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Commentary: Dude, I 'feel the Bern' too. But...

May 27, 2016
Commentary: Dude, I 'feel the Bern' too. But... In fact, I was feeling the Bern long before Millennials -- who are now fueling Bernie Sanders’s campaign -- even knew his name. But, like their misguided Arab Spring counterparts, these wannabe revolutionaries seem fully prepared to “cut off their nose to spite their face". Hence their misguided...

Commentary: Trump vs. Clinton already? Not so fast!

May 27, 2016
Commentary: Trump vs. Clinton already? Not so fast! After the Indiana primaries, on May 3, 2016, the Republican contender, Donald Trump, has secured his “presumptive” party nomination for November general elections. However, not the same thing can be said about Hillary Clinton. She, in spite of her ardent desire to compete with Trump...

Commentary: Is Canouan a paradise lost to foreign investors?

May 26, 2016
Commentary: Is Canouan a paradise lost to foreign investors? In “Canouan: A paradise lost” written by Matthew Thomas on May 9, 2016, we find a captivating description of the natural beauty of the island, an account on how the natives have been sold out by their own leader(s), a relevant definition of corruption as it relates to political and investment...

Commentary: Innovation, intellectual property and the donor industry in CARICOM countries

May 26, 2016
Commentary: Innovation, intellectual property and the donor industry in CARICOM countries The focus on innovation and technology has become synonymous with the narrative on the advancement of so-called developing countries as one of the most important means by which countries can move from low to high levels of economic development, to the extent that some are...

Commentary: Snap elections - A new style of Caribbean politics

May 25, 2016
Commentary: Snap elections - A new style of Caribbean politics There is a new style of “last minute election announcement” date, which has been spreading across the Caribbean, and many countries in the region – predominantly the less developed ones – are seemingly jumping on the bandwagon. Some political leaders appear convinced that the secret...

Commentary: Political gridlock in Haiti leaves a bleak future for the youth

May 25, 2016
Commentary: Political gridlock in Haiti leaves a bleak future for the youth People tend to give the earthquake of 2010 the blame for everything happening in Haiti but the problems facing the youth of this country go back a lot further than that. Therefore one of the issues that should now receive significant consideration is what exactly the challenges are that...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Landmark UK court ruling

May 24, 2016
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Landmark UK court ruling For as long as I can remember it has been one of the most contentious laws in the United Kingdom for many years. Until a landmark court ruling last week, local education authorities had the right to charge and judges or magistrates enforce fines on parents who took their children on...

Commentary: I thought the FBI and DOJ would protect us. I was wrong! And Congress will do nothing...

May 24, 2016
Commentary: I thought the FBI and DOJ would protect us. I was wrong! And Congress will do nothing... When a little boy is denied access to the little girl’s room, within 24 hours the DOJ is holding press conferences and filing lawsuits. Over seven months ago I started making reports to the FBI and DOJ about an organized criminal enterprise that has stolen tens of billions from the American people.

Commentary: The code red!

May 23, 2016
Commentary: The code red! God spoke creation into being: He said, let there be light and the light appeared! In fact, God has inspired a doctrine – the Bible, which guides everyone along the right path, regardless of party, ethnicity, social status, religions, languages and the like. I never knew, through politics, a leader...

Commentary: Hang 'em or not?

May 23, 2016
Commentary: Hang 'em or not? Crime is ubiquitous, regardless of the basic system of government, pure democracy, absolutism, or oligarchical. Managing criminals remains a wedge issue, especially in countries that have automatic death penalty, as studies have shown. The ongoing struggles in a few dominant Caribbean islands.

Commentary: The View from Europe: The gap between rhetoric and reality

May 21, 2016
Commentary: The View from Europe: The gap between rhetoric and reality As each day passes, the internal situation in Venezuela deteriorates. Rumours of military coups and unstoppable violence swirl, street protests escalate, ordinary citizens suffer shortages of medicine, everyday foodstuffs, and almost everything else, while enduring rapidly escalating inflation.

Commentary: The energy dilemma of the Caribbean in general and of Haiti in particular

May 21, 2016
Commentary: The energy dilemma of the Caribbean in general and of Haiti in particular The citizens of Suriname organized recently a demonstration against the hike in the price of electricity in the country; such hike was a condition sine qua non for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to continue budgeting support to the Bouterse government.  A Caribbean energy summit...

Commentary: Referendum on equal rights in The Bahamas is 'unnecessary', despite Dame Joan Sawyer

May 20, 2016
Commentary: Referendum on equal rights in The Bahamas is 'unnecessary', despite Dame Joan Sawyer Frankly, I am stupefied that this country of my birth is holding a referendum on June 7 to decide whether men and women should enjoy the same constitutional rights -- primarily with respect to citizenship. Prime Minister Perry Christie presented the four amendments at issue during the...

