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Commentary: The View from Europe: Is Caribbean integration no longer practical?

May 30, 2015
Commentary: The View from Europe: Is Caribbean integration no longer practical? Earlier this year, Owen Arthur, the former prime minister of Barbados, described the malaise that now affects much of the Anglophone Caribbean. Delivering the 15th Archibald Nedd Memorial Lecture in Grenada, Mr Arthur observed that the typical Caribbean nation now has to rely for material progress...

Commentary: Respect for Toronto Police Service!

May 30, 2015
Commentary: Respect for Toronto Police Service! During the last year or so, police forces around North America have been under ridicule and attack from citizens, in response to what is deemed as an open season on blacks who have been unfairly arrested, beaten, attacked and killed by white majority police forces. From Michael Brown in Missouri...

Commentary: The Caribbean and climate change: An ocean runs through it?

May 30, 2015
Commentary: The Caribbean and climate change: An ocean runs through it? The conviction that climate change is a colossal, intellectual deception within the ranks of mainstream North American conservatism is one of the most important discussions of our time. However, if a political dialogue on climate change is to mean anything, then, rising sea levels, population shifts and...

Commentary: Holy matrimony! Catholic Ireland becomes trailblazer for gay rights

May 29, 2015
Commentary: Holy matrimony! Catholic Ireland becomes trailblazer for gay rights It might seem a surreal joke, but Ireland became the first nation in the world to legalize gay marriage in national referendum last Friday. Ireland’s citizens have voted in a landslide to legalize gay marriage, electoral officials announced Saturday -- a stunningly lopsided result that illustrates what Catholic leaders...

Commentary: China: Strike while the iron is hot

May 29, 2015
Commentary: China: Strike while the iron is hot China’s Premier Li Keqiang, accompanied by over 100 senior Chinese business leaders, visited four South American countries for eight days in May. Along the way, he pledged hundreds of billions of dollars to Brazil, Peru, Chile and Colombia. US$53 billion was announced for Brazil alone.

Commentary: Prepare, the Ingrahamites are near!

May 28, 2015
Commentary: Prepare, the Ingrahamites are near! Ever since the opposition party in The Bahamas, the Free National Movement, elected their leader, Dr Hubert Minnis, in a snap mini-convention and with Dr Minnis having staved off and cut off a surging challenge from his fellow opposition member of parliament colleague, Mrs Loretta Butler-Turner...

Commentary: Garifuna leaders meet with St Vincent opposition leader in New York

May 28, 2015
Commentary: Garifuna leaders meet with St Vincent opposition leader in New York In 1797, after the British finally defeated the Garifuna people after years of resistance, they removed them from their native homeland “Yurumein”, now known as St Vincent and the Grenadines, to Baliceaux, an adjacent island. On this island, after their Garifuna nation was dismantled, they were...

Commentary: Guyana: The new cabinet resembles a thrown together group rather than a team

May 27, 2015
Commentary: Guyana: The new cabinet resembles a thrown together group rather than a team It’s been quite a first week for Guyana’s new coalition government. They are still basking in the sunlight of an unexpected victory. Their supporters, including this writer, are still celebrating. In such a situation, any criticism of the government is not likely to go down well with the supporters.

Commentary: Grenada jab jab mas and music culture origin is West Africa

May 27, 2015
Commentary: Grenada jab jab mas and music culture origin is West Africa I have done some research on African culture and found out that our Grenada’s jab jab masquerade culture has its origins in West Africa. Therefore, as Grenadians, we should be very proud to know that we have some West African traditions as part of our culture and as long as we exist as a people...

Commentary: Trinidad and Tobago presages transformation

May 26, 2015
Commentary: Trinidad and Tobago presages transformation Accepting recurring themes of low growth and a downturn in oil prices as the new normal in world economy, and activities in China that slowed marginally to 7.4 percent in 2014 compared to growth of 7.8 percent in 2013, places Trinidad and Tobago to endure alternatives to supplement revenue returns.

Commentary: Fuzzy financing in Bermuda

May 26, 2015
Commentary: Fuzzy financing in Bermuda Recently it has been revealed, via 2,000 pages of *documents supplied by the government of Canada, that the One Bermuda Alliance (OBA) minister of finance of Bermuda has allegedly been involved in a number of questionable activities surrounding the OBA’s plans for the airport.

Commentary: Pope Francis and the Catholic Church

May 26, 2015
Commentary: Pope Francis and the Catholic Church March 19 this year would have marked the second anniversary of the 266th Pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. In other words, Pope Francis have served just over two years as the head of the Catholic Church and it is my respectful view, it has been a remarkable two years. From the outset he brought...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: More than lip service required to support our agriculture

May 25, 2015
Commentary: Tourism Matters: More than lip service required to support our agriculture First let me declare my absolute and total support for those advocating the use and consumption of more locally produced items especially by our tourism industry. When the head of the Barbados Agricultural Society recently boasted that Sandals Barbados were purchasing 1,000 lbs of local produce...

