The weakness of assaults on second citizenship

Citizenship by Investment Programmes (CIPs) are operated, in one form or another, by many countries, including the US, Canada, and several European Union (EU) nations.  Yet, commentators in various media single out Caribbean countries and Malta for adverse comment. The adverse comments start with the inferred condemnation that CIPs are inherently bad.  But this blanket condemnation is not applied to Canada (where Quebec has recently reintroduced an investment programme leading to Citizenship), the US or the EU countries except for Malta, one of the smallest nations in the community. It is significant that the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which appraises … Continue reading

The time is coming!!!

Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell has given a clear signal that his New National Party (NNP) is getting ready for the next general election. The party has announced the first batch of five persons to be officially recognised as NNP Caretakers with a view to installing them as the defacto candidates. The five did not take anyone by surprise and put to rest once and for all the status of Peter David as a possible candidate for NNP in the general election. The Peter David factor once again reminds us that there are no permanent friends or enemies in the … Continue reading

OAS: a coup d’état followed by a lynching?

“It was a coup d’état followed by a lynching”.  That’s how an official of the Organisation of American States (OAS) described a meeting of the Permanent Council of the hemispheric body that was held on April 3 in the most unorthodox circumstances and at which 17 countries tore-up the rule book to force through a resolution on Venezuela. If the meeting had been held 2 days earlier, no onlooker would have been blamed for believing it was an April fool’s day joke.  As it turned out, the meeting that was on, then off, then on again, was akin to a … Continue reading

HERITAGE MONTH – April 2017

“A county that does not appreciate and protect its natural and cultural heritage is not deserving of nationhood” – Dr. Keith Rowley Prime Minister of Trinidad & Tobago. (words to that effect). It would have been music to the ear if those words were uttered by our political directorate, but as fate would have it, we are not so blessed. For the past 23 years the mantra of the Willie Redhead Foundation has been: “the protection and enhancement of our natural and cultural heritage”. This proclaimed objective became our watchword and initiative, not for the sake of propaganda or self … Continue reading

SEQUEL TO A RECENT SENTINEL ARTICLE

One Mr. Barry Collymore, who verbally identified himself as a director of SAVVYS at Mt. Cinnamon, was very irate with the contents of a recent Sentinel article published on Grenada Broadcast website about four weeks ago, entitled “de Savary’s cottages reappear as a project of the Blue Economy”. This article was also published in the print media a week or two later. In order to appease Mr. Collymore’s concerns, he was invited on Monday, Feb 27, 2017 to meet with the President of the Willie Redhead Foundation, Mr. Tim Byam and the immediate past president, Mr. Norris Mitchell to resolve … Continue reading

Some conditions that gave rise to the demise of the Grenadian Revolution of March 13th, 1979…

By Brian Lindsay-Campbell I wonder if it is a really good idea for the survivors of The Grenada Revolution of March 13th, 1979, to come together to identify, list and to evaluate the events that gave rise to its demise…Yes we can! After all, the blame game is over as to why one of the most important periods in our history in which a large amount of people and in particular our youth invested so profoundly in its promise of a better Grenada, which disappeared overnight on October the 19th 1983. When our beloved, Prime Minister, Maurice Bishop, and his … Continue reading

OAS dysfunctionality requires Charter review

On March 28, the Permanent Council of the Organisation of American States (OAS) experienced a public spectacle of disarray that, in 36 years of diplomatic life in many international and multinational organisations, I have never witnessed. A similar observation was made by many other seasoned Ambassadors. The spectacle, which was a complete breakdown of all the norms of diplomatic discourse, resulted from the dysfunctionality of the OAS; the antiquated nature of its governing Charters; and the long overdue need for a revision of its procedural rules. A highly fractious and contentious public meeting – carried live via an Internet streaming … Continue reading

De-risking a serious threat to Caribbean and hemispheric security

For over a year in the Councils of the Organisation of American States (OAS), Caribbean countries have been warning of the threat to the region’s economic and political stability arising from the withdrawal by US banks of correspondent banking relations to Caribbean banks.  Those relations have been in place for over a century, giving significant profits to US banks. The cost of the correspondent banking relations (CBRs), including the additional costs related to safeguards against anti-money laundering and counter terrorism financing, have been borne by Caribbean banks.   Not a cent of it has fallen to the account of US banks. … Continue reading

Commonwealth Free Trade: a British straw man?

A Commonwealth Free Trade Area (FTA) would go down in India “like a lead balloon”. That’s the opinion of Indian Member of Parliament, Shashi Tharoor, as British Ministers and Empire-dreamers run around Britain trying to promote the idea that a Commonwealth FTA is a viable alternative to trade with the European Union (EU) which Britain has elected to exit. A harsher view is expressed by Columnist with the British Guardian Newspaper, Kehinde Andrews, who writes: “Rather than accept reality the (British) government has deluded itself into thinking that Britain can just install an update for empire and return to former … Continue reading

Alternative facts and undisclosed sources in Citizenship by Investment

The Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP), operated by many countries in the world, including the US, Spain, Switzerland, Malta and Portugal to name a few, is particularly misrepresented in relation to the small countries in the Eastern Caribbean. At the outset, I make it clear that this commentary is not a defence or apology for any governments in the Eastern Caribbean – past or present – that have not administered and operated the CIP’s at a high international standard. Citizenship of any country is a most precious entitlement; its value should be safeguarded in the interest of the state and … Continue reading