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Follow the money

By Hilbert Haar What more is there to say about the conflict between real estate developer Zebec and the harbor? What more is there to say about the role former politician Theo Heyliger played in this sordid story? And why are some people now turning against Zebec, simply because the company is using its right to claim damages? It is tempting to get More...

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By The Publisher On Friday, May 6th, 2022
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Doing a Good Thing Wrong Is No Good

~ Op-Ed on Media Policy by Ralph Cantave ~ On Tuesday, May 3, the world celebrated International Press Freedom Day, which inspired this article along with the recent press developments on our island. It is an honor More...

By The Publisher On Thursday, April 28th, 2022
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Press release policy

By Hilbert Haar The media accreditation policy the Department of Communication announced recently has local journalists up in arms. Good. They demand a meeting with the Council of Ministers to discuss their concerns More...

By The Publisher On Tuesday, April 26th, 2022
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Slikken of stikken

By Hilbert Haar I don’t want to cause any trouble but this statement from the International Labor Organization (ILO) is too good to keep from the good citizens of St. Maarten and in particular from all those More...

By The Publisher On Sunday, April 24th, 2022
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Reform or referendum?

By Hilbert Haar Member of Parliament Grisha Heyliger-Marten is sending mixed and confusing messages through her most recent letter to Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs. So maybe it is time to clarify a couple of things. What More...

By The Publisher On Wednesday, April 20th, 2022
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Pleasing rates

By Hilbert Haar The court case of a French teacher against the St. Maarten Academy offers a candid insight into the way this school is going about its business. It fired the teacher, who’d been employed since More...

By The Publisher On Thursday, April 14th, 2022
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Boycott the press briefing

By Hilbert Haar If something gets me really going, it is a government that imposes all kinds of silly rules on journalists. DCOMM certainly got me going with the publication of its media policy. Don’t get me More...

By The Publisher On Friday, April 1st, 2022
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Guilty by doing nothing

By Hilbert Haar The parliament is supposed to control the government. Right? Says so in the constitution. But the parliament has no clue about the way the government is spending tax payers money – and apparently More...

By The Publisher On Tuesday, March 29th, 2022
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A questionable history

By Hilbert Haar Politicians are not exactly role models. This statement is true for most politicians but obviously not for all of them. In St. Maarten even King Beau Beau is wondering who will be locked up next. More...

By The Publisher On Sunday, February 13th, 2022
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COHO-law sidelines Parliament

By Hilbert Haar The establishment of the COHO, the Caribbean Organization for Reform and Development, is a done deal, even though the parliaments of the four kingdom countries still have to give their approval. More...