“Suppose” Barbados was Venezuela

Submitted by the Officers and Members, CARIBBEAN PEACE MOVEMENT
MANY OF US BARBADIANS see the images presented to us by Western corporate media houses of Venezuelan refugees streaming across the country’s borders in a flight from economic hardships, and we are only too willing to conclude that the blame for this tragic state of affairs must lie with the socialist Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
But it would do us well to engage in a little hypothetical exercise – a little exercise in “supposing”.
Let us – for example – “SUPPOSE” that our own nation of BARBADOS was:-
  1. made the subject of a Law that was enacted by the UNITED  STATES  Congress on 18th December 2014 entitled the “Barbados Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act”, that set out a framework for the application of sanctions by the powerful US Government against Barbados – sanctions pertaining to the freezing of Barbadian assets in the US and to the prohibition of the import of Barbadian goods into the US;
  2. subjected – on 24th August 2017 – to a Decree or Executive Order of the President of the United States of America prohibiting financial transactions or other forms of business between US citizens / corporations and either the Government of Barbados or any of Barbados’ statutory corporations;
  3. subjected yet again – on 19th March 2018 – to a second President Trump Executive Order imposing new sanctions prohibiting US citizens / corporations trading in or in any way permitting usage of the Barbados dollar;
  4. targeted – on 18th May 2018 – with a third President Trump Executive Order imposing even more sanctions prohibiting any transactions connected with loan financing to the Barbados Government or to any entity in which the Government of Barbados has a shareholding of 50 per cent or more;
  5. faced with – in September 2017 – the Government of CANADA enacting a “Regulation on Economic Matters” that froze the assets of specified Barbadian citizens and businesses in Canada, and prohibited any Canadian (resident anywhere in the world) from engaging in economic transactions or providing financial services to said Barbadian citizens and businesses;
  6. made the subject of three different sets of sanctions by the powerful EUROPEAN  UNION (EU) – on 13th November 2017 and 22nd January 2018 — that impose sanctions on a host of Barbadian governmental officials and institutions;
  7. targeted by the government of the UNITED  KINGDOM via the adoption by the UK government , on 15th November 2017 and on 22nd January 2018, of a number of the European Union’s sanctions against Barbados;
and “SUPPOSE” that the combined effect of all of these sanctions was to :–
  • decimate Barbados’ trade with the countries  that it most depends on for importation of consumer items – the USA, Canada, the European Union, and the UK;
  • severely restrict Barbados’ access to such goods as medicines, medical instruments, corn, wheat, soybean flour, other food items, refined oil products, chemical products, and the list goes on;
  • make it extremely difficult for “third countries” to continue to trade with Barbados;
  • decimate the value of the Barbados dollar;
  • make it near impossible for Barbados to utilize the international banking and financial system;
  • deprive Barbados of access to international credit and loans;
  • cause the bank accounts of the Central Bank of Barbados and of Barbados’ most important state enterprises to be shut down in the USA;
  • make it extremely difficult for Barbados to access and pay for imports;
and the never-ending list of negative effects goes on!
“SUPPOSE” any of this had happened to Barbados over the past four years – what would the effect have been on the Barbadian economy and on the living conditions of the Barbadian people? And would we now be witnessing Barbadian refugees fleeing Barbados for greener pastures?
Of course, we are just “supposing” where Barbados is concerned, but the “REALITY” is that these particular unilateral sanctions or coercive measures HAVE  BEEN imposed by the United States of America, Canada, the European Union, and the United Kingdom against the Government and people of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela between the 18th of December 2014 and the present day !
And, of course, when such unilateral sanctions are imposed by a State or a group of States in order to coerce another State and to provoke or bring about a change of government or some other change in its political affairs, this constitutes a breach of International Law and is therefore
 ILLEGAL !
(Please see the Resolutions of the United Nations Human Rights Council; the many UN General Assembly resolutions against the unilateral sanctions imposed by the USA on Cuba; and the numerous reports of the UN’s Independent Rapporteur on Unilateral Sanctions).
Why then, is no Western corporate media house referring to any of these sanctions when they telecast their news stories about suffering refugees fleeing from Venezuela ?
And why aren’t all those governments and institutions that claim to be committed to International legality and morality making even a token protest against such flagrant breaches of International Law and of the fundamental human rights of the people of Venezuela?
Oh, where is our morality? Where is our sense of justice? Where is our belief in fairness and truth? What has become of our sacred duty to speak truth to power, and to come to the aid of a victim of bullying and injustice?

