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Crime and violence put the brakes on development
The traditional logic seemed unassailable: Where there are low levels of development and high levels of poverty and hopelessness, people are more likely to act outside the law and commit criminal and violent acts. And yet, despite the unprecedented l...
Vandalizing democracy with temper tantrums and sophomoric pranks
Throughout the 2016 U.S. presidential contest, then President Barack Obama fought not only his political foes, but also those who demonized him and who sought to undermine his legitimacy from the onset of his presidency. He also battled: complacency...
Where did the VAT money go?
Minister Michael Halkitis got himself into quite a pickle trying to explain where the more than $1 billion in value-added tax (VAT) revenue the government collected over the last two years went. Truth be told, the answer to where the money went is ve...
Time to improve the CARICOM-Dominican Republic relationship
In a few days’ time, Jovenel Moïse will become Haiti’s 42nd president. His swearing in follows his first-round victory in the country’s November 20 election. A businessman from northern Haiti who has never held political office, Haiti’s pre...
It’s still a matter of trust
“I know that you believe you understand what you think I said, but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.”– Robert McCloskey There is no question about it: We are getting deeper and deeper into the “silly s...
The brain drain of the Caribbean-trained nurses
Our quiet need The role of a nurse is equally important as a good doctor, education, clean criminal record and a productive safe community. These caretakers and medicine-givers are eyes and ears of doctors, from preparing a clean bed to escorting s...
The many dangers to the region of Secretary Tillerson
With the confirmation of former CEO of ExxonMobil Rex Tillerson to the office of secretary of state, the Trump administration is poised to relive the mistakes of the Reagan era foreign policy toward the Caribbean and Latin America in a way that may f...
The restraint of power and good judgment
“O, it is excellentTo have a giant’s strength; but it is tyrannousTo use it like a giant.” – William Shakespeare, “Measure for Measure” The Crown”, the award-winning Netflix series, is a historical drama about the life and time...
Hope and the ballot
There is a lot more at stake in this upcoming election than the winning of the parliamentary seats of those who now hold them; and the hopes of those desiring to hold them. Rather, the very belief in the efficacy of government itself is at stake. In ...
Values, growth and economic globalization
In the coming months, it is likely that the way in which governments think about international trade and their fundamental values will evolve rapidly, as the promises and threats that President Donald Trump made on the campaign trail become U.S. poli...
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