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Commentary: The Grenada revolution was hijacked from its rural base

July 23, 2014
Commentary: The Grenada revolution was hijacked from its rural base I read Helen Grenade’s letters and how she describes Maurice Bishop as a political saint and I not impressed with her opinion of the deceased Grenadian leader. However, it seems as though Ms Grenade is not aware of the origins of the Grenada revolution and the trickery method Maurice Bishop...

Commentary: Property theft and land dispossession in Bermuda

July 23, 2014
Commentary: Property theft and land dispossession in Bermuda Parliament recently approved an historic motion calling on the governor to establish a commission of inquiry into the historic theft and dispossession of land from vulnerable Bermudians during the latter half of the last century. We now have an opportunity to commence a process that could bring closure...

Commentary: Cross purposes: Guerrero vs Pknight

July 22, 2014
In his “Letter: Garinagu, reparations and CARICOM,” the main points of Mr Joseph Guerrero’s argument are quite clear: 1. The Garinagu in “Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and the United States .... were not consulted nor were they included in the reparations claim now underway”;

Commentary: Two countries I love

July 22, 2014
Commentary: Two countries I love Make no mistake about it, the two countries I love most are Canada, my adopted homeland which has done a lot to expand my horizons and improve my quality of life, and Trinidad and Tobago, the country of my birth. Canada’s per capita GDP is US$43,400 while Trinidad and Tobago’s is US$16,320.

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Utilising local talent and ability

July 21, 2014
Trawling through the Internet, when it has been available this last week, I have been almost overwhelmed by the sheer number of beautifully presented and creative local world class websites, clearly built by what appear to be mostly small Barbadian entrepreneurs. Often with stunning images.

Commentary: Bermuda governor speaks with forked tongue

July 21, 2014
On July 4, 2014, a motion was passed in the House of Assembly of Bermuda requesting a commission of inquiry on “theft of property, dispossession of property and adverse possession claims” and “to recommendations for any victims of wrongful action to receive compensation and justice.”

Commentary: Happy chikunguya and welcome to Haiti's fiesta season!

July 19, 2014
Commentary: Happy chikunguya and welcome to Haiti's fiesta season! I remembered the exact date I had my encounter with chikunguya fever; it was on May 1st, I have just returned from the May Day agricultural fair organized every year in Haiti by the Ministry of Labor and the Ministry of Agriculture. The first symptom was a diarrhea, I took it in stride because I figured out...

Commentary: United Nations sued for Haitian cholera outbreak

July 19, 2014
On June 20, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon was served papers for a lawsuit against him and the United Nations for their role in the cholera outbreak in Haiti. Cholera, a bacterial infection of the small intestine, still plagues Haiti today, and has now spread to...

Commentary: On second thoughts, keep your tired, poor, huddled masses yearning to breathe free

July 18, 2014
It’s arguable that these final lines of Emma Lazarus’s sonnet, “The New Colossus,” is as much a guarantee of an immigrant’s right of entry to the United States as the US Constitution is of a citizen’s Bill of Rights. What’s more, since this poem was engraved on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty in 1903...

Commentary: The new bank of BRICS: What's in it for small economies?

July 18, 2014
Commentary: The new bank of BRICS: What's in it for small economies? It is news that should awaken the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) from their complacent attitude toward developing countries. It is also news that should confirm to the G20 that what used to be the G7 – a group of the seven industrialised nations -- no longer controls the world’s...

Commentary: Our unknown ancestry

July 17, 2014
Commentary: Our unknown ancestry This is a list of names of Vincentian Plantation Owners in 1829 as provided by Charles Shepard in An Historical Account of the Island of Syet. Vincent. As anyone can see, the vast majority of names on this list are still commonplace in St Vincent and the Grenadines. I’ve taken the liberty of arranging the information...

Commentary: The creative industry and intellectual property

July 17, 2014
Over the past two months, we have shared our plan to Make New York City the Epicenter of the Garifuna Arts and Culture. We also mentioned that the plan would be based on a three-pronged approach: expand our strategic marketing efforts, organize the Garifuna Arts and Culture sector, and find ways to...

Commentary: Have you been polled lately?

July 16, 2014
Opinion polls mean nothing to most of us until an election season. They have been around for over 150 years in the US. For example, in 1936, during Franklin D. Roosevelt’s election, the polls targeted citizens from telephone books and car registrations. It was believed that this demographic were well-off...

