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Irma-Maria: A reparations requiem for Caribbean Poverty

Irma-Maria: A reparations requiem for Caribbean Poverty

Hurricane Irma’s fury preceded Maria’s by a deadly Caribbean second. Together they constitute the familiar sound of death and destruction reminiscent of a colonial past that clings to the present and is determined to possess and own the Caribbean future.  The chain-linked imperial legacy that still imprisons the islands, keeping them politically fragmented and economically […]

Cleaning up safely after a disaster 

Cleaning up safely after a disaster 

Across the Caribbean massive clean up and rescue operations are underway in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma and just this week Hurricane Maria in several countries.  Everyone is anxious to get their lives back on track and most rush headlong into clearing away the debris and salvaging their belonging. However it’s important that the cleaning […]

Barbados shares Dominica’s pain

Barbados shares Dominica’s pain

The top story of this week was the lucky escape for Barbados, yet another time, from a hurricane as menacing and deadly Maria passed to the north of the island as a category one system. Though Barbados was largely untouched, our neighbours in Dominica weren’t so lucky. In fact, by the time Maria reached, it […]

Seven misconceptions about capitalism

Seven misconceptions about capitalism

Will capitalism take the planet to hell in a coconut shell? Is capitalism the best known system for the creation, production and distribution of wealth? Does capitalism practise free market, and is therefore democratic? Would capitalisºm be destroyed by socialism and communism? Must capitalism go?  What are the facts? The following are seven common misconceptions […]

Tougher laws not the answer

Tougher laws not the answer

Today Barbadians are feeling a bit more comfortable as they move about this their island home.  Shipments of guns and drugs have been stopped at our ports of entry; others have been removed from the streets. Over the past three weeks, several shipments of marijuana, cocaine, and firearms have been seized in our ports, and […]

A landmark CCJ judgment

A landmark CCJ judgment

The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has delivered what is considered to be a landmark judgment in the case of Katrina Smith v Albert Anthony Selby [2017] CCJ 13 (AJ). The facts, in brief, are that Ms. Smith, the Appellant (KS), lived with the Respondent’s brother, Albert Michael Selby (AMS), in a common law relationship […]

What is your bad weather plan?

What is your bad weather plan?

We still have a way to go in refining shutting down and reopening Barbados under tropical storm or hurricane warnings. Come to think of it, I am not sure it is accurate to say the island was shut down but there remains an uncertainty in the population about directives issued by the Department of Emergency […]

Active citizenship

Active citizenship

I recently wrote a piece that proposed a vision for Barbados by 2030. The essence of the article was that we need to treat Barbados like a project and have a singular goal that everyone strives for and that all arms of government, business and civil society align to deliver through our educational system, transportation […]

Support our national champion

Support our national champion

The Hon. Christopher Sinckler is Barbados’ Minister of Finance.  He has a most challenging responsibility. He must consider competing interests and prioritize the spending of limited funds.  He must also be careful to respect the concerns of sovereign rating agencies, creditors, and the International Monetary Fund. Concurrently, he must defend his decisions in Parliament. Mr Sinckler can […]