Kevin Jesurun, amigu di animal, a desaparesé 5 aña pasá riba Ukraina

68F891CA-8A8D-46D9-8814-486B7DDAF718Kevin Jesurun (man drechi) na fiesta di independensia di Jamaica na Montaña (2010)

Yüni 2010, Kim Kevin Jesurun a traha un sita ku mi na restourant Golden Star pa papia di su ambishonnan polítiko. No tabata un sorpresa pasombra semper mi tabata mira Kevin presente ku su kámara, sintá na un kaminda stratégiko den sala, pa e filma kualkier aktividat tokante mr. dr. Moises da Costa Gomez (Dòktor). Dòktor tabata su éroe polítiko. E mester a haña esaki di su tata, Tula Jesurun, ku e.o. a sòru pa e estatua di Dòktor riba Gomezplein. Un dia mi tabatin gana di wak bèk un diskurso ku mi a tira tokante Dòktor. Mi a bèl Kevin p’e grabashon en kuestion. Pa mi sorpresa Kevin a bisa ku e tin mas ku 100 kasèt grabá pero nunka e ta pone riba e kasèt kiko tin grabá. Kevin a bira konosí pa mi komo un hende ku “whatever he did, he did it his way”.

Bèk na e kombersashon na Golden Star, Kevin su motivashon mayó pa drenta polítika tabata e manera ku nos ta maltratá bestia riba nos isla. Tambe e a insistí ku e ke number 11 riba lista. Su motibu? E tabatin su lema kaba: “Jesurun t’esun riba diesun”. Kevin a haña nr. 11. E a risibí 12 voto. Sinembargo e a soña pa haña 11 voto.

Pa 2012 e a bandoná polítika i a dediká su bida na biaha, prinsipalmente Asia. Su último buelo tabata di Amsterdam pa Kuala Lumpur ku Malaysia Airlines buelo # 17 riba 17 yüli 2014. Un rakèt intenshonalmente lansá a eksplotá e avion riba teritorio di Ukraina matando tur pasahero i tripulante. E tabata e úniko Yu di Kòrsou na bordo.

Su prekupashon pa ku animal semper a keda bibu. Nos último kòmbersashon telefóniko tabata hustamente tokante di e konsepto di lei ku mi tabata prepará ku mas hende na fabor di bienestar di animal. Mi a proponé na 2016 pa dediká e lei na Kevin Jesurun lokual aparentemente un Parlamentario aktual ta sostené. Ta di spera ku pronto e lei keda tratá.

Mayan ta 5 aña ku Kevin Jesurun a keda ranká for di nos. Forsa na su famia i amigunan rònt mundu.

Wilemstad, Kòrsou

Iglesianan a uni pa antagonisá i sembra odio



Na lugá di pasifiká boso a skupi odio. Na lugá di prediká kompashon boso a skohe pa demonisá e grupo LGBTQ ku ta lucha pa trato igual komo hende. Esaki ta e mesun lucha ku e katibu a hiba, mesun lucha ku hende di koló (t)a hiba i e mesun lucha ku hende muhé (t)a hiba. No tin diferensia.

Boso ta na altura kuantu di boso sirbidónan ta LGBTQ? Boso ta na altura kuantu di boso sirbidónan tur dia di nobo ta metí den abuzu seksual di mucha bou di edat? Klaro ku boso sa pasombra boso ta dominá e arte di bira kara, bari e problema bou di tapeit òf pòst’e pa otro parokia. Ta p’esei boso no a papia ora un pastor lokal a bai prizòn pa abuzu seksual. Mesun silensio ora e postema di abuzu a baster na Chile, Merka, Costa Rica i Vatikano. Pero boso ta kla pa subi tarima den Punda i husga otro sin wak den spil promé.

