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Commentary: Humping Trump exposes news anchormen as worse than used car salesmen

May 6, 2016
Commentary: Humping Trump exposes news anchormen as worse than used car salesmen These days, news anchormen serve as little more than hosts of reality TV shows masquerading as news programs. Their programming mantra -- “if it bleeds, it leads” -- used to reflect reporting on an increasingly violent society. Now it reflects reporting on anything that outrages...

Commentary: New energy needed in the Caribbean

May 6, 2016
Commentary: New energy needed in the Caribbean The transformation of the energy sector in Caribbean countries is the key to improving the economies of all of them. Sustainably cheaper energy supplies for tourism, manufacturing, transportation and agriculture would contribute significantly to reduced costs in each of these sectors.

Commentary: The n-word a curse in the United States, yet a badge of honour in Haiti!

May 6, 2016
Commentary: The n-word a curse in the United States, yet a badge of honour in Haiti! At the annual roasting of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner hosted by the president of the United States, Larry Wilmore, the guest host, pounding his fist to his chest used the n-word to congratulate President Obama on a job well done: “You did it, my nigga.”  He might have offended...

Commentary: Belize belongs to Belizeans

May 5, 2016
Commentary: Belize belongs to Belizeans 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 VI of Spain.

Commentary: Haiti's leaders wallowing in moral morass

May 5, 2016
Commentary: Haiti's leaders wallowing in moral morass Every day international observers are calling for elections in Haiti. The US is regularly threatening Haiti that, if it does not hold elections, then there will be no more aid. The same applies to many other international organizations. But what these organizations do not know is that...

Commentary: Credit rating agencies and congress throw Puerto Rico under the bus

May 4, 2016
Commentary: Credit rating agencies and congress throw Puerto Rico under the bus Once again we are faced with one inevitable truth. Our legislators protect Wall Street, not us. The municipal bond market is approximately $4.2 trillion dollars. Municipal bonds are a favourite of retired Americans and senior citizens for their double tax free income. Some 80% of the bonds...

Commentary: The UN Paris Climate Change Agreement: One world, one climate?

May 4, 2016
Commentary: The UN Paris Climate Change Agreement: One world, one climate? The United Nations Paris climate agreement was signed in New York last weekend. A turning point in reducing global warming was ushered. The world is now on track to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to well below 2°C. But there are many gaps and caveats.

Commentary: May Day 2016: No gods, no masters

May 4, 2016
Commentary: May Day 2016: No gods, no masters Each year, as we join millions across the world to celebrate the victories of workers, our own Freedom Day remains still fresh in our minds. On May Day, we remember that the workers' flag is not red simply by accident or for artistic reasons. As the traditional Labour song goes...

Editorial: Belize, Guyana and the Iron Lady

May 3, 2016
Editorial: Belize, Guyana and the Iron Lady Following the recent shooting incident on the Belize-Guatemala border and the subsequent buildup of Guatemalan troops in the area, Amandala (described as Belize’s leading newspaper) published a scathing editorial, highly critical of the perceived passivity of the government in Belmopan.

Commentary: Games of passion misfire in St Lucia

May 3, 2016
Commentary: Games of passion misfire in St Lucia On account of political passion openly bluffing Saint Lucians towards the abyss, it is important to submit preferred systems capable of defining 21st century competence. Further, let alone the sincerity, it is reasonable to ask: when will the government of Saint Lucia take steps to hold...

Commentary: Old kaiso bards retiring

May 3, 2016
Commentary: Old kaiso bards retiring In recent times some of the old kaiso bards and true, true badjohns in kaiso have experienced ill health and have had to be hospitalized. Even so, as one of them sang, “old age have no remedy’’. We have to appreciate that they are not young anymore. In the last few years the king of them all...

Commentary: Redirecting the Panama Papers

May 3, 2016
Commentary: Redirecting the Panama Papers The Panama Papers, the historic massive leak of documents exposing potential tax evasion and misuse of financial accounts, struck the entire globe this past April 4. The world turned its attention on the Panamanian law firm involved, Mossack Fonseca. In a blink of an eye, Panama was in...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Nothing would be the same ever again

May 2, 2016
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Nothing would be the same ever again With a little more time on my hands, I have been reflecting on my early days in tourism. While in Canada, over 40 years ago, working for a travel agency, I was tempted by an advertisement that appeared in the British Sunday Times and placed by one of the early pioneers in the European...

Commentary: Former Grenada PRG comrades must stay away from frontline politics

May 2, 2016
Commentary: Former Grenada PRG comrades must stay away from frontline politics My biggest problem with most educated Grenadians who were part of the leadership within the People’s Revolutionary Government (PRG) is that they still believe that they still have the right to control other people’s views and opinion about the revolution. Personally, I do not have any fear or...