Commentary: CARICOM deficiencies leading to fragmentation and weakness

May 20, 2016
Commentary: CARICOM deficiencies leading to fragmentation and weakness I start with the now proven premise that no Caribbean Community (CARICOM) nation is able to prosper on its own. No protestations to the contrary erase the evidence that, without aid from external sources, these countries could not deliver the goods and services that their people expect.

Commentary: Moments can either make us or break us

May 20, 2016
Commentary: Moments can either make us or break us Moments. Some filled with the power and authenticity to create the most enchantingly beautiful experiences that washes over us and brings with them a sea of meaning and hope for a brighter tomorrow. Others, so terrifyingly overwhelming that they leave us with an ocean of scars embedded...

Commentary: Statehood for US territories: A new parameter for our national policy

May 19, 2016
Commentary: Statehood for US territories: A new parameter for our national policy The current political discourse in the heated 2016 electoral year gravitates around some simple, common-sense, yet grandiose ideas like making America great again through reviving trade, by recapturing overseas jobs (lost in favour of other nations, beneficiaries of globalization), and...

Commentary: The ultimatum

May 19, 2016
Commentary: The ultimatum The pores on my skin began to rise as the voices of climate activists chanting, “The people got the power, tell me can you feel it,” blasted through my headphones. Images of defiant demonstrators, modern-day renegades in disguise, flashed across the screen as I watched a video of the...

Commentary: Guatemala must stop its citizens from coming into Belize to commit crimes

May 18, 2016
Commentary: Guatemala must stop its citizens from coming into Belize to commit crimes For centuries now the Mayas and the Garifuna people have been going back and forth to Guatemala to meet with their relatives, trade and seek refuge when the Guatemalan military is slaughtering them. The Belize government does not have the military to stop and apprehend the...

Commentary: The real reasons Congress cannot solve the Puerto Rico financial crisis

May 18, 2016
Commentary: The real reasons Congress cannot solve the Puerto Rico financial crisis There are a number of very good reasons that Congress cannot reach agreement on a Puerto Rico solution: 1. There is growing evidence that many of the bond losses in Puerto Rico were due to criminal fraud. 2. There is growing evidence that Treasury Department officials may have...

Commentary: 'Five to stay alive'? A vision that isn't!

May 17, 2016
Commentary: 'Five to stay alive'? A vision that isn't! The general election is yet another defining moment that presents the opportunity to determine the future of Saint Lucia. But it is hard to hold off the pessimism in a system where blind adventure is conventional in the political orbit of the lesser evils. Particularly, when policy ideas bring new life...

Commentary: Rally round the West Indies

May 17, 2016
Commentary: Rally round the West Indies “This victory is solely dedicated to the Caribbean people, the fans all over the world. We are a praying team and we never stop praying.” Such were the words of West Indies T20 men’s cricket team captain, Mr Darren Sammy, upon winning the World T20 cricket final against England.

Commentary: Tourism Matters: We are missing invaluable data about visitors

May 16, 2016
Commentary: Tourism Matters: We are missing invaluable data about visitors I still find it remarkable that, after so many years, such an exceptional property like Villa Nova remains unsold and empty. Yes of course it has its geographical challenges competing with what is perceived as the traditional form of tourism accommodation, but when you have only...

Commentary: Dare to disobey in the name of climate action

May 16, 2016
Commentary: Dare to disobey in the name of climate action We are living in what is known as the anthropocene. Human activity is altering Earth’s natural cycles and spurring on climate change at unprecedented rates.  The islands of the Caribbean are home to over 40 million people, who are all directly vulnerable to climate change. The biggest culprits?

Commentary: Progressive structural change with a 2030 horizon

May 16, 2016
Commentary: Progressive structural change with a 2030 horizon The world today is undergoing a change of era. The unprecedented rise in global inequality, the increasingly severe effects of climate change and the ambivalent role played by the technological revolution, which multiplies capacities and threatens employment, are signs revealing that the...

Commentary: The View from Europe: Alternative routes to energy security

May 14, 2016
Commentary: The View from Europe: Alternative routes to energy security A little over a week ago, Caribbean and Central American leaders met in Washington to discuss an extensive programme intended to diversify energy sources in the countries of the Caribbean Basin. Although not specifically aimed at lessening the region’s reliance on Venezuela’s concessional...

Commentary: Social democracy, transparency in government and the law

May 14, 2016
Commentary: Social democracy, transparency in government and the law According to Wikipedia, social democracy is a political ideology that supports economic and social interventions to promote social justice within the framework of a capitalist economy. It is a policy regime involving collective bargaining arrangements, a commitment to representative...

Commentary: For LGBTs in North Carolina, Beyonce is a sellout

May 13, 2016
Commentary: For LGBTs in North Carolina, Beyonce is a sellout In the mid-1980s, Miles Davis, U2, and Run-D.M.C. headlined a long list of entertainers who boycotted South Africa. They did so because they knew performing there would be tantamount to endorsing the Apartheid government’s discrimination against blacks. Bear that in mind as you read...

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