Government Commissioner Marnix van Rij and acting Government Commissioner Alida Francis do deserve some credit for the way they are handling the Covid-19 crisis. Both Commissioners have taken to the airwaves every night since the start of the … [Read more] about Opinion: Van Rij and Francis Deserve some Credit
Statia, a small island in the Caribbean Sea, first claimed by many: The Dutch, the Spanish, the English. But finally became the prized possession of the Dutch state. Yes, a true colony, characterized by the mass exploitation of a group of people, all in the … [Read more] about Statia: The restoration of all things Dutch?
Oranjestad- St. Eustatius- Today saw the swearing in by Minister Raymond Knops of Alida Francis as the 'Deputy Government Commissioner'. Many on the island seem encouraged by the appointment of a 'Statia-born' person in a high Government position. Although … [Read more] about Analysis: Can Van Rij and Francis bring real change to Statia?
Kralendijk- Recently the Government of Bonaire started with works at the so called Saliña di Vlijt, a salt flat running roughly from the Yacht Harbour to the Mentor area in Antriol. Local historian Arthur Sealy, in a communication to local media today, … [Read more] about Questions Marks about Saliña di Vlijt Project
As a result of a growing skepticism over the functioning of Zorgverzekeringskantoor Caribisch Nederland (ZVK), the island council members of Saba travelled to Bonaire to discuss their concerns with officials of the BES healthcare insurer. This came almost … [Read more] about Koos Sneek: Time to Evaluate ZVK
Oranjestad, May 22nd, 2019Dear Editor, I have taken note of the announcement by the usurping puppet Government installed by the Dutch colonizer on Sint Eustatius, that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Dutch company Woonlinie and … [Read more] about Van Putten: “Residents Will Not Benefit from Woonlinie Deal”
Dear Editor,The front man for the opposition party of Statia, Mr. Sneek, must have been so obsessed with fighting for Statia’s representation with 0 seats in the Dutch Senate, that he misunderstood what I meant with the title of my previous article “Be careful … [Read more] about Van Putten (PLP): Koos Sneek’s Proxy Vote Contradiction
Oranjestad, March 21st, 2019 Be careful what you wish forThe front man for the opposition party of Statia, Mr. Sneek, confidently stated that the elections for the electoral council yesterday were a test to see where his party stands, leading up to the next … [Read more] about Clyde van Putten: Voter is Always Right
People of Statia, Roland van Raak admitted that voting for the so-called electoral college (Provinciale Staten) makes no sense. Not in those exact words, but he pointed out that the total number of voters on Saba will count for 0,01 of a seat in the Dutch … [Read more] about Letter to the Editor (Statia): “Why are we voting for 0 seats”?
Oranjestad, March 3rd, 2019 Dear Editor,With reference to my letter to you which was published on January 21st, 2019, I would like to state the following. Since 2015, both the Dutch Senate (“Eerste Kamer”) and Parliament (“Tweede Kamer”) have received a … [Read more] about Letter by Van Putten: Correcting the Kingdom