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Tag archive for ‘Opinion Piece’
By The Publisher On Tuesday, January 31st, 2023
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Crying over spilt milk

By Hilbert Haar Als het kalf verdronken is dempt men de put. That Dutch expression aptly describes the belated anger of parliamentarians about the destruction of the historical ruins at Diamond Estate. I am not More...

By The Publisher On Friday, January 27th, 2023
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Unlawful spending

By Hilbert Haar The General Audit Chamber investigates the lawful and efficient spending of public funds, or so I read in the chamber’s report about St. Maarten’s 2021 financial statements. Related article: More...

By The Publisher On Friday, December 30th, 2022
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Present-day slavery

Door Hilbert Haar St. Maarten will “accept nor deny” apologies for the history of slavery from the Dutch government, according to Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs in a reaction to a speech by Prime Minister Mark More...

By The Publisher On Thursday, December 8th, 2022
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Freedom of choice

By Hilbert Haar The Common Court of Justice has ordered Aruba and Curacao to allow marriages between partners of the same sex. That order had not gone into effect yet, because both countries could appeal the ruling More...

By The Publisher On Saturday, December 3rd, 2022
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Being busy

This week Minister Doran caught my attention with a very interesting statement. He said during an interview on Thursday with Lady Grace on The Breakfast Lounge that and I quote “There is a systematic approach More...

By The Publisher On Monday, August 29th, 2022
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Sympathy for the Devil

By Hilbert Haar Wrestling through a press release issued by MP Rolando Brison, leader of the United People’s party (UP), a couple of things stand out. First of all this statement: “The constitution can never More...

By The Publisher On Friday, August 12th, 2022
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Identify your customer

By Hilbert Haar The Financial Action Task Force aims to inspire countries to take adequate measures against money laundering and the financing of terrorism. In March 2022 the organization updated its recommendations. More...

By The Publisher On Tuesday, August 9th, 2022
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Does the goal justify the means?

By Hilbert Haar The jungle of rules facing foreign entrepreneurs in St. Maarten has a long history. The fear of a European invasion after the Second World War inspired local legislators to establish already in More...

By The Publisher On Friday, August 5th, 2022
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A missed opportunity

By Hilbert Haar Maybe it is just me but I was severely scratching my head when I read the questions in the survey launched by Prime Minister Jacobs as part of her electoral reform campaign. I mean, if you intend More...

By The Publisher On Monday, August 1st, 2022
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When opportunity knocks

By Hilbert Haar Our story about the Pott rum factory shows that it is possible to have foreign investors come to the island that offer meaningful employment to locals. But the complaint is more often than not, More...