Is negotiated settlement possible?

By Claudette Joseph So I’ve slept on that National Address by our leader Monday night and now I’m up with a hole in my stomach at what is happening to my little beloved country. Friends, has that national address sunk in? We have a situation where, the laws of the land, the Constitution no less, enshrines pension benefits for all public workers. As it now stands, we need pension reform because an attempt at such by the PRG Government, in 1983, 35 years ago, has been declared unconstitutional by our courts. The first time our courts suggested that the PRG … Continue reading

The Government Must Act Responsibly

The National Democratic Congress commends the people of Grenada for the overwhelming support that they have so far given to Public Officers in the struggle for their pension rights as guaranteed by the Constitution. The numbers who came out in public protest on Tuesday 20th November 2018 sent a clear message to the Government that it is time to act to resolve this impasse. We thank and commend Bishop Clyde Harvey for his timely intervention in bringing the Government and unions back to the negotiating table. We are however, very disquieted by the Prime Minister’s conduct in the last few … Continue reading

Coping with the OECD reality

Demands of the rich man’s club, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), have once again created disarray in the Caribbean. It is a disarray to which Caribbean countries have contributed by their lack of a common and strong political response to the many impositions by the OECD on the global financial sector since 1998 when the Organisation first launched what it called its “harmful tax competition initiative”. For two decades, the OECD has been systematically and resolutely, forcing Caribbean countries and other developing states, to dismantle their tax structures and international business regimes, some of which, as in … Continue reading

Speaking up… Disrupting the Winner!

William Joseph Papa Jerry gathered a bundle of characteristics and composed a calypso entitled, ‘The Grenadian Ruler’, recently. Indeed, there is a massive difference between a ruler and a leader. The ruler is one who consumes himself with power and exercises it on his own terms and lauds it over the people. He is usually assisted by packs of conscripts. Where a nation finds itself under a ruler, that nation is on a very slippery slope. In such conditions one will find serious negatives regarding the state of the society and unhappiness with the quality of governance. The biblical standard … Continue reading

BETRAYED BY INDEPENDENCE

by Beverley Sinclair Our fore-parents who were sold into slavery in Africa and brought to the Caribbean, fought to their deaths for freedom to live as human beings and not chattel. This would require economic freedom and the ability for them to make their own decisions about their future. Fast forward to the days following the abolition of slavery when the “freed” slaves and their descendants found themselves working for the former slave masters for paltry wages and under inhumane conditions. Fast forward to the fight for independence which was carved on the backs of what was then known as … Continue reading

Identity and dignity lost with the CCJ

The referenda, held individually in Antigua and Barbuda and Grenada, on replacing the British Judicial Committee of the Privy Council with the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) on November 6, were lost for the same reason that Brexit succeeded in the United Kingdom. The governing political parties in Antigua and Barbuda and Grenada, like the conservative party of then British Prime Minister David Cameron, took a hands-off approach to the referenda. In Antigua and Barbuda, apart from the Prime Minister, Gaston Browne, the leadership of the governing party played little or no role in educating its electorate about the issue … Continue reading

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