Tag archive for ‘Opinion Piece’
Court Room St. Maarten
By The Publisher On Thursday, March 21st, 2019

Déjà vu

By Hilbert Haar Déjà vu is a powerful experience. It brings you back in a flash to a time when something happened that is similar to a current experience. I had this feeling when I read about the Robalo-case against More...

Hilbert Haar
By The Publisher On Thursday, March 7th, 2019

Hypocrisy at its highest level

By Hilbert Haar MP Franklin Meyers is quite outspoken – to put it mildly – when it comes to standing up for St. Maarten and its people. Wednesday’s Central Committee meeting about the conditions at More...

By The Publisher On Monday, March 4th, 2019

Karma is a double-edged sword

[Publisher's note: Will Theo Heyliger eventually be prosecuted and condemned to serve time in prison? Our own Hilbert Haar gives us his opinion on this topic in this premium article available exclusively for our More...

Paper TIger
By The Publisher On Thursday, February 21st, 2019

Another paper tiger

By Hilbert Haar The Financial Action Task Force has put forty recommendations in place that St. Maarten is supposed to follow. It is all about combating money laundering and the financing of terrorism. The Financial More...

Screenshot MP They Heyliger 20180703
By The Publisher On Wednesday, February 20th, 2019

A real reason for concern

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 More...

IMF headquarters in NY
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...

Hilbert Haar
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...

SXM flag at Imjingang Railroad Bridge - 20180905 MJGH
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...

Hilbert Haar
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...

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...