Posts tagged: Caribbean



The mistake of Evo Morales

We have deep respect for Evo Morales. There is no doubt that he is one of those rare politicians who really cares and wants to improve the lives of poor people. That is just and very necessary. But because he does not know that there is a better system, he slides back to a proven inferior system ...

Obama and the Caribbean

The breaking of the race barrier is very welcome. That point has been made. In fact, it comes 200 years late. But will Obama deliver in other respects? Here is hope and doubt. After Obama won the nomination he veered heavily to the center. That was necessary to be elected. But the question is: what ...

Mieke & Zoran; Statia’s extraordinary artists

This edition of ARCO we step into the colorful world of Zoran and Mieke. They have lived on St. Eustatius  (Statia) since 2000 and for them Statia is one of their main inspirations. Statia is the place where they both find the exact atmosphere needed to dedicate their lives to their art. When asked ...

Wet financiƫle verhoudingen

Een vloedgolf van nieuwe wetten liggen op dit moment op de tafels van onze Eilandsraadleden ter overweging en stemming. Behalve de WolBES is er de Wet Financiële Verhouding BES, de Invoeringswet BES (‘IBES’), de Aanpassings-wet BES (‘ABES’) en een Aanpassing op de Kieswet. Ze staan allemaal op onze ...

Independence for South Ossetia and Abkhazia

Uri Avnery is no ordinary journalist. This Israeli octogenarian's insights are so sharp, his moral character is so strong and his credentials are so solid that even his enemies respect his analyses. ARCO is proud to re-publish his insightful articles from time to time. And his analysis of the ...

Caribbean dive deep down

The BBC reports that the world's deepest undersea volcanoes, which lie 6km down in the Caribbean, are to be explored. Delving into uncharted waters to hunt for volcanic vents will be Autosub6000, Britain's new autonomously controlled, robot submarine. The research will be carried out by a British ...

(R)Evolution of a Best Seller

By: Richard J. Bowne, Writer Resident of Bonaire

“Marion, this is the stupidest idea you’ve ever had!” “Why, Toni?”

Toni is my editor, confidant, and friend when I’m not screwing up, getting drunk, visiting women for hire or the criminally unskilled in local jails.

“Do you know what ...

SXM & Caricom (BES should follow)

St. Maarten is interest in becoming affi-liated with the Caribbean Community ‘Caricom’. Caricom’s Secretary-General Edwin Carring-ton outlined the benefits of Caribbean coun-tries pulling closer together for the building of a strong single market and economy.

Caricom and the Caribbean Association ...

Antillianen en Arubanen zijn burgers van EU

De uitsrpaak (‘arrest’) van het Hof van de Europese Unie van 12 december 2006 is uiterst belangrijk voor de Antillen en Aruba. Hieronder een aantal high-lights uit de overwegingen en de belangrijkse beslissing. De volledige tekst is te vinden in het Caribbean Knowledge Center te www.arcocarib.com, ...

Caribia in the New Age

Perhaps the Mayans did get it right by intimating that the shift to the New Age will not take place until 2012. That would coincide with the US presidency following the one we are expecting shortly. If that is so, then the ‘signs' we see now are just precursors. However, we believe the shift has ...

Solution Right in Front of Us

Robert Samuelson's conclusion in today's (16 July 2008) column ("A Baffling Global Economy," Washington Post, 07/16/08) is absolutely correct: "Countries try to maximize their advantages rather than make the system work for everyone". His analysis, however, is skewed in favor of the type of ...

Crime In Caribbean

Violence in the Caribbean is aggravated by a steady inflow of criminal deportees, many of whom have adopted criminal behaviour in major cities such as London and New York. An estimated 30,000 deportees were sent to Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana between 1990 and 2005.

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Change; Opium for the Masses?

Obama will bring some change. Important change, even. But not yet the change the whole world needs. It appears we'll have to wait until 2012. That is when shift is supposed to happen. We do not mean this in any mystical sense, although we do not slight mysticism. We are referring to the expected ...

Africa has Problems

Today two news-items high-light Africa. The world food price crisis and a UN mission to investigate various African wars (Somalia, Congo, Sudan). Mostly we try to focus on the (greater) Caribbean region, but to an extent our today's comment reflects on our region as well. We cannot escape the ...

Peaceful Transition to Democracy in Cuba

There is active opposition to the Cuban government, but it is severely hampered by lack of funds, as well as lack of rights to organize. The right to freely organize political parties, trade-unions or any other associations with an independent political agenda is denied in Cuba. And even if it were ...

Equality in Exchange for BES Seabed

International news sometimes suggests solutions to local problems. The news that Australia has increased its share of the seabed by 2.5 million sq km, may serve as an example. The UN agreed to an extension of Australia's share. Its continental shelf will be extended by five times the size of ...

Jamaica’s Crime & Failing Capitalism and Socialism

Jamaica's poor have been left to the mercy of violent criminal gangs, Amnesty International says in a new report.  The human rights group said inner-city Jamaicans were being "held hostage" in the battle between gangs and the state. Amnesty said Jamaican authorities had stigmatized and "wilfully ...

ORGANIZED DISORGANIZATION

When the settlers arrived in the ‘New World’ (the American continent), they had to re-invent  everything. Apart from the scant items they had brought along, they had to build everything anew.

As they pushed farther West, there were hardly any supplies, so they were again forced to improvize. On ...

Rise of Socialism in Latin America

By Michael Greaney, first published by www.helium.com; re-posting authorized by author.

After the fall of communism and the dissolution of the Soviet Union in the final years of the 20th century, capitalist pundits loudly proclaimed the "victory" of capitalism. From the presidency of Ronald Reagan ...

Difference between CO-OP’s and 100% ESOP’s

One critique of ESOP's is that they are the same as CO-OP's, especially 100% ESOP's. Let's look at terminology first. A CO-OP is a form of partnership in which each partner has equal membership in a specific kind of corporation on a ‘one-man one vote'-basis. In fact variations have been introduced ...

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