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Commentary: Theresa May and the shared society

January 18, 2017
Commentary: Theresa May and the shared society Many political leaders, on assuming governmental responsibilities, seek to refine and incorporate the ideas they campaigned on into a working philosophy which is intended to give the government a clear policy focus on which to formulate social and economic programmes, and give meaning...

Commentary: Abuse of process

January 18, 2017
Commentary: Abuse of process In January of 2012, I, Collister M. Fahie along with Jade Caines-Lewis and Tamarni Huggins, became victims of the “abuse of process”. We were arrested and incarcerated, allegedly for fraud, forgery, grand larceny, aiding and abetting, and submitting fraudulent documents on a public office.

Commentary: It's all about land

January 17, 2017
Commentary: It's all about land As 2016 breathed its last gasps of breath one might have expected that the New Year would be the one shining light at the end of the tunnel. That hope was soon dashed by what looms over the horizon for us in Anguilla. Already strapped by the results of a nonexistent economy, a government...

Commentary: Russia's US election meddling

January 17, 2017
Commentary: Russia's US election meddling The Americans are “hopping” mad, after the Russians have effectively implemented a regime change in their country. Well, to be more accurate, the US intelligence agencies have accused the Russian government – and, in particular, President Vladimir Putin – of giving a direct order to wage a cyber warfare...

Commentary: Benny King and the criminalization of addiction in America

January 17, 2017
Commentary: Benny King and the criminalization of addiction in America Benny King is a gregarious, good-hearted, God-fearing 53-year-old black man from Alabama who shouldn’t be in prison. But he is. Mr King is serving 14-months at the federal correctional institution in Jesup, Georgia, for violating conditions of his supervised release; conditions ordered as part of...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Airbnb takes yet another step

January 16, 2017
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Airbnb takes yet another step Airbnb has taken yet another step in its quest to broaden its influence beyond accommodations, according to a recent article in the industry news source, TravelMole. It has led a US$13 million funding round in the dining booking app Resy Network Inc., which values that company...

Commentary: St Lucia's finance minister: 400 horses, 800 persons employed...

January 16, 2017
Commentary: St Lucia's finance minister: 400 horses, 800 persons employed... Prime minister and minister for finance Allen Chastanet made mention at his press conference recently that 400 horses will be part of the initial phase of DSH Caribbean Star Limited racecourse on the island and that two persons will be employed to attend to each horse. He also indicated...

Commentary: Linton; holding the doo doo stick

January 16, 2017
Commentary: Linton; holding the doo doo stick The leader of Dominica’s opposition, Lennox Linton, went on CBS’s 60 Minutes to paint our CBI program and, by extension, the other programs in the OECS as mail order type programs. This was all CBS needed to paint our CBI program as a potential threat to the United States.

Commentary: The View from Europe: The real challenge of citizenship programmes

January 14, 2017
Commentary: The View from Europe: The real challenge of citizenship programmes A few days into the New Year, Saint Lucia’s prime minister, Allen Chastanet, suggested that all five of the Eastern Caribbean nations that sell citizenship by investment (CBI) should develop a joint approach through the OECS secretariat. His proposal, which is unlikely to be adopted, came amid...

Commentary: Seven things Jamaica should do to increase its creative dominance in music, tourism and culture

January 14, 2017
Commentary: Seven things Jamaica should do to increase its creative dominance in music, tourism and culture Recently it was announced that Jamaica’s economy grew by two percent for the last quarter of 2016 and I was passing a security guard at a local supermarket who uttered, “I hope we get some of the two percent,” implying that he hopes to immediately benefit by way of his salary from the two...

Commentary: Capital punishment and justice

January 14, 2017
Commentary: Capital punishment and justice Opponents of capital punishment often put forward the proposition that it doesn't deter murder. That proposition is unproven. But more than that it disregards the reason for capital punishment persisting throughout history: the need for retributive justice. Inasmuch as a concern to prevent crime...

Commentary: Black Lives Matter... more to white cops than black thugs

January 13, 2017
Commentary: Black Lives Matter... more to white cops than black thugs Arguably, the defining feature of black America in recent years has been the eruption of street protests every time a cop killed a black man. In each case, protesters vented existential angst with chants of: Black Lives Matter! In fact, the spectre of white cops killing black men now...

Commentary: The end of 'wet foot-dry foot' - parting gift for whom?

January 13, 2017
Commentary: The end of 'wet foot-dry foot' - parting gift for whom? Tomas Regalado, the mayor of Miami – long a hotbed for Cuban exiles – has described as a “parting gift” the decision of the waning Obama administration to end the US ‘wet foot-dry foot’ policy toward Cubans seeking entry to the US. The question is: a parting gift to whom?

Commentary: The Trump transition team at the Department of State

January 13, 2017
Commentary: The Trump transition team at the Department of State Following the November 8 elections, and before Rex Tillerson’s pick as the new secretary of state on December 13, representatives of President-elect Trump’s transition team arrived at the Department of State to support preparations for the transition (according to address C 2016_11_124...

