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Commentary: IOC failure to ban Russia proves it's in Putin's pocket

July 29, 2016
Commentary: IOC failure to ban Russia proves it's in Putin's pocket I was in the vanguard of those calling on the IOC to ban the entire Russia team from the Rio Olympics. I argued in “Track Officials Ban Russians from Rio Olympics for Doping,” June 18, 2016, that: I suspect track and field athletes are being punished for the sins of Russian athletes in every other sport.

Commentary: Donald Trump - the lie of 'truthful hyperbole'

July 29, 2016
Commentary: Donald Trump - the lie of 'truthful hyperbole' For anyone following the US presidential campaigns, it has been a volatile voyage with great uncertainty about whether Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton will eventually emerge triumphant. We still aren’t into the season of direct debates between the two and the unleashing of their denigration of...

Commentary: A Latina UN secretary-general

July 29, 2016
Commentary: A Latina UN secretary-general On July 12, ten of the twelve candidates running for the Secretary-General (SG) position of the United Nations took center stage before the UN General Assembly. In an attempt to promote transparency in the Secretary-General election process, the UN publicly announced the contestants...

Commentary: The police voyage continues; now is not the time to jump overboard

July 28, 2016
Commentary: The police voyage continues; now is not the time to jump overboard Troubled Waters: On July 8, 2016, during a Black Lives Matter demonstration in Dallas Texas, the world paused again on what has become too normal in the American experience, the attack on police. This incident left five officers dead, and eleven injured by a lone disturbed army veteran...

Commentary: UWI lecturer: A coveted intellectual experience

July 28, 2016
Commentary: UWI lecturer: A coveted intellectual experience I have genuinely found that being a lecturer in the philosophy of education at the UWI provided me with an enriched exposure to the Caribbean’s greatest minds. It was indeed a coveted intellectual experience. The academic resources available in my teaching area were immense.

Commentary: Music quality up but room for improvement

July 28, 2016
Commentary: Music quality up but room for improvement It is that time of the year again; it is carnival in Grenada. The calypso and soca competitions have started, the panmen and women are well into learning their Panorama songs and the masquerade bands are busy marketing their costumes. Let us not forget the recent Jab Jab craze.

Commentary: Hate or hurt?

July 27, 2016
Commentary: Hate or hurt? Through the annals of time, Hate and Hurt, two four-lettered “cause and effect” reactions, like an evil Siamese twin, have interchangeably released their punishment on the human family. And by my reckoning, their sting shall not abate till the establishment of a nobler society.

Commentary: How Donald Trump has to neutralize the Tim Kaine effect

July 27, 2016
Commentary: How Donald Trump has to neutralize the Tim Kaine effect It was Friday, July 22, 2016, at 7:32 pm when the Democrat US Senator from Virginia, Tim Kaine, was called by Hillary Clinton, who graciously announced him that he was her vice-presidential pick for the November general elections. Starting from this moment, Donald Trump needs to...

Commentary: The normalization of US-Cuba relations and immigration reform

July 27, 2016
Commentary: The normalization of US-Cuba relations and immigration reform On June 8, United States Coast Guard official Charles David Jr. repatriated 34 Cuban immigrants back to Cuba. This incident recapitulates the recent increase in Cuban immigration to the United States. At the root of this increase lie President Obama’s recent attempts to normalize...

Commentary: SEC review reflects serious concerns regarding bond credit ratings

July 26, 2016
Commentary: SEC review reflects serious concerns regarding bond credit ratings According to the websites run by Fitch, Moody’s and S&P, the definition of a BBB+ rated bond is the following: “An obligation rated 'BBB' exhibits adequate protection parameters. However, adverse economic conditions or changing circumstances are more likely to lead to a...

Commentary: How democratic are the Democrats?

July 26, 2016
Commentary: How democratic are the Democrats? The Democratic and Republican establishments made their decisions on who should be the next president of the United States of America – contrary to what Donald Trump has been spouting, still the strongest, wealthiest, most respected and most feared – economically and...

Commentary: The atypical elements of the 2016 Munich shooting

July 26, 2016
Commentary: The atypical elements of the 2016 Munich shooting On Friday, July 22, 2016, the German city of Munich witnessed its first major mass shooting after the infamous massacre during the 1972 Summer Olympics, when 11 Israeli Olympic team members and a German police officer were killed by the Palestinian terrorist group Black September.

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Returning to airlift

July 25, 2016
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Returning to airlift I make no apologies in returning to airlift this week because, it is one of the most critical factors in our overall tourism success or failure. Take the United States as a classic example. After over a decade of near stagnation in arrival numbers, new partnerships and existing ones are forged...

Commentary: Lies, damned lies, statistics or terminological inexactitudes?

