It is time Caribbean islands take a case to the International Court of Justice against impositions foisted upon them by international organisations like the European Union (EU) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). “We should speak in one voice, and I think that if we do that, it will send a much stronger message to the European Union and to the OECD, to let them know that we as a region are serious, very serious about the stance we are taking in these matters.'
The British Virgin Islands (BVI) has received strong backing by the United Nations (UN) Special Committee on Decolonization (C-24) regarding the self-governance of the Territory and its right to self-determination at the recently concluded session of the C-24 at UN Headquarters from 14th – 25th June 2021.
The 1937 uprising was anti-colonial in character with the call for Home Rule also raised and spread into unrest throughout the British colonies in the Caribbean.
Barbados Minister of Labour and Social Partnership Relations, Colin Jordan: Employers can’t dismiss workers for not taking COVID-19 vaccination
The threats from Brown illustrate in many ways the bankruptcy of the political arrangements not only in Antigua but across the wider Caribbean, where there is increasing discussion about making Covid 19 vaccination mandatory either by employers or governments. In this narrative, it’s the people who are at fault. They are blamed for irresponsibility in behaving in ways that cause the spread of the virus or in refusing to be vaccinated. Governments and the ruling elites they represent present themselves as the victims of the current situation but the reality is quite different.
One of the features of the management of Covid 19 across the region has been the requirement for travellers to quarantine once arriving in a country. Although this is a government mandated requirement, there has been an increasing move to make individual travellers carry all the associated costs. In the conditions where many hotels are practically empty, mandatory quarantine has become a lucrative revenue source.
During the recent George Lamming Distinguished Lecture, participants highlighted the minimal progress in accepting the creole languages of the region and that many still did not trust or embrace the language even though a wide range of other regional creative forms are embraced.
Almost 6 months after elections to Tobago's House of Assembly resulted in a 6-6 tie the island remains without a properly constituted political authority. Tobagonian academic Ryan Allard shares his views on the continuing stalemate and suggests ways to resolve it. Dr Allard participates in Tobago CivilNET a nonaligned umbrella group of Non-Government Organisations [NGOs] and citizens seeking to unite the island for positive change.
With almost half a year elapsed since the start of an ongoing political impasse in Tobago economist Vanus James explores the legislative intricacies of the relationship between the central authority of the Trinidad and Tobago State and the limited powers of the Tobago House of Assembly. Reviewing the actual consequences and likely ramifications of the political stalemate James' observations also seem to show that the budget process, even if operating as it should, is an arms length operation in which the population's input is minimal.
The case has attracted attention because Hartin is the partner of Andrew Ashcroft, son of Michael Ashcroft, the Conservative party donor and Belize’s most influential resident. Lord Ashcroft is a former Tory party deputy chairman, a one-time member of the House of Lords, and a billionaire.