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Let’s cry not for Britain

Let’s cry not for Britain

The majority of the British electorate have acted. Now that this nation has detached herself from the superstate of the European Union –– the global empire –– she could now conduct normal relations with the world –– the global village. Human beings kill for their identity. As soon as a baby is born, she realizes […]

With or without will . . .

With or without will . . .

Just because someone has died owing to the negligence, recklessness or intentional behaviour of another person does not necessarily result in a payment to each and every blood relative. There are laws that govern such scenarios, which are generally outlined in the Succession Act, Chapter 249 of the Laws Of Barbados and the Accident Compensation […]

Fancy talk as matter of course

Fancy talk as matter of course

Barbados is very very good at producing fancy reports about all manner of things under the sun. Academics are just as good at sourcing those fancy reports and then creating fancier ones about the same issue, while it lingers on in implementation deficit and becomes a perennial sore. This reality was solidified for me when […]

The fast –– as good for body as soul

The fast –– as good for body as soul

Fasting blinds the body in order to open the eyes of your soul . . . . The above quote is from Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī, one of the most widely read poets in America. His poetry resonates in American society and, as a result Oscar-winning screenwriter David Franzoni has agreed to work on a […]

Kaleidoscope of strange things . . .

Kaleidoscope of strange things . . .

Public prosecutors and the police are probably the most powerful officials in the justice system. In 2009, former chief of police in South Africa and Interpol chief Jackie Selebi was brought before the court facing three corruption charges, one of which related to his connection with a crime boss. The government was attempting to prove […]

Honour our legends before it’s too late!

Honour our legends before it’s too late!

In December of 2015, I produced a newpaper article that acknowledged Barbados’ good fortune of possessing no less than four “living legends” of literature: George Lamming, Paule Marshall, Kamau Brathwaite and Austin “Tom” Clarke. Well, as we learnt on Monday of this week, Tom Clarke is no longer with us! As a tribute to the […]

Teacher as guidepost

Teacher as guidepost

A teacher is like a guidepost. He or she should guide the students in the proper direction. If the guidepost itself is loose, how can it point to the right direction? So, a teacher should have a steady mind. Only then can he guide the students along the right path. He should impart to the […]

Making no wanton boast . . .

Making no wanton boast . . .

I have often wondered what my mother said to me on November 30, 1966, as this land erupted in Independence fervour and celebration. You see, I was but seven months in the womb, rapidly growing and expanding, struggling for space, and positioning myself, head down, in preparation for birth a mere eight weeks later on […]

Brexit creates Caribbean nightmare

Brexit creates Caribbean nightmare

The 12 English-speaking Independent countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) have at the most two years to formulate a plan for dealing with the serious consequences of the British Exit (Brexit) from the European Union. Indeed, the time may be less if the current mood of the leadership of the European Union intensifies. That leadership […]

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