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  • Meghan, Brexit, and Change

    Meghan, Brexit, and Change

    The Meghan Markle story is part of the ongoing process of change in the west and a UK slow to enter the 21st Century. The UK Royal Family is a symbol of UK nationhood and history. So, watching the Royal Family and it’s evolution is watching the UK itself and how the UK adapts to […]

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    | January 21, 2020 | 0 Comments
  • Why CARICOM had no national for OAS top job

    Why CARICOM had no national for OAS top job

    Readers of Barbados newspapers were exposed recently to the views of John Beale, one of the country’s former Ambassadors to the Organisation of American States (OAS), on the forthcoming election for the post of Secretary-General.  Because Mr. Beale served at the OAS and did sterling work, his views on the Secretary-Generalship of the OAS deserves attention. […]

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    | January 19, 2020 | 0 Comments
  • BREXIT and Offshore Finance

    BREXIT and Offshore Finance

    Brexit will be a boon to the offshore finance industry  in the short term, at least Will Brexit be advantageous to offshore finance? The answer could well be yes. The European Union is pro regulation on offshore finance for obvious reasons. The EU is much less of a deregulated economy, than a Post Brexit UK […]

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    | January 13, 2020 | 0 Comments
  • China and the West: serving whose interest?

    China and the West: serving whose interest?

    China, the Caribbean and the West: serving whose interest? Caribbean countries are being warned by the government of the United States of America (U.S.) and U.S. writers that they should limit their dealings with China.  In the course of these warnings, several allegations are made, suggesting sinister Chinese motives and even corrupt relations between Chinese institutions […]

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    | January 12, 2020 | 0 Comments
  • The Tail wags the dog

    The Tail wags the dog

    Will there be a vast war in the Middle East? The Trump Administration has killed Qassem Suleimani, Iran’s top military leader in an airstrike. This is the biggest escalation in tensions since the Iran hostage crisis 40 years past. Iran’s leaders have vowed a harsh response. It may not be a coincidence that President Donald […]

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    | January 5, 2020 | 0 Comments
  • Contest for OAS Secretary-General: The Caribbean’s interest

    Contest for OAS Secretary-General: The Caribbean’s interest

    The contest for the post of Secretary-General of the Organization of American States (OAS) is now well and truly joined.   The election for the post will be held on March 20, and there are three contestants whose nominations were submitted by December 15, 2019 – the date set by the Permanent Council of the Organization.  The […]

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    | January 3, 2020 | 0 Comments
  • BREXIT and a new Special Relationship

    BREXIT and a new Special Relationship

    Brexiteers are clearly upbeat at this dawn of a new decade. Remainers/Europhoiles like this Old Boy are disappointed. There is a feeling in the air that the UK has changed for good- and not necessarily for the better.  It is wait and see whether the UK will break up with Scotland and Northern Ireland remaining […]

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    | January 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

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Name That Voice 108

Name That Voice 108

Delia invites you to guess the name of the voice you hear in Name That Voice! It could be someone recently in the news, a celebrity, even a cartoon character. The names of everyone who supplied the correct answer will be noted and Delia will periodically select someone to experience something with her…Are you game? […]

Name That Voice 107

Name That Voice 107

Delia invites you to guess the name of the voice you hear in Name That Voice! It could be someone recently in the news, a celebrity, even a cartoon character. The names of everyone who supplied the correct answer will be noted and Delia will periodically select someone to experience something with her…Are you game? […]

Name That Voice 106

Name That Voice 106

Delia invites you to guess the name of the voice you hear in Name That Voice! It could be someone recently in the news, a celebrity, even a cartoon character. The names of everyone who supplied the correct answer will be noted and Delia will periodically select someone to experience something with her…Are you game? […]

Caribbean Political Insights

Maintaining independence: the imperative of diplomacy

Maintaining independence: the imperative of diplomacy

Except at time of crisis, many countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) credit their foreign ministries and their embassies or high commissions abroad with little value. Yet, diplomacy, which is the work of foreign ministries and their overseas missions, is the only instrument available to Caribbean states to further their national interests in an international […]

