How politics failed in the BTP-case

Hilbert Haar

By Hilbert Haar When I read that the anti-corruption taskforce (TBO) has started an investigation into the shenanigans at the Bureau Telecommunication and Post (BTP) I was not in the least surprised. Finally, I thought, somebody is taking action after the General Audit Chamber published a devastating report about BTP. Politics has failed us one more More...

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StMaartenNews Opinion
By The Publisher On Friday, November 23rd, 2018
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Insurance matters

By Hilbert Haar Anybody who has ever insured a car on our island on the French side knows one thing for sure: those insurances are much more expensive than the ones on the Dutch side. The reason for this price More...

StMaartenNews Opinion
By The Publisher On Thursday, November 15th, 2018
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Promises, promises

By Hilbert Haar Justified complaints about the situation at the Pointe Blanche prison – by inmates but also by attorneys, the Law Enforcement Council and the Progress Committee – are almost as old as More...

StMaartenNews Opinion
By The Publisher On Tuesday, November 13th, 2018
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The responsibility of school boards

By Hilbert Haar The case of the dismissed guidance counselor Zeynep Sabahoglu by the Foundation for Academic and Vocational Education (FAVE) shows once more how irresponsible the board members of such organizations More...

Hilbert Haar
By The Publisher On Tuesday, November 6th, 2018
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What a disgrace

By Hilbert Haar In a moment of weakness and – I have to admit, bad judgment - I reacted on Facebook to a post about Member of Parliament Frans Richardson where he stated that two members of the anti-corruption More...

Hilbert Haar
By The Publisher On Thursday, November 1st, 2018
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The language issue myth

By Hilbert Haar Interestingly, MP Frans Richardson once more brought up the issue of the Dutch language in a meeting of parliament on Wednesday. The occasion was a presentation by the Progress Committee about the More...

Hilbert Haar
By The Publisher On Monday, October 29th, 2018
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A lot of hot air

By Hilbert Haar After Envirogreen it is now Enviropower to get a shot at building a waste-to-energy facility on Pond Island. The company recently made a presentation in the parliamentary committee for environment More...

Hilbert Haar
By The Publisher On Monday, October 29th, 2018
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The Real Gestapo Tactics

By Hilbert Haar What exactly are Gestapo tactics? That question becomes relevant now that members of parliament have seen fit to take Minister Perry Geerlings to task for his attempt to pacify the Dutch over the More...

Late Night with Andrew Dick
By The Publisher On Friday, October 26th, 2018
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The Accountability of Journalists

By Hilbert Haar Interesting that debate on our island about the accountability of journalists. Andrew Dick seems to be at the centre of this storm in a glass of water. I happen to know Andrew – for a short time More...

Hilbert Haar
By The Publisher On Sunday, October 21st, 2018
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When opportunity knocks

By Hilbert Haar The end of the sad story about Maritsa James-Christina, the disgraced registrar of the court in St. Maarten, is not in sight yet. After almost a lifetime of service to the court, James-Christina More...