Posts tagged: Rights



Conversation with Joshua Spanner

Joshua Spanner is a member of the Democratic Party and from time to time he seeks publicity to criticize his party and the Government. Some people on Statia call him “The Freedom Fighter”. He’s an independent man, with strong ideas about politics. We talked about his youth, black awareness, the ...

Crime: Stating the problem, or finding solutions?

Many writers very eloquently state pro-blems, quoting figures and analysing causes. But what we need are solutions. As an indirect part of ARCO’s activities we are aware of an extremely interesting experiment going on in East St. Louis,  USA, where the local Congress approved a ‘third way’ project ...

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 ...

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 ...

Faith-based Politics or ‘Themocracy’?

Haven't we had enough of that already? Well, that depends on what you mean by ‘faith'. George Bush apparently believes that ‘faith' means the ‘Christian faith'. He's wrong. There are many faiths (in this sense) and all faith-based states, no matter whether Christian, Jewish, Hindu or Muslim, always ...

Generals speak out against Torture; sign the Petition!

Water boarding, stress positions, hypothermia, sensory deprivation, sleep deprivation and isolation, and holding prisoners in secret CIA "black sites" in order to keep them outside the reach of the law. All these ‘enhanced interrogation techniques' have been used during the Bush administration. US ...

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 ...

Obama: Right Man, in the Right Place, at the Right Time

Obama rose to the occasion. This whole thing about Rev. Jeremiah Wright is a great opportunity for Barack and the more he realizes it, the better he will be able to use the power surge triggered by it, to enhance his own strength. His first speech about it was good, but he can do better still. This ...

Saba & Statia are not really helping

United we stand
The BES-islands have to band together in the constitutional negotiations with Holland. Not because Holland is the ‘enemy’, as for 50 years our politicians have told us. But simply because negotiations are negotiations. If the BES-islands do not co-operate and co-ordinate well, they ...

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 ...

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 ...

Equality also means that European Dutch are welcome in BES

During the past 50 years Antillean policy has been to keep Dutch nationals from Holland (‘European Dutch’ nationals) out, treating them like foreigners basically.
This was all done quite legally, even with Holland’s consent. European Dutch people like to dispute this, but art. 3, section 1, sub f ...

Not a burden, but a chance!

Apology to our readers in Saba and Statia
Maybe we should include more stories in English to better inform Sabans and Statians. And we will in future. In this special edition, however, we choose to convey our message mainly in Dutch for the simple reason that it is of the utmost importance that our ...

Why write about the need for equal rights?

Need for equality obvious
Some ARCO-writers wondered why we should write about this at all. ‘Isn’t it obvious?’, they protested. The BES-islands are going to be part of Holland. This has been agreed in the ‘Final Declaration’ (‘Slotverklaring’).

Art. 1 Slotverklaring reads:
‘BES krijgen in de ...

What’s In A Name

Did you ever think about names?  What they’re about and what they mean?  And why do we have them instead of some other recognition?  Why not a number, code or color, or some other “handle” as they would say? Names are interesting appellations that some in metaphysical thinking feel reflect our ...

Diabolus est Deus Inversus

The Devil is God turned upside down. As long as our understanding of God is on this level, i.e. that there are two Forces - one Good (= God) and the other Evil (= Devil), we are going to keep on fighting wars. Look at the words themselves even: Good = God and The Evil = Devil. So God is not One, ...

Power must die and be Replaced by Justice

A seed must die to be reborn and grow into a tree. So too, a man must die to be reborn and become a new man. His ego must die. He himself must kill it, or at least be willing that it be killed. The same goes for power. The world is ruled by power, not justice. Power must die to be replaced by ...

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