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Vexit: Venezuela to quit OAS

April 28, 2017
WASHINGTON, USA -- On Wednesday, the same day that a majority of member countries of the Organization of American States (OAS) approved a resolution to convene a meeting of ministers of foreign affairs of the region to consider the situation facing Venezuela, the South American...

Protest march to take place in St Lucia against multibillion dollar project

April 28, 2017
Protest march to take place in St Lucia against multibillion dollar project CASTRIES, St Lucia -- A national protest march is planned in Vieux-Fort, Saint Lucia, on Sunday against a proposed multibillion-dollar, so-called ‘Pearl of the Caribbean’ project, to be funded by the country’s citizenship by investment programme (CIP). The developer, Desert Star Holdings...

St Lucia PM cuts funding for National Trust

April 26, 2017
St Lucia PM cuts funding for National Trust CASTRIES, St Lucia -- In what is widely regarded locally as punishment for its opposition to a proposed dolphin park and its outspoken criticism of environmentally damaging components of a controversial multibillion-dollar development in Saint Lucia, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has removed...

St Lucia may launch prosecutions of extrajudicial killings

April 24, 2017
St Lucia may launch prosecutions of extrajudicial killings CASTRIES, St Lucia -- According to reports coming out of Saint Lucia, the authorities there may be preparing to launch prosecutions of those thought to be responsible for a number of alleged extrajudicial killings in 2010 and 2011 by members of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF).

Commentary: St Lucia sliding into 'economic terrorism' and 'treason'

April 24, 2017
Commentary: St Lucia sliding into 'economic terrorism' and 'treason' To the extent that Prime Minister Allen Chastanet invokes the terms ‘economic terrorism’ and ‘treason’, it seems clear that this administration is consumed by an atmosphere of distrust and disquiet, manifested by suspicions of subterranean plots and bizarre surveillance tactics that are wrongheaded.

St Lucia police still subject to US sanctions

April 20, 2017
St Lucia police still subject to US sanctions WASHINGTON, USA -- The US State Department has now confirmed that sanctions imposed by the United States are still in place against the security forces in Saint Lucia under the Leahy Amendment to the Foreign Assistance Act (FAA). “Leahy law restrictions remain in place...

PANCAP hosts youth meeting to discuss ending AIDS by 2030

April 20, 2017
PANCAP hosts youth meeting to discuss ending AIDS by 2030 PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) will host a meeting of youth leaders from 19 Caribbean countries on April 21 and 22, 2017 in Port of Spain, Trinidad. The focus of the forum will be a discussion on the role of youth in the national and...

Making money is not a bad thing, says St Lucia PM

April 18, 2017
Making money is not a bad thing, says St Lucia PM CASTRIES, St Lucia -- It comes as no surprise that Prime Minister Allen Chastanet -- who served as Saint Lucia’s tourism minister from 2006 to 2011 -- is head-over-heels for the industry, but during a candid meeting recently with Saint Lucia’s Manufacturers Association, he reassured local...

Equipment donation to St Lucia not unlawful, says State Dept

April 17, 2017
Equipment donation to St Lucia not unlawful, says State Dept WASHINGTON, USA -- The US State Department has rejected a suggestion that a recent donation of computers and other equipment worth EC$100,000 (US$37,000) by the US embassy in Bridgetown to Saint Lucia’s Crown Prosecutions Service may not have been legally permitted.

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...

St Lucia PM called on to adhere to economic citizenship law

April 15, 2017
St Lucia PM called on to adhere to economic citizenship law CASTRIES, St Lucia -- During his weekly television broadcast last week, former Saint Lucia government minister, Richard Frederick, called on Prime Minister Allen Chastanet to follow the law in relation to the country’s citizenship by investment programme (CIP). Frederick said that the current...

Causeway to catastrophe for St Lucia's endangered wildlife, say conservationists

April 15, 2017
Causeway to catastrophe for St Lucia's endangered wildlife, say conservationists CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Conservationists across the globe are expressing grave concerns about a proposed development in Saint Lucia that would mean certain extinction for some of the country’s most valuable wildlife. The next phase of the so-called Pearl of the Caribbean project poses a...

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...