July 25, 2016
Commentary: Lies, damned lies, statistics or terminological inexactitudes? After various claims of “taken out of context”, “deliberate buffoonery to provoke the US”, “never before published statistics” and other excuses, Saint Lucia Prime Minister Allen Chastanet evidently decided last week to retreat from his blatantly false claims of the number of criminal...

Commentary: Educational improvement or transformation?

July 25, 2016
Commentary: Educational improvement or transformation? Education in the Caribbean seems to experience identical problems of performance of students, and the way teachers are prepared for the classroom. In one country, an institution that prepares teachers was said to have only three of its 17 courses accredited. Another report...

Commentary: The View from Europe: The Caribbean needs a full response to Brexit

July 23, 2016
Commentary: The View from Europe: The Caribbean needs a full response to Brexit Earlier this month, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) heads of government met in Georgetown, Guyana. Among the many issues they considered was Britain’s decision to leave the European Union. Their focus was on a secretariat paper largely intended for information. While they...

Commentary: Haiti, an orphan nation!

July 23, 2016
Commentary: Haiti, an orphan nation! Last week’s essay dealt with the United States as an orphan nation. That may explain the social disintegration leading to sporadic racial violence in that society. This week’s essay will demonstrate how Haiti is also an orphan nation, explaining its endemic poverty and its state of a failed state.

Commentary: The brutal murder and beheading of a beloved pastor in Belize

July 23, 2016
Commentary: The brutal murder and beheading of a beloved pastor in Belize On Saturday, July 16, 2016, I received a text from a family member that the police in Belmopan, Belize, had found the head of her relative Llewellyn Lucas, better known as “Pastor Lue” in a bucket in a vehicle belonging to a Canadian man. When I heard this I was shocked, amazed, angry...

Commentary: Trump's 'law and order' doublespeak has RNC raving and roiling

July 22, 2016
Commentary: Trump's 'law and order' doublespeak has RNC raving and roiling It has become as pointless as it is redundant to denounce the big lies that characterize Trump’s black swan presidential campaign. And denying the undeniable fact that his wife plagiarized Michelle Obama’s 2008 DNC speech at the RNC’s Hate week on Monday night is the least of them.

Commentary: Plans advance for South American passport and citizenship

July 22, 2016
Commentary: Plans advance for South American passport and citizenship The Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) has advanced its plans for the establishment of a South American passport and the promotion of the free movement of all South American citizens throughout the continent. Towards this end, on June 28-29, the Working Group on South American...

Commentary: When is Guyana's President David Granger going to Africa?

July 21, 2016
Commentary: When is Guyana's President David Granger going to Africa? Just last week, Guyana participated in an “oil and gas mentorship programme” in Kampala, Uganda. Guyana which recently discovered a mega oil and gas field off its coast, is making preparation for the development of the country’s oil and gas sector, and this is why Minister of Finance...

Commentary: A lame duck Bermudian government

July 21, 2016
Commentary: A lame duck Bermudian government Over the last month, it has become increasingly apparent that Bermuda Premier Michael Dunkley has taken a hit on multiple fronts; so much so that it now obvious that his level of political influence is becoming null and void. On Friday, June 17, 2016, PLP MP Rolfe Commisiong...

Commentary: Some reflections on the 2016 Republican National Convention

July 21, 2016
Commentary: Some reflections on the 2016 Republican National Convention It was rumored that the GOP would not be in a partying mood for Cleveland, Ohio, between July 18 and 21. 1. The Kasich Non-Factor There will be ups and downs at a GOP convention in a city where a candidate won the state, but lost his party’s nomination. Come to think of it, the very...

Commentary: US Congress reconsiders strategic importance of partnership with the Caribbean

July 20, 2016
Commentary: US Congress reconsiders strategic importance of partnership with the Caribbean On July 14, 2016, the US House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere held a hearing on the “Strategic Importance of Building a Stronger US-Caribbean Partnership.” On June 13, 2016, the House of Representatives passed...

Commentary: 'If not us, then who; if not now, when and if not here, where?'

July 20, 2016
Commentary: 'If not us, then who; if not now, when and if not here, where?' In a world such as ours, we are faced with daily challenges, the likes of which we have not seen before. Global warming, food shortages, global terror and a host of others, and given what is happening around us, our problems pale by comparison, but they are our problems nonetheless.

Commentary: The challenges of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

July 20, 2016
Commentary: The challenges of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has repeatedly struggled to be heard and has been criticized for various reasons. The Venezuelan government, among other regional powers, has argued on several occasions that the Commission was politicized.

Commentary: Upside down politics?

July 19, 2016
Commentary: Upside down politics? Has politics as we have come to know it turned upside down? Traditionally, it was politically correct for countries to say they are capitalist democracies. This meant toeing a particular ideological line, with periodic elections, the rule of law, parliamentary supremacy, advocating human rights...

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