Russian President Vladimir Putin Now Wants to Work With U.S.

Russian President Vladimir Putin Now Wants to Work With the U.S.

Russian President Vladimir Putin Now Wants to Work With the U.S. (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Vladimir Putin now wants to work with U.S. because of common agenda

Russian President Vladimir Putin now says he wants to work with the U.S. That comes two days after he blasted the U.S. of trying to dominate world affairs. I guess those sanctions are really hurting the Russian economy.

During an interview on the state-run Rossiya channel, Putin said, “We have disagreements on several issues on the international agenda. But at the same time there is something that unites us, that forces us to work together,” the Daily Mail reports.

“I mean general efforts directed at making the world economy more democratic, measured and balanced, so that the world order is more democratic. We have a common agenda,” Putin added.

Sounds to me like the sanctions President Obama and other Western allies imposed against Russia are working. The right wing would have you believe Obama is spineless, but he actually isn’t. Vladimir Putin is waving a white flag of sorts.

President Obama Dings Jamaica on Gay Rights During UWI Town Hall

President Obama Dings Jamaica on Gay Rights During UWI Town Hall

President Obama Dings Jamaica on Gay Rights During UWI Town Hall (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey)

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President Obama dinged Jamaica on gay rights by singling out LGBT activist Angeline Jackson for standing up and no backing down in her fight for equality. That was a strategic jab at the island nation for it horrible record on gay rights.

Obama singled Jackson out as one of two extraordinary young people who were in the audience at the Youth Forum at the University of the West Indies.

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President Obama Singles Out Jamaican LGBT activist Angeline Jackson (Photo Credit: Twitter)

Here’s a little about Angeline Jackson (@angelinejackson):

Angeline Jackson is the executive director of Quality of Citizenship Jamaica, which advocates on behalf of lesbian and bisexual women and transgender Jamaicans.

Jackson was kidnapped and sexually assaulted as a teen.

Angeline Jackson’s tweet after President Obama singled her out:

Jamaican PM Portia Simpson Miller Should Take Obama on Tour of Her Constituency

Jamaican PM Portia Simpson Miller Should Take Obama on Tour of Her Constituency

Jamaican PM Portia Simpson Miller Should Take Obama on Tour of Her Constituency (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

President Obama visits #Jamaica

:  I will be the first to say, I beamed with joy when I heard President Obama’s plane had landed at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, Jamaica, a short time ago. It is a historic visit. What I am upset about is the sanitization of New Kingston and the National Heroes Park area ahead of his visit. The street vendors were kicked off the streets in the Heroes Park vicinity. This was a problem that didn’t arise weeks before the president’s visit. It had been ongoing. Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller is going all out to show a version of Kingston that is far from reality. Jamaica is sinking under the weight of strong austerity measures, due in large part to IMF requirements and total mismanagement and nepotism on the part of the government.

Most Jamaicans are thrilled President Obama is on the island for a visit, what is unnerving, is that the government continues to turn a blind-eye to the poverty, crime and mismanagement that is rocking the country.  The homeless people were moved from New Kingston to parts unknown. This reminds me of when Queen Elizabeth II visited Montego Bay in February 1983 and all the insane and homeless people were moved off main street where her party travelled through the city.

The Jamaica Observer reports:

PREPARATIONS for this week’s visit of US President Barack Obama have triggered anger among street vendors in sections of the capital city as their stalls have been destroyed.

“We understand that they have to be fixing up areas where Obama will be travelling, but what they are doing to us is unfair,” said 67-year-old Claudette Reid who sells crabs at National Heroes Circle.

“Is more than 40 years I have been selling right here so. Is through this selling I was able to send all of my children to school. Imagine, the Queen come here and them never remove wi, the Prince also come and we were allowed to stay, so why now?” said the distraught woman.

She was supported by several other angry vendors who said they, too, were affected by the demolition that was carried out Sunday night.

I wonder if Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller will take President Obama to visit her constituency so he can see what a good job she’s doing. Of course, I am being sarcastic. According to a report on the Jamaica Survey of Living Conditions (JSLC) 2012, 19.9 percent of Jamaicans are living in poverty, with that number inching up every year. Seems to me that sanitizing certain areas on President Obama’s travel route should be the least of the Simpson-Miller’s worries.

Here’s an excerpt on the effects of austerity measures crippling the nation:

The Caribbean island nation has had declining living standards for the past 20 years. Per capita GDP has fallen by an average of 0.3 percent annually, making Jamaica the worst-performing economy in the hemisphere over that time frame. And this measures only average living standards. It is much worse at the bottom, with poverty more than doubling since 2007 and unemployment surpassing 14 percent – higher than its peak from the 2009 world recession. (More detail can be found here.)

