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Commentary: The curse of success

January 31, 2015
Commentary: The curse of success I was pondering recently about a Haiti where prosperity would be the lot of most; it then came to mind that prosperity has a cost. Ask any dweller in the rich enclave of Kenscoff-Petionville, where the nooks of the mountains surrounding Port au Prince hide some of the most impressing villas that would put...

Commentary: The View from Europe: Caribbean energy security

January 31, 2015
Commentary: The View from Europe: Caribbean energy security A few days ago, the vice president of the United States, Joe Biden, met with Caribbean leaders in Washington to discuss the region’s long term approach to energy security. The meeting, displaced from Miami by the Miss Universe pageant, which had made January 26 a no go date for hotel rooms there...

Commentary: Guyana: The critical Muslim vote: Race and democracy

January 31, 2015
Commentary: Guyana: The critical Muslim vote: Race and democracy The Muslim minority of Sri Lanka’s electoral power was instrumental in the removal of the autocratic government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa who was accused of human rights abuse, intimidation of the press and disregard for minority rights in that country. With the announcement of...

Commentary: Tiger's back! But he's brown, not black...?

January 30, 2015
Commentary: Tiger's back! But he's brown, not black...? Trying to get coverage of any sports event during Super Bowl Media Day is about as futile as trying to get ratings for any TV show during the Super Bowl game itself. That is, unless you’re Tiger Woods. Traditional fans got their panties in a twist yesterday because I insinuated (in a commentary on...

Commentary: The unhelpful geopolitics of energy in the Caribbean

January 30, 2015
Commentary: The unhelpful geopolitics of energy in the Caribbean US commentators are predicting the death of PetroCaribe, the Venezuelan oil initiative in the Caribbean, and the ascendancy of United States as the dominant player in the region’s geopolitics. Predictions of the death of Petro Caribe may be premature, and the US would have to do a lot of work...

Commentary: Monitoring the progress of our soca bards

January 29, 2015
Commentary: Monitoring the progress of our soca bards It is the beginning of the Carnival cycle again with February mas’ in the Mecca – Trinidad and Tobago; and also much smaller Carnivals in Dominica and Carriacou. These Carnivals mark the commencement for the year of what I refer to as the “Trini-style Carnivals” around the world.

Commentary: Stakeholder groups stand with Trinidad and Tobago PM

January 29, 2015
Commentary: Stakeholder groups stand with Trinidad and Tobago PM Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar walked the talk last week on the promise of consultation, and met with leaders of the business community, stakeholders in the energy sector and 17 trade unions, including the Public Services Association (PSA), which represents the majority of workers in the public service.

Commentary: Intellectual argument and mob rule culture cannot reform Grenada

January 28, 2015
Commentary: Intellectual argument and mob rule culture cannot reform Grenada Not too many Grenadians who write articles and letters to newspapers are interested in the third ideas of reasoning and expressing their opinion on sensitive issues. The vast majority of them tend to hold on to a particular political lineage because they are cowards and they are afraid of rejection.

Commentary: Human trafficking: The curse of modern civilization?

January 28, 2015
Commentary: Human trafficking: The curse of modern civilization? The most brazen and notorious crime of modern civilization is human trafficking. It is the brutal curse of human society. It is the loud roar of a speechless obloquy. It is a gross infringement of human rights and dignity, yet human trafficking continues to be applauded with a sacred guilt among aristocrats and...

Commentary: Between independence or disappearance: The Organization of American States

January 28, 2015
Commentary: Between independence or disappearance: The Organization of American States On December 12, 2014, the permanent council of the Organization of American States (OAS) decided that a new Secretary General and Assistant Secretary General are to be elected on March 18, 2015. This will be the first time that these elections will be held simultaneously, and will mean...

Commentary: Law and Politics: The waiting game is ongoing

January 27, 2015
Commentary: Law and Politics: The waiting game is ongoing We have now almost past the two-year date since that clean-sweep victory at the polls in February 2013 – and from all appearances and the administrative silence from the corridors of powers, nothing of any concrete substance seem to be taking place in any area. The party in complete control...

Commentary: In going for the whole hog, we may end up losing the whole hog

January 27, 2015
Commentary: In going for the whole hog, we may end up losing the whole hog Since my last article, there have been some very energetic discussions, particularly on social media about the composition of the much touted all-opposition pre-election coalition, especially the AFC-Nagamootoo-led ticket. Nuff respect to the debaters. Those who thought I was being "racist" by...

Commentary: Sex, lies and videotape: Going viral and the consequences! (with video)

January 27, 2015
Commentary: Sex, lies and videotape: Going viral and the consequences! (with video) I typically don't make a habit of posting social commentary unless it has something of value that I can spin off from a social study or into one. Particularly when Rome is burning, commenting on the lack of water for the plants seems to be inconsequential and putting other more substantive matters...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: A very fine balancing act

January 26, 2015
Commentary: Tourism Matters: A very fine balancing act According to a recent TravelMole article, British travel agents are reporting “exceptional” days of trading so far this month. Some say forward bookings are up as much as “30-50 percent” over the same period last year and that a third of summer holidays currently being offered in 2015 will be sold during...

