A real reason for concern

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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 from the Common Court of Justice to prosecute him in the Larimar-investigation. The court has already given the green light for prosecuting More...

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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...

Captain The Ship Is Sinking
By The Publisher On Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

A polite expression of my thoughts

By Hilbert Haar Come Thursday, the unity of the governing coalition of United Democrats and the St. Maarten Christian Party will be put to the test. If everybody shows up and toes the party line, the motion of no More...

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By The Publisher On Monday, January 28th, 2019

A semblance of intervention

By Hilbert Haar How similar is St. Maarten to Curacao? That question becomes relevant after Curacao signed an agreement with the Netherlands about economic cooperation, improving its financial management and its More...

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By The Publisher On Friday, January 25th, 2019

The will of the people

By Hilbert Haar There is a tendency in the Caribbean kingdom countries to dismiss anything VVD-parliamentarian André Bosman comes up with. This is also true when it comes to his initiative kingdom law that aims More...

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By The Publisher On Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

Outside expertise

By Hilbert Haar The funding of the airport’s reconstruction via the World Bank trust fund was practically guaranteed to light the fire under the opposition in parliament and members of the National Alliance and More...

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By The Publisher On Thursday, January 17th, 2019


By Hilbert Haar There is no doubt that financial supervision is useful. St. Maarten agreed to this supervision when it obtained country status in 2010. The question is now: did financial supervision improve our More...

By The Publisher On Thursday, January 17th, 2019

Life support

By Hilbert Haar Insel Air is one step away from bankruptcy. That much is clear from the recent ruling by the Court in First Instance that withheld its approval from the homologation accord with the airline’s creditors. In More...

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By The Publisher On Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

A sad conclusion

By Hilbert Haar Had the government been a private company it would have gone out of business a long time ago and most ministers would have been locked up for the way they squandered the money they are supposed to More...