But where Washington bears the most responsibility are the country’s dim future prospects. It is currently under an IMF agreement that requires the government to run annual primary budget surpluses – revenue minus spending, excluding interest payments – of 7.5 percent. This is the worst such burden in the world. For comparison, Greece was projected to run a primary budget surplus of 3.0 percent this year and about 4.5 percent thereafter. This goal is so unsustainable that it is causing a political crisis as well as a widespread belief that it can’t possibly happen.

Robber Killed in Hanover Was Actually Police Officer Kemar Beckford

Robber Killed in Jamaica Was Actually a Cop ID'd as Kemar Beckford

Robber Killed in Jamaica Was Actually a Cop ID’d as Kemar Beckford

A robber killed in Hopewell, Hanover, early Sunday morning, was actually a police officer, identified as Kemar Beckford.

Beckford was shot and killed by an off-duty police officer during an attempted robbery at a local bar.

Kemar Beckford, 25, was stationed at Bethel Town, Westmoreland, the Jamaica Observer reports.

Police recovered Beckford’s service revolver and a .38-caliber revolver from his body.

Shyheim Lewis, 12, Stabbed to Death in Class at Jamaican School

Shyheim Lewis, 12, Stabbed to Death in Class at Jamaican School

Shyheim Lewis, 12, Stabbed to Death in Class at Jamaican School (Map Credit: Google Maps)

TRAGEDY:  Shyheim Lewis, 12, was stabbed to death by a classmate at Barrett Town All-Age School in St. James, Jamaica, on Monday.

There are reports a fight allegedly broke out between the two over a seat. Lewis was stabbed in the neck. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Shyheim Lewis’ alleged killer was arrested by Barrett Town police.

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan Loses Election to Muhammadu Buhari

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan Loses Election to Muhammadu Buhari

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan Loses Election to Muhammadu Buhari (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has lost the election to opposition candidate Muhammadu Buhari in tight election. He reportedly called to congratulate him on the victory.

Buhari, a former military leader, is ahead by nearly three million votes, with results let to come from just three states.

President Obama to Make First Official Visit to Kenya

President Obama to Make First Official Visit to Kenya

President Obama to Make First Official Visit to Kenya (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey)

President Obama will make his first official trip to Kenya in July. The White House said he will attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, which will be attended by business leaders, governments and international organizations.

Obama visited Kenya as a senator but never as the president.

President Obama’s father was born in Kenya and had returned there shortly after his birth. He died more than 30 years ago.

Shaya Prince, 8, Among 4 Killed in Richmond Hill Shooting in St. James

shaya prince , 8, Among 4 Killed in Richmond Hill Shooting in St. James

Shaya Prince, 8, Among 4 Killed in Richmond Hill Shooting in St. James

Shaya Prince

JESUS TAKE THE WHEEL:  Eight-year-old Shaya Prince among four people shot to death in Richmond Hill, Jamaica on Thursday.

Loy Loraine Watson (Latti), 28; Junior Peter Scott, 26, and Kimali Walker, 22, were killed in the shooting. Police have named Kevin Hodge, also known as Tafari, as a person of interest in the shootings.

St. James police have launched a manhunt for Watson’s ex-boyfriend. It is believed he allegedly trailed Shaya Prince home from her school in Montego Bay to her family’s home in Richmond Hill. The estranged couple reportedly had a verbal altercation on the same day.

The shooting occurred between 2:00 and 2:30 a.m. yesterday.

Gothenburg Shooting: 8 People Injured After Shooters ‘Armed with Rifles’ Storm Pub

gothenburg shooting 8 People Wounded After '2 Armed Men' Storm Gothenburg Pub

Gothenburg Shooting: 8 People Wounded After ‘Armed Men’ Storm Swedish Pub

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#GOTHENBURGSHOOTING:  At least eight people were wounded in a shooting at a shopping mall in Gothenburg, Sweden.  Police say the shooting occurred inside a restaurant and may be gang-related.

The shooting occurred at the Var Krog Och Bar shortly before 10:30 p.m. Eyewitnesses say two people armed with Kalashnikov rifles stormed the pub and opened fire.

Report: President Obama to Visit Jamaica in Early April

Report: President Obama to Visit Jamaica in Early April

Report: President Obama to Visit Jamaica in Early April

President Obama is set to visit Jamaica in April, the Jamaica Observer reports. The newspaper reports, “Obama is scheduled to attend a meeting in Kingston on April 9, after which he will leave for Panama to attend the Summit of the Americas that will be held over April 10 – 11.”