Category: Commonwealth Political Insights

Commonwealth HOG, Foreign Ministers to meet in New York

Commonwealth HOG, Foreign Ministers to meet in New York

| September 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Caribbean news. 22 September 2014 – The 13th annual meeting of Commonwealth Foreign Affairs Ministers will take place in New York this week alongside the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly. On Thursday, 25 September, Ministers will be briefed on priority development concerns of small states, the Commonwealth’s interaction with the G20 group […]

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Scotland’s Referendum: Its consequences

Scotland’s Referendum: Its consequences

| September 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

Caribbean news. If the people of Scotland vote for independence from the United Kingdom on September 18, they will be buying a one-way ticket to their own misfortune, and with consequences that will go beyond their borders affecting Commonwealth countries. Notwithstanding the arguments of the Scottish National Party, the Scottish economy cannot sustain an independent […]

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Scotland’s Independence: Should the Commonwealth Caribbean care?

Scotland’s Independence: Should the Commonwealth Caribbean care?

| August 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Caribbean news. On September 18, the electorate in Scotland will vote in a referendum to decide if Scotland should be independent of the United Kingdom (UK).   A vote for independence will have far-reaching implications for both Scotland and what remains of the UK – England, Wales and Northern Ireland. BBC Radio Scotland interviewed me this […]

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Commonwealth mediation training for disputes

Commonwealth mediation training for disputes

| August 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

06 August 2014 – Commonwealth news. Senior officials from 14 national human rights commissions from around the Commonwealth will meet in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, later this month for a week-long training exercise to explore ways of preventing, managing and resolving human rights related disputes. The Commonwealth Secretariat will conduct this training with ACCORD, the African […]

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Commonwealth Business Council is dead

Commonwealth Business Council is dead

| August 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Commonwealth Business Council is dead: will a bankable entity arise? Caribbean news. Amid the success of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland, there has been a troubling development for the Commonwealth.  The Commonwealth Business Council (CBC) went into liquidation. CBC was mandated by a Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in another Scottish City, […]

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Why join the Commonwealth?

Why join the Commonwealth?

| July 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Institute of Commonwealth Studies at London University held a colloquium on Thursday July 10 on the subject of “Why join the Commonwealth?”.  I was invited to be a lead speaker.  What follows below is a very much shortened version of my remarks given the space restriction of this column. In recent time the relevance […]

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Commonwealth Secretariat has new Chair of Board of Governors

Commonwealth Secretariat has new Chair of Board of Governors

| July 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

Community news. London – 1 July 2014 – Rwanda’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, His Excellency Williams Nkurunziza, is the new Chair of Commonwealth Secretariat Board of Governors. Having been elected unanimously by his fellow Board members, he took up his responsibilities on 1 July 2014. Mr Nkurunziza succeeds His Excellency Carl Roberts, High […]

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Caribbean should show leadership in Commonwealth

Caribbean should show leadership in Commonwealth

| May 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Caribbean news. In my previous commentary, I argued that the 53-nation Commonwealth association is an important instrument for the promotion of the interests of small states including those in the Caribbean.  But, I also pointed out that it is facing significant challenges to its existence. The main point of the commentary was that the Commonwealth’s […]

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A.N.R. Robinson – A Remembrance

A.N.R. Robinson – A Remembrance

| April 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Caribbean news. Among the many epitaphs and  eulogies to  A.N.R. Robinson may I add my own as a fellow West Indian.  It was as  a West Indian that I knew him first – as a young Member of the House of Assembly of the Federation of The West Indies when I was a member of […]

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Sri Lanka – straining the Commonwealth

Sri Lanka – straining the Commonwealth

| April 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

Caribbean news. The Commonwealth of 53 nations is facing yet another ordeal because of the government of Sri Lanka.  This time the Sri Lankan government is refusing to co-operate with a UN-mandated investigation. On March 21 the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) adopted a resolution requesting the UN Human Rights Commissioner to undertake “a […]

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