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To be an immigrant

“I am the son of an immigrant, a grandson of an immigrant and great, great grandson of persons who were forcibly brought here as slaves from Africa.” Dr Ben Carson, recently installed Secretary of Housing and Urban Development in the Trump administration in the United States of America, referred to slaves as “immigrants” in a […]

Some advice for the PM

Some advice for the PM

Dear Prime Minister, Recently, there has been a chorus of calls from prominent Barbadians, insisting that you call an early general election. Allow me to offer some unsolicited, unbiased advice on this matter. As our Prime Minister, you are responsible for projecting calm during turbulent times, and you are doing this remarkably well. You are […]

For love of country

“I pledge allegiance to my country Barbados and to my flag, To uphold and defend their honour, And by my living to do credit to my nation wherever I go.”  Barbadians everywhere are disturbed about the social and economic challenges confronting this nation. Sadly, there are too many pressing issues that are being sidestepped or downplayed by the […]

Time to think dollarization!

In the circumstances of the unavoidable inflation and impending currency crisis ushered by Government’s unfettered printing of money, it would seem prudent for the administration to take immediate steps to release the foreign exchange that is presently damned up in the economy – first by allowing individuals to freely hold foreign exchange accounts, and then […]

Support for women with endometriosis

Endometriosis is one of the most common ailments affecting women, but it is not a topic that is readily discussed in public. The newly formed Barbados Association of Endometriosis and PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) is seeking to raise awareness of the condition and provide support for the women who suffer from it. Endometriosis is a […]

The power of cooking equipment

Throughout our previous articles, we have looked at what cooking is – that is, the application of heat to food, which causes an irreversible change. It was also explained why we need to cook  – first and foremost to kill harmful bacteria, secondly to make food more palatable and thirdly to manipulate the flavours and […]

Developing youth for leadership

The participation of young people in their societies and in the democratic practices and processes is of crucial importance to nation building. It is therefore incumbent on political and other civil society leaders to direct their attention towards ensuring that there is meaningful youth participation in the leadership of organizations. For this to be accomplished, […]

A case of economic necessity

The Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP), operated by many countries in the world, including the United States, Spain, Switzerland, Malta and Portugal to name a few, is particularly misrepresented in relation to the small countries in the Eastern Caribbean. At the outset, I make it clear that this commentary is not a defence or apology […]

How special is Barbados?

Dear BT reader, How special is Barbados? This question is one which we must ask ourselves in,= a very serious way. Since 2008, the present Democratic Labour Party (DLP) government has been blaming the global recession — the worst in our lifetime, spokespersons have said consistently — for the absence of growth in the economy. […]