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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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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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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