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New energy needed in the CaribbeanThe transformation of the energy sector in Caribbean countries is the key to improving the economies of all of them.  Sustainably cheaper energy supplies for tourism, manufacturing, transportation and agriculture would contribute significantly to reduced costs in each of these sectors, boosting their production and making them more competitive internationally.

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A world according to TrumpDonald Trump’s Foreign Policy speech on April 27 did not once mention the Caribbean. The Caribbean should be grateful or there might have been a price tag for his attention. He did say, after all, that: “The countries we are defending must pay for the cost of this defense – and, if not, the US must be prepared to let these countries defend themselves.” Whew! And, he was talking about US friends in the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) such as Britain, France and Germany.

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Good sense on drugs absent at the UNFor a brief moment it appeared that good sense would prevail and the international community would ditch the failed ‘war on drugs’ policy. But, all hopes were dashed at the United Nations General Assembly special session on drugs (UNgass) between April 19 and 21 in New York. Sadly, the UN maintained prohibitionist policies banning narcotics use, and, by doing so, left producers and traffickers delighted with an illegal trade worth billions of dollars.

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No quick fix in HaitiPeace and development will be endangered in Haiti if the United States and other nations insist that the interim government holds the second round of a truncated election for a President of the Republic without a verification process of the first round that took place on October 25 last year.

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