now “highly uncertain” future of global energy use over the next two decades. The IEA in its highly influential annual outlook offers four global energy “pathways” to 2040, all of which see a major rise in renewables.        Continue reading

China, the Caribbean and the West: Serving Whose Interest? | Sir Ronald Sanders

By Sir Ronald Sanders.

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WASHINGTON, United States, Friday January 10, 2020 – Caribbean countries are being warned by the government of the United States of America (US) and US writers that they should limit their dealings with China. In the course of these warnings, several allegations are made, suggesting sinister Chinese motives and even corrupt relations between Chinese institutions and local politicians who get personal “side benefits”.

The latter claim has been made by Evan Ellis, a member of the Policy Planning staff at the US State Department, in a recently published article entitled, ‘Latin America and China: Choosing self-interest’. It should be noted that Mr Ellis was writing “personal observations” with the disclaimer that they do not “necessarily represent the view of the State Department or the US government”.        Continue reading

China extends its reach into Guyana – By Mat Youkee – Dialogo Chino

Poised to become a top oil producer, the small country is also a key logistical link in regional trade

With Chinese investment that isolation could soon be a thing of the past.

In the coming months, the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) is set to deliver its report on a Guyana–Brazil transport link and a deepwater port project for the northern coast.          Continue reading

GUYANA CAUGHT IN THE CHINA TRAP – By Verian Mentis-Barker

GUYANA CAUGHT IN THE CHINA TRAP

Back then it was Red China.    Beijing was Peking.

Its ambitions were cocooning with sights set on the Western Hemisphere.

Now, some serendipity.

British Guiana becomes independent in 1966.

Then Chinese Premier Chou En-lai cabled then Prime Minister Forbes Burnham that he hoped “the people of your country achieve new success in the struggle to safeguard national independence and oppose colonialism and neocolonialism”….and instructed the Chinese press to emblazon its pages with a salute to Guyana and its people, welcoming them to the world of political freedom.   ………………    Six years went by.

1972.

Prime Minister Burnham ascended to President and was struggling to legitimize his Presidency and the Cooperative Socialism ideology he had adopted.  His political swing to the left cost him favor with the West and as punishment, the country lost volume in the export market.

READ MORE: http://xpressblogg.com/guyana-caught-china-trap/

Guyana’s Natural Resources: Zero Tolerance for Vaitarna and Bai Shan Lin – xpressblogg.com

Guyana- loggingOpinion - commentary -analysisThe sudden decision by China to provide aid to Guyana was hardly puzzling.

We knew that another principle of distributive justice was at work; one that was not formally articulated, perhaps deliberately muted because of the disparate goals of the parties at the deal table.

The world was already watching on at the not so subtle creep of China into the Caribbean and surrounding countries that shared the same dependency on foreign aid because the choices of their post colonial leaders – selfish governance, greed, corruption – led to economic underdevelopment and stagnation that left these countries sitting on potential they were unable to develop.

India, its equally insidious partner, was hot on its heels and did not go unnoticed, either.    Continue reading

India and APEC: Time to get on the Bus – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

India and APEC: Time to get on the Bus

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Smart economics suggests that India should be a member of APEC or Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation. When India does well the world benefits.   

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been making the right statements that might make this possible. In welcoming the Chinese President Mr. Xi Jinping to India Mr, Modi outlined the special chemistry that exists between both countries. He said, ‘ India and China are bound by history, connected by culture and inspired by rich traditions. Together they can create a bright future for the entire mankind.’

If this is a sales pitch or a form of ‘Modinomics’ it caught the attention of the international community. Mr Modi continued by saying that India and China can ‘ script history and make a better tomorrow for all mankind.’ Continue reading

The Magician’s Apprentice – by Uri Avnery

The Magician’s Apprentice – by Uri Avnery  –  22/08/15

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Binyamin Netanyahu

ONE HAS to choose: Binyamin Netanyahu is either incredibly shrewd or incredibly foolish.
Take his Iran policy. Actually, there is little to choose from. Netanyahu has no other policy to speak off.

According to him, Iran constitutes a mortal danger to Israel. If it obtains a nuclear weapon, God forbid, it will use it to annihilate Israel. It must be stopped by any means, preferably by American armed intervention.

This may be quite wrong (as I believe). But it makes sense.  So what did Netanyahu do?

FOR YEARS, he alarmed the world. Every day the cry went out: Save Israel! Prevent the destruction of the Jewish State! Prevent a Second Holocaust! Prevent Iran from producing The Bomb!   Continue reading

The World Bank and A Changing World – By David Jessop

The World Bank and A Changing World

 By David Jessop

 the-world-bankNews Americas, LONDON, England, Tues. April 14, 12015: It is probably true to say that the average person has little idea what international financial institutions like the World Bank or International Monetary Fund (IMF) do, beyond knowing that they are in some way responsible for having governments impose tough austerity measures and conditions in return for their support.

Notwithstanding, a related issue with wide implications is emerging that warrants close attention in the Caribbean: this is the establishment of what many regard as a future rival to the World Bank in the form of the Chinese-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) with a likely different philosophy. Continue reading

China Accelerates Into the Future, Racing Past America with its “New Silk Road”

China Accelerates Into the Future, Racing Past America

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China  promoting  New Silk Road and the Maritime Silk Road

A role reversal has occurred in this world as China is quickly surpassing the US in the innovative and economic world. With its increasing wealth, China is expanding its existence throughout the world.

In times past the common belief, especially in the minds of many Americans, was that China was a kind of primitive, backward country, one ruled with an iron fist by stodgy old leaders; that it was a country that found it very difficult to adjust to the modern-day world. At the same time, the U.S. was viewed as the leader of the world, creative, innovative, and visionary.   Continue reading