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Guyanese Actress to Present AFUWI Legacy Award to President of Guyana

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Guyanese actress CCH Pounder.

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Tues. April 9, 2024: Esteemed actress, philanthropist, and advocate, Guyanese CCH Pounder, will present the The American Foundation for The University of the West Indies (AFUWI) Legacy Award to Guyana President Dr. Irfaan Mohamed-Ali, at the highly anticipated 27th Annual “The Legacy Continues” Gala.

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Guyanese actress CCH Pounder. (AFUWI image)

The 27th Annual “The Legacy Continues” Gala is set to take place on Thursday, April 18, 2024, at 583 Park Avenue (@63rd Street), New York City, commencing at 6:30 pm.

Pounder, a native of Guyana, boasts a distinguished career spanning five decades in the entertainment industry. Recognized for her profound contributions to the arts and culture, she was honored with AFUWI’s Bob Marley Award in 2018. This accolade symbolizes hope and inspiration for aspiring young scholars aiming to make a positive impact on society. Pounder’s involvement with AFUWI, transitioning from honoree to advocate for educational access, showcases her unwavering commitment to nurturing the Caribbean’s brightest minds. Since aligning with AFUWI, she has been instrumental in advancing the foundation’s mission of providing scholarships for talented yet financially disadvantaged students at The University of the West Indies (UWI).

“The Legacy Continues” Gala serves as AFUWI’s primary fundraising event, directly supporting the scholarship program for deserving students at The UWI. On average, 50 exceptional students benefit from scholarships annually through this initiative. The stark reality of the Caribbean’s tertiary enrollment rate, standing at less than 25% compared to nearly 60% in North America and 52% in Latin America, underscores the critical importance of AFUWI’s mission and the urgent need to support the region’s bright young minds.

Over the past decade, approximately 600 tuition scholarships have been awarded, alongside the establishment of partnerships with other prominent institutions. The demand for support has surged in the wake of the global pandemic, with the number of deserving students seeking assistance doubling. AFUWI remains steadfastly committed to addressing this escalating need and encourages support through its #donatetoeducate campaign. Those interested in purchasing tickets or tables for the event can do so by visiting www.afuwi.org.

Recognized as a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit organization, AFUWI ensures that all contributions, whether financial or in-kind, are tax-deductible as permitted by state and federal laws. This year’s gala promises to be a memorable occasion, celebrating excellence, advocacy, and the enduring legacy of educational empowerment in the Caribbean community.

Canadian, Caribbean, and International Film Producers To Gather in Barbados for Groundbreaking Forum

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Frances-Anne Solomon, CEO at CaribbeanTales Media Group

News Americas, Toronto, ON., April 08, 2024: Acclaimed actress CCH Pounder, celebrated film producer Paul Garnes, along with international media executives, and 26 high-level producers hailing from Canada, the United Kingdom, South Africa, and various Caribbean nations will convene in Barbados from April 15-19 for the inaugural Cross Continental Forum, (CCF).

The CCF, a pioneering initiative led by CaribbeanTales Media Group and Imagine Media International in collaboration with the Faculty of Culture, Creative, and Performing Arts at the UWI Cave Hill Campus, aims to foster collaboration and business development within the global film industry.

The forum will kick off with a screening of Ava DuVernay’s critically-acclaimed film “Origin,” followed by an interactive talk-back session with Garnes at the university’s Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination. Pounder will host the talk-back session, as stated in a media release.

This unprecedented event serves as a dynamic platform for co-producing and cultivating new business opportunities, bringing together industry leaders, producers, and innovators from diverse backgrounds for a collaborative exchange of ideas and possibilities that will lead to innovative co-productions.

Frances-Anne Solomon, CEO at CaribbeanTales Media Group, expressed enthusiasm about the forum, stating, “We are excited to bring together a diverse group of international professionals to facilitate new co-ventures. As film storytellers from the global south, with connections around the world, we have access to incredible untold stories that resonate with audiences worldwide.”

