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Commentary: Roosevelt Skerrit a fake regionalist

July 20, 2017
Commentary: Roosevelt Skerrit a fake regionalist According to Dominican Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, free movement of persons should be afforded to all CARICOM nationals. "We have to move towards ensuring that every citizen has the ability to move freely within our countries..." he said. Under current CSME protocols, free movement of skilled...

Commentary: Showing appreciation to Scholar

July 20, 2017
Commentary: Showing appreciation to Scholar On the occasion of his 20th anniversary celebrations, I wrote an article entitled “Celebrating a scholar and champion calypsonian”, in commemoration of his contribution to the art form. Time waits on no man, as the saying goes; and here we are now celebrating 25 years of Finley Jeffrey in calypso.

Commentary: Everything can always work out

July 19, 2017
Commentary: Everything can always work out Caribbean culture has conditioned us to believe that life is a struggle, that there are always hurdles, and even people with unwelcoming attitudes, who will always make things difficult for us. Our history has been misinterpreted to make us feel as victims, when we are the victors. And our societies have been...

Commentary: The key to Garifuna unity? Garifuna identity

July 19, 2017
Commentary: The key to Garifuna unity? Garifuna identity In response to my latest article on the Summit Meetings and Garifuna Reunification, one of the readers sent me a message stating, “This was an timely reminder of this prestigious event. My hope that the Summit Meetings would have turned into a yearly event, because our fragmentation continues to...

Commentary: Waiting to make the 'perfect decision' is the wrong decision

July 19, 2017
Commentary: Waiting to make the 'perfect decision' is the wrong decision The outcome of every decision we make is not always guaranteed to measure up to our expectations, regardless of our well-thought-out plans, hard work or plausible calculations. It's not entirely within our powers to influence the eventual result of our decisions to either turn out good or bad.

Commentary: Whither goeth CARICOM?

July 18, 2017
Commentary: Whither goeth CARICOM? The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was established on July 4, 1973, by the Treaty of Chagaramus. Its main objectives are to promote integration and cooperation among its members and to coordinate foreign policy. The first Monday in July was designated CARICOM Day. However, it appears...

Commentary: If it happened in Venezuela, it can happen anywhere!

July 18, 2017
Commentary: If it happened in Venezuela, it can happen anywhere! Venezuela is failing as a nation state. The democratic institutions are frayed, the society has broken down and chaos is ensuing. What happened, you ask? A number of factors happened, but it all culminated when oil revenues took a dive amid the global price drop in oil that is down some 40-plus...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Trade shows will play a critical part

July 17, 2017
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Trade shows will play a critical part Having spent three full days, from opening until closing, on a stand at the recently concluded Carib Food and Hospitality exhibition, I feel that I can speak fairly objectively about the first of its kind event to be held on Barbados. First the positive aspects! Great to see the Barbados Investment and...

Commentary: The spread of alternative facts: Gonsalves' own timely and infamous version

July 17, 2017
Commentary: The spread of alternative facts: Gonsalves' own timely and infamous version If not all, much of Gonsalves’ political agenda is mired in his own ineptness and immorality! This thought is motivated by a recent published article entitled “People decide who governs, not a court ruling”. Perceived as a very interesting topic at a critical juncture when Vincentians were impatiently awaiting...

Commentary: The continued speedy and steady degeneration of Dominica's politics

July 17, 2017
Commentary: The continued speedy and steady degeneration of Dominica's politics The most corrosive aspect of this current prime ministership, governance and government is its rousing success in making Dominica politics much more ridiculous, petty and silly. The populace is obsessed with the sitting prime ministers most unnerving and silliest statements. These are analyzed...

Commentary: The View from Europe: Who will reform CARICOM?

July 15, 2017
Commentary: The View from Europe: Who will reform CARICOM? There is a pervasive view within and beyond the Caribbean that the regional integration process is foundering, and that its progress is being held back by an absence of political compromise and a failing bureaucracy. The outcome of the recently held Caribbean Community (CARICOM) heads...

Commentary: Haiti's fiesta season is in full swing starting next week

July 15, 2017
Commentary: Haiti's fiesta season is in full swing starting next week Starting this coming Sunday (July 16th) the fiesta season is in full swing in Haiti. I will be there in Saut d’Eau to celebrate Mary Mother of God under the label of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Father Desras,who previously chaired the parish of Lascahobas is now leading Saut d’Eau to a new high.

Commentary: The Georgetown prison fire: A failure and opportunity for good governance

July 15, 2017
Commentary: The Georgetown prison fire: A failure and opportunity for good governance Last week, swift public accountability reinforced good governance in Trinidad and Tobago. Ms Marlene McDonald was sworn in as minister of public utilities on June 30. Three days later Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley fired her for countenancing a reputed member of the criminal underworld...

Commentary: G20: Trump clueless, friendless, and feckless (and those friggin' Trump kids!)

