UK Appeals Court Annuls Guaidó’s Seizure of Venezuelan Gold

By Francisco Dominguez The Central Bank of Venezuela (BCV) was right in appealing to the High Court’s ludicrous decision last July to grant US-sponsored Juan Guaidó, in his ‘capacity’ as self-proclaimed “interim president” of Venezuela, the right to retrieve 31 tons of gold (about £800 million) entrusted in custody to the Bank of England (BoE) […]

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So you want to be a journalist?

by James Tweedie So you wanna be a journo, and why not? Well, here are a few good reasons to let the dream die. The pay is rotten For a white-collar job with its own university degree course, journalism pays peanuts. A reporter for one of the big national newspapers or TV stations will get […]

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Return the gold to Venezuela

by Francisco Dominguez On July 2nd 2020 British Judge Nigel Teare, with regard to a Central Bank of Venezuela litigation for 31 tons of gold entrusted to the Bank of England to be returned to the Venezuelan state, issued a verdict in favour of ‘interim president” Juan Guaidó. The real Venezuelan government has proposed that […]

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Cuban rebel soldiers in the Habana Hilton foyer, January, 1959

Black Lives Matter a lot in Cuba … since 1959

Cuban culture vigorously celebrates its African-ness by Francisco Dominguez When in 1868, Cuban slave-owner Manuel de Céspedes embarked on a 10-year nationalist uprising against Spain, the colonial master, he did not imagine he would be building not only the political bases of an independent Cuba but also the ideological blocks of a new Cuban identity. […]

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New government, same old policies

by Eugene McCartan Image: new Irish Taoiseach Micheál Martin, leader of the Fianna Fail party. SO, AFTER months of shadow-boxing and pretend negotiations, three parties—Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, and the Green Party—have eventually tied the knot and will set up house together. They have been leading the public on a merry dance, in the pretence […]

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Taking Power in Guyana

PPP/C must seize the day by James Tweedie Guyanese caretaker president David Granger still refuses to admit defeat in elections almost four months ago. But the winning People’s Progressive Party/Civic seems reluctant to force a transition of power, despite the support of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM). Last week the GECOM chair, former justice Claudette […]

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Guyana: Waiting for Granger to Go

Democracy delayed is democracy denied by James Tweedie Today is the 40th anniversary of the murder of Guyanese revolutionary writer Walter Rodney, a crime his family still believe was ordered by then prime minister Forbes Burnham. Three months – and a ballot recount – after the March 2nd general election, Burnham’s People’s National Congress (PNC) […]

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