What March 13 should mean for Grenada’s next general elections

By Kimalee Phillip Never has the government of Grenada named March 13 as a significant and memorable day and/or public holiday. The events that took place on that day, 39 years ago in 1979, the inauguration of the Grenadian Revolution, are still not part of the education curriculum, much less mainstream political debates and discussions on the island. Therefore, the current Prime Minister’s decision to name March 13, 2018 as the next general election date leaves one questioning his intent. There is currently an emptiness, a historical and collective memory void around March 13. It’s not named as a day … Continue reading

Grenada offers back-door entry into USA for high-risk foreign nationals

By Kenneth Rijork Even if you think you know the ins-and-outs of the five East Caribbean countries offering Citizenship by Investment (CBI) programs to foreign nationals, there’s one feature that Grenada has which is unique, and which is being heavily promoted in online articles designed to direct prospective applicants to make a beeline for the Spice Island alone, when choosing where to obtain an economic passport. Unfortunately, it could also be used by organised crime figures, terrorist financiers, war criminals, and other of the usual suspects who want to find refuge in America. As its promoters are fond of mentioning, … Continue reading


By J. K. Roberts The radical trends toward a paradigm shift in the political governance of Grenada, based on the results of the 2018 upcoming general elections, is oblivious to many persons. The results of the elections could be historic, not in frivolous terms of political statistics and political casualties, but in consequential terms of its harmful impact on the nation’s democratic institutions, sovereign powers and socio-economic construct. Like the mal-intentions for the historic constitutional referendum in 2016, unprecedentedly, a lot is at stake with this elections but it is unfortunate that the “issues beyond the issues” are not being … Continue reading

Firing-up a furnace in an igloo – The OAS

A new report has been produced on the Organisation of American States (OAS), a body that began with ideals appropriate to the geo-politics of the 1940’s. Those old ideals were enshrined in a Charter that now traps the Organization and immobilises it. Over time, the organisation has become contentious, unconstructive and increasingly irrelevant to the peoples it was ostensibly created to serve, not because of the actions of Caribbean countries but due to the desire by a few powerful countries to coerce the OAS into adopting positions aligned to their national foreign policy agendas. This latest report entitled, “Rebuilding Hemispheric … Continue reading

PM Mitchell deserves another five years

By Helen Grenade Here’s a reminder of just why Dr the not so honourable Keith C. Mitchell and his New National Party (NNP) deserve to win another five years in political office in Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique. I am quite certain readers will agree with me. Let me begin by saying, I am a voice for the ideals of democracy. There are those on social media who have no idea what these ideals mean, and that’s why their idiotic assumptions might be funny, if they were not so flagrantly offensive and damaging. Anything less would be a complete dereliction … Continue reading

Structure not ad-hoc agendas key to US-Caribbean relations

Much has been said about the government of the United States of America (US) cutting off aid to countries which do not support that country’s position in international organisations. The US, of course, is free to direct its aid where it wishes and very much within its rights to show its displeasure with countries that take its money but don’t support it. Other donor countries have the same view, although they do not express it in quite the same way as the US government now makes clear. Aid, after all, seldom has moral considerations. Economic aid, in particular, was introduced … Continue reading

Ending 50 years of Venezuela and Guyana contention

The decision by the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, to refer the 51-year old contention between Guyana-Venezuela to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) should be welcomed by all nations, particularly those in Latin America and the Caribbean. The peaceful settlement of disputes is vital to the economic progress and social stability of the world. Wherever violent solutions to contentions exist, anywhere in the world, they absorb financial and other resources that could be far better spent on improving the condition of mankind, particularly the poor and vulnerable. The last thing the Caribbean and the Western Hemisphere needs is continuing disputes … Continue reading

Comrade Chess – the destroyer

by Ray Roberts How long will that love affair between Prime Minister Keith Mitchell and Chester Humphrey last? Both men are cunning as a fox and unquestionably have a quenching passion for political power and dominance. Dr. Mitchell is the NNP and his mere followers dare not challenge him but they all adore even his worst qualities in public, because of political favours and financial opportunities. Dr. Mitchell is the ultimate leader – he puts you up and takes you down as he chooses. The examples are all around – Terry Forrester, Alexandra Otway-Noel, Clifton Paul, Adrian “Spaceman” Mitchell, and … Continue reading

The Chinese plan

By Sandra Ferguson In mid-December an article created quite a stir – China set to move into United States’ backyard with national development plan for Grenada The article reported on the preparation of a national development for Grenada by the China Development Bank. The following are excerpts from the article:- *Request by the Grenadian Government: “The Chinese foreign ministry told the South China Morning Post this month that “China Development Bank, at the request of the Grenadian government, is helping them draft a national development strategy……….”. *Plan Completed: “…Wang Yingjie, a lead researcher involved in the drafting of the Grenada … Continue reading

Is the OAS putting its credibility in doubt?

Not for the first time, the Organisation of American States (OAS) is in danger of reinforcing the widely-held view that it ignores its own declared values and principles. This time, the danger is posed by the way that the Organisation is handling developments in Honduras that threaten democracy and fly in the face of the Inter-American Democratic Charter. It was in defense of these matters that, throughout 2017, the OAS Secretary-General, Luis Almagro, and several states of the Organisation berated the elected government of Venezuela, leading to that country’s decision to withdraw as a member in April 2019. As 2017 … Continue reading