Tag Archives: Foreign Affairs

Geopolitics and Spying on Friends (Satellites?)

Submitted by Kammie Holder David, does our Defence Force still get computers from the Chinese and other foreign governments? I remember in either 2016 or 2017 laptops were donated to our parliamentarians. Unfortunately, they were lapped up by our grateful  representatives with the most excitement like kids getting a candy treat. My concern was expressed and I was assured by

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An Age of Development Diplomacy

Submitted by Caleb Pilgrim I read with interest Kemar Stuart’s (Young Democrats) recent intervention on Barbadian foreign policy – Foreign Policy in Barbados and CARICOM [Link inserted by the Blogmaster]. It helps if it causes us to re-think and re-examine our foreign policy, as necessary. Who was it that said that the unexamined life is not worth living? Let me

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The Mad Rush for Dominance in Central Asia

Submitted by Pachamama For years foreign policy aficionados have been thinking and writing about the ‘‘Great Game Theory”. Brzezinski for nearly 50 years has been theorizing that the relative winner of the stupendous resources of Central Asia will, to a large extent, determine global dominance for the foreseeable future. There are those who argue that most of what we have

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Notes From a Native Son: Mottley Can Make History – Cometh the Moment, Cometh the Woman

Introduction: The newly elected DLP government has now spelt out its programme for this parliamentary session and, it is fair to say, it must be seen as the best shot this government has in its armoury. In the Queen’s Speech, the nation was told: “The centre piece of Barbados’ economic strategy will be the creation of a Renewable Energy Revolution

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We Promise…

Election manifesto is a statement by a political party,explaining what it will do if they win the elections.Through election manifesto the voters come to know about the policies of the political party they are going to vote for.They can easily think that which party will prove the best for them,they can decide that with whose policies they want to go.therefore

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The Government And Opposition Party In Cahoots To Keep Transparency Legislation Off The Statute Book

The month of November seems appropriate to blog about transparency in government. Thirty plus years ago the Tom Adams led Barbados Labour Party (BLP) attempt to proclaim Integrity Legislation was still born. The incumbent Democratic Labour Party (DLP) government – led by the late Prime Minister David Thompson – promised Barbadians within 100 days of being elected Integrity and Freedom

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A Case Of Champagne Taste And Mauby Pockets –Time For Government Ministers To Lead By Example

It is generally accepted civil servants in Barbados are technology averse. A litmus test would be to ask the question: how many government departments use teleconferencing facilities? The technology is not very expensive and can repay on the investment in short order by generating cost saving from reduced travel and overseas calls. There is also saving time if we were

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It Is Very Easy To Forget: Short Economic Memories In Barbados

Submitted by Trained Economist The challenges we now face must be put into a context and avoid the Tea Party like angry lashing out and politicizing of issues. The Barbados situation reminds me so much of what Obama faces in the USA. 1. It is easy to forget how dependent the Barbados economy is on tourism and international capital flows

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Sir Lloyd Sandiford Goes To China

It is unusual for a former Prime Minister to be appointed Ambassador to a foreign country. It is a first for Barbados! Sir Lloyd Sandiford’s appointment as Ambassador to China can be viewed from several angles, the one which appears worthy is the emergence of China as the global economic power and the need to hedge our foreign policy. To

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North Korea: A Real Challenge For President Obama?

Submitted by Yardbroom Kim Jong-Il’s Government of North Korea has warned America, that if any of its vessels were intercepted as part of a US-led initiative to search ships for nuclear materials, it will launch an attack on South Korea.  This was a direct response to South Korea joining the Proliferation Security Initiative an American-led campaign to search ships carrying

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2008 Olympic Games, China, Cuba & Lies

It is ironic that the Olympic Games which can be traced to Greek origin in 776BC, and despite the early hiccup when the games took place as part of a religious exercise, it soon evolved to one where it was used to celebrate the achievements of the human body. How many of our readers know that the early competitors were

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PetroCaribe:The Cat & Mouse Game

Former Minister of Social Transformation Hamilton Lashley was quoted in the media from his contribution to the current Estimates Debate, that against the backdrop of rising oil prices, Barbados should accept the President Chevez sponsored PetroCaribe deal. Funny that we can’t seem to remember Mr. Lashley shouting so loudly on this matter when he was on the government side. If

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David Thompson & The Taiwanese Connection Resurfaces

During President Chen Shui-bian’s (³¯¤ô«ó) recent trip to Latin America to attend the inauguration of Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom, Zelaya reiterated his support for Taiwan and promised to push for closer Taiwan-Honduras ties during his remaining two years in office, Yeh said. In other developments, the ministry declined to comment on speculation of possible Taiwan-Barbados ties, except to say Taiwan

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