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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Whither the divided Organisation of American States?

Whither the divided Organisation of American States?

| March 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

On 20 March 2020, a reckless and irresponsible General Assembly (GA) was held by the Organization of American States (OAS), putting the health of many at risk and giving an entirely wrong example to the entire world.   The meeting of at least 50 persons was held amid intense concerns about the quickly spreading Coronavirus (COVID-19), and […]

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Guyana: future leader or outcast?

Guyana: future leader or outcast?

| March 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

Guyana is in grave danger of being ostracised in the regional, hemispheric and global communities.  As I write, the General Elections, which were held on March 2, still have no final count, and certainly not one that international observers have declared as credible, transparent and lawful. I have seen many comments, statements and assertions from some […]

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Financial measures necessary to ride-out Coronavirus

Financial measures necessary to ride-out Coronavirus

| March 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

Regardless of the number of Coronavirus cases (COVID-19) that occur in the Caribbean, the economies of each of them, particularly those dependent on tourism, will suffer in the immediate to medium term. Fear, and travel restrictions on persons living in countries with COVID-19, have already disrupted the global economy and supply chains for goods and […]

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Masquerade by Venezuelan Academics to avoid rule of law

Masquerade by Venezuelan Academics to avoid rule of law

| March 6, 2020 | 0 Comments

My less than 1,000 words commentary, on the case before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) between Guyana and Venezuela, provoked a response of 2,069 words from two academics of Universidad Central de Venezuela.  The response merits reply if only because the authors, Kenneth Ramirez and Mirna Yonis, have attempted to masquerade their political position as […]

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CARICOM’s Role as Haitian Crisis Worsens

CARICOM’s Role as Haitian Crisis Worsens

| March 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

On February 20, the UN Security Council received a grim report of deteriorating human rights and collapsing rule of law in Haiti.  The troubling situation includes widening malnutrition, kidnappings for ransom, rapes and gang violence. And, while all of this is happening, the courts in the Capital, Port-au-Prince, have been closed since September 2019, and the […]

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Guyana-Venezuela and international law

Guyana-Venezuela and international law

| February 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

Global attention to Guyana has focused on the current campaigning for general elections due on March 2.  Reports indicate a vigorous campaign with the country’s newly found resources in oil and gas very much on the minds of the contesting political parties. While the election campaign is proceeding and the electorate awaits the date on which […]

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Hypocrisy unmasked at the OAS

Hypocrisy unmasked at the OAS

| February 19, 2020 | 0 Comments

If candidates were to get a prize for making the best case for why they are best suited to be Secretary-General of the OAS, María Fernanda Espinosa would have easily walked away with it when the three contenders for the post appeared before the Permanent Council of the Organization on February 12. Showing all the […]

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The Trump card in Venezuela crisis

The Trump card in Venezuela crisis

| February 9, 2020 | 0 Comments

When is a failed policy recognised as a failure and is abandoned for a new approach?   That was the question that Barack Obama and his administration had to confront after more than 50 years of a policy of trade embargoes, sanctions and, at one point, invasion that failed to dislodge the Castro government in Cuba.  It is […]

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Lies in the OAS contest: sifting the wheat from the chaff

Lies in the OAS contest: sifting the wheat from the chaff

| February 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

If ever there was a time in global politics when governments did not indulge in deliberately and maliciously running smear campaigns against candidates they oppose for international positions, it has now passed. Indeed, powerful countries, that should be able to use their vast diplomatic machinery to argue the merits of candidates they support, are the […]

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Only CARICOM countries can divide CARICOM

Only CARICOM countries can divide CARICOM

| January 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

The meeting between U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, and the Foreign Ministers of seven Caribbean countries, gave rise to many questions, but the U.S. seeking to “divide CARICOM” should not be one of them. External forces can try as they wish to divide the members of the 15-nation Caribbean Community (CARICOM), but only those […]

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