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Global U.S. Politics

“America has come to its senses” Part 2 – Along came Obama

As Barack Obama comes to the end of his eight-years as President of the United States of America, many there are who are beginning to make their assessments of his tenure. They should all try to remember where the world was in 2008 before attempting those assessments, says Ewart Walters whose article below was written in November 2008 at the moment of his election victory.   “America has come to its senses” Part 2 Along came Obama by Ewart Walters The last act in this immorality play was...

Geopolitics Global U.S. Politics

Obama Sticks it to Trump’s Russian Partner

Obama Sticks it to Trump’s Russian Partner Curtis A. Ward (22 Dec. 2016) — I have been watching and waiting to see what action President Barack Obama would take against Vladimir Putin’s inner circle and critical sectors of the Russian economy in response to Putin’s interference into the U.S. presidential elections.  As President Obama said in his final press conference on December 16, 2016, there would be responses that are known to the public and there would be responses not...

Geopolitics Global U.S. Politics

Trump v. Congress on New Russian Sanctions

Trump v. Congress on New Russian Sanctions Curtis A. Ward (10 Dec. 2016) — When faced with indisputable facts that the Russian Government interfered with the U.S. presidential elections Congress will be forced to act by imposing new sanctions against Russia. President Barack Obama will have the last laugh as he sets the table for a showdown between a Republican Congress and a Republican President.  Lest anyone should forget, Republican leaders plotted from day one of the Obama...

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Geopolitics Global U.S. Global

Will Trump Fall on the Sanctions Sword?

  Will Trump Fall on the Sanctions Sword? (03 Dec. 2016) — Since president-elect Donald Trump won the U.S. presidential election, there has been a plethora of speculations, discussions, and even predictions defining the future of the Trump presidency. Some have even speculated he would end up being impeached for either gross foreign and security policy mistakes, or due to gross conflict of interest – president of the U.S. vis-à-vis CEO of Trump global enterprises. While these...

Caribbean Regional - Political/Social/Economic Global Jamaican/Caribbean Diaspora

Jamaican Lives, Jamaican way of Life Matters

Jamaican Lives, Jamaican way of life Matters (19 Nov. 2016) — It is ironic the Prime Minister of Jamaica attended the COP22 conference in Morocco (November 2016) making a speech claiming a place for Jamaica among global leadership on action to prevent climate change and to ameliorate the conditions which cause global warming.  At the same time, the government of Jamaica, of which he is the head, is on board with Chinese investors on course to do untold damage to Jamaica’s pristine but...

Caribbean Regional - Political/Social/Economic Global Jamaican/Caribbean Diaspora

Jamaicans face a matter of life and death–not economic opportunity

Jamaicans face a matter of life and death–not economic opportunity (17 Nov. 2016) — On Thursday, November 17, 2016, The Jamaica Gleaner ran an editorial: “Wanting To Hear From The Gov’t About Alpart.” The editorial raised concerns about the Jamaican Government’s silence on the possible severe environmental impact of Chinese company Jinquan’s plan to invest heavily in bauxite/alumina/aluminum production in Jamaica powered by coal-fired energy generation. According to Ambassador...

Banking & Finance Caribbean Regional - Political/Social/Economic Global

Sanctions Enforcement – Violations and De-Risking

Sanctions Enforcement – Violations and De-risking (08 Nov. 2016) — Discussions at various levels throughout the Caribbean region on the threat of de-risking by U.S. and European banks have focused primarily on the debilitating possible effects on Caribbean financial institutions and Caribbean countries’ economic development.  Without access to U.S. and European banks for correspondent banking relationships and lack of future access for payable through accounts and other financial...