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  • Exactly Mr. Comissiong. I will like to see what would happen to Barbados, or any other Caribbean country, that could be target of US, UE and Canada’s sanctions and economic blockade at the same time. And also, based on a bunch of lies. But the media is totally silent about that They don’t say a word about that all the Venezuelan money overseas is frozen, while the western media presstitutes, like a symphonic orchestra, spreads on a daily basis, the supposed Venezuelan exodus to other countries “fleeing the rrrrrrregime of the castro-chavista-tyrant-dictator of Maduro! All with the same paragraphs, the same script, the same words, but not a word about the African migrants-refugees that die daily in the Mediterranean Sea, fleeing the European and US invasion and violence while they loot their resources. Not a word about the Myanmar genocide. Not a word of the almost 200 Colombian social activist assassinated by Colombian paramilitaries from last January until now. Not a word of the disappearance of 43 students of Ayotzinapa, Mexico. Not a word of the ongoing execution of students in Honduras. Not a word about the Israel’s genocide of Palestinians, of the Saudi Arabia’s genocide of the Yemeni people, just this month the Saudis killed over 500 Yemeni children, etc, etc, etc. Not a word about nothing that is not convenient for the world government. The real news is that Venezuelans that are overseas are asking Maduro to send planes because they want to come back to the country, but not a word about it in the western media prestitutes.

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  • Venezuelans Ask Government For Help Returning Home https://telesurtv.net/english/index.html

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  • Comrade,

    we do not need any fiction in Bimbados. You have Maduro, we had Big Sinck, the human hurricane of the Caribbean, for TEN years.

    “decimate Barbados’ trade with the countries that it most depends on for importation of consumer items – the USA, Canada, the European Union, and the UK”

    already done thanks to Big Sinck

    “severely restrict Barbados’ access to such goods as medicines, medical instruments, corn, wheat, soybean flour, other food items, refined oil products, chemical products, and the list goes on”

    already done thanks to Big Sinck

    “make it extremely difficult for “third countries” to continue to trade with Barbados”

    already done thanks to excessive duties (is that compatible with WTO at all? I doubt very much)

    “decimate the value of the Barbados dollar”

    internal devaluation already done; have you ever been in a supermarket abroad? Barbadian food is there 30-50 % cheaper

    “make it near impossible for Barbados to utilize the international banking and financial system”

    already done thanks to our grand launderers Lashley and Donville

    “deprive Barbados of access to international credit and loans”

    WAKE UP! BARBADOS HAS DEFAULTED!

    “make it extremely difficult for Barbados to access and pay for imports”

    already done thanks to Big Sinck

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  • Supposed aint have no nose neither fingers or toes. Venezuela is an oil rich country. Every time a socialist goverment fails they seek a scapgoat, I dont see people of Afican descent in the corridors of power in Venezuela. Wonder if our new Ambassaor to CARICOM ever realised this. I bet you Muduro and his henchmen and their families are enjoying the best of everything.

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  • These jack ass Venezuelans are fooling nobody. The rich white Venezuelans still living large. It is the working class people who are seeing hell. The former attorney general of Venezuela under Chavez had to run from Venezuela. Maduro fired the Minister of Health because she acknowledged that maternal mortality was increasing. When the patience of the Chinese and Russian runs out then change may happen.

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  • sirfuzzy (i was a sheep some years ago; not a sheep anymore)

    Venezuela is close to Trinidad. its north coast is lapped by the Caribbean sea. What percentage of the county is of African descent?

