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A betrayal of the Palestinians  

A betrayal of the Palestinians  

“A promise from those who do not own to those who are not entitled.” Words used to describe the Balfour Declaration which in 1917 gave Palestinian lands to the Zionists. One hundred years after that infamous declaration by the colonial power of the time, Great Britain, Palestinians are once again facing betrayal.  President Donald Trump […]

Sickness and business don’t mix!

Sickness and business don’t mix!

What do you do when you feel like dying and you have a deadline to meet? The stuffy nose, achy tummy and busting headache really don’t care about your project, but to your customer, the deadline is absolutely important. Sometimes it seems as if sickness just waits to strike when you have a big project, […]

Value of election observer missions  

Value of election observer missions   

“Building democracy is a complex process. Elections are only a starting point but if their integrity is compromised, so is the legitimacy of democracy….Most countries have agreed to principles that would…lead to credible electoral processes, but too often these principles are ignored because of lack of political commitment, insufficient technical knowledge or inadequate international support.” […]

The vision of the Clement Payne Movement

The vision of the Clement Payne Movement

Over the past fourteen years or so – under the last Barbados Labour Party (BLP) administration of Owen Arthur and the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) administrations of David Thompson and Freundel Stuart – Barbados has undergone a prolonged period of virtually unrelieved national hopelessness and despondency. At the core of this dispiriting “wilderness experience” has […]

Uplifting words for Kolij and QC alumni

Uplifting words for Kolij and QC alumni

Was Ambassador Keith “Tony” Marshall’s keynote address to fellow alumni merely a renewal challenge or a broad message for all individuals and societies, for all times, and for all seasons? Not so long ago, when Barbados’ permanent representative to the United Nations, gave the keynote address at a reunion of the Harrison College and Queens […]

Be safe this Christmas season!

Be safe this Christmas season!

“…’Tis the season to be jolly, fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la…” Those of you who know me or who have been following this column are aware that Christmas is my absolute favourite season or time of year. Despite being immersed in the work that comes as a result of the numerous parties and events being held which require […]

Needed: real revolutionaries

Needed: real revolutionaries

“So soon we’ll find out who is the real revolutionaries; And I don’t want my people to be tricked by mercenaries.” Bob Marley In this the 51st season of Independence of the island of Barbados, everyone should pause and reflect not only on the deliberations of that rainy night over five decades ago but also […]

Comply or else!: Message of new EU blacklist

Comply or else!: Message of new EU blacklist

The Council of the European Union (CEU) published its much anticipated ‘List of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes’ on December 5. This particular EU blacklist refers more particularly to what they have described as “Base Erosion and Profit Shifting” (BEPS). It is aimed particularly at companies that enjoy low or no tax status because they […]

A politically vulnerable PM   

A politically vulnerable PM   

In a recent Barbados TODAY interview in which he shared his thoughts on the current state of play in domestic politics and the likely outcome of the next general election, former Prime Minister Owen Arthur suggested Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler will be hard to beat in their constituencies. While […]

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