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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...

Commentary: Paul Stephenson Higgs, Sr. - Turks and Caicos unsung hero

January 5, 2017
Commentary: Paul Stephenson Higgs, Sr. - Turks and Caicos unsung hero The Hon. Paul Stephenson Higgs was born in Bottle Creek, North Caicos, on 2nd February, 1898. He was married to Brenetta E. Williams of Bottle Creek and the father of four sons and four daughters. Hon. Paul Higgs attended the Bottle Creek Primary School (now Adelaide Oemler...

Commentary: So you got a Grammy nomination? Now what?

January 4, 2017
Commentary: So you got a Grammy nomination? Now what? Now that you have been nominated for a Grammy, and the anxiety and euphoria of being nominated for music’s biggest accolade subsided with the holiday festivities, how do you ensure that you give yourself a fair shot at winning in your category or categories? If you are already sure...

Commentary: A new set of postulates for the American conservative movement

January 4, 2017
Commentary: A new set of postulates for the American conservative movement The advent of the new administration (Trump, on January 20, 2017) will mark the functioning of some principles and beliefs totally different from the ones applied by the previous administrations (Obama’s in particular, but not only). The time has come for a reset of values for the conservative...

Commentary: Populism and Turks and Caicos politics

January 3, 2017
Commentary: Populism and Turks and Caicos politics Populism is the most recent political concept to gain traction in political discourse. But in my view, elements of it have permeated Caribbean and Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) politics throughout the years, but a strict definition of it has not been advanced fully. We have an idea of what it is about...

Commentary: Guyana heading into international disgrace by entertaining fly-by-night 'universities'

January 3, 2017
Commentary: Guyana heading into international disgrace by entertaining fly-by-night 'universities' Happy New Year everyone, and good luck on your quest for new and great things in 2017. But for those who are wishing for new things, I urge you to be reminded by the notion that nothing will ever be new under the sun; because history has a strange way of repeating itself. That particular statement...

Commentary: Dominica's new hospital should mean new and improved services

January 2, 2017
Commentary: Dominica's new hospital should mean new and improved services All Dominicans should share in Health Minister Dr Darroux and his government’s efforts and excitement over the proposed construction of the new $40 million, 372-bed government- and China-funded hospital in Goodwill. But at the same time, some pressing questions need to be asked.

Commentary: The Rhodesia Syndrome and its impact on American society: The long journey from Obama to Trump

January 2, 2017
Commentary: The Rhodesia Syndrome and its impact on American society: The long journey from Obama to Trump For those born after 1980 (Millennials, that is), Rhodesia was an African country led by a white anti-communist militant regime (1965-1980), in a region dominated by black Marxist administrations and military factions self-titled “liberation armies”. Its unique case – during a short-lived existence...

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December 31, 2016
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Commentary: The View from Europe: A moment for careful reflection

December 31, 2016
Commentary: The View from Europe: A moment for careful reflection Few people understand how great the daily pressures are on a prime minister or president. Instead they mostly observe the public persona, see their leaders in the context of tribal politics, and are variously entertained or exercised by the media coverage of what is said, done or ignored.

Commentary: Haiti edges towards chaos on the eve of its independence anniversary of January 1, 2017

December 31, 2016
Commentary: Haiti edges towards chaos on the eve of its independence anniversary of January 1, 2017 Haiti’s transition from one government to another has been a difficult caesarian operation since its very early age. Indeed, after its epic story of January 1, 1804, when it unleashed the Haitian and the global black population from the yoke of slavery, it sank into ignominy by savagely murdering...

Commentary: President Obama and the War on Terror

December 31, 2016
Commentary: President Obama and the War on Terror William Tecumseh Sherman, a general in the Union Army in the American Civil war, said that war is hell. This means that no war is good. A war may be inevitable and in the end serve some good purpose but it usually leaves undesirable consequences. We are still enduring some of the...

Commentary: Netanyahu's a putz for branding Obama a Judas over UN resolution

December 30, 2016
Commentary: Netanyahu's a putz for branding Obama a Judas over UN resolution A truly stupefying feature of the relationship between Israel and the United States is the way the former presumes that the latter is obligated to support its policies whether they are right or wrong. This presumption was thrown into stark relief last year when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin...

Commentary: Why do Grenadians trust the British Privy Council but are afraid of British modern laws?

December 30, 2016
Commentary: Why do Grenadians trust the British Privy Council but are afraid of British modern laws? As the year 2016 is almost at an end, it seems as though some Grenadian politicians and political activists and religious leaders are telling the rest of the world that a majority of Grenada’s black population are stupid, and there is nothing wrong with the laws within the constitution that we are governed under.

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