Author Archive: Ronald Sanders

Sir Ronald Sanders is Antigua and Barbuda’s Ambassador to the United States and the OAS. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies at the University of London and Massey College in the University of Toronto. The views expressed are his own

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A world less safe: Caribbean not immune

A world less safe: Caribbean not immune

| May 14, 2018 | 0 Comments

Events affecting Iran, prompted by the May 8 decision of U.S. President Donald Trump to withdraw America from a 2015 nuclear deal, may appear irrelevant to Caribbean countries.   They are not.  One of the first effects will be a rise in oil prices which has already reached US$77 a barrel and is forecast to rise higher. The […]

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Good Journalism is like a toothache: it hurts but it warns

Good Journalism is like a toothache: it hurts but it warns

| May 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

Reporters Without Borders (RWB) just released its 2018 press freedom report, and, apart from two of them, the lowest mark for rated Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries is “fairly good”.  The worst rated, as “problematic”, are Haiti and Guyana.  Jamaica is the only CARICOM country rated “good”. For unknown reasons, the Bahamas and Barbados are not included among […]

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Welcome Prince Charles by Royal wish and better sense

Welcome Prince Charles by Royal wish and better sense

| April 29, 2018 | 0 Comments

For two and half years since Commonwealth Heads of Government met in Malta in 2015, the British Government had been anxious to ensure that Prince Charles should succeed his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, as Head of the Commonwealth of Nations.  Indeed, lobbying for agreement on such a succession was already in play before and during the […]

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The Commonwealth: What’s in it for small states?

The Commonwealth: What’s in it for small states?

| April 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

Writing in the British Guardian Newspaper on April 10, my colleague, Professor Phillip Murphy, the Director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies at the University of London, recalled that for those who campaigned for Britain to leave the European Union, “depicting the Commonwealth as a huge potential trading opportunity for the UK was a useful […]

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Trade wars in no one’s interest

Trade wars in no one’s interest

| April 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Government of the People’s Republic of China wrote to the Chairperson of the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) on April 4, registering a dispute with the Government of United States of America over duties that would be applied by the U.S. only to China’s products.   The Chinese action was […]

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External interference in Caribbean elections is real

External interference in Caribbean elections is real

| March 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

Before getting into the thrust of the serious and threatening matter that lies at the heart of this commentary, I declare that I was an integral part of the management of the campaign of the Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) for the March 21 General Election, and I managed its communications campaign It is […]

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The OECD: a robust response required

The OECD: a robust response required

| March 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

Small states, including those in the Caribbean, are justifiably troubled by the continuous efforts by the member-states of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to cripple every initiative they take in the financial services sector. Indeed, it is true to say that the OECD has become as intimidating and odious an acronym as […]

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Structure not ad-hoc agendas key to US-Caribbean relations

Structure not ad-hoc agendas key to US-Caribbean relations

| February 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

  Much has been said about the government of the United States of America (US) cutting off aid to countries which do not support that country’s position in international organizations.  The US, of course, is free to direct its aid where it wishes and very much within its rights to show its displeasure with countries […]

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Ending 50 years of Venezuela and Guyana contention

Ending 50 years of Venezuela and Guyana contention

| February 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

The decision by the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, to refer the 51-year old contention between Guyana-Venezuela to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) should be welcomed by all nations, particularly those in Latin America and the Caribbean. The peaceful settlement of disputes is vital to the economic progress and social stability of the world.  Wherever violent […]

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No regrets for making Haiti a ‘shithole’?

No regrets for making Haiti a ‘shithole’?

| January 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

  The effect of the inappropriate depiction of Haiti, El Salvador and all African nations as “shit hole” countries is a matter that the people of the United States of America and their government and Congress should contemplate seriously. The responses have been swift, showing a mixture of outrage and shock.  At the time of […]

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