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
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.
Religious dialogue is a great tool that helps bolster peace and fraternity between all peoples and the ‘Global Conference of Human Fraternity’ which UAE hosted, did just that.
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).
Iranians are set to vote on Friday in a parliamentary election which could empower the hardest of the hardliners and decide who will succeed supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei,
The poll verdict in Delhi has become a major event in the country’s politics — the AAP victory looks extraordinary in the face of a determined bid of the BJP
All of Westminster was aflutter this week with news of the prime minister’s (or was it Dominic Cummings’?) reshuffle. Some were pushed, one jumped.