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Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016

The Jamaican gov’t has forgotten the diaspora!

Jamaica: The compelling evidence of pride displayed during the observation of Jamaica’s 54th independence in the Tri-State area was the paradigm of a people strongly rooted in their culture and history. Culminating the 54th independence also was the overwhelming and strong performance of the Jamaicans at the 31st Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Comment

Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016

Twenty-five years after Crown Heights Riots

Viewpoints: Twenty-five years ago, I watched as the streets of Crown Heights erupted in unrest — cars flipped, businesses burned, rocks thrown, and voices raised in anger following the tragic deaths of seven-year-old Gavin Cato, hit and killed by a car, and the stabbing death of college student Yankel Rosenbaum. Comment

Friday, Aug. 19, 2016

TPPA could be discarded due to US political dynamics

Viewpoints: Martin Khor is the executive director of the South Center, based in Geneva PENANG, Aug 17, 2016 (IPS) — No country was more active in pushing for the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). In the five years of negotiations, the United States cajoled, persuaded and pressurised its trade partners take on board its issues and positions. Comment

Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016

Team Grenada’s feat fills our country with pride

Grenada: The Tri-island State of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique which is usually identified by a dot on the map has gained significant momentum and created history by having two track blazers compete in the men’s 400-meter Olympic finals on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016. Comment

Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016

Time to focus on what’s critical

Viewpoints: All things considered, it’s a pretty good timing sequence we have for the year’s election schedule. In one sense, it was good that the candidates were blessed with all the time they needed to get us hip as to who was who. (Come to think of it, though, there’s one joker about whom, the worst of the worst is what best appeals to him). But of greater importance, hardly ever is a general election not fully deserving of the interest we say it deserves. Comment

Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016

Presidential qualities missing in today’s politics

Viewpoints: In observing the history of U.S. presidents today, does degrees of separation matter like in times past? It is extremely important for leaders to develop essential leadership skills along with communication skills to be effective in the age of knowledge that we live in today; it is expected in today’s society and we should expect them to live up to this standard of excellence. Comment

Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016

Party paramountcy

Guyana: On Feb. 8 this year, the “Report of the Commission of Inquiry on the Circumstances Surrounding the Death of the Late Dr Walter Rodney” was submitted to the President of Guyana, David Granger. The commissioners, Sir Richard Cheltenham, QC; Mr Seenath Jairam, SC; and Mrs Jacqueline Samuels-Browne, SC, met for two years. Comment

Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016

Guyana travel ban on graduates is lawless

Viewpoints: To The Editor: The recent pronouncement of the minister of finance in which he declared with the utmost pomposity that graduates who are in arrears with the University of Guyana would be prevented from travelling out of the country until they had settled the debt, must strike all right-minded people as an appalling act of idiocy and lawlessness. Comment

Sunday, July 31, 2016

US gov’t report exposes exaggerated TPPA growth claims

Viewpoints: KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, July 28, 2016 (IPS) - A US government agency acknowledges that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will not deliver many economic benefits promised by its cheerleaders. Comment

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Redefining racism by reviewing Jeffersonian Democracy

Viewpoints: As America celebrated 240-years of “democracy” on July 4, 2016, the longstanding tradition of hero-worshiping Thomas Jefferson continued. Meanwhile, as the slaughter of Black people continues in parallel tradition, America tends to disassociate the 18th-century racism and violence of its founders from 21st-century racism and violence of its followers. Comment

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

One cheer for Mr Trump

Viewpoints: Donald Trump possesses, to use the phrase of Ernest Hemingway, “a built-in bull**** detector”. His identification of America’s woes, chronic problems, is spot on. Uncannily correct. But His diagnosis and solutions to these critical problems are invariably wrong, off the mark. Here are seven such cases. Comment

Friday, July 22, 2016

All about the Trump disaster

Viewpoints: The very idea of there being a Donald Trump model that is head and shoulders over the best for which America is capable, is laughable beyond belief. Let’s begin with the idea of Trump being the best the republicans can offer. Comments (1)

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Brexit – Perceptions, repercussions in the Americas

