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Commentary: Whither England...

June 23, 2017
Commentary: Whither England... Fraught events are besieging England like wild weeds o’er the green grass of Wimbledon. Brexit was (and remains) unsettling enough. But then Islamists started terrorizing the place. Then Prime Minister Theresa May called a snap election, which she (and every pundit) thought would forge national unity...

Commentary: CARICOM: Pride turned to gloom

June 23, 2017
Commentary: CARICOM: Pride turned to gloom Three weeks ago, I and many other committed Caribbean integrationists, declared that the unity displayed by Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries at the Organization of American States (OAS) on May 31 “was a moment for unbridled pride”.  What happened on Monday June 20, just days later...

Commentary: Chronicles of a Chronic Caribbean Chronicler: World War II returns to the Caribbean 75 years later!

June 22, 2017
Commentary: Chronicles of a Chronic Caribbean Chronicler: World War II returns to the Caribbean 75 years later! World War II returned to Saint Lucia seven decades later, through an incident that unearthed a real war artifact in the centre of the island’s main harbour: the propeller of a sunken ship. A German submarine had torpedoed two ships in the Castries Harbour in March 1942. Back then, Germany...

Commentary: We can't change the world, but we can change a few people

June 22, 2017
Commentary: We can't change the world, but we can change a few people The world will hardly ever be as peaceful and conducive for living as we imagine or hope for it to be. Therefore, changing the world will continue to be exactly what it ought to be: 'A Utopian Dream!' We'd continually need to readjust ourselves to cohabit with fraudsters, terrorists, kidnappers, armed robbers...

Commentary: Jamaica struggles to differentiate scammers from legitimate success

June 21, 2017
Commentary: Jamaica struggles to differentiate scammers from legitimate success The question now in Jamaica and other parts of the Caribbean is proving that you are not a scammer from any image of being successful. On Thursday, April 26, 2017, many Jamaicans became dismayed, outraged, ashamed that their beautiful shores has become a hub for lottery scamming after...

Commentary: The UN SDG 14: Will the Caribbean benefit in the blue economy?

June 21, 2017
Commentary: The UN SDG 14:  Will the Caribbean benefit in the blue economy? Broadly understood, the ‘Blue Economy’ is an economic activity that is in balance with the long-term capacity of ocean and coastal ecosystems to support this activity and remain healthy and resilient. This being the case, how then can the ‘Blue Economy’ offer an immediate life line for the more...

Commentary: Fighting terrorism: The winning strategy and a sympathetic gesture to Theresa May

June 20, 2017
Commentary: Fighting terrorism: The winning strategy and a sympathetic gesture to Theresa May I sympathize with the people of the United Kingdom who are being bombarded by frequent terrorist attacks. In recent times, violence has marred Britain’s gracious and vibrant communities, executed by insurgents deploying explosives and sharp-edged tools and maneuvering automobiles into crowds.

Commentary: Jamaica moves to regulate the use of force in law enforcement

June 20, 2017
Commentary: Jamaica moves to regulate the use of force in law enforcement Since 2000, more than 3,000 people have been killed by law enforcement personnel in Jamaica. Until recently, however, there has been little progress in addressing crimes committed by police. Though murders by law enforcement personnel have fallen since 2000, between January and October of 2016...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Implications of proposed huge price hikes

June 19, 2017
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Implications of proposed huge price hikes I just wonder if, prior to the announcement of the last budget, the minister of finance sat down with the minister of tourism and discussed how the possible implications of the proposed huge price hikes would affect the average visitor, their length of stay and spend? This follows the recent...

Commentary: National priorities defy convention in St Lucia

June 19, 2017
Commentary: National priorities defy convention in St Lucia The key issues of political change, socio economics and preservation of the environment will return to Saint Lucia's House of Assembly on Tuesday, June 20, as debate resumes on the appropriation bill 2017/18. However, far from Machiavellian schemes, hopefully, policymakers and the legislature...

Commentary: The View from Europe: Britain, Brexit and an uncertain future

June 17, 2017
Commentary: The View from Europe: Britain, Brexit and an uncertain future A little over a week ago, the British people went to the polls. Although the snap general election was supposed to strengthen the government’s negotiating hand in leaving the European Union, the outcome had the opposite effect, casting uncertainty over the nature of Brexit, and with it the country’s...

Commentary: Terrorism ought to be everyone's concern

June 17, 2017
Commentary: Terrorism ought to be everyone's concern Terrorism in the major cities of the western world now appears to be the norm. Mainland Europe – and in particular the French capital of Paris – bore the brunt of it for the last eighteen months. England, with its major cities of Manchester and London, has experienced terrible incidents of terrorism...

Commentary: No heels for 'Wonder Woman', thank you very much!

June 16, 2017
Commentary: No heels for 'Wonder Woman', thank you very much! DC Comics’ Wonder Woman just broke two of the remaining glass ceilings in Hollywood: 1. Gal Gadot is the first woman to star in a superhero blockbuster. 2. Patty Jenkins is the first woman to direct one. These women have proven that they are every bit as capable and bankable as Christian Bale...