St Lucia citizenship unit counters opposition pledge to review economic citizenships

April 14, 2017
St Lucia citizenship unit counters opposition pledge to review economic citizenships CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Citizenship by Investment Unit (CBIU) in Saint Lucia has attempted to counter a pledge by the opposition St Lucia Labour Party (SLP) to review every citizenship granted by the current government under the country’s citizenship by investment programme (CIP).

US donation of equipment to St Lucia may be unlawful

April 13, 2017
US donation of equipment to St Lucia may be unlawful WASHINGTON, USA -- A recent donation of computers and other equipment worth EC$100,000 (US$37,000) by the US embassy in Bridgetown to Saint Lucia’s Crown Prosecutions Service has been questioned by sources in other US government agencies as to whether this was legally permitted.

ECCU banking leaders tackle amendments to Banking Act 2015

April 13, 2017
ECCU banking leaders tackle amendments to Banking Act 2015 BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- Legislators and bankers from across the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) met in St Vincent and the Grenadines on Tuesday to discuss proposed amendments to the Banking Act 2015. The Act addresses the need for effective risk-focused supervision of...

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.

St Lucia police said to be still committing human rights abuses

April 12, 2017
St Lucia police said to be still committing human rights abuses CASTRIES, St Lucia -- A former Saint Lucia government minister claimed last week that officers of the Royal St Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) are still engaged in human rights abuses, despite the fact that in 2013 the United States imposed sanctions against the island’s security forces...

Buyers beware of St Lucia citizenship program, say experts

April 11, 2017
Buyers beware of St Lucia citizenship program, say experts CASTRIES St Lucia -- Caveat emptor, or buyer beware, is the message from industry experts in relation to Saint Lucia’s newly redesigned citizenship-by-investment program (CIP), which has come in for renewed criticism for its non-transferability from generation to generation, but also...

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...

St Lucia opposition pledges to review every citizenship granted by current government

April 7, 2017
St Lucia opposition pledges to review every citizenship granted by current government CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Following a walk out on Tuesday by all opposition parliamentarians after a motion to reverse changes to the citizenship by investment programme (CIP) was removed from the order paper, the opposition St Lucia Labour Party (SLP) has pledged to review every citizenship...

Letter: I want to be a citizen of rest of the world

April 7, 2017
Letter: I want to be a citizen of rest of the world As much as I tried to get away from the politics of the day, I could not. It is wall to wall coverage in the shops, the minibus and on the street corners of Saint Lucia, on what happened in the House of Assembly, or in the local paellas, the house of clowns. The chatter continued Wednesday morning...

Fallout continues from 60 Minutes 'Passports for Sale' broadcast

April 6, 2017
Fallout continues from 60 Minutes 'Passports for Sale' broadcast GENEVA, Switzerland -- The fallout continues from a controversial “60 Minutes” investigative programme aired by the US television network CBS on January 1, which focused on the citizenship by investment programmes (CIP) operated by three out of the five Caribbean islands that offer...

Opposition walks out of St Lucia parliament

April 5, 2017
Opposition walks out of St Lucia parliament CASTRIES, St Lucia -- A motion to reverse changes to the citizenship by investment programme (CIP) tabled by the opposition St Lucia Labour Party (SLP) for debate was removed from the order paper on Tuesday, resulting in the SLP parliamentarians staging a walk out.

US ambassador offers advice to Caribbean states

April 4, 2017
US ambassador offers advice to Caribbean states BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- St Kitts and Nevis and other Caribbean nations are getting some advice on measures that should be taken in their quest to strengthen their economies. US Ambassador Linda Taglialatela, who heads the American embassy in Bridgetown, says regional states...

Caribbean Writers Congress to pay tribute to Sir Derek Walcott

April 4, 2017
Caribbean Writers Congress to pay tribute to Sir Derek Walcott POINTE-A-PITRE, Guadeloupe -- The Saint Lucian Nobel Laureate, Sir Derek Walcott, will be remembered during the fifth Caribbean Writers Congress taking place in Guadeloupe from April 5 - 8 and organised by the Guadeloupe Regional Collectivity in partnership with the Association of...

US praises Honduras while criticising Eastern Caribbean islands

April 1, 2017
US praises Honduras while criticising Eastern Caribbean islands WASHINGTON, USA -- A report released last month by the US Department of State credits the Honduras government for reducing rates of homicide, kidnapping, and extortion in the Central American country, while being sharply critical of Eastern Caribbean islands for failing to curb drug trafficking.

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