Letter: Building cases or country?

Dear Sir: There is an enduring lawyer’s joke about an attorney who was once seen walking along a busy street, bending occasionally to pick up empty glass bottles which he then packed into an empty...

Letter: Potable water is a human right

Dear Sir: Is our economy prudently managed? Twenty years ago the published estimated construction cost of the DESALCOTT desalination facility was US$200 million, which today is TT$1.35 billion. On Wednesday 8th May, before Parliament’s Standing...

Letter: As the cruelties of capitalism continues with rapidity, life no longer has a...

Dear Sir: “I think the first duty of society is justice.” Alexander Hamilton The termination of life came after the man who would soon thereafter become the late Doug Schifter, by way of the social networking...

Commentary: The Turks and Caicos Budget – The good, the bad and the ugly

By Drexwell Seymour For the past couple of years, the budget of the Turks and Caicos Islands has been growing at a rate of more than 4 percent. Only one year the budget remained unchanged...

Letter: As the cruelties of capitalism continues with rapidity, life no longer has a...

Dear Sir: Is the United States of America a tale of two nations – a large one affluent, a minuscule one dirt-poor? There is also plenty of evidence below to help the readers of this...

Commentary: Europe, a unique partner for the Caribbean

By Federica Mogherini I have always thought of Latin America and the Caribbean and Europe as two sister regions, united by history and culture. We are a family because so many Europeans in the last...

Commentary: How do you celebrate your mother?

By Melissa Martin PhD Sunday, May 12, 2019. Mother’s Day is a celebration honoring mothers. An annual occasion to revere moms. History of Mother’s Day After her mother died in 1905, Miss Anna Jarvis wished to memorialize...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Booking flights independently

By Adrian Loveridge Booking flights independently can be very time consuming and challenging, but it can also reveal dramatic savings for those with tenacity and determination. While researching a return flight from Gatwick recently, the fare...

Commentary: The Episcopal Church: An institution built with the whims of failing man but...

By Jean H Charles I was born and raised in the Catholic Church and I am still a practicing Catholic, but my heart and my soul go with the Episcopal Church. It brings me back...

Letter: The brutal slaying of Tobagonians John “Joker” Mills and Eulyn John

Dear Sir: Waajihatul Islaamiyyah (The Islamic Front) condemns in the strongest terms the unfortunate demise of the friends of our Honorable Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley; John “Joker” Mills and Eulyn John who were brutally...

Letters: The era of hate speech

Dear Sir: Brooklyn Borough President, Eric Adams, has been selected as the new Manchurian Candidate to take Black People back to the Slave Plantation Where Black Intelligence is prohibited by law and Black Ignorance is...

Commentary: The view from Europe: Europe’s very different approach to the Caribbean and Latin...

By David Jessop In a more normal world, a communication produced by the European Commission (EC) setting out the main elements of Europe’s future policy towards Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) might only be...

Commentary: Ape scrolling Instagram says more about humans than apes

The amazing clip shows the primate holding a smartphone in one hand and clicking on the screen with another. … When he gets bored, he goes back and clicks on a video of men playing...

Commentary: Anguillians: Who are we really?

By Tyrone Hodge “Persons without the knowledge of their history and culture are like a tree without roots.” – Marcus Garvey In Anguilla, we the indigenous people seem to not know or choose to remember from...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: highlighting available property opportunities on Barbados

By Adrian Loveridge While watching an episode of Caribbean Life on HGTV (Home and Garden Television) hosted by our very own Cherita O’Dell recently, highlighting available property opportunities on Barbados, it struck me as one...

Commentary: The ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’ of the world

By Arley Gill The Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris is of great national significance to the people of France and undoubtedly, it also holds an iconic place in religious and world history. I was truly saddened...

Commentary: The meaning of Chinese statecraft and how it relates to global order

By Raja Kadri Every civilisation has a unique historical narrative. Some perceive themselves as natural custodians of certain human values such as freedom, liberty and order. Others believe that they are work in progress toward...

