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March 25, 2011

 

Just a couple of short weeks ago very few Americans knew the name Hosni Mubarak. Indeed Mr. Mubarak could have walked the streets with anonymity in my hometown of St. Louis, caught a movie, and went out to dinner and would not have been recognized.

Today that is no longer the case as coverage on Egypt is in the media 24/7. At first the coverage of the protests was almost exclusively positive. As Americans we pride ourselves on being a nation that stands for liberty and democratic values. People sympathized with the young people in Tahrir Square even if they were not sure why the people had taken to the streets.

 

February 6, 2011

 

Belize is a small country in Northeastern Central America bordered by Mexico to the north, Guatamala to the south and west, and to the east by the Caribbean Sea, with a population of about 333,000. It is the only country in the region where the official language is English, though Spanish and Creole are also spoken.

 

February 6, 2011

 

awyers and media pundits in Nigeria are accusing the government of acting illegally by agreeing to settle criminal bribery charges against Dick Cheney out of court.

 

June 6, 2010

Over the past three years, the 14 Caribbean countries that signed the Petrocaribe agreement have received between 120,000 and 140,000 barrels of oil per day from Venezuela on preferential terms. One BBC report noted that Petrocaribe assistance to Caribbean nations (other than Trinidad and Barbados) is vital as it has saved the region from experiencing an economic crisis.

Over the past three years, the 14 Caribbean countries that signed the Petrocaribe agreement have received between 120,000 and 140,000 barrels of oil per day from Venezuela on preferential terms. One BBC report noted that Petrocaribe assistance to Caribbean nations (other than Trinidad and Barbados) is vital as it has saved the region from experiencing an economic crisis.

May 27, 2010

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) says it is “a matter of serious concern” that the Obama Administration rebuked the recent announcement of settlement expansion as “a deeply negative signal.” AIPAC is calling “on the Administration to take immediate steps to defuse the tension with the Jewish State,” after an ill-timed announcement made by the Israeli government during the height of US Vice President Joe Biden’s Middle East tour that settlements in East Jerusalem would increase by 1600 persons.

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) says it is “a matter of serious concern” that the Obama Administration rebuked the recent announcement of settlement expansion as “a deeply negative signal.” AIPAC is calling “on the Administration to take immediate steps to defuse the tension with the Jewish State,” after an ill-timed announcement made by the Israeli government during the height of US Vice President Joe Biden’s Middle East tour that settlements in East Jerusalem would increase by 1600 persons.

May 27, 2010

An estimated 2.5 million hectares of land have been appropriated by foreign acquisition in countries like Ethiopia -in what may be the greatest change of ownership since the colonial era, and this while millions of its citizens are in need of food aid. Land is increasingly claimed by and leased out to transnational entities, government businesses, multinational corporations, and international organizations. 

An estimated 2.5 million hectares of land have been appropriated by foreign acquisition in countries like Ethiopia -in what may be the greatest change of ownership since the colonial era, and this while millions of its citizens are in need of food aid. Land is increasingly claimed by and leased out to transnational entities, government businesses, multinational corporations, and international organizations. 

May 14, 2010

Mixed emotions and debates arise regarding jobs, economic development, and many other issues in rural Alaska, as lawmakers push towards an independent pebble mine study being conducted at Bristol Bay.

Mixed emotions and debates arise regarding jobs, economic development, and many other issues in rural Alaska, as lawmakers push towards an independent pebble mine study being conducted at Bristol Bay.

May 14, 2010

 

No water and fire. Those are the words on many lips in the Caribbean as record breaking high temperatures (35 degrees Celsius) and low rainfall is affecting livelihood and life in the Caribbean. February 2010 was the driest February on record in Trinidad and Tobago receiving only 2.1mm of rainfall. Prior to that the driest February was in 1960 when 4.9mm of rain fell. The average rainfall in February for the past 30 years has been 43mm. 

No water and fire. Those are the words on many lips in the Caribbean as record breaking high temperatures (35 degrees Celsius) and low rainfall is affecting livelihood and life in the Caribbean. February 2010 was the driest February on record in Trinidad and Tobago receiving only 2.1mm of rainfall. Prior to that the driest February was in 1960 when 4.9mm of rain fell. The average rainfall in February for the past 30 years has been 43mm. 

Although the country of Trinidad and Tobago is being featured in this report, conditions are similar across the Caribbean.

