Barbadians are rightly concerned about a rise in violent crime, specifically with guns. Those in charge see it as a duty to paper over concerns because it is about maintaining calm in the society. Overall crime statistics may be trending satisfactorily for those whose job description should depend BUT there is is rising concern by the public about violent crime, specifically gun crime. A significant rise in the number of murders since 2018 has caused tongues to wag.
There are some issues we have to regard of national importance and work together to solve. While working together there must be leadership at every level to ensure the change desired is achieved. Do we have the right leaders in place as the Attorney General, Commissioner of Police, Chief Justice, Director of Public Prosecutions, Director of Welfare department, Director of Probation department, Dodds, GIS, Minister of Education – the list is not exhaustive. This is on the enforcement and rehabilitation side of the equation to curb acts of crime; recidivism.
There is more we are obligated to do. A chain is as strong as the weakest link. Each link represents YOU, YOU and YOU. We see every day the wheelies, running traffic lights, littering the environment, flouting of government’s financial rules, acceptance of monies from those in the shadows to the campaigns of politicians and so on. We know this, we see it , we condone it by turning a blind eye, then we complain.
Barbadians are happy to cede the awesome civic responsibility to politicians- we are delinquent as parents, teachers, policemen AND politicians and expect the police force, government and said other delinquent players to play clean-up. There is no doubt citizens expect if laws are broken the authorities must ensure justice is meted out swiftly. What we want as well is for deviant and dysfunctional behaviour that leads to increase crime and specifically gun crime to be arrested as well. We have to hold agencies responsible- this includes GOVERNMENT- for enforcement ACCOUNTABLE. We have to hold ourselves accountable in order to be guardians of our fate.
In much the same way garrison behaviour is a way of life in some neighbouring islands, we are seeing a similar trend of behaviour in Barbados with violent crime centred in depressed communities. In the lead in to the 2018 general election concern was expressed by some members of the public about then Opposition Leader Mia Mottley seen in the presence of questionable characters on the campaign trail. Again some questioned why questionable characters were invited to the opening of parliament. It has become too blatant for many although it is known that the relationship between the criminal element and public officials have been blurred for a long time. The chickens are coming home to roost. We have reached the tipping point. There is no moral leadership.
The Barbados we romanticize is no more. Like community spread of infection caused by the COVID 19 virus, so too we have community spread caused by crime. It is why the vacuous calls by politicians for citizens to give up the bad boys and girls will yield little if any positive results. The underworld economy is well managed and families and communities depend on the economic activities attached to the arrangement. In the same way extra income is derived from kitchen gardens, baking and other type activities so too is criminal activity for too many.
The recent murder of a police officer by a band of robbers in the North of the island is an example of today’s problem. The horse has bolted and it will require a long term commitment to solving the problem at every level of our small society.
Will the real leaders raised wunna hands – that means YOU, YOU and YOU.
“They really need to get the minority “bastards” and “terrorists” who have the means and connections to IMPORT guns and drugs by the containers and boat loads,”
You seem to love up whites
but they are part of the criminal syndicates
Did your DIM self not get on here and say you are NOT Black, so why are you inviting Black hatred…..find someone else who would share ya sadistic stupidity.
“Did your DIM self not get on here and say you are NOT Black, so why are you inviting Black hatred…..find someone else who would share ya sadistic stupidity.”
you are the only thick headed black I have come across
an empty vessel and echo chamber a racist troll army of 1
When Oral Williams was Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police, he stated in no uncertain terms that the illegal guns that were entering Barbados, were doing so by legal port of entry.
So why haven’t Dottin and Williams devised strategies to stem the flow of these illegal gun, since the both of them were aware of the caused of the problem?
” Sir Hilary stressed that the regional testing body was on the same page with United Nation’s Children’s Fund (UNICEF), as CXC was dedicated to the “principles of fairness”.
He said the new changes announced yesterday were testimony to their endeavour to account for psychosocial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the volcanic eruption in St Vincent”
This is like verbal judo where you use the momentum of your opponent to your advantage.
