At the opening of the 33rd Conference of the 15-Nation Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM), the incoming Chairman, St Lucia’s Prime Minister, Kenny Anthony, called on governments of the region to “develop a common policy and programme for engagement with new and emerging global partners”. The words “common policy” are especially significant, and it has to be assumed that he did not use them lightly. Continue reading →
Members of a Commonwealth Eminent Persons Group (EPG), that authored a report on reform of the Commonwealth, have called for immediate Commonwealth action in relation to threats against the life of Pakistani lawyer and human rights activist Asma Jahangir. Continue reading →
PM Douglas joins Queen Elizabeth, Commonwealth Heads of State and Governments in Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant
BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, JUNE 3RD 2012 (CUOPM) –
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II greets her subjects on the River Thames
St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas and other Commonwealth and British dignitaries in a flotilla on the River Thames to mark the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on Sunday.
On a luxury barge festooned with flowers, Queen Elizabeth II sailed down the River Thames amid a motley but majestic flotilla of 1,000 vessels.
Prime Minister Douglas, on the vessel “Sarpedon” was among other visiting Heads of State and Government and other dignitaries from the Commonwealth and around the world who boarded motor coaches at Imperial Wharf, Chelsea before travelling to Tower Pier to moor and watch the full flotilla pass by. Continue reading →
What effect will Jamaica becoming a Republic and leaving the 53-nation Commonwealth have on the rest of the Caribbean countries? Will they follow Jamaica to become Republics and leave the Commonwealth?
Those were the questions put to me by the Editor of an Internet news website just as I had begun to write a Commentary after a two-day seminar at Cambridge University in the UK that grappled with the issue of the Commonwealth and its relevance to its 1.2 billion people after the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Australia last October. Continue reading →