May 14, 2010

The Hague has rejected Argentina’s claims of contamination resulting from a Uruguayan paper mill shared by both countries, ending a three-year dispute between the South American neighbors. The International Court of Justice ruled recently that there was “no conclusive” evidence that Uruguay neglected obligations to protect the environment or that the factory caused harm to the Uruguay River. 

March 19, 2010

The newly established Muslim snowboarding team in Alaska held their first official practice last week at Hilltop ski area located in Anchorage, Alaska. With only about half of the team in attendance, the progress made still contributed greatly to the betterment of the entire team.

The newly established Muslim snowboarding team in Alaska held their first official practice last week at Hilltop ski area located in Anchorage, Alaska. With only about half of the team in attendance, the progress made still contributed greatly to the betterment of the entire team. So far the projected number of team members stands at about six; of these, four were able to make this practice: David Jones, head coach, Xavier Jones, the assistant coach, and two of their most promising team members, Mubarik and Khadijah Jones.

March 19, 2010

The common concerns and priorities of the Latin American and Caribbean nations have once again culminated in coalition.  The ‘Rio Group’convened in Cancun, Mexico recently.

The common concerns and priorities of the Latin American and Caribbean nations have once again culminated in coalition.  The ‘Rio Group’convened in Cancun, Mexico recently.  The yearly summit has been another venue through which the attending member nations have been able to formulate a unified vehicle to use to represent the specific interests, problems, and concerns of all its 32 members - a collective bargaining agent for use in dialogue in the global forum.  Speaking as to the nature of the peculiarities of the Latino-Caribe regions, Mexican President

February 21, 2010

The recent 28 -year anniversary of the undeclared war between Britain and Argentina over the Falkland Islands, or as they are known in Spanish - Islas Malvinas - arrived and passed with no apparent resolution over the questions of jurisdiction over the islands, and now - the surrounding territorial waters.

The recent 28 -year anniversary of the undeclared war between Britain and Argentina over the Falkland Islands, or as they are known in Spanish - Islas Malvinas - arrived and passed with no apparent resolution over the questions of jurisdiction over the islands, and now - the surrounding territorial waters. Argentinian President Cristina Kirchner was elected insisting that the Malvinas belongs to Argentina, and vowing to reclaim that authority.

February 21, 2010

Recently I was surprised to discover that many participants at a conference in Washington DC could not locate the Caribbean on a map. Some said it was close to Africa while others simply believed that the Caribbean was a sun, sea and sand destination that was somewhere out there. This definition of the physical boundaries of the Caribbean should therefore shed some light on the physical location of Caribbean neighbors.

Recently I was surprised to discover that many participants at a conference in Washington DC could not locate the Caribbean on a map. Some said it was close to Africa while others simply believed that the Caribbean was a sun, sea and sand destination that was somewhere out there. This definition of the physical boundaries of the Caribbean should therefore shed some light on the physical location of Caribbean neighbors.

February 21, 2010

The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), a British research institute focusing on international security, revealed that Russia in 2009 became the main exporter of weapons to Latin America thanks to the purchases made by Venezuela, but also to Brazil, Mexico, Peru and Colombia. However, two of the countries with the largest defence budgets, Colombia and Mexico, remain faithful to US military arms, while other countries have “diversified suppliers.”

The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), a British research institute focusing on international security, revealed that Russia in 2009 became the main exporter of weapons to Latin America thanks to the purchases made by Venezuela, but also to Brazil, Mexico, Peru and Colombia. However, two of the countries with the largest defence budgets, Colombia and Mexico, remain faithful to US military arms, while other countries have “diversified suppliers.”

February 12, 2010

In a small predominately Muslim village located 18 miles (30 km) from the city of Jos, Nigeria, lies the Kuru Karama village, at the point where Nigeria’s Muslim north and predominantly Christian south meet. According to Human Rights Watch, armed men surrounded the small village, then hunted down and attacked Muslim residents, some of whom had sought refuge in homes and at a local mosque.

In a small predominately Muslim village located 18 miles (30 km) from the city of Jos, Nigeria, lies the Kuru Karama village, at the point where Nigeria’s Muslim north and predominantly Christian south meet. According to Human Rights Watch, armed men surrounded the small village, then hunted down and attacked Muslim residents, some of whom had sought refuge in homes and at a local mosque. Many were killed as they tried to flee and many others were burnt  alive. In the aftermath, men, women and children would lose their lives.

