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Commentary: St Lucia's strategic realignment

April 17, 2017
Commentary: St Lucia's strategic realignment For Prime Minister Allen Chastanet’s impressive amount of ineptitude, immense lack of credibility and thin covering of respectability, one would have thought, after ten months in office, he would perhaps smarten-up a bit on the institution of democracy. Avid readers will remember my article...

Commentary: Ghoulishness envelops Arkansas mass execution schedule

April 17, 2017
Commentary: Ghoulishness envelops Arkansas mass execution schedule Ghoulishness envelops Arkansas’ decision to pump deadly drugs into eight men over the next fortnight. Although two of the eight scheduled executions have definitively been stayed and a temporary restraining order has been issued as to the remaining six, the state plans an emergency appeal.

Commentary: The weakness of assaults on second citizenship

April 15, 2017
Commentary: The weakness of assaults on second citizenship Citizenship by investment programmes (CIPs) are operated, in one form or another, by many countries, including the US, Canada, and several European Union (EU) nations. Yet, commentators in various media single out Caribbean countries and Malta for adverse comment. The adverse comments...

Commentary: The View from Europe: Cuba's cautious transition to a new generation

April 15, 2017
Commentary: The View from Europe: Cuba's cautious transition to a new generation In just under a year’s time, if President Castro keeps to his previously announced timetable, he will step down and cease to lead Cuba’s Council of State and Council of Ministers. Others in his generation are also expected to demit office.  Unless a constitutional change occurs, he will also cease...

Commentary: Some former Grenadian revolutionaries playing snake to catch the people as zandolie

April 15, 2017
Commentary: Some former Grenadian revolutionaries playing snake to catch the people as zandolie Because the older Grenadians speak French Creole patois, whenever they see a lizard they called it a zandolie. However, they told us that whenever a zandolie forgets itself, snake does catch it and eat it for a meal, but still the other zandolie lizards never learn their lesson. They continue to...

Letter: America be warned: North Korea is not Syria

April 15, 2017
Letter: America be warned: North Korea is not Syria After America attacked that Syrian airbase with her cruise missiles recently, she moved a large naval force consisting of an aircraft carrier, support ships and, according to some reports, even submarines, to the Korean peninsula. If the US is planning to attack North Korea, she should...

Commentary: My Good Friday Sermon

April 14, 2017
Commentary: My Good Friday Sermon I grew up the son of a preacher man. One of the things I found most dispiriting about this was having to listen to the same sermon over and over again, knowing full well that my Daddy expected me to be moved by the Holy Spirit anew each time. In fact, by the time I was ten, my mind, body, and soul...

Commentary: A labyrinth of deception: Secretary Clinton and the Honduras coup

April 14, 2017
Commentary: A labyrinth of deception: Secretary Clinton and the Honduras coup At 4 a.m. on June 28, 2009, a battalion of 150 masked Honduran soldiers under orders from Gen. Romeo Vásquez Velásquez initiated a shootout with the Presidential Honor Guard. Honduras’s President Manuel Zelaya was then dragged in his pajamas onto a plane at gunpoint and left...

Commentary: Chronicles of a Chronic Caribbean Chronicler: Bountiful Benefits of Jean Baptiste Bideau's Bolivarian Bicentenary

April 13, 2017
Commentary: Chronicles of a Chronic Caribbean Chronicler: Bountiful Benefits of Jean Baptiste Bideau's Bolivarian Bicentenary Originally writing this column on the actual date of the bicentenary of the death of Saint Lucia-born Hero of Venezuela’s Independence Jean Baptiste Bideau, my mind raced back down Memory Lane to 2015, when I visited the place his bones remained buried where he died in battle.

Commentary: Dominica: Skerrit must go

April 13, 2017
Commentary: Dominica: Skerrit must go Skerrit must go because he has betrayed the will of the people of Dominica. Skerrit must go because he has disturbed global peace and security with the sale of diplomatic passports to scoundrels, fugitives, and money launderers fleeing justice. Skerrit must go because after nearly two decades...

Commentary: The Caribbean airlift dilemma

April 12, 2017
Commentary: The Caribbean airlift dilemma The Caribbean region is suffering from a borderline airlift disorder that produces the most intense chronic agony and distress in those who suffer from this condition which encompasses the functions of tourism, trade, commerce and social interaction. Airlift in the region appears to be in a...

Commentary: Domestic violence/abuse: Shouldn't women share a mini-portion of the blame?

April 12, 2017
Commentary: Domestic violence/abuse: Shouldn't women share a mini-portion of the blame? It's all our prayers that men who are domestic abusers "burn in hell and rot away in agony!" Oh yeah, I totally do agree with the vengeful prayer request, but hit the brakes for a moment... I think there's probably another way to look at it. With the flourishing rate of domestic violence in almost all...

Commentary: Native US Virgin Islanders should be entitled to Danish citizenship

April 11, 2017
Commentary: Native US Virgin Islanders should be entitled to Danish citizenship US Virgin Islanders who officially reside in the islands and can trace their ancestry back to the Danish era (1671 – 1917) should be entitled to automatic Danish citizenship, whether they decide to renounce their United States citizenship or obtain dual citizenship of Denmark and the United States.