This year’s forum will focus on “Decolonizing the co-production process for the benefit of the Global South,” aiming to foster interactive networking opportunities that result in successful long-term production partnerships.

Lisa Wickham, President & CEO at Imagine Media International Limited, emphasized the potential of the forum to unearth compelling, diverse stories, stating, “We expect the Cross Continental Forum to be a cornucopia of strong, untold, diverse stories.”

The event is supported by the British Film Institute (BFI), the Canada Media Fund (CMF), the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (Fed Dev), the International Trade Centre (ITC), the Trinidad and Tobago Film Co. (FilmTT), and Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI), offering a unique platform for fostering partnerships and building co-productions between the UK, Canada, Africa, and the Caribbean.

Key highlights of the event include peer-to-peer discussions, real-life case studies, engaging panel discussions, networking opportunities, pitch sessions, and roundtable conversations.

Agnieszka Moody, BFI Head of International Relations, expressed support for the forum, stating, “We are delighted to support the Cross Continental Forum in Barbados. It is a great opportunity for UK-based filmmakers to develop connections with filmmaking talent across the Caribbean region with rich cultural ties to the UK and Canada.”

Through initiatives like the CCF, the global film industry aims to enable diverse, collaborative storytelling that resonates with audiences worldwide.

OAS Condemns Venezuela’s Approval of “Law for the Defense of Essequibo”

News Americas, WASHINGTON, D.C., Tues. April 9, 2024: The Organization of American States, (OAS), has issued a stern condemnation of the Venezuelan regime’s endorsement of the so-called “Law for the Defense of Essequibo.”

The General Secretariat of the OAS, known for its dedication to fostering peace and security across the Americas, expressed strong disapproval of this move, citing its blatant disregard for fundamental principles of international law and its further indication of Venezuela’s dictatorial tendencies.

The approval of the “Law for the Defense of Essequibo” comes in the wake of another controversial piece of legislation passed by the Venezuelan regime, namely a fascist-inspired “law” aimed at combatting “fascism, neo-fascism, and similar expressions.” These actions, according to the OAS, evoke dark chapters in history characterized by forcible annexations, military aggression, and widespread devastation.

The OAS emphasized that regional peace and security are at stake if the Venezuelan regime continues to pursue such dangerous objectives. The organization underscored the condemnation of aggression, threats of aggression, unilateral actions to resolve bilateral disputes, and breaches of existing arbitration awards as laid out in international law. Additionally, it called upon the global community to denounce any form of belligerent behavior or intimidation tactics employed by nations and international actors. The OAS also commended Guyana for accepting the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice in this matter, seeing it as a positive step toward peaceful resolution.

The Venezuelan regime’s recent actions, including attempts to annex a portion of the territory of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, have been deemed as violations of international law and unacceptable by the OAS. Furthermore, these actions are seen as direct threats to the Chavista legacy of fostering peaceful relations with CARICOM member states and undermining Guyana’s ability to develop its natural resources in a peaceful manner, the OAS said.

The organization characterized the “Law for the Defense of Essequibo” as not only an external threat but also a tool for internal repression, marking a concerning turn of events in Venezuela’s political landscape. The organization warned that such legislation poses a risk not only to Guyana’s security but also to the peace and security of the entire hemisphere.

Amid Rising Obesity Rates, Latin American Immigrants Must Consider Healthy Weight Loss Tips

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News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Tues. April 9, 2024: Characterized by excessive fat deposits, obesity is a chronic disease that impairs health and contributes to various complications like type 2 diabetes, stroke, and heart disease. And as global obesity rates rise steadily, the Latin American population in the United States is no exception. A systematic review published in the journal notes that obesity affects about 40% of the population in the US, with Latino people reporting a relatively higher prevalence of the condition.

