As we grapple with our own domestic politics, some interesting political dynamics are playing out on the global stage.
There is the ongoing standoff by protesters in Hong Kong administration over what is perceived to be intrusion by mainland China. The Hong Kong Airport was disrupted by protesters, which resulted in the cancellation of several flights and great inconvenience to commuters.
It is interesting to see how the situation will unfold but so far there has been no letting up by protesters who are demanding the immediate resignation of Carrie Lam as the Chief Executive Officer.
Then there is the tense situation In Indian-administered Kashmir following a recent decision by the Modi administration to revoke the ‘special status’ arrangement, which in effect meant that Kashmir will now have union and not state status. The decision did not go down well with the predominantly Muslim population of Kashmir which historically has had strained relationship with New Delhi. There is also strong opposition from neighbouring Pakistan, which also has some amount of administrative control over Kashmir.
Perhaps of greater significance to us in Guyana is the proposed new law by the Trump administration making it more difficult for legal migrants to obtain residency status. Those likely to be affected the most are recipients of social welfare and the unemployed. The move is widely criticized by Democrats who see it as an electioneering ploy by President Trump to shore up support from his Republican base in his re-election bid to the White House.
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