Tag archive for ‘Opinion Piece’
Minister Emil Lee 20190714
By The Publisher On Sunday, July 14th, 2019
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Mr. Integrity

By Hilbert Haar Politics is a dirty game and everybody and his uncle knows it. So when somebody gets in the way of a hidden agenda, the spin doctors and people who are ready to do their bidding come out of the woodwork. In More...

Hilbert Haar
By The Publisher On Saturday, July 6th, 2019
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Idiot America St. Maarten-style

By Hilbert Haar When I heard Fernando Clark’s interview with Dr. Michel Petit my mind automatically went to a book I read some years ago, entitled Idiot America: How stupidity became a virtue in the land of the More...

MP Luc Mercelina - 4 Mar 2019
By The Publisher On Thursday, July 4th, 2019
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Smoke and mirrors

By Hilbert Haar MP Luc Mercelina finds himself in an awkward position after the 2019 budget debate. To outsiders, it seems like he is standing with one foot in the opposition due to his motion that sent Public Health More...

Parliament meeting on GEBE with MP Luc Mercelina - 5 Feb 2019
By The Publisher On Saturday, June 29th, 2019
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A constitutional revolution

By Hilbert Haar It is hard to tell what drives rookie MP Luc Mercelina. His announcement of what he called a “constitutional revolution” must have raised some eyebrows – at least among those who were paying More...

Hilbert Haar
By The Publisher On Sunday, June 9th, 2019
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No sense of urgency

By Hilbert Haar Membership of parliament is supposed to be a full time job and our fifteen parliamentarians are handsomely paid for it. Yet, according to a proposal submitted by MPs Rolando Brison, Christophe Emmanuel More...

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By The Publisher On Monday, May 27th, 2019
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Pension reform: impossible is nothing

By Hilbert Haar The stalled debate about increasing the retirement age has put the spotlight on questions about ageing and the ability to continue working after the current retirement age of 62 in St. Maarten. LOGIN More...

Hilbert Haar
By The Publisher On Friday, May 24th, 2019
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Hidden agenda

By Hilbert Haar Last week I witnessed something odd. The parliamentary committee for Public Housing, Urban Planning, Environment and Infrastructure – commonly referred to as the VROMI-committee (PHUPEI doesn’t More...

Court Room St. Maarten
By The Publisher On Thursday, April 25th, 2019
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The wrong message

By Hilbert Haar Think about this a bit. The court in Philipsburg decided against sending the suspects in the Pompeii-investigation to prison because, according to local reports, “the insufficient condition of More...

Lack of Quorum Parliament 23 April 2019
By The Publisher On Wednesday, April 24th, 2019
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Follow the money

By Hilbert Haar Was it a serious collective Carnival hangover or a deliberate attempt to sabotage the government’s attempts to put legislation in place that regulates the cross-border transport of money and valuables? More...

Salary Seppuku Cartoon
By The Publisher On Saturday, April 6th, 2019
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Between a rock and a hard place, but worse

By Hilbert Haar The expression caught between a rock and a hard place does not begin to describe the situation St. Maarten finds itself in now that the Kingdom Council of Ministers has put conditions in place for More...