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Mugabe’s “Grace-ful” downfall

Mugabe’s “Grace-ful” downfall

When independence was finally wrenched from Britain in April 1980, Zimbabwe was described as the “jewel of Africa” by Tanzania’s President Julius Nyerere. Thirty-seven years later, the country is in economic ruin.  Its 93-year old leader, Robert Mugabe, has been ousted by the military and is under house arrest after almost four decades of mostly […]

Our Caribbean past matters too

Our Caribbean past matters too

Each November, Remembrance Day in the United Kingdom (UK) honours the heroic efforts, achievements and sacrifices that were made in past wars. Remembrance Sunday is also marked by events such as memorial services, church services and parades. A national commemoration takes place at Whitehall in central London. From my perspective, having watched the ceremony in […]

Christmas: Our fourth season

Christmas: Our fourth season

In our article last week, we began discussing my take on the four Barbadian seasons. I listed them as Easter, Crop Over, Independence and Christmas. How I arrived at this was due to the changes in the structure of menus and food requirements influenced by these periods of the year. We ended off with Independence […]

Bajan Big City Dreams

Bajan Big City Dreams

The going may be tough, but Big City Dreams, a recently released documentary, appears to confirm that Barbadian immigrants who go abroad in search of a better life, do actually achieve their dreams. The lyrics of a Barbadian folk song, Panama Man, clearly show that Barbadians of yesterday who remained at home, especially relatives and […]

Building back better after a hurricane

Building back better after a hurricane

Imagine relocating the entire population of your country in the face of a colossal hurricane and two months later still not being able to get back home. Now imagine spending several nights in a shelter and taking a stroll the next morning only to find what you used to call community, city or country reduced […]

Workplace-related sexual harassment

Workplace-related sexual harassment

In a perceived female gender sensitive world, the thought is seemingly and generally conjured by males that sexual harassment legislation is meant to protect women against sexual harassment by men. This notion tends to suggest that such legislation is biased and weighted in the favour of women. Based on this assumption, the issue of apparent […]

The vulnerability of women to diabetes

The vulnerability of women to diabetes

Afflicting an estimated one-fifth of Barbados’ adult population, Type 2 diabetes is a national concern.  But what is not so publicly known is that the disease is killing women earlier and restricting them more physically, even in sex. Some aspects of the subdued suffering of women hit by this silent but debilitating non-communicable disease were […]

Community-based tourism

Community-based tourism

The tourist industry in Barbados is one of the major planks in our economy, accounting for a significant amount of employment and 12 per cent of GDP. To support this industry, the government invests a considerable portion of our national budget on tourism marketing. According to the Estimates of Expenditure 2017-2018, we spent some $181,995,401.00 […]

Our declining social system

Our declining social system

The Emperor is naked. It was time one of us shouted notice of the bare nakedness and if the Transport Board drivers by their strike action earlier this week have started the rallying call, best we answer.   Barbadians have been watching the systematic decline in their tax-provided social services network over the last five years. […]

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