Categoriearchief: Column Jacob Gelt Dekker

Column JGD | From a patient’s log book

Column Jacob Gelt Dekker voor Curacao Chronicle | From a patient’s log book

Interior designer Marcel Wanders put in rooms, lobbies and restaurants of the Kameha Grand Hotel of Bonn, Front Moooi’s Pig tables, at Euro 3,000 apiece, in the stunning wing-shaped building by Karl-Heinz Schommer, along the Rhine River. Verder lezen

Column JGD | Three strikes and you are out

Column Jacob Gelt Dekker voor Curacao Chronicle | Three strikes and you are out

My lymphoma that developed in June 2014, has relapsed for the third time, and this time with a fury. A 10×20 cm large tumor grew into the lower right, abdominal area, with multiple, large metastasis in the pelvic bone, bladder, prostate, nerves and blood vessels, as well as in the soft tissue toward the spinal cord. The pain is only manageable with morphine 24/7. Verder lezen

Column JGD | British invasion on Statia

Column Jacob Gelt Dekker voor Curacao Chronicle | British invasion on Statia

Statia’s delusional political leader, Clyde van Putten, insists that St. Eustatius is an easy prey to be ransacked by Dutch Marines. The incident of 1780, was for van Putten as if it happened yesterday. The worst hurricane ever razed most of the island to the ground, and killed at least 4,000 people. Verder lezen

Column JGD | Clean up

Column Jacob Gelt Dekker voor Curacao Chronicle | Clean up

Six months after the van Putten-Statia incident, financial mismanagement, abuse of power, fraud, theft, embezzlement of public funds, widespread corruption and favoritism, personal intimidations, threats and insults, and extensive administrative neglect, caused the Dutch government to intervene with direct rule from The Hague. Van Putten’s worst fears were realized, not by Marines but by parliament; with a sigh of relief, the population of victims may see a temporary end to gangster-rule on the island. Verder lezen

Column JGD | Caribbean micro and mini states

Column Jacob Gelt Dekker voor Curacao Chronicle | Caribbean micro and mini states

Hurricane Maria of 2017 posed a tough question to Caribbean islands, to rebuild or not to rebuild. And a far more intriguing dilemma, can Caribbean mini- and micro-States continue to exist? Verder lezen

Column JGD | GreenTown or PDVSA?

Column Jacob Gelt Dekker voor Curacao Chronicle | GreenTown or PDVSA?

Only after a D.D. (due diligence), Guangdong Zhenrong Energy (GZE), as main investor for the Oil Refinery (RdK), was disqualified. The D.D. showed that the company did not have access to the required funds of US $ 1,5 billion, to upgrade the RdK facilities. Verder lezen

Column JGD | “People ask me what to do to improve Curaçao’s economy”

Column Jacob Gelt Dekker voor Curacao Chronicle | Independence

My recommendations are: Since top-down government for the last 50 years, does not work, I propose to start a bottom-up regime. Measures needed, and easy to implement. Verder lezen

Column JDG | Independence

Column Jacob Gelt Dekker voor Curacao Chronicle | Independence

“My name, my reputation, and determination to do more for St. Maarten are constantly covered in fog, a fog not of my doing. The fog is created by the Dutch Government as the premise for their ongoing call for an Overseers Chamber. The Dutch have pumped a lot of money into an investigation team, or as I call them, the Gestapo of St. Maarten.” Thus Mr. Heyliger in a radio interview.  Verder lezen

Column JGD | Happy Holidays

Column Jacob Gelt Dekker voor Curacao Chronicle | Happy Holidays

It is the end of yet another year, and time to celebrate, time for great happiness with your loved ones. I wish you the very, best, whole-heartedly and thank you for all those hours some of you spent on reading my columns. Verder lezen

Column JGD | What is next?

Column Jacob Gelt Dekker voor Curacao Chronicle | Limits of elitism

“CRUISE lines plan to steer their ships away from major Caribbean ports after Hurricane Irma ripped through the paradise islands, dealing an extra economic blow to the region ravaged by the storm. Verder lezen

Column JGD | Poverty’s frustration

Column Jacob Gelt Dekker voor Curacao Chronicle | Poverty’s frustration

The poor see their chances of social and economic mobility eroding; they have become second, or even third choice. The new elite of wealth formation is exclusive, locking out capital poor new comers. Verder lezen

Column JGD | Dear Anansi

Column Jacob Gelt Dekker voor Curacao Chronicle | How to fight poverty

Column Jacob Gelt Dekker voor Curacao Chronicle | Dear Anansi

Dear Anansi, I was about to tell you the Battle of Nevis, but now you say that you are sick and tired of all my sea battles and pirates of a long gone past. Verder lezen

Column JGD | Duppy

Column Jacob Gelt Dekker voor Curacao Chronicle | How to fight poverty

Column Jacob Gelt Dekker voor Curacao Chronicle | A Professor

On a little island in the Caribbean where nobody lived, I anchored my boat in a half circular bay. Nights, I stared at the millions of diamonds in the star sky. One night, I took my dinghy to the white sand beach, just to stretch my legs, when I ran into a Duppy. Verder lezen

Column JGD | A Professor

Column Jacob Gelt Dekker voor Curacao Chronicle | How to fight poverty

Column Jacob Gelt Dekker voor Curacao Chronicle | A Professor

On a little island in the Caribbean was a Professor. He was all alone, and I decided to visit him. Verder lezen

Column JGD | How to fight poverty

Column Jacob Gelt Dekker voor Curacao Chronicle | How to fight poverty

Column Jacob Gelt Dekker voor Curacao Chronicle | Almost

Mr. Eugene Rhuggenaath, the new PM of the Island State of Curacao, said that his priority is fighting poverty. Verder lezen

