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Commentary: EU calling Greece's bluff ... finally

July 3, 2015
Commentary: EU calling Greece's bluff ... finally Alas, the delusional hubris of the Greeks is such that they are convinced: • that keeping Greece in the EU is far more important to Europeans than it is to them; and (perhaps banking on Greece’s acclaim as the cradle of civilization) • that there’s no end to the financial sacrifices Europeans will endure...

Commentary: The Commonwealth's future - Part 2

July 3, 2015
Commentary: The Commonwealth's future - Part 2 In 2009, recognising the dangers to the grouping, Commonwealth heads of government at their meeting in Trinidad and Tobago instructed that an Eminent Persons Group (EPG) be established to inquire into the association and provide a report to their 2011 meeting in Australia. I was a member...

Editorial: Demeaning the Commonwealth

July 2, 2015
Editorial: Demeaning the Commonwealth Caribbean News Now has been inundated with propaganda pieces on behalf of Baroness Patricia Scotland, a sitting member of the British Parliament, who, in the convenient appearance of a Dominican national, is opportunistically running for the post of Commonwealth secretary-general.

Commentary: Leadership: What does it mean to you?

July 2, 2015
Commentary: Leadership: What does it mean to you? The big "L" word is being tossed around more violently than two puppies thrashing around their favourite chew toy. For some reason, the word leadership is being uttered on just about every street corner, on every talk show, every household I visit and used in virtually every social media post.

Commentary: The missing outrage

July 2, 2015
Commentary: The missing outrage Looking in: During the month of June 2015, media outlets across world were extremely busy. Many stories and images ranged from terrorist attacks in France, Kuwait and in Tunisia, where over 30 British nationals were killed, to Greece's financial crisis threat to the global financial system.

Commentary: Ralph Gonsalves and the St Martin Emancipation Day lecture

July 1, 2015
Commentary: Ralph Gonsalves and the St Martin Emancipation Day lecture With apprehension and grave concern, I note the very suspicious entry of Mr Ralph Gonsalves, prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, into the debate on independence for the twin state of St Maarten/St Martin. My apprehension stems from the unwise selection of Mr Gonsalves as the...

Commentary: Gun violence and the Caribbean region

July 1, 2015
Commentary: Gun violence and the Caribbean region There is an urgent need for new initiatives against gun violence. When women and youth are fatally shot with such brutality, it raises serious concerns about the effectiveness of our crime-related policies. No citizen can feel safe within areas which are ridden with crime and other gang-related activities.

Commentary: The rise of invisible employment in St Vincent and the Grenadines

June 30, 2015
Commentary: The rise of invisible employment in St Vincent and the Grenadines “There are more people employed in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) today than in 2001.” These were the words of an equivocal government surrogate, who dispiritedly aired an impetuous view of the nation’s economic and unemployment conditions – an attempt, in my opinion, to sway the people.

Commentary: The legal fraternity and calypso fraternity: Political divisions in Grenada

June 30, 2015
Commentary: The legal fraternity and calypso fraternity: Political divisions in Grenada It seems as though Lloyd Noel has taken a sabbatical and is resting quietly somewhere in Grenada. However, as he is relaxing somewhere and we are not hearing from him, a political melee is still going on in Grenada. As a matter of fact, all kinds of political melee. In the legal fraternity and in the build up...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Robbing the poor to pay the rich

June 29, 2015
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Robbing the poor to pay the rich Although the concept was rolled out some time ago, the details were largely announced in a media conference that took place at the Museum Park in Miami last week. Never shy of dominating the global limelight, Sir Richard Branson announced that Virgin Cruises should have three brand new Italian...

Commentary: It's time for a democratic awakening in St Lucia

June 29, 2015
Commentary: It's time for a democratic awakening in St Lucia Archaic political ideology, facilitators that invent false choices and economic models that are responsible for inequality and instability towards the degeneration of society, are overdue for a democratic awakening. The principle consideration is finding the right combination rooted in community and a network of...

WICB directors meet in Barbados

June 29, 2015
WICB directors meet in Barbados BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The directors of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) gathered for a regularly-scheduled, quarterly directors meeting on Friday and Saturday in Barbados. The following decisions were taken: Future Tours Programme The West Indies team will take part in a three-nation series...

Commentary: The View from Europe: Education innovation and the future

June 27, 2015
Commentary: The View from Europe: Education innovation and the future For many years now, the Caribbean has been able to cultivate a generally positive image of high literacy levels and academic achievement. It has given the world Nobel laureates and has demonstrated a capacity for intellectual rigour and debate that makes it among the more interesting regions of the world.

Commentary: Montserrat remains a land that has not lost touch with its most endearing qualities

June 27, 2015
Commentary: Montserrat remains a land that has not lost touch with its most endearing qualities Resilience in the face of tragedy is an admirable quality. The people of Montserrat, in their collective entirety, throughout these past 20 years of volcanic discourse, have often been described as such – resilient. On June 25, 1997, 19 lives were lost as a direct result of the volcanic devastation that has...