Commentary: Mueller’s report exposes blind spots in our system

By Brendan T Berry The Mueller report about the Trump team’s interactions with Russian interests and obstructive activities undertaken by President Donald Trump himself laid out a clear four-step rationale as to why special counsel...

Letter: What is the media’s agenda with the commissioner of police in Trinidad and...

Dear Sir: Is the media vexed with the commissioner of police Gary Griffith because of a raid on a media house? Applying pressure to him because they are worried about the heavy hand of...

Letter: The answer Trinidad and Tobago’s PNM and UNC do not want to hear

Dear Sir: The question that many that support the two major political parties in Trinidad and Tobago ask is; where will the Democratic Party of Trinidad and Tobago (DPTT) and other similar third parties source...

Letter: After 20 years of serving Grenada, is PM Mitchell still the phenom?

Dear Sir: Despite some early opposition, Prime Minister Keith Claudius Mitchell was elected member of parliament for St George Northwest and has held that seat until now. In 1989, he was elected as the political...

Letter: The lack of transparency on St Eustatius

Dear Sir: Over the years, the words good government, integrity and transparency have moved to the forefront of consultants and internal government reports. In St Eustatius efforts were made to “teach” the government representatives what...

Commentary: The View from Europe: The troubling consequences of Washington’s new Cuba policy

By David Jessop Just before Easter, the Trump administration announced multiple new sanctions on Cuba. In doing so, senior US officials made clear that Washington was not just trying to break Havana’s close economic and...

Commentary: Bahamas got some things right: Some great lessons for many of us

By Drexwell Seymour I believe by now everyone knows that my favourite place in the world is the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI). Naturally, there are times when I get frustrated with the way things...

Commentary: Black history does not begin with slavery

By Karl Salmon My first informal lesson in black history was as an infant sitting with my parents on Saturdays in the family room digesting a steady diet of North American adventure movies starring white...

Commentary: A beach vacation is paradise

By Melissa Martin PhD “To escape and sit quietly on the beach, that’s my idea of paradise,” declared Emilia Wickstead. Plan a family trip and enjoy the journey, ahh. Savour the scenery. Make some memories. Get out...

Letter: On Trinidad and Tobago commissioner of police and Buju Banton

Dear Sir: I just watched a video of hundreds of high-powered weapons recovered from a house in Chaguanas, but people more concerned about commissioner of police, Gary Griffith going onstage with Buju. Let’s ask the question,...

Letter: Is there a hidden hand dictating the way we govern Trinidad and Tobago?

Dear Sir: After observing the modus operandi of the two major political parties in Trinidad and Tobago, I am inclined to ask is there a hidden manager dictating the operations of those in government? How else...

Letter: Trinidad and Tobago energy instability

Dear Sir: It was recently reported that EOG Resources Ltd, a well-established oil and gas extractor, is currently enjoying an unprecedented 64 percent increase in the price this nation (NGC) must pay for natural gas...

Letter: Good Friday ruminations

Dear Sir: I was thinking of the significance of Good Friday to Christians and also to Donald Trump. First to the Christians, of whom I shall speak with more respect than Sat Maharaj that eminent...

Commentary: The only way Caribbean countries can help fight climate change…

By Anthony L Hall Is to stop the dumping of waste in the Caribbean Sea. I advocate a pragmatic and parochial strategy for combating climate change. The adage “clean up your own back yard…” pretty much...

Commentary: The Caribbean ideals of Alister McIntyre

By Sir Ronald Sanders Sir Meredith Alister McIntyre was born in Grenada but for much of his life, dedicated to promoting the interests of the Caribbean, few knew his birth place. What they knew was...

Commentary: Can we shut down prisons in the Caribbean too?

By Dr Neals J Chitan The article published May 31, 2017, by columnist Chris Weller in the London-based “Independent” publication was captioned “Dutch prisons closing because country is so safe.” In his article, Weller reported...

Commentary: The fish rots from the head

By Akilah Holder “If you see the oppression of the poor and the denial of justice and righteousness in the province, do not be shocked at the sight ; for a higher official watches over...

