House of corruption

Hilbert Haar

By Hilbert Haar Two things come to mind after the arrest of USp-leader MP Frans Richardson. One: everybody is innocent until proven guilty. That applies to everyone and also to Richardson. Two: there is no smoke without fire. I firmly believe that law enforcement in St. Maarten will not arrest high-profile citizens like politicians on a whim. So the More...

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By webadmin On Wednesday, February 14th, 2018
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Raised eyebrows

By Hilbert Haar Will we now have to go through a parliamentary elections whereby the leader of one of the participating parties is in jail? Tuesday’s arrest of Member of Parliament Frans Richardson makes this More...

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By webadmin On Tuesday, February 13th, 2018
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Instability is here to stay

By Hilbert Haar More than once, during the more than ten years I have lived and worked in St. Maarten, I have wondered about the sanity of our politicians. The idea that politicians could have the same thoughts More...

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By webadmin On Friday, February 9th, 2018
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A sign of weakness

By Hilbert Haar The abuse of short term labor contracts has been a bee in the bonnet for many a politician over the past years. Friday was the time to pass legislation that would have been a good step in the right More...

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By webadmin On Monday, February 5th, 2018
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Extreme measure

By Hilbert Haar The Dutch intervention in Statia is, as even State Secretary Raymond Knops admitted, an extreme measure. It is also an event that may get people in St. Maarten thinking about their mid-term future. More...

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By webadmin On Friday, February 2nd, 2018
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In support of our independent media

By Hilbert Haar The Rotary Club Mid-Isle invited me to join in for a club meeting last Tuesday at Wasabi Charley in Simpson Bay. After having turned down quite some previous invitations due to conflicting work More...

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By webadmin On Tuesday, January 30th, 2018
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Robo-calls

By Hilbert Haar I’m still not sure whether the guerilla warfare that is currently underway to convince voters to choose a particular party on February 26 is because of Hurricane Irma our political parties do not More...

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By webadmin On Saturday, January 27th, 2018
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Jokey

There is a commonly used word here on St. Maarten that, when used, aptly describes a funny but ironical situation in just one five-letter word: “jokey”. We had a ‘jokey’ situation yesterday More...

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By webadmin On Thursday, January 25th, 2018
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A serious Plan B

By Hilbert Haar The St. Maarten Christian Party was the first to present its political manifesto on Thursday and the document contains some interesting points. I’m going to focus on one hot potato: the salaries More...

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By webadmin On Wednesday, January 24th, 2018
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Trampling the Constitution

By Hilbert Haar The erection of those blue party flags of Frans Richardson’s United St. Maarten party on the Harold Jack Hill are not the only indication that there are elections around the corner. There was also More...