    It maybe a small percentabge but i have always seen Venezuela as a country of Spanish and native mixed , and of course some white form the Spanish former colonial ruling class.

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  • Venezuela is close to Trinidad. its north coast is lapped by the Caribbean sea. What percentage of the county is of African descent?

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    Most of the slaves brought to the New World went to Spanish and Portuguese territories.

    That is a fact.

    There should be a sizeable proportion of people of African descent in Venezuela!!

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  • “About 51.6% of the population is Mestizo, while 43.6% are white of European ancestry and/or Middle Eastern ancestry. Another 3.7% is black/African, while 2.7% is of full Amerindian ancestry, and 1.0% other races ( principally Asian people).”

    I find these statistics incredible but that is what the internet says!!

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  • About 51.6% of the population is Mestizo, while 43.6% are white of European ancestry and/or Middle Eastern ancestry. Another 3.7% is black/African, while 2.7% is of full Amerindian ancestry, and 1.0% other races ( principally Asian people).
    Demographics of Venezuela – Wikipedia
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_Venezuela

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  • The explanation may be there was a large indigenous population in Venezuela at the start.

    Quite different from Barbados.

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  • A cross check of different sources confirm the Black population is single digit of the pie.

    Black Venezuelans

    They are also known as Afro-Venezuelans, and these are Venezuelans of African descent, many hailing from slaves brought into South American during the Atlantic slave trade era. They represent approximately 3.5% of the total population of the country. In the 16th Century, slaves were brought to work in the copper mines, fishing, pearl mining, and small-scale farming. This trade increased in the 18th Century but the afro-Venezuelans played a major role in the struggle for independence hence the abolition of the slave trade. Their religious practices have been adapted to the Catholic religion

    https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/ethnic-groups-in-venezuela.html

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  • I think what you will find is there are a lot of Mestizos and “White” who have African ancestry!!

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  • People are concerned about the situation in Venezuela BUT what about our brothers and sisters in Haiti. Haiti is a member of CARICOM BUT our newly elected Ambassador gives Venezuela all of his time. As bad as the situation is in Venezuela I am sure they are better off than the Haitians many still living in plastic tents.

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  • Venezuela’s slave population comprised 1.3 percent of the total slave trade in the New World, compared with 38.1 percent for Brazil, 7.3 percent for Cuba, and 4.5 percent for the United States (Brandt 1978, 8).

    https://kwekudee-tripdownmemorylane.blogspot.com/2012/11/african-descendants-in-venezuela-afro.html

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    America received about 3 to 4 times as many slaves as Venezuela.

    But Venezuela was receiving from the 1500’s, most of the slaves taken to America were taken after 1795 for Cotton.

    There is probably a lot more mixing in Venezuela.

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  • Suppose the Caribbean Peace Movement were to speak the truth.

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  • Uruguay may be a better left wing example than Venezuela.

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  • In the age of the internet the dishonesty of people like Commissiong is easy to refute.

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  • Anne what a load of bull s.hit. Do u not understand not only are those people straving for everfay necessities but starving fir the right to speak the truth about the Venezuelan govt
    Haitian can vote out there govt but the people of venezuela are stuck with a govt that are more interested in fighting an anti america war ( a war which they can never win) than to fight a war against poverty a war which govt has all but brought to bear on the poor because of govt policies

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  • Ping Pong’s is a surprising position to take on the Venezuelan situation.
    Bushie is surprised that ANYONE – far less Ping Pong, would expect anything different.
    Venezuela sits on 20% of the world’s old reserves. the uninitiated would see this as an asset, however those with eyes to see would know that this is a guarantee of misery for the local population with only a few options in terms of the kind of misery they would choose to suffer.

    It was either they hand the resources over to the albino-centrics to be exploited while the locals live off the scraps and do the dirty work for pittance – which is like the Bajan way with Sandals for example.

