Competitive victimhood

Jacob Gelt Dekker

“We will not be free until we reach down to the depths of our souls and sign with the pen and ink of assertive manhood our own emancipation.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Exploitation of victimhood is still a prevailing mentality in many Afro-American and –Caribbean communities. It was Louis Farrakhan, the leader of Nation of Islam, who set More...

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By Edition On Friday, February 24th, 2017

Reaction Diangelo Maduro on article Olivier Arrindel

Dear Editor, The undersigned would like to react on your publication of Thursday 23rd of February 2017. Considering the allegations that were published, I think it is only fair if I get the same allocation in your More...

By Edition On Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Suzanne Camelia-Römer placed under supervision of the Dutch

Because inspection by Dutch aviation authorities has established that the Civil Aviation Authority in Curaçao is not based on the law but on arbitrary decrees of minister Suzanne Camelia-Romer and therefore illegal, More...

By Edition On Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Costly punishment

“Social emotions like anger, envy, and spite are very powerful drivers, for those who seek revenge. Revenge behavior often outweighs economic and social self-interest. What follows is called 'costly punishment' More...

Jacob Gelt Dekker
By Edition On Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Elections again

Curaçao chose to govern itself as a democracy, but its constitutions and institutions turn out to be weak and not very popular. Participation in formal and informal institutions is anemic, and not inclusive. Secretive, More...

By Edition On Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

If at all possible

It happened once before with a then Central Government of the – since dismantled – Netherlands Antilles, but the latest precedents were set in Willemstad in 2012 and Philipsburg in 2015. It regards a Council More...

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By Edition On Friday, February 10th, 2017

Waning hope for monetary union Sint Maarten – Curaçao

In 2008 I vehemently objected to the decision to have a monetary union between Sint Maarten and Curaçao in anticipation of the political dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles (consisting of Curaçao, Sint Maarten, More...

By Edition On Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Glad to be alive!

To the gentleman in the dark red colored sedan yesterday at Piscadera, just a hundred feet away from the spot where another reckless driver took the life of three innocent people just a few years back, I would just More...

Jacob Gelt Dekker
By Edition On Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

God, the One and Only

“IF YOU REFUSE TO CONVERT TO ISLAM, THEN THE ONLY THING BETWEEN YOU AND US IS THE SWORD.” (Muslim leader in Trinidad, Abu Sa’d at-Trinidadi, proclaimed this fatwah repeatedly to all Christians, and again on More...

By Edition On Monday, February 6th, 2017


“A Mark, a Yen, a Buck, or a Pound Is all that makes the world go round.” (film Cabaret: Kit Kat Klub, 1930, Berlin) “ The love of money is the root of all evil.” 1 Timothy, 6:10 “Nothing impresses people More...