Bèrdat ta pará den e buki religioso Kristian, Beibel, ku homoseksualidat ta un piká i ku esaki mester keda prohibí (Leviticus 18:22). Pero riba e mesun blachi di e Beibel tin mas prohibishon i piká severo e.o.: tatuahe na kurpa (Leviticus 19:28), bisti paña ku ta trahá di dos òf mas material (Leviticus 19:19) i kòrta bo kabei i/òf barba den un forma rondó (Leviticus 19:27). Mi punto ta ku ta masha fásil pa bo ‘cherry pick’ net e puntonan ku ta sostené bo pensamentu ku abo tin mas derechi ku otro i bisa:  “Beibel ta  bisa ku…”. Pero ta ken a dunabo e poder pa usa bo interpretashon religioso selektivo i kumbiniente pa papia na mi nòmber? 

E spektákulo ayera no ta un sorpresa. Mi no a fèrwagt otro di un grupo ku ta moralmente bankarota.

Finalmente, bo no mester ta un hende muhé pa sostené trato igual pa muhé. Bo no mester ta Hudiu pa kondená Holokosto, bo no mester ta un LGBTQ pa sostené trato igual pa hendenan ku un preferensia seksual ku nan a nase ku n’e pero ku no ta meskos ku esun di bo. Loke nos komunidat mester ta mas hende ku ta drei wak nan bisiña i bisa nan:”ken ami ta pa diskriminá bo i kita bo derechi riba igualdat a base di bo koló, sekso, orígen, religion, kredu, status ekonómiko i preferensia seksual”.

Loke e iglesianan a hasi ayera na Alameda ta tipifiká lokal ta putrí den nos komunidat: alimentá intoleransia, diskurso di odio i mentalidat di “nan kontra nos”. Ta opvio ku bo no por unifiká na mes momento ku bo ta dividí. Bo no por evangilisá na mes momentu ku bo ta antagonisá.

Willemstad, Curaçao

Saying goodbye to beloved Tiara


As a final act of love and compassion, we stood yesterday around Tiara, talked to her, scratched her head and caressed her paws just before the veterinarian administered the final drug by injection. And then, her eyes could no longer see us standing in the room she must have become used to during the last few months.

Our much-loved family member had grown frail and weak because of kidney disease. She took a turn for the worse right about the time her partner in crime, Candra, had passed a few months earlier. Reluctant to eat and drink, she had to be forced fed and put on IV daily. Yesterday she was released from pain and grief. We didn’t want to selfishly buy her a few days or weeks of uncomfortable and painful life. It doesn’t make losing Tiara any easier but as the tears rolled down our faces, I sought solace in thinking that she must have trusted our decision to peacefully have her cross over to the other side.

Tiara, I hope you felt like we did everything for you during the last 15 years because you surely did everything you could for us. You gave us unconditional love,  happiness and laughter especially when you did your ‘Bichon blitz’ and diva shows to establish that the whole household, heck the whole world revolved around you. I also know that dogs can smell human emotions, so thank you for being there, pressing your wet nose on our knees and licking our hands when we were feeling down. It was a privilege being part of your whole life. Again I’m reminded by what a Cherokee Indian once said: “If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.” See you later our little soul.

Willemstad, Curaçao

The Two China’s Ready To Rumble In The Caribbean

9ECCCEAD-2714-4B2B-81FA-CECE22E8DA5C.png Memorial Hall Sun Yat-sen, first President of Taiwan. Taipei, Februari, 2017

Pay attention because this week the Caribbean will be the venue of an old dispute between the “two China’s”. Two China’s? Since 1949 two countries with the name China exist. The People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the Republic of China (ROC) also known as Taiwan. The PRC claims Taiwan as its province but doesn’t control Taiwan as part of its territory. Taiwan is recognized by only 17 countries of which 8* are situated in the Caribbean Basin.

The PRC over the last 10 years has spent USD billions in aid to the those countries that recognize Beijing. The PRC doesn’t engage in diplomatic relations with any country that recognizes Taiwan. The PRC has been able to use its wallet to convince many countries over the years to dump Taiwan including the Dominican Republic and Panama. Taiwan is however tenaciously holding on to its influence.

Adding to what I’ve described as the New Cold War in the Caribbean, enters Taiwan the stage. Taiwan’s pro-independence President Tsai Ing-wen will spend four nights in the US during her trip to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and Haiti from 11-20 July. This has angered the PRC which urged the White House not to allow her to visit.