    …or they suffer local scum who hoard billions in Swiss bank accounts while leaving the country is third world levels of development and working in cahoots with the albino-centric oil barons – like we see in Nigeria

    ….or they endure fake wars and invasions by the albino-centrics under fake pretences such as weapons of mass destruction, chemical weapons, or atrocities against it peoples …like happened to Iraq, Libya and Syria

    —or – like Venezuela, they try to make alliances with Russia, China or some OTHER albino-centrics – who are the enemies of the usual suspects… while trying to provide handouts to their brass bowl populations…

    When these albino-centrics impose trade sanctions, bans on the sales of repair parts, withhold your assets, and other much more blatant form of national intimidation, even countries such as Iraq and Libya that previously enjoyed world class living standards – beyond anything that we know… fall into poverty and anarchy…

    These Venezuelan people are VICTIMS of albino-centric greed and spitefulness….who envy their inheritances of oil.
    How can we be blaming the victims here?

    What should they have done? …. like Barbados the way that we bent over to Sandals and applied our own vaseline?

    Actually, it would have been MUCH better for Venezuela if, like Barbados, they had pretended that they did not find the damn oil underground, and they had allowed their people to live in peace and contentment with the basics of life…

    All that glitters is not gold.

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  • All that was needed to destroy Veneuela was Chavez and Maduro.

    Perhaps the two were planted by the US!!

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  • The ignorant parasite Commissiong has excelled himself with this revisionary drivel (LYING).

    He is just like his Komrade commie the monster Jezza Corbyn – everything is everyone else’s fault other than their failed Communism – and especially whitey’s, and anything to destroy civilization, and promote their unholy creed is good..

    I wonder this man is given space on a decent blog, and if ever there was an opportunity to cut the taxpayers’ burden, he is a perfect starting point.

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  • Different Day Same Communist Spew…

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  • Many here are Already Aware of Commie Sing Song’s Ploy to ‘Make Barbados a Socialist/Communist Hell Hole like Venezuela!’ We are a little over 600 miles away, when She Quakes we feel her Tremors.

    Dangerous Man…in an Persuasive Role…

    “Communist Man of the year announced…

    Coordinator of the Caribbean Chapter of the International Network in Defense of Humanity, David Commissiong…”

    This Description is a Deception

    https://i2.wp.com/www.barbadostoday.bb/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/DavidXcomissiong.jpg?resize=350%2C200&ssl=1

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  • sirfuzzy (i was a sheep some years ago; not a sheep anymore)

    Here is an example of playing by the rule and not winning; but worst thinking that you stood a chance of wining. And even worst done know that you are losing. Madness defn can be apllied here.

    Guyana be careful u are just next door. Oil wealth does not automatically mean you will get to spend it on your people or priorities. You need to invest this money the portion you get to keep on the industries that are of substance and not irrelevance.

    But i am sure sure “albino centric” advisor(s) will convince a future govt leader(s) to take the first step on the road to perdition and encourage you with each step taken until u have completely gone of the reservation and into some ditch’ that was pre-dug to fit your perfectly. Then ofer you help on their terms?

    Hopeful you will have good common sense to make some decisions that help your ppl and not hurt them; but greed and corruption is often a terminal disease(cause not body is actively spending any time researching its cure).

    My only concern is that what is good for Guyana maybe bad for Trinidad and there will be a struggle in the Southern Caribbean. He who was once king and flaunted its economic power may not want to relinquish top stop and “know his or here place as a new king is born” and coronated. But time will tell. Some sign are being written that shows Tdad is on its way down; again time will tell

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  • The blogmaster has always been sympathetic to Venezuela’s plight. Once they went anti USA- even before Chavez- it could have been forecast to be a downhill ride from there. This was is a country where there is a gulf between the haves and have nots.

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  • On March 11, 2018, Mr Commissiong posted on BU a plea to local journalists to visit Venezuela and see the situation for themselves.

    https://barbadosunderground.net/2018/03/11/barbadian-media-houses-must-go-to-venezuela-and-see-for-themselves/

    In that plea he asserted that the migration of Venezuelans to Colombia was a “homecoming” of sorts in order to earn foreign currency.

