Cause and Character: Making the US/Grenada Connection

By William Joseph Symbolism helps to facilitate easy communication, especially as it is often culture-based or widely understood in a given society. For the Americans, the eagle represents power, bravely, mastery of challenge and exploring new frontiers. For Grenadians, the Grenada Dove is more of an unknown quantity. It cannot be said to be a cultural feature and it is not considered symbolic of who we are or representative of our aspirations as a nation. Nonetheless, it says something worthy about smallness, capacity, belonging, survival spirit and value, all of which are relevant to our circumstances. It is commonplace that … Continue reading

CONSTITUTION OF GRENADA (NAME OF STATE), (FIXED DATE FOR ELECTIONS) & (TERM OF OFFICE OF PRIME MINISTER) (AMENDMENT) BILLS 2016

  NAME OF STATE For a long time now, the people of Carriacou & Petite Martinique have expressed that officially recognising these 2 islands in the name of the state will go a long way in helping them to feel a sense of inclusion and belonging to the nation. Neither the 1985 nor the 2006 Commission made specific recommendations to include Carriacou & Petite Martinique as part of the name of the state. The 2006 Commission recommended that more debate should be held on this issue before a decision can be taken. Prof. Mc Intosh (who was from Carriacou) recommended … Continue reading

The Privy Council versus the CCJ – A question of conscience? Part 1

By Rita L. Joseph-Olivetti As the date for Grenada’s constitutional referendum looms, I chose to reflect on the issue of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, the JCPC for short, versus the Caribbean Court of Justice, the CCJ, a subject I thought I knew something about. After all I had been a judge of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, the ECSC, for ten years anaFd a lawyer practising before those courts for what seems like eons before that. Surprise, on closer examination I realized that I knew precious little about those courts. So, with ordinary persons without legal training … Continue reading

Legalising same sex unions

by Rev. Osbert James The Conference of Churches in Grenada has been involved from the get go in this permutation of constitution reform consultations. We were represented by Mr. Alvin Clouden in the Professor McIntosh consultations and now by Mrs. Naeisha John-Diara on the Dr. Francis Alexis-led consultations. The Conference, however, as a policy, does not negotiate in public and seeks through appropriate media to deal with the situations that confront it. The Conference, through its representative expressed its concerns about the process and even sent a letter to the CRAC to that effect. As it relates to public statements … Continue reading

IMF-World Bank meetings: a rare opportunity

The October meetings this year of the World Bank (WB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington DC present a rare opportunity for Caribbean government representatives to be heard by crucial decision-makers. Ironically, what provides this opportunity is a matter most Caribbean governments would wish did not exist.  It is the withdrawal by US and European banks of correspondent banking relations (CBR’s) from Caribbean financial institutions. The withdrawal of CBR’s has already badly affected several Caribbean countries.  Many Caribbean banks have lost their traditional CBR’s with US banks such as Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Citibank, and also … Continue reading

CONSTITUTION OF GRENADA (RIGHTS & FREEDOMS) AMENDMENT BILL 2016 – PART 1

by Claudette Joseph On October 27th 2016 Grenadians will be asked to vote on the captioned Bill affecting our fundamental rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution. The intent of this Bill is to refine the provisions of the Constitution that protect our fundamental rights and freedoms. That is, Chapter 1 of the 1973 Grenada Constitution Order. The Bill also proposes to include a new Chapter 1A titled, “Directive Principles of State Policy” and a new Chapter 1B titled, “Gender Equality.” The fundamental rights and freedoms in our Constitution are provided for at sections 1 to 15 and are drawn … Continue reading

The US and the EU in harmful tax competition

Over the last few weeks, a trans-Atlantic war of words has been going on between the US Treasury and the European Union Commission (EC) over what amounts to ‘harmful tax competition’. That’s the infamous phrase coined in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) when, in the late 1990’s, over 30 small states, including ones in the Caribbean were targeted as ‘tax havens’.  The argument then was that countries with low or no tax regimes, in which EU and US companies operated, were depriving the EU and the US of taxes on those companies. Before it was absolutely rejected … Continue reading

CONSTITUTION REFORM: THE PROCESS & THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF REFERENDUM DATE – PART 2

By Claudette Joseph In relation to a Bill to amend the Constitution, Section 39 of the Constitution provides that: (1) two-thirds of the members of the Lower House must vote in favour of it; (2) a period of at least 90 days must pass between the first and second readings in the Lower House; 3) it then goes to the Senate (Upper House) to be debated and voted on a simple majority; (4) it is approved on a referendum by no less than two-thirds of all the people who cast valid votes at that referendum. Only then does the Governor … Continue reading

Trump’s Mississippi miscalculation

Five years ago, on June 26, 2011, a 47-year-old man, Craig Anderson, was on his way to celebrate his birthday when he was attacked and murdered by ten white teenagers in a parking lot in Jackson, Mississippi. Why? No reason, other than he was black. The ten reportedly first attacked Anderson, punching him repeatedly, before running him over with a truck and driving off. They were heard by witnesses to shout “white power” and “f…ing nigger,” while attacking Anderson and as they drove away. At the time, the murder raked-up nightmares of the entrenched racial system which operated primarily in … Continue reading

Where has fight in developing countries gone?

The ease with which developed countries appoint heads of international and multi-national organisations (sometimes in the guise of an election) is not their achievement alone; it is also the fault of developing countries who let them. Appointing heads of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has traditionally been accepted as the exclusive domain of governments of European countries; similarly choosing the head of the World Bank has been regarded as the preserve of the United States (US) government.  But, while these are the most blatant examples, powerful governments have used every means at their disposal to ensure that heads of every … Continue reading