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Dominica president addresses rioting in Roseau

February 23, 2017
Dominica president addresses rioting in Roseau ROSEAU, Dominica (CBN4) -- Two weeks after violence erupted in the capital city of Roseau, president of Dominica, Charles Savarin, has addressed the rioting and looting. The rioting followed a meeting held by the opposition United Workers Party (UWP) earlier that day near the Financial Centre.

Letter: UWP exposed by the Sun

February 23, 2017
Letter: UWP exposed by the Sun Today’s headlines in the Sun newspaper “UWP: Unfulfilled Promises of Diplomatic Passports” was most revealing. This headline comes in the midst of the Lennox Linton and the United Workers Party (UWP) repeated allegations that the Roosevelt Skerrit administration is selling diplomatic passports...

Commentary: For Dominica

February 22, 2017
Commentary: For Dominica Events over the last couple of months have the potential of destabilizing the democratic way of the Commonwealth of Dominica. Never since the attempted coup by elements of Klu Klu Klux mercenaries early in the first term of Eugenia Charles has Dominica come under attack of its lawful...

Commonwealth Secretariat calls for peaceful discourse in Dominica

February 20, 2017
Commonwealth Secretariat calls for peaceful discourse in Dominica LONDON, England -- In a press release on Saturday, the Commonwealth Secretariat said it has been monitoring developments in Dominica and was saddened by the violence that occurred following a public rally on February 7 organised by opposition parties. This is the same opposition in Dominica...

Commentary: The implications of Trump's immigration orders for Caribbean citizenship programs

February 20, 2017
Commentary: The implications of Trump's immigration orders for Caribbean citizenship programs On Friday, January 27, 2017, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order “Protecting the nation from foreign terrorist entry into the United States” instituting restrictions on travel to the US and suspension of visas from seven Muslim-majority countries, namely, Iran, Iraq, Libya...

Letter: A dangerous pathological liar

February 20, 2017
Letter: A dangerous pathological liar Kenneth Rijock published this on his blog, which is a malicious and dangerous fabrication. I never ever represented Leroy King in any extradition matter involving Stanford or the United States government. On reading the blog, the minister of foreign affairs messaged to express his surprise.

CBI program brings investment to all business sectors of Dominica, says PM

February 17, 2017
CBI program brings investment to all business sectors of Dominica, says PM ROSEAU, Dominica -- The citizenship-by-investment (CBI) program has been a life-saver for the people of Dominica – without it, the country would have struggled to recover from Tropical Storm Erika. That was the message from Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, who addressed the Dominica Business...

Commentary: They don't like that

February 17, 2017
Commentary: They don't like that I’ve just finished listening to Mr John Batchelor of the John Batchelor Show in the USA interviewing Mr Gregory Copley. I also read a report of the interview. If you do a little googling, you’ll get a sense of the politics of those two gentlemen. The interview is about the Dominica situation.

Interest revived in 'third border' concept

February 16, 2017
Interest revived in 'third border' concept ROSEAU, Dominica -- The Caribbean island nations are often described as America’s “third border” but to what extent should Americans be concerned that the Caribbean is a backdoor for opponents to sneak into the country? In the last few weeks allegations have been made of collaboration...

Regional police officers to receive training in supporting victims of crime

February 16, 2017
Regional police officers to receive training in supporting victims of crime BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Canadian government-funded Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) project is hosting a training course entitled “Enhancing Support to Victims of Crime”. The course will be attended by police officers of varying ranks along with gender...

Letter: Dominica: Copley's mission of distortion and misinformation exposed

February 16, 2017
Letter: Dominica: Copley's mission of distortion and misinformation exposed Since the appearance of Kenneth Rijock and Gregory R Copley of Defense & Foreign Affairs, Dominica has become the target of a coordinated campaign of distortion and misinformation. Enough has been said of Rijock, it’s the role by Gregory R Copley, which intrigues me.  On 9th February...

Letter: Defence and Foreign Affairs analysis: Fact or fake news?

February 15, 2017
Letter: Defence and Foreign Affairs analysis: Fact or fake news? A group or organization called Defence & Foreign Affairs published what is referred to as a special analysis on the alleged Dominica passport scandal and Iran sanctions. The author is Mr Gregory R Copley. I do not intend to respond to the speculation on the alleged sales of passports.

Commentary: The picture becomes clearer

February 14, 2017
Commentary: The picture becomes clearer Unfolding events, utterances and information since my article of February 8, 2017, on the Dominica situation, and further reflection on prior events, have made the picture even clearer to me. Over the years, I’ve been one of the more vocal spokespersons in my country on economic citizenship.

Dominica citizenship programme 'robust and prudent', says government

February 13, 2017
Dominica citizenship programme 'robust and prudent', says government ROSEAU, Dominica -- The citizenship-by-investment (CBI) programme of Dominica is bringing investors into the island state, creating jobs and helping to restore the damage caused by Tropical Storm Erika in 2015. That’s the message from government and industry sources gleaned on a recent...

