October 19, 2019

Commentary: OAS – Handmaiden to the tyranny of a minority

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By Sir Ronald Sanders There have been many ignominious moments at the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) and many farcical decisions made, but they pale in significance when compared with the events of Wednesday, 11 September 2019. On that day 11 countries, accompanied by the illegitimate representative of the self-proclaimed “Interim […]

A&B, Kosovo establish diplomatic relations, abolish visa requirements

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From Antigua Observer The governments of Antigua and Barbuda and the Republic of Kosovo yesterday signed agreements to simultaneously establish diplomatic relations and abolish visa requirements between the two countries. The agreements were signed in Washington, DC by the Ambassador of Antigua and Barbuda, Sir Ronald Sanders, and the Republic of Kosovo’s Ambassador, Vlora Citaku, […]

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: The US and the Caribbean: a mutuality of interests

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By Sir Ronald Sanders From Antigua Observer Once again, I have drawn attention to the danger posed to countries of the Caribbean by the withdrawal of correspondent banking relations (CBRs) from regional banks by global banks in the US. As lead speaker at the Opening of a Legislative Forum in the US House of Representatives […]

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 […]

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: The Caribbean – Confronting its demons

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By Sir Ronald Sanders From Caribbean News Now Had the meeting of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) governments on the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) been the only event affecting the Caribbean in the first week of December, it would have been a week to celebrate. But, it was also a week when global emissions of […]

Sir Ronald Sanders: Gays are citizens too

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By Sir Ronald Sanders 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 in England, was imposed on all British colonies by the colonial government in Britain in 1861. It effectively outlawed homosexuality. […]

Sir Ronald Sanders: Is the OAS’ credibility in doubt?

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By Sir Ronald Sanders From Caribbean360 WASHINGTON, United States, Friday January 26, 2018 – Not for the first time, the Organization of American States (OAS) is in danger of reinforcing the widely held view that it ignores its own declared values and principles. This time, the danger is posed by the way the organization is […]