September 19, 2019

Sir Ronald Sanders: OAS should promote systemic change in Haiti not an external agenda

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By Sir Ronald Sanders From Antigua Observer In what is increasingly becoming a pattern of ignoring established procedures and authority in the Organisation of American States (OAS), a delegation went to troubled Haiti on June 19 without any discussion or mandate by the Permanent Council, the organ responsible for making and overseeing policy between General […]

Sir Ronald Sanders: St Vincent on the UN Security Council – More valuable than coin

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By Sir Ronald Sanders From Caribbean News Now Make no mistake about it, the election of St Vincent and the Grenadines – one of the world’s smallest states – to a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is both an important and timely event. The election, primarily by the world’s developing states, […]

Sir Ronald Sanders: Edward Seaga – A Caribbean enigma

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By Sir Ronald Sanders from Caribbean News Now Edward Seaga was a great Jamaican patriot well deserving of the many tributes that have been paid to him concerning his devoted service to his country.  But, he was not a regionalist and his tenure as Prime Minister of Jamaica, from 1980 to 1989, contributed to the deceleration […]

OAS, Telefónica and Fundación ProFuturo signs ICT agreements with Latin American and the Caribbean

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From Caribbean News Now GEORGETOWN, Guyana – The Inter-American Telecommunications Commission (CITEL) of the Organization of American States (OAS), Telefónica, and Fundación ProFuturo recently signed two agreements to promote digital inclusion and education in the region, as part of the commitments made in the framework of the TIC 2030 Alliance. The agreement signed with ProFuturo […]

Sir Ronald Sanders: Brown and Mottley – Shapers of the regional future

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By Sir Ronald Sanders From Caribbean News Now Prime Ministers Gaston Browne of Antigua and Barbuda and Mia Mottley of Barbados are two of the Caribbean’s young and dynamic leaders, both workaholics with clear and determined visions for the betterment of their countries. Each of them is a committed regionalist, notwithstanding insinuations to the contrary […]

Sir Ronald Sanders: CARICOM must unify to resist imposition of OAS boss

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By Sir Ronald Sanders From Antigua Observer Readers of this commentary, particularly those in small countries, might wonder why they should be concerned about who is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of any multilateral or international organisation. It could be claimed that the disposition of the person holding such an office is far removed from the […]

Sir Ronald Sanders: Selling or saving the soul of the OAS

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by Sir Ronald Sanders From MENAFIN The Organisation of American States (OAS), already a broken institution, was shattered even more April 9 at a meeting of its permanent council. It is now an organisation whose membership is deeply divided and amongst whom mistrust, and bitterness now predominate. How this huge problem will be fixed – […]

Divided they stand: Caribbean nations take sides on Venezuela

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By George Popplewell From Global Voices The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) nations’ position on the situation in Venezuela became clearer over the past weekend—and it’s anything but unified. Allegiances didn’t necessarily align, however, with those expressed in the Organization of American States (OAS) resolution on January 10 that sought to declare the second term of Nicolás Maduro’s presidency illegitimate. […]

Jamaican churches questions country’s stance against Venezuela

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From Jamaica Gleaner The Jamaica Council of Churches (JCC) says it is mystified by two major decisions made by the Andrew Holness administration against Venezuela. In a press release yesterday, the JCC said it was concerned that the current administration has taken steps to forcibly acquire the Venezuelan government’s 49 per cent shares in Petrojam […]

The OAS should get a Caribbean Secretary-General

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By Sir Ronald Sanders From caribbean360 WASHINGTON, United States, Friday November 2, 2018 – It’s time for a Caribbean Secretary-General of the Organisation of American States. Over the last 70 years, since its formation, the OAS has had 10 Secretaries-General and one Acting Secretary-General. None have come from the Caribbean even though Caribbean countries started […]