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Commentary: A prayer for Jimmy Carter

September 4, 2015
Commentary: A prayer for Jimmy Carter You are probably aware that former President Jimmy Carter is being treated for brain cancer. This is clearly a very grave development. My thoughts and prayers are with him for a speedy recovery, which admittedly might be expecting too much of this 90-year-old do-gooder. Not to mention that it seems...

Commentary: Militant Pacific islands ready to fight

September 4, 2015
Commentary: Militant Pacific islands ready to fight The island-states of the Pacific are outraged at what they regard as indifference by industrialised countries of the effects of climate change on their survival and, in some cases, their very existence. Meeting in Fiji at the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) in early September, heads of government...

Commentary: The cost of disaster relief

September 3, 2015
Commentary: The cost of disaster relief The overwhelming loss of life and destruction wrought on the Caribbean island of Dominica by Tropical Storm Erika is utterly heart wrenching and would I like to convey my sincere condolences to the people of Dominica. Many years of reconstruction lie ahead at a towering cost and likewise the...

Commentary: Getting the job done for Bermuda

September 3, 2015
Commentary: Getting the job done for Bermuda I am amazed at the capacity of a well-intentioned legislature to do good things for the people it serves. The just-finished summer sitting of the Bermuda Parliament is a good example of what I’m talking about. In the weeks since it began in mid-May, MPs, senators, ministers and civil servants have...

Commentary: Facebook: Of good or of evil?

September 2, 2015
Commentary: Facebook: Of good or of evil? Back in 1998 I used ICQ for live chat with my family whilst I studied overseas and, at that time, Yahoo Mail replaced the post office. I was grateful for the technology; it was good enough for me; and then came Facebook. Of course like thousands of others, in or about 2012, I would open a Facebook account.

Commentary: The Temptations: 'Ball of Confusion'

September 2, 2015
Commentary: The Temptations: 'Ball of Confusion' I remember well, as I am sure many others of my generation do, that great singing group, The Temptations. Among their many hit songs, is their circa 1970 “Ball of Confusion (That's What The World Is Today)", reaching number two on the US R&B charts. Go here if you want to see the lyrics of the...

Commentary: Garifuna Nation is the best last hope for all Garifuna people

September 1, 2015
Commentary: Garifuna Nation is the best last hope for all Garifuna people The Garifuna people live in the countries of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Belize and the United States of America. It is estimated that this nation, as described by the United Nations, numbers about 700,000 people living in all these countries. Due to their resistance...

Commentary: Building a Bermuda that works for Bermudians

September 1, 2015
Commentary: Building a Bermuda that works for Bermudians To build a Bermuda that works for Bermudians, we must face and deal with one simple fact; racial inequity is holding Bermuda back from reaching our full potential. The systemic marginalization of black Bermudians has significantly contributed to disparities in access to higher education, hiring, career...

Commentary: Some notes on the proposed Caribbean patent convention and regional stasis

August 31, 2015
Commentary: Some notes on the proposed Caribbean patent convention and regional stasis The creation of the Caribbean Patent Convention under the auspices of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is a long awaited and most welcome development towards the harmonization of intellectual property laws in the region. Even more importantly, it is an indication that CARICOM leadership...

Commentary: Puerto Rico: The financial implications of dependency

August 31, 2015
Commentary: Puerto Rico: The financial implications of dependency On Monday, August 3, Puerto Rico’s Public Finance Corporation defaulted on a $58 million USD bond payment, the island’s first debt nonpayment in its 117 years as a US territory. Puerto Rican Governor Alejandro García Padilla has called the $72 billion USD debt “not payable". A report by former IMF economist...

Commentary: The View from Europe: Improving the Dominican Republic-CARICOM relationship

August 29, 2015
Commentary: The View from Europe: Improving the Dominican Republic-CARICOM relationship Mutual incomprehension perhaps best sums up the way in which the Anglophone Caribbean and the Dominican Republic presently regard one another. Although in recent months the focus has been on the complex concerns surrounding Haitian migration and residence, the regional divide has much...

Commentary: My word is my bond, I hope PM Mitchell's is!

August 29, 2015
Commentary: My word is my bond, I hope PM Mitchell's is! As an international crime reduction consultant, I have had my finger on the pulse of crime in the Caribbean for the past decade or so and have responded to address the root causes and consequences of this societal plague that has held many Caribbean islands in its chokehold. On November 1, 2012...

Commentary: Media frenzy over Hillary's emails missing the point

August 28, 2015
Commentary: Media frenzy over Hillary's emails missing the point Trust me folks, 99 percent of what reporters and pundits are feeding you about this scandal has more to do with national politics than national security. After all, nobody in her right mind believes that Hillary intentionally compromised national security (e.g., the way General David Petraeus did).

