Tag Archives: Commentary

Commentary: Nancy at the meeting


John Skippings is a former Director of Tourism and Chief Marketing Officer for the Turks and Caicos Tourist Board 1999-2003; and Tourism Marketing Consultant with the Montserrat Tourist Board 2004 – 2006. And has had a career in banking in The Bahamas and the US; he holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration from Southeastern University in Washington, DC. Email: jskippi@yahoo.com

By John Skippings

Interesting session it was at the White House on Tuesday, December 11 with Mr President, Nancy, and Chuck; with Vice President Pence calling in “present”, and in total silence. If by the way, I were silent in such a situation, it would only be that I am afraid that what I have to say, would not be beneficial to my side. As much as anything, the meeting was about…

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Commentary: First UAE-Caribbean Cooperation Forum and its impact


Bader Almatrooshi is the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United Arab Emirates to the Republic of Cuba; Jamaica, Haiti and UAE Representative to the Association of Caribbean States (ACS)

By Ambassador Bader Almatrooshi

The first UAE-Caribbean Cooperation Forum (UAECCF), the first of its kind in the region, gathered more than 400 government and business leaders, key decision makers and investors from the UAE and Caribbean region.

Taking place from 24 to 26 November 2018 and organized by the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in collaboration with the UAE Ministry of Economy and the UAE Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development, the three-day forum was a reflection of the willingness of…

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Commentary: The global revolt against fake democracy


Jean H Charles LLB, MSW, JD, is a regular contributor to the opinion section of Caribbean News Now. He can be reached at jeanhcharles@aol.com

By Jean H Charles

As the year 2018 is coming to a close, we are watching in the world today what could be labeled the manifestations of a global revolt against fake democracy. As in two centuries earlier in 1789 and in 1803, two sister countries linked by a colonial past are leading the way, France and its former colony Haiti. Each weekend, the yellow vests, now supported by the students, are marching into Paris in force, demanding the end of this fake democracy that cares only for the wealthy citizens and leaves almost nothing for the middle and the working classes.

Haiti has been since October 6 and 7, 2018, the scene of violent…

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Carolyn Cooper | As long as you’re human, you’re an African | Commentary


Peter Tosh’s provocative song, African, on his militant Equal Rights album, was released more than 40 years ago. It opened with this startling declaration: “Don’t care where you come from/As long as you’re a black man, you’re an African.”

None of the usual distinguishing features mattered to Tosh. Nationality, religion and complexion – high, low or in-between – could not alter the black person’s fundamental African identity. I’m sure Tosh knew that the average Jamaican would not welcome the label ‘African’. The dominant images of the African continent in the local media were, and still are, largely negative. Deprivation and disease!

Proverbial wisdom in Jamaica still asserts that “nutten black nuh good”. ‘African’ is rather worse. In a society that rewards ‘high’ colour and devalues…

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Heirs’ property a tremendous utility for African-Americans | Commentary


I was ecstatic to read U.S. Sen. Tim Scott’s perspectives about the plight of heirs’ properties in the African-American community in the Post and Courier article titled, “SC land slipping away from families amid fragile claims and explosive growth.”

Sen. Scott’s great-great-grandfather, Lawrence Ware, married my great-grandfather’s sister, Suzannah Wooden.

Not only did Lawrence Ware live to be 103 years old, but he was able to accumulate 900 acres in the Salley area. He and my great-great-grandfather, Oscar J. Thompson Sr., my great-grandfathers, Landy Curry and Jerome Williams, and other relatives were among many African-Americans who purchased land during the era of racial segregation…

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Commentary: The View from Europe: A new approach to tourism analysis is long overdue


David Jessop is a consultant to the Caribbean Council and can be contacted at
david.jessop@caribbean-council.org. Previous columns can be found at www.caribbean-council.org

By David Jessop

Since the mid-2000s, the ability of the Caribbean tourism sector to generate rapid economic growth has been widely accepted by international financial institutions such as the IMF, World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank. This seems to have occurred at the point at which it became apparent that services exports were starting to eclipse the export of goods and commodities in much of the region.

Despite this, and the now widespread recognition of the centrality of tourism to the Caribbean economy, development institutions continue to struggle to find sound data on which to…

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