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Felicia Browne,
Human and Gender Justice Advisor
Caribbean Mentorship Institute

Rape is NOT Her Fault

Rape is not the fault of the victim. For many years, women and girls have been held responsible for the actions of their violators. In some cases, the victims are seen as contributors to the violent acts that they endured at the hands of their perpetrators. The social stigmatization associated with rape and other forms […]

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Vishnu Bisram

Afro-Guyanese Blocked by PPP from being Elected President

Submitted by Rickford Burke
Bisram’s diatribe amplifies the PPP’s tactics to block an Afro-Guyanese from being elected President

Vishnu Bisram, a Queens based pseudo pollster, in a letter published in the Guyana Times on March 1, 2015, alleged that I’m a racist because I established that his party – the PPP, traditionally practices racism against Afro-Guyanese but pretends to love us at election time. If he thinks that condemning the PPP’s oppression of black people in Guyana makes me a racist, then so be it. I wear that label as a badge of honor.

Bisram said my assertion that when President Cheddie Jagan died, Prime Minister Sam Hinds, an Afro-Guyanese, was eviscerated to allow a none-black to take over the presidency, is a fabrication. He also claimed that Mrs. Harper’s selection as the PPP’s prime ministerial candidate demonstrates the PPP’s “multiracial politics.”

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Canadian Banks Struggling in the Caribbean

One of Canada’s largest newspapers The Globe and Mail published an unflattering story last week titled Trouble in Paradise: Inside Canadian banks’ billion-dollar Caribbean struggle. It comes at a time the government of Barbados has been telling Barbadians the economy is on the bounce. It is no secret the three sectors which drive the economy […]

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Afra Raymond

Integrity Reflections

Originally posted on AfraRaymond.com:
This column sets out my reasons for seriously questioning the motivation and priorities of the Integrity Commission. Despite my doubts as to the way in which successive Commissions have operated the Integrity in Public Life Act (IPLA), I have continued to offer suggestions as to how their work could be…

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Rickford Burke

Guyana’s PPP Selects Afro-Guyanese Elizabeth Harper as a Candidate in Upcoming General Elections

Submitted by Rickford Burke, PRESIDENT CARIBBEAN GUYANA INSTITUTE FOR DEMOCRACY (CGID)

Selection of Elisabeth Harper cannot conceal racism and corruption in the PPP’s DNA

Guyana’s ruling People’s Progressive Party’s (PPP) seems to have come down with schizophrenia over the merger of Guyana’s two main opposition parties, the APNU and AFC, and is in panic.  The two opposition parties formed a coalition and will contest the May 11, 2015 general elections as a single party.

The PPP’s panic is not misplaced. The coalition portends an end of the racist and corrupt PPP regime. Combined, the APNU and AFC garnered a majority of votes in the last general elections held in 2011.  Consequently they captured control of the Parliament, rendering the PPP a minority government.

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Made in Haiti

Thanks Jehovah Haiti is on the Rebound

Submitted by the Mahogany Coconut Watchdog Group and Think Tank

Five years after the devastating earthquake, that would have totally destroyed most other Caribbean countries, our Haitian brothers and sisters are slowly, and we are convinced surely, rebuilding their society. As always, the aid promised has not all be forthcoming and the spectre of corrupt practices still looms, but we hasten to add that these maladies are not unique after such destruction and chaos. There will always be those humans and organizations, both private and public, who will exploit human suffering for their own greed and nefarious ambitions.

Not to be overwhelmed by these negatives, we are witnessing the great resilience of the Haitian people as they press ahead with nation rebuilding. Our sources in New York reliably inform us, that some commodities are already reaching the market place with the proud stamp: Made in Haiti. We are also reliably informed that: manufacturing, mining, agriculture and fisheries are getting some assistance and creating new jobs. The telecom company DIGICEL, has poured one billion dollars into the telecom infrastructure. Haitian workers are now producing/making computer tablets at an encouraging pace! The tourism planners are moving swiftly to tap into the 25 million tourists who visit the Caribbean annually.

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Caribbean Court of Justice

Barbados and CCJ in a Tiff

One of the most controversial court decisions handed down by the United States of America Supreme Court is Roe v.Wade in 1973. To this day the decision continues to stoke public debate about the license humans should be given to determine when to abort the life of an unborn child. It is also interesting to note one of the highest courts in the United Kingdom – still the final court of appeal for the majority of former British colonies – allows Dissenting Opinions by the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.

In 2001 the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) was established. It is the original original jurisdiction to translate and arbitrate matters arising from the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramus. Many suggest it is unfortunate only Barbados, Belize and Guyana so far, are the countries to recognize the CCJ in its appellate jurisdiction.

