Robert Ready

2,026 Added | 4 Magazines | 16 Likes | 8 Following | 308 Followers | @notready | Retired Diplomat w interest in Canadian politics, understanding the Caribbean. Follows developments in international economic policies (trade; investment; air transport)

NAFTA Talks: End of round four, end of high hopes for Canada-US relations

North America is not the same today.<p>The October 17 press conference of the region’s three chief negotiators, at the conclusion of round four of NAFTA …

Robert Lighthizer

Passports for sale: How storm-hit Caribbean islands court Arab investors

LanguageUndefined Islands devastated by hurricanes are attracting Middle Eastern investors by cutting the cost of citizenship

Caribbean

Cuba's firm grip on power is keeping Venezuela afloat: Mary Anastasia O'Grady

At a time when Venezuela faces an economic crisis, a spiraling crime epidemic and political unrest, Mary Anastasia O'Grady, editor at the Wall Street Journal, says Cuba’s firm grip on power is the reason why the country hasn’t collapsed.<p>“The reason the government hasn’t collapsed is because number …

Venezuela

Murder rate continues to spiral

<b>Jamaica continues to grapple with a spiralling murder rate even as the government struggles to devise strategies to arrest crime.</b><p>The latest police …

Crime

Macron puts trade policy on summit table

France's president wants a "political discussion" on EU trade policies at Thursday's summit, amid domestic concerns over Canada and South America …

European News

Canada's Trade Minister Is Ready to Make a Difference at the WTO

There is an inverse relationship between the number of kilometres François-Philippe Champagne travels and the amount of attention he …

Globalization

Trump aide says manufacturing decline increases abortions, death, and drug abuse

He might be right.<p>A scoop from Washington Post economics reporter Damian Paletta reported Tuesday night that “White House officials working on trade policy were alarmed last month when a top adviser to President Trump circulated a two-page document that alleged a weakened manufacturing sector leads …

Economics

‘Wouldn’t be the end of the world ‘ if NAFTA disappears, Canada’s original negotiator says

WASHINGTON – Canada’s chief negotiator for the original NAFTA says it would not be the end of the world if the agreement disappeared, suggesting it …

Canada

Trump’s zero-sum game has likely doomed NAFTA

<i>Lawrence Herman of Herman & Associates is a former Canadian diplomat who practises international trade law, and is a senior fellow of the C.D. Howe Institute in Toronto.</i><p>Round 4 of the NAFTA negotiations ended in exceptional bitterness on Tuesday, with the United States presenting a series of deeply …

Canada

Puerto Rico's Environmental Catastrophe

Hurricane Maria has exposed and intensified the island’s ecological crisis and its human consequences. Can it build a sustainable future?<p>ARECIBO, P.R.—“There’s no way there were just 45 deaths,” said Myrna Conty, an environmental activist whose work takes her regularly across the most remote parts …

Caribbean

Oil’s Biggest Rigs Head to the Junkyard

Transocean Ltd. is finally sending Pathfinder to its grave, after two years in a Caribbean purgatory that cost about $15,000 a day.<p>The move by the …

Trinidad and Tobago

Samuda mulling changes to coffee industry

WESTERN BUREAU:<p>Amid speculation that the Jamaican coffee industry is poised to face a dismal future, Agriculture Minister Karl Samuda said the dim …

Jamaica

India rejects WTO push for new global e-commerce rules

India fears that the new global e-commerce rules could provide unfair market access to foreign online retail firms, hurting the rapidly growing …

India

NAFTA talks hit impasse as U.S. slams trading partners

Mexico, Canada and U.S. agree to delay next set of talks as a testy round wraps up.<p>President Donald Trump’s promise to renegotiate NAFTA suffered a major setback Tuesday as Canada and Mexico aligned to block some of the most controversial U.S. proposals and the top U.S. trade negotiator accused its …

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Canada must prepare for life after NAFTA

<i>Gordon Ritchie is a former Canadian ambassador for trade negotiations and deputy chief negotiator of the Canada-U.S. free-trade agreement (FTA)</i><p>With the current meetings in Washington, the real NAFTA negotiations are about to begin. U.S. President Donald Trump has proclaimed that he is determined to …

