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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Harvard University’s moral debt

Harvard University’s moral debt

| November 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

Why does Harvard University in the United States of America (US) have a moral obligation to provide some form of compensation to Antigua and Barbuda, a small Caribbean island state?  The answer is simple: natural justice demands it. The island of Antigua is not as remote from the lavish campus of Harvard in Cambridge, Massachusetts, as […]

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CARICOM cannot abandon Haiti

CARICOM cannot abandon Haiti

| October 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

CARICOM cannot abandon Haiti despite the president’s failure to respond to offers Haiti is in turmoil again.  This time the countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) cannot be criticised for inaction, but questions must be asked about others in the hemispheric community who have been silent about the political and humanitarian situation in the country. For […]

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Resist the UN being held to ransom

Resist the UN being held to ransom

| October 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

The United Nations (UN) is facing a severe shortage of cash, and, according to its Secretary-General, António Guterres, “the Organization runs the risk of depleting its liquidity reserves by the end of the month (October) and defaulting on payments to staff and vendors”. This is because 64 of the UN’s 193 member states have not […]

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United Kingdom: Winning elections is everything

United Kingdom: Winning elections is everything

| September 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

As she delivered the unanimous decision of the 11 members of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland (UK), on the unlawfulness of Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, advising the Queen to prorogue Parliament, I admit to being mesmerized by the startling brooch being worn by the Court’s President, Baroness Brenda Hale. It […]

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Cross-Border Climate Change refugees looming large

Cross-Border Climate Change refugees looming large

| September 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

“Hurricane Hell” and “The Bahamas is at war being attacked by Hurricane Dorian. And yet The Bahamas has no weapon to defend itself”, are two memorable expressions that emerged from the wreckage of the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama in the chain of islands that make up the territory of The Bahamas.  The first was […]

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Handmaiden to the tyranny of a minority

Handmaiden to the tyranny of a minority

| September 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

There have been many ignominious moments at the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) and many farcical decisions made, but they pale in significance when compared with the events of Wednesday, 11 September 2019. On that day 11 countries, accompanied by the illegitimate representative of the self-proclaimed “Interim President” of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, […]

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Representative Democracy stifled in mother of all parliaments

Representative Democracy stifled in mother of all parliaments

| September 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

Had a government of a developing Commonwealth country suspended parliament to stop the opposition introducing a bill, British High Commissioners would have publicly lectured it, proclaiming that representative democracy had been stifled. Yet, this is precisely what happened in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK) on August 28 when the Prime […]

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Scotiabank: Is might, right?

Scotiabank: Is might, right?

| September 1, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Canadian-owned Bank of Nova Scotia, or Scotiabank, has more than US$1 trillion in assets; the Gross Domestic Product of the small island state, Antigua and Barbuda, is just US$1.5 billion. Yet, there is what the Canadian newspaper, Globe and Mail, described, on August 26, as a “stand-off” between Scotiabank and the Government of Antigua […]

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What about the interests of the ordinary Venezuelan people?

What about the interests of the ordinary Venezuelan people?

| August 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

Michelle Bachelet is a torture survivor.  She was arrested in 1975 by the late dictator Augusto Pinochet’s political police and detained in the notorious Villa Grimaldi torture centre.   So, she knows much about the suffering of people.  She is also an astute politician with a keen understanding of the social, economic and political challenges that face Latin […]

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Caribbean consequences of Trump’s new immigration rules

Caribbean consequences of Trump’s new immigration rules

| August 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

U.S. President Donald Trump’s new rule on immigration and nationality, published on Monday, August 12, is not different from the rules applied by Caribbean countries.   It seeks to prohibit persons from migrating to the U.S. if they would become a charge upon the State, and it denies qualification for permanent residence status of such persons who […]

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