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West Indies Cricket Continues to Slide

The decision by the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) to withdraw support for Joel Garner and back countryman Dave Cameron confirms the crisis West Indies cricket finds itself. Cameron has presided over the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) at a time when a West Indies team had to abandon a recent tour of India speaks volumes. The end result of the failed tour to India is that the WICB has been in grovel mode to resolve the issue with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) who is understandably upset at an out of pocket position of USD42 million.

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Unexplained Delay of Elections Results in St. Kitts and Nevis Dubious

Submitted by CARIBBEAN GUYANA INSTITUTE FOR DEMOCRACY (CGID)

NEW YORK: The New York based Caribbean Guyana Institute for Democracy (CGID) has condemned the unexplained delay in the declaration of elections results in St. Kitts and Nevis. The Caribbean island nation went to the polls in general elections yesterday, February 16, 2015.

CGID President Rickford Burke in a statement Tuesday said “It is utterly unacceptable that almost twenty-four hours after the people of St. Kitts and Nevis exercised their franchise to select a new government, there seems to be a deliberate effort to delay the election results.” 

The unexplained delay has justifiably engendered confusion and speculation of apparent dubious motives; including an attempt to undermine the democratic process by impeding the expressed will of the people,” he contended.

Burke said that from pronouncements by the Prime Minster of Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves; St Kitts and Nevis opposition Unity Party Leader, Dr. Timothy Harris, as well as several press reports, it appears that the opposition Unity Party has defeated the ruling Labor Party lead by Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas.

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Afra Raymond

Carlton Savannah Swirl

Originally posted on AfraRaymond.com:
The escalating episode of the apparent conflict between the oversight of Parliament and the Courts in this matter is a real learning experience for us all. I am clear that the Speaker spoke on Friday 23 January 2015 with the intention to convey that the High Court had sent him…

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Mariano Browne

AUDIO: 95 Mandate interview on i95.5FM – 6 Feb 2015

Originally posted on AfraRaymond.com:
Afra Raymond is interviewed on the ‘95 Mandate‘ show on i95.5FM with Ardene Sirjoo and Mariano Browne about the continuing impact of the CL Financial bailout on the economy and the pending Colman Commission report. 6 February 2015. Audio courtesy i95.5FM Programme Date: Sunday, 6 February 2015 Programme Length: 1:06:41

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Neval Greenidge

Whistleblower Policy Needed–Former CLICO Executives Speak Out

The failure of CLICO and other failures in the Eastern Caribbean require regional governments to implement a whistleblower policy. It is evident regional regulators are more committed to managing within national boundaries therefore pan Caribbean companies will continue to be a challenge. BU believes a whistleblower program facilitated by Caricom can act as an ancillary mechanism to  support the function of moribund regional regulators. The lack of labour mobility in the Caribbean means individuals are not motivated to risk personal financial hardship and victimization in the name of doing what is ethical and moral.

The following comments were posted in another forum by individuals purporting to be Neval Greenidge and Larry Davis, both former CLICO  executives. There is always the case to question the motives of former employees in a situation like the one unravelling with CLICO. In light of what has transpired all actors who played a part should be clinically interrogated to accurately piece together the truth behind the demise of CLICO Barbados Holdings and subsidiary companies.

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Leroy Parris

Leroy Parris and the $3.333 Million Payment

The news that the Deloitte Judicial Manager has taken action to recover $3.3. million dollars paid to Leroy Parris via Thompson & Associates has flushed out Laroy Parris and his credentialed lawyers Hal Gollop QC and Vernon Smith QC. BU will not be side-tracked by the theatre that will be orchestrated around this matter about how $3.3 millions dollars found its way into the deep pocket of former Executive Chairman of CLICO Leroy Parris. What some of us want to know is if there is consensus the invoice generated to support the $3.3. million payment is legitimate and whether taxes and relevant laws have been honoured. Does Parris and his lawyers dispute the findings of Deloitte Judicial Forensic Report on the matter?

To pursue a clinical approach to discovering truth and justice in the matter of CLICO and the $3.3. million dollar payment we highlight Walter Blackman’s intervention posted on another blog Speaker Michael Carrington and Deputy Speaker Mara Thompson Drag the Highest Court in the Land Into the Gutter.

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CL Financial

Mariano Browne to Interview Afra Raymond on the CL Financial Bailout

Blogger extraordinaire Trinidadian Afra Raymond will be hosted on The 95 Mandate on i95.5 FM radio talk show Friday 6 February 2015 at 10AM to discuss CL Financial bailout.

The 95 Mandate talk show is hosted by Mariano Browne a well known personage to Barbadians whose bio records he was CEO of Caribbean Commercial Bank, a CL Financial owned company and former PNM minister of finance. It is no secret Mariano Browne was fired by Lawrence Duprey as CEO of Caribbean Commercial Bank. As a former CL Financial insider he offers a unique insight into the workings of CL Financial, parent of CLICO.

The coming together of Raymond and Browne promises to be an informative occasion.

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