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Washington Owes The Region An Explanation – By David Jessop

 Washington Owes The Region An Explanation

| March 10, 2019 | By David Jessop 

US National Security Adviser John Bolton

From Iraq, through Libya to Syria, the approach to regime change by the United States and its allies has been to support the removal of a disliked government with little serious thought as to the broader consequences.

Absent in these and other lower intensity conflicts has been any informed long-term thinking or planning about the ensuing instability, the multiple damaging effects on neighbours, or the additional cost in human suffering an intervention causes.      Continue reading

First voyage through expanded Panama canal + video of new canal

ship approaches new Agua Clara locks, part of the Panama Canal expansion project,

First voyage through expanded Panama canal  –  BBC News

A giant Chinese container ship has become the first vessel to move from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean via the newly-enlarged Panama Canal.

The ship was greeted with fireworks and cheers from a crowd that had gathered at the Cocoli locks to celebrate.

The Panamanian President, Juan Carlos Varela, described the waterway as a route that would unite the world.    Continue reading

Latin America and the Caribbean: The gap between rhetoric and reality – By David Jessop

Latin America and the Caribbean: The gap between rhetoric and reality 

By David Jessop   – May 21, 2016   Caribbean News Now

David Jessop

David Jessop

As each day passes, the internal situation in Venezuela deteriorates. Rumours of military coups and unstoppable violence swirl, street protests escalate; ordinary citizens suffer shortages of medicine, everyday foodstuffs, and almost everything else, while enduring rapidly escalating inflation.

It is a situation that has led some commentators to suggest that when taken with other developments in South America, leftist political thinking is being rejected by once sympathetic electorates.

The circumstances, however, are otherwise.     Continue reading

The 10 Most Corrupt Nations In the Americas

The 10 Most Corrupt Nations In the Americas

Venezuela is dubbed the most corrupt nation in the Americas. Guyana is fifth.

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Dec. 18, 2015: On the heels of the International Anti-Corruption Day and as the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) urged governments to jointly tackle the issue of corruption by changing their attitudes towards the problem, News Americas Now decided to look at some of the most corrupt countries in the Americas – both the Caribbean and Latin America.

Here are the Top 10 as complied by News Americas Now based on the public perception of corruption among public and private sector officials, with 1 being the most corrupt according to data compiled from the latest Transparency International Corruption Index and the Heritage Foundations’ 2015 Index of Economic Freedom.  Continue reading

Top Caribbean & Latin American Countries Where Women Have The Most Power

Top Caribbean & Latin American Countries Where Women Have The Most Power

Nicaragua-Minister-of-Health-Sonia-Castro-Gonzalez

Photo: Nicaragua’s Minister of Health Sonia Castro Gonzalez is one of 47 percent of senior government officials in the cabinet who are women.

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Weds. Dec. 16, 2015: The World Economic Forum has released its annual Global Gender Gap index which includes the top Caribbean and Latin American countries where women have most power. Here are the top 5 globally and in the Americas: Continue reading

How the PPP lost the west for the second time – By Ralph Ramkarran

Written by Ralph Ramkarran

It was President George H. W. Bush’s February 1990 Republic Day message to President Desmond Hoyte, expressing the hope that the upcoming elections will be free and fair, that signaled the end of the West’s four decade hostility to the PPP, starting in 1953. Dr. Jagan had written to the US President in December 1989 seeking US support for free and fair elections in Guyana.

Earlier in 1989 Dr. Jagan wrote to President Gorbachev, President of the USSR, also seeking his support. Dr. Jagan had reminded President Gorbachev of the latter’s earlier support of President Bush’s demand for free and fair elections in Nicaragua, which was a friend of the USSR.  Continue reading

ECLAC predicts Caribbean will record its highest rate of growth since 2008

ECLAC predicts Caribbean will record its highest rate of growth since 2008

Business GrowthSANTIAGO, Chile, Wednesday July 29, 2015 –The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) is projecting that Caribbean economies will grow, on average, 1.7 per cent this year – its highest rate of growth since 2008.

The new projections released today during a press conference in Santiago, point to 0.5 per cent growth in the wider Latin America and Caribbean region.

But giving a breakdown of how that growth would be recorded, the United Nations body said South America would contract by 0.4 per cent while Central America and Mexico would grow 2.8 per cent, and the Caribbean would expand 1.7 per cent.

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