Rum parting the ways between US and the Caribbean

The rum industry in the non-US countries in the Caribbean is now under serious threat. At risk are the jobs of 15,000 workers directly employed in the industry and another 60,000 jobs that benefit from it. Apart from employment, non-US Caribbean countries face the loss, annually, of US$700 million in foreign exchange and over US$250 million in tax revenues at a time they can ill afford it. There is evidence that Barbados is already being adversely affected and the Dominican Republic, Guyana, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago are under immediate threat. As I pointed out in a commentary in May this … Continue reading

People’s Power in the gang man tail!

by Stone Crusher There is absolutely no doubt that NDC’s last executive meeting (Thursday 26th July) was a true demonstration of PEOPLE’S POWER. It was a true revolution where the democrats voted against the dictatorship of a small minority. This makes the difference and will ensure that the kind of October 19, 1983 seizure of power by the OREL clique in a bloody coup killing of Prime Minister Maurice Bishop will not happen in our fair isle. The red nastiness that has arisen within the bowels of the Congress party – similar to Bernard Coard in NJM – will be … Continue reading

Gang Man and his glorified secretary were absent

By Stone Crusher As a school child when you beat a frog – as soon as you deliver the first blow and it turns over, it pretends to be totally knocked out and if you were to surrender when you depart (never mind for how short a period) upon return to look for the frog – it is gone.  So the gang man is behaving with his skullduggery deceitful self. Although the gang man has been decimated and his surrogates admitting they have lost the battle against Prime Minister and Political Leader of the NDC – Tillman Thomas – in … Continue reading

Making the judgement on Obama

The prospects of Barack Obama being re-elected as President of the United States of Amrerica appear to be hanging in the balance. The latest Times/CBS poll in the US shows that the race between him and Republican Candidate, Mitt Romney, is essentially tied. The economy is the dominant factor in the campaign, and that is not going well for Obama. Economic growth slowed to roughly two percent between January and March, and experts estimated that it weakened further up to June. Job growth is also reported to have slumped in the April-June quarter after some growth between January and March. … Continue reading

Leadership needed to resolve trade issues with Europe

A copy paper manufacturer in a Caribbean country is facing closure of his business and his 300 employees are likely to lose their jobs because he woke up a few days ago to the reality that tariffs had been removed from a similar product imported from the European Union (EU). The removal of the tariffs on copy paper from the EU was one of the commitments made by the government of the Caribbean country under the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) signed in 2008 by the 27-EU nations collectively and Caribbean countries individually. What is alarming about this development is that … Continue reading

Election victory possible – says Party Secretary

Last weekend saw the division within the NDC party, in its most glaring showcase nationwide, since the confusion and the political chaos became apparent. And to add more drama to the nation’s ongoing party politics ups and downs and sideways, the opposition NNP also had its Convention and a public meeting at Grenville – while the NDC Executive held its cook-up and fun day at St. David’s, and the Government of Prime Minister Tillman Thomas had a Thanksgiving and celebratory get-together at Gouyave. Two or three of the Government M.P’s attended both the St. David’s and Gouyave celebrations, while the … Continue reading

No more October 19th in Grenada again

By: Stone CRUSHER The supporters of the ruling NDC have spoken loudly and clearly about their wish not to have the red nastiness and his rebels lead their party. This could not have been made clearer than on Sunday 8th July, 2012 when the rebels ceased to exist as any political force within the party. It is quite clear to see that they remain stubborn and want to hold on to their plan to sabotage the party’s chances at the polls constitutionally due in 2013. The question many are asking is why would they who have been spat out by … Continue reading

This is no time for a weaker Caribbean Community

At the opening of the 33rd Conference of the 15-Nation Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM), the incoming Chairman, St Lucia’s Prime Minister, Kenny Anthony, called on governments of the region to “develop a common policy and programme for engagement with new and emerging global partners”. The words “common policy” are especially significant, and it has to be assumed that he did not use them lightly. As small, vulnerable countries, lacking in military capacity or economic clout, effective diplomacy is the best tool available to them. And, while, from time to time, these small countries have scored impressive diplomatic victories … Continue reading

Is there room for any recovery?

Whatever may take place inside the NDC party – over the remaining months of this year, or however long the group may remain in control of our nation’s affairs, in the last year of its five years term in office – I just cannot see that group making any worthwhile impact, on the voting population in time for the next General Elections in 2013. If anyone had even hinted, that those chaps who came together in 2008, as a united group of dedicated Grenadians, to try and save our long-suffering country from the gross mismanagement of what went before – … Continue reading

NDC supporters need to demand party convention

By The Stone Crusher Due to the hard-hitting nature of THE STONE CRUSHER, very special care is taken to research the facts and to deliver them to the public. The pen of this patriotic son of the soil must reach the consuming public with truth and nothing but truth since this column must never look anything like the propagandists of the NDC OREL Gang who are peddlers of lies, half truths, and innuendos. Many persons do appreciate the consistency in delivering historical facts about the communist murderers and how they did things back in the lead up to the 1979 … Continue reading