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Commentary: The View from Europe: Competition, connectivity and the Caribbean tourism market

May 27, 2017
Commentary: The View from Europe: Competition, connectivity and the Caribbean tourism market When the former US president, Barack Obama, announced in late 2014 that he was easing travel restrictions on US citizens wishing to visit Cuba, a frisson ran through the tourist industry in the rest of the region. Seminars and conferences were hastily convened, papers produced, and Caribbean...

Commentary: Haiti and its national and international debt status

May 27, 2017
Commentary: Haiti and its national and international debt status Up to this date, around mid-May 2017, the national and international debt of the Republic of Haiti hovers around US$3 billion. This sum represents $1 billion of internal debt and $2 billion of external one. It is a very small amount if we compare Haiti’s debt with other Caribbean countries that are...

Commentary: Suicide bomber brings Ariana Grande's Manchester concert to explosive end

May 26, 2017
Commentary: Suicide bomber brings Ariana Grande's Manchester concert to explosive end Unsurprisingly, ISIS has claimed responsibility for this latest attack. It is always inveighing against “the crusaders.” But ISIS couldn’t care any less that the victims were mostly innocent girls and their chaperoning parents. Indeed, all the better to reinforce the specter of its terror. I appreciate the terror...

Commentary: Competition for benefits of second citizenship is global

May 26, 2017
Commentary: Competition for benefits of second citizenship is global Citizenship by investment programmes (CIPs) in the Caribbean have been the subject of much criticism, even though the financial and economic benefits of the programmes are undeniable. These programmes are operated by: Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts-Nevis and St Lucia.

Commentary: Chronicles of a Chronic Caribbean Chronicler: Grenada must not be repeated in Venezuela

May 25, 2017
Commentary: Chronicles of a Chronic Caribbean Chronicler: Grenada must not be repeated in Venezuela Like everyone else, heads of government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) believe the ancient adage ‘once bitten, twice shy!’ Back in 1983, they largely supported the US invasion of Grenada in the name of a so-called ‘rescue mission’.

Commentary: Commonsense is better than intellectual debate to discuss Grenada's heritage

May 25, 2017
Commentary: Commonsense is better than intellectual debate to discuss Grenada's heritage I personally believe that commonsense debate is better than intellectual debate to solve Grenada’s social and political problems. Unfortunately, some Grenadians are relying on intellectuals to find the solutions, rather than using their commonsense. However, I think that they are putting their...

Commentary: Is China using bogus criminal charges to influence change of diplomatic recognition by St Kitts-Nevis?

May 24, 2017
Commentary: Is China using bogus criminal charges to influence change of diplomatic recognition by St Kitts-Nevis? Domestic tranquility in St Kitts and Nevis is under siege, as opposition leaders have charged the current government with preventing an alleged financial criminal from being extradited to China, where he is wanted in connection with $100 million fraud. Ren Biao, a Chinese national who holds a...

Commentary: What does it take to solve a statelessness crisis?

May 24, 2017
Commentary: What does it take to solve a statelessness crisis? Three years ago today, authorities in the Dominican Republic passed a law seeking to address a statelessness crisis that has effectively stripped thousands of people off their Dominican nationality and with it, denied them a range of human rights. The crisis exploded in 2013, after a ruling by...

Commentary: WannaCry - A Caribbean cyber security perspective

May 23, 2017
Commentary: WannaCry - A Caribbean cyber security perspective “Organizations who continue to run Windows XP, software, which cannot adequately detect and protect your information assets, and obsolete software, will make your systems easy targets for hackers and cyber criminals, as these systems will be hardest hit as the level of vulnerabilities and exploits...

Commentary: Honduras: A nation misunderstood

May 23, 2017
Commentary: Honduras: A nation misunderstood The sun beats down. It does so fiercely. At this moment however, I remain cool. I happen to be sitting below the kind, encompassing shade of a large palm tree. Crisp, white grains of sand slide between my toes as I stand up. I do so in the attempt to see if any ‘coconut bread’ vendors are...

Commentary: The View from Europe: Jamaica-Dominican Republic accord should give pause for thought in CARICOM

May 22, 2017
Commentary: The View from Europe: Jamaica-Dominican Republic accord should give pause for thought in CARICOM A few days ago, the prime minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness, and the president of the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina, agreed to work towards a closer relationship. Beyond the widely-reported desire of both nations to increase trade and investment, the language contained in the joint...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Clarity is needed

May 22, 2017
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Clarity is needed Originally carried as an ‘Exclusive’ by Reuters on Wednesday 10th May 2017 under the banner headline "Caribbean resort operator Sandals explores sale", it took barely hours to spread throughout the travel trade and public media. According to Reuters, Sandals Resorts International have hired...

Commentary: Erasing records to whitewash steroids from Track and Field is absurd

May 19, 2017
Commentary: Erasing records to whitewash steroids from Track and Field is absurd Frankly, this makes about as much sense as the Soviet Union erasing discredited politicians from old photographs, hoping to give the regime more credibility.  The governing bodies of sports might think they can get all athletes to compete clean. But this is as naïve as the Catholic Church thinking...

