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Commentary: The Muslim-led slave uprisings in Guyana

June 28, 2016
Commentary: The Muslim-led slave uprisings in Guyana Very little is written about the prominent role that enslaved African Muslims played in the history of the Guianas but, for now, we will focus on Guyana, the former Dutch/British colony in South America. While the reconstruction of the history of enslaved Africans in Guyana is difficult due to...

Commentary: Dodd Frank is about to be thoroughly Hillaried

June 28, 2016
Commentary: Dodd Frank is about to be thoroughly Hillaried I can no longer sit quietly and watch this country implode from all of the Washington corruption. Today I watched Hillary Clinton’s speech and I was appalled. I watched her tell the audience how she would bring Wall Street to heel and hold them accountable. I listened to her say how...

Commentary: The Panama Papers and their widely ignored implications for ordinary folk in the US

June 28, 2016
Commentary: The Panama Papers and their widely ignored implications for ordinary folk in the US The Panama Papers aren’t just about Panama. They’re relevant for us, the average Joe and Joanne in the United States, because they offer a tantalizing look into the globalized financial system that has emerged over the past 45 years. The cache of over 11 million documents, which were leaked...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Where should the obvious LIAT hub be?

June 27, 2016
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Where should the obvious LIAT hub be? Attending the recently held first Caribbean Aviation Meet-Up Conference was probably one of the most productive weeks in my life. My only regret was that that many of the key decision-makers who should have been there, were not. But first, both my flights from Barbados to Dominica...

Commentary: Yes yes or no no?

June 27, 2016
Commentary: Yes yes or no no? June 23rd, 2016. What an interesting day in Bermuda. A referendum on Same Sex Marriage (SSM) and Same Sex Civil Unions (CU). Some 20,804 Bermudians lined up over the course of 12 hours to cast their vote throughout the island, Many of whom were voting for their very first time.

Commentary: Uncertainty in Haitian politics: Leadership in question

June 27, 2016
Commentary: Uncertainty in Haitian politics: Leadership in question Haitian Interim President Jocelerme Privert’s 120-day mandate expired on June 14, as a result of Congress’ failure to decide on the potential extension of Privert’s term. The interim president was appointed earlier this year for a provisional mandate when former President Michel Martelly...

Commentary: Brexit creates EU-Britain nightmare for the Caribbean

June 25, 2016
Commentary: Brexit creates EU-Britain nightmare for the Caribbean The 12 English-speaking independent countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) have at the most two years to formulate a plan for dealing with the serious consequences of the British Exit (Brexit) from the European Union (EU). Indeed, the time may be less if the current...

Commentary: The View from Europe: The UK bids Europe farewell

June 25, 2016
Commentary: The View from Europe: The UK bids Europe farewell On June 23, by a small majority, the British people voted to remove themselves from the European Union (EU). The decision has consequences for the Caribbean. After a vitriolic campaign and the tragic murder of one member of Parliament, a hugely divided Britain decided by 52 percent...

Commentary: My take on the LGBT issue

June 25, 2016
Commentary: My take on the LGBT issue I can recall having, while in boarding school at the secondary level, the only homosexual adventure I can remember: holding the hand of one of my teammates and feeling good about it. I was kicked out of this boarding school later, because my predilection for being in love with womanhood was too...

Commentary: Brexit: forget leaving, Britain a greater EU contagion if it remains

June 24, 2016
Commentary: Brexit: forget leaving, Britain a greater EU contagion if it remains Just years ago, Grexit had the European Union reeling with existential angst. Notably, the fear was not that Greece would leave, but that its chronic indebtedness posed too great a communal burden to allow it to remain. Further that bailing out Greece would create a domino effect.

Commentary: The OAS: Not a moment for pride

June 24, 2016
Commentary: The OAS: Not a moment for pride On June 23, the Permanent Council of the Organisation of American States (OAS) held a meeting called by the Secretary-General, Luis Almagro, under Article 20 of the Inter-Democratic Charter, to present a report on Venezuela to the 34-member body. Below is the statement I made at the meeting.

Commentary: Jamaica's homophobia forced 'out of the closet' by the rainbow flag

June 24, 2016
Commentary: Jamaica's homophobia forced 'out of the closet' by the rainbow flag On June 13, the United States’ embassy in Kingston, Jamaica flew a rainbow flag -- the international symbol of LGBT+ rights -- at half-mast to commemorate the 49 lives lost in the June 12 shooting in Orlando, Florida. Many US missions and embassies around the world have flown the rainbow flag...

Commentary: Orlando mass killings, a call for rebuilding of the community

June 23, 2016
Commentary: Orlando mass killings, a call for rebuilding of the community Time to become one again: Don't Haffi Dread to be Rasta.” Those are the worlds of famous family band, Morgan Heritage. To a larger extent of the song, it’s not one’s physical appearance, but the affairs of the heart. What happened in Orlando that left 49 people dead and more than 50 injured...