    “And this, in turn, has led to some of the Venezuelan people — one third of whom were actually born in neighbouring Colombia or have direct family ties in Colombia — to travel back and forth across Venezuela’s border with Colombia to either shop in Colombia or to work for temporary periods (thereby earning currency with higher purchasing power) before returning to their permanent homes in Venezuela. This migrant phenomenon has been propagandistically portrayed as a “refugee crisis” by the Western media.”

    This was in March. So now what has changed in September?

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  • What is happening in Venezuela has reached a point where we have to set ideological positions aside. It has descended to a humanitarian concern. Where do we go from here Ambassador?

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  • Where do we go from here? Give less of the oxygen of publicity to Commission would be a start.

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  • @ David
    It almost seems to make sense to accede to the greed of the international powers-that-be and try to maximise the scraps that fall to your people – RATHER than try to go after the full benefits that natural resources appear to offer to the country.

    It is a catch 22 position for leaders, and it becomes complicated because of the political pressures to live like the first world albino-centrics once the citizens become aware that these resources exists….

    If our lives and very definition of success revolves around money and things, then this dilemma will always face leaders -and the limited options (ALL BAD) will continue to haunt us all…

    Venezuela is just another extreme case of what ails Barbados …and most other third world countries.

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  • @ David …it is unlikely that you are a young man so you would have seen Stuff and should have Understood by now that the Left always finds an Enemy and that is what the Venezuelan Government did Even though America did not interfere!

    When America Does Not gets involved in the Domestic Scene of a Country it looks like Venezuela.

    When they do get involved in the Domestic Affairs of a Country it looks like Grenada and Panama!

    Remember when America saved Grenada from the Cuban takeover of Grenada and in Panama when they got rid of Noriega?

    When you Choose the Socialist Path that is the Fruit Borne of Socialism/Communism.

    When you Choose the Path of more Freedom Prosperity for all Ensues!

    We in Barbados now have a Situation where the Previous Administration has brought the Country to its Knees…Did America Cause that too or was it Socialist Policies?

    David you are an Avid Socialist because you are once again looking for an enemy to PUT THE BLAME ON!

    The Venezuelan people Choose this Path when they first Elected Chavez…it was good for a while until they Squandered all the money….Chavez Daughter is the Richest person in Venezuela and Now the have Cubans running the Oil Industry and they know nothing about Oil…

    Everything is Collapsing; Inflation is at a Million Percent. Besides eating out of Garbage there is now no water in the taps.

    It is okay to feel for the Venezuelan people but you need to understand that with Choices comes Consequences.

    Socialist would have you believe you can get everything you want foe Free without Consequences until Reality Hits…then they say NOT US THEM (US) DO IT!

    We hay had Sh.. Flowing in the Streets for Almost Two Years…That is what the Ideology of Socialism Brings as its Fruits…SH…IN DE STREET and your Buddy Commie Sing Song wishing more Socialism on All of us in the Caribbean!

    Even if Commie Sing Song Done WAKE UP David YOU SHOULD!!

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  • “Venezuela is just another extreme case of what ails Barbados …and most other third world countries.”

    What You and Most Avoid like the Plague that what we All have in Common …Is SOCIALISM>>>>A PROCESS OF ROT & DECAY!!

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  • Bush Tea

    Maybe Maduro thinks that he can “out albino” the albinos!

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  • @Bush Tea

    Greed continues to be the achilles heel of humankind. We have the ridiculous state of affairs where the root problem is ignored because of political expediency.

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  • Freedom Crier,

    Do you believe in Compassionate Conservatism?

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  • @Freedom Crier!

    I say Amen to you. Commissiong is either a Barbadian or a Socialist, but he can’t be both. So it’s time as they say to: “sh_t or get off the pot”

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  • @ Ping Pong
    Maduro is clearly an idiot of the Froon ilk.

