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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Salute the “CARICOM Three” for their sacrifice

Salute the “CARICOM Three” for their sacrifice

| May 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

Here are three heroes of democracy in the 15-nation Caribbean Community (CARICOM):  Cynthia Barrow-Giles (St Lucia/Barbados), John Jarvis (Antigua and Barbuda) and Sylvester King (St. Vincent and the Grenadines).  Their names must not be forgotten. These three persons have devoted 22 days of their lives so far to scrutineering a recount of the votes cast in the […]

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The U.S. and Cuba: Caribbean chooses cooperation, not confrontation

The U.S. and Cuba: Caribbean chooses cooperation, not confrontation

| May 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

Caribbean countries are, once again, being placed in a difficult position as they try to navigate a course between the United States (U.S.) and Cuba – two countries of great importance to them and for each of which they have great respect. In 1972, the four then independent member states of what is now the […]

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Attacking Golding does not help Guyana’s credibility

Attacking Golding does not help Guyana’s credibility

| May 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

Attacking Golding does not change demand for credible Guyana elections result In the wake of a report to the Permanent Council of the Organisation of American States (OAS) on the Guyana general elections of March 2, the Head of the Electoral Mission (EOM), former Jamaica Prime Minister, Bruce Golding, has been accused of being “exceptionally […]

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The Caribbean in an emerging new world

The Caribbean in an emerging new world

| May 8, 2020 | 0 Comments

Tied to no one’s apron strings: The Caribbean in an emerging new world Developing countries, including Caribbean Community (CARICOM) states, would make a grave mistake if, in the wake of the economic crisis they now face, they decide to diminish their foreign affairs budgets. The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have created huge challenges for […]

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Urgent work needed to restore Caribbean tourism in COVID-19 era

Urgent work needed to restore Caribbean tourism in COVID-19 era

| May 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

To be among the first beneficiaries of a restarted global tourism industry, the present enforced downtime should be used by all actors to position Caribbean countries to compete immediately. Hoteliers, restaurant owners, shops catering for tourists, should now be considering the protocols they need to institute to make themselves ready for the opening of borders.  For […]

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Prepare for a long haul: The storm is not fully formed

Prepare for a long haul: The storm is not fully formed

| April 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

COVID-19 is destroying the prosperity that several Caribbean countries anticipated at the beginning of 2020. The growth projections by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) for Antigua and Barbuda of 6.5%; Dominica 4.9%, Dominican Republic, 4.7%; Grenada 4%; and St Kitts-Nevis 3.5%, evaporated overnight as COVID-19 walloped the economies of these […]

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Caribbean at risk as big powers delay action on COVID-19

Caribbean at risk as big powers delay action on COVID-19

| April 11, 2020 | 0 Comments

Caribbean at risk as big powers delay action on COVID-19 global economic effects Despite a lofty statement on March 26, the world’s richest nations, the G20, have responded poorly to the devastating effects that COVID-19 is having on the global economy, particularly small and vulnerable states. The G20 pledged to “work swiftly and decisively with […]

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CARICOM should help but Guyana must save itself

CARICOM should help but Guyana must save itself

| April 3, 2020 | 0 Comments

The image and standing of Guyana are being tarnished throughout the world.  Yet, a small window of opportunity remains open for the country to be regarded as democratic and for its government to be hailed as legitimate. All the players in Guyana – the political parties and their leaders, the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), the Judiciary […]

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Whither the divided Organisation of American States?

Whither the divided Organisation of American States?

| March 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

On 20 March 2020, a reckless and irresponsible General Assembly (GA) was held by the Organization of American States (OAS), putting the health of many at risk and giving an entirely wrong example to the entire world.   The meeting of at least 50 persons was held amid intense concerns about the quickly spreading Coronavirus (COVID-19), and […]

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Guyana: future leader or outcast?

Guyana: future leader or outcast?

| March 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

Guyana is in grave danger of being ostracised in the regional, hemispheric and global communities.  As I write, the General Elections, which were held on March 2, still have no final count, and certainly not one that international observers have declared as credible, transparent and lawful. I have seen many comments, statements and assertions from some […]

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