Letter: The NDP’s fake election appeal news

Dear Sir: There was yet another baseless complaint from the New Democratic Party (NDP) of St. Vincent and the Grenadines in its latest press release in early July concerning the outcome of the disputed December...

Commentary: Establishment Clause and Protection of Religious Monuments

By Tiberiu Dianu The Establishment Clause of the First Amendment On June 20, 2019, the United States Supreme Court ruled in the case of The American Legion vs. American Humanist Association that keeping a...

Commentary: A call for Caribbean governments to tax cruise sectors more than air passengers

By Robert MacLellan Can tourism dependent Caribbean governments learn something from oil producing countries? When relatively small and poor oil-producing governments sought to get a fair price for oil, their main source of national revenue,...

Commentary: The Turks and Caicos, becoming enlightened through our history

By Oliver Mills It is said that history is about ideas, real knowledge and wisdom that prevent the repetition of mistakes. And that it suggests directions, which when followed, result in humanity being better than...

Commentary: Village council, town board and city council elections in Belize without autonomy and...

By Wellington C. Ramos From the time the government of Belize passed ordinances for cities, towns and villages, they have done little to grant these local governments autonomy to govern their own jurisdictions and...

Letter: The Democratic Party of Trinidad and Tobago you

Dear Sir: Can Trinidad and Tobago reduce crime, have better roads, boast of a reliable water supply, reduced traffic, world-class health care and be the breadbasket of the Caribbean? The answer is absolutely yes. We...

Letter: Small island countries in the world’s oceans are threatened with extinction from sea...

Dear Sir: Throughout the world’s vast oceans, small island countries from Jamaica in the Caribbean to Fiji in the South Pacific, face an existential threat from sea level rise caused by the climate crisis....

Commentary: Making a Difference: The example of António Guterres

By Sir Ronald Sanders In his three and a half years as Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres has proved himself sensitive and alert to the difficulties confronting Caribbean states. He has been an...

Commentary: America’s 50 states but just one country

By John M. Skippings The president of the United States of America is elected every four years, on the first Tuesday, after the first Monday, in November. However, unlike virtually every other democratic country there...

Commentary: Follow the Jews, generational wealth will also be your lot

By Jean H Charles A good friend of mine who practice medicine in Brooklyn New York for decades told me recently, he came with two takeaways from frequenting the Jewish doctors regularly for 40 years....

Commentary: Where is Johnny’s doctor? The medical uncertainties for being poor and sick in...

By Derrick Miller A balancing act Poor medical care is ubiquitous as studies have shown that it is often routed disparities along racial and ethnic lines. Becoming ill can get extremely dark quickly on these shores. Poverty...

Letter: The plunder of Bank of Bahamas

Dear Sir: I am always saddened and angered when I think, hear, or talk about our beloved Bank of Bahamas (BOB). It has become the self-inflicted scorned legacy of the last three administrations; inclusive of...

Letter: Cuba murdered Hugo Chavez, and mortally wounded every Venezuelan

Dear Sir: Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías died from self-inflicted cancer. He carried a sample flask of uranium to Iran in 2006. Sitting on a flight Caracas to Tehran with the flask clasped between his legs,...

Letter: The American slavery reparations lost cause: Lessons from the Caribbean

Dear Sir: In 1989, United States House of Representatives member John Conyers, Jr., who retired under a cloud in 2017, introduced legislation to create a commission to develop proposals for reparations to the descendants of...

Letter: Stop the government blame game

Dear Sir: When we hear of mosquitoes our government’s knee jerk response is to spray more toxic malathion/diesel mixture. Is that really the best response or should we not be ensuring the exhaustion of other...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Collaboration is indispensable across multiple sectors in the Caribbean

By Adrian Loveridge If I needed to be reminded for a single second that our policymakers, planners, politicians and private sector partners need to work closer together across the Caribbean, then it was at the...

