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St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 1, 2014

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The campaign promises of 2010: Second hospital-plan is already four years old

St. Maarten – The campaign promises are flying far and wide again in the run-up to the August 29 elections. How did our political parties do in 2010? What did they promise and what became of it? Let’s begin with an obvious example: the claim

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 1, 2014

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Quarter of the population is without medical insurance

St. Maarten – Between 20 and 25 percent of the population still does not have healthcare insurance, Public Health Minister Cornelius de Weever said at a press briefing of the Democratic Party yesterday. The numbers are improving, because in the rec

St. Maarten News - Posted by on August 1, 2014

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 UP-candidate wants end to possible prosecution: Maria Buncamper-Molanus to court on Monday

St. Maarten – The Judge of Instruction will handle the request by United People’s party candidate Maria Buncamper-Molanus to terminate a possible criminal investigation against her on Monday afternoon. The hearing takes place behind closed doors

Opinion - Posted by on August 1, 2014

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Opinion: True arrogance (of a political party leader)

When on the campaign trail or even outside of campaigning time, you always hear how arrogant William Marlin is. His so-called arrogance is the loudest rallying cry of the other political parties. Now no man is perfect but most of us that know William

Opinion - Posted by on August 1, 2014

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Opinion: Manufacturing a scandal (influencing the elections)

Sometimes political scandals are genuine scandals. They are what they appear on the surface: wrongdoing by people in influential positions who have overstepped their bounds or behaved inappropriately. But the world is rarely so clear cut, rarely so b

Editorial - Posted by on August 1, 2014

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Golden rule in assessing politicians promises: if something sounds too good to be true…

As our front page article shows, not all promises political parties make before an election become a reality. Not by a long shot. There are all kinds of reasons for this. Government fall, as we have witnessed during the now almost complete term of