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Commentary: The picture becomes clearer

February 14, 2017
Commentary: The picture becomes clearer Unfolding events, utterances and information since my article of February 8, 2017, on the Dominica situation, and further reflection on prior events, have made the picture even clearer to me. Over the years, I’ve been one of the more vocal spokespersons in my country on economic citizenship.

Commentary: Chronicles of a Chronic Caribbean Chronicler: Making America hate again!

February 14, 2017
Commentary: Chronicles of a Chronic Caribbean Chronicler: Making America hate again! President Donald Trump started and ended his third week in office leaving the whole world in absolutely no doubt about his impulsive eagerness to threaten and bully his way, anytime, anywhere – and through anyone. On Day I of Week 3, his Justice Department was back in court seeking...

Commentary: Widespread congressional 'pay to play' scheme involving Puerto Rico bonds

February 14, 2017
Commentary: Widespread congressional 'pay to play' scheme involving Puerto Rico bonds The Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) is preparing to tackle a widespread congressional “pay to play” scheme involving Puerto Rico bonds. In “off the record” conversations, members of the OCE have expressed serious concern over the depth and scope of serious allegations of wrongdoing.

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Value for money

February 13, 2017
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Value for money French based hotel giant the Accor Group are now in advanced discussions to acquire 100 percent of the Atlanta-based luxury villa rental company, Travel Keys, which offers over 5,000 properties in more than 100 destinations in the Caribbean, United States, Europe, Asia and Africa, including...

Commentary: 'Alternate reality' hampers governance in St Lucia

February 13, 2017
Commentary: 'Alternate reality' hampers governance in St Lucia The “alternate reality” seems odd, in particular when “the vulnerable” are very much over the edge, the “reality gap” widening, misinformation on political and economic issues based on “alternative facts” and crony capitalism is just fine as long as it involves the right cronies. Experts reaffirm that...

Commentary: Trump represents forgotten anti-globalization movement

February 13, 2017
Commentary: Trump represents forgotten anti-globalization movement President Donald Trump recently tweeted the question, in reply to protests of his recent immigration policy: "Where was all the outrage from Democrats and the opposition party (the media) when our jobs were fleeing our country?" Mr Trump appears to imply that the Left and the protesters...

Commentary: The View from Europe: Cuba responds to the thinking of a new generation

February 11, 2017
Commentary: The View from Europe: Cuba responds to the thinking of a new generation When it comes to Cuba, the world’s media tends to focus on the obvious: the possible outcome of the new US administration’s policy review, the multiple difficulties faced by Cuba’s over-centralised planned economy, or the implications of Fidel Castro’s passing. Few journalists, it seems, take the...

Commentary: Brazil, like Haiti, is a country not a nation!

February 11, 2017
Commentary: Brazil, like Haiti, is a country not a nation! I wrote a story more than 20 years ago upon visiting Brazil that one should not go to a country just because a plane can take you there. After reading today in the Guardian the story of the state of disrepair of the Olympic venues built at great cost by the Brazilian taxpayer I cannot but renew my...

Commentary: St Kitts-Nevis CBI program and the Medellin Cartel

February 11, 2017
Commentary: St Kitts-Nevis CBI program and the Medellin Cartel I see that one of the Astaphans, the one from St Kitts, has written an extensive commentary seeking to discredit me, claiming that I am an instrument of the Dominican opposition. I am afraid that the gentlemen knows nothing about me and my 25-year career, including trips to testify before...

Commentary: Prince Charles draws analogies between Trumpism and Nazism

February 10, 2017
Commentary: Prince Charles draws analogies between Trumpism and Nazism Prince Charles is the constitutionally apolitical heir to the British throne. Yet he has a habit of using his platform to deliver very political messages.  This was certainly the case on December 22, 2016, when he was the featured speaker on the BBC Radio 4 program, “Thought For The Day”.

Commentary: Transparency vital in passport and residence programmes

February 10, 2017
Commentary: Transparency vital in passport and residence programmes The global US television company, Cable News Network (CNN), broadcast the first part of a programme on February 8, alleging the sale of Venezuelan passports to Iraqis and others through the country’s Embassy in Baghdad. The programme suggested that it is possible that terrorists might have...

Commentary: Haiti has at last a constitutionally elected president!

February 9, 2017
Commentary: Haiti has at last a constitutionally elected president! Last year at this time, the New York Times ran an article titled: “Michel Martelly, Haiti’s President, Departs Without a Successor”, it took a full year for the election process to be completed for the inauguration of Jovenel Moise to take place on February 7 at the National Palace. The dauphin chosen by...

Commentary: Wetlands: A natural safeguard against disasters

February 9, 2017
Commentary: Wetlands: A natural safeguard against disasters The Wider Caribbean region is prone to natural hazards and technological disasters. Each year we experience active hurricane seasons and sometimes large amounts of rainfall. This often results in severe flooding as well as damage to infrastructure and production, which in turn, affects...