“Like you I care. In fact, I am out there showing care”. You don’t deny and counterattack. Embrace and twist to suit.
The NBA now has a presence in Africa. Over one billion invested . Involved is former NDP player .Basketball Africa League( BAL). African players in NBA are investors.
Like you said the message is getting through.
We can either deal with what’s happening or continue to be …….,.,,,.
Holness,PMof Jamaica Aldo looking to Africa after forty two years in the IMF.
Reality kicking in ………..
William…Let these small time rats stay in their permanent colonial tourism dependent slave positions…
…,the more intelligent among us have ALREADY moved on..to BETTER and GREATER…..African Americans/UK Africans etc already saw what time it is, even Stevie Wonder, the blind man who could see..
and NOT for the element of corruption in Ghana or Kenya or Morocco as fowl Slave Enuff is hinting…
William…this is the new mindset of the younger generation on the continent. Don’t know what Fowl Enuff and its handlers think they will meet in those 3 countries but it may not be what they expect. They must have salivated at the amount in thefts via corruption they heard about….and fantasized at what corruption they can initiate. Again, they may get a shock.
“Politicians never tell the truth! We all know this, but we support them and defend their wicked lies because we have been conditioned into accepting that it is okey to lie in politics 😭😭😭
It is time to recondition our minds that it is NOT OKEY to lie to the people about today’s development and create an unbearable burden for tomorrow’s generations and it is not okey to defend corrupt politicians who intentionally destroy all progress of our society.
It is time for change of mindset in order to change the political and development paths of Africa.”
The younger generation is POISED to take over the continent because it’s just a matter of time before all the old colonial has beens and sellouts DIE OFF..
……..so the corrupt in Barbados, their legs are TOO SHORT…… 😂😂🤣🤣😜
they wasted too many decades with black self-hate, anti black and anti-African philosophies and MISSED THE BOAT…..back to the continent…wasted too many decades being disrespectful of their ancestry and ancestors.
555 wuh shite you talking? LIBERATED, MY ASS!
My mother could not wait to get out of England and back to Barbados! I have had many relatives that have returned when they had enough of England and America and several more planning to return. Bajans do not complain too much about Canada but I have a young cousin who was born there and is planning to leave and build his house on family land next to me. If not for COVID he would have been here a few times last year. Expect I will see him soon. He cannot keep away from Barbados!
Why do you people seek to behave as though Barbados is a prison? Some of us were born elsewhere and could easily return. But Barbados, though far from perfect is a cool place for many of us to live.
I smile and laugh far far far more than I frown, sulk or cry.
Put that in your spliff and smoke it!
And by the way, I don’t need a spliff for artificial happiness! The sun lifts my spirits when it rises.
Natural high! Like the Commodores album.
You may cuss me now! It will not remove my smile. Got too many mangoes, coconuts and sour sops on the trees and even the almond tree is bearing again!
@ Donna May 27, 2021 7:42 PM
“And by the way, I don’t need a spliff for artificial happiness! The sun lifts my spirits when it rises.
Natural high! Like the Commodores album.”
Even the Anglican-blind Donna is coming around to see the Light.
Keep on like Saul on the road to Damascus.
Someday you might just arrive at that crossroad of Truth to choose the path that leads to the most beautiful sight on Earth which is that very Light (right) above.
“The Lord bless thee, and keep thee:
The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:
The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.”
So, if O’Halloran was allowed to take 10%, what does it say about Eric Williams, as there is no way that Williams did not know what took place. Or do you think that Williams just let O’Halloran run rampant, with no benefit for himself? Have the US prosecuted the principals of the US company who Lindquist says paid the bribe?
How does this compare to the Inniss case and his prosecution?
Good for you Pillie.
You are one senile old miller! How many years and how many times have I told you that I am not a blind dogmatic Christian? The reason why I am Anglican is because Anglicanism allows me to be open-minded and rational.
Do you see me staring into the skies watching for,
“Lo, He comes with clouds descending”?
No, I’m looking at the fluffy clouds and admiring their splendour!
