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Brexit Outcome Is a Vote Against the World – Anshel Pfeffer – Haaretz

Brexit Outcome Is a Vote Against the World – Anshel Pfeffer – Haaretz

The victory of the ‘leave’ campaign to exit the EU reflected millions of Britons’ resentment, estrangement, jealousy and anger with the existing order.

brexitLONDON – The atmosphere in the British capital throughout voting on Thursday’s EU referendum was optimistic. On the streets, outside Tube stations, in windows and doorways, it was almost exclusively signs and activists with the slogans “IN” and “remain.” Members of rival parties – the Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats – all cooperated in bringing out “their” voters to the polls. The heavy rain caused delays on rail lines and slightly decreased turnout, but it was merely a slight worry, no more.

But London was never so detached from the rest of the United Kingdom.  The victory of the “leave” campaign in the referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union was greeted with complete shock in the early hours of Friday morning. Only a few hours earlier, when the polling stations closed at 10 P.M., the pollsters, journalists and even politicians in both camps were pretty certain that a small majority would vote to stay in the EU.   Continue reading

Guyanese Online achieves a record 1,000,000+ views in 2015

Guyanese Online achieves a record 1,000,000+ views in 2015

We would like to thank all of the contributors of articles to Guyanese Online, as well as the viewers and commentators of this blog for helping us attain a record of 1,012,455 views for the year 2015.

According to the WordPress.com statistics ….There were 760 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 264 MB. That’s about 2 pictures per day. The busiest day of the year was May 12th with 31,241 views. The most popular post that day was Guyana Elections Results 2015 – Statements of Poll – Stabroek News.

Where did our viewers come from? They came from some 219 countries in all!
Most visitors came from the United States and Canada. Guyana and the United Kingdom were not far behind.


French police use tear gas to disperse migrants – article + videos

French police use tear gas to disperse migrants

Riot police try to stop migrants as they renew attempts to cross into Britain via Calais Eurotunnel.

[03 Aug 2015 05:35 GMT | Al Jazeera ]  French riot police have used tear gas on migrants who attempted to cross the Eurotunnel from Calais into Britain.  More than 200 migrants tried to cross the undersea tunnel from Calais on Sunday.

The migrants broke down several levels of fencing by the tunnel’s entrance but French riot police responded by moving them away from a motorway and spraying them with tear gas.

Thousands of migrants have tried to make it into the tunnel in recent weeks with hopes of finding a way onto a train or lorry headed for Britain. At least 10 migrants have died attempting the dangerous journey since June.  Continue reading

The UK is Now a Failed State – by Alistair Crighton – Al Jazeera

The UK is Now a Failed State  –  by Alistair Crighton – Al Jazeera

It didn’t have to be this way. Less than a year ago, with the United Kingdom facing break-up as Scottish nationalists edged closer than expected to a win in an independence referendum, the Westminster big guns hustled north to promise the Scots that all would be well if they chose to stay together.

Scotland, after all, has its own parliament, sitting in Edinburgh, which decides on most of the matters that effect the electorate, such as health and education.

That the nation chose to stay as part of the UK may have been celebrated by the political classes, but it was viewed by the many, many people in the rest of the UK, who had no say in the referendum, as proof that the Scots were happy to have their cake, and eat it too.   Continue reading

China’s New Investment Bank: A Premature Prophecy – By Mark Fleming-Williams

Has the U.S. Lost Its Role as Driver of Global Economy?‏

China’s New Investment Bank: A Premature Prophecy

Global AffairsGlobal Affairs – April 22, 2015 | 08:00 GMT – STRATFOR

By Mark Fleming-Williams

Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers wrote on April 5 that this month may be remembered as the moment the United States lost its role as the underwriter of the global economic system. His comments refer to the circumstances surrounding China’s launch of a new venture, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Wary of China’s growing ambitions and influence, the United States had advised its allies not to join the institution, but many signed up anyway. The debacle was undoubtedly embarrassing for Washington, but even so, Summers’ prophecy is a bit premature at this stage.

To understand why, one must first understand the basis of the United States’ dominant economic position in the world. At the height of World War II, the heavily indebted United Kingdom signed the Lend-Lease deal, which handed over British naval bases to its American cousins in exchange for financial support. This act was akin to passing the military superpower baton, since it transferred control of the world’s oceans to the United States.   Continue reading

Guyana: Main Street centre to handle British visa applications

Main Street centre to handle British visa applications

The British High Commission has outsourced it visa handling applications process.     
FEBRUARY 8, 2014 | BY  |
  The United Kingdom has announced new measures for issuing visas overseas starting February 17th.  The British High Commission has outsourced it visa handling applications process.

On that day, the UK Visas and Immigration, part of the UK Home Office, will be launching its visa application centre in Guyana and which will be operated by commercial partner, VFS Global, at the Guyana/Canada Cooperation Centre, 56 Main and New Market Streets, Georgetown.    Continue reading

The Difference between the United Kingdom, Great Britain and England Explained

The Difference between the United Kingdom, Great Britain and England Explained

Breaking up Britain – commentary

Breaking up Britain

Posted By Stabroek staff On October 17, 2012 – Editorial |

It is tempting to use this title for an editorial intended to comment on the news that the British, or United Kingdom, government has arrived at a conclusion to long continuing discussion with the devolved government of Scotland on the issue of a referendum for Scotland. While some Scots have long been pressing for what many observers believe to be full independence, Prime Minister David Cameron, the head of a Conservative Party not traditionally too keen to concede that Britain should be anything less than a united Britain, has conceded the wish of the present Scottish government of first Minister Alex Salmond. He has gone even further than the Scottish leadership themselves might really have wished, by insisting that the question to be put in the referendum should be solely on secession and not any other half way house between the present arrangements and full independence.  Continue reading

The price of national pride: travails of a Guyanese abroad

hubert-williams_web.jpgOne thing is almost sure for the traveler bearing a Guyana passport through foreign airports: Fellow travelers will be “cleared” by immigration and customs officers much more expeditiously than you would. Over the years, it seems wherever the passport is presented to immigration authorities, there is a problem and sometimes it brings the most inane questions:  “Where is that… in Ghana?”

Some countries speak of having Guyana on a “black list” and, at the point of my entry, it tends always to be the case of OK, let’s see who will win the mental and verbal tussle.    Continue reading

Britain Debating Cause Of Its Worst Unrest In Years

Britain Debating Cause Of Its Worst Unrest In Year

By Portia Walker – McClatchy News Report – Published 10 August 2011

“London’s former mayor, Ken Livingstone, blamed the turmoil on the economic challenges young people face and the disenfranchisement many feel.”
Tottemham protesters demonstraing against the police killing of Mark Duggan

Last Thursday night, in circumstances that remain unclear, police shot dead Mark Duggan, a 29-year-old black man. The next day, a group of 200 protesters gathered outside the police station in London’s Tottenham district, demanding an explanation. In the hours that followed, the peaceful protest somehow disintegrated.

Four days later, after rioting and looting spread first to other poor suburbs but then reached wealthier areas Monday in the worst civil unrest Britain has seen in years, Britons were undertaking a national debate over the pervasive poverty and unemployment that many think have fed the disturbances and what role the country’s austerity drive has played in making matters worse.

London’s former mayor, Ken Livingstone, blamed the turmoil on the economic challenges young people face and the disenfranchisement many feel.    Continue reading

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