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Commentary: Alas, peasant protests are no germination of 'Chinese Spring'

September 30, 2016
Commentary: Alas, peasant protests are no germination of 'Chinese Spring' Actually, peasant protests in China are no more a portent of political revolution than worker strikes in America are. Chinese police fired rubber bullets at villagers and arrested 13 people on Tuesday in an overnight crackdown to suppress demonstrations in a southern fishing village.

Commentary: Anguilla under siege

September 30, 2016
Commentary: Anguilla under siege Just when you think you’ve seen it all, a new catastrophe is added to the already burgeoning list of maladies that we’re afflicted with. The latest malady is the revelation that some of the employees of the two indigenous banks were terminated on Friday, August 26, some four months...

Commentary: Bearer shares and offshore bank accounts

September 30, 2016
Commentary: Bearer shares and offshore bank accounts If you are a legitimate businessman or investor, your professional adviser, if he or she is honest, will always tell you that owning any assets through a corporation having bearer shares can be a fatal mistake. Unless a company's shares are registered, there exists a clear and present...

Commentary: Other than snobbery, what else is at stake?

September 29, 2016
Commentary: Other than snobbery, what else is at stake? Saint Lucia Prime Minister Allen Chastanet, in his first address to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), said, “I sincerely hope that our efforts during the early decades of the 21st century will help to create a new world order”. My immediate thought was of the accepted wisdom...

Commentary: Brenton Smith on leadership: Some comments

September 29, 2016
Commentary: Brenton Smith on leadership: Some comments Brenton Smith’s commentary on leadership published in Caribbean News Now on 21 September 2016, seems rather formal, and could do with some analysis of the qualities of leadership he mentions. What he says, represents the Great Man or One Man theory in history where a single...

Commentary: Colombia: Peace as a force for transformation

September 29, 2016
Commentary: Colombia: Peace as a force for transformation The latest good tidings confirm that we are living through a change of era in Latin America. The building of peace will be the great force behind and the opportunity for progressive structural change, with equality, which will embrace as its own the goals of sustainable development.

Commentary: Readers have a right to criticise writers and writers who hate criticism should not write

September 28, 2016
Commentary: Readers have a right to criticise writers and writers who hate criticism should not write When writers write letters and articles to newspapers for publishing and expect readers to read the contents of their writing, the first thing they should learn is that their views and opinions are not necessary the same as readers who read the topics they addressed. However, whenever...

Commentary: It's election season again in the Turks and Caicos Islands, and...

September 28, 2016
Commentary: It's election season again in the Turks and Caicos Islands, and... On the heels of an interim government, whereby the country was governed directly by the United Kingdom for a three-year period – this after a commission of inquiry found what it described as “systemic corruption”, during the previous two administrations of the Progressive National Party...

Commentary: Community surveillance or community involvement?

September 28, 2016
Commentary: Community surveillance or community involvement? The Chief of Toronto Police Service has just made a decision and set the ball rolling for an esthetical change in the appearance his police cruisers. This change brings with it a look that is referred to as the “stealth look” to the Toronto Police Service, and as an airplane enthusiast, I must confess...

Commentary: The ruler of darkness: From deity to disgrace

September 27, 2016
Commentary: The ruler of darkness: From deity to disgrace Under the auspice of darkness, Lance Armstrong won the Tour de France seven times in a row. However, today is not so much about the ‘stripped’ rider, but to link this confounded debacle to the weak and infamous slogan – “four-inna-row”, scribbled by an inept government, headed by an...

Commentary: 'Big Sugar' is as hazardous as 'Big Tobacco'

September 27, 2016
Commentary: 'Big Sugar' is as hazardous as 'Big Tobacco' Recently, the Journal of the American Medical Association published papers revealing that, in 1965, the sugar industry paid three scientists from Harvard to draw attention away from the connection between sugar and heart disease and focus instead on fat. In their findings they relegated...

Commentary: The Zika Virus: The existential threat to the UN Sustainable Development Goals?

September 27, 2016
Commentary: The Zika Virus: The existential threat to the UN Sustainable Development Goals? Oceans are warming. Glacial and alpine ice are melting. Human thinking is shrouded by dust clouds. Heat waves magnify the effects. Floods are trailed by disease clusters and a mosquito borne infection is the new existential threat to the UN sustainable development goals. Undoubtedly, the...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Making it easier to buy locally

September 26, 2016
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Making it easier to buy locally By the time this publication hits the streets we will be half way through this year’s Tourism Week and I, among several persons have been privileged to join the StarCom Road Runner on Monday morning 26th September. Not only is it a great opportunity to spread awareness of the...

Commentary: The Guatemala president does not know history when it comes to Belize

September 26, 2016
Commentary: The Guatemala president does not know history when it comes to Belize The president of Guatemala, Jimmy Morales, had the nerve to come before the United Nations and tell the UN representatives of the world that we Belizeans do not want to make peace with them. However, the nations of the world will not believe him because of Spain and Guatemala’s...