CARICOM skin in the game

CARICOM skin in the game

Haiti’s current fiscal problems that led to four days of riots setting back the country’s already fragile economic and political stability, have implications for Caribbean Community and Common Market countries (CARICOM) that cannot be ignored. If economic and social conditions continue to deteriorate the flight of Haitians seeking refuge in other countries will intensify, and […]

CARICOM Summit needs to excite the people’s imagination

CARICOM Summit needs to excite the people’s imagination

I wish I could say that “all eyes are on the CARICOM Heads of Government meeting to be held from 4 to 6 July in Jamaica”.  But, CARICOM events have long since ceased to hold excitement for the people of the 15-member community. They hardly get a glance these days. The prospects CARICOM once had of fostering a […]

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Renew your subscription with CaribDirect.Com

Renew your subscription with CaribDirect.Com

| April 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

Dear valued reader, the time has come for CaribDirect.com to re-brand in an effort to add greater value to our offering thereby increasing your visitor experience on the website. As a result we are scrapping the website and rebuilding it with a brand new theme and database in a couple of weeks. In order that […]

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A weak Caribbean will not serve its people in 2020

A weak Caribbean will not serve its people in 2020

| January 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

As 2019 ends and the New Year dawns, the world faces a troubling period of uncertainty. This precariousness will affect international and regional organizations as some powerful governments pursue a policy of de-linking from the established international system, encouraging fragmentation of regional groups and imposing their own agenda through various methods of coercion. That process […]

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West Indies go down fighting against India

West Indies go down fighting against India

| December 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

India reigned supreme in the Twenty20 and One-Day International series against West Indies at home to end the year on a high. The hosts won both the three-match series 2-1 as the spectators were treated to some fabulous game of cricket. But the West Indies put up a real challenge and even looked good enough […]

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A Christmas Story

A Christmas Story

| December 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

Life, Death, and Christmas Now Jack the Bohemian is a self – proclaimed atheist. For Jack the Brexiteer, his main interest in Christmas is not Santa Claus and Rudolf the red nose reindeer, it is the huge leap in cash takings at his hotel and restaurant, from guests visiting these eclectic Lesser Antilles, over the […]

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Caribbean Heavy Industry Is Experiencing A Clean Renaissance

Caribbean Heavy Industry Is Experiencing A Clean Renaissance

| December 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

Keen readers of the news will have seen the exciting reveal of the Dominican Republic’s 48mW wind farm in early December. An indicator of the vast development occurring across central America and the Caribbean, it offers a taste of the priorities of national governments – primarily, driving tourism profits into new infrastructure for their citizens. Most positively, […]

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CARICOM finds its winning voice

CARICOM finds its winning voice

| December 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

It is a valid criticism of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries that they have more often failed than succeeded in coordinating their foreign policy actions. This tendency has been displayed in the Organisation of American States (OAS) over the last three years, causing celebration among those countries that fear the voting power of the 14 […]

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The Thrift Paradox

The Thrift Paradox

| December 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

There are two types of player in the market economy: the producer and the consumer. Producers and consumers can be further described as savers and spenders; and lenders and borrowers. This is an important dichotomy of the marketplace. Jack Big Spender and Tom Cheap are both crucial to economics. The thrifty are a minority in […]

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Withdrawal of Canadian banks: opportunity to remedy

Withdrawal of Canadian banks: opportunity to remedy

| December 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

Withdrawal of Canadian banks: opportunity to remedy not repeat mistakes The untidy and muddled way in which Canadian banks are withdrawing from the countries of the Commonwealth Caribbean is a direct result of insufficient attention being paid by governments to the terms of their entry at the time.  Commonwealth Caribbean countries are those that were former […]

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Maria Fernanda Espinosa for OAS President

Maria Fernanda Espinosa for OAS President

| December 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

Washington, DC, December 13…. The Ambassador of Antigua and Barbuda to the Organisation of American States (OAS), Sir Ronald Sanders, announced that he has submitted the formal nomination of former UN General Assembly President, Maria Fernanda Espinosa, for the post of Secretary-General of the OAS. Ambassador Sanders advised that he submitted the nomination to the current […]

