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Notes From a Native Son: For Whom the Bell Tolls, If Not for Thee?

Introduction: The natives are getting restless as the dark clouds descend, it is as if there is  an expectation of bad news. While ministers and their advisers, clearly out of their policy-making depths, struggle with a patchwork of policies initiatives, mainly around the exhausted tourism sector, the rest of government and the private sector is in lock down. People are

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CL Financial bailout – Really learning from the past

Originally posted on AfraRaymond.net:
I am responding to the points made by Central Bank Governor, Jwala Rambarran, in his 6 November speech to the T&T Coalition of Service Industries. This speech attempted to both re-affirm the Central Bank’s important role in our economy – …as the country‟s prime financial regulator, the Central Bank has an almost fifty year record…

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Did Johnson Kill Kennedy?

Submitted by Pachamama “For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.” – JFK Everybody seems to remember a gloomy day on November 22nd 1963 when a volley of bullets rang out in Dallas

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DLP: Bajans Not Good Enough – Neither Can They Reach Jamaicans High Standards – Work Permits Therefore Necessary

You can excuse the DLP if it did not care to read the ‘National Strategic Plan 2005-2025. But Goal #6 of that document speaks, in part, to: “Branding Barbados Globally.” When you read it, you begin to understand why the demise of a Barbadian brand like Almond, is a national scandal. I suppose the same can be said about the

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The Integrity Account

Originally posted on AfraRaymond.net:
Having completed my four-part series [1, 2 & 3, 4] on what I termed ‘The Integrity Threat‘, I was intrigued by two recent public notices on the meaning of the Appeal Court’s recent activity on these matters. 6 October  – The Integrity Commission issued a Public Notice which was a clear statement by the Commission that…

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Notes From a Native Son: Unless We Create an Equal Society We Will Have Serious Social Problems

Introduction: Lawyers and public commentators in Barbados have now discovered the concept of human rights, but missing from public political and economic discourse is any reference to inequality, the moral foundation of a fair and just society. The nearest we come to any mention of inequality in public space is the flawed reference to so-called free education, which disciples of

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The Fear of Death or the Joys of Life

Submitted by Charles Knighton Mac Fingall’s No Laughing Matter column of November 3, “The fear of dying” essentially posits that trauma is not just the result of major disasters. It does not happen to only some people. Evidently an undercurrent of trauma runs through ordinary life, shot through as it is with the poignancy of impermanence. Instead of post-traumatic stress

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Invader's Bay part 3: MORE Invaders Bay Ingredients

Originally posted on AfraRaymond.net:
Invaders’ Bay I closed last week’s article by restating my view that all the ingredients for corruption were present at Invader’s Bay. What are those ingredients? Here is my list – Extensive public assets coming onto the market, in turbid circumstances. Those assets can include property, concessions, contracts and jobs; Questions of access to the…

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Invader's Bay part 2: All the Ingredients for Bobol…

Originally posted on AfraRaymond.net:
Since my previous article on this controversial proposal, we have seen that certain legal advice reportedly considered by the government has been featured in another newspaper.  If that is the advice the State is relying upon in advancing their Invader’s Bay proposals, we are seeing a large-scale act of intentional illegality and a worrying return…

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LIAT Update

The following was circulated to those who signed the petition by James Lynch, PETITION FROM THE TRAVELLING PUBLIC TO THE OWNERS OF THE CARIBBEAN AIRLINE LIAT. You need to know that LIAT are about to have another huge meltdown. Yes, it’s probably going to happen again, and maybe even worse. All the ATR Pilots trained at the beginning before the

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AUDIO: "Forward Thinkers" on More 104.7FM – 24 October 2013

Originally posted on AfraRaymond.net:
Afra Raymond chats on the show ’Forward Thinkers‘ with David Walker on 104.7FM, dealing with the CL Financial bailout and my lawsuit against the Minister of Finance to get at the detailed information as to how the $24B in Public Money was spent. 24 October 2013. Audio courtesy More 104.7 FM Programme Date: Thursday 24th October…

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Remembering George Whitehead, aka Gandhi – Barbadian

Submitted by Rickford Burke It is with deep sorrow that I convey to our Caribbean Community that our good friend George Whitehead, aka Gandhi, of Barbados – proprietor of “Slope Auto Sounds” on Utica Ave, has died. Gandhi was an avid cricket fan, committed community and social activist, member of the Progressive Democratic Political Association and a humanitarian. We will

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