Commentary: ‘The Miseducation Along The Hill’: Foreign language training against freedom of speech

By Tiberiu Dianu Foreign language education is of crucial importance for US diplomatic, military and professional staff in the country and abroad. This activity is designed to promote American values ​​and US interests both in...

Letter: Class struggle in the 1960s

Dear Sir: Concerned as what they saw as the government’s inability to control the trade union movement and stabilize the investment climate, the Trinidad Guardian, in a 1963 editorial entitled Trade Unions must Behave made...

Letter:  BTL and GST

Dear Sir: The Belize Peace Movement joins all right-thinking Belizeans in expressing outrage over the leaked news that Belize Telecommunications Co. Ltd (BTL) has not paid almost thirty million dollars in General Sales Tax since...

Commentary: The view from Europe: The pivotal role of aviation in regional integration

By David Jessop Speaking at the end of the recent summit of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), Dominica’s Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, was clear. “We just have to close our eyes for a few...

Commentary: What kind of Turks and Caicos society?

By Oliver Mills In the Turks and Caicos, we often talk of building our society, of developing it, so that there is equality and fair play, where our resources are shared, and everyone is given...

Commentary: Wise compassion vs. blind or idiot compassion: Why the amnesty offered to...

By Akilah Holder The government of Trinidad and Tobago should not have allowed any Venezuelans immigrants into this country. In fact, from the moment it became evident that the crisis in Venezuela was about to...

Commentary: Please talk about suicide prevention

By Melissa Martin, Ph.D. “Suicide is a global phenomenon,” according to the World Health Organization…“In much of the world, suicide is stigmatized and condemned for religious or cultural reasons. In some countries, suicidal behaviour...

Letter: Once again, the PEP calls for the abolishing of the child abusing SEA

Dear Sir: Perhaps, instead of issuing statements encouraging parents to keep calm in the face of the SEA results, the government of Trinidad and Tobago should be taking the advice of the Progressive Empowerment Party...

Commentary: MLK wasn’t just a womanizer, but a gang-bang rapist too…?

By Anthony Hall It should be common knowledge by now that Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was as much a womanizer as former president John F. Kennedy. After all, here is how I dismissed...

Commentary: Edward Seaga: A Caribbean Enigma

By Sir Ronald Sanders Edward Seaga was a great Jamaican patriot well deserving of the many tributes that have been paid to him concerning his devoted service to his country. But, he was not a...

Commentary: The view from Europe: Huawei sanctions raise complex questions

By David Jessop Being a head of government or a foreign minister is a thankless task. Although normally advised by a small number of able civil servants and ambassadors, the pressure that senior politicians personally experience...

Commentary: Belize need to file a complaint against Guatemala at the UN Security Council...

By Wellington C. Ramos As a Belizean citizen, I am tired of hearing about the Guatemalan military’s attitude towards our citizens as it relates to the Sarstoon. Part of the Sarstoon is for Guatemala...

Letter: A cleared picture under a brighter sun in Trinidad and Tobago

Dear Sir: All true and honest politicians in the world know that the wealth of their nation is in the development of their people. So they invest heavily in youth, educationally, physically, socially, culturally and...

Letter: The Privy Council in favor of Ravi Maharaj

Dear Sir: Today’s very significant ruling of the Privy Council in favor of Ravi Maharaj in a matter in which he sued Petrotrin clearly demonstrates the level of corruption and mismanagement that this Keith Rowley-led...

Letter: The creeping crisis in energy

Dear Sir: The Minister of Finance of Trinidad and Tobago in his presentation in the Parliament on the Mid-Term budget review again declared that the economy has turned around and produced figures that showed that...

Letter: Inclusion, diversity and equality

Dear Sir: Many people face challenges in accessing services which can help them achieve in areas of life such as education, training and making a contribution to their community. These challenges are often compounded by...

Commentary: Can the US diminish China’s influence in the Caribbean region?