Column JGD | Almost

Column Jacob Gelt Dekker voor Curacao Chronicle | Fake news

Column Jacob Gelt Dekker voor Curacao Chronicle | Almost

A friend came to visit and told me the following story. “ I came to see you in the hospital, but when I got to your room, you were asleep. Verder lezen

Column JGD | Pomp and circumstance

Column Jacob Gelt Dekker voor Curacao Chronicle | Fake news

Column Jacob Gelt Dekker voor Curacao Chronicle | Pomp and circumstance

Pope Benedict XVI had a love for wearing 18-krt golden, Medieval vestments, which weighted so heavy that he required the assistance of two or even four helpers. Verder lezen

Column JGD | Canal nudity

Column Jacob Gelt Dekker voor Curacao Chronicle | Fake news

Column Jacob Gelt Dekker voor Curacao Chronicle | Canal nudity

“Sorry, my attention is distracted,” I wrote, “there is a stark naked person on the bench in front of the house.” Oh, well, I thought, no fuss! It’s the way, it is. This is Amsterdam! Verder lezen

Column JGD | Migration from the Caribbean and South Africa

Column Jacob Gelt Dekker voor Curacao Chronicle | Fake news

Column Jacob Gelt Dekker voor Curacao Chronicle | Migration from the Caribbean and South Africa

“At the time of independence, in 1975, Dutch subjects living in the colony of Suriname were given the choice of Dutch or Surinamese citizenship. Amazingly, 220,000 out of a population of 450,000 left Suriname for the Netherlands – a level of migration that is staggering in size and scope. Verder lezen

Column JGD | Negritude is dead

Column Jacob Gelt Dekker voor Curacao Chronicle | Fake news

Column Jacob Gelt Dekker voor Curacao Chronicle | Negritude


Negritude or pan-Africanism do not show up in the Afro-American and Afro-Caribbean political debate. Verder lezen

Column JGD | Politics

Column Jacob Gelt Dekker voor Curacao Chronicle | Fake news

Column Jacob Gelt Dekker voor Curacao Chronicle | Politics

While electorates around the world get ready for ballot boxes, politicians like traders in smoky tavern rooms at farmers’ markets, eager to strike secret deals. Verder lezen

Column JGD | Independence dreams

Column Jacob Gelt Dekker voor Curacao Chronicle | Fake news

Column Jacob Gelt Dekker voor Curacao Chronicle | Independence dreams

National liberation and socialist change under “working class leadership” was a dream of many islanders but in fact created the biggest problem for Caribbean Island States. Verder lezen

Column JGD | Hundred years misled

Column Jacob Gelt Dekker voor Curacao Chronicle | Fake news

Column Jacob Gelt Dekker voor Curacao Chronicle | Hundred years misled


“The secret of the proletariat, “ Karl Marx once said, “ is that it bears within it the destruction of bourgeois society.” Verder lezen

Column JGD | POTUS and Pinocchio

Column Jacob Gelt Dekker voor Curacao Chronicle | Fake news

Column Jacob Gelt Dekker voor Curacao Chronicle | POTUS and Pinocchio

Geppetto, an Italian woodcarver, and clockmaker created the marionette Pinocchio and gave the world the archetype of truth. But “graven images” can be very dangerous. Verder lezen

Column JGD | Muddling through

Column Jacob Gelt Dekker voor Curacao Chronicle | Fake news

Column Jacob Gelt Dekker voor Curacao Chronicle | Muddling through

When asked about his general policy in WW II, Churchill answered that he followed the K.M.T policy. Verder lezen

Column JGD | Anti-aging

Column Jacob Gelt Dekker voor Curacao Chronicle | Fake news

Column Jacob Gelt Dekker voor Curacao Chronicle | Anti-aging

Alexander Hamilton, one of the founding fathers of the United States of America, was born in 1755, on the Caribbean island of Nevis, at that time, a tropical hellhole by all accounts. Verder lezen

Column JGD | Alexander Hamilton

Column Jacob Gelt Dekker voor Curacao Chronicle | Fake news

Column Jacob Gelt Dekker voor Curacao Chronicle | jonas

Alexander Hamilton, one of the founding fathers of the United States of America, was born in 1755, on the Caribbean island of Nevis, at that time, a tropical hellhole by all accounts. Verder lezen

Column JGD | Jonas

Column Jacob Gelt Dekker voor Curacao Chronicle | Fake news

Column Jacob Gelt Dekker voor Curacao Chronicle | jonas

Jonas—the Prophet who spent three days and nights in the belly of a giant fish— set up shelter on a hill slope overlooking the city of Nineveh. Jonas waited for the obliteration of the wicked city by God’s wrath, as he had prophesized. Verder lezen

Column JGD | Truthiness

Column Jacob Gelt Dekker voor Curacao Chronicle | Fake news

Column Jacob Gelt Dekker voor Curacao Chronicle

“Truthiness (Stephen Colbert, 2005) comes from the gut,” not from facts—“the truth we want to exist,” that feels right. Truthiness is alternative facts, fake news. Verder lezen

Column JGD | De-skill and re-skill the skill of the unskilled

Column Jacob Gelt Dekker voor Curacao Chronicle | Fake news

Column Jacob Gelt Dekker voor Curacao Chronicle

For decades, doomsday thinkers bombarded the world with the future role of robots. Authors forecasted that robots would take over in the world from human workforces, especially leaving the unskilled out of a job. Verder lezen