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Saturday, August 7, 2010

It has been many years now since the United Democratic Party granted dual citizenship rights to Belizeans who became citizens of another country and to their children and offspring who are born overseas. Yet, despite this passage, Belizeans who possess dual citizenship cannot vote by proxy... read more...



Friday, August 6, 2010

The British government has recently launched an initiative to make its Ambassadors front-line persons in pushing British business abroad. There are lessons in this move for small states including those in the Caribbean, and governments should be taking note to revamp the outmoded structures through which... read more...



Friday, August 6, 2010

Here, in part, is how hip-hop star Wyclef Jean rationalized his decision to run for president of Haiti this November: “If I can't take five years out to serve my country as President, then everything I've been singing about, like equal rights, doesn't mean anything.” (TIME, August 4, 2010)  But I suspect some Haitians... read more...



Thursday, August 5, 2010

The past leaders of the OECS members’ states should be applauded for their vision, which our present leaders are failing to conceptualize. The world over will soon become a single unit, where every region is forming alliances in all aspects, including that of security and safety. In this sense, it is necessary that... read more...



Thursday, August 5, 2010

We are living in trying times -- a changing world, a more sinful world, and it seems as if things are moving in different direction. As a boy growing up, mothers were happy that their sons were being invited by priests to spend weekends and to visit other parishes. Some of them used to boast in those days that... read more...



Saturday, July 31, 2010

It was reported in the news two weeks ago that the people who own the port in Big Creek, which is about forty miles from Dangriga Town, have received millions of dollars to upgrade their port. This is happening when the oil and citrus companies are begging the government to reopen Commerce Beight Pier. read more...



Saturday, July 31, 2010

President Barack Obama built his career as a lawyer and as a constitutional law professor; yet, his short credential as a social work/cum community organizer was his preferred ticket on the road to the White House. The world has labeled prostitution as the first profession yet the Bible sets social work as the... read more...



Friday, July 30, 2010

Climate change is now undeniable according to a new study headed by the US National Oceans and Atmospheric Administration. It is already having a disastrous effect on small island states. The very existence of some of them, particularly in the Pacific and the Indian Ocean, is threatened. read more...



Friday, July 30, 2010

Ironically, no one did more to romanticize the barbaric sport of bullfighting than American writer Ernest Hemmingway did with the publication of his non-fiction book, Death in the Afternoon. After all, even though it has a longstanding tradition in Latin America, Portugal, France, and Spain, bullfighting has always... read more...



Thursday, July 29, 2010

It is evident that individual islands within our region cannot stand alone; therefore we need regional integration into every aspect of our system. However, it must be noted that there are some islands in the region that are doing well. The Bahamas, Barbados, the British, American, French and Netherlands... read more...



Tuesday, July 27, 2010

As we listen to the news, or read the same from whatever source in today’s global village, it must be obvious to one and all, that finding the answer -- in the jungle of chaos, confusion, and manmade social, financial and political catastrophe facing mankind in these troubled times -- is no easy task, nor quick fix. read more...



Monday, July 26, 2010

When I heard that two men came out of a car, with one carrying an AK-47, and started to fire shots in a private property at 48-year-old Calvin Graham killing him instantly, then turning that same weapon on 8-year-old Marquis Mahler, a little child, I was shocked and appalled at this senseless and brutal murder. read more...



Monday, July 26, 2010

There is a tug of war going on, right now between the nationals of the Republic of Haiti and a sector of the international community. The citizens of Haiti, the candidates to the presidential election, the political parties, the civil society, the churches (with the exception of the Voodoo imam) are all in unison. read more...



Friday, July 23, 2010

“Don’t Burn Our Bridges: The Case for Owning Airlines” is the title of a book authored by Jean Holder, the current Chairman of the Caribbean airline, LIAT. It is a serious work which should be read by all who are concerned with both Caribbean economic integration and the growth of the services industries. read more...



Friday, July 23, 2010

When Julius “Dr J” Erving was in his prime, we thought he was the most entertaining player in the history of the NBA and that there would never be another one like him again. Then along came Michael Jordan, and we thought the same about him. Then, with all due respect to Kobe Bryant, along came LeBron James. read more...



Thursday, July 22, 2010

Last month’s visit of the Holy See’s foreign minister, Monsignor Dominique Mamberti, to Cuba highlighted the historically uneasy relationship between the Cuban government and the nation’s Catholic Church. However, it should be recognised that overall, relations between Havana and the Church... read more...



Thursday, July 22, 2010

No one could ever plead that he/she did not hear the warning bells, or see the writings on the walls – as painted by the many speakers and commentators, as well as those with interests to serve and positions to protect and maintain – on the occasion of the passage of two years in power and in control... read more...



Monday, July 19, 2010

With a changed political landscape, Prime Minister Winston Baldwin Spencer, announced that he is fully prepared to abide by the judgment of the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal. Should Justice Blenman’s ruling be upheld, Antiguans and Barbudans will have to decide between Opposition Leader... read more...



Monday, July 19, 2010

The chief justice of Belize, Dr Abdulai Conteh, will be 65 on August 6 and, under the Constitution, he cannot continue to be the Head of the Judiciary unless the governor general offers him a contract. But this can only be done if the prime minister advises, and Mr Dean Barrow has already indicated... read more...



Saturday, July 17, 2010

After extensive planning by the Garifuna Coalition USA, their president, Jose Francisco Avila, and the Hondurenos Contra El Sida president, Mirtha Colon, the Garifuna community had the opportunity to meet with New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg on Wednesday,in the Bronx for a town hall meeting. read more...



