Ronald Sanders

Once again, Guyana is causing regional and international worry following two sets of killings of young men (two of African origin and two of Indian origin) that have sparked the flames of communal violence and threaten to engulf the country.

The one upside of the challenges facing the government of Guyana after a five-month impasse in declaring the result of the general election on March 2 is that the country’s economic growth in 2020 is projected at a whopping 52.8 per cent—surpassing all 26 Latin American and Caribbean states. This trend is likely to continue for many years to come.

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Three US senators—who have done little to advance the interests of the Caribbean and with whom requests for meetings by many Caribbean ambassadors are usually shunted to their staff—are now proposing US government punishment for Caribbean countries that request assistance from Cuba for medical personnel.

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ADHERENCE to democracy, including free and fair elections, has been on trial in the Caribbean Community (Caricom) region over the past three months in Guyana and Suriname.

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Caribbean countries are, once again, being placed in a difficult position as they try to navigate a course between the United States and Cuba — two countries of great importance to them and for each of which they have great respect.

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In the wake of a report to the Permanent Council of the Organisation of American States (OAS) on the Guyana general elections of March 2, the head of the Electoral Mission (EOM), former Jamaica prime minister Bruce Golding, has been accused of being “exceptionally partisan” and “hostile to the nation and people of Guyana”.

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Developing countries, including Caricom states, would make a grave mistake if, in the wake of the economic crisis they now face, they decide to diminish their foreign affairs budgets.

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