Hypocrisy at its highest level

Hilbert Haar

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 the detention facilities in Pointe Blanche and at the police station was an exquisite opportunity for Meyers to describe the Dutch as the bad More...

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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...

Parliament & Courthouse Building 20180704 TR
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...

New Members of Parliament Oath of Office Governor - 20180402 KABGSXM
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...

Screenshot MP They Heyliger 20180703
By The Publisher On Wednesday, February 20th, 2019

A real reason for concern

By Hilbert Haar Okay. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves with the case(s) against United Democrats-leader MP Theo Heyliger. The 48-year old was arrested on Tuesday and the prosecutor’s office is now seeking permission More...

IMF headquarters in NY
By The Publisher On Sunday, February 17th, 2019

A party for the happy few

By Hilbert Haar St. Maarten’s parliamentarians do not have a strong record when it comes to appreciating the contents of critical reports about the functioning of the government or about the dire straits the country More...

By The Publisher On Thursday, February 14th, 2019

An interesting move

By Hilbert Haar Not for the first time, the Progress Committee – the club that monitors how St. Maarten is doing with the execution of Plans of Approach for the police force and the prison – has sounded More...