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Beware the changing tide

In a landmark ruling which has reverberated across the world, the U.S. Supreme Court last Friday redefined and broadened the traditional concept of marriage. By a 5-4 majority vote, America’s highest court determined that the right to marriage would be no longer limited to a man and woman, as it has been for thousands of […]

As ‘terrible Tuesday’ draws near

Tomorrow is the official deadline given by the National Union of Public Workers for the state-run Barbados Investment and Development Corporation to rescind the dismissal of 13 workers over 60. Failure to do so, says the NUPW, will result in a national shutdown, which we would expect to happen by Wednesday. However, based on the […]

Are we spinning top in mud?

Is the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), as currently structured, still relevant to the development needs of the region in a rapidly changing world which increasingly is being shaped by the forces of globalization and where countries have moved from inward-looking to outward-looking models of economic development? If it is not, then what can be done to […]

When our CARICOM is in need of a march

Next week Barbados will roll out the red carpet for the leaders of the 15-nation Caribbean Community (CARICOM) for their 36th regular meeting. And given our flair for ceremony, our pride and renowned hospitality, we will no doubt pull off a world-class summit, of the standard we are now accustomed to staging, and no doubt […]

Hope burns eternal with our youth

Amid the frequent instances of police bulletins for young wanted men, the stupidly triumphant grins of youthful accused as they are marched to and from law courts, and the too frequent reports of senseless bloodletting, there is still much to be pleased about with our young people. The development of any nation rests heavily on […]

Mr Arthur’s red flag is noteworthy

Last Wednesday night, as the House of Assembly was in the final stages of debate on the 2015-2016 Financial Statement And Budgetary Proposals, former Prime Minister Owen Arthur delivered an insightful analysis of the current state of the Barbados economy. Devoid of the highfalutin jargon that often characterizes discussion of economic issues, and convincing in […]

Shall it truly be everybody hates Mia?

It was Harold Wilson, Labour prime minister for two terms in the 1960s and 1970s, who famously said “a week is a long time in politics”. No truer words, politically, have ever been spoken –– especially when one considers the events of the past week in our own hallowed Parliament. Much indeed can happen in […]

Haitians merit justice like everyone else

Who will stand up and speak out in defence of the rights of the marginalized and long-suffering people of Haiti when they are facing abuse –– be it at home or in the Diaspora? It seems hardly anyone cares to do so, including Haiti’s own regional neighbours, despite the fact they sit around the table […]

The bitter and sweet –– ever shall meet?

Two of the most debated points arising out of this week’s Budget Debate have been the ten per cent excise tax on sweet drinks, better known as thirst quenchers, effective August 1 –– just two days before Grand Kadooment Morning; and the charges and countercharges in Parliament of wrongdoing by politicians in high places –– […]

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