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China – a tourism opportunity for the Caribbean?
At the end of last month, China published a detailed 16-page document, “China’s Policy Paper on Latin America and the Caribbean”, which sets out a new approach to relations between the Americas and the world’s second largest economy. The doc...
Political earthquake and aftershocks
Last week’s political earthquake is reverberating still with aftershocks and fallout throughout the country. The move to remove former Leader of the Opposition Dr. Hubert Minnis and replace him with Long Island MP Loretta Butler-Turner was done wi...
‘Of all my mother’s children’
The ouster of Dr. Hubert Minnis as leader of the opposition was newsworthy, but hardly surprising. You see, all men and women are ambitious, and of all their parents’ children, they love themselves the most. This is nature; hell, perhaps even nurtu...
The tragedy of the commoners
• First publushed June 14, 2012. The terminology “commoners” is often construed to refer to a wide ranging social division of regular people who are members of neither the perceived noble or religious classes. It is no news, therefore,...
The winds of change, pt. 2
“Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.” – Joel A. Barker Last week, we began this series by observing that all around us governments are being turn...
Calypsonians also deserve Nobel laureate
Bob Dylan, an American songwriter and singer, is this year’s Nobel laureate. In doing so, this achievement has in a sense radicalize the world’s outlook on literature. Traditionally, the written word in poetry and books won this prize from its ve...
Tax havens and funding the 2030 agenda
Putting an end to tax evasion, tax avoidance and illicit flows of capital is a key element in mobilizing the financial resources needed to progress toward the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In that context, the international ch...
The turmoil and splendor of democracy
“Our constitution is replete with institutions and processes designed to preserve our form of government, to ensure our rights and freedoms, and to protect us from arbitrary rule and its inevitable abuses. “I believe in the resilience and resour...
New uncertainties ahead for Cuba
On November 28, the U.S. president-elect, Donald Trump, said that “if Cuba is unwilling to make a better deal for the Cuban people, the Cuban/American people and the U.S. as a whole, I will terminate deal”. His tweet, which used language seeming...
The business of transparency
It is not only politicians who have a difficulty with transparency; business people may too. There is no doubt that many right-thinking business people would want politicians and government to be accountable. They know that such accountability reduce...
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