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Discrimination of non-Antilleans is a time-tested practice

~ Non-Antilleans must apply for a business license when registering a sole-proprietorship in St. Maarten ~ PHILIPSBURG — Ministers and parliamentarians swear allegiance to the Kingdom Charter and the Constitution of St. Maarten when they take office. However, history shows that when it comes to making rules and regulations, politicians have a More...

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By The Publisher On Saturday, July 30th, 2022
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Pro Soualiga demands retraction of Statia’s mediation-report

PHILIPSBURG — The Pro Soualiga Foundation recommends in a letter dated July 27 to the island Council of Statia and to the kingdom representative to withdraw a report written by mediators Suzy Camelia-Römer More...

By The Publisher On Thursday, July 14th, 2022
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MPs flee Parliament meeting to frustrate motion of no confidence

PHILIPSBURG — MPs Rolando Brison (UP) and Hyacinth Richardson (NA) fled a meeting of Parliament on Wednesday to prevent the handling of a motion of no confidence against Minister Egbert Doran (Public Housing, More...

By The Publisher On Thursday, July 14th, 2022
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PFP: Walkouts Becoming the Norm to Keep Accountability in the Dark

PHILIPSBURG — Members of Parliament (MPs) Rolando Brison of United People’s Party (UP) and Hyacinth Richardson of National Alliance (NA) walked out of Wednesday’s parliament meeting because Party for More...

By The Publisher On Monday, June 27th, 2022
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Factsheet: “Only a small minority prefers complete independence”

PHILIPSBURG — Is St. Maarten completely decolonized or is there still work to be done? That is the central question in a factsheet three experts put together for the Dutch Second Chamber. The answer remains More...

By The Publisher On Thursday, April 14th, 2022
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Round table debate about Kingdom Charter: “Not correct to state that we are still a colony of the Netherlands”

PHILIPSBURG — Next week Tuesday, April 19, the parliamentary committee for Constitutional Affairs and Decolonization organizes a round table panel discussion with four experts about the Kingdom Charter, its More...

By The Publisher On Saturday, February 12th, 2022
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COHO gets authority to audit government-owned companies

PHILIPSBURG — The Ministry of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations submitted the draft consensus kingdom law COHO (Caribbean Organizations for Reform and Development) to the Second Chamber and to the parliaments More...

By The Publisher On Wednesday, October 20th, 2021
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Is the Constitutional Court such a good idea?

By Hilbert Haar St. Maarten’s judicial system contains a unique institution: the Constitutional Court. No other country in the Kingdom of the Netherlands has such a court. Is that good or bad? First of all it More...

By The Publisher On Wednesday, September 15th, 2021
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Curacao violates constitution by excluding same-sex couples from marriage, court rules

WILLEMSTAD — By maintaining that marriage is only possible between a man and a woman is unlawful and in doing so, the government of Curacao violates article 3 of the constitution (the equality-principle), More...

By The Publisher On Tuesday, September 29th, 2020
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Integration with the Netherlands gains momentum in Curacao

PHILIPSBURG – With the tenth anniversary of St. Maarten as an autonomous country within the kingdom of the Netherlands rapidly approaching, the discussion about the constitutional status of the island is slowly More...