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World War III looks to be in the making

World War III looks to be in the making

Is the world edging towards the outbreak of a major conflict? Rising international tensions stemming from United States president Donald Trump being at loggerheads with North Korea and Iran over their respective nuclear programmes raise such a possibility. Some commentators fear such conflict, if allowed to get out of hand, could even be the trigger […]

When good intentions seemingly go awry

When good intentions seemingly go awry

In a bid to make wrong things right, Government moved to the Senate this past week with a new bill to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace. At face value, the draft legislation known as the Employment Sexual Harassment (Prevention) Bill, 2017, seems to be a perfectly good piece of legislation, crafted on a most noble […]

Ganging up on gangs

Ganging up on gangs

It’s an open secret that gangs exist in Barbados. So yesterday’s revelations at the National Consultation on Crime and Violence were not new or shocking, but a damning wake-up call. That gangs are becoming more complex and sophisticated is discomforting. Far worse, the warning from a criminal justice expert that the ‘Don’ culture prevalent in […]

Making a case for more productivity, and cutting fat

Making a case for more productivity, and cutting fat

As Barbados continues to experience the throes of a seemingly never-ending economic depression, some self-evident truths are being ignored. Indeed, they have been shunted aside even in times of great plenty. Our politicians and other social leaders keep repeating the refrain that life in Barbados cannot be “business as usual”. The calls to be more […]

Why this seemingly growing interest in the dark side?

Why this seemingly growing interest in the dark side?

Our topic today is meant to be lighthearted, to take a break from discussing the many social, financial, economic and other issues which weigh down daily on the Barbadian spirit as we grapple, as a still relatively young developing nation, with our various development challenges. The topic, which admittedly raises a number of cultural and […]

Communication is still key, Mr PM

Communication is still key, Mr PM

The role of prime minister, as head of a country’s government, is in many ways comparable to that of the chief executive officer of a company. He (or she) is responsible for overseeing implementation of the strategic agenda, monitoring progress and is ultimately accountable to voters in the case of a government and shareholders in […]

What say you, Mr PM?

What say you, Mr PM?

Quite apart from his usual obstinence to making national addresses, there was a deafening silence this past week from our Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, as one matter under his direct control came to a bitter head. We refer here to the seven-day strike by workers at the state-run Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) over the payment […]

The good, the bad, and the ugly of social media

The good, the bad, and the ugly of social media

Social media has revolutionized the way we live and like it or not, it’s farfetched to think of our world without it. Be it Facebook, WhatApp, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Snapchat, Pinterest and the lot, we are all users of these new platforms of communication easily accessible on our smartphones or some other smart device. Within […]

Of pragmatists, god and the politician’s creed

Of pragmatists, god and the politician’s creed

“Just as a flower which seems beautiful and has colour but no perfume, so are the fruitless words of the man who speaks them but does them not.” John Dewey, American Philosopher Politicians are interesting folk. Indeed, there have been many expressions used throughout the ages to describe those who – as they often like […]

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