Saturday, July 17, 2010

On July 12, 2010, the international press has returned en masse to Haiti for an evaluation of the progress in the rebuilding effort after the earthquake of 1/12. It has been reporting on whether the outflow of global donations has contributed to bring solace to the people of Haiti. The verdict is unanimous... read more...



Friday, July 16, 2010

A fake Internet website caused a stir for at least 24 hours when it purported to be a government of France website announcing that the government “is repaying the historic debt of 90 million gold francs Haiti paid to France following the former’s independence at the dawn of the 19th century”.  Even the BBC was taken in. read more...



Friday, July 16, 2010

I just hope this outpouring of support is coordinated and sustained enough to help the Haitian people build a 21st century infrastructure, as well as the political and civic institutions to manage it. For, as pledges in the wake of the Indonesian Tsunami proved, governments that rush for the cameras to make... read more...



Thursday, July 15, 2010

It is hardly debatable that the variations in copyright laws across the Caribbean are the result of the peculiarities of our various jurisdictions, compounded by the lack of a regional regulatory scheme. It is also trite knowledge that Caribbean musicians often struggle to obtain adequate protection of their productions. read more...



Wednesday, July 14, 2010

There was a study tour coordinated and sponsored by the Chinese government, for junior Caribbean officials, during the dates of May 17 and May 27, 2010 -- the second of its kind for the region. The trip was attended by delegations from the Free National Movement, the governing party of the Bahamas... read more...



Tuesday, July 13, 2010

It cannot be doubted that, as we approached the two-year milestone of the current government in power, many people had their say about how those in control performed in that time. Some ministers also publicly expressed their opinions on the performance, and or the achievements, as they saw them. read more...



Monday, July 12, 2010

My article, ‘Wrong Track Wrong Direction,’ underscored several issues that inspired stimulating responses. Some respondents’ comments reflected a wide array of emotional and political ideas, while others were quite thoughtful in their analysis. There were those who bemoaned untenable arguments... read more...



Monday, July 12, 2010

Kamla Persad Bissessar, the new prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago definitely stole the show at the recently concluded summit of CARICOM Heads of State at Montego Bay, Jamaica, not only for her nimble dance moves, and calypso relics, but for her tough, no nonsense talk, and sympathy shown to the... read more...



Saturday, July 10, 2010

On Wednesday, July 7, Cuba vowed to release fifty-two political prisoners, five immediately and forty-seven in upcoming months. If successfully carried out, this would mean that about one-third of current political detainees on the island will have been released, leaving approximately one hundred still in custody. read more...



Saturday, July 10, 2010

The most played sport throughout all the countries in the world is football, which for some strange reason the Americans choose to call soccer. I have been playing this game from the time I was a child growing up in Dangriga Town, Belize, along with some national stars such as Garincha Adderly, Buck Palacio... read more...



Saturday, July 10, 2010

The Governor of Arizona has signed legislation -- GB 1070 -- to take effect on August 1, authorizing the police department’s officers with reasonable suspicion to question any resident inside the State to present documents certifying his authorization to be and remain in the country. read more...



Friday, July 9, 2010

Some leaders of countries of the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM) often suggest that the slow progress of regional integration is due to a lack of “trust and understanding” among the people. Certainly this was a view expressed by Bruce Golding, the Prime Minister of Jamaica. read more...



Friday, July 9, 2010

Desmond Seales was a visionary and pioneer. For he was in the vanguard not only of those who began publishing newspapers and magazines (as well as launching TV stations) in the Caribbean four decades ago, but also of those who began publishing news-oriented web sites on the Internet only a decade ago. read more...



Thursday, July 8, 2010

I read Peter Richards’ article ‘Antigua Threatens Sanctions Against the United States’ on Caribarena’s online news with intense interest. I distilled that PM Spencer is expressing a certain brand of ‘righteous anger’ over the United States’ refusal to settle the World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling with Antigua. read more...



Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Like most things about life and time nowadays, they all seem to be passing by too quickly so that, before we realise or take stock of what is happening, something else has already taken its place and we have to change our thoughts to cope with the new scenario. The old proverb said that time and tide waited... read more...



Monday, July 5, 2010

Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders are now meeting in Montego Bay in Jamaica, and the Gleaner, the leading and most widely read newspaper in the region, has come out in a blistering attack against the regional group. The editorial was published only days after former Secretary General of the Commonwealth... read more...



Saturday, July 3, 2010

The Mayas are the indigenous people of southern Mexico, Belize, Guatemala Honduras and El Salvador, numbering about seven million people, but among them there were cultural differences such as the Yucatec, Kekchi and Mopan, which led to several conflicts and division of land and territories in the region. read more...



Saturday, July 3, 2010

The summer rendezvous of the major industrial countries at a different venue every year is the occasion for world leaders to ponder about and set direction and leadership for the incremental solutions to the many concerns that plague the nations of the world. The G20 summit that started in 1999 was initiated... read more...



Friday, July 2, 2010

Owen Arthur, the former Prime Minister of Barbados, is probably one of the best Commissioners of a Caribbean Commission that the region does not have but ought to have. Indeed, had Caribbean Community and Common market (CARICOM) governments implemented the recommendation of the... read more...



Friday, July 2, 2010

President Obama and other G20 leaders met in Toronto last week to draw up more plans for a coordinated approach to combating the ongoing global financial crisis. Never mind that each leader duly ignored the plans for such an approach that were delineated in the communiqué following last year’s summit. read more...



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