Taiwan’s visit to this area must be seen in a bigger perspective. First, we must consider America’s re-commitment to Taiwan under President Trump. Trump’s very first telephone call to a foreign leader was with the President of Taiwan. Taiwan’s presence here could be a jab at the PRC at a time when Washington is pushing Beijing in the South China Sea and is frustrated with trade negotiation with the PRC, concerns regarding Hong Kong and PRC’s unfettered support of Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro. Additionally, the US is preparing to sell Taiwan USD 2 billion of military equipment.

How this will play out, remains to be seen. Taiwan understands very well however that with Washington’s commitment, now is the time to re-engage the Caribbean Basin and shore up its diplomatic alliances.

Willemstad, Curaçao

*Curaçao recognizes the PRC



Our Population Crisis and Its Consequences


The latest government figures that came out show that we need a sense of crisis as our population continues to shrink and age. Our depopulation is due to rapidly decreasing births per woman which went from 2.1 in 2006 to only 1.7 in 2018 and made worse by significant levels of emigration. Rather than examining why depopulation takes place (for this, see I’ll discuss the impact thereof if this trend continues unabated.

According to popular wisdom, smaller populations mean “more to go around” for everyone. Whilst this may be true at your birthday party when you cut up the cake, in the real world it’s another thing. Additionally, abundance doesn’t lead to more wealth for everyone, equitable wealth distribution does. Depopulation diminishes economic growth. Consider these 6 points which are not meant to be exhaustive.

A statistically significant negative relationship exists between population decline/aging and productivity growth.(1) It should be no surprise that an aging workforce is less productive and creative than is the case for younger people.

The research group TAC reported in 2013 that Curaçao suffered from significant brain drain of its qualified personnel. This means that as a nation we are becoming less competitive.

As the population gets older, consumption drops because household income is usually lower after retirement than before retirement. A shrinking population makes economies of scale impossible which consequently affects our competitiveness. Some countries revert in that case to more export, but remember, we have zero trade treaties.

Going forward, larger shares of GDP will be spent on public pensions and public health care placing extreme pressure on public finances. As I’ve said in Parliament in 2015, we cannot expect to keep raising the retirement age which is already 65 years, to guarantee our pension funds.

Diminishing population also increases the likelihood of inbreeding which can result in increased spending on healthcare and undesirable social situations.

Finally, women outnumber men in Curaçao by 8% while worldwide men outnumber women by 0.8%. This huge gender imbalance makes it difficult for women to find a partner/husband. Consequently more women are abandoning Curaçao to look for a partner abroad.

Our demographic problems suddenly appear worse than expected.

What can we do? The ability of public policies to control birth rates appears limited. We need to take in young immigrants in phases to allow us time to expand and optimize our land use and infrastructure to overcome current strains in order to accommodate a larger population. Additionally, key decisions regarding our education system and reforms of our antiquated structures that make any economic development impossible, must be taken.

I’m aware that allowing more immigrants remains a politically sensitive issue. I’m also aware that sitting quiet is not an option. Hopefully our decision makers will start doing more of what’s expected of them, namely shaping our future.

Willemstad, Curaçao

(1) Hisakazu Kato, professor of economics at Meiji University (Japan)

2 Yüli Tambe Ta Dia di Gobernashon Propio



2 di yüli ta Dia di Bandera. Ménos konosí ta ku riba 2 di yüli pa promé bia Kòrsou a haña gobernashon propio. E no ta bin dilanti sufisiene ya ku (kasi) tur atenshon ta pa nos bandera.

Kòrsou promé bia ta konosé gobernashon propio riba 2 yüli 1951. Pues outonomia no a kuminsá na 1954 ku firmamentu di Statüt, sino ku introdukshon di un konstitushon nobo, yamá Interimregeling, riba 7 febrüari 1951. Basá riba e kambio konstitushonal, nos promé Konseho Insular (KI) a sinta, despues di elekshon di 4 di yüni 1951 pa skohe e representantenan di e órgano nobo. 2 di yüli ta mas ku solamente Dia di Bandera. E ta selebrashon di 68 aña di gobernashon propio.

