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November 30, 2021

Cautionary Tale: St. Martin

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Cautionary Tale: St. Martin
Cautionary Tale: St. Martin

In September 2017, Hurricane Irma did a job on St. Martin’s Princess Juliana International Airport inflicting serious damages, caused by 185 mph winds.

The airport building was clobbered by the powerful storm, and the runway became covered with beach sand and debris, rendering it usable, disabled.

I heard stories then, and I don’t remember complete details, but I recall that airport management, of this state owned company, refused to temporarily patch up, repair, board and try to mitigate further damage. It allowed the place to disintegrate, hoping for a fat insurance settlement.

That was naturally contrary to practical Dutch advice. The Dutch wanted to facilitate the repair of the damage ASAP, they wanted to donate USD $72M, and broker an additional low interest loan of $100M and see the island switch gears from despair to recovery.

But that was not the government’s and its OUTSIDE HANDLER’s plan, according to an open letter in the https://dossierkoninkrijksrelaties.nl/. The then coalition apparently manipulated by outside forces secured a high interest loan on the international money market, which must have paid excellent commissions and finding fees.

Fresh off the press: May 2021, the airport issue is still pending and burdened by political manipulations to the extent that the concerned Royal Schiphol Group, involved in the reconstruction of the airport, announced that it will withdraw if measures are not taken before May 26th, 2021 to end violations of good governance.

Then state secretary Knops announced he will again withhold liquidity support, the fifth tranche, to the island — 39M, enough to public employee salaries and meet some current commitments; he was also packing his bag to visit Phillipsburg to discuss the above good corporate governance, and see if he can combat the nepotism running rampant in airport management, because in his own word, the airport directors and the appointed supervisory directors, do not act in good faith.

This is not the first time the Dutch hold back liquidity support — it already happened once in the past, over expressed anti-Dutch sentiments at the UN.

St. Martin has a female Prime Minister who according to the leader of the Sint Maarten Christian Party shows consistent lack of proactive action, stemming from her reluctance to live up to agreements signed with the Dutch, and as a result the leader of the Christian party “is extremely disappointed, ashamed, angry and out right fed up,” of her lack of credibility and trust, her misleading lies and lack of transparency.

Governed by OUTSIDE HANDLERS, she allows her cabinet to be pushed around he concludes: “It’s evident that she’s not in control of this government, does not have the strength of character or leadership skills to stand up against the political meddling, and cannot lead Sint Maarten out of the major crisis, the worst in history.”

Footnotes: St. Martin has always had the reputation of being a corrupt, nepotistic island, ruled by a handful of influential families, ignoring the needs of their poor, sufferings people.

The question remains who are those outside handlers?? I am not a conspiracy theorist, and I am sking who they are. Who knows?

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Meta di 1Noticia ta pa duna pueblo un bista amplio di noticia na Aruba. Sinembargo nos no ta doño di contendio di e articulonan cu ta aparece riba nos plataforma.