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Commentary: The View from Europe: Is Mexico about to deepen its regional relations?

September 2, 2017
Commentary: The View from Europe: Is Mexico about to deepen its regional relations? As the year proceeds, Mexico, the world’s 13th largest economy, is expected to rebalance its international trade relationships. It is likely to do so irrespective of the outcome of meetings underway with Canada and the US on the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), or President Trump’s...

Commentary: A proposed road map for the government in the Great North of Haiti

September 2, 2017
Commentary: A proposed road map for the government in the Great North of Haiti The Great North of Haiti that includes the North, the North East and the North West has been the theater of most of the battles two centuries ago leading to the liberation of the slaves of St Domingue, creating Haiti, the first black republic and facilitating the end of slavery in the world. I am proposing...

Commentary: Guatemala political corruption: Impunity starched out by reform

September 2, 2017
Commentary: Guatemala political corruption: Impunity starched out by reform As thousands of protesters marched through the streets of Guatemala City on March 7, 2017, Estuardo Batz was expressing his indignation over the broken promises of the new administration. Batz, a leader of the diverse, unified group of dissenters, called for the resignation of President Jimmy...

Commentary: Myanmar cleansing Rohingyas like Sudan cleansed Darfurians (remember them?)

September 1, 2017
Commentary: Myanmar cleansing Rohingyas like Sudan cleansed Darfurians (remember them?) It seems the whole world is rubbernecking the “once-in-a-lifetime” floods that have tens of thousands of Texans fleeing their homes to seek temporary shelter in nearby venues. But it seems the whole world is turning a blind eye to the day-to-day atrocities that have tens of thousands of Rohingyas fleeing...

Commentary: The PRG never intended that public servants in Grenada would be stranded with only an NIS pension

September 1, 2017
Commentary: The PRG never intended that public servants in Grenada would be stranded with only an NIS pension Imagine what the Maurice Bishop International Airport would look like today if, following the 1983 invasion, the work commenced by the PRG was not completed. Imagine! Imagine what we would have now. The runway was already completed and quite usable. It was used as an air base during the invasion...

Commentary: Our Grenadian kids need protection

August 31, 2017
Commentary: Our Grenadian kids need protection I am extremely concerned at the prevalence of sex crimes against the children and women of Grenada. Such abuse has far reaching, long term consequences on the social and economic development of our nation. I call on government to take action now, to deliver a message that Grenada is a...

Commentary: Historic visit by the president of Chile

August 31, 2017
Commentary: Historic visit by the president of Chile I was pleased to read of the visit by President Michelle Bachelet of Chile to St Lucia, for our two countries worked very closely on Caribbean/Latin American affairs over several years throughout my 13 years as permanent representative of St Lucia to the Organization of American States, and as president of...

Commentary: Grenada must get calypso judging right

August 30, 2017
Commentary: Grenada must get calypso judging right One of the most disappointing aspects from Spicemas 2017, to me, was clearly the quality of the judging of the calypso and soca competitions. I judged calypsos for quite a few years myself; in fact, judging was my first direct involvement with carnival. I was probably the youngest judge in those days.

Commentary: Cuba's internet paradox: How control and censorship risks achievements in education

August 30, 2017
Commentary: Cuba's internet paradox: How control and censorship risks achievements in education Maribel (not her real name) was the deputy principal in a state-run primary school in Cuba. She had worked there since graduating, and had been promoted fast. Before she was ultimately pushed out of her job for her husband’s political activism, which is effectively banned in Cuba, her salary...

Commentary: Grenada's pension reform is under the IMF

August 29, 2017
Commentary: Grenada's pension reform is under the IMF As affected public officers start unfortunately very late to appreciate and to experience the devastating and degrading impact of the 1983 Pensions (Disqualification) Act and now seem to be showing signs of frustration and confusion on the plight, Prime Minister Dr Keith Claudius Mitchell...

Commentary: Helping men to stand tall and be counted!

August 29, 2017
Commentary: Helping men to stand tall and be counted! As a young Christian boy growing up in Grenada, I was groomed, directed and driven to be a man of mission and purpose by our highly inspirational quotation, “The greatest want of the world is the want of men – men who will not be bought or sold; men who in their inmost souls are true and...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Another reason to travel to the Caribbean

August 28, 2017
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Another reason to travel to the Caribbean While it was branded as a Raffles property, my wife and I were fortunate enough to stay at the resort on Canouan Island. Quite frankly for me, it was one of the most enjoyable holidays experienced in my decades of being involved in the tourism industry. Their room rates at the time were way above...

Commentary: St Lucia needs a renaissance - Part 3

August 28, 2017
Commentary: St Lucia needs a renaissance - Part 3 Saint Lucia is today more divided than during the events of the 70s and 80s. In this new reality, political gridlock, economic inequality, absence of foreign policy, the lack of governance, safety and security, and Leahy law sanctions are just some of the mounting challenges. Believe it or not, huge corporate...

Commentary: After Africa, Israel seeks to break CARICOM's Palestine unity

August 28, 2017
Commentary: After Africa, Israel seeks to break CARICOM's Palestine unity News is out that Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is ardently working to have a summit-like meeting with Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders on the sidelines of the upcoming United Nations General Assembly in September. Israel is making an aggressive push to end its isolation, and...

