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Letter: Mount Coke or a mountain of cocaine? Ask Ralph

December 3, 2016
Letter: Mount Coke or a mountain of cocaine? Ask Ralph Mount Coke, as most Vincentians know, is on the hill adjacent to Argyle, with its lovely little church, now short of a few worshippers after the government pulled their houses down and stole their land to build the airport. I wrote a series of articles regarding smuggling cocaine through...

Letter: The aftermath of the local government elections in Trinidad and Tobago

December 3, 2016
Letter: The aftermath of the local government elections in Trinidad and Tobago “Totally confused”, that is the feeling of many after seeing the reaction of the political leaders of the two major political parties after the recent local government election. One wonders how can a political leader who is seeking the support of the people of Trinidad and Tobago be happy...

Letter: Debunking 'Fidel Castro's mark on the world'

December 2, 2016
Letter: Debunking 'Fidel Castro's mark on the world' The obsequious op-ed by R. T. Luke V. Browne, a ruling Unity Labour Party senator in the St Vincent and the Grenadines’ (SVG) government, lionizing the dictatorial rule of Fidel Castro cannot go unanswered. No one can deny that the corrupt, undemocratic, and repressive...

Letter: Trinidad and Tobago Parliament must go

December 2, 2016
Letter: Trinidad and Tobago Parliament must go The system of government in Trinidad and Tobago has broken down. It is a snake with a broken back. Its head has lost touch with its tail. The Parliament has lost touch with the ground. The judiciary cannot cater for the volume of kuchoor and litigiousness on the ground; the ground is taking...

Letter: The Jamaican government cannot continue to ignore these basic economic facts

December 1, 2016
Letter: The Jamaican government cannot continue to ignore these basic economic facts That foreign direct investment (FDI) driven by tourism and Chinese-funded infrastructure as well as the constant devaluation of the Jamaican dollar to support tourism investments are disincentives to real economic growth. This was the main economic policy thrust of the previous PNP...

Letter: Local government reform in Trinidad and Tobago

December 1, 2016
Letter: Local government reform in Trinidad and Tobago Before attempting to get public buy in for local government reform, one must start at the beginning. What is it that one is trying to achieve and why? It should start with the needs of the people in the communities.  Those needs include among others, a reliable water supply, safe communities...

Letter: Reflection on the death of Fidel Castro

November 30, 2016
Letter: Reflection on the death of Fidel Castro Early Saturday morning we learned that Comandante Fidel Castro, the former president of Cuba, journeyed on to the next realm He was 90. I am sure that God will be pleased with his works and bless him on the next leg of his journey. Mr Castro, the son of a sugar cane farmer, became involved...

Letter: Where do we go from here, Turks and Caicos? Coalition or bust

November 30, 2016
Letter: Where do we go from here, Turks and Caicos?  Coalition or bust It has been 40 years in the Turks and Caicos Islands since the islands have emerged from a farming economy to a tourism and finance based economic situation. Since then we have seen many leaders from the same conservative and at other times radical political mould.

Letter: St Lucia embarrassed again by its dyslexic prime minister

November 29, 2016
Letter: St Lucia embarrassed again by its dyslexic prime minister The president of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe, at 92 years old, can read fluently to his people – with memorable quotes at that. Keyshawn Alphonse, a 4th grade student from Soufriere, Saint Lucia, is the title holder of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) 4th grade reading...

Letter: In remembrance of Fidel Castro, whose significance shall endure

November 29, 2016
Letter: In remembrance of Fidel Castro, whose significance shall endure Indeed, the world has lost a "true revolutionary", with the passing of a man who truly needs no introduction, H. E. Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz. Irrespective of what the mainstream media has spewed about this icon for decades, there is absolutely no question in my mind that President Castro...

Letter: Response to article on tax havens and the 2030 agenda of ECLAC

November 29, 2016
Letter: Response to article on tax havens and the 2030 agenda of ECLAC You published an article by Alicia Bárcena, the executive secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), which contains the most ignorant and one sided critique on the global financial system that I have ever seen. Her article contains 14 references...

Letter: Fidel Castro's early life and legacy

November 28, 2016
Letter: Fidel Castro's early life and legacy Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz was born on August 13th, 1926, and grew up on a sugar plantation near the town of Biran in Eastern Cuba. He went to Jesuit Schools before enrolling at the University of Havana where he was a student leader. He became a lawyer and was soon caught up in...

Letter: Castro will long be remembered

November 28, 2016
Letter: Castro will long be remembered Dying at the age of 90, former Cuban leader Fidel Castro will surely spark a lot of emotions for many people around the world, but especially in Cuba, the Americas, Southern Africa and the former Soviet Union. For sure, the man was a giant of the last century and Castro will long...

Poets Corner: Viva Fidel!

