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Commentary: JAGS McCartney, the first national hero of the Turks and Caicos Islands

June 10, 2017
Commentary: JAGS McCartney, the first national hero of the Turks and Caicos Islands On the last Monday in May of each year, the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) celebrates National Heroes Day. Unlike some countries in the region that have more than one national hero, the TCI so far has only one – the Right Honourable James Alexander George Smith McCartney (affectionately known...

Commentary: Ayibobo! The departure of the UN mission in Haiti MINUSTAH is imminent!

June 10, 2017
Commentary: Ayibobo! The departure of the UN mission in Haiti MINUSTAH is imminent! "After 13 years, the UN mission in Haiti MINUSTAH is leaving next October" ~ statement by a representative of the United Nations. I should be glad to hear this good and marvelous news! I should say that the end of a period of shame and humiliation of my country is at the end of the tunnel!

Commentary: Blacks have given white liberals like Bill Maher license to say racist things

June 9, 2017
Commentary: Blacks have given white liberals like Bill Maher license to say racist things Comedian Bill Maher is known for his politically incorrect schtick. He knows better than anyone that nothing guarantees viral attention in this age of social media quite like a snarky point, sick prank, or salacious photo. Moreover, it’s self-evident that the aim of most points, pranks, and photos is not...

Commentary: The ire of two prime ministers

June 9, 2017
Commentary: The ire of two prime ministers On May 29, two former prime ministers and leaders of opposing political parties in Antigua and Barbuda presented their nation’s parliament with one of those rare occasions in which, in a fiery debate, they were ‘singing from the same hymn sheet’ as the saying goes. The occasion was the introduction in the...

Commentary: Suriname opposition's hypocrisy on Turkish ties

June 9, 2017
Commentary: Suriname opposition's hypocrisy on Turkish ties A week ago, Parliamentarians in Suriname questioned the government’s economic ties with Turkey and examined whether or not Suriname should roll back cooperation with Turkey, the world's 17 largest economy. Some alleged that “there is a reign of terror” in Turkey after the failed coup.

Commentary: Put a legal end to discrimination, harassment of women

June 8, 2017
Commentary: Put a legal end to discrimination, harassment of women Many years ago, I followed a story which was on all major American television networks involving Anita Hill and Clarence Thomas. Clarence Thomas, a black man, was nominated to be a judge on the highest court in the United States of America. Anita Hill, a black woman, worked for Thomas when he was...

Commentary: A Garifuna from Dangriga becomes the new Catholic bishop for Belize

June 8, 2017
Commentary: A Garifuna from Dangriga becomes the new Catholic bishop for Belize I remember when I was a little boy growing up in Dangriga in the 60s my late mother Josephine Sampson used to take me to go and visit her cousin, the mother of our new Bishop Lawrence Nicasio, “Auntie Jane Lewis-Nicasio”, the daughter of “Granny C”. During those days we were all attending...

Commentary: A life sentence without parole - not the death penalty - for Hitler

June 8, 2017
Commentary: A life sentence without parole - not the death penalty - for Hitler In a blood-thirsty column clamoring for faster executions in the United States, John Steele Gordon, a writer specializing in financial and business history, asserts: “Had Hitler been captured alive, would anyone have suggested life without parole?” Yes. Me. I would have. Knowing the exorbitant...

Commentary: Time for national unity in St Lucia

June 7, 2017
Commentary: Time for national unity in St Lucia Over the years I have been accused of being too critical of the government of the day in Saint Lucia, without offering a new direction. In this regard I would respond that this is a false assertion. However, while I have been critical, it is within my civic obligation; I have had every and within reason to be.

Commentary: Professional development: Key to a company's sustainability

June 7, 2017
Commentary: Professional development: Key to a company's sustainability The professional development of a company’s employees is essential to its efficiency and productivity. With professional development, employees become more confident performing their various tasks, and do so with a sense of commitment, loving what they do, and respecting the organization’s culture.

Commentary: 'Opaque transparency': The new political apparatus for promoting immorality in SVG

June 7, 2017
Commentary: 'Opaque transparency': The new political apparatus for promoting immorality in SVG St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) has been crowned for transparency and accountability in government among top countries around the world! Having read this expression in the Communist Manifesto of 2015, as one of the Communist Party’s campaign themes, I was astounded! At first, I could not...

Commentary: The failure of hidden leftist ideology and neo-liberalism in Grenada

June 6, 2017
Commentary: The failure of hidden leftist ideology and neo-liberalism in Grenada Due to the fact that some readers contacted me by email messages saying that they are interested in my article (Some former Grenadian revolutionaries playing snake to catch the people as zandolie, April 15, 2017), because they want to get more information about the Grenada revolution from...

Commentary: What is best for Bahamian society?

June 6, 2017
Commentary: What is best for Bahamian society? As many would know, as of May 10, 2017, The Bahamas has a new government. As some would also be aware, I was a candidate for a third party, the Democratic National Alliance, in the 2017 general elections for the constituency of Garden Hills. The party gained no seats in parliament.

Commentary: Can we please come together and face the real issues - it is high time that we did!

