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Commentary: Obama takes historic steps towards lifting Cuban embargo

December 19, 2014
Commentary: Obama takes historic steps towards lifting Cuban embargo I have written many commentaries on America’s 50-year embargo against Cuba. Here, for example, are excerpts from two of them in which I proffered the moral imperative for the United States to lift it.  More to the point, though, while other pundits were waxing either theoretical or completely hopeless...

Commentary: Cutting loose the shackles of the past: Cuba and the US

December 19, 2014
Commentary: Cutting loose the shackles of the past: Cuba and the US The US is cutting loose the shackles of the past by establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba after 53 years. But the first blow in the Western Hemisphere against those shackles was struck by four governments of the English-speaking Caribbean. Today that single act should be a source of...

Commentary: Raul and Barack closing de gap, Douglas ah 'buse Washington!

December 19, 2014
Commentary: Raul and Barack closing de gap, Douglas ah 'buse Washington! On Wednesday, the United States and Cuba announced that they have agreed to normalize relations between the two countries. That is a major development, with implications for hemispheric affairs and very significantly for Caribbean countries and territories. And we would be wise to pay...

Commentary: Oil takes a nose dive - why? What does it mean?

December 18, 2014
Commentary: Oil takes a nose dive - why? What does it mean? Oil is a life-blood for industry and manufacturing, be it for fuel, plastics and the diverse products made from them. Of these the one uppermost in people's minds is oil as an energy source, be it for vehicles, planes or electricity generation.  The recent period of several years of high oil prices...

Commentary: Bermuda's connections to St Eustatius

December 18, 2014
Commentary: Bermuda's connections to St Eustatius If one were to ask many Bermudians which Caribbean Island they can trace their roots back to, most would justifiably answer St Kitts. There would be few that would say that they can trace their roots back to the Dutch colony of St. Eustatius. St Where, you say? St Eustatius, more commonly known as Statia...

Commentary: US-Cuba relations after President Obama's speech

December 18, 2014
Commentary: US-Cuba relations after President Obama's speech Today, Wednesday 17, US-Cuba relations were shaken down to their core due to two recent events. First there was a prisoner swap between Washington and Havana, which saw the release of US citizen Alan Gross, detained in Cuba, and three Cubans detained in the US. Secondly, President Barack Obama...

Commentary: The future is oiled

December 17, 2014
Commentary: The future is oiled The unparalleled coverage of the oil and gas sector for the past weeks gives new impetus to review our economic outlook and forward guidance on economic strategies worldwide. “We are not going to change our minds because the prices went to $60 or to $40, OPEC will stand by its decision not to cut output...

Commentary: ALBA Cuba summit ignores reality

December 17, 2014
Commentary: ALBA Cuba summit ignores reality The foreign policy gimmick known as ALBA, created by the late Hugo Chavez to bolster his international standing relative to the United States, held a summit in Cuba this week. Attendees, including Dominica’s prime minister, seemed to ignore the elephant in the room: A remaking of the world economic order.

Commentary: The World Trade Organisation and The Bahamas (with audio)

December 16, 2014
Commentary: The World Trade Organisation and The Bahamas (with audio) The minister responsible for financial services and trade, The Honourable Ryan Pinder, resigned his post as minister to take up a private post. This leaves his ministry without a minister. In addition, just prior to his resignation, the director of his ministry, was selected to head up the secretariat charged with...

Commentary: The culture of Caribbean black males allows mulattoes to rule

December 16, 2014
Commentary: The culture of Caribbean black males allows mulattoes to rule Caribbean people represent the region’s history from the day Christopher Columbus sailed to the western part of the globe by mistake, when he thought he was going to the Far East to trade. However, based on technology and modern scientific research, DNA evidence will show proof that some...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: What a wonderful opportunity for sales

December 15, 2014
Commentary: Tourism Matters: What a wonderful opportunity for sales I picked up on a newspaper article recently that highlighted what was described as the world’s third largest cruise ship, Quantum of the Seas, “dropped anchor” in Barbados last week with its “4,600 passengers and 1,600 crew”. You would think along with other ships that arrived the same day...

Commentary: Caribbean telecommunications: Where did we go wrong? Part II

December 15, 2014
Commentary: Caribbean telecommunications: Where did we go wrong? Part II The OECS ministers responsible for telecommunications finally met in St. Lucia to discuss the acquisition of Columbus International by Cable and Wireless Communications. They emerged from the meeting with two lame strategies: 1. To find some way to stop the acquisition by way of legislation; and...

Commentary: Yes, Prime Minister...

December 15, 2014
Commentary: Yes, Prime Minister... In the classic fable 'The Emperor's New Clothes', the Emperor is duped by the clever knowing that the 'yes men and women' around him would dare not disagree with him even if they were told that he was not naked in public but was in fact wearing clothes that they just couldn't see.

