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Commentary: The View from Europe: New uncertainties ahead for Cuba

December 3, 2016
Commentary: The View from Europe: New uncertainties ahead for Cuba On November 28, the US President-elect, Donald Trump said that “if Cuba is unwilling to make a better deal for the Cuban people, the Cuban/American people and the US as a whole, I will terminate deal”. His tweet, which used language seemingly designed to drive a wedge between...

Commentary: Selflessness, generosity symbolize Fidel and Cuba

December 3, 2016
Commentary: Selflessness, generosity symbolize Fidel and Cuba Fidel Castro Ruz. The greatest revolutionary that ever lived is no more. His life was one of exemplary human sacrifice for the advancement of the human race. Now, if you listen and looked at the American media over the last week or so, one will take away the impression that Fidel was...

Commentary: Fidel is dead. His revolution is not

December 2, 2016
Commentary: Fidel is dead. His revolution is not No doubt the most significant thing about Fidel’s 50-year dictatorship is the notorious failure of ten successive US presidents to overthrow it. The New York Times affirms this by duly noting their failure in the first sentence of his obituary.  Remarkably, Fidel lived long enough to see the...

Commentary: Comic view in St Vincent and the Grenadines: Come get your laughs on!

December 2, 2016
Commentary: Comic view in St Vincent and the Grenadines: Come get your laughs on! Politics in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) is no laughing matter! However, if you are a Vincentian living at home or one who delves into the hot-button issues of political events in SVG and witnessing the frequent atrocious and cringe-worthy political moments, which border on absurdity...

Commentary: From dogmatism to pragmatism

December 2, 2016
Commentary: From dogmatism to pragmatism On November 14, 2016, at the press conference on President-elect Donald Trump, less than a week after he found out that Hillary Clinton was not the one who would continue his policies, President Obama blistered Trump for being more of a pragmatist than an ideologue. My feeling is that...

Commentary: Government or politics?

December 1, 2016
Commentary: Government or politics? We tend to think that government, or governance and politics are identical activities. For me, government refers to the legitimate institutions that formulate the policies that govern and direct the affairs of society. These institutions are based on consent, because society has elected its...

Commentary: It is not 'where do we go from here' but 'what do we do from here'

December 1, 2016
Commentary: It is not 'where do we go from here' but 'what do we do from here' Our Garifuna people were forcefully removed from their homeland in 1796 to Roatan in the Bay Islands, now a part of Honduras, where they arrived on April 12, 1797. The living conditions on this island were not satisfactory to them, which led to the voluntary migration of our people to Belize.

Commentary: Grenada stands tall!

December 1, 2016
Commentary: Grenada stands tall! From my first day of representing St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) at international meetings, I was terribly disappointed at the performance of the entire English-speaking Caribbean! Some of what I have observed and which continues is so dastardly that I will not recall them here.

Commentary: Haiti's long descent into hell: From dictatorship to democratic chaos

November 30, 2016
Commentary: Haiti's long descent into hell: From dictatorship to democratic chaos It has been for Haiti a long descent into hell that started in the 1950s with the precipitous departure for exile of President Paul E Magloire on December 6, 1956. He did not prepare carefully his successor or rather he reneged on his preferred choice, Clement Jumelle, his minister of finance.

Commentary: Fidel Castro's mark on the world

November 30, 2016
Commentary: Fidel Castro's mark on the world My first public undertaking as a young graduate of the University of the West Indies was a lecture series in 2008 that began with a presentation on Fidel Castro. By then, Fidel had already relinquished leadership in Cuba and was firmly established as the most iconic revolutionary leader.

Commentary: In receiving, remember also to give

November 30, 2016
Commentary: In receiving, remember also to give Amidst rotary, universals, beaming and bouncing amongst notions of privilege and prejudice... Life is nothing more in the end really, than a never ending exchange of rights versus privilege. Goods for goods, goods for services and or favours, tits for tats... A sad truth that coupled with technology’s...

Commentary: The Turks and Caicos national health insurance scandal

November 29, 2016
Commentary: The Turks and Caicos national health insurance scandal As a part of the preamble to the 800-page contract between Interhealth Canada Construction & Services (TCI) Limited and the now defunct Johnston International Limited: “The Crown (in right of its Government in the Turks and Caicos Islands) ("TCIG") currently provides a national health service...

Commentary: Fidel Castro's death: A litmus test

November 29, 2016
Commentary: Fidel Castro's death: A litmus test Fidel Castro is dead! One of the world’s longest-ruling dictators died at the age of 90 on Friday, November 25, at 10:29 pm, in Havana, Cuba. His communist military dictatorship has been imposed to the island nation of Cuba since January 1959 and will survive Fidel’s death at least...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: An incredibly hard act to follow

November 28, 2016
Commentary: Tourism Matters: An incredibly hard act to follow As Sue Springer prepares to demit her post as chief executive officer at the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association, I would like to dedicate this week's column to her amazing contribution to tourism over several decades and around 15 years in her current position. Frankly, I have marveled...