Commentary: If you profess it, then possess it!

January 26, 2015
Commentary: If you profess it, then possess it! The term sanctuary is used predominantly today as a noun, referring to a large so-called “holy” open-concept room where weekly worship occurs. However, sanctuary was anciently used as a verb to describe an action of giving protective immunity to a criminal or person in trouble who was...

Commentary: A wake-up call for Grenada

January 26, 2015
Commentary: A wake-up call for Grenada The recent tragic accident in St Vincent and the Grenadines, where five students perished and others are still missing in the choppy waters of Kamacrou should not only be a concern for the people of St Vincent and the Grenadines but should also be of serious concern and a wakeup call to Grenada.

Commentary: Advice to the youth

January 24, 2015
Commentary: Advice to the youth Having both of my mother and father reaching and dying beyond their centenary, I can without being presumptuous offer some advices to the youth so their lives can be as long and as rewarding: Be reverent to God, to the family and to the nation. Some people take pleasure in advancing the...

Commentary: The View from Europe: China seeks a greater role in the Americas - Part 2

January 24, 2015
Commentary: The View from Europe: China seeks a greater role in the Americas - Part 2 A few days ago, Dong Xiaojun, the Chinese ambassador in Jamaica, wrote a commentary on the recent meetings held in Beijing between China and the foreign ministers of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC); the political grouping that includes all of the nations in...

Commentary: Bermuda's connection to Jamaica

January 24, 2015
Commentary:  Bermuda's connection to Jamaica Bermuda has had a long-standing relationship and connection with Jamaica for over a century. Many Jamaicans first came to Bermuda in the early 1900s as skilled labourers who built the Dockyard area alongside other Bermudians and Caribbean workers. Many of the original parts of Dockyard...

Commentary: From Washington to Davos, calls to stop rich getting richer just hot air

January 23, 2015
Commentary: From Washington to Davos, calls to stop rich getting richer just hot air People have been sounding alarms about the rich getting richer (and the poor getting poorer) for over 150 years. In fact, A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents, Vol. 2, quotes no less a person than former president Andrew Jackson invoking this aphorism way back in 1832.

Commentary: Does Caribbean integration have practical value? Astute reflections of Owen Arthur

January 23, 2015
Commentary: Does Caribbean integration have practical value? Astute reflections of Owen Arthur There is no doubt about the passion of Owen Arthur, one of the Caribbean’s foremost economists and thinkers, for the economic integration of the region. As the prime minister of Barbados and the member of the Bureau of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) responsible for...

Commentary: Charlie Hebdo affair: Not really about 'freedom of speech'

January 23, 2015
Commentary: Charlie Hebdo affair: Not really about 'freedom of speech' The Charlie Hebdo shooting in France has been, quite rightly, widely condemned. Some jihadist groups, however, including the Islamic State (IS) and Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), have celebrated it as an inevitable backlash, in a broad sense, to the West’s violence and neo-colonialist...

Commentary: The oil is falling, the oil is falling! (with audio)

January 22, 2015
Commentary: The oil is falling, the oil is falling! (with audio) Oil prices are dropping dramatically. Something that consumers have been waiting on: lower prices at the pump in addition to lower energy costs. But, the recent drop in oil prices has been met with fears and concerns by financial and economic pundits, crying that the end is near and the world...

Commentary: Time to end this 'Third World War'

January 22, 2015
Commentary: Time to end this 'Third World War' I have argued for many years that what is referred ‎to as the First and Second World Wars were essentially “European civil wars”. Granted, that the major European powers had colonies outside of the European continent and – to some extent – the “subjects” in these colonies got involved in one way or the other.

Commentary: Panama cries for justice

January 22, 2015
Commentary: Panama cries for justice The United States has started the process of reconciliation with Cuba in an atmosphere of vast goodwill and a huge dosage of optimism. Surprisingly, very little opposition has been encountered. Eventually American retirees and travelers will be seeking inexpensive living, untouched beaches, and...

Commentary: Copa Airlines and the Guyana, Suriname aviation market

January 21, 2015
Commentary: Copa Airlines and the Guyana, Suriname aviation market With few airlines only servicing the Guyanas, Copa Airlines of Panama, the only global carrier that flies to Guyana, is looking to connect the Guyanas with the world via its Panama City hub. Moreover, the carrier is interested in the Suriname market and it’s only a matter of time before it adds Paramaribo.

Commentary: Bermuda's connection with St Kitts

January 21, 2015
Commentary: Bermuda's connection with St Kitts Last January I had the opportunity to travel back to the land of one my great-grandfather’s birth. I went up into the hills from whence he was conceived and born. I shed a tear looking at the ruins of the former slave plantation my ancestors toiled and died enriching. I inhaled the smell of fresh sugar cane.

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