February 11, 2010

Four years ago, Cuba and Jamaica embarked on a mission to provide desperately needed routine and critical eye care for people of Jamaica, and the Caricom region in general.  The Jamaica/Cuba Eye Care Project has, since its inception, screened some 20,000 patients, and performed over 4,000 eye surgeries to treat cataracts and other anomalies in patients who otherwise may never have received care. 

Four years ago, Cuba and Jamaica embarked on a mission to provide desperately needed routine and critical eye care for people of Jamaica, and the Caricom region in general.  The Jamaica/Cuba Eye Care Project has, since its inception, screened some 20,000 patients, and performed over 4,000 eye surgeries to treat cataracts and other anomalies in patients who otherwise may never have received care.  The joint effort brought a team of eye specialists, nurses, and necessary equipment from Cuba to establish the base clinic, while training teams of Jamaicans to operate the eye ce

February 11, 2010

There is no denial; all have witnessed, beyond a doubt, the wrath of The Almighty Creator and the devastation unleashed upon Haiti, the magnitude of which is so great that the loss of life and property, pain and suffering produced by the powerful earthquake will possibly never be truly known.

(IQOU PRESS RELEASE) There is no denial; all have witnessed, beyond a doubt, the wrath of The Almighty Creator and the devastation unleashed upon Haiti, the magnitude of which is so great that the loss of life and property, pain and suffering produced by the powerful earthquake will possibly never be truly known.

January 10, 2010

Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua, Honduras, Ecuador, Bolivia, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Dominica- will be initiating the use of its own currency, the “sucre,” in a system independent of the current world monetary system. The virtual debt management system enables trade between the nine member nations.

The Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA) trade group -member nations: Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua, Honduras, Ecuador, Bolivia, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Dominica- will be initiating the use of its own currency, the “sucre,” in a system independent of the current world monetary system. The virtual debt management system enables trade between the nine member nations.

January 10, 2010

As inhabitants of the Caribbean looked on at the economic crisis in the US and the rest of the developed world, some economists predicted that we were insulated from similar financial problems.

As inhabitants of the Caribbean looked on at the economic crisis in the US and the rest of the developed world, some economists predicted that we were insulated from similar financial problems. The ordinary man on the street, however, felt that economic problems were sure to hit us soon. One talk show analyst expressing the same view said, “It’s like a hurricane. We know it’s out there. We know it’s heading our way. But where and when it will make landfall- we are not sure.

January 10, 2010

After the recent meeting between Turkish President Abdullah Gul and his Egyptian counterpart Hosni Mubarak, the Turkish leader expressed his view that the two countries were key in solving the problem of Palestine.“Turkey and Egypt are two important countries in the Mediterranean as well as the Islamic world,” he said during a press conference that followed the meeting, further stating that the cause of Palestine is a priority for both countries.

December 31, 2009

Earlier this month the Anchorage NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) Multi-Cultural Youth Council held a meeting at the Rasmuson hall of the University of Alaska at Anchorage. The meeting ushered in the ACT-SO and Youth Council 2009-2010 year.

Earlier this month the Anchorage NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) Multi-Cultural Youth Council held a meeting at the Rasmuson hall of the University of Alaska at Anchorage. The meeting ushered in the ACT-SO and Youth Council 2009-2010 year.

December 1, 2009

Dr Babagana Ahmadu, the country representative of the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in The Gambia, has hailed President Jammeh’s efforts in agricultural, noting that his leadership is extraordinary and needs to be emulated by all African leaders for the betterment of the continent.

BANJUL –Dr Babagana Ahmadu, the country representative of the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in The Gambia, has hailed President Jammeh’s efforts in agricultural, noting that his leadership is extraordinary and needs to be emulated by all African leaders for the betterment of the continent.

December 1, 2009

President Rafael Correa of Ecuador has put forward a novel idea known as the Yasuni-ITT Initiative. He proposed not to touch the estimated 900million barrel oil reserve under the Amazon Rain Forest if the international community will compensate Ecuador. The president is asking for $350 million annually- half the estimated revenue that crude oil from the remote Yasuni National Park would be expected to generate for the next 12 years. So far, Germany and Spain have expressed an interest in the plan. Mr.