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Wie zwijgt stemt toe

By Hilbert Haar I honestly cannot remember a moment when there was no trouble at all at utilities company GEBE and I have followed the developments in energy-land closely for more than ten years. Being the managing director at GEBE seems to be asking for trouble. This does not only appear from the recent dismissal of Mauricio Dembrook, but also from More...

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By The Publisher On Wednesday, November 17th, 2021
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Mar, bribe and destroy

By Hilbert Haar It is not a good week for the United St. Maarten party (USp), its faction leader Claudius Buncamper and its founder Frans Richardson. Like attracts like, or as the Dutch like to say: soort zoekt More...

By The Publisher On Thursday, November 4th, 2021
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Being human

By Hilbert Haar MP Rolando Brison took the only option left to him by stepping down as president of parliament. Quite some people may think: good riddance, and on a certain level that is understandable. The documented More...

By The Publisher On Tuesday, November 2nd, 2021
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Gordon-Carty warns: Lack of dignity casts St. Maarten as mediocre on world stage

PHILIPSBURG — Former Minister of VSA Pamela Gordon-Carty on Tuesday cautioned the country’s elected representatives about the dangers of casting St. Maarten, its government and its people, as mediocre on More...

By The Publisher On Saturday, October 30th, 2021
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Deja vu all over again

MP Rolando Brison (UPP) has come under fire this weekend after a 'spliced up' recording of him went viral. Amazingly, when it comes to St. Maarten's politics, history has an uncanny ability to repeat itself. It More...

By The Publisher On Wednesday, October 20th, 2021
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Is the Constitutional Court such a good idea?

By Hilbert Haar St. Maarten’s judicial system contains a unique institution: the Constitutional Court. No other country in the Kingdom of the Netherlands has such a court. Is that good or bad? First of all it More...

By The Publisher On Thursday, October 14th, 2021
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Political pipedreams

By Hilbert Haar The Central Plan Bureau in the Netherlands routinely analyses election programs of political parties before an election takes place. Such analyses show whether these programs are financially feasible, More...

By The Publisher On Wednesday, October 6th, 2021
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A flawed verdict highlighted

In September, GEBE, first alone and then together with the members of its supervisory board, filed  lawsuits against the company’s shareholder Country St. Maarten based on tort. More specifically, because Country More...

By The Publisher On Thursday, September 30th, 2021
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COHO: No choice at all

By Hilbert Haar The Kingdom Council of State has finalized its advice about the amended draft kingdom law COHO (Caribbean Organization for Reform and Development) but at the moment of this writing it was not published More...

By The Publisher On Monday, September 20th, 2021
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Online sales-tax: a fata morgana

By Hilbert Haar The idea to introduce a 7.5 percent tax on online purchases has triggered many questions. According to Minister Ardwell Irion (Finance) such a tax would “level the playing field” and encourage More...






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