E promé elekshon pa KI a konosé e siguiente resultado: Partido Nashonal (NVP) ta gana elekshon ku 9 asiento, Partido Demokrat (DP) ta saka 8, Partido Katóliko di Pueblo (KVP) ta saka 3, Partido Independiente di Kòrsou (COP) ta saka 1, i Arbeiderspartij (AP) konosí komo ‘Partido Warawara’, no ta saka asiento.

E promé 21 miembronan di KI tabata: NVP: Sr. Hendrik Pieters Kwiers, Sr. Ernesto Rozendaal, Sra. Angela de Lannoy-Willems, Sr. Benjamin Römer, Sr. Philip Cohen Henriquez, Sr. Edward Broos, Sr. Romano Tschumie, Sr. Heraclio Henriquez i Sr. Charles Voges. DP: Sr. Efraim Jonckheer, Sr. Ciro Kroon, Sr. Ramez (Ronchi) Isa, Sr. Steef v.d. Meer, Sr. Cornelis (Nene) Hueck, Sra. Louisa Van der Linde-Helmijr, Sr. Julio Rosario i Sr. Tjerk Petzoldt. KVP: Sr. David Capriles, Sr. Elias Morkos i Sr. J. ‘Jonchi’ Jonckhout. COP: Sr. Philip Evertsz.

S.E. Gobernador Anton Struycken durante un reunion solèm di KI riba 2 yüli 1951 a bisa: “Een eigen orgaan voor de behartiging van zijn belangen schept voor Curaçao grotere mogelijkheden dan ooit tevoren om de lens scherper in te stellen op de eigen problemen en mogelijkheden”. Sr. Michael Gorsira, e promé Presidente di KI i e promé ku a papia na Papiamentu den KI (wak potrèt ariba di Archivo Nashonal), a konkluí su diskurso ku a start na Hulandes: “Laga nos tur rekordá ku di awor en adelante nos lo haña e gobièrnu ku nos mes trese na poder i ku nos mes lo mester karga tur responsabilidat pa tur e loke e gobièrnu aki hasi. Laga nos demostrá responsabilidat. Esei lo ta e mihó prueba ku nos por duna ku nos meresé e outonomia ku tantu nos a anhelá”.

Willemstad, Kòrsou

Fuente: Archivo Nashonal

Refinery Curaçao: Bring Back Plan B


In 2013 the Parliament of Curaçao approved a two-pronged strategy regarding the future of the Refinery of Curaçao (RoC). The Multidisciplinary Project Team (MDPT) was installed by Decree on 29 November 2013 to be in charge of modernizing the RoC and simultaneously work on redevelopment of the area currently occupied by the RoC in case it’s shut down (terugval scenario t.b.v. een mogelijke sluiting van de rafinaderij en de socio-economische herontwikkeling van het gebied), Plan B.

In the following years it became painfully obvious that chasing Guangdong Zhenrong Energy (GZE) to modernize the RoC was MDPT’s all-consuming activity. During a radio interview with Radio Paradise on 10 February 2016, Prime Minister Whiteman declared that his Government had for some time not been pursuing the two-pronged strategy. In September 2016 a MoU was signed with GZE and in November 2016, a Heads of Agreement (HoA) followed. Continuing to bet on GZE, the Rhuggenaath-Administration signed an addendum to the HoA with GZE in September 2017. In fact, in 2017 it rained MoUs between GZE and Curaçao companies (PSB-Bank, Curoil, Selikor, CDM-Holding, KTK, CPA and Aqualectra). See Photo (

We now know that GZE played us from the get-go. We also know that four people involved with selecting another party to modernize the RoC have been fired this year whilst two of them have been detained on corruption charges. The current RoC lease contract runs out in exactly six months. But we don’t exactly have world-renowned companies knocking on our doors to operate the RoC, especially considering that many refineries world-wide are closing up shop due to alternative energy sources and the excessive operating costs brought on by new regulations.

Still, Plan B is not being considered let alone rationally debated. Not even in the advent of a possible shut down and layoff of hundreds of workers. For the sake of our future, we need to think long-term and not put all our eggs in one basket for short-sighted (political) gains. A shut down of the RoC is a real possibility. Not talking about it will not solve any problems. Not planning for it will be catastrophic. 

Willemstad, Curaçao