Commentary: Re-enslavement by another name: The 'expropriation' of St Lucian lands - Part 3

January 12, 2017
Commentary: Re-enslavement by another name: The 'expropriation' of St Lucian lands - Part 3 Many moons ago Sir John Compton’s mantra echoed – “Lucians, watch your bread.” But never in his wildest dreams would he have imagined Saint Lucians would be exploited in such a manner by the United Workers Party (UWP) and government he once led. This is, of course, actually regressive.

Commentary: Taking charge and navigating our lives

January 12, 2017
Commentary: Taking charge and navigating our lives Many of us live a life of cramped existence. We allow our environment to determine our thoughts and destiny, and so become caged in our circumstances. We won’t permit ourselves to transcend what surrounds us, even though evidence exists concerning another way we can live our lives.

Commentary: Bermuda: A police state

January 11, 2017
Commentary: Bermuda: A police state Contrary to the wishes of many, December 2, 2016, is a day that will never be erased from the psyche of any Bermudian or resident of Bermuda. No matter what perspective one takes, the events of that day will never be unseen. For anyone that was in the vicinity of the House of Parliament on...

Commentary: Bribery! Who rewards, who refuses and what are the payoffs?

January 11, 2017
Commentary: Bribery! Who rewards, who refuses and what are the payoffs? Not only is bribery an electoral offence, it is a sin! Remember when Christ, for 40 days and 40 nights was fasting and led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil? In modern political thought, the actions of the devil amount to bribery. Much attention must be paid to the way...

Commentary: Chronicles of a Chronic Caribbean Chronicler: Replace the Queen with Dwight Venner on the EC dollar!

January 10, 2017
Commentary: Chronicles of a Chronic Caribbean Chronicler: Replace the Queen with Dwight Venner on the EC dollar! I grew-up at Hospital Road in Castries in the 1960s and 70s, seeing Dwight Venner walking up and down, to and from his nearby family home, ‘going to town’ and returning from St Mary’s College, the island’s top Catholic school for boys. Much younger, I attended primary school. But from my...

Commentary: Belize must take a tougher stand against Guatemala

January 10, 2017
Commentary: Belize must take a tougher stand against Guatemala For the Guatemalan Congress to pass laws to have jurisdiction over our land, sea and territory is a gross violation of international law. We should tell the president and government of Guatemala to void the laws within 30 Days. Failure to act within this time period will result in our government...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: So what are the options?

January 9, 2017
Commentary: Tourism Matters: So what are the options? Five years later than planned, the Argyle International Airport in nearby St Vincent will officially open on 14th February 2017, at a quoted cost of EC$700 million (roughly US$260 million), including ‘in-kind contributions’. According to a radio interview with Glen Beache, former minister of tourism...

Commentary: Re-enslavement by another name: The 'expropriation' of St Lucian lands - Part 2

January 9, 2017
Commentary: Re-enslavement by another name: The 'expropriation' of St Lucian lands - Part 2 In the aftermath of the June 2016 general elections in Saint Lucia, the approach by the Allen Chastanet-led administration has been geared towards change, except is reality tells a far different story. Saint Lucia is blessed with Nobel laureates Sir Derek Walcott for literature and Sir Arthur Lewis for economics.

Commentary: The View from Europe: The US should respect the WTO ruling on Antigua

January 7, 2017
Commentary: The View from Europe: The US should respect the WTO ruling on Antigua Late last November, the government of Antigua gave notice to the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) Disputes Settlement Body (DSB) that, if the United States did not reach “an appropriate and beneficial settlement” in relation to a legal adjudication made previously in its favour, it would act to...

Commentary: The culture of poverty: An impediment to a nation's development

January 7, 2017
Commentary: The culture of poverty: An impediment to a nation's development At the sunrise of this year 2017, it is customary to set resolutions for the New Year and take steps to achieve those goals. The one that I formulate with all my heart for my beloved Caribbean, including Haiti, is to get out of the culture of poverty to enter into the realm of the culture of wealth...

Commentary: Terminal humiliation of MMA golden goose, Rhonda Rousey

January 6, 2017
Commentary: Terminal humiliation of MMA golden goose, Rhonda Rousey You can be forgiven for thinking that Mixed Martial Arts Fighting (MMA) owes its popularity to the testosterone-fuelled fists of fury of fighters like Anderson “The Spider” Silva, George “Rush” St Pierre, and “The Notorious” Conor McGregor. But that distinction belongs to the glamour-puss...

Commentary: Passports: Sale or saviour?

January 6, 2017
Commentary: Passports: Sale or saviour? On January 1, “60 Minutes”, an investigative programme aired by the US television company, CBS Corporation, ran a segment on “citizenship by investment programmes” (CIP) that are operated by several countries around the world. For reasons best known to itself, “60 Minutes”...

Commentary: Re-enslavement by another name: The 'expropriation' of St Lucian lands - Part 1

January 5, 2017
Commentary: Re-enslavement by another name: The 'expropriation' of St Lucian lands - Part 1 Life beyond the Allen Chastanet-led administration’s honeymoon has serious repercussions in regard to the governance of Saint Lucia, heading into its first full year in power. On that new basis, comrade Stevaco Joseph’s conscious New Year’s messages defined and reaffirmed the...

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