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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Contempt of Haitians is shameful

Contempt of Haitians is shameful

| August 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

The response to Haitians arriving in Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries has been lamentable at best and contemptible at worst.  They have been treated, for the most part, as pariahs particularly by the ignorant and bigoted. Recently, in Guyana, the arrival of Haitians has been greeted with a hysteria that was evident in other parts of the […]

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BREXIT’s effect on Caribbean tourism

BREXIT’s effect on Caribbean tourism

| August 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

Caribbean persons interacting with British tourists, apart from the super-rich, should be mindful that if these visitors appear reluctant to part with their money, or demand better value, it’s because they’re spending a much-devalued UK currency.  In the first week since Boris Johnson took the reins of the British government on July 24, the pound […]

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Boris Johnson’s can of worms

Boris Johnson’s can of worms

| July 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

There were echoes of US President Donald Trump’s famous campaign slogan, “Make America great again”, in the first parliamentary statement of Britain’s new Prime Minister, Boris Johnson.   “Our mission”, Mr. Johnson declared is “making this country the greatest place on earth”. As with President Trump’s slogan, Prime Minister Johnson’s catchphrase is designed to appeal to a […]

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Name and blame the polluters

Name and blame the polluters

| July 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

Climate Change is no longer a future event.  It is here, now and real.  Planet Earth, mankind’s common homeland, appears to be already locked into 1.5C of warming, once hoped to be the top limit of human-caused climate change. The world is now set to storm its way through the 2C limit set by the much vaunted […]

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The new burden of diplomacy: the enemy within

The new burden of diplomacy: the enemy within

| July 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

The mess resulting from reports that the British Ambassador to the United States, Sir Kim Darroch, made about President Donald Trump and his administration, underscore the dangers of leaking confidential government documents. If nothing else comes of this affair, the identification and prosecution of the person or persons responsible for leaking Sir Kim’s confidential and […]

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Making a difference: the example of António Guterres

Making a difference: the example of António Guterres

| July 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

In his three and a half years as Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres has proved himself sensitive and alert to the difficulties confronting Caribbean states.  He has been an example that Secretaries-General of other inter-governmental organisations would do well to emulate, particularly those interested in being elected for second terms. His address to the 40th Regular Meeting […]

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OAS should promote systemic change in Haiti

OAS should promote systemic change in Haiti

| June 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

In what is increasingly becoming a pattern of ignoring established procedures and authority in the Organisation of American States (OAS), a delegation went to troubled Haiti on June 19 without any discussion or mandate by the Permanent Council, the organ responsible for making and overseeing policy between General Assemblies. The results of the unmandated OAS […]

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St Vincent on the UN Security Council: more valuable than coin

St Vincent on the UN Security Council: more valuable than coin

| June 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

Make no mistake about it, the election of St Vincent and the Grenadines – one of the world’s smallest states – to a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is both an important and timely event. The election, primarily by the world’s developing states, has occurred when there is increased intolerance of […]

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Edward Seaga: A Caribbean Enigma

Edward Seaga: A Caribbean Enigma

| June 2, 2019 | 0 Comments

Edward Seaga was a great Jamaican patriot well deserving of the many tributes that have been paid to him concerning his devoted service to his country.  But, he was not a regionalist and his tenure as Prime Minister of Jamaica, from 1980 to 1989, contributed to the deceleration of the regional integration process. In January 2015, […]

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BROWNE AND MOTTLEY: Shapers of the regional future

BROWNE AND MOTTLEY: Shapers of the regional future

| May 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

Prime Ministers Gaston Browne of Antigua and Barbuda and Mia Mottley of Barbados are two of the Caribbean’s young and dynamic leaders, both workaholics with clear and determined visions for the betterment of their countries.   Each of them is a committed regionalist, notwithstanding insinuations to the contrary in sections of the regional media. Because of their […]

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