    If little Barbados could have been saddled (and decimated) by such a clown for 9 long years, why are we surprised that Venezuela – challenged with envious eyes on their fantastic reserves, could be similarly burdened?

    Chavez obviously selected Maduro for the IDENTICAL reason that David Thompson selected Froon….
    …as a harmless idiot who was intellectually incapable of being a serious challenge to his leadership…

    Then they both up and died strangely…..

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  • @ David
    Greed continues to be the achilles heel of humankind
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    Greed is not humankind’s achilles heel.
    It is our” raison d’être”.
    It is how we define ourselves.

    The idiots who champion Capitalism are typical of this condition – defining ‘success’ as the accumulation of material shiite…
    The idiots who champion socialism also define ‘success’ as THEIR right to share the materialistic shiite pie
    It is who we ARE…
    albino-centric to the core.

    Real success, on the other hand, is so foreign to us that we would probably crucify any brass bowl bush man who comes preaching THAT message…

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  • David…”Greed continues to be the achilles heel of humankind. We have the ridiculous state of affairs where the root problem is ignored because of political expediency.”

    Ever Heard of “Thou Shalt Not Envy”…That is what Socialist Ideology and RUSE is Built on… By the Consent of the Governed of Robing Peter to Pay Paul while taking Most of the what is Confiscated Via Taxation.

    TAXATION is NOT BENEVOLENCE it is THEFT!

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  • The same greed that has decimated Venezuela is the same greed that would decimated Barbados
    The name Barbados is being slurred having people in places of power having no regard for the rule of law

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  • sirfuzzy (i was a sheep some years ago; not a sheep anymore)

    The real issue is not socialism or communist or capitalism or any isms. it is the behaviour of the few(leadership) and their willingness to be corrupted. If Chave’sz daughter is so rich and many other so poor. Does that mean the socialism is at fault?

    I am sure many nation has this same scenario. The isms are not to blame. its the willingness to be corrupted and/or the thirst for power that is usually at fault. We seem to don’t understand that “fallen/corrupted” man has made these system. This same fallen man make them work or make them fail. If i were a communist leader i would do my best to make any any ism fail as its success is a direct assault om my communism and may put me under pressure as others look at other ism.

    Venezuekla is to right to have soo many por ppl. and it no ism that is to blame. its leaders and rhe CORRUPT-ISM that is at fault.

    JMO

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  • sirfuzzy (i was a sheep some years ago; not a sheep anymore)

    The real issue is not socialism or communist or capitalism or any isms. it is the behaviour of the few(leadership) and their willingness to be corrupted. If Chavez’s daughter is so rich and many other so poor. Does that mean the socialism is at fault?

    I am sure many other nation have this same scenario. The isms are not to blame. its the willingness to be corrupted and/or the thirst for power that is usually at fault. We seem to don’t understand that “fallen/corrupted” man has made these system. This same fallen man make them work or make them fail. If i were a communist leader i would do my best to make any other ism fail as its success is a direct assault on my communism and may put me under pressure as others look at other ism. Thus he need to sabotage other isms.

    Venezuela is to oil rich to have soo many poor ppl. and its not prefix-ISMS that is to blame. its leaders and the CORRUPTed-ISM that is at fault.

    JMO

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  • The above article just completely ignores the actions of the Maduro, and previously the Chavez Government, in bringing their own country to the position that it is in, with their complete disregard for human rights, broken economic policies, rampant corruption, and evolution of the Government from democratic to autocratic rule. Please don’t try and say that there have been free and fair elections in Venezuela in recent times. Oh, and no mention of the Venezuelan Military and Government Ruling Elites’ involvement in turning Venezuela into a narco-trafficking state:

    https://www.insightcrime.org/investigations/drug-trafficking-venezuelan-regime-cartel-of-the-sun/

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/dec/14/venezuela-maduro-cilia-flores-nephews-drug-deal-prison

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  • Diet of Socialism since we have had Breath.