Commentary: The View from Europe: Venezuela: The longer view

August 26, 2017
Commentary: The View from Europe: Venezuela: The longer view Having established a constituent assembly able to rewrite the Venezuelan constitution, take essential political and economic decisions, and confirm key appointments, President Maduro’s government is now moving swiftly to assert its overall authority.  On August 18, the new body effectively nullified the legislative...

Commentary: The St Rose fiesta in Grand River, Haiti

August 26, 2017
Commentary: The St Rose fiesta in Grand River, Haiti The climax of religious/cultural festivals that take place in Haiti from July 16 to the end of summer is slowly coming to an end with the fiesta of St Rose on August 30 in Grand River. It is true there is still the fiesta of St Philomena (the popular saint venerated by believers but disqualified by the Catholic...

Commentary: Gov. Greitens: Pull down Missouri's racist death penalty statutes!

August 26, 2017
Commentary: Gov. Greitens: Pull down Missouri's racist death penalty statutes! This past Tuesday, well over 150 years since the end of the Civil War, a powerful, well-connected, well-to-do Southern white man, Missouri Governor Eric Greitens, exercised his law-given authority to stay the execution of Marcellus Williams, a poor black man. The reprieve was issued hours before the...

Commentary: Rio's Olympian hangover ends in bankruptcy

August 25, 2017
Commentary: Rio's Olympian hangover ends in bankruptcy The 2016 Rio Olympics ended a year ago today. Unfortunately, its legacy is proving more of a poisoned chalice than a source of national pride. In fact, when all is said and done, I fear the most significant medal from Rio will be the silver it seems doomed to win for the biggest boondoggle in the history of sports.

Commentary: Boycotted for a knighthood

August 25, 2017
Commentary: Boycotted for a knighthood Geoffrey Boycott is a BBC cricket commentator. He was an England cricketer for 24 years. Over that period, he scored 8,114 runs in 108 Test matches for England and was the first England cricketer to pass 8,000 Test runs. For this accomplishment, he received the award of Officer of the....

Commentary: Politics of inclusion

August 24, 2017
Commentary: Politics of inclusion Let me begin by giving thanks to the 34,000 Bermudians who exercised their democratic rights on July 18, 2017. Irrespective of whoever they voted for, they proved that as Bermudians they will base their decisions on what they feel is best for our island. In 1960, John F Kennedy was elected as president...

Commentary: In Grenada 2017 Carnival, jab jab culture dominated, but judges made biased decisions

August 24, 2017
Commentary: In Grenada 2017 Carnival, jab jab culture dominated, but judges made biased decisions Grenada August 2017 carnival ended on a high with large amount of people playing mas’ but the most dominant masqueraders were jab jab in all the parishes. However, there were traditional mas’ such as shortknee, vecou and pretty mas’ as major highlights, but in terms of the groovy soca and...

Commentary: St Lucia needs a renaissance - Part 2

August 23, 2017
Commentary: St Lucia needs a renaissance - Part 2 Logic suggests that we have not had any historical examples to review lowering standards, the spectacle of dysfunction and open warfare to blame for historic political and economic imbalances in which ad hoc and irrational dealings threaten the interest of everyone in Saint Lucia. Since coming into office...

Commentary: The future of Seine Beight, Placencia, Hopkins and Georgetown in Belize

August 23, 2017
Commentary: The future of Seine Beight, Placencia, Hopkins and Georgetown in Belize In the year 2014 I took a tour of the southern villages with my brother Anthony Noralez to see what type of developments were taking place in the area. When I was a little boy growing up in Dangriga town, I use to travel with my neighbour Dick Usher and his children especially my childhood friend, Osbert...

Commentary: Undefined pension reform touted in Grenada

August 22, 2017
Commentary: Undefined pension reform touted in Grenada Pension reform has being touted animatedly by Keith Mitchell’s New National Party (NNP) government as a reasonable and realistic solution to the problem of reinstating pensions to public officers. But is there really a genuine problem with the overdue and lingering reinstatement of the constitutional...

Commentary: Rid yourself of the 'bandwagon effect' and take full control of your life

August 22, 2017
Commentary: Rid yourself of the 'bandwagon effect' and take full control of your life The more people believe in a thing, the easier it becomes gradually to lure other people into jumping on the bandwagon in agreement. The bandwagon effect has proven to be a strong mind-controlling force, which drags people into abandoning their own opinion in acceptance of a more popular one.

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Yet another opportunistic land grab?

August 21, 2017
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Yet another opportunistic land grab? If I have one single regret over the last 30 years, it is that, after former Prime Minister Owen Arthur was gracious enough to grant a personal meeting to discuss our small hotel sector and, in particular, the then planned GEMS project, I did not push hard enough to persuade the PM to abandon what was...

Commentary: The View from Europe: Trump's remarks give Venezuela breathing space

August 21, 2017
Commentary: The View from Europe: Trump's remarks give Venezuela breathing space Speaking on August 11, at a press conference at one of his golf courses, the US president, Donald Trump, scored the equivalent of a foreign policy own goal. “We have many options for Venezuela and by the way, I’m not going to rule out a military option”, he said, before going on to elaborate on US...

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