Letter: Venezuela is in the process of political cleansing

Dear Sir: Venezuela’s president, Nicolás Maduro has said he wants a million more people to join his civilian militia by the end of the year 2019. “With your rifles on your shoulders, be ready to defend...

Letter: In Haiti, anti-corruption crusaders are even marked for a fiery end

Dear Sir: Public corruption judgment day, absolutely not in Haiti, according to a terror plan recently and conjointly designed by the perpetual dirt-poor quasi-Caribbean island of Haiti’s most senior government leaders, past and present, respectively...

Letter: Trinidad and Tobago going in the wrong direction

Dear Sir: How do they dare to challenge young people to think? Why make the Secondary Entrance Assessment math examination one that requires the pupils to look beyond the basic math problem? The examinations should...

Letter: Mish-mash rationalisation

Dear Sir: I cannot find any significant, permanent or irreversible economic, social, financial or ecological impacts of the planned highway projects from Valencia to Toco, and from the Churchill Roosevelt Highway to Cumuto, Sangre Grande...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: The peak winter season is over

By Adrian Loveridge Ahead of us are eight long softer summer months, and every creative fibre throughout our national body should now go into hyperdrive to help maximise our tourism potential until December. We need our...

Commentary: Helping other countries achieve universal health coverage by 2030

By Dr Shih-Chung Chen This year marks the 24th anniversary of Taiwan’s implementation of universal health coverage. Taiwan’s National Health Insurance (NHI) covers the full spectrum of essential and high-quality health services, from prevention and...

Letter: Attempts to make the necessary constitutional changes

Dear Sir: The era in which we are living will go down politically as one of the most important ones in the history of our Caribbean civilization, a time when many Caribbean governments made genuine...

Letter: The Sarstoon River and Island

Dear Sir: The Sarstoon River and Island are very important and strategic military points for our Country. Given the present global, regional and local political environments it is imperative that citizens hold their governments to...

Letter: I don’t trust the Elections and Boundaries Commission

Dear Sir: Their unilateral extension of the voting in 2015 was an example of a clear violation of the people’s trust, and I now believe them capable of anything, including issuing voter registrations to foreign...

Letter: Is democracy appropriate in a modern world?

Dear Sir: Most people would not want their gardener running their hospital unless he or she was qualified to do so. It is different in politics. Under a democratic system, the job for heading the...

Commentary: The people’s duchess

By Tyrone Hodge As someone who hails from the British overseas territory of Anguilla in the West Indies, I take exception to the manner in which the British press has and continues to treat the...

Commentary: Some Grenadians importing American English

By Hudson George As we keep on importing new words into our Grenadian vocabulary, some historical and traditional words are fading away. Therefore, it creates a new copycat culture for this present generation of Grenadians...

Commentary: An example of multilateralism and regional cooperation

By Alicia Bárcena Nearly four years after the international community approved the 2030 Agenda and its 17 goals in 2015, the region’s countries will gather at the third meeting of the Forum of the Countries...

Commentary: A gem of a book

By Melissa Martin PhD Anthony Doerr was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio (USA). He lives in Boise, Idaho with his wife and two sons. “An imaginative and intricate novel inspired by the horrors of World...

Letter: Belize Territorial Dispute Referendum Bill

Dear Sir: Over the last few days, Belizeans have witnessed frantic political activity resulting in the passage of legislation entitled: Belize Territorial Dispute Referendum Bill 2019. That Bill was drafted in haste to cure the...

Letter: Development or destruction?

Dear Sir: Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) never objected to any development including the Toco Port. We promote sustainable development guided by holistic planning with independent feasibility studies and cost-benefit analyses. On Friday, April...

Letter: Trinidad and Tobago churches concerned over increase in Venezuelan criminal elements

Dear Sir: The Trinidad and Tobago Council of Evangelical Churches has taken note of the recent criminal activities involving Venezuelan nationals seeking asylum in the country. It has also noted a recent article in the...