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Specifically, 44.8% of Latin Americans meet the criteria for obesity, compared to only 42.2% of the non-Latin American White population. This disproportionate risk and diagnosis of obesity can give rise to adiposity-related comorbidities like diabetes and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. As such, it is worth looking into disease risk factors to guide Latin Americans in losing and managing their weight healthily.

Obesity rates linked to various risk factors

The same study mentioned earlier links several risk factors to the burden of obesity in the Latin American population. Beyond genetic susceptibility observed among this demographic, environmental factors like traditional Latino diets, which tend to be high in carbohydrates, can promote unhealthy weight gain. Socioeconomic status can also influence the risk of developing obesity, with wealthier families from Central America being less likely to be obese, for example.

Interestingly, research from the American Heart Association notes that immigration patterns can also be associated with cardiometabolic syndromes, including obesity. To illustrate, US-born Hispanic people have a 16% higher risk of severe obesity than foreign-born Latinos who immigrate to the US, primarily due to their changing food patterns and exposure to Westernized food.

Fortunately, it is never too late to address these risk factors and pave the way for a healthier weight and better lifestyle through the tips explored in the next section.

Healthy weight loss tips worth exploring

Setting realistic weight goals

While healthy weight loss can be challenging, overweight/obese Latin Americans can make progress by setting realistic weight goals. Instead of resorting to diet fads and extreme workouts, they can search questions like “How long does it take to lose weight?” and “What factors affect weight loss?” to manage expectations throughout their journey.

Once it becomes clear that weight loss is different based on their age, sex, body type, initial weight, and other biological and lifestyle factors, they can then adopt healthy habits like eating a nutritionally balanced diet and adjust their weight goals based on which approach works best for them.

Choosing more nutritious traditional foods

While it was mentioned before that cultural factors like the traditional Latino diet can promote obesity, immigrant populations don’t necessarily have to ditch their local cuisine to lose weight and reduce their disease risk. Instead, they can prioritize nutrient-rich traditional foods in their culture to better transform their eating habits.

For example, beans are a staple in signature dishes like frijoles and burritos. This ingredient can be an excellent source of not only protein for staying full for longer but also vitamins and minerals like iron, potassium, and magnesium.

Taking advantage of professional support

Beyond seeking help from family and friends during their weight loss journey, Latin Americans at risk of being overweight and obese can also benefit from professional support. While it can be difficult to access traditional healthcare services due to cultural, linguistic, and economic barriers, they can take advantage of digital patient support to remotely consult with medical professionals on their specific weight goals and health needs.

In the same way, that digital patient support is expanding healthcare access and boosting overall health outcomes in Latin America, immigrant populations can leverage their connectivity for telecare, remote monitoring, and video consultations.

Overall, healthy weight loss is possible when individuals utilize the informational tools at their disposal and incorporate essential health information into their habits and lifestyle choices.

ICJ updates: Nicaragua’s case against Germany over Israel’s war on Gaza

The content originally appeared on: Latin America News – Aljazeera

 

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Sae-A Trading Announces Definitive Agreement to Acquire Tegra

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Sae-A Trading HQ in Seoul, Korea

ATLANTA and SEOUL, South Korea, April 8, 2024 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Sae-A Trading, the vertically integrated leading garment manufacturer and supply chain solution provider, announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Tegra’s operating entities in Honduras, El Salvador, and the US.

Sae-A Trading HQ in Seoul, Korea

Tegra, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, develops and manufactures sports apparel products for global brands that ultimately outfit professional, college, and high school athletes and their fans. Tegra’s integrated operational entities include Fjord and ArtFx in the US, Southern Apparel Contractors in Honduras, and Decotex in El Salvador. Those entities, acquired and integrated over time by Tegra, possess unparalleled product and manufacturing knowledge, expertise, and capabilities that benefit customers and suppliers, enabling Tegra to be the leading manufacturer of performance-driven on-field uniforms and gear for elite athletes.