    They are so many Struggling in Barbados,

    So many can’t make ends meet.

    Even if you have a Berry today the Government takes it tomorrow.

    The fundamental Belief of Socialism is to take what belongs to one man by the FORCE of LAW and give it to others while taking the majority for you. This way if you get everybody involved they can’t object. In fact they may even encourage it and that is the Gospel of Envy and Against the Commandments that one should not Covet or Steal.

    Do What Is Right & Let The Consequences Follow!!

    Interesting Meme below what people think Socialism is Fair compared to Evil Capitalism…

    The Reality!

    https://pcbushi.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/0-qzwdjjyg9zdfhv8u.jpg?w=600&h=600

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  • @Ping Pong Its a coincidence that I watched that video on Uruguay yesterday. Notice the similarities between Uruguay and Barbados. i.e service based economy, relatively small population, relatively high wages. Uruguay, however diversified its economy to expand its trade prospects so it wouldn’t be tied to Argentina anymore. It did what Barbados should be doing be doing now which is to expand services and intangibles to include ITC and software development sectors (we can eport these to Africa and other emerging markets) and gaming and animation. This would require reinvesting in and reforming the education system however to be more based on science technology.
    It also encourage foreign investment by designating tax-free low regulation zones like China did. This encourages private sector led growth.

    It also conducted good foreign policy by signing trade deals with the right countries.

    However like just Barbados Uruguay also has one problem, a public sector which is too large and could cause it to run into trouble in the future.

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  • Our public service did not have to be large if our educational system had taught the basic skills of entrepreneurship
    Now what we have are a nation of sluggers with no other options but to lean on govt for jobs.
    The older generation had set an economic path built on a mold of self sufficiency but for whatever reasons the movers and shakers of Barbados economy remove the goal post and replace it with a mentality of cup in hand at the whiteman door resulting in a shiftless and lazy attitude by our people

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  • Mariposa September 6, 2018 11:44 AM
    “Barbados economy remove the goal post and replace it with a mentality of cup in hand at the whiteman door resulting in a shiftless and lazy attitude by our people”.

    Almost there However you Missed the Mark…

    Socialism Impoverishes Everyone Except those who Rule.

    Governments make no money they only Spend money, that is why Socialist Governments love Businesses, that way they depend on Entrepreneurs to build businesses and to employ people so that they can TAX them so that they can live HIGH ON THE HOG!

    This Elitist in the world, live off the Sweat of others through Taxation and Manipulation.

    In Barbados 2/3 of the money collected by Government is paid towards debt and 1/3 is paid to the Government Bureaucracy. Where do you think the 100% comes from? -It comes from off the backs of those working who are mostly oblivious to the amount extracted from them by the numerous forms of Assessments, Duties, Levy’s, and Exercise forms of Taxation!

    Promises, Promises, Promises… All Politicians do is promise more entitlements and when buying votes it’s all about Free Stuff. Then you vote for them and you reap the world wind as often times because of careless spending since it’s not their money. 1/3 pays all the Civil Servants and the few amenities that Government provides.

    How long do you think that Parasitical Entity can feed off we the people? It depends on the Organism as to how much it feeds. The real aim of Full Blown Socialism is the Control and Extraction of the Wealth of the People, every aspect of what others own. It’s aims at Complete Authoritarianism in Government.

    No individual is to own anything. Everything belongs to the state. All properties, utilities, industries, and persons are to be owned by the entire body politic, represented by the government. A good example is what is happening in Venezuela or Barbados… do you own your house? Even after we are deceased our inheritors continue paying Taxes.

    What Ripple effects are we witnessing of such Control? The Parasites who Rule fatten themselves while everyone else literally starve. The have sucked so much out of their people in Barbados that the host is dying.

    “The Problem with Socialist is that they eventually run out of others people’s money”. Margaret Thatcher.

    We cannot trust a System that is feeding off the people. Socialism is simply Governmental ownership and management of the essential means for the production and distribution of goods. That is why Government should be limited to what we the people deem absolutely necessary.

