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BARBADOS: Pathocracy or Democracy?

Submitted by Terence Blackett “If wealth was the inevitable result of hard work and enterprise, every woman in Africa would be a millionaire.” – George Monbiot In the book, Political Ponerology, author Andrew Lobaczewski (1921 – 2007) studies the architects, primogenitors and supporters of psychosocial repressive/oppressive political regimes.His methodological approach examines the variables that lead […]

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Caribbean Leaders Silent on Guyana Elections

Where were they when what happened in St Kitts-Nevis took place in Guyana? By Donya L. Francis a 24 year from St Kitts-Nevis, presently studying in Taiwan- (Journalism and Mass Communication) I am writing on behalf of the youths and the Kittitians and Nevisians who have similar questions. What happened in Guyana after the elections? […]

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ISIS Wanton Destruction

Submitted by Charles Knighton The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has declared war on history. In March its fighters bulldozed one of the world’s richest archaeological sites, the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud in northern Iraq, crushing colossal statues and relics that have stood since about 1200 BCE. Also in March, it released a […]

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FOI and Press Freedom

Ian Bourne worked for the traditional media and now runs the Bajan Reporter website. BU has respect for anyone who attempts to be an independent media practitioner in Barbados. His perspective as a former insider of the traditional media is always interesting.

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“Pushed”

Submitted by Margaret Harris A little boy in Barbados has died. Not in sleep or because he had an illness. He did not die like so many little boys  walking certain neighbourhoods because he was black; Barbadian boys are supposed to have a real chance at a future.

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A New Silk Road, A New Empire & An Old ‘Karibbean’

Submitted by Pachamama A total of 57 countries have joined AIIB as its founding members, China has said, throwing together countries as diverse as Iran, Israel, Britain and Laos.Among the Group of Seven (G7) industrialized countries, the United States, Japan and Canada remain absentees – Reuters   Search as we may, it is virtually impossible […]

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Stealing Water

Posted to the Unfinished Vendor Stalls at Probyn Street an Example of Government Leaking Tax dollars mention was made of a farmer who has been allowed to fill several containers with water from taps located outside Golden Square market to water his animals. BU wishes to support farmers everywhere but the market authorities have a […]

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Minister Donville Throwing Stones From Glass House

Submitted by Anthony Davis THE AMOUNT OF MONEY the University of the West Indies is spending on the ‘coronation’ of ‘king Hilary’ is of tremendous concern to Minister of Commerce Donville Inniss – Barbados Today Methinks that the members of this Government will not forgive Sir Hilary for the statement that he made about the […]

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Mentally ILL Barbadians Are Human Beings TOO!

Barbadians everywhere have been hopping on the bandwagon to express righteous indignation at the death of 12 year old Shamar Weekes. And rightly so. With only a few more days left to complete the 7-day cycle we should expect the talk shows and social media scrutiny to intensify. As a society we have become so […]

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Teen Suicide: Boys Need Help Too.

It is a tragedy for our society when any child takes his or her life. The death of 12 year old Shamar Weeks in Barbados is one more example of the many children who have committed suicide within the Caribbean region. Teen suicide is one of the major concerns for adolescents who suffer from depression […]

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Let Us Execute Please!

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) was kind enough to invite me and a large number of representatives from both the private and public sector to a half day discussion forum last week. To quote from documentation provided the objective was to ‘Maximise Bridgetown’s economic and cultural activity’ by leveraging ‘existing institutions (tangible and intangible) and infrastructure […]

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Unfinished Vendor Stalls at Probyn Street an Example of Government Leaking Tax dollars

The following photographs are of some of the unfinished vendors’ stalls located opposite the temporary market on Probyn Street (the site where the Plaza Cinema was located).

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Waste Dispute and Governance

The whole art of government consists in the art of being honest. Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail. ― Thomas Jefferson The dispute between the Waste Haulers is about to enter a second week and as the impact of the tipping fee on the public becomes […]

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Minutes of Meeting Held Between the BRA and NUPW:Customs Department to be Renamed External Taxes and Border Control Division

The decision by government to transition the Customs Department (CD) under the management of the Barbados Revenue Authority (BRA) must be carefully monitored by stakeholders. BU has no problem with the initiative to improve the efficiency at the CD.

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RUNWAY SETS LOCALS FREE

The following was submitted to BU’s Dropbox As we approach the precipice of celebrating this island’s 50th anniversary of Independence from our colonial masters, the burning question is ‘what have we really gained and at what cost?” This question is posed against the backdrop of recent developments at an enterprise located at this island’s lone […]

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Government Using Intimidatory Tactics Against Protesting Waste Haulers

Submitted by Mitchlans “The recent serving of a Town and Country Development Planning Office enforcement notice on one waste hauler and notice of a Barbados Revenue Authority audit on another has raised concerns among protesting truckers that Government is unfairly using its might against them” Nation Newspaper 15th May 2015. The hauler subjected to what […]

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Romotar Led PPP/C Booted Out of Office

Regional politicians were quick to call on former Prime Minister Denzil Douglas of St. Kitts and Nevis to jump ship when the results were obviously being suppressed. Did we hear a similar clamour directed at Romotar in the wake of the confusion in Guyana? The Caricom Secretariat is located in Georgetown for those who look […]

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IS LIME Exempt from the Laws of Barbados? Even the Barbados Courts Can’t Constrain Them!

Submitted by David Weekes I would be grateful if you would publish this for me. Last year around September 26th 2014 after going to Surepay to pay a bill, a conversation with a Surepay attendant led me to review all my bills and services with LIME. Suffice it to say, I found that I had […]

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