November 28, 2016
Poets Corner: Viva Fidel! The story of Fidel will live on forever A revolutionary warrior Who defied the emperor A survivor of numerous assassination attempts by the great America Who influenced the life of numerous world leaders Including Chavez, Maduro, Maurice Bishop and Nelson Mandela Viva Fidel! Viva!

Letter: Why St Vincent Island has so few tourists

November 26, 2016
Letter: Why St Vincent Island has so few tourists The 20,000 stay-over tourists who visited St Vincent Island (SVI) in 2015 (see essay number 33 below) accounted for 0.07 percent of the total of nearly 29 million foreign holidayers who visited the Caribbean last year. This works out to one Vincentian tourist for every 14,350 Caribbean tourists.

Letter: Economic harum-scarum in Trinidad

November 26, 2016
Letter: Economic harum-scarum in Trinidad Has Minister Franklin Khan run amok? Why did he mount a political platform over the last weekend to say that the highway running from San Fernando through Mosquito Creek towards Point Fortin, which citizens have been lobbying for, for over 40 years, is not the real highway?

Letter: Dominica PM Skerrit calls CBI Program criticism 'economic terrorism'

November 25, 2016
Letter: Dominica PM Skerrit calls CBI Program criticism 'economic terrorism' The People’s Party of Dominica (PPOD) would like to address recent comments made by Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit who described criticism of the island’s citizenship by investment program (CBI) as economic terrorism after he returned to the island from a promotional trip to...

Letter: Guyana coalition government's failure to investigate extra-judicial killings is unpardonable

November 25, 2016
Letter: Guyana coalition government's failure to investigate extra-judicial killings is unpardonable I am an unapologetic, ardent supporter of President David Granger and his APNU-AFC coalition government of Guyana. Indeed, the new government has a mandate to govern with transparency, ensure that social justice is aggressively pursued and rapidly advance Guyana’s...

Letter: Disheartening to read that US has no confidence in Trinidad and Tobago's attorney general

November 24, 2016
Letter: Disheartening to read that US has no confidence in Trinidad and Tobago's attorney general It was very disheartening to read in the daily newspapers that British Queen's Counsel James Lewis, representing the United States government, told a three-judge panel at the Court of Appeal in Port of Spain that the United States government did not have total confidence in the...

Letter: JFJ welcomes plan to reform policing legislation in Jamaica

November 24, 2016
Letter: JFJ welcomes plan to reform policing legislation in Jamaica Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) welcomes the plan to legislatively reform the Jamaica Constabulary Force by replacing the current, antiquated legislation, The Constabulary Force Act (1935) with a new Police Service Act by October, 2017. The government’s plan, mentioned in the...

Letter: Invest in Trinidad and Tobago now!

November 23, 2016
Letter: Invest in Trinidad and Tobago now! It is critical at this time of our development to immediately turn around our economy. One cannot continue to draw down on the savings to meet expenses without a plan to increase our earning of foreign exchange. Economists have agreed that the future of Trinidad and Tobago’s growth...

Letter: Make the planet grow again

November 23, 2016
Letter: Make the planet grow again ‘The China Pivot’. For over two decades the US (financial/military complex) have been trying to manners the Middle East in order to free up its military hands to pivot to China. They did so by vying to liquidate Middle Eastern and North African leaders whom they regarded as recalcitrant.

Letter: Four deaths in St Vincent

November 22, 2016
Letter: Four deaths in St Vincent It is with sadness that I learnt of the tragic events that took place in St Vincent on Monday, 14th November. I was informed by a friend from St Vincent, who introduced me to an online news service where I would receive more information. Before I go any further, I would like to express my condolences...

Letter: Such a 'nasty woman', such 'nasty men'

November 22, 2016
Letter: Such a 'nasty woman', such 'nasty men' The American presidential election is over and the underdog Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton the favourite according to the polls going into the elections. Donald Trump victory sent shock waves through the Democratic Party, the White House and major capitals around the world.

Letter: Farmers, fishers and educators urge: Cast seeds of life!

November 21, 2016
Letter: Farmers, fishers and educators urge: Cast seeds of life! Farmers and fishers across Trinidad and Tobago have gone beyond their farm gates and sheltered areas to promote patriotism and greater social cohesion including a sense of camaraderie among our nation’s children. On this occasion of Universal Children’s Day, I join with the...

Open Letter to Andrew Holness: Leadership must not only be aspirational, but also inspirational

November 21, 2016
The Jamaican Diaspora Overseas has a legitimate right to determine the government with whom they have been investing consistently over US$2.7 billion annually to include charities and tourism dollars. This right is no different from the rights of those who...

Letter: 'He who is silent is taken to agree'

November 19, 2016
Letter: 'He who is silent is taken to agree' Three weeks ago, I wrote a piece that appeared in iWitness News and Caribbean News Now (CNN), in which I pointedly accused the St Vincent and the Grenadines prime minister of willfully deceiving the people. A very serious charge, indeed. Impeachable, I suggested. Cybercrime crimeable...

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