Déjà vu

Court Room St. Maarten

By Hilbert Haar Déjà vu is a powerful experience. It brings you back in a flash to a time when something happened that is similar to a current experience. I had this feeling when I read about the Robalo-case against former Immigration and Border Protection director Udo Aron and his policy advisor Erling Hoeve. Actually, there were two déjà vu experiences, More...

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By The Publisher On Monday, March 18th, 2019

A wasted opportunity

By Hilbert Haar Anti-Poverty Platform chairman Drs. Raymond Jessurun usually does a good job defending the position of underprivileged citizens. His tireless work gives a voice to the voiceless and that deserves More...

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By The Publisher On Saturday, March 9th, 2019

Another missed opportunity

By Hilbert Haar Parliament missed yet another opportunity to make clear where it stands on corruption and money laundering on Friday afternoon. It does not come as a surprise because every time “one of their own” More...

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By The Publisher On Thursday, March 7th, 2019

Hypocrisy at its highest level

By Hilbert Haar MP Franklin Meyers is quite outspoken – to put it mildly – when it comes to standing up for St. Maarten and its people. Wednesday’s Central Committee meeting about the conditions at More...

SMMC Group Photo Groundbreaking for construction new general hospital
By The Publisher On Tuesday, March 5th, 2019

A bit of a disappointment

By Hilbert Haar During the groundbreaking ceremony for the new hospital, in early December 2018, everything seemed to be nice and dandy. Alesandro Cambri of contractor INSO was present at this photo opportunity More...

By The Publisher On Monday, March 4th, 2019

Karma is a double-edged sword

[Publisher's note: Will Theo Heyliger eventually be prosecuted and condemned to serve time in prison? Our own Hilbert Haar gives us his opinion on this topic in this premium article available exclusively for our More...

Pallets of Cash
By The Publisher On Thursday, February 28th, 2019

Invisible money

By Hilbert Haar De-risking has become a buzzword in the financial world. Banks risk huge fines if they do business with clients that are associated with money laundering. Therefore, they create a risk-profile and More...

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By The Publisher On Thursday, February 28th, 2019

An interesting debate

By Hilbert Haar The parliament is in for an interesting debate about the introduction of a national ordinance that aims to regulate the fight against money laundering and the financing of terrorism. So far, two More...

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By The Publisher On Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

The true value of our parliamentarians

By Hilbert Haar It is not for the first time that the bloated remuneration of parliamentarians in St. Maarten has drawn the attention from politicians in the Netherlands. The issue is not new, because shortly after More...

Parliament meeting on PSS with Chairlady - 18 Feb 2019
By The Publisher On Friday, February 22nd, 2019

True colors

By Hilbert Haar This morning the political life of Prime Minister Leona Romeo-Marlin and Tourism and Economic Affairs Minister Stuart Johnson hangs in the balance. There are two motions of no confidence on the More...