Commentary: The demons of the night!

November 28, 2016
Commentary: The demons of the night! November 24, 2016 was a chilly, wet and gloomy Fall day in the city of Toronto. And for me, I too was under the weather as I got up reflecting on my brother who I lost to liver cancer earlier in the year and whose birthday it was. You see, a day like this siphons out of you the drive to venture outside.

Commentary: Haiti's rainy-day presidential elections without Clinton thunder

November 28, 2016
Commentary: Haiti's rainy-day presidential elections without Clinton thunder The tabulations of Haiti’s election results from Sunday, November 20, 2016 have been extremely slow. This is mainly because the official voters lists (Procès Verbaux, PV) and ballots from the polling centers have all had to be transported to a Vote Tabulation Center (CTV) in a...

Commentary: The View from Europe: The trajectory of history is changing

November 26, 2016
Commentary: The View from Europe: The trajectory of history is changing Being able to identify the policy changes that will transform the future is normally far from easy. Arguably, however, in the week past, the remarks of two world leaders make plain how the trajectory of global history is about to change. In a formal policy pronouncement on November 21...

Commentary: The meaning of nation: What is a nation?

November 26, 2016
Commentary: The meaning of nation: What is a nation? After Brexit in Great Britain and after Donald J Trump’s victory in the United States, the search for the meaning of nation becomes more acute in apprehending the new dynamics affecting voters across both sides of the Atlantic searching for an answer to their disaffection. People all over the world...

Commentary: Panama's official committee report on financial reform is a whitewash

November 26, 2016
Commentary: Panama's official committee report on financial reform is a whitewash The long-awaited report of the Committee of Experts, engaged by the Republic of Panama to recommend reforms in the wake of the Panama Papers scandal, has been filed. It is essentially a whitewash, and fails to address these critical issues: (1) The bearer-share nightmare, through which...

Commentary: Women soccer players in 'match of their lives'

November 25, 2016
Commentary: Women soccer players in 'match of their lives' To be fair, it’s complicated. After all, this is not an apples-to-apples case of women doing the same work as men, in the same workplace, for less pay.  Not least because women soccer players do not generate as much interest, let alone as much revenue, as men soccer players.

Commentary: The dignity of the Obamas

November 25, 2016
Commentary: The dignity of the Obamas As Barack Obama’s presidency of the United States of America enters its final weeks, there are tens of millions of people in America and across the world who already feel a great sense of loss. That sense will be heightened even more on January 20 when he walks out the doors...

Commentary: A Rising Sun over the Antilles: Japan's new era of Caribbean investment

November 25, 2016
Commentary: A Rising Sun over the Antilles: Japan's new era of Caribbean investment In July 2014, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe embarked on a historic 11-day tour of five countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, culminating in the first-ever summit between Japan and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).  CARICOM is an organization of states and dependencies...

Commentary: Ottley Hall Shipyard - a symptom of labour market problems

November 24, 2016
Commentary: Ottley Hall Shipyard - a symptom of labour market problems The current problem at the Ottley Hall Shipyard in St Vincent and the Grenadines appears to be a situation wherein the management of the company needs to be held accountable to its employees by a strong, impartial government agency. In the absence of a ministry of labour to...

Commentary: The Gettysburg Address 2.0: President-elect Trump's contract with the American voter

November 24, 2016
Commentary: The Gettysburg Address 2.0: President-elect Trump's contract with the American voter In the early morning of November 9, 2016, Donald Trump became president-elect. His stunning series of victories in the Great Lakes states cracked irremediably the Democratic “Blue Wall” (Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania). The first question after this was: What next?

Commentary: World-wide natural fish resources see drastic decline: An opportunity for the Turks and Caicos?

November 24, 2016
Commentary: World-wide natural fish resources see drastic decline: An opportunity for the Turks and Caicos? Global fish stocks are being depleted at 'alarming' levels while all of the ocean’s marine life forms are declining from human overfishing, pollution, habitat destruction and global warming. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, which keeps global...

Commentary: Garifuna in Belize should include an international Garinagu summit

November 23, 2016
Commentary: Garifuna in Belize should include an international Garinagu summit Every year, we Garifuna people plan our 19th November Celebrations to commemorate our ancestors who arrived to Belize in 1801 and 1823 to search for a better life or escape torture from a faction of the civil war groups in Honduras. Our people were forcefully removed by the British...

Commentary: Animal Farm comes full circle

November 23, 2016
Commentary: Animal Farm comes full circle It seems the ULP government policy is assassination of the character, indeed the very persona of anyone displaying anything but absolute reverence to their father, son and Holy Ghost development/ management prescription for St Vincent and the Grenadines. So their attack dogs...

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