By Melanius Alphonse After the 2000’s, the world’s economic centre of gravity shifted from the developed economies towards emerging economies. China, Latin America and Caribbean countries (LAC) in the global economy have emerged as key...

Commentary: Renewables: A focus of UAE and the Caribbean​

By H.E. Bader Almatrooshi One of the most growing challenges encountered these days in the Caribbean is access to energy. This region is highly dependent on imported oil, and other fossil fuels for transport and...

Commentary: Cognitive dissonance: Why the LGBTQIA community is compelled to impose its behavior on...

By Akilah Holder While re-reading African-American Professor Dr. Joy Degruy Leary’s book, Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome, the following passages took on new meaning for me as I remembered the gay rights movement and the extreme...

Commentary: Tourism matters: New airlift into Barbados

By Adrian Loveridge Barbados has been hugely successful in attracting new airlift and all our major markets have largely benefitted, most notably the United States. The new German Wings upcoming three flights each week from Frankfurt...

Commentary: Where is your mental maturity?

By Cdr. Bud Slabbaert The older I get, the more I start asking why, and I start questioning all the answers. Maybe it’s a remnant of the child in me. When children are getting to...

Commentary: Failed coup attempt aided by US

By Arley Gill The Monroe Doctrine was hatched in 1823 by the United States of America. This policy by the Americans declares that any further efforts, by European nations to take control of any independent...

Commentary: Trinidad and Tobago commissioner of police: Look higher still

By Akilah Holder When, last year, news broke of a drug bust in Westmoorings, I was in shock. In fact, I was at work when it happened, and when I heard it, I called out...

Letter: They want our youth

Dear Sir: On Monday 27th of May, an event takes place at the Bourne Lecture Hall in St Georges University campus (SGU). It describes itself as a “celebration” of the 40th anniversary of the beginning...

Letter: Crime, Caribbean-style, lessons from St Vincent and the Grenadines – Part 8

Dear Sir: The myriad of strategies for coping with or subverted the brutal system of bondage that sustained the slaves of the Caribbean from the early 16th to the mid-19th century, albeit at a very...

Letter: Can a prophet be honoured in his own country?

Dear Sir: This question is posed to the people of Barbados. At the age of 34 a young Barbadian was given a message through a vision for Barbados to lead the world into becoming a...

Letter: Russia is a threatening adversary

Dear Sir: Russia continues to be an adversary of the United States and keeps trying to encroach into the Western hemisphere, and create instability in the region. When I served on-board a radar picket ship in...

Commentary: Arresting pharma execs like drug lords won’t win this war. Legalize drugs!

By Anthony L Hall Anti-immigrant crusaders in the United States scapegoat Mexicans. Never mind that Mexicans provide the cheap labor that is to the US economy what rock cocaine is to a crack head. Likewise, anti-drug...

Commentary: The View from Europe: Reorienting the Caribbean’s relationship with Europe

By David Jessop In just under a week’s time, voters from across the whole of the European Union (EU) will go to the polls to elect a new European Parliament. The result is expected to...

Commentary: Preview of Gulf War 3 starring Trump as Othello, Netanyahu as Iago, and...

By Anthony L Hall The New York Times — of all papers — published an anti-Semitic cartoon on April 25. It depicted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a dog leading US President Donald Trump...

Commentary: The View from Europe: A more integrated approach to the environment is required

By David Jessop A few days ago, the United Nations published a document which indicated that historically unprecedented levels of human activity were causing dramatic changes to the variety of plant and animal life in...

Commentary: Standing up for human rights in the Caribbean

By Esmeralda Arosemena de Troitiño This is a particularly special year, as the Commission is celebrating its 60th year and it is the first time in our history that the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights...

Letter: Just how stupid are present-day Vincentians?

Dear Sir: Ever since Ralph Everard Gonsalves was a young man, he was disliked and mistrusted by the Vincentian old folk because of his alleged Marxist-Leninist communist beliefs; the old folk would never have elected...

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...

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