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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Strongman-ism in the House of the Americas

Strongman-ism in the House of the Americas

| October 14, 2018 | 0 Comments

In one year and eight months’ time the present holder of the Office of Secretary-General of the Organisation of American States (OAS) will end his current term.  Judging from his recent utterances, Luis Almagro, might not offer himself for a second term although he has not said so specifically. In his most recent statement on October […]

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Gays are citizens too 

Gays are citizens too 

| October 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

A regressive 19th century law, that is a legacy of British rule, continues to exist in 10 of the 12 independent Commonwealth Caribbean states.  The law, inspired by the 1553 Buggery Act in England, was imposed on all British colonies by the colonial government in Britain in 1861.  It effectively outlawed homosexuality. The two independent Commonwealth […]

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No vigilante action in the Americas

No vigilante action in the Americas

| September 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

A furore surrounded Luis Almagro, the Secretary-General of the Organization of American States (OAS), after the Associated Press (AP) reported him as encouraging military intervention in Venezuela to topple the government of President Nicolas Maduro.  The AP, on September 14, reported Almagro as saying: “With respect to a military intervention to overthrow Nicolas Maduro’s regime, […]

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The CCJ – A Court for the People

The CCJ – A Court for the People

| September 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

Throughout the 185-year history of the Judicial Committee of the British Privy Council, it has never provided access for people of little means except for a few persons on death row who got free legal service from British lawyers. This stands in stark contrast to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) where, in the three […]

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How beneficial was the CARICOM leaders meeting?

How beneficial was the CARICOM leaders meeting?

| July 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

This week, the Washington-based publication, Latin American Advisor, sought responses from me, and others considered knowledgeable on Caribbean affairs, to three questions regarding the recently-held CARICOM heads of government meeting in Jamaica.   For the benefit of readers of this column, I provide more detailed answers to the three questions here than I did to the Washington […]

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CARICOM skin in the game

CARICOM skin in the game

| July 14, 2018 | 0 Comments

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 […]

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CARICOM Summit needs to excite the people’s imagination

CARICOM Summit needs to excite the people’s imagination

| June 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

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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Caribbean democracy demands Constitutional change

Caribbean democracy demands Constitutional change

| June 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Leader of the Opposition is assigned important roles in the Constitutions of all Commonwealth Caribbean (CC) countries.  The roles stand at the heart of the democratic values to which the peoples of CC countries adhere.  That is why provision should be made in the Constitutions of all CC countries for a seat to be reserved for […]

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Let Mia Mottley’s seed sprout across the Caribbean

Let Mia Mottley’s seed sprout across the Caribbean

| June 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

In the wake of the clean sweep by the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) of all the seats in general elections on May 24 for the Barbados House of Representatives, the problem of no parliamentary opposition has rightly become a matter for wider discussion in the Caribbean and farther abroad.  This development in Barbados, that occasioned […]

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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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