Commentary: Three Haitian enterprises to know in 2017 as you build your business portfolio

February 9, 2017
Commentary: Three Haitian enterprises to know in 2017 as you build your business portfolio Is the emerging market on your radar this year? Have you been thinking about expanding your business portfolio? Have you considered doing business in the Caribbean? If you answered yes to at least one of these questions, you might be looking to grow your emerging portfolio, but perhaps...

Commentary: The education mix-up

February 8, 2017
Commentary: The education mix-up When we speak of education, we have in mind a number of developmental activities linked to institutions and society designed to expose clients to greater knowledge, skills, and understanding to enable them to be better human beings, contribute to society’s culture and well-being, and...

Commentary: Ken Rijock has me thinking

February 8, 2017
Commentary: Ken Rijock has me thinking About a week ago, American Mr Kenneth Rijock informed the world that Dominica’s prime minister, Mr Roosevelt Skerrit, was under investigation by the United States Department of Justice for his role in the sale of a Dominican diplomatic passport to an Iranian gentleman named Alireza Zabahalat Monfared.

Commentary: When Eastern Caribbean nations give passports to Iranians, global security is threatened

February 7, 2017
Commentary: When Eastern Caribbean nations give passports to Iranians, global security is threatened When the nations of the Eastern Caribbean issue passports to Iranian nationals, only to gain clearly excessive fees, not all of which have been accounted for, the United States, and indeed the free world, suffer increased threats to national security, as those passports have facilitated more...

Commentary: The Dr Sam I know

February 7, 2017
Commentary: The Dr Sam I know In spite of being far away in the quiet American Midwest, before returning home, surgeon, Dr Samuel Christian always kept working for our homeland. He would later use his connections to arrange and participate on the first sister-brother kidney transplant on Dominicans. But Dr Sam finds...

Commentary: Is reading Steinbeck an antidote to Donald Trump?

February 7, 2017
Commentary: Is reading Steinbeck an antidote to Donald Trump? A rotten egg incubated by reality television and hatched by retrograde thinking about women and the world, the presidency of Donald Trump is creating anxiety, fear, and a growing sense among progressives that an American psycho now occupies the White House. Many, like me, are turning...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: An opportunity for embracing companies like Airbnb

February 6, 2017
Commentary: Tourism Matters: An opportunity for embracing companies like Airbnb The government of Argentina has taken the bold move of removing, with immediate effect, the 21 percent VAT (value added tax) on accommodation and breakfast, where included in a package element on hotel stays for foreign tourists. There are of course conditions. To qualify, payment must...

Commentary: Trinidad and Tobago in great moral decay

February 6, 2017
Commentary: Trinidad and Tobago in great moral decay Today, with sophisticated and technology-aided education, a child will learn things at a great speed/understanding while, in absence of our moral values and exposure of media, he/she is also learning things that will destroy the core of humanity, respect, discipline, integrity and such…

Commentary: Let's recommit to nationhood

February 6, 2017
Commentary: Let's recommit to nationhood Grenada, naturally, is getting older year by year; as we celebrate 43 years of independence, are we satisfied with our growth and development? As human beings, we set targets as to what we want to achieve and at what age. Now, even if we may not achieve it on time, we keep working towards it.

Commentary: The View from Europe: Time to improve the CARICOM-Dominican Republic relationship

February 4, 2017
Commentary: The View from Europe: Time to improve the CARICOM-Dominican Republic relationship In a few days’ time, Jovenel Moïse will become Haiti’s 42nd president. His swearing in follows his first-round victory in the country’s November 20 election. A businessman from northern Haiti who has never held political office, Haiti’s president-to-be has said that amongst his first priorities...

Commentary: Haiti's fateful number sixty!

February 4, 2017
Commentary: Haiti's fateful number sixty! Haiti this year on September 22, 2017, will register 60 years of descent into an abyss without so far, reaching a plateau. It has a population at 60 percent under the age of 25 years old facing the prospect of inadequate education and formation that will lead inevitably into further misery in the future.

Commentary: Dominica's due diligence fails to meet US standards for Iranian nationals

February 4, 2017
Commentary: Dominica's due diligence fails to meet US standards for Iranian nationals Much has been made in Dominica of the adequacy of the due diligence investigation performed upon the Iranian national Alireza Monfared prior to his acquisition of a Dominican diplomatic passport, and it is time to clear the air about whether there was a failure to identify, in advance, an individual...

Commentary: Doping charge strikes Usain like a lightning Bolt

February 3, 2017
Commentary: Doping charge strikes Usain like a lightning Bolt It’s a matter of public record that doping among Jamaican Track and Field athletes is nearly as pervasive as it is among their Russian counterparts. For example, 30 Jamaicans have tested positive for banned substances in recent years, including every notable Olympic champion … except Usain Bolt.

Commentary: Political leadership in the Caribbean

February 3, 2017
Commentary: Political leadership in the Caribbean Fidel Castro is a controversial man of history. But he was a great Caribbean warrior and we in the region should never forget that. If as small countries, we have a voice today in the world, and we can resist the bullying of larger countries to some extent, it is because Fidel Castro showed us the way.

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