Commentary: The Qatar embargo: Guyana and Suriname can't take sides

June 16, 2017
Commentary: The Qatar embargo: Guyana and Suriname can't take sides Guyana and Suriname can't take sides in the Sunni/Shia-Saudi led confrontation with Iran. Saudi Arabia is acting like the victim and exploiting the erratic leadership in Washington, DC, that wants to roll back most of Barack Obama’s foreign policy achievements, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA)...

Commentary: Educating leaders to care

June 15, 2017
Commentary: Educating leaders to care In many organizations, the claim is that leaders show little concern to care about those they manage. The same happens in politics, where in many Caribbean countries, people feel that after an election, they are jettisoned, and the personal interest of political leaders takes precedence.

Commentary: If it is Corpus Christi (Fete Dieu), it is also the Book Fair Fiesta festival day in Haiti!

June 15, 2017
Commentary: If it is Corpus Christi (Fete Dieu), it is also the Book Fair Fiesta festival day in Haiti! For the past 23 years, Le Nouvelliste, the oldest Haitian newspaper, combined with Unibank has launched usually in June, on Corpus Christi (Fête Dieu) Thursday a book fair that has become one of the major cultural event not only of Haiti but of the entire Caribbean region. This year some 145 authors...

Commentary: Puerto Rico Fiscal Board takes extraordinary steps to preserve legacy of corruption and theft

June 15, 2017
Commentary: Puerto Rico Fiscal Board takes extraordinary steps to preserve legacy of corruption and theft It is no secret to anyone that the Puerto Rico Fiscal Board was intentionally comprised of individuals that contributed much to Puerto Rico’s financial collapse. With an alleged unspoken agreement that the Department of Justice will neither investigate nor prosecute those responsible, the Board can act...

Commentary: What You Should Know: Election results in Puerto Rico are no different

June 14, 2017
Commentary: What You Should Know: Election results in Puerto Rico are no different You should know that on Sunday, June 11, 2017, the election results for Puerto Rico’s referendum showed that 97 percent of the votes favored Statehood for Puerto Rico.  Following the election, Puerto Rico’s Governor Ricardo Rosello proudly announced in a press statement: “Today, we the people...

Commentary: The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 14: Blue is the new green?

June 14, 2017
Commentary: The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 14: Blue is the new green? The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 14 (SDG) is igniting hope to humanity in its call for the conservation and sustainable use of the oceans, seas, and marine resources for sustainable development. Renewable energy production, ecotourism, and blue shipping, are the way of the future.

Commentary: Venezuela signals possible shift to dialogue

June 14, 2017
Commentary: Venezuela signals possible shift to dialogue Recent events in Venezuela have demonstrated a directional shift towards a more responsive dialogue in the embattled country’s search for a political consensus. Polling and statements made in response to President Maduro’s call for a national constituent assembly have shown support for peace.

Commentary: Chronicles of a Chronic Caribbean Chronicler: A bumpy road to Cancun!

June 13, 2017
Commentary: Chronicles of a Chronic Caribbean Chronicler: A bumpy road to Cancun! No Caribbean ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS) put a middle finger up when it came to voting at the controversial May 31, 2017, Washington meeting of its members’ foreign affairs ministers, hastily summoned by the US and a few allies to discuss ‘The Situation in...

Commentary: Cyber Security: Awareness - Priority No.1

June 13, 2017
Commentary: Cyber Security: Awareness - Priority No.1 The penetration of internet access in the Caribbean region has undoubtedly paved the way for greater access to the information superhighway and the benefits of competing on the global stage. However, with this access comes great responsibility and risk and we will soon learn that ignorance is...

Commentary: Ever wonder what Congress is doing?

June 13, 2017
Commentary: Ever wonder what Congress is doing? If you ever wonder why Congress is in such a mess, just try to get a response from someone in the office of Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.). For a follow-up story and whitepaper I am writing, I was ready to praise the senator but first had some questions for her. I tried for more than a week with no success.

Commentary: Tourism Matters: The world is not fair

June 12, 2017
Commentary: Tourism Matters: The world is not fair Since the recent budget was announced I have tried and tried to understand its contents and objectives, sadly so far without success. Most of us, I am sure can understand the need to limit foreign exchange use and demand, but frankly we actually produce so little here, it is almost futile to think you...

Commentary: Public healthcare is a pain

June 12, 2017
Commentary: Public healthcare is a pain On Friday, May 27, 2017, I had reason to interact with the public health services in Jamaica, namely, the May Pen Hospital. Unfortunately, I'm aware that my experience is not singular but is normal for most Jamaicans who don't have the luxury to seek private care. We've band-aided a sore and...

Commentary: The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 14: A new era for the oceans?

June 12, 2017
Commentary: The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 14: A new era for the oceans? The United Nations High-level Conference to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14, conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development is now in progress. The need to sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources...

Commentary: The View from Europe: China and the Americas

June 10, 2017
Commentary: The View from Europe: China and the Americas A few days ago, China struck a remarkable deal: it agreed with the state of California to work on projects that will help lower US greenhouse gas emissions. In a move that symbolically set aside President’s Trump’s ill-considered decision to reject the global consensus on climate change, it was agreed...

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