Commentary: UN peacekeepers preying on helpless Haitians? Yes

June 26, 2015
Commentary: UN peacekeepers preying on helpless Haitians? Yes There have been many reports over the years on peacekeepers standing by and watching warring factions kill each other – as they did, to the UN’s eternal shame, in Rwanda. There have not been nearly as many reports, however, on peacekeepers exacerbating the scourge of civil strife by preying on people...

Commentary: The Commonwealth's future - Part 1

June 26, 2015
Commentary: The Commonwealth's future - Part 1 Questioning the relevance and value of the Commonwealth of Nations is nothing new – for such has occurred ever since the modern Commonwealth was created in 1949. However, doubts have intensified in recent time about the voluntary association of now 53 countries. Claims are repeatedly made that...

Commentary: How much do you love your country?

June 25, 2015
Commentary: How much do you love your country? Times are dark. The saying goes: "Tings red!" But, while things are challenging, does it necessarily mean that everything must be complained about and one must be upset every living day of one's life? Certainly not. So, how does one shake off that miasmal thinking of ubiquitous melancholy and pervasive...

Commentary: Bermuda rallies around the West Indies

June 25, 2015
Commentary: Bermuda rallies around the West Indies Bermuda Carnival. Carnival time in Bermuda. Hmm. I never thought I would ever hear those two words together. Almost like saying Bermuda Snow or snow in Bermuda. For many, many moons, in the typical British colonial philosophy of “divide and conquer,” Bermudians were told that we should have...

Commentary: Mass Confusion: Full citizenship or honorary citizenship for the Garinagu

June 24, 2015
Commentary: Mass Confusion: Full citizenship or honorary citizenship for the Garinagu When, in New York, after several conference calls, Mr Arnhim Eustace used the term honorary citizenship to describe his response to the Garifuna issues that had been put before him, I was absolutely bowled over by the concept he had suddenly, without warning, introduced. The bells immediately began...

Commentary: Grenada's Electricity Supply Act 2015

June 24, 2015
Commentary: Grenada's Electricity Supply Act 2015 What are the stated purposes of the proposed Electricity Supply Act? A. Reduction of the percentage of fossil fuel (diesel fired) generation with benefits of • reduced foreign exchange expenditure per unit of electricity produced • a reduction in the quantity of carbon dioxide gas originating from...

Commentary: Understanding US action in the Caribbean

June 23, 2015
Commentary: Understanding US action in the Caribbean The dramatic state of events in Trinidad and Tobago is now a part of a world that is more connected and aware of the ease, access and influence associated with the resulting proliferation of Jack Warner’s indictment by US authorities. Meanwhile, many are probably in reflection is there more to come.

Commentary: Implement bullying intervention programs in Caribbean schools

June 23, 2015
Commentary: Implement bullying intervention programs in Caribbean schools The Caribbean Mentorship Institute expresses condolences to the families of the young Moesha Primus of St Vincent. Bullying is a serious violation against a child’s right to live in a safe and violence-free environment. The Institute, which has embarked on a number of pilot training programs across the Caribbean...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: This makes absolutely no economic sense

June 22, 2015
Commentary: Tourism Matters: This makes absolutely no economic sense I had hoped to dedicate this week’s column to the new measures put in place announced in the 2015 budget to stimulate spending, especially in the tourism sector. Unless I missed something while trawling through the 57 pages, not a single ‘incentive’ has been announced that would be likely to...

Commentary: Denying Garifuna people SVG citizenship will be difficult to justify

June 22, 2015
Commentary: Denying Garifuna people SVG citizenship will be difficult to justify Centuries before Christopher Columbus came to this part of the world in 1492 and changed the name of our nation from “Yurumein” (meaning blessed land) to St Vincent, our people the Kalinagu and the Galinagu lived in peace and harmony among themselves and with their government.

Commentary: To my brothers and sisters of the Caribbean News Now community

June 20, 2015
Commentary: To my brothers and sisters of the Caribbean News Now community I call you brothers and sisters because I have been with you for the past ten years. Having obtained my baccalaureate in Haiti in Law and International Affairs and later a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the School of Social Work in 1972, at Columbia University, I went on to earn a law degree.

The View from Europe: CARICOM's continuing support in border dispute essential

June 20, 2015
The View from Europe: CARICOM's continuing support in border dispute essential Every time that CARICOM heads of government meet, they include language in their final communiqué on the Guyana-Venezuela border dispute. However, at their encounter next month in Barbados the matter will no longer be about a dormant claim, but one that has come alive and is potentially dangerous.

Commentary: This morning, hundreds of thousands in the Dominican Republic woke up stateless

June 20, 2015
Commentary: This morning, hundreds of thousands in the Dominican Republic woke up stateless Beginning this week, the Dominican Republic government will move forward with the deportation of an estimated 210,000 allegedly Haitian refugees living in the Dominican Republic (DR). A large majority of them have lived in the Dominican Republic for generations, have never visited Haiti or spoken Creole.

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