July 14, 2017
Commentary: G20: Trump clueless, friendless, and feckless (and those friggin' Trump kids!) This in essence is how Chris Uhlmann, the political editor for ABC News Australia, reported on this G20 summit. It only lasted 62 seconds, but his takedown of Trump went viral -- complete with American pundits across the political spectrum hailing its incisiveness and derisiveness in equal measure.

Commentary: The relevance and state of US-Caribbean relations - Part 1

July 14, 2017
Commentary: The relevance and state of US-Caribbean relations - Part 1 The Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC has produced a publication entitled “The Relevance of US-Caribbean Relations – Three Views”. The title is misleading. While the three views, articulated by eminent scholars on the Caribbean, are good descriptions of the...

Commentary: Venezuelan minister urges: Know details of 1899 Award and Geneva Agreement

July 13, 2017
Commentary: Venezuelan minister urges: Know details of 1899 Award and Geneva Agreement As part of its activities to maintain its claim to Guyana’s Essequibo territory, the Venezuelan government has established an organization it calls the New Frontier of Peace Mission. A press release issued by the Venezuelan foreign ministry on June 2 announced that this organization held a seminar from...

Commentary: Global citizenship - a myth or possibility

July 13, 2017
Commentary: Global citizenship - a myth or possibility On one hand, the high and ultra-high net worth individuals from under-developed, developing and diplomatically-fraught countries often seek second residence and citizenship of developed countries or of countries with well-recognized passports, while on the other side, the recent trend of ultra...

Commentary: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: A different strategy for a different time

July 12, 2017
Commentary: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: A different strategy for a different time The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted two years ago by the 193 member states of the United Nations as a collective and transformative call for action to shift the course of our shared destiny towards a more equal and sustainable...

Commentary: Discrimination of blacks will likely tarry a few more centuries in America

July 12, 2017
Commentary: Discrimination of blacks will likely tarry a few more centuries in America African-Americans have no home in America! In a predominantly white population, African-Americans can be regarded as licensed generational squatters, who continuously struggle to fit into a white foster family that has no respect or genuine love for them. Following the forced migration of millions of...

Commentary: The structure and impact of transnational corruption in Latin America

July 12, 2017
Commentary: The structure and impact of transnational corruption in Latin America Ángel Rondón, Odebrecht’s Dominican representative, was recently sentenced to one year in prison on corruption charges. Rondón is accused of having organized the distribution of $92 million in the form of bribes among several politicians to secure public work contracts and install a monopoly...

Commentary: The era of fake news, alternative facts and post truth

July 11, 2017
Commentary: The era of fake news, alternative facts and post truth As one would imagine, propaganda and controlling the narrative seems to be very important in today’s political realm. Keeping stories, agendas, pet-peeves and personal convictions relevant seems to be a high priority and rightfully so. If no one knows your issue, story or grievance and how important it is...

Commentary: President Trump - King of Tweets

July 11, 2017
Commentary: President Trump - King of Tweets Twitter is an online news and social service where the users post and interact with messages – “tweets” – that are restricted to 140 characters. Registered users can post tweets, but those who are unregistered can only read them. I am not a registered user. The most famous registered user of Twitter is...

Commentary: Guantanamo remains open as human rights abuses continue

July 11, 2017
Commentary: Guantanamo remains open as human rights abuses continue Writing a book is a feat in itself but, as any author can confirm, publishing it presents yet another set of challenges. Just ask Mohamedou Ould Slahi, whose 466-page manuscript took a full six years to be released. Slahi’s book was not a work of fiction but a classified memoir, surrendered to the US government...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Surely the technology exists already

July 10, 2017
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Surely the technology exists already After going through a seemingly complex ‘hoops and hurdles’ experience that certainly could not win any user friendly awards, I just wonder if our ‘local’ financial institutions have not missed out in a massive way to assist small businesses to grow and attract additional foreign exchange earnings for the country?

Commentary: The urgent need for a public anti-corruption task force in the US Virgin Islands

July 10, 2017
Commentary: The urgent need for a public anti-corruption task force in the US Virgin Islands On June 30, 2017, the US Virgin Islands Inspector General issued a 76-page written report with scathing findings, entitled Audit of the Department of Education’s Inventory Controls over the School Lunch Program. Among these findings was that $920,000 had been spent on food management software...

Commentary: Three heroes of civic leadership and Caribbean independence

July 10, 2017
Commentary: Three heroes of civic leadership and Caribbean independence The year 2012 marked the advent of 50 years of the independence of the British West Indies; both Jamaica and Trinidad having gained places as independence from Britain on August 6, 1962 and August 31, 1962, respectively. Much pulsating reggae and calypso rhythms were heard...

Commentary: The View from Europe: Re-imagining Caribbean cities

July 8, 2017
Commentary: The View from Europe: Re-imagining Caribbean cities According to speakers at the recently held Chicago Forum on Global Cities, nearly four-fifths of future growth is likely to come between now and 2030 from urban centres with over 0.5 million people. At the event, presenters demonstrated that not only is this one of the positive effects of well-planned...

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