The Day the Evil Empire Retreated

The Cold War began to end 35 years ago when Ronald Reagan ordered the liberation of Grenada By Otto Reich Washington – The Cold War began to end on Oct. 25, 1983 – something no one could have imagined only years before. The international situation was bleak when Ronald Reagan assumed office in 1981. The Soviets enjoyed a military, propaganda and nuclear strategic advantage. They controlled Eastern Europe and had invaded Afghanistan, while funding Marxist “wars of national liberation” across four continents. Moscow directed a global network of propagandists to persuade witting or naive Westerners into supporting anti-American disarmament campaigns. … Continue reading

From being governed to being ruled!!!

By Special Correspondent The recent decisions by the Prime Minister of Grenada to appoint yet another off-spring of a Senior Cabinet Minister, this time Minister Peter David’s daughter, to a position within the Administration, is another clear demonstration of the return of a tendency which many hoped we had banished from our political system – the return of the ‘Divine Right of Rulers’ to treat with the resources and Offices of the State as they deem it fit. These continuous acts of contempt for norms and conventions, to say nothing of ‘fair-play’, developing a ‘meritocracy’ and ‘societal correctness’, is one … Continue reading

GRENADIANS ARE HAULED TO VOTE IN A FLAWED CCJ REFERENDUM

By J. K. Roberts The electorate of Grenada is aroused with political rhetoric and propaganda to vote blindly in a constitutional referendum on Tuesday, 6th November 2018, to decide for the second time within two years, whether or not the nation should accede to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in its appellate jurisdiction as a final court. The exact proposals by the powers-that-be, as amendments to the Constitution, are contained in the Constitution of Grenada (Caribbean Court of Justice) (Renaming the Supreme Court) (Amendment) Bill 2018; however, this CCJ Referendum Bill has been analysed to be of deceit, deficiencies … Continue reading

Overcoming fear: key to Belize’s future

In the introduction to his quite remarkable new book on the long-running Guatemalan claim to Belize, the author, Assad Shoman, makes the riveting comment that “Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but not to their own facts”. He is right to make this statement because protagonists in territorial claims, particularly the ones with the least facts to support their case, propagate much propaganda to suit themselves. Guatemala’s claim to Belize and Venezuela’s claim to two-thirds of Guyana are telling examples of reliance more on opinion and territorial ambition and less on facts. But, there can be little doubt about … Continue reading

Let’s Talk Access to Justice & CCJ

Geographical proximity to the seat of the Caribbean Court of Justice will not automatically mean greater access to that Court. If the referendum is successful and the CCJ becomes our final court of appeal, the ordinary man and woman in Grenada will find the court just as far beyond their reach as the Privy Council now is, if there isn’t a vast improvement of the reality on the ground, relative to the sorry state of our justice system and access to the Magistrates Courts, the High Courts and the Court of Appeal. You see, the way the system works, is … Continue reading

Government Ignores the People

Most people in Grenada are in favour of seeing the Caribbean Court of Justice become Grenada’s final appellate Court. The National Democratic Congress (NDC) is of that same desire. The NDC is disappointed though not surprised, that Government seems bent on ignoring the calls for a postponement of the vote and in so doing, will almost certainly sacrifice a successful vote on the altar of expediency and narrow political interests. The TUC and the President of the Grenada Bar Association have also called for a postponement of the vote and for very good reasons. As far as the NDC is … Continue reading

35 years later!!!

On October 25th 2018 it will be thirty-five years since the USA and allies invaded the Caribbean island of Grenada, a Commonwealth country with a British Governor General, without the knowledge and against the wishes of HM British Government. Documents recently released under the thirty-year rule show conclusively that the justifications put forward by the United States Government to justify the invasion of this Caribbean island were false and bring into serious question whether the invasion was legal under international law. The justifications given at the time by the US Government to justify the invasion were: – • That the … Continue reading

The CCJ – OUR OWN to Embrace and Refine

The referendum debate has thrown up valid arguments on both sides. Grenadians have proven that they can raise hard questions and respectfully confront burning, controversial issues. As Grenadians, we are often hard on ourselves. We do not sufficiently realise the extent to which our public discourse is a reflection of our collective selves – unapologetically passionate and intense; yet cool, relaxed and peaceful. We must never take this for granted. In many parts of the world, a highly charged issue, such as the decision on a country’s final court of appeal, may lead to conflict and breakdown. Grenadians must be … Continue reading

The coming OECD black list

Reports are wrong in stating that eight Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries are on a ‘black list’ recently released by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) over Citizenship by Investment (CBI) and Resident by Investment (RBI) schemes that they operate. The OECD has not ‘black listed’ these countries – at least not yet. But the stage has been set for punitive action, unless there is a proactive and unified response by all these countries. Essentially what the OECD said in its latest resistance to any form of tax competition is: CBI/RBI schemes can be misused to evade tax legitimately … Continue reading

2018 is not the best time to join CCJ!!!

By Carina S. Blache The Judicial committee of the Privy Council was established as Grenada’s final court of appeal during the period of colonialism. However, since the end of the colonial period some of the former British colonies severed ties with the Privy Council and established their local final courts of appeal. Grenada however has remained with the Privy Council until now. As we move closer to the November 6th referendum, the debate continues in ‘the court of public opinion.’ While some argue that there are some benefits to be derived as a member of the Caribbean Court of Justice … Continue reading