Sae-A Trading, established in 1986, is a vertical textile and apparel garment manufacturer supplying the US and European retail markets, with a global production base spanning both sides of the world: Central America and Southeast Asia. Currently, Sae-A Trading employs more than 30,000 associates across its operations worldwide. Sae-A Trading operates in eight production countries, fully verticalized from yarn spinning, fabric knitting/dyeing, graphic printing, garment washing, and sewing.

“We are proud and thrilled to welcome Tegra into the Sae-A family,” said WK Kim, Global Sae-A Group Chairman. “This acquisition enables Sae-A Trading to further its growth trajectory, while ensuring continuous and consistent delivery of world-class products for its customers. The scale, operational bases, product development capabilities, and know-how that are being established with this combination will create significant opportunities and advantages for our customers and suppliers.” The integration of Sae-A Trading and Tegra significantly expands the company’s geographic presence, and on a combined basis, Sae-A Trading will be a market leader in the Western Hemisphere, complimenting its existing leadership position in Asia. Kim further stated that “Sae-A Trading welcomes Tegra’s vital employee base to the combined company,” and looks forward to accelerated investments in production and capabilities to better serve our valued customers.

“We have been impressed by the commitment of Sae-A to our business, region and customers, and believe this transaction represents an attractive outcome for Tegra, its employees and our stakeholders,” said Steve Cochran, Tegra’s Chief Executive Officer.

Closing is expected to take place in April 2024. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Tegra was advised by Greenhill (Mizuho M&A), O’Melveny & Myers LLP and Palm Tree Advisors; while Baker McKenzie and EY advised Sae-A Trading.

Tegra will be headquartered in Seoul, Korea.

About Sae-A Trading
Sae-A Trading was established in 1986 and is a subsidiary of Global Sae-A, the holding company of the Global Sae-A Group. Sae-A Trading is one of the world’s largest vertically integrated textile and apparel garment manufacturers supplying the US and European retail markets. It has a global production base spanning both sides of the world: the Western hemisphere and Eastern hemisphere. It operates in 8 production companies, fully verticalized from yarn spanning, fabric knitting/dyeing, graphic printing, garment washing, and sewing. Currently, Sae-A Trading employs more than 30,000 associates across worldwide operations.

About Tegra
Tegra was established in August 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia, through the acquisition and integration of New Holland and ArtFx. Supported by leading global brands, Tegra soon became a premier and leading near and onshore apparel manufacturer in the western hemisphere for sport, team and performance apparel with a highly-skilled experienced, stable workforce with differentiated technical skills. Tegra has more than 7,500 employees globally, producing apparel for athletes of all categories and the fan’s that love sport. Tegra has two facilities in Central America (Honduras and El Salvador) combined with three facilities located in the US. Tegra delivers superior product and supply chain solutions through innovation, process integration, capabilities and technology.

Millions across North America await total solar eclipse

The content originally appeared on: Latin America News – Aljazeera

Millions of people in the path of a solar eclipse across North America are gazing towards the heavens as the moon completely blocks the sun for more than four minutes in some areas.

The town of Mazatlan on Mexico’s west coast in was one of the first places to witness the full eclipse on Monday, with thousands of people gathering there to look skywards.

Lourdes Corro, 43, was one of the visitors who arrived in Mazatlan especially for the eclipse: She travelled 10 hours by car to get there.

“The last one I saw was when I was 9 years old,” Corro told the Reuters news agency. “There are a few clouds, but we can still see the sun.”

Beyond Mazatlan, the eclipse was visible, weather permitting, along a path starting in Mexico and then crossing through the United States and into Canada.

Eclipse fans across North American have travelled to places along the “path of totality”, where the moon will fully blot out the sun. They include the city of Fredericksburg in central Texas, where the total eclipse occurred shortly after 1:30pm (18:30 GMT).

That is where Michael Zeiler, a veteran eclipse chaser from New Mexico who has already witnessed 11 total eclipses across the globe, set himself up to view the latest one.

