By Dr. Brian Francis Despite the continuing uncertainty over the direction of the global economy in the short to medium term, Caribbean Governments cannot sit back and allow their economies to drift, falling deeper and deeper into a state of depression. Over the past four to five years, the people of the region have suffered significantly as they were forced to cope with high and rising unemployment, huge increases in the cost of living, declining real wages, and stagnant or falling standards of living. Yet, in listening to the news in recent times, it seems as if our people are … Continue reading

We are entering a year of more crisis

The last year ended calmly with not much to shout about on the political front, and the anti-climax of the High Court judge handing down a decision against M.P. Karl Hood – in the case he brought against the Prime Minister and the NDC for having expelled him from the party, and for preventing the NDC from choosing another candidate in the person of Mr. Randall Robinson. The frontline party officials were all very vocal, and sounded just as concerned about the plight of the people – and the economic and social pathway in the New Year and beyond. What … Continue reading

2013 -CARICOM irrelevant or essential?

The curtain rolls down on 2012 with the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM) institutionally weak and its 15 member governments doing little more than paying lip service to the process of economic integration. It seems that the only reason that several governments do not declare CARICOM irrelevant and walk away from it is that they dare not. To do so, they would have to explain their action to their people. It is a discussion few government leaders would relish. One of the things they could not say is that CARICOM – as an integration instrument – is a drag … Continue reading

Do not allow yourselves to be taken for a ride

By The Stone Crusher   As the Christmas approaches, we cannot help but keep on the foremost of our minds the upcoming general elections – the likely results of which seem to be frightening to some in the event that the corrupt and unorganised were to be returned to office. As was mentioned in another medium, we are caught up between a rock and a hard place, almost – thanks to the coward gang leader and crew and their consistent acts of destabilisation against the very administration they were elected to be a part of. No wonder they are finished … Continue reading

Why ignore Cuba’s welcome mat?

Cuba has long been an economic, trade and investment opportunity that has been neglected by the 15-nation Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries. This neglect could become a matter of grave regret as Cuba continues to open up its economy to other countries and groups of countries, for by the time businesses in the CARICOM countries wake up to the opportunities Cuba offers, companies from Europe, Canada and Latin America might already have filled the space. European and Canadian companies are already in Cuba and more are entering the market. Whenever the US embargo is lifted on Cuba, the space for investment … Continue reading

A critical year is ending – What next?

We are coming to the end of this Calendar year, 2012 – which has been an era of so many landmarks in our public and political affairs, that it is very doubtful we will be faced with that many, even in these very troublesome Isles ever again. And to add to the political melee we have been experiencing – during the time span of the current Government in control – unless some January date is announced soon for the next sitting of Parliament, which has been on vacation and convenient prorogation for nearly Six months now – we could be … Continue reading

Nuf failures on the prowl for power

By Stone Crusher   With all the confusion within the NDC, which was obvious from the time they admitted the gang man and his infidels into the party leading to the rapid departure of founding stalwarts, to the time when petty jealousy erupted between those who were obviously intent on committing wrongs within the government and the few who were intent on towing the PM’s line of accountability, transparency and good governance, one could never have expected the manifestation of hardness on the political ground for the opposition – since the NDC should have been done and finished! But that … Continue reading

Two blows for Whales

The policy of the Japanese government to slaughter thousands of whales every year in the name of “science”, suffered two major blows in recent weeks. Before proceeding, let me register an interest against whaling as a campaigner for the protection of endangered whales and other wildlife. The first blow to Japanese whaling is a survey by an internationally recognised Japanese organisation, Nippon Research Centre, which has found that as many as 88.8 % of the Japanese people have not bought any whale meat in the last 12 months. Further, a mere 27% of respondents to the survey expressed support for … Continue reading

The waiting game continues – as always

We are moving speedily into the New Year – and whatever is in store for Next Year, in connection with our very uncertain political situation – but so far as the economic and employment areas are concerned, these are at a standstill with very little hope of any upwards movement anytime soon. The three frontline parties are on the move and making all sorts of noises about the way ahead – but nothing concrete about what can be expected if and when whichever one wins at the Polls. The recently formed NUF group are still very hush-hush about their actual … Continue reading

The secret meeting is uncovered

by Stone Crusher The more one lives in Grenada is the more one becomes convinced that local politics make strange bedfellows. So many of these old sayings are given life in Grenada by people we least expect – that it isn’t funny. Who would have ever thought that word would reach the streets that the ‘“irrelevant union man” after seeing his fortunes dwindling would attempt to hold a secret meeting with operatives of the New National Party (NNP). According to many – “ He reach way he goin’ !” The NNP has to realise that he is known for forging … Continue reading