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Just a gentleman’s agreement

Just a gentleman’s agreement

Whatever breed of animal it may be, the Social Partnership (Government, labour and the private sector) has been governed by various Protocols which, as part of the preamble, speak to “the subjugation of their sectoral interests to the national good….” with the intention to: “(i) create a modern, efficient economy which is able to produce […]

Charting a new path  

Charting a new path   

The island of Barbados has a reputation among nations of being an excellent example for democratic governance. We have regular elections which are free and for the most part, fair. The Government changes smoothly, and the process is not marred by either physical violence or by desperate attempts of the defeated administration to hold unto […]

The Social Partnership

The Social Partnership

It is often said that where a people do not know their history, they are doomed to repeat it.  In the case of the Commonwealth Caribbean region, to repeat our history is often seen as finding ourselves in a prostrate position, where the needs of the majority of citizens are not the paramount concern.  To […]

The antidote to violence

The antidote to violence

“Evil (mischief, corruption) has appeared on land and sea because of what the hands of men have earned.”  Holy Quran A few weeks ago, I wrote on the violence plaguing the Caribbean. The murder rates are staggering for small developing states. I mentioned that in Islamic eschatology, there is a saying attributed to the Prophet […]

Touch not North Korea

Touch not North Korea

The Vietnamese film industry did not forget the US-Vietnam war of the 1960’s and 1970’s. For one generation after the US soldiers fled this war in 1975, the Vietnamese writers and film-makers have created a plethora of beautiful, poignant, graphic stories, showing how ordinary victims managed and suffered in this tragic and ill-conceived war. This […]

Playing ‘The Last Post’

Playing ‘The Last Post’

This coming weekend will mark the 62nd annual conference of the beleaguered Democratic Labour Party (DLP). Beneath the propaganda machine and the spinning on contrived FACTS that have little or no assimilation with the truth, there will be deep concerns of political survival. The DLP appears desperate to ward off the threat of banishment to […]

Playing a role in Venezuelan crisis

Playing a role in Venezuelan crisis

Continuing conflict in Venezuela between the government of President Nicolas Maduro and opposition political parties will not be resolved by external forces taking sides. In this regard, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government were right at their August 8 meeting to reject suggestions that they should adopt pre-conditions for the facilitating role they want to […]

Now is not the time for grandstanding! 

Now is not the time for grandstanding! 

In 2016, prime minister Dean Barrow of Belize had the pleasure of welcoming Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders to his English-speaking, Central-American nation. On that occasion he reminded them that “there has been a failure of the world economy to recover properly from the shock of the financial crisis” and that “failure, for the majority of […]

People must be protected from themselves

People must be protected from themselves

Dear Sir, The Minister of Health was recently on television speaking about the response of the public to the consumption of highly sweetened drinks. But what has become of the statement “we have to protect the people from themselves”. Government across the globe possess considerable powers and can change or overturn a variety of situations that […]

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