Viewpoints: MIAMI, June 27 2016 (IPS) - The hopes of many of those who confidently expected the British electorate to vote, by a slender margin, for the country to remain in the EU have been dashed. All that is left to do now is to ponder the causes and background of this regrettable event, and consider its likely consequences, especially for relations with the United States. Comment

The anatomy of racism

Viewpoints: Alas! I think I have discovered the cause of original sin. The filthy chancre which disturbs the universe, the very soul and bones of men. Pure original sin. The disease above all disease. The sickness immortal. The pathology so deep! It is not the snake, but the twin-tonsil shaft of the snake buried deep within us all. It is not the apple, but the worm of the apple screwing through the core of us all. What is it? Comment

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Time to declare our independence from corporate tax dodging

Viewpoints: Marchers in this year’s 4th of July parades in small towns across America will pass a variety of Main Street businesses: barber shops, restaurants, computer repair services. What all these small businesses have in common is that none of them use unpatriotic offshore tax dodges to avoid paying their fair share of U.S. taxes. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for America’s multinational corporations. Comment

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Brexit — Perceptions and repercussions in the Americas

Viewpoints: MIAMI, June 27, 2016 (IPS) - The hopes of many of those who confidently expected the British electorate to vote, by a slender margin, for the country to remain in the EU have been dashed Comment

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Advance directives: A first step — but not enough

Viewpoints: My grandmother died feeling betrayed, frightened and utterly powerless in a bleak hospital room. She’d completed an advance directive about her end-of-life goals, preferences and values, including a do not resuscitate order (DNR). Comment

Thursday, June 23, 2016

A risky balancing act by Sanders

Viewpoints: It may be that what Bernie Sanders has in mind, strategy-wise, heading to the Democratic convention turns out to be a pullback from the “messy” experience he had promised. Comment

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Other currents swirl around a tragedy

Viewpoints: It’s only natural to wonder what peculiar DNA strain is present in those among us who shrug off, unperturbed, what has just transpired in Orlando, as they have every other gunfire massacre that’s now on the books. Comment

Governments slow to respond to elder abuse

Viewpoints: Toby Porter is chief executive officer of Health Age International Comment

Thursday, June 9, 2016

‘Let the jackass bray,’ the man said

Viewpoints: How Trinidad and Tobago’s first and longest serving prime minister, Dr. Eric Williams, once responded to a particular vexation to the spirit decades ago, it turns out, is a seamless fit with the side show we’re currently forced to endure as politics American style, for which one A-class jerk, above all else, bears responsibility. Comment

What lies ahead for oceans, seas and marine resources

Environment: UNITED NATIONS, June 5 2016 (IPS) - In September 2015, the international community adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals, including Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development. Comment

Friday, June 3, 2016

Innovation, intellectual property and the donor industry in CARICOM countries

Viewpoints: The focus on innovation and technology has become synonymous with the narrative on the advancement of so-called developing countries as one of the most important means by which countries can move from low to high levels of economic development, to the extent that some are advocating for the renaming of the world groupings from developed and developing to technology rich and technology poor. This does not however properly take into account the economic dynamics which underlie the categorizations as they have come to be known. Comment

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Targeted hammer blows for hizzoner

Viewpoints: How will it look? Nuts-and-bolts logical as such inquiry is, when occasion demands it, it fails oftentimes to receive the due consideration it should. Comment

Doing the people’s work

Viewpoints: The commitment of assuming office is a commitment to serving New Yorkers with the utmost integrity. Comment

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Least Developed Countries still face significant challenges

Viewpoints: UNITED NATIONS, May 25 2016 (IPS) - Since the establishment of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) category in 1971, the international community has worked hand in hand to support its most vulnerable members. Comment

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Court nominee’s snub will re-surface

Viewpoints: Although it has now receded a bit from the major headlines it generated a couple of months ago, there’s every expectation that the issue of President Obama’s selection of Judge Merrick Garland for the U.S. Supreme Court will again be a huge bone of contention, before this critical election season is history. Comment