Letter: The Society for the Resettlement of Caribbean Nationals

Dear Sir: The Society for the Resettlement of Caribbean Nationals (SRCN) wishes to be amongst the first nongovernmental organisation (NGO) to give its full support to the government as it reaches out to Diaspora Barbadians,...

Commentary: My Good Friday sermon

By Anthony L Hall 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,...

Commentary: My unforgettable college stabbings – Reacting to violence: A personal history

By Stephen Cooper Violence can and does occur anywhere at any time to anyone. While our current mass shooting epidemic has thrust this fact of being alive into our daily consciousness, I learned this lesson...

Letter: Stopping the brain-drain in the Caribbean

Dear Sir: From Cuba in the north to Trinidad and Tobago in the south, North America has masterminded the importation of the intelligent minds from the Caribbean. Many scholars, after attaining their quality education in the...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Time to reflect on our 30-year journey

By Adrian Loveridge As our days as active, hands-on hoteliers conclude, it is, perhaps, time to reflect on our 30-year journey and to acknowledge and personally thank some of the many people who have helped...

Commentary: A guide for the economic development of the US Virgin Islands

By Soraya Diase Coffelt, JD, MJS At one time in the not-too-distant past, Singapore was afflicted with economic chaos and rampant corruption. It suffered from decaying infrastructure, labour and social unrest, and high gang crime...

Commentary: Ocean acidification Is a big problem

By Anna Kucirkova Climate change and global warming have been hot topics for the last couple of decades. The phrase ocean acidification may not sound quite as familiar as the other two phrases, but it’s...

Commentary: Which wolf will you feed?

By Melissa Martin PhD The following is a Native American parable in the public domain. An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life: “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the...

Letter: WikiLeaks founder, the information prophet

Dear Sir: Julian Assange has a mission. He exposes the crimes of the global empire. He is a rebel against the unfettered genocide, the modern ‘Big Brother’: the global surveillance state. Here are some of...

Letter: Let’s stand up for democracy and freedom

Dear Sir: We live in a democratic society. It says so in the preamble to our 1976 Constitution – Act 4 of 1976, “It is hereby recognised and declared that in Trinidad and Tobago there...

Letter: Our patriots are ready and willing to rebuild our land

Dear Sir: I remember as if it was yesterday, entering the shiny stainless-steel elevator of Turner Construction Company at 375 Hudson Street in New York. As I entered the office with its immaculate cherry wood...

Open letter to the minister of kingdom relations and vice president, Kajsa Ollongren

PO Box 20018 2500 EA The Hague, the Netherlands. Bonaire, April 9, 2019 Subject: Minister Kajsa Ollongren first introduction to the island of Bonaire Honourable Minister Ollongren: As you landed in Bonaire and firsthand experienced a modernised version of...

Commentary: The View from Europe: CARIFORUM-UK EPA offers new opportunities

By David Jessop A few days ago, the British government published the text of the CARIFORUM-UK Economic Partnership Agreement (UK EPA) that will govern trade in goods and services with the Caribbean, assuming Britain leaves...

Commentary: Kite flying noise pollution is affecting some Grenadians’ health

By Hudson George As society constantly keeps on changing, some people change too because human beings create behavioural patterns that affect society. Now we are hearing some people in Grenada complaining against kite flying in...

Commentary: What I learned about corruption on Capitol Hill from US intelligence officers

By Richard Lawless In 2015, I began an investigation into the Puerto Rico municipal bond default. This $70 billion default was the largest in US history. First, I looked at the financials of the municipalities,...

Commentary: The lives we live

By Melissa Martin PhD “Someday, you will be a lot older, and you will look back and reflect upon the days of your life.” If somebody had said those words to me as an adolescent...

Letter: Persad-Bissessar did what many were not expecting

Dear Sir: Kamla Persad-Bissessar did what many were not expecting, she and her MPs voted unanimously with the government to ensure passage of the Civil Asset Recovery and Management and Unexplained Wealth Bill 2019. Many anticipated...

