Colombia: Violence in a time of peace

By James Patrick Jordan Young people in Villa Rica are like young people everywhere. When school is done, they take to parks, each other’s homes, and street corners to talk, joke around, flirt, and otherwise discuss the day with their friends. That’s what was happening on May 1 in Villa Rica, a small town with…

China fine tuning its cooperation machine

Authorities of the world’s second largest economic power confirmed that in addition to the issues addressed in the Forum, China will also work to respond to the growing need to create cooperation platforms between nations, in response to the global financial crisis and increasing protectionism.

Looking to consolidate this economic route, which should account for over 60% of the world’s population and a third of global production, participants in the Forum discussed ways to optimize complementarity between the development strategies of each nation, and promote cooperation initiatives benefitting communities living along the trade route.

A note on Belt and Road

According to an article posted on Qiushi (bit.do/beltandroad), the Organ of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, “China’s new commercial strategy will allow Latin America and the Caribbean to join this drive of ‘opening up, inclusiveness and mutual benefits.’ ”

“Africa is also expected to benefit considerably from China’s pledged resources in the coming years,” the article stated and “other benefits are China’s supported financing of anti-poverty and improved health care projects.”

OAS threat: Gonsalves warns of plot against Venezuela

“A handful of powerful countries with an agenda of naked self interest has strategically invited select CARICOM countries to their meetings and ignored the others. In the result, they have succeeded in disuniting and weakening CARICOM countries whose only strength lies in our solidarity. This worrying development has been particularly manifest in matters relating to Venezuela,” the Vincentian leader wrote in the letter dated May 10, 2017.

“There is clearly a calculated strategy in place by a group of nations to achieve regime change in Venezuela by using the OAS as a weapon of destruction,” he added.