EU blacklist: Cooperation or Coercion?

On 12 March, the Council of the 28-nations European Union (EU) placed 15 small territories on a list of what it calls ‘non-cooperative jurisdictions”. What the EC considers these territories to be “non-cooperative” about reveals the raw exercise of power by the strong over the weak. In this case, the firm intention of the EU is to impose its tax policies upon other nations through strong-arming. The language that the EU uses speaks of cooperation, but it sounds more like coercion. The targeted countries must either surrender to the EU’s demands to raise their taxes or face consequences. The EU … Continue reading

Get Serious About Long Term Planning

In May 2015, on the insistence of Civil Society and as a precondition to them participating in the so-called Social Compact, Government set up the National Development Plan 2030 (now 2035). The NDC, wholeheartedly believing in long term development planning, have to date participated in this effort. Unfortunately, we doubt Government’s sincerity because very little resources have been allocated and after 6 consecutive years in office, the administration shows no real appetite for long term development planning. A vital component of long term development planning is robust and well thought out urban planning policy, backed by strong laws that are … Continue reading

‘The dark old days of Government control of news and information’

A former opposition Senator and veteran journalist has once again raised concerns over the role of a government senator in hosting an independent programme on the Grenada Broadcasting Network (GBN). Ray Roberts has now written to the parent company of GBN, the Trinidad-based One Caribbean Media Ltd on the use of Senator Katisha Williams to take over the programme from Lew Smith. Following is the full text of Roberts’ letter: Mrs. Dawn Thomas Chief Executive Officer One Caribbean Media Ltd. Port-of-Spain Trinidad and Tobago February 18th, 2019 Dear Mrs. Thomas, Re Appointment of Government Senator to Host GBN’s “Beyond the … Continue reading

Football colonialism in the Caribbean Football Union Region?

BY MARCIA  BRAVEBOY For too long FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) has been the beginning and end of football jurisprudence in the smaller Caribbean countries as incident after incident within the region smacks of utter legal control of not just football – but a creeping realisation of utter and total disregard and disrespect for legislation, laws, ethics and the operation of our Magistracy and Supreme Court rulings in these fragile democracies. After introducing the Caribbean to an insidious form of corrupt management via the liberal spread of easy money to Caribbean Administrators of Football as evidenced in the $40,000.00 … Continue reading

We Are ‘Uniquely Rooted’

In April 2011, Colin Dowe, then Chairman of the newly formed Spicemas Corporation announced that year’s Carnival theme as: “Uniquely rooted in our rich ancestral traditions. Spicemas: Home of 100,000 Jab, Jab”. That theme drew adverse criticism from some quarters, but it was in no way intended to portray Grenada or its people in a negative light. Instead, it was a vision of the then NDC administration, and particularly then Culture Minister, Arley Gill, to harness, promote and capitalise on those unique aspects of our Carnival culture that set us apart from the rest of the region. Eight years later … Continue reading

Respect rule of law internationally

The United States of America, Canada and the English-speaking countries of the Caribbean together share the deeply-held values of democracy and human rights more than the majority of other countries in the Western hemisphere. The long history of slavery and indentured bondage in the English-speaking Caribbean, linked to the courageous act of Abraham Lincoln to end slavery in the United States and the immortal recognition in the US Constitution that “all men are created equal”, bind the peoples of the US and the English-speaking Caribbean in jealously safeguarding democracy and human rights. The kinship, born of that experience, has been … Continue reading

The over spill of Haiti’s persistent problems

This commentary, being written on Thursday, February 21, is about troubling developments in Haiti and the constraints upon the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries that prohibit them from playing a meaningful role in averting further violence. Since the time of writing, the feared escalation might have occurred. The 13 independent states that, along with Haiti, comprise CARICOM, have a vested interest in events in that country. Not least amongst these interests is the right that CARICOM membership bestows on Haitian nationals to enter CARICOM countries without visas. Already, several CARICOM countries have experienced Haitians remaining illegally after their allowable six-month stay … Continue reading

So-called “China’s Debt Trap” is confusing right and wrong

Recently, some western politicians and media are hyping up the so-called “China’s debt trap”, claiming that China, through providing a large amount of loans to some countries for infrastructure projects and increasing the financial burden of these borrowing countries, attempts to gain control over resources, infrastructures and even economic sovereignty of those countries, once they were gripped by debt plight of repaying the loans. In this way, China would gain enormous political and diplomatic interests. This kind of saying is ridiculous and confuses right and wrong. It is fake news and rumour causing great confusion and bad effects to the … Continue reading

Gregory Bowen – Minister of Disaster

Since 1995, Gregory Bowen has been a fixture on the local political landscape and a resolute soldier and loyalist in the Keith Mitchell-led NNP. For an equally long time, has been Minister of Works except for a brief period when he was in Mitchell’s “dog house”. As early as 1996, Bowen started on his disastrous trail that has resulted in dire financial and reputational consequences for our country. Bowen as Minister responsible for Energy, in 1996, entered into the ill-fated arrangement with the superbly litigious oil mogul, Jack Grynberg. That arrangement brought zero benefits to Grenada and landed us in … Continue reading

Elected officials should not be dual nationals

The law is the law and it is binding on all who dwell or visit within its jurisdiction. The law is particularly binding on those who make the law. As I observed in a previous commentary, “Law makers should not be law breakers”. This issue is raised again in the context of persons who hold dual citizenships while seeking election – and, in some cases getting elected – to the legislative bodies of countries. Those who either seek or achieve such election violate the law of the land in countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), particularly when they also hold … Continue reading