Letter: Woman Scream 2019: We have been heard

Dear Sir: The submissive are not as many! The humbles, the despised, marginalised, harassed and humiliated, today have raised their hands and their voices. We have raised our screams against the wind. We have flown...

Letter: A court of appeal ruling that confirms itself as an extension of Jamaica’s...

Dear Sir: Marcel Kelly versus Regina (meaning that Jamaica’s ruling class cowardly hides behind Regina, i.e., another name for the inherited, the colonial legal system they conveniently use to oppress the poor and oppressed no...

Letter: Just do it, Britain

Dear Sir: Brexit cannot yet be Brexit. Here is why: 1. The Reich: The European Project, or Union, planned for a common parliament and body of laws; a common market and common tariffs; a common currency;...

Commentary: The view from Europe: Developing the skills that tourism requires

By David Jessop In almost every country in the Caribbean, tourism has been transformative. As an economic driver, it has primarily outpaced other sectors to the extent that in much of the region the industry now...

Commentary: Reading is a human right

By Melissa Martin PhD Give your brain a workout—read a book. Pump up the muscle mass between your two ears. Reading is important. Also, people in all countries around the globe deserve the right to...

Commentary: The Americas: China encroaching, migrants caravanning, US retreating, CARICOM flailing, Venezuela failing, Russia...

By Anthony L Hall China Encroaching Ever since the end of the Cold War, China’s influence supplanting America’s has defined the geopolitics of the Americas. This, in furtherance of China’s manifest destiny to change the global...

Commentary: Belize: Put the national interest first

By Sir Ronald Sanders Narrow party-political ambitions frequently thwart the wider national interest in practically every country. The world is watching this play-out now as a public spectacle in Britain where the Brexit question continues to...

Commentary: Colonialism: Alive and well in the Caribbean

By Tyrone Hodge I read with much interest, a letter written by Mr James Finies, the president of the “We Want Bonaire Back Foundation” which appeared in the online news magazine Caribbean News Now a...

Letter: Which party really tried to steal the 2015 Vincentian election?

Dear Sir: “Very sad day for democracy in SVG . Judge has effectively legalize thiefing in elections” (Nigel Stephenson, New Democratic Party Member of Parliament, South Leeward). *** This contemptuous and possibly libelous response by...

Letter: St Vincent’s court of public opinion

Dear Sir: Regardless of the March 21, 2019, ruling of Judge Stanley John in the matter of the SVG election petitions, the court of public opinion who followed the issue closely may give a different...

Letter: Response to Socio-Cultural Movement for Haitian Workers condemns lynching of Haitians in the...

Dear Sir: After greeting him with feelings of consideration. I want to use the right of reply to respond to an article written by Indhira Suero and headed “Socio-Cultural Movement for Haitian Workers condemns lynching...

Letter: The reinstatement of Trinidad and Tobago’s ASP Roger Alexander

Dear Sir: Waajihatul Islaamiyyah (The Islamic Front) is indeed not amused nor does it find solace in the reinstatement of assistant superintendent of police (ASP) Roger Alexander. This is one error Gary Griffith should not...

Commentary: The View from Europe: A cold wind starts to blow

By David Jessop New winds are blowing through the Caribbean. Some may welcome what they bring; others may not. Four events in the last 14 days illustrate how the region is being captured, probably irretrievably, by...

Commentary: Belize opposition parties challenge legality of ICJ referendum agreement

By Wellington C Ramos In the Supreme Court on Monday, April 1, lawyers from the opposition political parties in Belize will challenge the United Democratic Party (UDP) government’s compromise agreement that gave way to a...

Commentary: Julius Jones’ Hail Mary to avoid a 21st-century-style lynching

By Stephen Cooper Recently, by filing a petition for certiorari in the supreme court of the United States, Julius Jones, a black man condemned to death in Oklahoma, threw the legal equivalent of a Hail...