June 6, 2017
Commentary: Can we please come together and face the real issues - it is high time that we did! The topic of same sex marriage has had a heightened presence in the news in recent memory. However, contrary to Bermuda’s longstanding perspective, for various sociological and societal reasons, this issue has highlighted the incontrovertible fact that our island home has perennially and...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: No room for complacency

June 5, 2017
Commentary: Tourism Matters: No room for complacency Barbados is just about a month away from hosting the very first Carib Food and Hospitality Show and frankly I have been surprised at the seeming lack of interest expressed by many of our manufacturers, distributors, suppliers and some of the trade organisations dedicated to the interests of their members.

Commentary: A greener future will not be decent by definition, but by design

June 5, 2017
Commentary: A greener future will not be decent by definition, but by design Climate change is the result of human activity. That activity is, for the most part, work or work-related. It is only logical then that the world of work has a key role to play in finding a solution to this pressing issue. The power of climate change to damage infrastructure, disrupt businesses and destroy jobs...

Commentary: Dominica: Towards a one party state?

June 5, 2017
Commentary: Dominica: Towards a one party state? It would be folly not to consider the arguments of proponents who hold, that the man posing as the prime minister of Dominica for 17 years, should be given the mandate to govern the people of Dominica for another five years. However, while this view is supported in many ingenious discussions...

Commentary: The View from Europe: Is the US any longer a reliable partner?

June 3, 2017
Commentary: The View from Europe: Is the US any longer a reliable partner? For the Caribbean, climate change and its mitigation is like no other issue: it is existential. The announcement by the US president on June 1 that he will withdraw from the Paris climate change agreement therefore strikes at the heart of every Caribbean citizen and government. The scientific evidence...

Commentary: The proposed electoral amendments in Dominica, misinformation and fighting over nothing

June 3, 2017
Commentary: The proposed electoral amendments in Dominica, misinformation and fighting over nothing Power of the Parliament 1. The Constitution vested the exclusive power in the Parliament to make laws for election matters by sections 40(5) and 41 of the Constitution. It is also the exclusive authority of the Parliament to legislate on matters which it considers ought to be illegal or offences, or which...

Commentary: Et tu, chief minister?

June 3, 2017
Commentary: Et tu, chief minister? In Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, Act III Scene 1, we see several Roman senators plotting Caesar’s assassination, out of fear that he has grown too powerful and was fast becoming a king. So they lured him into a false sense of security and when he least expected it, like buzzards on a dead carcass...

Commentary: The week Trump kissed up to Saudi Arabia, kissed off Europe, and French-kissed the Philippines

June 2, 2017
Commentary: The week Trump kissed up to Saudi Arabia, kissed off Europe, and French-kissed the Philippines One of the many unseemly things about Donald Trump as president of the United States is his longing admiration for dictators. In “Hail Erdogan -- Nouveau Sultan of Turkey,” April 17, 2017, I ridiculed this as his dictator envy. But even I was left stupefied as I watched him play über dictator on the world...

Commentary: CARICOM unified at the OAS - a moment for unbridled pride

June 2, 2017
Commentary: CARICOM unified at the OAS - a moment for unbridled pride Contrary to all who dismissed it as impossible, the 14 independent member states of the Caribbean Community (CARCOM) displayed strong solidarity at the Organisation of American States on Wednesday, May 31. In doing so, the CARICOM countries showed the ‘soft power’ that they can...

Commentary: ICJ adjudication of Guyana-Venezuela border issue draws nearer

June 1, 2017
Commentary: ICJ adjudication of Guyana-Venezuela border issue draws nearer On February 27 this year, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced the appointment of Dag Halvor Nylander of Norway as his personal representative to help find a solution to the border controversy between Guyana and Venezuela. Nylander comes with the experience as ambassador...

Commentary: The Dominican Revolution

June 1, 2017
Commentary: The Dominican Revolution December 23, 1776, Thomas Paine, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States in a post called "The Crisis", which described the start of the American Revolution, said this; "These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from...

Commentary: The infringement of fundamental rights and freedoms in Jamaica

June 1, 2017
Commentary: The infringement of fundamental rights and freedoms in Jamaica In July 2016, Jamaica’s attorney general, Marlene Malahoo Forte, declared that some “fundamental rights and freedoms guaranteed to Jamaicans may have to be abrogated, abridged, or infringed.” The attorney general proposed an amendment to the Bail Act in murder cases involving intentional homicide...

Commentary: St Lucia's prime minister: A paradox of translating precarity

May 31, 2017
Commentary: St Lucia's prime minister: A paradox of translating precarity Saint Lucia’s Prime Minister Allen Chastanet’s actions before his policy position and now accompanied by the 2017/18 appropriation bill demonstrate clear intentions to wield power and administrative direction. Nevertheless, it would be immoral for me to pretend otherwise. I’m afraid that I cannot...

Commentary: Are credit rating agencies America's secret fifth column?

May 31, 2017
Commentary: Are credit rating agencies America's secret fifth column? The Fifth Column is a group within a country at war who are sympathetic to or working for its enemies. Even a full-blown war with North Korea or Russia could not inflict the damage done to this country by Moody’s, Fitch and S&P. The rating agencies have declared war on the United States and the...

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