Commentary: Major earthquake predicted to hit US financial markets on Tuesday

September 26, 2016
Commentary: Major earthquake predicted to hit US financial markets on Tuesday Commentators are predicting that over 100 million people will tune in for Monday night’s US presidential debate. For pure entertainment value that will be hard to beat. Americans, however, will wake up Tuesday morning and hear news that is likely to have a more material effect on how...

Commentary: The View from Europe: Forward thinking required on foreign policy

September 24, 2016
Commentary: The View from Europe: Forward thinking required on foreign policy A few days ago US President Barack Obama gave what in effect was a farewell address to the United Nations General Assembly. It was personal, heartfelt, and frank. It spelt out the challenges that liberal democracies, including those in the Caribbean, will face in the years to come.

Commentary: UK exit from the EU: Consequences for Africa and the Commonwealth

September 24, 2016
Commentary: UK exit from the EU: Consequences for Africa and the Commonwealth The emergence of Mrs Theresa May as the United Kingdom’s new prime minister is slowly steadying the ship of state that was destabilised by political turbulence in the wake of the June 23 referendum, which narrowly voted in favour of exiting the European Union (EU). It had been said...

Commentary: WTF! Obama says it would be a 'personal insult' if blacks don't vote for Hillary?

September 23, 2016
Commentary: WTF! Obama says it would be a 'personal insult' if blacks don't vote for Hillary? Evidently, even President Obama has become afflicted with Trumpitis. For only this explains the conceited and crass clarion call he issued to blacks on Saturday night. The occasion was a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation gala in Washington, DC. With Democratic leaders...

Commentary: IMF-World Bank meetings: A rare opportunity

September 23, 2016
Commentary: IMF-World Bank meetings: A rare opportunity The October meetings this year of the World Bank (WB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington DC present a rare opportunity for Caribbean government representatives to be heard by crucial decision-makers. Ironically, what provides this opportunity is a matter...

Commentary: I am predicting Donald Trump will be the next president of the United States

September 22, 2016
Commentary: I am predicting Donald Trump will be the next president of the United States I remember when I predicted in February 2008 in a column entitled Obama the Barack that Barack Obama would be the future president of the United States when the election took place in November. I remember also when I predicted that Michel Martelly would become president of Haiti.

Commentary: Wells Fargo is also partly responsible for Puerto Rico's $69 billion bond default

September 22, 2016
Commentary: Wells Fargo is also partly responsible for Puerto Rico's $69 billion bond default As a former career Wells Fargo employee, it saddens me to say that Wells Fargo’s darkest days are literally around the corner. On Tuesday, September 27, 2016, Commercial Solar Power, Inc., one of the victims of the Puerto Rico financial collapse, will hold a press conference at...

Commentary: Leadership

September 21, 2016
Commentary: Leadership Throughout history much has been spoken and written about what it means to be a leader. There are different types of leadership styles which include autocratic, democratic, strategic, transformational, transactional, cross-cultural, facilitative and laissez-faire among others.

Commentary: What You Should Know: 'Don Guillo' was left without the rope and the goat

September 21, 2016
Commentary: What You Should Know: 'Don Guillo' was left without the rope and the goat You should know that in the Barrio La Cuchilla Hato Tejas Bayamon, Puerto Rico, where I was born, there was a saying about a person whose ambition let him reach out so far that he would not only miss getting what he was going after but, in that process, he would lose everything.

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Taking advantage of film industry potential

September 20, 2016
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Taking advantage of film industry potential When I look at my near three decades living on Barbados, it is difficult not to applaud the progress of our fledgling film industry and the key players who have thought past our tiny geographically size and produced world class moving images. But, at the same time, wonder if we...

Commentary: The Caribbean: Towards Sustainable UN Development Goals?

September 20, 2016
Commentary: The Caribbean: Towards Sustainable UN Development Goals? “The universal high purpose of the seventy first United Nations general assembly is momentum on the 2030 agenda for sustainable development and achieving progress on all 17 goals,” declares elected president of the UNGA Peter Thompson. Questionably, how will the directive of shifting...

Commentary: St Lucia's vulnerability a growing concern

September 19, 2016
Commentary: St Lucia's vulnerability a growing concern There can be little dispute that Saint Lucia’s economic and fiscal policies are generally unstable, along with the latest crisis of governance exacerbated by new Prime Minister Allen Chastanet. In fact, the first 100 days of the United Workers Party (UWP) administration have been a...

Commentary: The influence of feudalism on Caribbean politics

September 19, 2016
Commentary: The influence of feudalism on Caribbean politics In his recent, brilliantly discussed commentary in Caribbean News Now, David Jessop suggests that over the next ten years, our way of thinking about the Caribbean will radically change as a result of new discoveries in oil and gas, presenting new opportunities, and room for economic...

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