Letter: The New Democratic Party knew their election petitions would fail

Dear Sir: “… n the 21st, we would have a decision, one way or the other, as to the outcome of this court, and two, three years ago, a man said we were on...

Letter: Russia one, US government nil

Dear Sir: When Syria was taken under the wing of Russia and the man that murdered his people with chemical weapons was adopted as a part of the Russian nasty presidential protection society. The US...

Letter: Economic reform programme must ensure everyone is empowered

Dear Sir: From my analysis of Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) raw data are clear that over the last 44 years (1971-2015) the rate of growth in our national debt outpaced the rate of growth in...

Letter: Not merely an ignorant rabble-rouser

Dear Sir: I recently read two articles written by someone calling himself C ben-David, entitled ‘Why Is It So Hard to Amend Caribbean Constitutions?’ and ‘Why Some Caribbean Constitutions Are Proving More Difficult to Amend...

Commentary: Mueller Report: No collusion conclusion. But our long national nightmare is still far...

By Anthony L Hall I was wrong. The day after the Justice Department appointed Robert Mueller, I wrote the following in “Special Counsel to Investigate Trump-Russia Ties. Checkmate!” May 18, 2017: ____________________ With past being prologue, it could...

Commentary: Bad boys rise high when good men bend low

By Dr Neals J Chitan I am convinced that the black man is the new endangered species and that there seems to be a systemic and systematic process that renders him absent from family, civic,...

Letter: Elect leaders with the best vision and commitment to change

Dear Sir: Days after a shooting disaster in New Zealand, the prime minister of New Zealand announced a ban on assault weapons and promised legislation to enforce the ban within weeks. Good leadership is decisive,...

Letter: A historical low turnout of voters in Bonaire elections 2019

Dear Sir: NKBB congratulates the peoples of Bonaire for their unprecedented act of courage and resistance of massively protesting and boycotting the march 20, 2019 cover-up elections organized by the Dutch government in a desperate...

Letter: From invitation to deportation: 70 years of the Windrush generation

Dear Sir: The Society for the Resettlement of Caribbean Nationals (SRCN) wishes to commend the Barbados museum and historical society and the University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill campus for dedicating the UWI...

Letter: Draft dodger Trump

Dear Sir: President Trump continuously bashes John McCain about various McCain positions that Trump disagrees with, which is somewhat amazing since McCain has been dead for seven months. I believe draft dodger Trump (DDT) wants...

Commentary: St Lucia’s safety record belies the prediction of record travellers

By Melanius Alphonse The government of Saint Lucia reported tourism arrivals increased in 2018 with 1.2 million tourists, including 800,000 cruise passengers and growth of 10.2 percent and expected through March 31, the influx of...

Commentary: Pass on the family stories

By Melissa Martin People in all countries tell stories about their history. Communities are hubs for talking and listening. Every person has a story, and every person is a story. So families are full of...

Letter: Singapore’s history as a factor in economic growth

Dear Sir: I have written over the years about the economic development of Singapore. However, the week I spent there provided me with the physical evidence of its stupendous economic achievements. This is a small...

Letter: Nothing short of an islandwide revolution will save us

Dear Sir: The trend should be regular shutdowns and protests against this uncaring and uncouth government. I think the nation should have had enough by now: job losses upon job losses week after week; mis-speak...

Letter: A cure for the contagious disease, terrorism, not yet

Dear Sir: Terrorism, not only when it is practised, with maximum barbarity, by the authentic, distant descendants of the Prophet Muhammad, but also by white nationalists who believe in the unproven theory of racial purity...

Open letter to Barbados permanent secretary, ministry of transport, work and maintenance

Dear Mark Cummins: Sir, I am requesting an urgent rectification to a wrongfully created a dangerous situation. I am also repeating what you may already know, I am advised, to address, and repeat the circumstances...

Commentary: The View from Europe: Sugar producers right to complain about import tariffs being...

By David Jessop It is probably without precedent for a major Caribbean industry to declare that unless CARICOM’s Common External Tariff (CET) is properly enforced, the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of rural and other...

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