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Politics of denying your own

Barack Obama will not get the credit he deserves for his sensible and sometimes visionary presidency of the United States –– at least, not in the life of his tenure. But he has done remarkable things. Two of them are ending the diplomatic impasse with Cuba and ending the economic isolation of Iran. The business community and […]

An early general election?

Could Barbadians be going to the polls much earlier than the first quarter of 2018 when the next general election is constitutionally due? From our reading and analysis of a few recent developments within the ruling Democratic Labour Party’s (DLP) camp, it seems that the issue of the timing of the next general election is […]

How to save Barbados from crime

What practical and concrete measures can be taken to save Barbados from the scourge of violent crime? Well, as far back as January, 2008, the People’s Empowerment Party (PEP) outlined a series of commonsensical anti-crime policies in its general election manifesto. But, unfortunately, the sensible and well considered policy prescriptions of the PEP were generally […]

Let’s not be held ransom by crime

From time immemorial there has been a presence on Earth of both right and wrong, good and evil, righteousness and sin. History has shown us and taught us the wonderful and creative capacity of human beings when they put their intellectual and moral capabilities to maximum use. It has also reminded us of the capability […]

Open letter to mums of living sons

I need to begin by expressing my heartfelt sympathies to those women who have lost sons –– women, who by some act of violence, have lost their son or sons in ways they could never have imagined. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I truly hope you find the grace and the steel to […]

Young men in crisis

Guns are blazing across the length and breadth of Barbados. Every day there is another instance of gunplay, and the shooters are becoming less concerned about blasting across crowds of people who may be hurt innocently. The cries are building and Barbadians are voicing various opinions about the perpetrators. What is lacking for me continues to […]

Fixing the carrying through problem

Have you ever wondered why, in more developed countries like Canada and Britain, governments seem to get things done relatively quickly, while in many developing countries, like our own Barbados, it seems to take forever for things to happen –– if they do happen at all? The problem has to do with what is commonly […]

Social media – the good and bad

I had the opportunity last week to listen to a visiting South African scholar and public speaker. His topic was on depression and anxiety, and the fact that more people today are affected by these two maladies. I would like to explore this subject more thoroughly at a later date, as I am sure this […]

Capitalism ‘uncivilizing’ Barbados

Hardly a day passes in Barbados without the occurrence of some horrific incident of violent crime, domestic violence, or abuse of women. The recent tragic murder of 29-year-old schoolteacher Dwight Holder, and the arrests and charging of six Barbadian youths for the horrific crime are merely the latest and most striking example of this distressing […]

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