Commentary: The curious politics of disadvantaging your own

August 28, 2015
Commentary: The curious politics of disadvantaging your own Barack Obama will not get the credit he deserves for his sensible and sometimes visionary presidency of the United States of America. At least not in the life of his tenure. But he has done remarkable things. Two of them are ending the diplomatic impasse with Cuba and ending the isolation of Iran.

Commentary: The secret agenda behind the Venezuela-Guyana conflict

August 27, 2015
Commentary: The secret agenda behind the Venezuela-Guyana conflict It all began in 1835 when the British Empire sent a German-born naturalist and explorer to conduct geographical research in the South American territory it had colonized and named British Guiana. In the course of his explorations, a map was drawn that well-exceeded the original western boundary.

Commentary: Grenada Constitutional Reform: A one-sided affair

August 26, 2015
Commentary: Grenada Constitutional Reform: A one-sided affair The greatest critique and regret about the institutionalization of Grenada’s February 1974 independence constitution surround the mode and mood by which this was done. The epoch was marked by darkness on every front, throughout Grenada; and this darkness presents a sharp contrast to the manner...

Commentary: The Grenada development agenda

August 25, 2015
Commentary: The Grenada development agenda Much of the following would be revolutionary for Grenada. If you find yourself saying that cannot be done, then think again! Agriculture – get farm productivity on the road with a goal to produce food for 400,000 people – with 75% being exported. (Present production is enough for 30,000 people.)

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Do we have a right to know?

August 24, 2015
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Do we have a right to know? Frankly, I have employed extraordinary restraint in commenting on the subject of LIAT, because at the end of the day I feel that, until the politics are completely taken out of the airline and it is operated in a purely commercial environment, then the carrier has no long term future without massive taxpayer subsidies.

Commentary: My views on the Belize-Guatemala issue

August 24, 2015
Commentary: My views on the Belize-Guatemala issue The Guatemalan claim to Belize, like all the claims that exist among the countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, has its roots in the Treaty of Tordesillas that was signed between Spain and Portugal in 1493 and approved by the then Catholic Pope Alexander the VI of Spain. Neither Spain, Portugal nor...

Commentary: The View from Europe: Will Cuba's gain cause the region pain?

August 22, 2015
Commentary: The View from Europe: Will Cuba's gain cause the region pain? One of the Caribbean tourism industry’s greatest concerns may be about to materialise: US citizens being allowed to travel to Cuba on an individual basis. At present it is only possible for most US passport holders to visit Cuba for one of twelve specified purposes through a tour operator holding...

Commentary: The passing chance for a better Haiti

August 22, 2015
Commentary: The passing chance for a better Haiti Haiti has conducted this summer of 2015 a huge election process that includes a president, senators, all the legislators all the mayors and all the rural sheriffs; on August 9 for the senators and the legislators and on October 25 for the president, the mayors and the rural counties' sheriffs.

Commentary: Hail Jeremy Corbyn, the Bernie Sanders of British politics

August 21, 2015
Commentary: Hail Jeremy Corbyn, the Bernie Sanders of British politics It’s hardly surprising that the US media are providing obsessive coverage of Donald Trump’s egocentric campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. After all, nothing attracts today’s ratings-driven media quite like a freak show or impending doom. Trump’s campaign offers both.

Commentary: CARICOM: A collective bargaining unit for rights

August 21, 2015
Commentary: CARICOM: A collective bargaining unit for rights The Caribbean regional integration project is often described and criticised almost entirely on the uneven benefits of trade to member countries. But, important as it is, there is more to the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM) than trade. While the failure to progress the CARICOM Single Market...

Commentary: In a democracy it is the people that have the power and not the politicians

August 20, 2015
Commentary: In a democracy it is the people that have the power and not the politicians In my study and teachings of political science it is always made clear that, in a democracy, it is the people that have the power and not the politicians. This is very important for all aspiring politicians to keep in mind before they seek public office. I would also advise them not only to keep this basic...

Commentary: Stars, stripes and status quo: US flag raised in Havana

August 20, 2015
Commentary: Stars, stripes and status quo: US flag raised in Havana On January 3, 1961, three United States marines stepped outside the Cuban Embassy in Havana to lower the American flag. This act carried momentous implications. The flag was never raised again. Earlier that day, President Dwight Eisenhower officially closed the embassy and cut formal...

Editorial: The new Dominican Republican Party

August 19, 2015
Editorial: The new Dominican Republican Party In 2013, a Dominican constitutional court ruling stripped the citizenship of children born to Haitian immigrants in the Dominican Republic as far back as 1929, retroactively leaving tens of thousands without citizenship. A series of legal changes since 2004 eliminated the concept of birthright citizenship.

Commentary: Science, education and development

August 19, 2015
Commentary: Science, education and development You wanna grow some chicken to eat? Just buy a few day-old chicks, some wheat and mash, build a chicken house and you're good to go -- isn't that how you do it? Well not quite. We're no longer in the Middle Ages nor the 18th or 19th centuries. And the world is a lot more competitive and it’s compete...

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