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Commentary: The View from Europe: The changing face of Caribbean rum

March 25, 2017
Commentary: The View from Europe: The changing face of Caribbean rum In a few weeks’ time, the European Union’s (EU) long running programme to support the development of the Caribbean rum industry will come to an end.  It has been one of the most successful private sector related undertakings ever to be supported by the EU in the Caribbean. It leaves much...

Commentary: The mind control crisis: How politicians are trampling on the ignorance of the non-vigilant

March 25, 2017
Commentary: The mind control crisis: How politicians are trampling on the ignorance of the non-vigilant A huge section of the St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) population is brainwashed! For the past 16 years, in SVG’s politics, many Vincentians have been indoctrinated into the ‘red’ cult, which engenders an impairment of autonomy among individuals – an authentic proposition, which suggests...

Commentary: Chuck Berry, 'the Father of Rock 'n' Roll'

March 24, 2017
Commentary: Chuck Berry, 'the Father of Rock 'n' Roll' I like Chuck Berry’s music well enough. But I’m hardly a fan. I never bought any of his records. I never attended any of his concerts. Yet I know enough about his pioneering role in the music industry to appreciate why he is hailed as “the father of rock ‘n’ roll.” But, with all due respect to Elvis, I suspect...

Commentary: De-risking a serious threat to Caribbean and hemispheric security

March 24, 2017
Commentary: De-risking a serious threat to Caribbean and hemispheric security For over a year in the Councils of the Organisation of American States (OAS), Caribbean countries have been warning of the threat to the region’s economic and political stability arising from the withdrawal by US banks of correspondent banking relations to Caribbean banks. Those relations...

Commentary: Proposal to build Maria Island causeway in St Lucia is disturbing

March 23, 2017
Commentary: Proposal to build Maria Island causeway in St Lucia is disturbing Not long after the general elections, it become clear, at least from my realism, what would become of an Allen Chastanet-led administration – the hidden consequences of change. Recently, the state of affairs has come full circle, with similarities between the Dolphin Park, citizenship by investment (CIP)...

Commentary: Nothing could be further from the truth in blaming the colonial mindset

March 23, 2017
Commentary: Nothing could be further from the truth in blaming the colonial mindset According to Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) Justice Adrian Saunders, in a recent lecture in St Kitts, a "colonial mindset" is to blame for the reluctance on the part of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) governments to embrace the court as the final court of appeal. As someone who has litigated matters...

Commentary: These Haitian venture capitalists will make you believe in the country's future

March 22, 2017
Commentary: These Haitian venture capitalists will make you believe in the country's future Did you ever think you would read about Haiti having a venture capital firm in your lifetime? Probably not! I know. I didn’t, either, until I connected with the firm directly. Haiti does indeed have a venture capital firm, and it’s being led by Haitians to help build Haiti’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Commentary: Does Congressman Chaffetz have the personal integrity and courage for House oversight?

March 22, 2017
Commentary: Does Congressman Chaffetz have the personal integrity and courage for House oversight? Approximately 60 days ago, www.WallStFraud.Com made a detailed referral to Congressman Jason Chaffetz and the House Oversight Committee regarding a $70 billion Puerto Rico bond fraud and strong evidence of an associated “pay to play” enterprise involving many members of the Congress.

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Extricating ourselves from the current fiscal malaise

March 21, 2017
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Extricating ourselves from the current fiscal malaise When I hear various vested interests lobby for the greater use of our tourism sector using more locally made and available product, while I am 100 percent behind this concept but, after almost three decades pursuing this ideal, have to admit that it is not as easy as it is made to sound. It should not take...

Commentary: Women in the changing world of work - Planet 50-50 by 2030: What does this mean?

March 21, 2017
Commentary: Women in the changing world of work - Planet 50-50 by 2030: What does this mean? The United Nations global Sustainable Development Goals agenda is a pulpit that aims to meet the greatest trials of the 21st century, with an admirable mention of gender equality by 2030. However, since social progress is also evaluated by the way society treats women, then, it is evident that...

Commentary: St Lucia government plans to build a dolphin park expose conflict of interest

March 20, 2017
Commentary: St Lucia government plans to build a dolphin park expose conflict of interest Ever since June 6, 2016, there has been chaos, surprise and disruption, including subverting the constitution, political and economic atrocity, foreign-policy derailment, frail nation security and public health, paralyzing Saint Lucia. English historian, Lord John Acton (1834-1902), known...

Commentary: What's in a name?

March 20, 2017
Commentary: What's in a name? In a recent IWN article dealing with the opening ceremonies of the new airport, our prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr Ralph Gonsalves, opined that the name of a plantation, specifically Argyle, because of its importance to the history of the nation, speaks against the renaming...

Commentary: Local proposals to solve Caribbean correspondent banking problem ignore the pivotal issue

March 20, 2017
Commentary: Local proposals to solve Caribbean correspondent banking problem ignore the pivotal issue Several Caribbean commentators have weighed in on a possible fix to the urgent Caribbean correspondent banking situation. I present their theories here in an effort to compare and contrast them to the only effective solution I can recommend, which is total KYCC. These concepts have been...

Commentary: The View from Europe: Trade options and the Commonwealth

March 18, 2017
Commentary: The View from Europe: Trade options and the Commonwealth Before the end of this month, Britain’s prime minister, Theresa May, will invoke article 50 of the European Treaty, starting a process that will lead to the UK leaving the European Union (EU) in 2019.  The precise timing of the announcement is unclear, but what is not in doubt is that it will create uncertainty...

