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Colm Imbert

Minister of Finance and the Economy vs. Afra Raymond – Keith Rowley Protecting Persad-Bissessar and CL Financial Group

BU’s read of the following is simple, the political class is the same everywhere, they are wont to protect their own. What is interesting in this case is that transparency laws are on the statute books in Trinidad and Tobago. Why would the recently installed Rowley PNM government not want to be transparent about how […]

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Philando Castile and Alton Sterling

Caribbean Governments Must Intervene In Defense of our African-American Brothers and Sisters

INTERNATIONAL  NETWORK  IN  DEFENSE  OF  HUMANITY (CARIBBEAN  CHAPTER) PAN- AFRICAN  COALITION  OF  ORGANIZATIONS (PACO) JOINT  STATEMENT   CARIBBEAN  GOVERNMENTS  MUST  INTERVENE  IN  DEFENSE  OF  OUR  AFRICAN- AMERICAN  BROTHERS  AND  SISTERS! The murders, earlier this month, of two young African-American men — Philando Castile and Alton Sterling — by white American police officers, should bring home […]

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Report of the Commission of Inquiry Surrounding the Assassination of Dr. Walter Rodney, RELEASED

The above [below] is a digitalized text of an “unofficial” printed copy of the Commission of Inquiry Report on the death of Dr. Walter Rodney which occurred on the evening of June 13, 1980 in Georgetown, Guyana. The text for this version is transcribed from a printed copy similar to that submitted to the Guyana […]

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David Comissiong, President, Clement Payne Movement

The David Comissiong Column – Time To Heed PAULE MARSHALL’S Message To Barbados

Over the past sixty years, Paule Marshall – the famous 87 year old Barbadian/American female writer – has been trying  to deliver a very important message to the Barbadian, Caribbean and African-American people through her impressive suite of novels – Brown Girl, Brownstones; The Chosen Place, The Timeless People; Praisesong for the Widow; and Daughters. […]

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Poor Leadership by the Managerial Class Eroding Gains

Submitted by the Mahogany Coconut Group The Mahogany Coconut Group has long suggested that the entire English speaking Caribbean, is in a state of very poor governance and unless new leaders emerge the prognosis for any real and sustainable development is extremely poor. There are those who believe that all of our problems are the […]

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CL Financial Was Too Big to Fail or is it Too Many Bigshots to Jail

Trinidad based Afra Raymond continues to be the strident voice in the region asking for transparency concerning the bailout of CL Financial the parent of CLICO Holdings Limited and several other subsidiaries. Listen to Afra Raymond being interviewed by Rennie Bishop on 107.7FM on Sunday 12, June 2016 after the intervention of Lawrence Duprey, and […]

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Afra Raymond

Private State?

In Privacy Pros and Cons, I considered the Parliamentary debate around the recent SSA Amendment Bill. Most of that debate seemed to be concerned with the limits on the rights of citizens to privacy, but my concern was that there was precious little comfort being offered in terms of the secret conduct of our public […]

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The Business Blog – Sagicor Votes to Redomicile

Sagicor formerly the Mutual Society will vote to redomicile to Bermuda from Barbados tomorrow (8/06/2016). To carry the resolution will require 66.66% of the shareholder vote. For some Barbadians the decision to redomicile Sagicor is another key performance indicator that confirms a tanking economy.  In a nutshell, the 175 year old Bajan company will soon […]

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Afra Raymond

Board Games – part 2

The previous article prompted a series of extremely interesting responses, so I will continue this examination of the State Controlled Agencies. That phrase includes State-owned Enterprises (such as UDECOTT, Caribbean Airlines and EFCL) and Statutory Agencies (like WASA, TTEC, CDA, PATT and HDC).Some sharp objections were made to my comparison of the relation between the […]

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Lawrence Duprey

CL Financial Bailout – Duprey’s Story: SIFI vs PIFI

On Sunday 22nd May 2016, the front-page story in this newspaper was headlined ‘We will pay it back‘. That article featured very interesting quotes from former CL Financial Executive Chairman, Lawrence Duprey as well as the Minister of Finance & the Economy, Colm Imbert, on the prospects for repayment of the huge sums of Public […]

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Dr.Tennyson Joseph Rubbishes Peter Wickham’s CADRES

Barbados based pollster Peter Wickham of CADRES has drawn the ire of UWI, Cave Hill Lecturer Dr. Tennyson Joseph. A recent CADRES poll has determined that the St. Lucia general elections called for 6 June 2015 too close to call. St. Lucian Joseph served briefly as the Administrative Attaché to the Prime Minister of St. […]

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Afra Raymond

Board Games

Reblogged from AfraRaymond’s Website. The recent controversy over the dismissal of Dennise Demming as Chair of the Tourism Development Company (TDC) has sparked yet another round of debate on the role and operation of State-owned-Enterprises (SoEs). Some of the issues which have arisen are – What is the purpose of these SoEs? How do the […]

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Afra Raymond

Privacy Pros & Cons

The recent high-level of public concern over the SSA Amendment Bill was of limited concern to me, until I started listening properly. In the event, the proposed law was passed by the Parliament and there is some threat from the Opposition of a lawsuit to test its constitutionality. We will see. Two very interesting stances […]

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The Business Blog – Offshore Sector Sends Mixed Signal Post Panama Papers Scandal

We often blame poor communication by stakeholders in society and a lack of investigative reporting by local media houses. The result is that the people are left to ponder where is the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth. On the 15 April 2016 the Panama Papers scandal was born. In the week […]

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Business as Usual Approach by Caribbean Leaders a Worry

The following Editorial was written by the Dr. Malcom Grant who is the founder of the popular Facebook Group SURVIVING OUR HARSH ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT (SOHEE 20,806 members). I just have this uneasy feeling in “my bones” with regards to the future of OUR children and their children, here in the Caribbean. THIS IS NOT THE […]

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Are Citizenship by Investment Programmes Sustainable?

Reposted from the Caribbean Trade Law and Development website. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) in its end of mission press release following its recently concluded Article IV Consultation mission in St. Kitts & Nevis highlighted that strong construction activity, driven in part by large real estate projects funded under the island’s Citizenship by Investment (CBI) […]

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CL Financial Bailout – Duprey’s Gambit

Last week we learned that Lawrence Duprey and his fellow CL Financial shareholders are victims of a badly-handled bailout. According to the Duprey version, the State must halt all asset disposals a… Source: CL Financial Bailout – Duprey’s Gambit

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Cuba Rising

Posted to the Suck Salt blog Mainstream media is describing today’s visit by a U.S. cruise ship to Cuba as historic. This visit, as well as other events, are a clear sign that relations between the U.S. and Cuba continue to warm up. Recall: 2008 Fidel hands over power to Raul, 2009 Obama Lifts Travel […]

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