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Freedom of choice

By Hilbert Haar The Common Court of Justice has ordered Aruba and Curacao to allow marriages between partners of the same sex. That order had not gone into effect yet, because both countries could appeal the ruling at the Supreme Court. Would that change anything? Damn good question. Freedom of choice is a fundamental principle in constitutional states. More...

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By The Publisher On Monday, December 5th, 2022
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Don’t come back, or how did you get that job again?

Dear Editor, Students who go away to study are doing so for particular reasons, whether they know or not the ranking of the reasoning. But what guarantees do students have of a different life from those who came More...

By The Publisher On Saturday, December 3rd, 2022
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Being busy

This week Minister Doran caught my attention with a very interesting statement. He said during an interview on Thursday with Lady Grace on The Breakfast Lounge that and I quote “There is a systematic approach More...

By The Publisher On Saturday, October 29th, 2022
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A star is born

By Hilbert Haar MP Grisha Heyliger-Marten dealt a quick blow to her political adversaries after she was voted out of her position as chairlady of parliament. She cut all ties with the United People’s party (UP), More...

By The Publisher On Tuesday, October 25th, 2022
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Village politics

By Hilbert Haar With the Silveria Jacobs government teetering on the brink of collapse, the question arises why governments apparently fall so easily in St. Maarten. The short answer is: village politics. Our little More...

By The Publisher On Tuesday, October 18th, 2022
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How MP Brison orchestrated his own downfall

By Hilbert Haar Democracy at its finest. That is how my publisher Terrance Rey describes the outcome of what was basically a vote of no confidence against the chairlady of parliament, Grisha Heyliger-Marten. I More...

By The Publisher On Saturday, October 15th, 2022
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Quality journalism

By Hilbert Haar It is official. The government has published its house rules and procedures for the live Council of Ministers press briefing as well as its media accreditation policy in the National Gazette of More...

By The Publisher On Saturday, October 8th, 2022
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Food for thought: how we choose our Potential Candidates

By Roberto Achken Richardson We need to see the realities as they are after being elected to the Parliament of Sint Maarten. Obtaining Seats after the outcome of any Election is primarily dependent on a Political More...

By The Publisher On Monday, September 5th, 2022
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A fractured political landscape

By Hilbert Haar The coalition of National Alliance and United People’s party is close to collapse after UP-MP Ludmila de Weever declared herself independent. Sure, the numbers are with 8 to 7 still in favor of More...

By The Publisher On Monday, August 29th, 2022
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Sympathy for the Devil

By Hilbert Haar Wrestling through a press release issued by MP Rolando Brison, leader of the United People’s party (UP), a couple of things stand out. First of all this statement: “The constitution can never More...