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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...
 
 
Downgrading The Bahamas, pt. 3
“Progressive economic policies lead to a sustainable economy.” – Keith Ellison   Two weeks ago, in part one of this series, we noted that in December 2016 Standard & Poor’s Global Ratings (S&P) revised the outlook on its long-t...
 
 
The View from Europe: The message in President Trump’s Mexico policy
One of the few issues about which the new president of the United States has been consistent is his approach towards Mexico. Ever since his extraordinary electoral campaign first began, he has made his intention clear. He would build a wall to stop ...
 
 
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