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UN: Caribbean leaders warn of region’s economic collapse

Caribbean leaders warn of region’s economic collapse

Caribbean News Now!- caribbeannewsnow.com – September 26, 2016


Photo: Prime Minister Gaston Browne of Antigua and Barbuda addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s 71st session. UN Photo/Cia Pak

NEW YORK, USA — Gaston Browne, prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda, told the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday September 24, 2016 that, along with climate change and lingering indebtedness, Caribbean islands face another existential threat from the withdrawal by global banks of correspondent banking relations to their financial institutions.

In the global campaign against money-laundering and terrorist financing, very strict penalties have been imposed on banks by regulatory bodies in North America and Europe for any infringement of the stringent regulations.
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STRANGE BEDFELLOWS – Commentary on Trinidad and St. Vincent Politics – Tony Deyal

STRANGE BEDFELLOWS – Commentary on Trinidad and St. Vincent Politics


American journalist, Charles Dudley Warner (1829 – 1900), coined the expression, “Politics makes strange bedfellows.”  Helen Thomas, a columnist, disagreed and insisted, “War makes strange bedfellows.”  The German General and strategist, Carl von Clauzewitz, combined the two, “We see, therefore, that war is not merely an act of policy but a true political instrument, a continuation of political intercourse carried on with other means.”

Comedian Groucho Marx took the intercourse ­­­­­part seriously and quipped, “Politics doesn’t make strange bedfellows, marriage does.”  Former Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister, Basdeo Panday, who often used the war and politics quote, was asked by a journalist about the coalition which Panday had formed with ANR Robinson, Lloyd Best and others, “Mr. Panday, isn’t that a marria­­ge of convenience?”  Panday, with his usual insouciant smile, replied, “Aren’t all marriages?”  Continue reading