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Here’s to the next 50, Barbados!

Celebrations have ended for Barbados’ 50th anniversary of Independence and we return to business as usual. My reflections on the celebrations are part of the pride and gratitude I feel in having been around to witness and be part of several of the activities undertaken to commemorate Barbados at 50. My congratulations, first and foremost, […]

Why AIDS keeps rising

Why AIDS keeps rising

World AIDS Day always comes immediately after we celebrate our Independence, but this year it was symbolic. No doubt many Barbadians were still celebrating our 50th anniversary of Independence well into December 1, World AIDS Day, which this year came with the reminder that although we have much to celebrate, we also have a ton […]

Mottley’s health prescription

Mottley’s health prescription

The issue of financing health care in Barbados continues to be keenly debated among health care providers and the island’s political leaders. Recently, services provided at the state-run Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) have come under the microscope, with calls for the construction of a new hospital. However, addressing the annual conference of the Barbados Association […]

Nationalism and Patriotism

The political independence of a nation is heralded as a most significant achievement in the move towards nationalism. While this is to be understood, it makes little or no sense if the populace does not have an understanding of what nationalism means. It even gets worse, if leaders of national institutions fail to promote a […]

World media salute great Barbados

World media salute great Barbados

Barbadians are truly a very proud people. And when it comes to the wonderful game of cricket, please don’t challenge them on its rich history of winning the West Indies first-class Championship the most times, as well as the large number of world-class players the island has produced over the years. Last week this column […]

Fidel, the ultimate conqueror!

Among the many photos adorning my living room that capture special moments in my life, including graduations, my marriage almost 30 years ago, and my son and daughter as they were growing up, is a photo of myself absorbed in conversation with Fidel Castro. Somehow this photo stands out and captures the attention of friends, […]

The continuing challenge of HIV/AIDS

“HIV/AIDS is a disease with stigma. And we have learned with experience, not just with HIV/AIDS but with other diseases, countries for many reasons are sometimes hesitant to admit they have a problem.” Margaret Chan. It has been more than three decades since the HIV virus was first identified by the scientific community. However, in […]

A reflection on Independence

Given the celebration of the Golden Jubilee, it might be appropriate to examine how Independent Barbados was birthed; how all of the things we take for granted and in some cases, do not even know about came into being. First off, securing independence was not a revolution. The Barbados Independence Act, Chapter 37 (United Kingdom) […]

Cheers to Barbados with concern

Our little island is still basking in the glory of its attainment of 50 years of Independence. There are people like me, who, although we limed and relished the opportunity to have a rum or two and some good political conversation, are still not fully satisfied with where our island is at this juncture in […]

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