Commentary: Sell or lease St Lucia's Vigie airport? You joking? Part 6

July 16, 2014
Most of us have seen crabs, caught them, cooked and eaten them. We love the big gandy, for it is full of meat. Right? The big gandy of a crab functions as a defensive weapon as well as to capture its food. As is seen in the above map, the crab illustration has the big finger of the larger gandy (claw)...

Commentary: Culture and other violence against women...

July 15, 2014
Commentary: Culture and other violence against women... I find that I have to keep returning to this growing theme of violence against women rearing its Neanderthal head in our political exchange, and I find again that one of the things I am most surprised at is the silence of civil and even feminist groups over a matter that ought not to be ignored.

Commentary: LGBT rights under review in Jamaica

July 15, 2014
Over the past several months a series of protests, demonstrations, and court dates have caused Jamaicans to revisit their existing anti-sodomy laws; which were first enforced in 1861. Currently, these laws “[criminalize] consensual homosexual relations between adults,” and as a result...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Think again

July 14, 2014
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Think again When my now wife and I ‘discovered’ a then virtually derelict Arawak Inn back in 1988, we never really set out to become seasoned hoteliers. More like having the privilege of living in a big ‘house’ right on the ocean and sharing it with a few friends and the many clients who followed us over the years.

Commentary: Leslie Manigat: Should one die to come into existence in Haiti?

July 14, 2014
Commentary: Leslie Manigat: Should one die to come into existence in Haiti? Since the death of the former president, great intellectual and illustrious professor, Leslie Manigat, politicians of all stripes, scientists, intellectuals, professionals, academics, historians, journalists, merge into a chorus of praise to greet the great man they have known in the person of the deceased.

Commentary: The economics of homosexuality without ethics

July 14, 2014
I now turn my attention to a letter on Caribbean News Now entitled “The costs of homophobia in CARICOM” by Sean Macleish (Director of Caribbean Alliance for Equality). This letter is pugnacious in what it proposes and repulsive in what it overlooks. Sean writes a combative letter to Caribbean leaders.

Commentary: The finite side of life

July 12, 2014
My father has just celebrated on 28th June his 102nd birthday. I have the privilege of being his caregiver in Haiti, as all my five brothers and sisters had to continue their nomadic lives in the United States. I am watching a proud man (he was Chief Civil Court Judge in Port au Prince Haiti) losing his abilities to...

Commentary: Don't mess with history - Part 3

July 12, 2014
Commentary: Don't mess with history - Part 3 The ideas of the Enlightenment, which first expressed themselves in the American Revolution, came back to haunt France in the French Revolution, from 1789 to 1795. Since members of the Garifuna were frequent visitors to Martinique and Guadeloupe (even educating some of their children there)...

Commentary: Facebook friends?! Try Facebook's guinea pigs

July 11, 2014
Frankly, if you are among the millions of Facebook users who feel betrayed by this revelation, all I can say is, I told you so … repeatedly, including most recently in “Facebook Complaining about NSA Spying? Ha!” The iPINIONS Journal, March 15, 2014: You are probably aware that President Obama...

Commentary: Why join the Commonwealth?

July 11, 2014
In recent time the relevance of the Commonwealth has been widely questioned. Many critics claim that the association is marginal to the interests of the majority of its member-states and that it has become virtually unknown among their peoples. In part, this is why the question arises of why join the Commonwealth.

Commentary: Don't mess with history - Part 2

July 10, 2014
In order for the second portion of Mr Thomas’s sentence to make sense, it should have been separated from the first part in the form of a new sentence. This sentence would then have read somewhat as follows: [Black African slaves were] captured and transported from Africa into what became known as...

Commentary: Term limits in Bermuda

July 10, 2014
During the lead-up to the 2012 election, I wrote a piece in the Bermuda Sun titled “Term limits are in place to put us Bermudians first”. It pointed out the fairly obvious desire of the OBA to eliminate term limits. Shortly after that, I was approached via Facebook by Doug Soares of Expertise Ltd.

Commentary: Gonsalves political missteps: The food security and agriculture debacle

July 9, 2014
In my opinion, St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) is on the verge of economic collapse! Amongst many eco-political, environmental and social challenges, the agriculture sector in this country is in its worst state, from the death of its main export crop to just a minute production of dasheen and other corms.

Commentary: Sell or lease St Lucia's Vigie airport? You joking? Part 5

July 9, 2014
Let’s have a look at the maps; a regional, hemispheric and world map. Superimpose on these, regional and international traffic maps. How can we develop St Lucia as a major transit point for passengers, goods, and other tangibles that would necessitate the use of George F.L Charles airport?



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