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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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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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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