“First-time viewers of a total eclipse will be gobsmacked by the sight,” Zeiler said. “It will be a peak life experience.”

A woman shops for eclipse-themed T-shirts in the village of Makanda, US [Evelyn Hockstein/Reuters]

At up to four minutes and 28 seconds, this one will last longer than the total eclipse that streaked across parts of the US in 2017, which clocked in at up to two minutes and 42 seconds.

Al Jazeera’s Colin Baker said the four-minute eclipse will be a “data gathering bonanza” for researchers.

“Six hundred high-altitude balloons will be released. A 4km-long kite will point a measuring instrument at the sun. Rockets will launch from an island in Virginia, and jets will take off to fly inside the path of totality — noses open, cameras on,” Baker added.

“With better tools, more smartphones and more research centres under its path, more data will likely be gathered during this total solar eclipse than ever before.”

According to NASA, total eclipses can last anywhere from 10 seconds to about seven-and-a-half minutes.

People are silhouetted at sunset as they visit the Malecon, one day before a total solar eclipse in Mazatlan, Mexico [Henry Romero/Reuters]

Other cities in the path of totality include Indianalopolis, Indiana; Erie, Pennsylvania; Cleveland, Ohio; Montreal, Quebec; and major urban centres in Texas like San Antonio, Austin and Dallas. Both Niagara Falls — the city in New York and its counterpart in Ontario — will also experience the full eclipse.

A partial eclipse will be visible in North America outside the path of totality.

About 32 million people in the US live within the path of totality, with federal officials predicting another five million people will travel to be there.

It took about 80 minutes from the moment the moon first began to cover the sun to the moment of totality, then another 80 minutes to complete the process in reverse.

Experts have advised eclipse viewers to use protective solar glasses to prevent eye damage from looking at the sun with the naked eye.

Only during the few minutes of totality can the sun be safely viewed without such glasses, they said.

In the US, several Democratic politicians used the occasion to take a dig at former Republican President Donald Trump, who stared at the sun without protective glasses during a partial eclipse in 2017.

 

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Mexico to Iran, why are attacks on embassies so controversial?

The content originally appeared on: Latin America News – Aljazeera

Mexico and Ecuador are locked in a diplomatic spat after Ecuadorian police raided the Mexican embassy in Quito on Friday to arrest former Ecuadorian Vice President Jorge Glas.

Glas had been seeking political asylum in the Mexican embassy since December and was convicted twice of corruption.

But the Ecuadorian police assault on the Mexican embassy was not the only attack on a diplomatic mission in recent days. On April 1, Iran’s consulate in the Syrian capital, Damascus, was destroyed in a suspected Israeli missile attack. Several Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) military advisers were present at the consulate when the attack took place, and seven were killed according to an IRGC statement.

These incidents have sparked a wave of condemnation that has gone beyond traditional allies of Mexico and Iran. So why is it that attacks on diplomatic missions are such a big deal, and how have Mexico and Iran reacted?

How have Mexico and Iran responded?

Following the attack on the embassy in Quito, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador wrote in an X post that the incident constituted an “authoritarian act” and “a flagrant violation of international law and sovereignty of Mexico”.

Foreign Minister Alicia Barcena said on X that Mexican diplomatic personnel would immediately leave Ecuador. On Monday, Mexico said it planned to take the case against Ecuador to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

Iran, meanwhile, has pledged a response to the attack on its mission in Damascus and is weighing its options.

In a statement, Nasser Kanani, the spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said Iran “reserves the right to carry out a reaction and will decide on the type of response and the punishment of the aggressor”.

Hossein Akbari, the Iranian ambassador to Syria, said Tehran’s response would be “decisive”.

The options before Iran range from overt action against Israel such as unclaimed drone strikes to attacks on Israeli diplomatic facilities. After the Damascus incident, Israel temporarily shuttered 28 embassies globally as a precautionary measure.

