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Commentaries by Ambassador Sir Ronald Sanders

Sir Ronald Sanders is Antigua and Barbuda’s Ambassador to the US and the OAS. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London and Massey College in the University of Toronto. The views expressed are his own. Responses to: www.sirronaldsanders.com

A Caribbean secretary-general for the OAS

A Caribbean secretary-general for the OAS November 2, 2018 It’s time for a Caribbean secretary-general of the Organisation of American States (OAS). Over the last 70 years, since its formation, the OAS has had ten secretaries-general and one acting

November 2nd, 2018|

Overcoming fear: Key to Belize’s future

Overcoming fear: Key to Belize’s future October 26, 2018 In the introduction to his quite remarkable new book on the long-running Guatemalan claim to Belize, the author, Assad Shoman, makes the riveting comment that “Everyone is entitled to their

October 26th, 2018|

The coming OECD blacklist

The coming OECD blacklist October 19, 2018 Reports are wrong in stating that eight Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries are on a ‘blacklist’ recently released by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) over citizenship by investment (CBI) and

October 19th, 2018|

Strong man-ism in the House of the Americas

Strong man-ism in the House of the Americas October 12, 2018 In one year and eight months’ time, the present holder of the Office of Secretary-General of the Organisation of American States (OAS) will end his current term. Judging

October 12th, 2018|

Gays are citizens too

Gays are citizens too September 28, 2018 A regressive 19th century law, that is a legacy of British rule, continues to exist in 10 of the 12 independent Commonwealth Caribbean states. The law, inspired by the 1553 Buggery Act

September 28th, 2018|

No vigilante action in the Americas

No vigilante action in the Americas September 21, 2018 A furore surrounded Luis Almagro, the secretary-general of the Organization of American States (OAS), after the Associated Press (AP) reported him as encouraging military intervention in Venezuela to topple the

September 21st, 2018|

Judging the Caribbean Court of Justice

Judging the Caribbean Court of Justice September 14, 2018 Startlingly, eight of the ten Commonwealth countries that still cling to the Judicial Committee (JC) of the Privy Council as their final court of appeal are Caribbean Community (CARICOM) states.

September 14th, 2018|

The Black must be discharged!

The Black must be discharged! September 7, 2018 Racism was the bedrock of European colonialism in the Caribbean. The subjugation, oppression and exploitation of African people as ‘sub-human’ was justified by colonial powers based on race and colour. A

September 7th, 2018|

The CCJ – A court for the people

The CCJ – A court for the people August 31, 2018 Throughout the 185-year history of the Judicial Committee of the British Privy Council, it has never provided access for people of little means except for a few persons

August 31st, 2018|

Maintaining independence: the imperative of diplomacy

Maintaining independence: the imperative of diplomacy August 16, 2018 Except at time of crisis, many countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) credit their foreign ministries and their embassies or high commissions abroad with little value. Yet, diplomacy, which is

August 17th, 2018|
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