Truth and politics

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By Hilbert Haar There is truth and then there is politics. Never did this become clearer than from the dogfight that erupted after young MP Rolando Brison trained his guns on former Finance Minister Mike Ferrier during a public meeting about the government’s long lease policy. LOGIN TO READ MORE... THERE IS MORE TO THIS ARTICLE ... Some articles More...

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By The Publisher On Monday, May 27th, 2019

Pension reform: impossible is nothing

By Hilbert Haar The stalled debate about increasing the retirement age has put the spotlight on questions about ageing and the ability to continue working after the current retirement age of 62 in St. Maarten. LOGIN More...

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By The Publisher On Friday, May 24th, 2019

Hidden agenda

By Hilbert Haar Last week I witnessed something odd. The parliamentary committee for Public Housing, Urban Planning, Environment and Infrastructure – commonly referred to as the VROMI-committee (PHUPEI doesn’t More...

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By The Publisher On Thursday, April 25th, 2019

The wrong message

By Hilbert Haar Think about this a bit. The court in Philipsburg decided against sending the suspects in the Pompeii-investigation to prison because, according to local reports, “the insufficient condition of More...

Lack of Quorum Parliament 23 April 2019
By The Publisher On Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

Follow the money

By Hilbert Haar Was it a serious collective Carnival hangover or a deliberate attempt to sabotage the government’s attempts to put legislation in place that regulates the cross-border transport of money and valuables? More...

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By The Publisher On Saturday, April 6th, 2019

Between a rock and a hard place, but worse

By Hilbert Haar The expression caught between a rock and a hard place does not begin to describe the situation St. Maarten finds itself in now that the Kingdom Council of Ministers has put conditions in place for More...

IPKO meeting - 10 Jan 2019
By The Publisher On Saturday, April 6th, 2019

When Parliaments speak ….

By Hilbert Haar When parliaments speak, governments have to listen. Those iconic words came from Jeroen Recourt, leader of the Dutch delegation after a meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Kingdom Consultation (Ipko) More...

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By The Publisher On Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

A questionable future

By Hilbert Haar The story that I am hearing now is that suspended MP Theo Heyliger is done with politics. It tallies with a statement he made to me earlier last year when he wrote me a message saying that the 2018 More...

Theo Cartoon - Hostage
By The Publisher On Monday, March 25th, 2019


By Hilbert Haar The opposition is smelling blood. That much is clear after the opposition benches remained empty on Monday morning when the parliament was supposed to convene to examine the credentials of substitute More...

Theo Cartoon - Kidnapped
By The Publisher On Monday, March 25th, 2019

The K-word

By Hilbert Haar I was waiting for it and it finally happened. Members of Parliament have begun to describe the transfer of bribery-suspect Theo Heyliger to a prison in Bonaire as kidnapping – the K-word. Asked More...