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BARBADOS 1966-2016 – Celebrating Fifty Years of Independence – By Dr. Keith A. P. Sandiford

By Dr. Keith A. P. Sandiford

barbadosFormer Caribbean colonies are more fortunate than African and Asian ones in that they have completed their first 50 years of political freedom without political and military coups and without the copious shedding of human blood. On November 30, 2016, Barbados will join Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago as fifty-year old sovereign states which have thus far avoided the turmoil of revolutions. It is an achievement worthy of joyous celebration. There is a sense that the island has shown perceptible signs of regression, following the worldwide recession of 2008, but the overall all progress since 1966 has been eminently satisfactory.

The emergence of modern Barbados can be said to have begun in the 1950s with the rise of the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) and the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU). These were the institutions that destroyed the political hegemony of the old plantocracy. They focussed most sharply on the plight of the non-white majority and led the movement which forced the Colonial Government to overhaul its administrative structures and reshape the electoral laws as well as its fiscal practices.   Continue reading

Why Netanyahu Is a Slick Version of Donald Trump – By Chemi Shalev – Haaretz

Analysis: Why Benjamin Netanyahu Is a Slick Version of Donald Trump

Nonetheless, the GOP candidate’s harshest conservative critics remain starry-eyed groupies of Israel’s prime minister.

– Chemi Shalev – Haaretz

While you were watching Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton duke it out at their third and thankfully final presidential debate in Las Vegas, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was busy waging war against the greatest of Israel’s sworn enemies. Who do you think that might be? Iran? Hamas? Abbas? God forbid.

It’s not even U.S.A. President Barack Obama, though Netanyahu has reportedly just described the remaining few months of the U.S.A. president who just gave Israel $38 billion as an existential threat to Jewish settlements, if not to Israel as a whole.     Continue reading

We’ve Seen Donald Trump Before – His Name was Silvio Berlusconi – John Foot – The Guardian UK

We’ve Seen Donald Trump Before – His Name was Silvio Berlusconi

Be warned: Italy’s former prime minister promised the world and disdained the truth – and became his country’s third longest-serving leader

– John Foot – The Guardian UK  

Silvio Berlusconi

Silvio Berlusconi

We keep being told that the Donald Trump phenomenon means we have entered the era of post-fact politics. Yet, I would argue, post-fact politics has been tarnishing democracy for some time. Twenty-two years ago a successful businessman sent a VHS tape to Italy’s news channels. It showed him sitting in a (fake) office. He read a pre-prepared statement via an autocue.   Continue reading

Guyana: This Week with the President – October 7 – 15, 2016 – video

logo -Min of PresidencyGuyana: This Week with the President – October 7 – 15, 2016 – video

Brexit: All you need to know about the UK leaving the EU – BBC News

Brexit: All you need to know about the UK leaving the EU – BBC News

Caribbean Life News Update – October 10, 2016

Caribbean Life

Trauma center sends mental health team to Haiti


A local mental health and trauma center is deplo­ying a team of mental health specia­lists to Haiti in response to Hurri­cane Matthew.

 Carib­bean: Rethi­nking progress in sustai­nable develo­pment era


UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 19, 2016 (IPS) – Carib­bean count­ries make a special case for develo­pment. The high and incre­asing exposure to hazards, combined with very open and trade-depen­dent econo­mies with limited diversif­ication and competit­iveness portray a struct­urally and environm­entally vulne­rable region, composed, in the most part, of middle income count­ries.

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The Triumph of Sisyphus – Uri Avnery …..on the life of Shimon Peres

The Triumph of Sisyphus 


Shimon Peres

Uri Avnery …..on the life of Shimon Peres

DAVID BEN-GURION was not buried in the Great of the Nation portion of the national cemetery in Jerusalem, but next to his wife’s grave in Sde Boker, the Negev settlement he loved.

Shimon Peres, his pupil and follower, was not buried next to his wife’s grave in Ben Shemen, the place she loved. But in the Great of the Nation plot.  That’s all the difference.

I DID not take part in the hullabaloo that accompanied the funeral. All in all, it was quite ridiculous. Everybody who had once shaken his hand or exchanged a few words with him felt obliged to write about him at length, expressing his profound insights. Most of it was sheer nonsense.    Continue reading

Paris Climate Change Agreement enters into force 4 November 2016 – By Rosaliene Bacchus

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Secretary-General at Paris Agreement Ratification Ceremony.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at Paris Agreement Ratification Ceremony. From Paris to Hangzhou – Climate Response in Action. H.E. Mr. XI Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China and H.E. Mr. Barack Obama, President of the United States of America present the instrument for the Paris Agreement to the Secretary-General.
Photo Credit: United Nations /Eskinder Debebe

On October 5, 2016, the U.N. Secretary-General Ban K-moon announced that the Paris Climate Change Agreement will enter into force on November 4, 2016.

Read his full statement.

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“The Body Politic” – Poem by Caribbean Poet Nicholas Damion Alexander

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Systemic Racism
Source: Common Dreams

My Poetry Corner October 2016 features the poem “The Body Politic” by Nicholas Damion Alexander, poet and teacher of English and Philosophy from the Caribbean island of Jamaica.

Alexander’s work first caught my attention with “My Mother’s Salt” published in the anthology of 100 Calabash Poets, So Much Things To Say (Akashic Books, 2014). In the first of four stanzas, we learn that the poet is of mixed ethnicity – union of a black mother and white father that brought diversity to their lives.

My mother cooked with salt,
flavoring our lives
with the spice of her choice…
A white grain from the sea
that added new worlds of taste
to children made of mixed spices.

But the union of the poet’s parents did not endure. In “The Love of a Father,” Alexander confesses that, with the passage of time, he…

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UN: Caribbean leaders warn of region’s economic collapse

Caribbean leaders warn of region’s economic collapse

Caribbean News Now!- – September 26, 2016


Photo: Prime Minister Gaston Browne of Antigua and Barbuda addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s 71st session. UN Photo/Cia Pak

NEW YORK, USA — Gaston Browne, prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda, told the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday September 24, 2016 that, along with climate change and lingering indebtedness, Caribbean islands face another existential threat from the withdrawal by global banks of correspondent banking relations to their financial institutions.

In the global campaign against money-laundering and terrorist financing, very strict penalties have been imposed on banks by regulatory bodies in North America and Europe for any infringement of the stringent regulations.
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