I have always been a nature lover. Communing with nature has ALWAYS been my way of connecting with the spiritual. And hence my solitary hikes and pauses at the edges of cliffs and the like.
BUT MOST PEOPLE NEED STORIES.
Every religion has stories! I can listen to all of them and gain something.
Brer Anansi stories teach us much as well. Always loved Brer Anansi stories.
So what happened to the national stadium, they need maloney cow bizzy or one of the other known crooks and parasites to ROB the treasury or pension fund to rebuild that too..
“I have even heard police officers say that they would like members of my family to be killed so that I could feel what it is like,” Pilgrim said.”
so whatever happened to the case where a police dude shot and killed his neighbor and injured his son for no reason other than he was being a lowlife with a gun and calling himself a police officer., where is that case, still stuck in the magistrates court six years now and why can’t the parents whose son got killed by police just before George Floyd get any answers….
people need to look at things in practical ways, these are the same ones jump in a church and talk about forgiveness and a load of shite until something happens..
Not going to throw shade, but will comment.
When I look at the number of murders in Barbados, I found it surprising that St Lucy appear to have more than it share.
I am hoping that government officials come around to thinking that St Lucy needs whatever they are getting for their constituencies.
I had to Google the BLP St Lucy’s representative name.
Free advice to Peter Phillips: He needs to raise his media visibility. A poke at Verla every now and then would be useful. (I can be hired – not politics or party, just dollars)
On a small phone… Some ‘s are missing above.
Won’t stop their fraudulent crimes against the Black population especially the Rasta community.
“Rastafari want just cannabis reform for all, not just some.
The Rastafari community in Barbados continues to be disadvantaged by the government of Barbados as far as cannabis justice is concerned.
The foundational position of the Rastafari community is that cannabis has medicinal and spiritual properties, and as such should be made legally accessible to all the adult people of Barbados. It is the further position of this community that cannabis should be legal, however, having it regulated in a manner that affords all Barbadians the green light to cultivate a couple plants for their medicinal and spiritual uses in the privacy of their respective homes. No other working relationship can be built with the government of Barbados as it relates to cannabis while we the people of Barbados remain cannabis criminals. Our brothers and sisters remain in prison for seeking to economically empower themselves through the sale of cannabis, as the government is not setting themselves to do. How can this be moral?
The head of the Barbados Cannabis Licensing Authority Dr. Munroe-Knight recently announced that her agency signed a memorandum of understanding with the TVET council as it pertains to cannabis cultivation for the medicinal cannabis industry. The unconscious, uncaring nature of the Barbados Labour Party utilized the expertise of Rastafari, namely myself, to assist with the creating of teaching modules that will be used within their intended cannabis cultivation course. I was chosen to assist with this initiative due to my experience in cultivating cannabis. Please note that I like many others, due to unjust cannabis laws have had to, and continue to risk their lives and freedom to preserve a Barbadian cannabis culture. This means the immoral nature of the government will allow it to utilize my knowledge of cultivating cannabis while actively seeking to incarcerate me if they catch me growing a few plants.
I note that it was recently reported on the news that the government will be making allowances for the Rastafari community to cultivate an acre of cannabis to be sold within the medical cannabis industry. It must be noted that no discussions have been held with the Rastafari community as it pertains to this. Further to this, one acre of land to cultivate cannabis for the medical cannabis industry does not address the issues pertaining to cannabis that the wider Rastafari community have.
The government continues to attempt to divide the Rastafari community on its stance as it pertains to cannabis by discussing issues and solution to the above-mentioned issues with a few Rastafari brothers and sisters who are BLP party faithful’s. These are Rases who are duty bound to agree and praise the BLP for whatever crumbs they see fit to dust of the table for us. This has proven detrimental to the Rastafari community, although beneficial to the individuals in question. While waiting for a meeting with the Minister of Agriculture and the Prime Minister to discuss issues pertaining to the wider Rastafari community (Rastafari Reparations), including just cannabis reform, the government has gone ahead and announced plans for this acre of land for Rastafari to cultivate cannabis for the industry. This was thought to be highly disrespectful by the majority of the Rastafari community, who then exited a WhatsApp chat designed by new party member Rodney Grant and veteran party faithful Trevor Prescod.to facilitate that meeting.
