Posts tagged: Caribbean



For our Cuban Friends, especially Fidel Castro

To achieve peaceful transition to democracy, the Cubans need a new economic theory - built on full political democracy - that not only respects the Revolution but improves both the socialist and the capitalist model. As we were told in Cuba: ‘No queremos una transición de comunismo salvaje a ...

Why are we not happy?

A senior al-Qaeda leader, Abu Laith al-Libi, has been killed in Afghanistan, the BBC reported a few days ago. Such news does not make happy. Why? Well, think about it. It is conceivable that sometimes war or police action is inescapable. If that's the case, then sometimes the use of force is ...

Amnesty Law for Cuban Political Prisoners

An Amnesty Law for all Cuban political prisoners will have to be introduced before transition to democracy will take place. This is not as easy as it may seem. For who are ‘political prisoners'? Is the bombing of a Cuban government building, causing death and destruction, a political or a criminal ...

Cuba should adopt Binary Economics

Fidel Castro has finally recognized that he has made a great mistake. His only defense is ‘youth and a misunderstanding of conscience' or something like that, as he recently explained. He has urged more debate on political and economic matters. And very timely indeed! Cuba's people are fed up with ...

NAAR EEN SALSA OP KLOMPEN

Studie van het Wetenschappelijk Instituut voor het CDA Rapport in ‘Caribbean Knowledge Center’
Het rapport is goed bedoeld. Er staan ook vele leuke, rake en interessante passages in. Ook belangrijk cijfermateriaal. Maar toch ...  Wij hopen dat de ‘Nieuwe Band’ niet de inhoud zal hebben die het ...

Black Gold Rush in Antarctica

Here we go again. The UK is looking to claim sovereignty over a large area of the remote seabed off Antarctica, the BBC reports on 17/10/07. The claim for an area around British Antarctica is one of a number being prepared by the Foreign Office, a ‘spokeswoman’ quoted by the BBC said. The UK is ...

Nicaragua-Honduras Peace Restored

Holland has done something right. It is host-country to the UN’s International Court of Justice (ICJ),  which has drawn a new maritime border between Honduras and Nicaragua to end a long-standing dispute between these two countries. For us in the Caribbean this is very relevant, as the ICJ’s ...

Monk-killing spree in Burma

It looks as though the army is back in control in Burma (Myanmar). But looks deceive. The monk-killing spree has appalled the international community and has fired emotions in Burma. The monks may lie low for a while, but they will rise again. And soon, we think. The best strategy for them is to ...

Countless are the Beings ...

What can we do to help the Burmese monks? Their answer would be: Pray. Well, let’s do that then. At a certain stage in their training Buddhist monks take the following oath: ‘Countless are the Beings; I promise to save them all’. So the Burmese monks are now doing what they have promised. This is a ...

Buddhist Monks stage Protests across Myanmar (Burma)

It is our aim to write from a Caribbean perspective. However, major developments around the world cannot be ignored. The case for democracy in Myanmar (Burma) demands attention. Aung San Suu Kyi has led a non-violent campaign against a military dictatorship in Myanmar (Burma) ever since 1988. She ...

New EU-Vision on Migration?

European governments should regard immigration as an "enrichment", not a threat, EU Justice Commissioner Franco Frattini told a conference in Lisbon, calling for a ‘New Vision'. Thus the BBC reports on 13/9/07. Mr Frattini announced he will soon outline proposals for a "blue card" system for ...

Shake that spear, Francis Bacon!

“Actors including Derek Jacobi and Mark Rylance have launched a debate over who really wrote the works of William Shakespeare”, the BBC reports on 9/9/07. “Almost 300 people have signed a "declaration of reasonable doubt", which they hope will prompt further research into the issue”. Shakespeare ...

Hurricanes; Drive for Caribbean Unity

The ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao) once again were spared the full force of hurricane Felix. It was again somewhat of a near miss.  Our islands are lucky. We seem to always escape. Felix, which grew to a category five storm as it churned through the Caribbean, has made landfall in Central ...

Liberia’s ghost workers

Liberia's government has found more than 7,000 'ghost' workers on its payroll - employees who do not actually exist, or do not work for it. They were discovered when the government embarked on a civil service overhaul plan to improve efficiency. The Civil Service Agency head, William Allen, said ...

Caribbean Human Beans

Is there such a thing as a ‘Caribbean Human Bean’, or ‘CariBean’ for short? No. But he could be created. In fact he has already been created to an extent. His skin-color is somewhat brown-beany, an inextricable mixture of all human races, containing within him the best and the worst of all of them. ...

CARICOM’s feeble Unification Attempts

On 9 August 2007 the 12th CARICOM-Japan consultation was held. Judging from the speeches the co-operation between the two sides for now is not much more that that: speeches. Of course, the attempt is commendable. The Caribbean must try and unify internally and start seeking recognition as such ...

Human Rights in the Caribbean

Seen our history, we should be the world champions of human rights. But we’re not. Far form it. Of course, we can blame slavery. We can claim that slavery has blunted our humanity, therefore we cannot be human anymore. Those who argue this way never fail to blame the white people for all our ...

Perspective

‘In 1492 America discovered Columbus and colonialism'. This phrase was very popular during the sixties to give history a different perspective. Instead of a hero, Columbus is depicted as a villain. Even his Spanish surname (‘Colón') begins with the first 5 letters of ‘colonialism'. America could ...

Pamflet Rum Sunrise

Door: D. Denker

Er is al bijna een Caribische beschaving. De beschaving van de multiple culturen en maatschappijen. Onze gewoonten en gebruiken zullen nooit gelijk zijn, maar we lijken steeds meer op elkaar. Onze geloofsritussen zullen altijd wel verschillend blijven, maar ons dansritme met alle ...

Caribbean Sun, Sea & Indolence

These are our natural resources: Sun and Sea. But although we have an abundance of both, we are not focusing on ways to harness them. Now, of course, we do exploit the Sun and Sea in the tourist industry. And that is fine. But there is so much more potential, if we would but focus. The sun can be ...

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