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Commentary: I fear for Vanessa Kissoon's life in Guyana

March 30, 2015
Commentary: I fear for Vanessa Kissoon's life in Guyana I write in solidarity with Vanessa Kissoon. This young woman has been bearing too much on her own. I have hesitated in the past to say anything about her travails because I did not want to become embroiled in the affairs of a party to which I do not belong. And I still don’t.  From my estimation, Ms Kissoon...

Commentary: Point of order! Mr Speaker, the member opposite is misleading the house

March 30, 2015
Commentary: Point of order!  Mr Speaker, the member opposite is misleading the house On Friday, March 20, 2015, in the Senate, OBA Senate leader Michael Fahy took liberty to attack my Royal Gazette column printed on March 20, 2015, making the accusation that my comments were “patently false.” To be more precise, Mr Speaker, “yesterday’s Senate closed with Senator Fahy...

Commentary: New York City raising fares again while the subways and buses have gotten worse

March 30, 2015
Commentary: New York City raising fares again while the subways and buses have gotten worse When I first came to New York City in 1978, the subway and bus fares were only 50 cents. Since then the fare has increased and is now $2.50 and will be going up to $2.75 cents this coming Sunday. Not only was the fare cheap and affordable then but the services that were provided by the MTA...

Commentary: Singapore has lost a loving and effective founding father

March 28, 2015
Commentary: Singapore has lost a loving and effective founding father It is very rare that a founding father could have lived long enough to document the realizations of his struggle to bring his people not only to statehood but also to the actualization of well-being for the majority of the population of his country. In a world where national heroes are often assassinated...

Commentary: The View from Europe: The new Russian presence in the Caribbean

March 28, 2015
Commentary: The View from Europe: The new Russian presence in the Caribbean Over the last five years Russian interest in the Caribbean has been growing steadily; so that today Moscow’s diplomatic profile and its economic presence in a number of Caribbean nations is now stronger than at any time since the end of the Cold War. Russia also appears to see the region as...

Commentary: Sounding the alarm in Jamaica!

March 28, 2015
Commentary: Sounding the alarm in Jamaica! Although the very last label I will like to wear is that of an “alarmist,” I have to sound the alarm today. You see, the term “alarmist” carries with it an urgent emotional connotation that heightens the need for immediate intervention and task force response, and that is exactly what I think is needed.

Commentary: Black women dominate at NCAA Division 1 Swimming Championships?!

March 27, 2015
Commentary: Black women dominate at NCAA Division 1 Swimming Championships?! Yes, black women can’t swim, like white men can’t jump. Ha! When I was struggling to make my mark in NCAA Division III swimming thirty years ago, I could not have imagined a day when black swimmers (men or women) would be dominant in Division 1. Yet that day has come.

Commentary: Lee Kuan-Yew's Caribbean rescue in the Commonwealth

March 27, 2015
Commentary: Lee Kuan-Yew's Caribbean rescue in the Commonwealth Lee Kuan-Yew, who led Singapore for three decades, died on March 23rd. He was a remarkable man who is best remembered for courageous leadership that converted a tiny island with virtually no natural resources into one of the wealthiest countries in the world. This commentary recalls...

Commentary: Let's just do it, man!

March 27, 2015
Commentary: Let's just do it, man! The prime minister of St Kitts and Nevis announced on Wednesday night that, effective April 7, 2015, value added tax (VAT) will no longer be payable on food, medicine and funerals. Now he and his colleagues must ensure that the savings actually reach consumers. This means that they...

Commentary: OBA immigration reforms hurting Bermudians

March 26, 2015
Commentary: OBA immigration reforms hurting Bermudians On Friday, March 13, 2015, the Progressive Labour Party (PLP) laid a motion before the Bermuda parliament requesting a formation of a joint select committee (JSC) on comprehensive immigration reform.  Opposition leader Marc Bean explained the reasoning behind the proposed motion...

Commentary: An assault on decency

March 26, 2015
Commentary: An assault on decency It is Sunday morning and I have just spoken with Vernon De Lima who gave me a chilling account of the trauma he and his wife both endured in the wee hours of the morning at the hands of gun-toting criminals who invaded their home and terrorised both he and his wife, beat them brutally and mercilessly.

Commentary: Let the violence in our schools cease

March 26, 2015
Commentary: Let the violence in our schools cease Having had the opportunity to watch the most recent videos of incidents of violence that took place in both our primary and secondary schools, I wish to publicly condemn these unacceptable behaviours displayed by our children and youth. As I endured the unsettling task of watching...

Commentary: Are lower oil prices causing chaos? A Latin-American and Caribbean perspective (with audio)

March 25, 2015
Commentary: Are lower oil prices causing chaos? A Latin-American and Caribbean perspective (with audio) As most of us already know, oil prices have fallen from their triple digit highs to now just about $50 a barrel. Of course, this is great news for most of us. But for other people that depend on high oil prices for profit, not so good news.  It's not just that oil prices slowly fell over the course of two or three years...