The BLP is trying to cover up their unconscionable actions as they pertain to the people of Barbados and the Rastafari community, by trying to make it seem like they are working in the best interest of the people. They are not! The Rastafari community demands the same respect that is given to Caucasian people, Syrian people and the well to do African descended people in Barbados.
No one wants to be ruled by an unjust and uncaring government. The words spoken by the Prime Minister that she cares is not manifested in her actions.
Written by Paul Rock (Ras Simba Akoma)”
Too many corrupt players in the Caribbean, these are the crooks that cause crimes to rise when they call shots and the parliament negros jump..
“Choksi, 62, was granted Antigua & Barbuda citizenship four years ago under the Citizenship by Investment Programme.
He is wanted by the Indian judicial authorities for criminal conspiracy, criminal breach of trust, cheating and dishonesty, including delivery of property, corruption and money laundering.
Indian authorities want him extradited to face the charges,”
Let the BLP change the law in the first instance, then the rastas and youths will liberate the weed for all to remedy the hypocrisies
The Healing Of the Nation:
Jacob Killer Miller… Tired tah smoke en aa gully… Time fee smoke weed en aa de out ….De Healing Of De Nation…. Liberated the Weed ….
Who will survive America
very few negroes
and no crackers at all
@ WURA-War-on-UMay 28, 2021 3:24 PM
That guy Paul Rock aka Ras Simba Akoma would make a powerful human rights advocate and an outstanding legal luminary.
He has put forward a solid and irrefutable case for the decriminalization and, by extension, the ‘democratization’ of the natural plant called cannabis sativa aka marijuana.
What ought to be brought to his attention is the glaring ‘fact’ that the piece of legislation which grants his Rastafarian brethren special privileges to use marijuana based merely on religious (sacramental) grounds is obviously Unconstitutional.
He has reinforced this point when he argues:
“No other working relationship can be built with the government of Barbados as it relates to cannabis while we the people of Barbados remain cannabis criminals. Our brothers and sisters remain in prison for seeking to economically empower themselves through the sale of cannabis, as the government is not setting themselves to do. How can this be moral?”
We can only wish that he would be that prepared to prosecute similar arguments on behalf of other disadvantaged and openly victimized minority groups within the wider Bajan society.
How can a God-given plant be good for medicinal (and unconstitutionally sacramental) purposes but bad for culinary and other usages like cosmetology?
Are these two-bit human beings calling “God” an incompetent madman?
This disappointingly deceitful BLP administration is nothing more than a twisted two-faced hypocrite when it comes that plant called marijuana.
What would the tourism administrators do when the KLM arrivals from Amsterdam descend on Barbados looking for a ‘high’ time from the tropical Bajan brand of Mary Jane? Tell them to drink rum and piss in the sewage-infested sea?
Would you expect any of the disappointed brand of new age visitors to return (as repeat visitors) to the Bajan shores or would they seek out more welcomingly attractive shores like Antigua?
Small island but Big on hypocrisy and double standards!
If BLP implement half assed laws, it will be the start of the battle not the end
“That guy Paul Rock aka Ras Simba Akoma would make a powerful human rights advocate and an outstanding legal luminary.”
yes he is, i want him to get his case to the international courts and expose this government for what they have been doing to the Black population, they are ALWAYS VIOLATING BLACK RIGHTS…
imagine using the Rasta Community to help them design programs related to marijuana although they were warned not to…. AND STILL REFUSE TO RECOGNIZE THEIR HUMAN RIGHTS….if that is not the true definition of human rights violating uppity nigas…i don’t know what is.
“This disappointingly deceitful BLP administration is nothing more than a twisted two-faced hypocrite when it comes that plant called marijuana.”
and this is the reason they should be dragged up to international human rights tribunals…let them explain their hypocrisy and down right criminality, when they themselves have been SMOKING and their families SELLING MARIJUANA FOR DECADES.