Commentary: Balancing the interests of foreign investors against the national interests of SVG - Part 2

May 2, 2016
Commentary: Balancing the interests of foreign investors against the national interests of SVG - Part 2 There is no shortage of disincentives to stymie the lives of ordinary Vincentians. Kingstown is taken over by Syrians and Chinese retailers who are happy to take consumer money in exchange for inferior goods while treating them as inferior beings and thieves. The lawyers are running amok.

Commentary: The View from Europe: Renewing the US relationship

April 30, 2016
Commentary: The View from Europe: Renewing the US relationship A few days ago the US House Foreign Affairs Committee unanimously agreed a draft bi-partisan bill that seeks to have the administration give greater priority to the US-Caribbean relationship. The legislation, The United States-Caribbean Strategic Engagement Act of 2016...

Commentary: What does the Dominican Republic want?

April 30, 2016
Commentary: What does the Dominican Republic want? I recently asked that question in a forum hosted by the Bi-national Observatory for Migration, Media, Education and Commerce in Port au Prince. The answer was brushed aside by those in attendance at this important colloquium on how to dynamite commerce and industry between the...

Commentary: I believe the children are our present!

April 30, 2016
Commentary: I believe the children are our present! In 1985, singer extraordinaire Whitney Houston topped the R&B charts in Australia, Canada and the US with her cover song “The Greatest Love of All” while making it to the top 20 on charts across Europe. Written by Michael Masser in 1977 and performed by the most phenomenal...

Commentary: Tubman, Truth, and MLK on currency is fine. But what about Douglass? And remember Geronimo?

April 29, 2016
Commentary: Tubman, Truth, and MLK on currency is fine. But what about Douglass? And remember Geronimo? The US Treasury Department announced Wednesday that women will feature prominently in new designs for the $20, $10, and $5 bills. Here, according to the April 20 edition of the New York Times, are the proposed changes: Front of the $20 bill: Harriet Tubman. Back of the $10 bill...

Commentary: A world according to Trump

April 29, 2016
Commentary: A world according to Trump Donald Trump’s foreign policy speech on April 27 did not once mention the Caribbean. The Caribbean should be grateful or there might have been a price tag for his attention. He did say, after all, that: “The countries we are defending must pay for the cost of this defense – and, if not, the US must...

Commentary: The canal stuck in a quagmire

April 29, 2016
Commentary: The canal stuck in a quagmire On July 7, 2014, the Hong Kong Nicaragua Development Group (HKND) announced the approval of a plan to build a canal linking the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans through Nicaragua, roughly 100 years after the United States completed the Panama Canal. The Nicaraguan enterprise...

Commentary: Why the US Treasury wants to save Puerto Rico

April 28, 2016
Commentary: Why the US Treasury wants to save Puerto Rico It appears that the Treasury Department is deploying all its most trusted advisors on an all out push to convince Congress to save Puerto Rico and for good reason. You see, the Puerto Rico financial crisis was started by Treasury Secretary Lew and his Treasury associates.

Commentary: The reason why I don't care if Donald Trump beats Hillary Clinton

April 28, 2016
Commentary: The reason why I don't care if Donald Trump beats Hillary Clinton Whenever Caribbean people ask me if I am concerned about Donald Trump becoming the next American president, I always tell them it does not matter to me, whether it is Hillary Clinton or Mr Trump, the American capitalist system of government will remain the same. However, I observe...

Commentary: Another Jesus moment?

April 27, 2016
Commentary: Another Jesus moment? Bernie Sanders dared to take on his fellow Jews in defence of the Palestinian people; something no other American, or any other western leader or politician has dared to do in such manner – at least openly. Not now, not ever! “Criticism of Israel and promotion of Palestinian rights...

Commentary: Kerry's diplomacy for betterment of mankind

April 27, 2016
Commentary: Kerry's diplomacy for betterment of mankind The job description for every Secretary of State in the United States is set by his/her boss; the president. The policy positions will be taken at cabinet level with the president setting the tone of the discussion and ultimately saying, “yea” or “nay”. Once the policy is established it is up to the...

Commentary: The bluff is on in St Lucia

April 26, 2016
Commentary: The bluff is on in St Lucia Let’s not forget: “A mind is a terrible thing to waste but a wonderful thing to invest in.” ~ Kiran Aditham. It plays an important role in every aspect of life and should be guarded from evasive species.  Stumping on the Castries Market steps, Prime Minister Kenny Anthony emphasized that...

Commentary: LIAT Airlines, taxes and Caribbean tourism

April 26, 2016
Commentary: LIAT Airlines, taxes and Caribbean tourism LIAT Airlines has been a vital factor in the commercial and tourism lifeblood of the Caribbean for decades. However, the company has now had three CEOs and two acting CEOs in the last seven years, evidence of LIAT’s challenges. Commentary on its unfathomable financial strategy...

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