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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BELIZE: The people have spoken, politicians should respect them

BELIZE: The people have spoken, politicians should respect them

| May 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

As territorial claims go, Guatemala’s claim to all – every square inch – of Belize is, perhaps, the most outrageous.   The only thing that is more outrageous than the scale of the claim is the argument on which it is based. In this context, it would have been right to expect the Belizean electorate, at […]

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CARICOM divide must be bridged

CARICOM divide must be bridged

| May 5, 2019 | 0 Comments

It’s no secret that the countries of the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM) are divided over the response to the situation in Venezuela.   Detractors of the CARICOM project and Caribbean integration have seized upon the obvious cleavage in the grouping to advance their view that not only is Caribbean integration not possible, it isn’t […]

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The Caribbean ideals of Alister McIntyre

The Caribbean ideals of Alister McIntyre

| April 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

Sir Meredith Alister McIntyre was born in Grenada but for much of his life, dedicated to promoting the interests of the Caribbean, few knew his birth place.  What they knew was that he belonged to a group of West Indian thinkers whose identity was West Indian and who worked assiduously in the collective interest of the […]

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Tribute to Alister McIntyre from Sir Shridath Rampahal

Tribute to Alister McIntyre from Sir Shridath Rampahal

| April 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

“A precious light has gone out in our Caribbean world,  with Alister McIntyre’s passing. He had devoted his life to Caribbean unity and was already, as he went, worrying over the darkening of the regional scene that threatens. The Region’s debt to Alister is payable only in a new enlightenment that makes Caribbean oneness the  reality […]

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Migrant Caravans: Are they in the Caribbean’s future?

Migrant Caravans: Are they in the Caribbean’s future?

| April 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

Imagine the scene if people with little hope of a better life in Caribbean countries could walk to the United States.  Undoubtedly, many would do so, joining the tens of thousands in the present so-called Caravan from three countries in Central America – El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. Television, cinema and other media have for decades […]

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Selling or saving the soul of the OAS

Selling or saving the soul of the OAS

| April 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Organisation of American States (OAS), already a broken institution, was shattered even more on April 9 at a meeting of its Permanent Council.  It is now an organisation whose membership is deeply divided and amongst whom mistrust, and bitterness now predominates. How this huge problem will be fixed – if it can be fixed at […]

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Belize: Put the national interest first

Belize: Put the national interest first

| April 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

Narrow party-political ambitions frequently thwart the wider national interest in practically every country.  The world is watching this play-out now as a public spectacle in Britain where the Brexit question continues to be deeply immersed in both personal political purposes and a struggle for the supremacy of one political party over another.  At the end of […]

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Caribbean: in no one’s backyard

Caribbean: in no one’s backyard

| March 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

P.J. Patterson, the former Prime Minister of Jamaica, recently observed to an attentive audience in Washington, D.C., the Capital of the United States, that: “We of the Caribbean should never allow our strategy to be dictated or determined by anyone else”, adding that “we live in no one’s backyard”. Those words resound with a compelling freshness […]

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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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