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UKRAINE: The awful truth is dawning: Putin may win in Ukraine. The result would be catastrophe – By Simon Tisdall

A Russian victory would herald a new age of instability, economic fragmentation, hunger for millions and social unrest

PHOTO: A Russian soldier patrols at the Mariupol drama theatre, which was hit by an airstrike last month. Photograph: Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images

The contrast was startling. In New York, António Guterres, the UN secretary general, launched a belated, desperately needed initiative to halt the war in Ukraine. “At this time of great peril and consequence, he [Guterres] would like to discuss urgent steps to bring about peace,” his spokesman said. The UN chief, he revealed, was proposing immediate, in-person talks with Vladimir Putin in Moscow and Volodymyr Zelenskiy in Kyiv.

At roughly the same time as this hopeful development unfolded, the UK’s Boris Johnson, riding a “Partygate” getaway plane to India, was colourfully rubbishing peace efforts. Putin, he claimed, was an untrustworthy reptile. “I really don’t see how the Ukrainians can easily sit down and come to some kind of accommodation. How can you negotiate with a crocodile when it’s got your leg in its jaws?” Johnson asked.          Continue reading

Guyana- Venezuela border: Jagdeo proposed Judicial Solution to Chavez in 2010 – by Ralph Ramkarran


Written by Ralph Ramkarran – Saturday, 7th November 2015

Ralph Ramkarran

Ralph Ramkarran

In his recent interview on Venezuela, former president Mr. Bharrat Jagdeo spoke about his administration’s approach to resolving the border controversy between Guyana and Venezuela. He said that the PPP administration had considered five options for resolving it but he mentioned only one, namely, an outlet to the Atlantic for Venezuela.

Mr. Jadgeo questioned the ‘juridical’ route being proposed by the government on the ground that it may not materialize because of the need for Venezuela’s consent. In addition, he warned that if the parties accepted a judicial solution, the involvement of the United Nations in the process might somehow be impaired. He urged that Guyana ought not to take a position that would have such a consequence because it was vital, in his view, that the Secretary General should remain involved in the process.  Continue reading

The Story Within The Story…Google maps and development in Guyana – by Leonard Gildarie

The Story Within The Story…Google maps and development in Guyana

In Queens…under one of the massive train bridges in New York

Leonard Gildarie

September 27, 2015 | By |By Leonard Gildarie

I hate flying. The hassle of Customs and airport security coupled with delays and the poor quality of food on planes has been a major deterring factor.
But in the last few years, the demands of the media business have forced me to learn to cope.
I should have done it more.

Seeing what other countries do has really opened my eyes. But it makes me impatient about the sloth of things happening in Guyana. There will be critics and historians who will attempt to defend the Guyana situation, arguing about the effects of slavery and colonialism. They will say that Guyana is a young country…so be patient.  Continue reading

UN: President Granger in talks with Venezuela’s President Maduro in New York

UN: President Granger in talks with Venezuela’s President Maduro in New York

Coming out of a meeting between the Presidents of Guyana and Venezuela, Venezuela has agreed to send back its ambassador to Guyana while accepting Guyana’s Ambassador Cheryl Miles. Venezuela’s Maduro has also agreed to have a United Nations investigative team visit that country. The team will report to the Secretary General in an effort to find a solution to the controversy. Guyana’s position continues to be that the 1899 arbitration award settled the borders between the two countries.

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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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UN Report Status of Minorities in Guyana by Gay McDougall

Note: This Report has been accepted as evidence in the present libel case – Jagdeo vs Kissoon, regarding a column written by Kissoon last year.  You can read the court reports on this website.

UN Report Status of Minorities in Guyana by Gay McDougall

Here is the link to the complete Report http://www.unhcr.org/refworld/pdfid/49bfa6ec2.pdf:

 Summary –

The independent expert on minority issues, Ms. Gay McDougall, visited Guyana between 28 July and 1 August 2008. During her visit, she travelled to Georgetown and surrounding communities. She held consultations with the State President, ministers and other senior government representatives, NGOs, civil society groups, political parties, religious leaders, academics and others working in the field of minority issues and anti-discrimination.

The independent expert visited communities, including Buxton, and talked to community members about their lives and issues.  =

In July 2003, the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance highlighted that he found that every level of Guyanese society is permeated by a profound moral, emotional and political fatigue, arising out of the individual and collective impact of ethnic polarization.1 In 2008, the independent expert witnessed a continuing societal malaise that shows evidence of having deepened and transformed in some instances into despair, anger and resistance. This is particularly evident among Afro-Guyanese individuals and communities that reported feeling excluded, discriminated against and criminalized.  Continue reading

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