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Guyana-Venezuela: The “controversy” over the arbitration award of 1899 – By Dr. Odeen Ishmael

  • Several Weeks ago, COHA published an analysis of the Venezuela-Guyana boundary dispute by guest scholar Eva Golinger, who is a New York-based attorney and the author of the best-selling book The Chavez Code. In her article, Golinger presents a distinctively pro-Venezuela perspective. In an effort to create a constructive forum between two longtime friends of the organization, COHA is re-publishing the following piece by Dr. Odeen Ishmael. Mr. Ishmael served as Guyana’s ambassador to Washington and now serves as a COHA Senior Research Fellow. His piece presents a strongly pro-Guyana perspective and, as such, will serve to add balance to this issue.

By: Dr. Odeen Ishmael, Senior Research Fellow at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs        Continue reading

No NY Debate, says Clinton Campaign, Until Sanders Changes His ‘Tone’

Published on Monday, March 28, 2016 by Common Dreams

No NY Debate, says Clinton Campaign, Until Sanders Changes His ‘Tone’

Following landslide victories on Saturday in Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii, Sanders looks ahead to contests in Wisconsin, New York, and beyond

"I would hope very much that as we go into New York state, Secretary Clinton’s home state, that we will have a debate – New York City or Upstate, wherever – on the important issues facing New York and, in fact, the country," Sanders said on Sunday. (Photo: AP)“I would hope very much that as we go into New York state, Secretary Clinton’s home state, that we will have a debate – New York City or Upstate, wherever – on the important issues facing New York and, in fact, the country,” Sanders said on Sunday. (Photo: AP)

Hillary Clinton’s chief campaign strategist has dodged Bernie Sanders‘ call for a debate before the April 19 primary in New York, saying the former secretary of state’s response depends on whether the Vermont senator changes his “tone.”    Continue reading

Why Roberts saved Obama’s healthcare law

Why Roberts saved Obama’s healthcare law

 Stabroek staff On June 30, 2012   By Joan Biskupic

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – In the end, it all came down to Chief Justice John Roberts, the sphinx in the center chair, who in a stunning decision wove together competing rationales to uphold President Barack Obama’s healthcare plan.

Roberts’ action instantly upended the conventional wisdom that he would vote with his four fellow conservative justices on the U.S. Supreme Court and undercut the agenda of a Democratic president, who as a senator in 2005 had opposed Roberts’ appointment to the bench.

But Thursday’s extraordinary conclusion to the bitterly fought healthcare battle was quite ordinary in some ways. Roberts hewed to a traditional Supreme Court principle that if the justices can find any constitutional grounds on which to uphold a law, they should do so. Continue reading