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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EU blacklist: Cooperation or Coercion?

EU blacklist: Cooperation or Coercion?

| March 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

On 12 March, the Council of the 28-nations European Union (EU) placed 15 small territories on a list of what it calls ‘non-cooperative jurisdictions”.  What the EC considers these territories to be “non-cooperative” about reveals the raw exercise of power by the strong over the weak.  In this case, the firm intention of the EU is […]

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Respect rule of law internationally

Respect rule of law internationally

| March 2, 2019 | 0 Comments

The United States of America, Canada and the English-speaking countries of the Caribbean together share the deeply-held values of democracy and human rights more than the majority of other countries in the Western hemisphere. The long history of slavery and indentured bondage in the English-speaking Caribbean, linked to the courageous act of Abraham Lincoln to […]

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Elected officials should not be dual nationals

Elected officials should not be dual nationals

| February 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

The law is the law and it is binding on all who dwell or visit within its jurisdiction.   The law is particularly binding on those who make the law.  As I observed in a previous commentary, “Law makers should not be law breakers”. This issue is raised again in the context of persons who hold dual citizenships […]

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A “Venezuelan owned” solution: too much to hope?

A “Venezuelan owned” solution: too much to hope?

| February 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

Commentators in western media, that dominate international news distribution, characterise any government, entity or person who speaks out against meddling in the internal affairs of Venezuela as “supporters of the Maduro regime”.  Implicit in the characterization is that all these governments, entities or persons are “in the pocket” of the Venezuelan government, and, therefore, have […]

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Give Uruguay Meeting a chance…Venezuela crisis

Give Uruguay Meeting a chance…Venezuela crisis

| February 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Heads of Government of the independent member states of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), who met by video conference on January 24 to consider the fast-moving events surrounding Venezuela, demonstrated an independent and principled stance.  Absent from the meeting was any representative of the Bahamas and Haiti. It was clear that, collectively, the remaining 12 governments […]

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National good over narrow interests in Guyana

National good over narrow interests in Guyana

| January 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

The President of Guyana, David Granger, and the Opposition leader, Bharat Jagdeo, showed political maturity when they met on January 9 to try to resolve a constitutional crisis that could have led to civil strife and the destabilisation of Guyana. They should be applauded for the good sense they have showed so far, and they […]

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Why silence about the Climate Conference in Poland?

Why silence about the Climate Conference in Poland?

| December 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

A statement may have been made one or more of the Caribbean countries that attended the Conference of the Parties (COP) on the disastrous effects of Climate Change in Katowice, Poland in early December, but if any statement was made it is nigh impossible to find it despite the considerable search engines on the internet. […]

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Scotiabank obligation for decades of profits

Scotiabank obligation for decades of profits

| December 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

A curious double standard is being applied by the Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS) by its decision to sell its operations in 9 Caribbean countries to Republic Financial Holdings Limited (RFHL) of Trinidad and Tobago. In Canada, banks cannot be sold to foreigners without the expressed approval of the Government of Canada.  The Canadian banking act […]

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The Caribbean: confronting its demons

The Caribbean: confronting its demons

| December 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

Had the meeting of CARICOM governments on the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME) been the only event affecting the Caribbean in the first week of December, it would have been a week to celebrate.  But, it was also a week when global emissions of carbon dioxide reached such high levels that the future of Caribbean […]

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CARICOM must be active on HAITI

CARICOM must be active on HAITI

| December 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

Haiti continues to be an unsettled country politically.  Demonstrations against successive governments have become almost normal, and so too, tragically, are the deaths associated with them. No one should be surprised at the continuous unrest in Haiti.  It has been an impoverished country for too long, and it has been exploited by external forces and mismanaged by […]

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