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A new commentary has been posted. It is entitled: Scotland's September 18 Referendum: The consequences.  It says that if the people of Scotland vote for independence from the United Kingdom on September 18, they will be buying a one-way ticket to their own misfortune, and with consequences that will go beyond their borders affecting Commonwealth countries. Notwithstanding the arguments of the Scottish National Party, the Scottish economy cannot sustain an independent Scotland that can deliver the welfare system the country now enjoys and pay for all the apparatus required for defense, security and participation in international affairs. Scottish nationalists do the people of Scotland no favour by glibly urging them to go it alone.

The struggle for Scotland... and the United Kingdom

The previous commentary is:Making Caribbean tourism Chinese-ready.  It argues that until there is huge investment in marketing, airlift, tourism plant, and language training, the prospect of an appreciable and steady flow of Chinese tourists will remain remote. If Caribbean countries genuinely want a share of Chinese tourism, rigorous work has to be undertaken now to make fundamental preparations for what is a long-term project. The more that countries delay in making such preparations, the more distant will be the likelihood of attracting Chinese tourists.

The previous commentary is: 51 years later Dr King's dream remains unfulfiled.  The commentary says: Dr Martin Luther King’s profound and haunting peroration, "I have a dream" delivered on 28 August 1963 has to be repeated over and over again. And, the importance of his summons to the American society, especially its establishment not only in Washington but in every City and Town across the United States of America, has to be evoked continually in action to end judgments of black people on the basis of the colour of their skin. Until this is done in a comprehensive and comprehensible manner, the idea that black people are the equals of white people and should be treated as such, will continue to evade America and will stop it from ever being a cohesive society and a strong and respected nation despite its economic and military pre-eminence in the world.

Dr Martin Luther King Jr - delivering his "I have a dream" speech on 28 August 1963

Another recent commentary is: Kamla is right: Joint Caribbean action vital to ensure no health crisis. The commentary supports a call by the Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, for a special meeting of Caribbean leaders to co-ordinate a response particularly to the Ebola virus that has ravaged West Africa.  The costs for African countries have gone far beyond medical treatment and includes harsh effets on businesses, productivity and tourism.  The Caribbean can ill afford the problem.  In this context, it is right to act to avert a crisis.

The Ebola virus has ravaged parts of West Africa