Why are attacks on embassies such a big deal?

The Vienna Convention on Consular Relations is an international treaty signed in 1963, governing consular relations between sovereign states. It was signed following a UN Conference on Consular Relations.

The Vienna Convention decrees that embassies are inviolable and local law enforcement agencies of host countries are not allowed to enter the premises. They can enter only with the consent of the head of the mission.

Under international law, embassies of countries are treated as their sovereign territories — not those of the country hosting them.

Diplomats also have diplomatic or consular immunity, which means they can be exempt from some of the laws of the host country and are protected from arrest or detention.

However, they can be declared persona non grata by the host country, which means the host country is allowed to send a foreign consular staff member back to the home country.

In effect, this means that the bombing of the Iranian consulate in Damascus was — under international law — at par with an attack on Iranian soil. The Ecuadorian police action in Quito, likewise, was tantamount to its officers entering Mexico to arrest someone without the Mexican government’s approval.

The decision by Mexico to offer refuge to Glas follows a centuries-old tradition when many embassies have sheltered dissidents or political asylum seekers who fear arrest, violence or even death in their own countries. Here are some prominent instances from recent decades.

In late March, the office of Argentina’s President Javier Milei announced that members of Venezuela’s opposition coalition had sought refuge in the Argentinian embassy in Caracas.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who was born in Australia, found asylum in the Ecuadorean embassy in London between 2012 and 2019 amid a legal battle with British and US authorities. He entered the embassy after a London court ordered Assange to be extradited to Sweden over rape allegations and his appeal was rejected. Ecuador revoked his asylum in 2019.
Former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed sought shelter at the Indian High Commission in Male amid reports of threats to his life after a court issued an arrest warrant. He finally left after India brokered a deal for his freedom.
Chinese civil rights activist Chen Guangcheng fled from house arrest in 2012 and sought asylum at the United States embassy in Beijing.
Former Afghan President Mohammad Najibullah sought shelter at the compound of the United Nations Special Mission to Afghanistan after he was removed by armed groups in 1992. When the Taliban took over Kabul, they killed Najibullah in 1996 while he was still sheltering.
Erich Honecker, the former leader of East Germany was indicted in Germany for the deaths of East Germans who tried to cross the Berlin Wall. In 1991, he sought refuge in the Chilean embassy in Moscow.

Despite protections under international law, diplomatic missions have often come under attack — though usually not from host governments directly. Here are some instances from recent decades.

In September 2023, an assailant attacked the Cuban embassy in the US capital of Washington, DC with two Molotov cocktails, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla announced on social media.
In July 2023, protesters stormed the Swedish embassy in Baghdad over what was supposed to be the second burning of a Quran in front of the Iraqi embassy in Stockholm. Shortly after this, Iraq expelled Sweden’s ambassador.
In September 2022, a suicide bombing took place near the entrance of the Russian embassy in Kabul. Two of the six casualties were employees of the embassy.
In July 2021, the Cuban embassy in Paris was attacked with petrol bombs, causing serious damage but no injuries.
In 2012, the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya was attacked, killing the US ambassador and three others.
A suicide car bombing at the Indian embassy in Kabul killed 58 people in July 2008, injuring more than 140 others.
On August 7, 1998, the US embassies in Nairobi and Dar-es-Salaam were attacked in truck bombings that killed more than 220 people.
 

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Godzilla Lives – Is Colonialism Alive in Guyana?

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By Arthur Piccolo

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. April 8, 2024: Everyone should be outraged by President Joe Biden’s lack of interest in the nightmare taking place in Haiti. Sadly, it extends far beyond Haiti to encompass his cavalier attitude toward all of South America and Caribbean. In this regard he is no different than the make believe previous President.

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Guyana proves this as well as so many other nations. Biden’s unwavering “policy” (sic) of benign neglect. Also known as get lost leave me alone. This could be no further than any view of American greatness. It is embarrassing.