Commentary: The return of the PNM

May 25, 2015
Commentary: The return of the PNM Keith Rowley is deluding himself into believing that he is the new Eric Williams when all the evidence point to the opposite. I was a reporter during the Williams era and I can say with certainty that Rowley is no Eric Williams. It takes more than a march to Chaguaramas to walk in the man’s shoes.

Commentary: St Lucia's budget verdict isn't pretty

May 25, 2015
Commentary: St Lucia's budget verdict isn't pretty Two days of debate in the parliament of Saint Lucia led by prime minister and minister for finance Dr Kenny Anthony makes the 2015/2016 budget easy to critique, and no different to remember that there is a price to pay for living beyond affordable means. The figures and policy presented are...

Commentary: The View from Europe: Selling the authentic Caribbean

May 23, 2015
Commentary: The View from Europe: Selling the authentic Caribbean After years idling in the doldrums, visitor arrivals to some parts of the region are increasing rapidly, travellers are spending more, and the yield for hoteliers is improving. Moreover, as demand soars it is getting much harder for visitors to find a quality hotel room in the high season at short notice.

Commentary: What does a state need?

May 23, 2015
Commentary: What does a state need? Several problems are emerging in the world that leave numerous unanswered questions. Case in point, the rise of Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), Vladimir Putin’s belligerent movement against Crimea, and the uncontrollable crime rate, specifically in Central America. These incidents...

Commentary: Hearing the Guyanese people's voice

May 23, 2015
Commentary: Hearing the Guyanese people's voice For several days after the Guyanese general election on May 11, speculation swirled regarding the outcome. However, it became clear, not just by the estimation of the opposition Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change that it had won, but by the increasingly petulant and forlorn demands...

Commentary: Egypt sentences Morsi to death; exposes fecklessness of US Middle East policy

May 22, 2015
Commentary: Egypt sentences Morsi to death; exposes fecklessness of US Middle East policy Alas, Mohammed Morsi seems fated to become a martyr for the cause of democracy in the Middle East. He became Egypt’s first democratically elected president in June 2012. But army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi deposed him in July 2013 -- in a coup that was, ironically, almost as popular as...

Commentary: Tourism competition is not a guessing game

May 22, 2015
Commentary: Tourism competition is not a guessing game The performance of only five of the 14 independent Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries is recorded in the 2015 Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report published by the World Economic Forum. Of the 144 countries measured by the report, Barbados is the highest ranked CARICOM country.

Commentary: Moving on... (Closing Emailgate)

May 22, 2015
Commentary: Moving on... (Closing Emailgate) It appears that, for the first time in our independent history, a political organization has been able to best the People's National Movement at its own games and the people behind the People's National Movement seem to have no clue as to what to do about it. So now they attack who disagrees with them.

Commentary: The politics of intimidation fear and victimisation in Belize

May 21, 2015
Commentary: The politics of intimidation fear and victimisation in Belize In my country of birth Belize and many other so called democratic countries in the world, the citizens of these nations continue to experience intimidation, fear and victimisation by their current governments. This is despite the fact that most of these countries pride themselves as democratic nations.

Commentary: Exam time is here, parents draw near!

May 21, 2015
Commentary: Exam time is here, parents draw near! It is that time of the year again, when our students are being tested to determine what they have learnt throughout the school year. For those in their final year of high school, it is a test to determine how much they have learnt over several years. For some, this may be a very joyous occasion.

Commentary: Russia and Dominica: 20 years of partnership

May 21, 2015
Commentary: Russia and Dominica: 20 years of partnership Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean are important partners of the Russian Federation. We are bound by relations of real solidarity and cooperation, mutual understanding and sympathy. We welcome initiatives on advancing integration in Latin America and the Caribbean, including the...

Commentary: St Lucia's Chinese checkers budget eclipses politics and fiscal accountability

May 20, 2015
Commentary: St Lucia's Chinese checkers budget eclipses politics and fiscal accountability Under the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) government, fiscal accountability has always given way to pure political messaging. On April 29, prime minister and minister for finance Dr Kenny Anthony delivered the 2015/16 estimates of revenue and expenditure in the amount of EC$1.464 billion.

Commentary: Despite the persistence of ethnic voting in Guyana, coalition support was more representative

May 20, 2015
Commentary: Despite the persistence of ethnic voting in Guyana, coalition support was more representative The evidence shows that Guyana’s ethnic voting pattern has remained constant with each passing election. This recent election was no different. I have come to the conclusion that the over-emphasis on the need for cross-over voting as the solution to our ethnic polarization is not a very sound approach.

Commentary: Teen suicide: Boys need help too

May 20, 2015
Commentary: Teen suicide: Boys need help too It is a tragedy for our society when any child takes his or her life. The death of 12-year-old Shamar Weeks in Barbados is one more example of the many children who have committed suicide within the Caribbean region. Teen suicide is one of the major concerns for adolescents who suffer from depression.

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