Venezuelan opposition supporters living in Colombia take part in a demonstration to back Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido's calls for early elections, at Plaza de Bolivar square in Bogota, on February 2, 2019. — Agence-France Presse
The scale of the fall of Venezuela’s economy is huge. As is already reported by so many global publications, there is no value for the Venezuelan currency and along with the spurts of impossible problems this causes, it means that basic necessities are unavailable and unaffordable (“Returning to their roots,” Feb.8, The Gulf Today).
It is thus not surprising to see many Venezuelans returning to the country of their ethnic roots, or rather being forced to return. Portugal itself isn’t rich, in fact it is one of the poorer countries of Europe. That it has to bear the load of this exodus will lend more strain on its already sparse resources including jobs. Many Portuguese themselves have gone on to other neighbouring countries such as France and Spain to find employment.
It seems like Europe is unwittingly dealing with the consequences of bad decisions of other countries —the immigrants from other countries and now the Venezuelan crisis. Sorry state of affairs.
C Ross — By email
It is heartening to read that Australia is on track to meeting its environmental obligations.
I agree with the writer’s suggestion that there has to be a well-being index for India, as GDP isn’t a sufficient measure for the well-being or happiness of Indian citizens.
Team India notched up another series victory, after their Australian success, in commanding style (“India win series 4-1 after Rayudu rescue,” Feb.4, The Gulf Today).
The choosing of Dubai as the ‘’Capital of Arab Media’’ for the year 2020 by the Arab Information Ministers Council is a well-deserved accolade for the dazzling Emirate.
A cunning rat leaves a sinking ship. Yet it’s a striking feature of today’s Conservative Party that so many are scrabbling to stay aboard their listing vessel instead. Amber Rudd and the ever versatile Matt Hancock have even converted to the cause of a crash-out Brexit, despite previously warning it would be the economic equivalent of scuttling your own fleet at Scarpa Flow.
President Donald Trump’s vicious verbal assaults on four women of colour who are members of Congress have sparked an avalanche of well-earned criticism, including from some of his supporters. As regular readers know, I’m fascinated by history, so I’ve been wondering where Trump’s tweeted comments rank among the most racist ones made by presidents (or successful presidential candidates) during my lifetime.
A lot of people are beginning to think that there is a conspiracy going on against the elderly. Some think that product manufacturers seem not to care, or even forget, that their consumers also comprise people who are older. This criticism has recently been levelled against makers of anti-ageing products.