Judging the Caribbean Court of Justice

Startlingly, 8 of the 10 Commonwealth countries that still cling to the Judicial Committee (JC) of the Privy Council as their final court of appeal are Caribbean Community (CARICOM) states. Forty-three of the 52 remaining Commonwealth countries (not counting Britain) have long since left this hang-over from British colonialism. These countries include Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and India. Rightly, most Commonwealth countries, who were tied to the JC of the Privy Council when they were colonies or dominions of Britain, see no good reason why their final appellate court should continue to be distant British persons, appointed by … Continue reading

The CCJ – A Court for the People

Throughout the 185-year history of the Judicial Committee of the British Privy Council, it has never provided access for people of little means except for a few persons on death row who got free legal service from British lawyers. This stands in stark contrast to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) where, in the three years following its inception in 2005, civil appeals outnumbered criminal appeals by almost seven to one. About 15 per cent of the civil cases filed in the CCJ were from persons too poor to pay filing costs which the court waived, giving poor people unprecedented … Continue reading

The CCJ Referendum

by Ray Roberts What difference will the CCJ make to an increasing corrupted Grenada democracy? This is a very important question that should be pondered upon and not answered immediately. Barbados Prime Minister Mia Motley said all the right things and gave good reasons why Grenadians ought to vote for the Caribbean Court of Justice in the November Referendum. However, what difference will the CCJ make to an increasingly corrupted Grenada democracy? Well if there are more sinners than saints in the Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell’s NNP House then it does not matter. Grenadians ought not to be fooled … Continue reading

The Confused Emperor – Keith Claudius Mitchell

By Special Correspondent It was very heartening to have read in the August 24 edition of ‘The New Today’ an article entitled, ‘We in the OECS and CARICOM will feel the loss, too!’. It was a demonstration of one of the region’s technocrat’s expression of what Dr. Antoine has meant so far to the region’s economic and integration development efforts. At the same time, it served to eloquently remind us of Dr. Mitchell’s apparent unstatesmanlike and uncivilly dragged-up nature as he refuses to make any public pronouncement on the departure of the most outstanding of Grenada’s ambassadors to CARICOM, to … Continue reading

Why the flooding in Grenada is a clear reminder of its vulnerability to climate change

By Desmond Brown ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (IPS) – Grenada is still tallying the damage after recent heavy rainfall resulted in “wide and extensive” flooding that once again highlights the vulnerability of small island developing states (SIDS) to climate change. Officials there say extreme weather events like in 2004 and 2005 are still fresh in the minds of residents. Rising sea levels are leading to an erosion of coastlines, while hurricanes and tropical storms regularly devastate crucial infrastructure.For three hours, between 9.00 a.m. and 12 noon on August 1, a tropical wave interacting with the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone, lingered over the … Continue reading

Maintaining independence: the imperative of diplomacy

Except at time of crisis, many countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) credit their foreign ministries and their embassies or high commissions abroad with little value. Yet, diplomacy, which is the work of foreign ministries and their overseas missions, is the only instrument available to Caribbean states to further their national interests in an international community that is increasingly intolerant of small countries. In this regard, foreign ministries and their diplomatic missions, properly functioning, play a vital role in defending and promoting the interests of Caribbean states. It is a role that should be continuously strengthened by utilising the best … Continue reading

China: a model of observing WTO rules, a champion of economic globalization

Economic globalisation is a natural outcome of scientific breakthroughs and technological progress. In the past decades, it has powered global growth, and enabled steady progress in poverty alleviation worldwide. Currently, the world is undergoing a new round of major development, great change and profound readjustment, calling for fairer environment and closer cooperation globally for common development for all countries. Since its accession to the WTO, China has been a strong advocate for free trade, comprehensively fulfilling its WTO obligations and keeping to its promises, even when it means enormous efforts and costs. Remarkable improvements have been made in enhancing the … Continue reading

The beauty of the under the water sculpture park

By Kate Bratskeir “They don’t market this country well,” a staff member at the Sandals resort in Grenada said as we walked the shoreline of Grand Anse Beach, one of the most paradisiacal places I’ve ever set foot on. She might have a point, since every person whom I told I was going to Grenada assumed I meant Granada, the city in southern Spain. Those who do know the Caribbean country that is Grenada often know it as the host of one pretty impressive underwater sculpture park. As far as tourist attractions go, this one’s definitely not for everyone: You’ll … Continue reading

Barbados, Dominica and Ross: Debating the wrong issue

The debate, particularly on social media, following the decision by Ross University School of Medicine to relocate from Dominica to Barbados, is about the wrong issue. Instead of focusing, incorrectly as it turns out, on the belief that the Mia Mottley administration poached Ross from Dominica, the debate should centre on yet another disastrous effect of Climate Change on Caribbean countries – this time on investment. Ross’ principals made the decision to migrate from Dominica because, unfortunately, whereas that island has suffered repeated and destructive hurricanes, Barbados has remained outside of the main hurricane path for 65 years this year. … Continue reading

PM MITCHELL IS AS CUNNING AS A FOX

By Rae Roberts Prime Minister and Finance Minister, Dr. Keith Mitchell’s appointment of his son, Olinga Mitchell, as his adviser could only be interpreted as a clear sign that the soon-to-be 72-year-old leader is systematically imaging and profiling his son for bigger things to come. And that, undoubtedly, is to replace him as political leader of the New National Party (NNP). Olinga, a likeable young man, is sure to benefit significantly from this political job created for him by his father. Clearly, it is an unethical decision. No decent thinking person in public office – and more so – the … Continue reading