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BARBADOS TODAY EDITORIAL: Between the CCJ and a hard place

freundelstuart7 440 300There is perhaps a no more distinctively inquiring mind today among CARICOM leaders about what exactly is meant by “hassle-free” travel than our Prime Minister’s –– we aver much too late.

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JA OBSERVER EDITORIAL: That proverbial light at the end of the tunnel

Peter-support-FINANCE Minister Dr Peter Phillips and his economic team spent most of last week in Washington, DC representing Jamaica at the annual International Monetary Fund-World Bank meetings. But there was something different this time.

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T&T ‘hot seat’ for Caricom

ricky-singh-380A WEEK from today Heads of Government of the 15-member Caribbean Community and Common Market (Caricom) should be in Port of Spain for a three-day regular annual summit that officially gets underway on Thursday, July 4.

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GLEANER EDITORIAL - Economic schizophrenia

phillips-portia budget2Peter Phillips must feel that he is dealing with a bunch of schizophrenics. Nine months ago, he was under pressure for failing, after a year on the job, to conclude an agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

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OBSERVER EDITORIAL:Let's decide, do we leave or go forward with CARICOM?

caricom HQ-GTThis Tuesday, Jamaica gets what we believe may be a last chance to make up our minds whether we cut the umbilical cord between us and the Caribbean Community (Caricom) and strike out alone on an uncertain future outside of the regional bloc.

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The Turks and Caicos Islands Govt and the issue of its Attorney General

Huw-ShepheardTurks and Caicos Islands Government Ministers backed down from their planned boycott of Wednesday’s Cabinet meeting that was attended by controversial and unpopular Attorney General Huw Shepheard, but Thursday’s sitting of the House of Assembly at which the AG was present, lasted a few minutes and was adjourned suddenly.

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EXPRESS EDITORIAL -Frank talks to end T&T-Jamaica trade grouse

Jamaica-n-TrinidadMaybe it is time for the Caricom secretary general to arrange a one-and-one encounter between heads of the Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers’ Association (TTMA) and its Jamaican counterpart, the Jamaican Manufacturers’ Association (JMA). Clearly these two entities need to talk, rather than keep throwing fighting words.

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GLEANER EDITORIAL - The greater import of the Myrie ruling

myrieincourt-450x350Much has already been made of the award by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) of approximately J$4 million to Shanique Myrie, the Jamaican woman who, two and a half years ago, was deported from Barbados after being held overnight in a cell and allegedly subjected to a vaginal search.

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Jamaica’s Foreign Minister speaks on the Human Development Index

AJNicholson20Ladies and Gentlemen, The 2013 Human Development Report, as described in its thematic title, examines the economic rise of the group of developing countries historically described as being of the South.

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EXPRESS EDITORIAL: Welcome clarity from CCJ

As aCCJ Logo committed proponent of regional integration we, too, welcome the ruling delivered on Friday by the Caribbean Court of Justice in the Shanique Myrie case.

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GUARDIAN EDITORIAL: After board change, greater ministerial oversight of CAL

larry howai 77Tuesday’s announcement in the Senate by Finance Minister Larry Howai that the majority state-owned carrier Caribbean Airlines (CAL) had registered a loss of US$70 million for 2012, despite a fuel subsidy of US$40 million, set the stage for Thursday’s replacement of the airline’s board.

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This strange call from Jamaica on CARICOM

andrewholnessn2011104ngTHIS IS undoubtedly a most challenging period in global political and economic developments for some countries of our relatively small economic integration movement that is the 15-member Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM).

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GLEANER EDITORIAL - Getting serious about CARICOM

CARICOMHQComplexThursday | May 16, 2013 - Until now, the debate about Jamaica's relationship with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has been emotive and huffing.

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EXPRESS EDITORIAL:T&T needs good neighbour policy

maduro400Venezuela, now in international headlines as a likely asylum home for US espionage fugitive Edward Snowden, is also worthy of heightened attention in bilateral relations with Trinidad and Tobago. As he registered his presence in T&T during this month’s Caricom talks, Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro followed a trail blazed by US Vice President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

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Renewing confidence in Caricom

ricky-singh-380IF ALL goes well with the work programmes for two ministerial council meetings this week in Port of Spain, the people of the Caribbean Community should have a good idea of what to expect with top priority issues when the region’s Heads of Government gather in Trinidad and Tobago for their 34th summit  in July.

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CARICOM needs fresh air

CARICOMtreatysigningIt is 40 years since the founding fathers, the enigmatic Eric Eustace Williams, the autocratic Lincoln Forbes Burnham, the congenial “Skipper” Errol Walton Barrow, and the charismatic Michael Norman Manley signed the Caribbean community and Common Market (Caricom) Treaty of Chaguaramas on July 4, 1973. 

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OBSERVER EDITORIAL: Paucity of Caribbean citizens in the top echelons

PJ Patterson450Former Prime Minister P J Patterson, speaking at the launch of Ambassador Rudy Insanally's new book Multilateral Diplomacy for Small States, bemoaned the fact that people from Caribbean Community (Caricom) countries are no longer in top posts in international organisations.

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The Hunt for the President (Evo Morales') Plane

bolivia-evo-moraleIt is not that important from what source U.S. intelligence received a signal that Edward Snowden would be transported out of Russia on the airplane of Bolivian President Evo Morales; the important thing is that the information turned out to be disinformation. Through allied governments in Europe – France, Italy, Spain and Portugal – Washington tried to organize a humiliating inspection of the presidential airplane in violation of all international conventions and treaties on the immunity of state leaders...

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EXPRESS EDITORIAL: Sorry mess at CAL

larry howai 77The time has come for the Corporation Sole as represented by Finance Minister Larry Howai to step in and rescue the public interest from the politics and mismanagement at Caribbean Airlines (CAL).

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Who is Shaking Up Brazil and Why

Brazilian-ProtestersThe mass street protests in Brazil continue. Most of the protesters do not belong to any party and have no leaders with whom the authorities could negotiate about the demands being made. 

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Canada-Caricom Free Trade Agreement under fire as Lopsided

kamla and pm canadaOn April 23, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago visited Canada to deliver her pitch to make the Canada-CARICOM free trade agreement a reality. The current Canada-CARICOM trade deal, known as CARIBCAN, is set to expire this year because the World Trade Organization stands in firm opposition to its renewal.

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