    Government is supposed to represent and protect the people not Leech off them”! They are supposed to be the People’s Representatives however they have made themselves the people’s Masters and thus the people have become Serfs!

    We Exist to Feed their Edicts!!

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  • sirfuzzy (i was a sheep some years ago; not a sheep anymore)

    Freedom Crier September 6, 2018 11:50 AM

    Mariposa September 6, 2018 11:44 AM
    “Barbados economy remove the goal post and replace it with a mentality of cup in hand at the whiteman door resulting in a shiftless and lazy attitude by our people”.

    Almost there However you Missed the Mark…

    Socialism Impoverishes Everyone Except those who Rule.

    I read what u wrote; so what man made isms will be he perfect solution?. Or if not man made or devised what’s the solution?

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  • Free Market Capitalism With less Burdensome Regulations…The Trump Effect That is Making America Great!!

    And liberatards cheered when Michelle Obama’s was only then proud to be an American, in 2008.

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  • @Mariposa Our Education system DOES teach the basic skills of entrepreneurship. CXC teaches Principles of business and Principles of Accounts where you have to set up a viable business plan on your own. Management of business is also taught at cape with its own practical assignments.

    The student councils at a number of schools (and a certain one in particular) set up small business ventures, supervised by teaches to raise funds for their school instead of giving out sponsor sheets. This is carried out bu business students.

    The problems with our education system is not the lack of entrepreneurship classes or extra curricular activities, there are plenty of those. The problem with our education system is that parts of it is outdated. We should be reforming the 11 plus system to make it more relevant to the 21st century, we should be teaching coding in schools from as early as primary school and preparing the kids for jobs of the future. At SJPP we should be pushing 3d printing and preparing people to be at the cutting edge. Education curricula should be reviewd every 10 years to ensure that it not totally irrelevant and outdated. That is why I thought and still thing that edutech was and is still the right thinking and idea despite its bad execution.

    The real problem with entrepreneurship in Barbados is the ease of doing business. e are currently ranked 1322 in the world by the orld banks ease of doing business report. Some people might thing that the “ease of doing business” might be just for rich white men but you are wrong it affects smaller black owned businesses more since rich white men can pay the bribes to cut through the red tape smaller business cant. Ease of doing business report by the world bank also spoke abot the inability of start ups in Barbados to access capital funding. The new government is trying to get around this by providing 10 million for trust loans of $5,000 each and a $10,000 second loan if yo repay

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2018/07/02/sutherland-new-10m-loan-fund-to-be-operational-by-month-end/

    But this does not go far enough. We need to also facilitate peer to peer lending and create a culture of crowd sourcing.

    On the ease of doing business side the new government is also setting up a project to digitize all government records this shop speed up the process when dealing with government. But there is one problem to carry out this project they would need a few million dollars in funding from the IADB or the CDB and they cant unlock that until a sing a deal with the IMF. So maybe star later this year? idk

    Modernizing town and country planning will also help.

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2018/06/15/changes-to-be-made-to-town-planning-act-prime-minister/

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2018/07/20/less-time-to-get-a-building-permit/

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  • Freedom Crier u miss the point of my comment
    A society that is not prepared to compete in a sophisticated modern and progressive world and lacking the skills to do so would first stumble trying to keep up and eventually fail
    It all goes back to education and what we are taught
    Take a look at China abd hiw tge world is falling at their feet

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  • @Backooful Jack

    I agree with you that Uruguay has some lessons for us in Barbados. However, the country that I think has much more useful lessons for us is Iceland.

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  • Why are we dispensing so much energy on this sterile Marxist/capitalist debate? This is passe. Barbados is a mixed economy. The debate never was of any relevance to our evolving economic and social system. There is a temporary disequilibrium which we should be working feverishly to correct.

    Barbados is not Venezuela and never will be. Our development path is different.

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  • :”Blame it on the Rain”!!!

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  • Blogmaster, my name has been corrupted. How?

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