United States

There's a hospital ship waiting for sick Puerto Ricans -- but no one knows how to get on it

<b>San Juan, Puerto Rico (CNN) —</b> Sammy Rolon is living in a makeshift clinic set up at a school. He has cerebral palsy and epilepsy and is bedridden. He's waiting for surgery that was scheduled before Hurricane Maria smashed into Puerto Rico. Now, he can't even get the oxygen he needs.<p>There is help …

Caribbean

Private security mercenaries are now moving into Puerto Rico

The situation is so bad in Puerto Rico that a private security firm formerly known as Blackwater has fielded several requests to send employees to …

Puerto Rico

Canadian firm could dodge 300 percent tariff by building jets in Alabama

Canadian jet-maker Bombardier announced Monday that it is selling a controlling stake in its 100- to 150-seat C-series jetliner to European manufacturer Airbus, just weeks after the Commerce Department moved to impose 300 percent tariffs on the plane. The companies also said they will expand the …

Aerospace

Ottawa urged to help farm workers from hurricane-ravaged Dominica

Seasonal labourers from the small Caribbean island are asking the federal government to extend their permits and allow them to stay in Canada and …

Roosevelt Skerrit

WASHINGTON – Antigua and Barbuda PM reproaches developed countries over financing

Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister Gaston Browne on Saturday reproached developed states for undermining the development of small states by the …

Climate

Insurance for gangsters - Families insuring the lives of members of the criminal underworld a growing trend

It appears a new trend is developing where relatives of notorious gunmen are taking out life insurance policies on them.The Sunday Gleaner has learnt …

Insurance

Puerto Rico's streets crawl with heavily armed, masked mercenaries bearing no insignia or nametags

Though Puerto Rican law prohibits ownership and bearing of most long-guns and especially semiautomatic weapons, the streets of the stricken US colony …

Puerto Rico

Russia and Venezuela to do debt restructuring deal by November 15: TASS

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia and Venezuela will finalize a debt restructuring deal for Caracas by Nov. 15, the TASS news agency cited Venezuela's ambassador to Russia as saying on Sunday.<p>"We are working on the document," TASS cited Ambassador Carlos Rafael Faria Tortosa as saying. "We expect that we …

Russia

Federal officials accidentally emailed a reporter their plans to spin Puerto Rico.

In late September, the Pentagon included Bloomberg News climate reporter Christopher Flavelle on a series of emails meant for Pentagon employees.<p>The …

Carmen Yulín Cruz

U.S. tables NAFTA's 'poison pill' with auto sector demands

American negotiators formally present changes to trade deal's auto sector rules<p>The United States's NAFTA negotiating team has formally presented its …

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Federal disaster aid for Puerto Rico isn’t foreign aid — but Trump acts that way

Puerto Rico was back in the news Thursday — this time because of a series of tweets from President Trump that “Electric and all infrastructure was disaster before hurricanes. Congress to decide how much to spend….” and the warning that federal relief was not open-ended.<p>Disaster assistance, like …

Caribbean

Group of WTO Members Prepares Declaration on Trade and Gender | International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development

A group of WTO members has been working on a declaration to be proposed in the margins of the next WTO Ministerial Conference this December in Buenos …

Economics

Venezuela’s Government Cancels Another Gustavo Dudamel Tour

The conductor Gustavo Dudamel may well be Venezuela’s most acclaimed cultural export, and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela has come to symbolize that nation’s commitment to social programs and music education for all.<p>But that did not stop the government of President Nicolás Maduro …

Orchestras

UK and EU formally inform WTO of post-Brexit tariff quota plan

London and Brussels press ahead with proposal already rejected by US and other World Trade Organisation members<p>Britain and the EU have formally informed members of the World Trade Organisation how they plan to split up the EU’s tariff quotas and farm subsidies after Brexit in a plan already …

Brexit

NAFTA and Canadian business: Time for a ‘Plan B’

<i>Russ Crawford is a Tax Partner and NAFTA leader with KPMG in Canada. Angelos Xilinas is a partner, trade and customs with KPMG in Canada.</i><p>The fourth round of NAFTA negotiations opened this week with more questions than answers. While the teams announced a new North American free-trade agreement …

Globalization