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Ben Michah, Minister for Public Enterprise and State Investment (Papua New Guinea)  and Milner Tozaka, Foreign Minister (Solomon Islands) in Fiji
    By Sir Ronald Sanders   (The writer is Antigua and Barbuda’s Ambassador to the US and a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London and Massey College, University of Toronto)   The Island-States of the Pacific are outraged at what they regard as indifference […]

Militant Pacific Islands Ready To Fight


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Russell Williams     The story I’m about to relay is one I tell often but it’s one which is worth repeating and I crave your indulgence if you have read or heard it before.   In 2000, a fuel shortage in the UK led to the rationing of petrol […]

Has The Outcry Over The Blocking of OTTs and VoIP ...




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Editorial     For some time now I’ve noticed what appears to be a routine practice of some food retailers stocking their shelves with “short date” goods or, goods that will soon expire.   The most recent example of this is with Carnation Milk. While the Best Before or Expiry […]

Are Kittivisian Consumers Getting a Raw Deal?


            By Sir Ronald Sanders   (The writer is a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London and Massey College, University of Toronto)   A search of the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon’s statements posted on his official website shows no […]

Guyana and Venezuela – Peace Under Law


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    Sir Ronald Sanders (The writer is a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London and Massey College, University of Toronto) Imagine if on the anniversary of its independence the friendliest message your nation gets is that if your country sinks underwater, a nearby island […]

Climate Change: Time For Talking Is Over



The Flag of the Commonwealth of Nations
Sir Ronald Sanders   Questioning the relevance and value of the Commonwealth of Nations is nothing new – for such has occurred ever since the modern Commonwealth was created in 1949. However, doubts have intensified in recent time about the voluntary association of now 53 countries. Claims are repeatedly made […]

The Commonwealth’s Future – Part 1


Sir Ronald Sanders (Sir Ronald Sanders was Antigua and Barbuda’s Ambassador in negotiations with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on its “Harmful Tax Competition” scheme)   In naming 30 countries as the “top tax havens in the world”, the European Union (EU) appears to “playing dice” with […]

Remarks by Sir Ronald Sanders on EU Naming Caribbean Tax ...


By Sir Ronald Sanders             A common market in CARICOM would lead to  substantial rise in regional exports   A common market in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries would lead to a substantial rise in the regional exports. This is one of the findings of a new […]

Caribbean Countries: Trapped?



Chinese Premier Li Keqiang,
By Sir Ronald Sanders             (The writer is a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, London and Massey College, Toronto)   China’s Premier Li Keqiang, accompanied by over 100 senior Chinese business leaders, visited four South American countries for eight days in May. […]

China: STRIKE WHILE THE IRON IS HOT


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Russell Williams While on my morning walk, I frequently listen to an audio book. Last week I heard the story of a young man who later went onto become a successful businessman. He got his start at a beverage company in the US, where his father was a delivery driver, […]

The Caribbean, Are We Really Developing States?


G.A.Dwyer Astaphan
            by G.A.Dwyer Astaphan, Thursday, May 07, 2015   ‘Subject’ is a word that’s used in monarchies to describe people.   I’ve never liked this use of the word.   In a monarchy, the monarch is the actual or symbolic source of authority, and it’s […]

CITIZENS, NOT SUBJECTS!