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

Conditions are tough – relief invisible!

The latest piece of bad news concerning our money problems – in these struggling Islands very well known as Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique, or the Spice Isles of the Caribbean – has come as no surprise to anyone who follows the happenings over the years, and more especially these latest two or three years. The Government was not able to pay some One Hundred and Ninety odd Millions to a Financial Institution about a month ago, and the grace period of that month has now expired and the payment was still no where in sight.  And in addition salaries … Continue reading

ALL ACCOMPLICES MUST BE DEMOLISHED!

By The Stone Crusher It is very symbolic that notwithstanding the shortcomings and omissions of the current administration brought on by “the little boys and little girl” playing with toys among their leadership ranks who mistook the calm and gentlemanly nature of Uncle Tilly for stupidity when they made their untimely grab for power, the main opposition led by Dr. the Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell is not getting the impetus they thought they would get as a result. That is a fact that even the few open and upright educated NNP supporters agree that “Jonah” is not a good seller … Continue reading

Diplomatically cutting costs

Small states in the Caribbean would do well to follow the pattern of Britain and Canada in pooling and sharing diplomatic missions abroad. Caribbean countries spend millions of dollars every year on individual diplomatic missions when shared missions would be far more cost effective. On September 24, the foreign ministers of Britain and Canada, William Hague and John Baird, announced in Ottawa that their two governments have signed an agreement under which they would share facilities and consular services in several countries. Money is a significant factor in the decision. The foreign services of both countries have had cuts to … Continue reading