Opposition condemns violence in Dominica; denies responsibility

February 11, 2017
Opposition condemns violence in Dominica; denies responsibility ROSEAU, Dominica -- The opposition United Workers Party (UWP) executive has condemned the acts of violence and vandalism that erupted in the streets of Dominica’s capital, Roseau, earlier this week. Leader of the opposition Lennox Linton rejected claims from the Dominica Labour Party...

Dominica PM accuses opposition of masterminding attempt to overthrow government

February 10, 2017
Dominica PM accuses opposition of masterminding attempt to overthrow government ROSEAU, Dominica (CBN4) -- Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, in a national address on Wednesday night that Dominicans were eagerly anticipating, did not mince words when he accused the opposition United Workers Party (UWP) and Dominica Freedom Party (DFP) of masterminding an attempt to overthrow...

Commentary: Transparency vital in passport and residence programmes

February 10, 2017
Commentary: Transparency vital in passport and residence programmes The global US television company, Cable News Network (CNN), broadcast the first part of a programme on February 8, alleging the sale of Venezuelan passports to Iraqis and others through the country’s Embassy in Baghdad. The programme suggested that it is possible that terrorists might have...

Riot police use teargas to disperse protestors in Dominica

February 9, 2017
Riot police use teargas to disperse protestors in Dominica ROSEAU, Dominica – A peaceful protest rally against Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit during the day on Tuesday in Dominica began to deteriorate as night fell and businesses were vandalized, prompting a vigorous response by security forces in full riot gear. The police used teargas in an attempt...

Commentary: Ken Rijock has me thinking

February 8, 2017
Commentary: Ken Rijock has me thinking About a week ago, American Mr Kenneth Rijock informed the world that Dominica’s prime minister, Mr Roosevelt Skerrit, was under investigation by the United States Department of Justice for his role in the sale of a Dominican diplomatic passport to an Iranian gentleman named Alireza Zabahalat Monfared.

OECS engages citizens on key development issues

February 7, 2017
OECS engages citizens on key development issues CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) has begun engaging citizens of member states on issues impacting their lives, the challenges facing the region, and the development opportunities for the OECS and its people. The public education forum series, dubbed Vini Koze...

Commentary: When Eastern Caribbean nations give passports to Iranians, global security is threatened

February 7, 2017
Commentary: When Eastern Caribbean nations give passports to Iranians, global security is threatened When the nations of the Eastern Caribbean issue passports to Iranian nationals, only to gain clearly excessive fees, not all of which have been accounted for, the United States, and indeed the free world, suffer increased threats to national security, as those passports have facilitated more...

Commentary: The Dr Sam I know

February 7, 2017
Commentary: The Dr Sam I know In spite of being far away in the quiet American Midwest, before returning home, surgeon, Dr Samuel Christian always kept working for our homeland. He would later use his connections to arrange and participate on the first sister-brother kidney transplant on Dominicans. But Dr Sam finds...

Letter: Gross misuse of taxpayers' dollars

February 7, 2017
Letter: Gross misuse of taxpayers' dollars Supporters and opponents, the rift in our politics and society has deepened to the point where a legal counsel is hired to defend a man who claims to be a leader of a people. Hiring an attorney is not a sign of strength but rather evidence of weakness. It is important to note that, it is taxpayers' money...

CBI bank accounts under scrutiny in Dominica

February 6, 2017
CBI bank accounts under scrutiny in Dominica ROSEAU, Dominica (WINN) -- Although there has been no official word, either from foreign banks in Dominica or the Roosevelt Skerrit administration, that government citizenship by investment (CBI) accounts have been closed, there is, however, speculation in Roseau and elsewhere...

Letter: Stand up speech

February 6, 2017
Letter: Stand up speech Dominican sons and daughters, given the series of events that have occurred over the last year concerning ambassadors, so-called trade representatives of Dominica, and offshore companies legally registered in Dominica, it is clear that this present administration is now morally bankrupt.

Talks ongoing to amalgamate OECS indigenous banks

February 4, 2017
Talks ongoing to amalgamate OECS indigenous banks BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) Governor Timothy Antoine is continuing to push for the amalgamation of local banks in the OECS sub-region. He spoke to the issue recently in Dominica, and again returned to the subject in Anguilla.

Commentary: Dominica's due diligence fails to meet US standards for Iranian nationals

February 4, 2017
Commentary: Dominica's due diligence fails to meet US standards for Iranian nationals Much has been made in Dominica of the adequacy of the due diligence investigation performed upon the Iranian national Alireza Monfared prior to his acquisition of a Dominican diplomatic passport, and it is time to clear the air about whether there was a failure to identify, in advance, an individual...

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