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What happens after Britain leaves the European Union

What happens after Britain leaves the European Union

| December 8, 2019 | 0 Comments

Now Jack the Bohemian is clearly a Brexiter. He is nuanced, cultured, and urbane in his style, but battle hardened when standing up for England and quitting the European Union. His passion for his English upper class culture is unequivocal: even imperial. When this Old Boy speaks of the vital role the European Union plays […]

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Foreign and local investment: fairness for all

Foreign and local investment: fairness for all

| December 8, 2019 | 0 Comments

There has always been tension between encouraging foreign investment and promoting local entrepreneurship.  In many countries, local businesses are expected to pay a range of domestic taxes while governments exempt foreign investors from obligation for the same taxes in order to attract their money, knowledge and, in some cases their technological skills. Where foreign investors do […]

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Jamaican Trailblazers receive National Awards

Jamaican Trailblazers receive National Awards

| November 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

London, 21st November 2019: Two of Jamaica’s trailblazers, Dame Karlene Davis and Bishop Rose Hudson Wilkin, were yesterday presented with the National Order of Distinction (Commander Class) by His Excellency Seth George Ramocan, CD, High Commissioner, on behalf of the Governor-General of Jamaica. Dame Karlene Davis, DBE, CD, who was born in Portland, Jamaica, is […]

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Trump, Brexit, and Nazi Germany

Trump, Brexit, and Nazi Germany

| November 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

Austere trickle down economics has created a dangerous world The western world especially the US and UK are in a similar place the world sat in 1935. In the US and UK xenophobia and race hate has spiraled. Trump’s Pitchfork Revolution is akin with Adolf Hitler’s storm trooper paramilitaries whose mission was to make the […]

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Double standards in the OAS

Double standards in the OAS

| November 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

Double standards have become the new system in the Organization of American States (OAS).   This unwholesome development does not portend well for the future of the Organization which is increasingly becoming a rubber stamp for the will of a few governments.  It also creates a huge cloud over the bilateral relations of nations within the hemisphere. This […]

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The Road to El Dorado passes through apprenticeships

The Road to El Dorado passes through apprenticeships

| November 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Road to El Dorado passes through apprenticeships and a stint in trade school  The skills and vocations are the future of a socially and economically prosperous Virgin Islands- not simply academia Now this Old Boy met a very old friend on a street corner in the Virgin Islands on Wednesday. The man is a […]

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Harvard University’s moral debt

Harvard University’s moral debt

| November 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

Why does Harvard University in the United States of America (US) have a moral obligation to provide some form of compensation to Antigua and Barbuda, a small Caribbean island state?  The answer is simple: natural justice demands it. The island of Antigua is not as remote from the lavish campus of Harvard in Cambridge, Massachusetts, as […]

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Things You Can Do to Improve Personal Finances

Things You Can Do to Improve Personal Finances

| October 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

The average poverty rate of the Caribbean population is approximately 30%, according to the GSDRC website. Factors such as the lack of financial literacy, significant student loans, and bad credit continue undermining financial wellness among individuals. Creating personal wealth in a society where debt and the wealthy drive the economy is not exactly manageable either. However, with the […]

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BREXIT: A mess with no end

BREXIT: A mess with no end

| October 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

In spite of Boris Johnson’s supposed breakthrough deal, Brexit remains an eternal conundrum: this is why Now, Boris Johnson’s Brexit Deal of October 17, 2019 has been described by the Anti-Brexit Crowd as a Theresa May Deal ‘’Lite:’’ a worse version of the First Theresa May deal.  Johnson- a ‘’can do’’ type much admired by Brits- […]

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CARICOM cannot abandon Haiti

CARICOM cannot abandon Haiti

| October 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

CARICOM cannot abandon Haiti despite the president’s failure to respond to offers Haiti is in turmoil again.  This time the countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) cannot be criticised for inaction, but questions must be asked about others in the hemispheric community who have been silent about the political and humanitarian situation in the country. For […]

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