Commentary: PROMESA: The Puerto Rican debt crisis and its restructuring

June 23, 2016
Commentary: PROMESA: The Puerto Rican debt crisis and its restructuring On June 9, the House of Representatives passed a piece of legislation called the “Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act” (PROMESA), a bill focused on addressing Puerto Rico’s debt repayment of US$2 billion due on July 1, which is now moving along to the...

Commentary: Brexit and the Commonwealth of Nations revisited: To be or not to be?

June 22, 2016
Commentary: Brexit and the Commonwealth of Nations revisited: To be or not to be? That is the question. On Thursday, June 23, the United Kingdom will vote either to remain in the European Union, or to leave it, the so-called “Brexit". Not such a long time ago, the camp of the status quo supporters seemed robust. But lately, polls have shown trends reversals.

Commentary: Chronic and transitory instability: Evidence from Egypt

June 22, 2016
Commentary: Chronic and transitory instability: Evidence from Egypt Like the majority of citizens, I am furiously disturbed! Not because of personal issues, but currently, Egypt is being plagued by political instability and stunted economic growth consumed by an apprehensive people who had championed change, and defeated by Pharaoh.

Commentary: US Supreme Court entrenches colonial legacy in Puerto Rico

June 22, 2016
Commentary: US Supreme Court entrenches colonial legacy in Puerto Rico On Monday June 13, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in Puerto Rico v. Franklin California Tax-Free Trust to place the future of the island’s debt restructuring in the hands of the United States Congress. With this decision, the Court has further extended the legacy of...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Is there any more we can do?

June 21, 2016
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Is there any more we can do? It is no secret that, even with strictly limited influence, I have been campaigning in the background to persuade Norwegian Air to operate flights out of Ireland or Scandinavia to Barbados, even possibly including St Lucia in a triangle route. Why Norwegian? Well that’s simple! They are a...

Commentary: Poor Pure Grenada for its entrenched political partisanship

June 21, 2016
Commentary: Poor Pure Grenada for its entrenched political partisanship In the last week Grenada has been overtaken by news that Charles Liu, a commercial attaché appointed by the government of Grenada to the People’s Republic of China has been charged with civil securities violations by the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Liu is a major promoter...

Commentary: How the US Supreme Court may change the future of undocumented immigration

June 21, 2016
Commentary: How the US Supreme Court may change the future of undocumented immigration By the end of the month the United States Supreme Court is scheduled to make a decision on the US v Texas case. In this case Texas and 25 other states are suing the federal government to stop the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents...

Commentary: A cabinet of ill-defined intentions in St Lucia

June 20, 2016
Commentary: A cabinet of ill-defined intentions in St Lucia English poet Robert Browning said, "Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, Or what's a heaven for?" In other words, suggesting that, in order to achieve anything worthwhile, we should attempt even those things that may turn out to have been impossible. The current narrative...

Commentary: Orlando 2016: A case of terrorism targeting new categories of people

June 20, 2016
Commentary: Orlando 2016: A case of terrorism targeting new categories of people So, it happened again. On June 12, 2016, another Muslim militant, this time Omar Mateen, an American citizen of Afghan origin, a self-declared ISIS-inspired fighter, and a registered Democrat (a detail the press does not want to emphasize), opened fire in a gay club in the city of Orlando, Florida.

Commentary: The dubious impact of Chinese investment in Latin America

June 20, 2016
Commentary: The dubious impact of Chinese investment in Latin America Much has been made of increased Chinese investment in Latin America, though it is still dwarfed by overall American and Spanish involvement in the region. The initiative China has shown in its efforts to develop the Americas has been admirable. However, as China’s recent foray into...

Commentary: The View from Europe: A helpful confluence of events

June 18, 2016
Commentary: The View from Europe: A helpful confluence of events It is clear from a recent visit to Washington that there is a renewed interest in the Caribbean and that its concerns are back on the US agenda. How this has come about owes little if anything to the usual process of policy development, but to an accidental and helpful confluence of events and timing.

Commentary: Haiti's promise!

June 18, 2016
Commentary: Haiti's promise! I returned recently from a full week visit in Cape Haitian in the northern part of Haiti, where I have not been for a while, to immerse in a renaissance of Haiti in Port au Prince in the midst of a chaotic country preoccupied with post electoral outcome. Indeed, three main international...

Commentary: The Venezuelan crisis: Offers of help from neighbours

June 18, 2016
Commentary: The Venezuelan crisis: Offers of help from neighbours Much has already been written about the political, economic, financial and social crisis engulfing Venezuela. Despite having one of the world’s largest oil reserves, the country has been in crisis since the onset of the decline in oil prices on the world market. The most pressing impact...

Commentary: Taliban values in Paradise. Bahamas votes 'No' to equal rights

June 17, 2016
Commentary: Taliban values in Paradise. Bahamas votes 'No' to equal rights In “Referendum on Equal Rights in The Bahamas Is ‘Unnecessary’, Despite Dame Sawyer,” May 18, 2016, I expressed misgivings about the country of my birth subjecting the constitutional rights of fellow citizens to a referendum. I reasoned, in part, that the rights of citizenship at issue are necessarily...

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