Exxon’s outrageous exploitation of Guyana is nothing less than 21st century colonialism. Call it slavery if you like. They sold Guyana a sucker deal to rape Guyana’s natural resources, a deal only possible with Guyana’s corrupt previous government. Now under the leadership of President Ali he must demand the United States government specifically President Biden and the U.S. Congress force EXXON to renegotiate a real and fair deal with Guyana.

In the shadow of history, the specter of colonialism lingers over Guyana, manifesting not through the conquest of land but through the extraction of resources. At the heart of this modern tale of exploitation lies the “criminal” contract between Guyana and ExxonMobil, a narrative that underscores the enduring imbalances of power and wealth reminiscent of a bygone era.

The discovery of oil off the coast of Guyana promised a future of prosperity and growth. Yet, the dream faded as the details of the contract with ExxonMobil, Hess, and China National Offshore Oil Company surfaced, revealing stark disparities. Under this agreement, Guyana found itself cornered into a position of vulnerability, reminiscent of the large, shadowy figure looming over the vibrant landscape in our metaphorical imagery.

At the crux of the exploitation are the financial terms dictated by the contract, which heavily favor ExxonMobil and its partners:

No one in the 21st century can possible find this acceptable. Worst of all Exxon one of the eight largest and most profitable companies on Earth has absolutely no reason to exploit Guyana. What does it say about the so called leadership and morality of Exxon that their corporate “culture” is to exploit others as much as they can get away with doing and nowhere worse than in Guyana. And the Biden Administration and Congress remain silent ??

Profit Sharing Imbalance: Guyana is entitled to only a fraction of the profits from its oil reserves. After the consortium recovers 75% of its operational costs, the remaining profits are split, leaving Guyana with effectively 12.5% of the overall profits. Guyana’s share must be 50% or more.

Tax Concessions: In an unprecedented move, the contract absolves ExxonMobil and its partners from paying income taxes in Guyana, transferring this burden onto the shoulders of the Guyanese government. This decision is estimated to cost Guyana at least USD$1.7 billion over five years, significantly reducing the nation’s take from the oil deal.

Environmental and Fiscal Risks: The contract’s lack of stringent environmental protections and fiscal oversight exposes Guyana to potential ecological disasters and financial instabilities, akin to the mythical creature stirring the ocean into a frenzy, symbolizing the turmoil introduced by colonial powers of the past who enslaved all of the Caribbean and plundered all of their resources and took their future from them.

The echoes of colonialism resonate in the structure of this deal, where the wealth of Guyana’s natural resources flows outward, enriching foreign corporations while the nation bears the costs. The agreement stands as a modern testament to exploitation, where the imbalance of power and wealth perpetuates the dynamics of the colonial era. This is criminal.

Guyana must renegotiate this bogus contract and demand terms represent a broader struggle for sovereignty, environmental stewardship, and equitable development. This fight mirrors the small, vibrant landscape striving against the looming shadow of industrial progress, will symbolize the nation’s quest for its fair share in the wealth beneath its waters and the preservation of its natural beauty for future generations.

The story of Guyana and ExxonMobil is a stark reminder of the contemporary forms of colonialism that exist in the guise of economic agreements and resource extraction. As Guyana stands at the precipice of change it must fight against the terms of exploitation while underscores a global challenge: the need to redefine 21st century sovereignty and ensure that nations can harness their natural wealth in a manner that is fair, sustainable, and beneficial for their people. The tale of Guyana’s oil is not just a local issue but a global call to action against the remnants of colonialism in our interconnected world.

President Biden and Congress have no right to stand on the sidelines while a huge American company Exxon plays Godzilla feasting on Guyana. Worst still it is another horrible example of President Biden presiding over the further decay of America’s leadership and moral compass even worst evidence by Haiti’s descent into Hell as President Biden does nothing.

