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The Jeff Cumberbatch Column – The Citizen, the State, Partisanship and the Rule of Law

“The country has gotten so partisan that if you’re not on my side, you’re the enemy” –Mark Cuban. The popular misidentification of the State machinery with the party that constitutes its governing administration at the time is always likely to result in a scenario whereby any person who seeks to have the state comply with […]

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A Tribute to Cuba Gooding Senior

“The following “Barbadian” tribute will be read out tomorrow (Saturday 29th April) at the Memorial Service which is being held for the late Cuba Gooding senior at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, New York City” –DAVID  COMISSIONG, President, Clement Payne Movement of Barbados, Chairman, Caribbean Pan-African Network I am writing this tribute on Thursday the […]

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Minister Denis Kellman Must Apologise to BARBADIANS

The video of a passenger being dragged from his seat by security forces on an United Airlines plane recently evoked  world wide public consternation AND condemnation. The revelation that United Airlines resurrected a fine print clause embedded in their terms and conditions of travel which supported they have the right to remove any passenger in […]

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We Need Heroes!

The following was written by Leslie Lett, a teacher and posted to Facebook – shared by Barbados Underground We need Heroes! They are as essential to our Living as the air, water, food, shelter. Heroes establish and articulate our preferred moral worldview. And validate it. Their Orientation, their Spirit, their Lives are to be presented […]

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The Grenville Phillips Column – Trying Our Best to Get Left Behind

Given our history, it was necessary that all Barbadians be given access to similar opportunities to create their futures.  Over the past 50 years, the Government of Barbados has facilitated this by providing all Barbadians with free access to health-care and education services.  Our children and elderly are also provided with free access to transportation […]

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Al Gilkes Says NOT so ‘FAS’’

Submitted by Anthony Davis In a statement today, FAS Promotions Director Al Gilkes said Natalie was not booked by his company, but was brought on stage by SK.  However, Gilkes said all performers were made aware of the profanity laws of Barbados before they went on stage. FAS Promotions booked SK among a number of […]

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David Comissiong Branded Enemy of the State

“An idiot is in the House of Parliament recommending that there are 15 – 17000 unoccupied houses in Barbados and Government should look at compulsorily acquiring them to either sell or rent. Pray tell when would THIS government pay the owners for their land. There is currently a plantation about to declare bankruptcy due to […]

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The George Brathwaite Column – A Call for Direct Democracy

Generally, it is suggested that democratic politics involves public deliberation focused on the common good; it requires some form of manifest equality among citizens, and shapes the identity and interests of citizens in ways that contribute to the formation of a public conception of the common good. The great philosopher Aristotle posits that “the character […]

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News Media Invited to Ask Permission to Attend Hyatt Interlocutory Hearing in Chambers

Dear Members of the Media, As you would be aware, the hearing of my Interlocutory Application for an Interim Order suspending the grant of permission to Mr. Mark Maloney’s company pending the full hearing of my Judicial Review application, is scheduled to be held in the Chambers of Justice Randall Worrell at 9:30AM on Tuesday […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Airbnb Participants Possibly Violating Mortgage Agreement

According to a recent UK Telegraph newspaper article, almost 80,000 British home owners are earning income by renting part or all of their homes through Airbnb – ‘and this number is doubling by the year’. The popularity of the short term rentals website was boosted further in last April’s budget when the Chancellor of the […]

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The French in Bajan Politics

Those of us who refuse to navel gaze by maintaining a keen interest in global affairs would have followed the the Brexit referendum and all that ensued in the United Kingdom, followed by the elevation of Donald Trump to the presidency of the USA. Both outcomes represent outcomes not predicted by many talking heads who […]

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The Jeff Cumberbatch Column – A Perceived Evolution in Candidacy

With the minds of most Barbadians directed towards the upcoming general election campaign, some of the more recent nominations of those political parties expected to face the electorate have caused me to reflect on the evolution of the popular composition of the local political class. It was not that long ago that the traditional professional, […]

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The Caswell Franklyn Column – Robbing the Dead

My fondest wish is that these columns do not only provide an opportunity for me to vent but that they impart useful information to the public. To this end, I would like to share my experiences that could be beneficial to others. So far two of my friends have trusted me to take care of […]

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Bond Issues

by Afra Raymond One of the major issues facing the country as this recession unfolds is the pressing need to review the State Enterprise sector. A Cabinet-appointed committee, chaired by Dr Terrence Farrell, was established to examine the SOE sector, but we have no idea yet as to their recommendations. One of the hugest State […]

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NIS Reserves Projected by IMF to be Exhausted in 2037 – UPP Candidate Craig Harewood Muted by VoB

‘The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is an organization of 189 countries, working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty around the world. Created in 1945, the IMF is governed by and accountable to the 189 countries that make up its near-global […]

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Ninja Man Hypocrisy

‘We have all see the video of Ninja man being pepper sprayed. Surprisingly it has evoked public consternation. The following extract was posted to his Facebook page, he is the principal person who started the Weekend Water Warriors initiative. Does he have a point?’ – David of BU  David Davis Lets make love and caring […]

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What a Carifta Games Tragedy for Barbados

So, Barbados’ athletes  won a mere 12 medals at this year’s Carifta Games— down from last year’s total of 21, and one of our country historically lowest Carifta medal totals for many years now. But none of this should surprise us. Almost exactly one year ago I wrote an article in which I referred to […]

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David Comissiong Responds to Sinckler and Inniss and their Demagoguery

Submitted by DAVID  ANDRE  COMISSIONG Perhaps Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler  and Minister of Industry Donville Inniss could explain to us Barbadians how the process of having Mr Mark Maloney construct a  hotel at Bay Street, St Michael would boost Barbados’ reserves of foreign exchange. It would seem to me that Mr Maloney would be […]

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