A world less safe: Caribbean not immune


WASHINGTON - Events affecting Iran, prompted by the May 8 decision of US President Donald Trump to withdraw America from a 2015 nuclear deal, may appear irrelevant to Caribbean countries. They are not. One of the first effects will be a rise in oil prices which has already reached US$77 a barrel and is forecast to rise higher. The cost of oil is one More...

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By Edition On Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

Good journalism is a like a toothache: it hurts but it warns

Reporters Without Borders (RWB) just released its 2018 press freedom report and, apart from two of them, the lowest mark for rated Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries is “fairly good”. The worst, rated as More...

By Edition On Monday, April 30th, 2018

Floating Fiasco

I really start to believe that the more titles, diplomas and nomination somebody has, the more stupid he becomes because he can’t think realistically. For some time already I wanted to react on the decision the More...

By Edition On Monday, April 23rd, 2018

The Caribbean through the eyes of Jacob Gelt Dekker

AMSTERDAM - In the book The Caribbean, published this week, author Jacob Gelt Dekker takes the reader on a special journey through the history of the Caribbean. After a life-changing diagnosis, the entrepreneur More...

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By Edition On Friday, April 20th, 2018

It’s SMOC’s fault!

It’s not the first time that the unions were paid and send by Maduro’s Khmer Rouge in their sponsored red PDVSA shirts to demonstrate on the Wilhelmina Square against the seizure of SMOC and the others. I add More...

By Edition On Friday, April 13th, 2018

Filling the void: China’s expanding Caribbean presence

The Peace Ark sailed smoothly into Havana Harbor, floating past the aging brick Morro Cabana fortress under a luminous yellow sun. The Ark’s 416 crew members disembarked on a warm Friday afternoon in October 2011 More...

By Edition On Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

The Netherlands give in to Narco-terrorism

Last Sunday we took notice of the secretly undertaken mission of our new minister of Foreign Affairs, Stef Blok to Venezuela, with the goal to improve the relationship with that country and to achieve the cancelation More...

By Edition On Monday, April 9th, 2018

How to enjoy being an expatriate and still comply with U.S. taxes in Curaçao

Expat living is exciting, but we don't want to make it too exciting.  The good news is that compliance is relatively simple.  Curaçao is a party to FATCA (Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act). It's possible that More...

By Edition On Thursday, April 5th, 2018

Festive St Elisabeth hospital

A few weeks ago I was at the first aid of the Elisabeth hospital around 10 o'clock in the evening. Some booths were occupied; a child was crying horribly, an older man was so nervous that he had to talk loudly and More...

By Edition On Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

Is leadership in the Caribbean missing?

Or is it not? Many say it is! The very essence of leadership is having a vision. Do you know of any of the self-proclaimed or elected leaders in the region who has a vision in the broader sense of the word? It means More...