President Ali, trust me, if most Americans knew what Exxon is doing to Guyana, they would rally around you and your nation. Raise your voice in Washington, DC and demand the Unites States stop Exxon exploiting Guyana. On your next trip to the U.S. be sure to go to Washington to meet with President Biden and leaders in Congress. It must STOP right now !

Godzilla must not win in Guyana, or Haiti or anywhere else in the Americas. It is long past time the United States agrees all of the nations of the Americas must be full partners with the United State. If America’s greatest immigrant the legendary Alexander Hamilton born in the Caribbean, was alive today, President Biden would not get away with his neglect of the region.

EDITOR’S NOTE: About The Writer: Arthur Piccolo is a professional writer and commentator and often writes about Latin America for New Americas. His comments are his own and does not represent that of NewsAmericas or its parent company.

Machiavellian Realpolitik: Analyzing Venezuela’s Annexation Rhetoric

By Keith Bernard

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. April 8, 2024: In the current geopolitical landscape marked by Venezuela’s persistent rhetoric regarding the annexation of the Essequibo region of Guyana, including action taken by the President of the Bolivian Republic of Venezuela to promulgate “the Organic Law for the Defense of Guayana Esequiba” it’s intriguing to contemplate the strategic maneuvers that Niccolò Machiavelli, the renowned political philosopher, might advocate in response to such a situation.

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This handout picture released by the Venezuelan Presidency shows Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro (R)shakes hand with Guyana’s President Irfaan Ali(L) during a meeting in Saint Vincent and The Grenadines on December 14, 2023. (Photo by MARCELO GARCIA / VENEZUELAN PRESIDENCY / AFP) /

Machiavelli, known for his pragmatic approach to power politics and statecraft, would likely view Venezuela’s ambitions through the lens of realpolitik, prioritizing the preservation of national interests and the attainment of strategic objectives by any means necessary.

Firstly, Machiavelli would advise Guyana to adopt a shrewd and cunning stance in its dealings with Venezuela. Recognizing the imbalance in power dynamics between the two nations, Machiavelli would caution against overt confrontation and instead advocate for astute diplomacy aimed at exploiting divisions within Venezuela’s leadership and garnering support from powerful external allies.

Furthermore, Machiavelli would emphasize the importance of leveraging alliances and fostering strategic partnerships to bolster Guyana’s position on the international stage. By cultivating relationships with influential regional and global actors, Guyana could amplify its diplomatic clout and deter Venezuela from pursuing its annexation agenda through a combination of persuasion and coercion.

In addition, Machiavelli would advise Guyana to engage in a calculated game of brinkmanship, employing strategic ambiguity and veiled threats to keep Venezuela off balance and uncertain of Guyana’s response. Machiavelli famously stated, “It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both.” Thus, Guyana could benefit from cultivating an aura of unpredictability and assertiveness to dissuade Venezuela from escalating tensions further.

Moreover, Machiavelli would counsel Guyana to exploit Venezuela’s internal vulnerabilities and instabilities to its advantage. By capitalizing on economic pressures, political divisions, and societal discontent within Venezuela, Guyana could undermine the regime’s capacity to pursue aggressive foreign policies, thereby weakening Venezuela’s resolve to annex the Essequibo region.

However, Machiavelli would also caution against complacency and overreach, reminding Guyana of the importance of maintaining a delicate balance between assertiveness and restraint. Machiavelli’s pragmatism dictates that while it is essential to safeguard national interests and project strength, excessive aggression or provocation could backfire and escalate into a full-blown conflict with unpredictable consequences.

In conclusion, Machiavelli’s timeless principles of realpolitik offer valuable insights into navigating the complexities of Venezuela’s annexation rhetoric. By adopting a calculated and cunning approach rooted in diplomacy, strategic maneuvering, and the exploitation of vulnerabilities, Guyana can effectively safeguard its territorial integrity and deter Venezuela from pursuing its expansionist ambitions.

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