Negroes are the Subordinated Subjugated Subservient Slaves and there are many of these African ilk who bend over to the white man rule
And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.”
Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah, His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Elect of God
“Do not remove the kinks from your hair – remove them from your brain.”
“You can enslave, as was done for 300 years, the bodies of men. You can shackle the hands of men. You can shackle the feet of men. You can imprison the bodies of men. BUT YOU CANNOT SHACKLE OR IMPRISON THE MINDS OF MEN!
Dive down Black men and dig. Reach up Black men and women, and pull all nature’s knowledge to you. Turn ye around and make a conquest of everything North and South, East and West. And then when you have wrought well, you will have merited God’s blessing, you will have become God’s chosen people, and naturally you will become leaders of the world.
And as you bow down to white man today, so will other races bow down to you and call you a race of masters, because of the superiority of your mind and your achievements.
Because, no race has the last word on culture and on civilization. They do not know what we are capable of. They do not know what we are thinking. They are thinking in terms of dreadnoughts, battleships, airplanes, submarines. You know what we’re thinking about?… That is our own private business.
So give us credit for being able to use our minds. And with people becoming conscious of themselves, determined to use their minds, you do not know to what extent they can go. Liberate the minds of men and ultimately you will liberate the bodies of men.”
― Marcus Garvey
So what are these Rastas thinking of when they get high and go deep
We talk of hitman. Yet refuse to acknowledge that these guys are the sum product conceived by a higher placed social economic group.
Follow the money to trace the origins of the hitman rather then turning a blind eye to the politicians, the local business communities and the domestic minority and international communities who are fueling the growth in gun crime.
TLSN…they will never do it, won’t want to upset the bribery corruption order A to B to C as you called it…
targeting the dudes on the block whose lives they manipulated in the first place is low hanging fruit, they must have someone, more often their VICTIMS, to hang the blame for their crimes against the people on, arrest and imprison, so that they themselves escape from scrutiny and prison time….a nasty bunch.
don’t expect a lot from them, they are KNOWN BY THEIR DEEDS.
You see the above article, that information has been known for at least 20 years, i mentioned what the street was saying was the price for a hit years ago, they have since dropped the rate by half……this is NOT NEW INFORMATION…as they would like you to believe..
the ones importing the guns and drugs are responsible…they have the means, the greed and the resources to bring in containers and boat loads of drugs and guns….to destroy the already pauperized depressed areas.
just like the funded bus crawls with the nasty brandy & punnany organizers who set up young people and then pretend they are leaders of government….same scenario.
Here lies the tragedy with Barbados and its black majority population. Rather than being proactive and rooting out the source of this evil. They have chosen to remain mute and have given free rein to these small minority of players who take delight in persecuting them.
The majority population must stand up and use every trick in the book to assert their inherent claim to the island.
Yes they must, they have been warned and warned, but they still identify with their abusers and oppressors….they still seek to remain at the bottom as opposed to shaking off the corrupt and sellouts…..and RECLAIMING WHAT’S RIGHTFULLY THEIRS…
they still identify with criminal churches, SO as long as they keep up their self-destructive streak, nothing will change.
even after seeing this posted everywhere they will still cling to what destroyed their ancestors..
TLSN…this is how criminal they are
the hurricane Tomas was 11 YEARS AGO…insurance in US PAID OUT WEEKS LATER….these savages NEVER took the money and helped the people rebuild, most houses are still in the same state…..they never said what they did with the payout, i saw it in the media where the insurance company paid out to rebuild EVERY DAMAGED HOUSE…
now these frauds are bigging up the thieving private sector and government for assisting in building a one bedroom house for this elderly person….who should not have to be used for their fraud show of pretending they are giving back…someone should ask DBLP what happened to the insurance money the company in NYC paid out for hurricane relief…these are some REAL snakes…
won’t be surprised if they all TIEF the insurance money 11 years ago and now using it as a publicity stunt…for those who know no better.
Policeman murdered in Belize.
You absolutely cannot make this up.