Commentary: Character-based leadership: The game changer

March 18, 2017
Commentary: Character-based leadership: The game changer The idea of leadership has come in for much analysis and discussion recently. It has replaced management as a strategy for organizational and employee development, and has deeper dimensions, including areas such as winning the confidence and commitment of others, and stirring...

Commentary: When landfills kill - the real life of 'slumdogs'...

March 17, 2017
Commentary: When landfills kill - the real life of 'slumdogs'... And none of them even dream of becoming a millionaire. The film Slumdog Millionaire was all the rage in 2008. It garnered ten Oscar nominations and won eight, including for Best Picture and Directing (by Danny Boyle). But I took umbrage at its rank exploitation of those poor Indian kids...

Commentary: Commonwealth Free Trade: A British straw man?

March 17, 2017
Commentary: Commonwealth Free Trade: A British straw man? A Commonwealth Free Trade Area (FTA) would go down in India “like a lead balloon”. That’s the opinion of Indian Member of Parliament, Shashi Tharoor, as British ministers and Empire-dreamers run around Britain trying to promote the idea that a Commonwealth FTA is a viable alternative to trade with...

Commentary: Lessons of 1979 Grenada Revolution

March 17, 2017
Commentary: Lessons of 1979 Grenada Revolution Thirty-eight years after the Grenada Revolution, what are the lessons learnt? What are the lessons ignored? If I may borrow an analysis from a comrade and a former captain of the People's Revolutionary Army, we – as a people – must go past the stage of “who for” or “who against” the Revolution.

Commentary: Chronicles of a Chronic Caribbean Chronicler: The Grenada Revolution forgotten and remembered

March 16, 2017
Commentary: Chronicles of a Chronic Caribbean Chronicler: The Grenada Revolution forgotten and remembered Thirty-eight years ago, an earth-shattering event happened on a very small island in the Eastern Caribbean that was heard and felt worldwide. The first of its kind in Caribbean waters since the triumph of the Cuban Revolution on January 1, 1959, the Grenada Revolution of March 13, 1979, created...

Commentary: 'SVG cruise': The formula for sustained flights at Argyle airport

March 16, 2017
Commentary: 'SVG cruise': The formula for sustained flights at Argyle airport If not remedied quickly, Argyle International Airport (AIA) will be a failed investment! Before I open up the unhealed wounds of its management and financial malpractice, I must admit, from the inception, I was and still am a staunch promoter of the idea of an international airport in SVG.

Commentary: The Caribbean correspondent banking crisis: it is not about profitability

March 16, 2017
Commentary: The Caribbean correspondent banking crisis: it is not about profitability Some of the commentary surrounding the origins of the present situation regarding the large number of correspondent banking relationships terminated by American financial institutions has centered upon the large number of Caribbean banks that have reportedly lost their US correspondents.

Commentary: St Lucia government 'wasn't minded' to facilitate renewable energy

March 15, 2017
Commentary: St Lucia government 'wasn't minded' to facilitate renewable energy There isn’t much elevate the Allen Chastanet-led administration’s credibility in claiming that “Government wasn’t minded to do a compulsory land acquisition to facilitate the project” – a $37 million investment, by US-based firm WindTex Energy, for a 12MW wind farm in Anse Cannot...

Commentary: Forty things Haitian customers wish they could tell business owners

March 15, 2017
Commentary: Forty things Haitian customers wish they could tell business owners You’ve heard the dissatisfaction time and time again. I mean, you have probably experienced it yourself. You go to the Haitian bakery to pick up your patties. It’s supposed to be an easy and pleasant experience, but you tend to walk away from the business with a negative experience.

Commentary: The Mighty Chalkdust forgets history for opportunity

March 14, 2017
Commentary: The Mighty Chalkdust forgets history for opportunity It is a fact that some Caribbean intellectuals are opportunists and they know that their academic training makes it much easier for them to fit within the social movements for change of the time, when there is a vacuum. Now this time around in Trinidad and Tobago Calypso Monarch 2017...

Commentary: Our Garifuna people exiled from their native homeland in search for the truth

March 14, 2017
Commentary: Our Garifuna people exiled from their native homeland in search for the truth How many Garinagu arrived in Honduras? Let us analyze first the number of Garinagu who were displaced from the big island, as they were placed into the small barren island of Balliceaux, later to Bequia until they finally arrived to Roatán, Bay Islands. How many Garinagu were captured in...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: There has never been a more important time

March 13, 2017
Commentary: Tourism Matters: There has never been a more important time According to media reports on the Estimates, the amounts of BDS$87.7 million has been awarded to the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc (BTMI) for the fiscal year 2017/2018 and BDS$8.6 million to the Barbados Tourism Product Authority (BTPA). At first, certainly in the case of the BMTI, these seem...

Commentary: The real reason New York US Attorney Preet Bharara was asked to resign

March 13, 2017
Commentary: The real reason New York US Attorney Preet Bharara was asked to resign Before the inauguration, Donald Trump and Preet Bharara met and an agreement was struck that would keep US Attorney Bharara in his current position in New York under a new Trump administration. New York Senator Charles Schumer was instrumental in getting Bharara appointed.

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