Commentary: Grenada Constitutional Reform: The referendum mode

March 25, 2015
Commentary: Grenada Constitutional Reform: The referendum mode It is just not practical and proper to hold a decent and successful constitutional referendum in Grenada in the near future; this position is consistent with undisputable evidence. It would therefore be very irresponsible and outrageous to conduct the referendum contrary to the compelling....

Commentary: An unprecedented catastrophe is looming on the horizon in Haiti

March 25, 2015
Commentary: An unprecedented catastrophe is looming on the horizon in Haiti We are preparing for CARIFESTA! We are preparing for the elections! We are preparing for the Flower Carnival! We are preparing for the Copa de Oro! But how many of us Haitians see these dark, heavy and violent clouds accumulated along the east of the island and which are threatening us...

Commentary: At the heart of US-Venezuela relations

March 24, 2015
Commentary: At the heart of US-Venezuela relations In response to the suggestion that the United States has a definite foreign policy strategy in the Middle East, Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson – who was Chief of Staff to Colin Powell, the then US Secretary of State who also served as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff – had this to say...

Commentary: A dark cloud hangs over Grenada's electricity reform process

March 24, 2015
Commentary: A dark cloud hangs over Grenada's electricity reform process In 1994, the government of Grenada signed an agreement with WRB, a little known American company to which majority shares in GRENLEC was divested. The agreement was a very much one sided affair that not only transferred controlling interest to WRB but also provided “ self regulatory” powers.

Commentary: Challenge or opportunity? State-owned Chinese investment in the Caribbean

March 24, 2015
Commentary: Challenge or opportunity? State-owned Chinese investment in the Caribbean Caribbean leaders and politicians, as they tend to do, ignore the long-term effects of unregulated Chinese investment projects. Their concerns hardly extend beyond their political terms and the short-term economic gain. Chinese investment throughout the region is dominated by state owned enterprises.

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Did you travel to Barbados on miles?

March 23, 2015
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Did you travel to Barbados on miles? Way back in 2001 we registered a business name and established a website domain under the trading title of MILESCloser. The idea then, which still has not changed, was to target the hundreds of millions of frequent flyer members who largely use their accumulated miles on vacation travel.

Commentary: The rot in Guyana's PPP started while the Jagans were still alive

March 23, 2015
Commentary: The rot in Guyana's PPP started while the Jagans were still alive There has been quite a stir in Guyana since President Bharrat Jagdeo, in defending his sumptuous lifestyle, suggested that the party’s founder-leaders and heroes Cheddi and Janet Jagan lived well too. Ex-executive Ralph Ramkarran and the Jagan’s daughter, Nadira disputed Jagdeo’s suggestion.

Commentary: The ten don'ts of Caribbean small island developing states when creating their future

March 23, 2015
Commentary: The ten don'ts of Caribbean small island developing states when creating their future In this article series about the Future of the Caribbean we discussed the dos for managers, business owners and policy makers in the Caribbean. Here we want to give you a list of the don’ts. Of course these are only suggestions, not rules, to guide you in your choices and strategy.

Commentary: The significance of Selma in the grand march from Vertieres

March 21, 2015
Commentary: The significance of Selma in the grand march from Vertieres On Saturday, March 7, 2015, the United States united as one celebrated the 50th anniversary of the March from Selma to Montgomery passing through the Edmond Pettus Bridge, where on a bloody Sunday of March 7, 1965, some 600 marchers were met with clubs and tear gas by the state police.

Commentary: The View from Europe: The Summit of the Americas and Venezuela

March 21, 2015
Commentary: The View from Europe: The Summit of the Americas and Venezuela In a few weeks time President Obama will make a one day visit to Jamaica. There, in addition to a number of relatively brief national encounters, he will meet with Caribbean Community (CARICOM) heads of government. This summit is a belated follow up to a promise the US president made in April 2009.

Commentary: Intellectual discussion about the Grenada revolution is a waste of time

March 21, 2015
Commentary: Intellectual discussion about the Grenada revolution is a waste of time It is impossible for the younger generation of Grenadians to know the true story about the Grenada revolution because the same group of people who took full control of the revolution after March 13, 1979, until its demise on October 19, 1983, are the ones today holding intellectual discussions...

Commentary: Israel votes to become more like (old) Apartheid South Africa

March 20, 2015
Commentary: Israel votes to become more like (old) Apartheid South Africa Tuesday’s Election Day in Israel was full of surprises; none more so than the desperate declarations and exhortations Bibi Netanyahu made to get his supporters to the polls. For he not only declared that there will never be a Palestinian state as long as he’s prime minister...

Commentary: Vanuatu and Tuvalu - inadequate response to human suffering

March 20, 2015
Commentary: Vanuatu and Tuvalu - inadequate response to human suffering People on the East Coast of the United States and the Caribbean should consider how best they might lend a helping hand to the people of the islands of Tuvalu and Vanuatu in the Pacific whose lives have been shattered by Cyclone Pam that struck them on the night of March 13.

Commentary: The high rate of crime and increasing your chances of survival

March 20, 2015
Commentary: The high rate of crime and increasing your chances of survival The high crime rate has all of us concerned about our safety and well being; it seems hopeless! You, your family and staff are not immune to these troubling times. However, we must not allow the current trend of events to cause panic and insecurity, thus we must develop strategy and tactics.

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