Commentary: Light on violence - no violence in love

April 11, 2017
Commentary: Light on violence - no violence in love The alarming incidences of violence in Jamaica should be a cause for deep cultural introspection for all citizens on the causes of violence. I launched a #noviolenceinlove campaign, which aims to decode and decrease ideas causal to violence in our society. My team and I have created films...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Good travel agents are worth their weight in gold

April 10, 2017
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Good travel agents are worth their weight in gold During my time in Canada, starting back in the late 1960s, I worked as a travel agent in Winnipeg. It was an amazing learning experience and one opportunity that I will always be truly grateful for. I threw my all into attempting to understand the myriad of complex options and choices, knowing that...

Commentary: Arrogance, ignorance and hypocrisy confront governance in St Lucia

April 10, 2017
Commentary: Arrogance, ignorance and hypocrisy confront governance in St Lucia Tomorrow is never assured but, while we endeavour to supercharge our life against adversity, increased dangers loom, knowing our future was handed over to the characteristics of arrogance and ignorance, and Prime Minister Allen Chastanet’s emerging format of narrow-minded...

Commentary: The View from Europe: Tourism's essential role in development

April 8, 2017
Commentary: The View from Europe: Tourism's essential role in development One of the most common complaints about tourism is that it does not spread the wealth it creates into rural and urban communities. This is particularly so in larger Caribbean nations, where many thousands are engaged in agriculture, opportunity and education are limited, and where urban drift...

Commentary: Tidbits: Adelphi-Grand Bay Estate

April 8, 2017
Commentary: Tidbits: Adelphi-Grand Bay Estate The three Triminghams – Nathaniel Thomas (b 1794 - d. 1878, Barbados), Henry Jennings (b. 1799 - d. 1857, Paget, Bermuda), and Ralph Francis Trimingham (b.1800 - d. 1868, Chicago, Ill, USA) – who operated as merchants at Kingstown, St Vincent, were first cousins; their fathers, Daniel and...

Commentary: Post-coup militarization in Honduras

April 8, 2017
Commentary: Post-coup militarization in Honduras On the morning of June 28, 2009, military officials forced then-president of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, into exile on a plane bound for Costa Rica. Shortly after, Robert Micheletti, president of the National Congress, was sworn in as president, stating, “I am not going to step aside, nor am I...

Commentary: Putin ordered Assad to gas innocent Syrians...?

April 7, 2017
Commentary: Putin ordered Assad to gas innocent Syrians...? This is an unconscionable crime against humanity. Unfortunately, it is one Syrian President Bashir al-Assad has repeatedly committed over the past six years -- with impunity. And he has never shown any scruples about doing so. This is why I suspect his puppet master, Russian President...

Commentary: OAS: a coup d'etat followed by a lynching?

April 7, 2017
Commentary: OAS: a coup d'etat followed by a lynching? “It was a coup d'état followed by a lynching”. That’s how an official of the Organisation of American States (OAS) described a meeting of the Permanent Council of the hemispheric body that was held on April 3 in the most unorthodox circumstances and at which 17 countries tore-up the rule book...

Commentary: The path of least resistance

April 6, 2017
Commentary: The path of least resistance “Broken Chords”, Lennox Vanterpool’s expose of Anguilla’s comprehensive education is in a sense a metaphor, not just for Anguilla’s education system, but for Anguilla as well. And while Vanterpool’s book looks at the comprehensive model through the prism of a broken chord, he contends...

Commentary: The $70 billion Puerto Rico bond fraud

April 6, 2017
Commentary: The $70 billion Puerto Rico bond fraud Senator Jeff Sessions apparently participated in a $70 billion Wall Street bond fraud and is now using his position as attorney general to squash all criminal investigations. In April through June of last year, Senator Sessions’ office was provided with Securities and Exchange Commission...

Commentary: Tales from South Caicos

April 5, 2017
Commentary: Tales from South Caicos South Caicos is an admired and cherished island. It is often referred to as ‘the Fishing Capital’ of the Turks and Caicos Islands. And it is now growing into a formidable competitor in the hospitality industry. The island has produced many prominent politicians including a Speaker of the...

Commentary: John Steinbeck's To a God Unknown: How to be a writer in the age of Donald Trump

April 5, 2017
Commentary: John Steinbeck's To a God Unknown: How to be a writer in the age of Donald Trump It’s easy to read John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, winner of the 1940 Pulitzer Prize, and, as Stephen King describes in his best-selling book On Writing, to have “feelings of despair and good old-fashioned jealousy -- [thoughts like] I’ll never be able to write anything that good, not if I live...

Commentary: Corruption at the CCJ?

April 4, 2017
Commentary: Corruption at the CCJ? "Hostile, emotional and irrational..." are just some of the unsavoury adjectives used by Emile Ferdinand QC to describe me in a recent interview. Indeed, the senior Caribbean jurist came out swinging in defence of Sir Dennis Byron, and his colleagues at the CCJ, in defence against corruption...

Commentary: Breaking political news coming out of Belize is not good for UDP

April 4, 2017
Commentary: Breaking political news coming out of Belize is not good for UDP If it is true that factional problems are occurring among the UDPs in Dangriga between the mayor and the area representative, then it will only give the PUPs an opportunity to regain those seats in the next upcoming municipal and general elections whenever they are called. UDPs in Dangriga...

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