Commentary: OAS compromised by its secretary-general

May 19, 2017
Commentary: OAS compromised by its secretary-general The Organisation of American States (OAS) has lost credibility as a multilateral institution capable of contributing to a resolution of the growing conflict in Venezuela.   There are two reasons for this.  The primary one is the hostile behaviour toward the Venezuelan government by the secretary-general.

Commentary: Growth of African airlines and implications for Guyana and the Caribbean

May 17, 2017
Commentary: Growth of African airlines and implications for Guyana and the Caribbean The rise of strong African airlines such as Ethiopian Airlines (ET), Rwandair, Kenya Airways (KQ), Royal Air Maroc-RAM (Morocco), Egyptair and South African Airways is unprecedented in history of African aviation, for it is the first time many African carriers have a successful profit and...

Commentary: Seeing Africa through the eyes of the average American youth

May 17, 2017
Commentary: Seeing Africa through the eyes of the average American youth I can't disagree much with the glowing report that America has become very diverse and, as a result, opinions towards Africa (depending on who's asked) may have advanced in some quarters. Nonetheless, the negative stereotype (not necessarily racist) about Africa still visibly hangs in a corner.

Commentary: Chronicles of a Chronic Caribbean Chronicler: Venezuela's friends hoping for the best, but fearing the worst

May 16, 2017
Commentary: Chronicles of a Chronic Caribbean Chronicler: Venezuela's friends hoping for the best, but fearing the worst Ahead of a secretive OAS foreign ministers meeting in Washington next week, Venezuela’s friends are hoping for the best, but fearing the worst! Some keen observers of Venezuelan politics today have described the current situation there as “The Cuban missile crisis in slow motion.” I cannot agree more.

Commentary: National Heritage Committee erred

May 16, 2017
Commentary: National Heritage Committee erred Those who have initiated this reenactment need to look at it again because it is clearly something we should not be promoting. Those were the comments of Prime Minister Keith Mitchell, on the recent staging at River Antoine in St Patrick of an event reenacting slave life on a sugar estate in Grenada.

Commentary: Tourism Matters: I am all for corporate Barbados doing more

May 15, 2017
Commentary: Tourism Matters: I am all for corporate Barbados doing more I read with some incredulity an article entitled “Hotel school’s funds ‘drying up’ - Principal" in another section of the media. Knowing the critical importance tourism is in sustaining our economy and the various, either proposed or currently under construction hotel projects...

Commentary: Cyber security: Can Caribbean governments defend their borders alone?

May 15, 2017
Commentary: Cyber security: Can Caribbean governments defend their borders alone? The dangers of cyber threats in the Caribbean continue to evolve and spike at a rate never seen before. As the telecoms providers in the Caribbean seek opportunities to increase their revenues through increase internet penetration across the region risks mushrooms. The risks are further...

Commentary: The View from Europe: Why the concerns of Caribbean youth matter

May 13, 2017
Commentary: The View from Europe: Why the concerns of Caribbean youth matter In much of the world, young people feel economically marginalised, politically alienated and in a struggle against insecurity and inequity. In the Caribbean, it is little different. Lack of opportunity, the absence of generational change, high levels of unemployment, discrimination based on gender or...

Commentary: It is said that those who know right and do wrong...

May 13, 2017
Commentary: It is said that those who know right and do wrong... The Bible tells us that those who know right and still do wrong will be whipped with many prongs. And yet despite that admonition, we lower the longboats and we forge ahead to a shore of uncertainty. We consistently find ourselves backpedalling on our heels in opposition to something...

Commentary: Inglorious Empire: Parallels of Indian and West Indian exploitation

May 12, 2017
Commentary: Inglorious Empire: Parallels of Indian and West Indian exploitation The yearnings for power and wealth of the stone-cold dead British Empire echoed amongst the older generation throughout the shires of Britain during the Brexit campaign. Those yearnings reflected themselves in the support of the older voters to leave the European Union (EU) as an assertion...

Commentary: Re-risking can only occur through KYCC

May 12, 2017
Commentary: Re-risking can only occur through KYCC The so-called "de-risking" crisis, where an estimated 25 percent of the correspondent relationships between foreign financial institutions and US banks have been terminated, due to increased attention to anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) risk by those American...

Commentary: Chronicles of a Chronic Caribbean Chronicler: Europe and US dodging demands for slavery reparations

May 11, 2017
Commentary: Chronicles of a Chronic Caribbean Chronicler: Europe and US dodging demands for slavery reparations The recent furor in Grenada over whether slave history has a role in tourism promotion is an important development that fits smack in the middle of the ongoing Caribbean discussion on reparations from Europe for slavery and native genocide. Today, over 180 years after abolition, descendants of...

Commentary: The World Health Organization - why everyone should care

May 11, 2017
Commentary: The World Health Organization - why everyone should care Health is one of the most precious things to us all as individuals and families. It is something we very often take for granted, until we no longer have it. As the UK’s candidate for the director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), I am committed to improving the health of people across the globe.

Commentary: A critical need for a new leadership forgiveness tour

May 10, 2017
Commentary: A critical need for a new leadership forgiveness tour On March 20, 2017, Pope Francis asked for forgiveness during a meeting at the Vatican with President Kagame of Rwanda for the 1994 100-day genocide. Experts noted that over 800,000 people were killed in an ethnic war between Tutsi and Hutu extremists. The Pope’s forgiveness gesture...

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