The other Presidential Election: No surprises

While the eyes of the world were focussed on the Presidential elections in the United States, another significant election for the international community was also taking place. On November 8, the Chinese Communist Party opened its 18th Congress at which an opaque election procedure saw Presidential power transferred from Hu Jintao to Xi Jinping. Under the procedure, Xi was named General Secretary of Party and he will become President next March. It was not an election that the world could follow in the media, nor was it one in which public debates, advertising campaigns and media coverage of political meetings … Continue reading

The choas and deceptive silence continue unabated

It seems from all appearances – that the Government in control of the nation’s affairs, is more concerned with holding power than upholding principle. It has been very well said and fully documented – that the way to preserve the democracy that we cherish, is the way of dialogue and frankness. If control and discipline are not to be commanded by force, then they can only be drawn out by involvement. Our current state of affairs, pertaining to the politics and parliamentary process now confronting us as a people, are creating serious causes for concern, and grave disappointment for our … Continue reading

The expelled running scared and getting more mad!!!

Thank God no one can consider Uncle Tilly’s new model NDC party and Cabinet as having any criminals, would-be criminals, fugitives, or people who attract thugs around them any more. Thank God Uncle Tilly was able to get rid of those degenerates who are either career drunkards, or corrupt in their own rights and who wanted to reintroduce to government –  underhand dealings with kick-backs. These infidels forgot that NDC is the National Democratic Congress (NDC), a party that stands for accountability, transparency and good governance in all its dealings. This is not NNP which in 13 years engaged in … Continue reading

What are we waiting on, or for?

Now that we have gone through the expected three months – that would be permitted to elapse, after our current Parliament has exhausted its five years term since the last General Elections in July, 2008 – the question in the above Headline is crying out for some urgent and forthright answers. And at the rate the situation is going further and further downwards, from the level of acceptable standards that are normally required by ordinary human beings in any modern day society – the cry is becoming even more desperate and crucial in the months ahead. And to add political … Continue reading

Rum facing devastating double whammy

Earnings and employment generated by the rum industry in 14 CARICOM countries and the Dominican Republic (collectively CARIFORUM) are under siege and the entire industry could be severely diminished in a few years unless the governments of these countries take swift action. In previous commentaries, I have drawn attention to the devastating effect on CARIFORUM countries if the US Virgin Islands (USVI) and Puerto Rico (PR) are allowed to continue current arrangements in which the governments of those two US possessions unfairly use a tax rebate from the US Federal Government to provide huge benefits to companies to produce and … Continue reading

Time to get serious and prepare the ground aggressively

By The Stone Crusher Stone Crusher is very grateful for all the followers out there who are appreciative of this column and who continue to send their encouragement for it to keep stimulating thinking in our community. It is no secret that Stone Crusher’s desired goal is to rid Grenada of all parasites and undesirables whether in the form of renegades or recycled corrupt elements persistent in their focus to mug the nation’s coffers. This column is not about going easy on anyone who wishes to take the path of least resistance. Politics requires commitment to win and anyone who … Continue reading

World media welcome abolishing of criminal defamation in G’da

By Scott Griffen VIENNA – The International Press Institute (IPI) has warmly congratulated Grenada on becoming the first Caribbean state to decriminalise defamation, but urged the Grenadian government to further abolish seditious libel. According to Grenada’s Ministry of Legal Affairs, a July reform to the country’s criminal code included the repeal of Section 252, which regulated “negligent” and “intentional” libel. The provision had provided for prison terms of up to six months and two years, respectively. Section 253, which established the circumstances under which criminal defamation could be committed, was also repealed. The changes, which came to public light last … Continue reading

Is Obama or Romney better for the Caribbean?

Such is the continuing power of the United States that all over the world governments and organisations are concerned about what a US Presidency of either incumbent Barack Obama or hopeful Mitt Romney will mean to them. After four years as President, the world already knows what kind of foreign policy Obama would seek to implement.  It will be forceful in defence of what Obama sees as the interests of the United States, and while it will try to work with other governments and through the United Nations Security Council, it will not stop short of taking unilateral action against … Continue reading

We are a society in crisis – Via politics

No group in organised society has the right to act without regard to the interest of the whole of that society – and because that is what’s happening, and has been for sometime now, we are in the critical state now existing all around us and daily becoming much worse. And the horrible incident at Happy Hill Secondary School – where a young girl stabbed a young man to death inside a class room, for whatever reason – that must convey to those in control, as well as those aspiring to take over the wheels of power, that the whole … Continue reading

Aid: The golden taps being turned off

Austerity budgets throughout Europe, and Government cuts on welfare spending, have caused many people to argue that aid allocations to foreign countries should be reduced and the money spent on domestic needs. This will shortly have an adverse effect on countries in the Caribbean unless they advance solid proposals with achievable outcomes for continuing to receive aid. Popular media in many European countries have been in the forefront of the argument to cut aid. They have revealed how aid has been misspent and even used for the purchase of military equipment in certain countries. Among the influential persons in Britain … Continue reading