Commentary: The failure of the human rights doctrine

December 13, 2014
Commentary: The failure of the human rights doctrine As the world observed Human Rights Day this week, law professor Eric Posner, in a lengthy article published in the Guardian, placed the focus on the doctrine of human rights as we know it. Mr Posner, in the 80s and the 90s, was the guru of the concept of human rights as it was advocated by the United Nations.

Commentary: Deprived of the most basic need!

December 13, 2014
Commentary: Deprived of the most basic need! On All Fools Day 1908, Russian Jewish parents gave birth to a baby boy in Brooklyn, New York. This first generation American boy grew up in a multi-ethnic working class neighborhood and had to deal with all the anti-Semitic racism and hatred of the 20th century. Once prejudicially misdiagnosed...

Commentary: The Organization of American States (OAS): An urgent call for reform

December 13, 2014
Commentary: The Organization of American States (OAS): An urgent call for reform Once again, the Organization of American States (OAS) -- the oldest multilateral regional organization in the world -- is open to scrutiny in Washington. As its objectives of democracy and human rights protection, economic and social development, and regional security cooperation beam the breast bare...

Commentary: On CIA torture: I was wrong

December 12, 2014
Commentary: On CIA torture: I was wrong The above is an overview of the damning indictment the Senate Intelligence Committee laid out against the CIA in a report released yesterday. But I should add that, in addition to waterboarding and rectal rehydration/feeding, which involved pureeing food and force feeding it up the rectum of detainees...

Commentary: Stronger US dollar and lower oil prices: Effects on the Caribbean

December 12, 2014
Commentary: Stronger US dollar and lower oil prices: Effects on the Caribbean Caribbean countries whose currency value is fixed to the US dollar should benefit, at least in the short term, from the fall in oil prices and the strengthening of the American dollar. Oil prices fell to below US$65 a barrel for the first time in five years, while the US dollar strengthened against every major currency.

Commentary: The vision

December 12, 2014
Commentary: The vision On Tuesday, December 9, 2014, the illegitimate minister of finance delivered the 2015 budget address. He spoke for about three hours, but he said little. Nobody disturbed him, and nobody tried to disturb him. He didn’t need help. And towards the end of his speech, he gave a glimpse of the vision which...

Commentary: Bermuda's Caribbean Connections - Part 2

December 11, 2014
Commentary: Bermuda's Caribbean Connections - Part 2 Never in recent history has the National Stadium in Bermuda been sold out and so vibrant. During Easter 2012, we were treated to a potpourri of Olympics, Carnival, and Sun Splash rolled into one. West Indians of every island came out to support their home teams. Bermuda was fully represented.

Commentary: Roget's hundred-man march

December 11, 2014
Commentary: Roget's hundred-man march It was supposed to rival the “million man” march of yesteryear but it could not reach the numbers of even a small sized carnival band. This was the best that Ancel Roget, the People’s National Movement (PNM) and their friends could muster in their failed campaign to hoodwink us into believing that he...

Commentary: Elections on hold in Haiti: Stability versus democracy

December 11, 2014
Commentary: Elections on hold in Haiti: Stability versus democracy Democracy in Haiti is again at risk, as a fierce political battle has erupted, preventing the scheduling of new elections. The United Nations (UN), the Organization of American States (OAS), along with the US and French governments have all called for the adoption of a new electoral law, which would allow...

Commentary: Where did we go wrong?

December 10, 2014
Commentary: Where did we go wrong? Several Caribbean governments have not yet taken a position, at least not publicly, on the acquisition agreement by Cable and Wireless Communications (CWC) of Columbus International. Nor has the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) seen fit to guide the members of the Community on its thinking.

Commentary: The BNCC: The courage of common sense! (with audio)

December 10, 2014
Commentary: The BNCC: The courage of common sense! (with audio) The Bahamas National Citizens Coalition (BNCC) published in one of the local dailies a 25 year development plan for The Bahamas. This plan was published, almost simultaneously, with the national development plan launched by the government of The Bahamas a few weeks back.

Commentary: Law and Politics: We can only wait for results

December 9, 2014
Commentary: Law and Politics: We can only wait for results Now that we have the new ministers in place – and the government has also managed to put two former opposition politicians in the Upper House or Senate – we can only wait to see where we heading and how soon we will be getting wherever. And whatever the results may be, the political mood ...

Commentary: The real numbers behind the Grand Jury

December 9, 2014
Commentary: The real numbers behind the Grand Jury How did we get here today? The grand jury originated in medieval England. It was used in the reign of Henry III (1216–72) and it set the precedent for today's common law. It is now an Anglo-American law, and a group of citizens that examines accusations against persons charged with a crime.

Commentary: The View from Europe: Buying Caribbean passports

December 9, 2014
Commentary: The View from Europe: Buying Caribbean passports The news that all citizens of St Kitts-Nevis wishing to travel to Canada will from now on require a visa, and that subsequently the St Kitts governments announced it is to recall a number of passports, ought to cause pause for thought across the region about economically valuable, but reputationally risky...

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