Protect our Nation’s Children from Child Sexual Abuse

The Convention on the Rights of the Child sets out the rights that must be realised for children to develop their full potential, free from hunger and want, neglect and abuse. It reflects a new vision of the child. Children are neither the property of their parents nor are they helpless objects of charity. They are human beings and are the subject of their own rights.

The Convention offers a vision of the child as an individual and as a member of a family and community, with rights and responsibilities appropriate to his or her age and stage of development. By recognising children’s rights in this way, the Convention firmly sets the focus on the whole child.

Those who molest children look and act just like everyone else. Abusers can be neighbours, friends, and family members. Only about one third of child sexual abuse incidents are identified and even fewer are reported.

Emotional and mental health problems are often the first consequence and sign of child sexual abuse. Children who are sexually abused are at significantly greater risk for later post-traumatic stress and other anxiety symptoms, depression and suicide attempts. These psychological problems can lead to significant disruptions in normal development and often have a lasting impact, leading to dysfunction and distress well into adulthood. Behavioural problems, including physical aggression, non-compliance, and oppositionality occur frequently among sexually abused children.

These emotional and behavioural difficulties can lead to delinquency, poor school performance, and dropping out of school.

Our nation’s children need to be protected against Sexual Violence and as adults we’re designated as custodians and therefore are charged with the responsibility of Child Protection.

Child Protection refers to preventing and responding to violence, exploitation and abuse against children – including commercial sexual exploitation, trafficking, child labour.

UNICEF’s child protection programmes also target children who are uniquely vulnerable to these abuses, such as when living without parental care, in conflict with the law and in armed conflict.

Violence, exploitation and abuse occur in the homes, families, schools, care and justice systems, workplaces and communities across all contexts, including as a result of conflict and natural disasters.

Many children are exposed to various forms of violence, exploitation and abuse, including sexual abuse and exploitation armed violence, trafficking, child labour, gender- based violence, bullying, cyber-bullying, gang violence, physically and emotionally violent child discipline, and other harmful practices.

All children have the right to be protected from violence, exploitation and abuse. Some girls and boys are particularly vulnerable because of gender, race, ethnic origin or socio-economic status. Higher levels of vulnerability are often associated with children with disabilities, who are orphaned, indigenous, from ethnic minorities and other marginalised groups.

Other risks for children are associated with living and working on the streets, living in institutions and detention, and living in communities where inequality, unemployment and poverty are highly concentrated. Natural disasters, armed conflict, and displacement may expose children to additional risks.

Vulnerability is also associated with age; younger children are at greater risk of certain types of violence and the risks differ as they get older.

Children’s Rights: Article 4 (Protection of Rights): Governments have a responsibility to take all available measures to make sure children’s rights are respected, protected and fulfilled. When countries ratify the Convention, they agree to review their laws relating to children. This involves assessing their social services, legal, health and educational systems, as well as levels of funding for these services.

Governments are then obliged to take all necessary steps to ensure that the minimum standards set by the Convention in these areas are being met. They must help families protect children’s rights and create an environment where they can grow and reach their potential. In some instances, this may involve changing existing laws or creating new ones. Such legislative changes are not imposed, but come about through the same process by which any law is created or reformed within a country.

Article 41 of the Convention points out that when a country already has higher legal standards than those seen in the Convention, the higher standards always prevail.

Grenada signed the CRC on 19th April 1990 and it was ratified on 9th October 1990. The Optional Protocols on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict (CRC-OP-AC) and on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography (CRC-OP-SC) were acceded to 6th February 2012.

Therefore, Government and its citizenry are fully responsible for the well-being of every child under their care residing in the state of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique.

Children’s Rights States Parties that recognise the Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989) undertake to protect children from all forms of sexual exploitation and sexual abuse including exploitative use in prostitution and pornography (Article 34), which the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography (2000) further refines.

Article 34 states that measures should be taken to prevent inducement or coercion of a child to engage in any unlawful sexual activity. The exploitative use of children in prostitution or other unlawful sexual practices and the exploitative use of children in pornographic performances and materials.

The Child Protection Authority is mandated by the Child Protection and Adoption Act 2010 to be the agency solely responsible for child protection.

Collaborative effort is needed from everyone including the Minister of Social Development, Minister of National Security, Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF)/ Special Victim’s Unit, Grenada National Coalition on the Rights of the Child (GNCRC) likewise all other NGOs that are involved in the process of raising the education awareness against Sexual Violence.

I firmly believe more is needed and more can be done in terms of protecting our nation’s children. What we need is (Legislations from our lawmakers) likewise steeper penalties coming from the Judiciary system towards perpetrators.

The Minister of National Security in his capacity as Prime Minister needs to do more in addressing this escalating issue.

Social Development Minister Delma Thomas made the pronouncement recently regarding a Halfway House for abuse girls although all is well and good but we also need an institution that can house boys in a conducive environment that can help them heal and be reintegrated back into society.

RGPF/Special Victim’s Unit has been making headway especially the women police officers who have been doing a fantastic job. I applaud the strides that have been made thus far with the RGPF/Special Victim’s Unit.

We are a long way from ridding the nation of this malignancy of sexual violence but we cannot give up the fight against child sexual abuse because if we bond together as one we can achieve much.

Time for us all to become more united as a nation and say “Enough is Enough” and let’s expose and rid our communities of Sexual Violence by ensuring perpetrators are persecuted severely by the judicial system.

Brian J.M. Joseph

A lending hand!!!

Please grant me space for publication so that the authority may correct their failures.

If you live in HOPE not bad, however you may die in subside. Ah can’t take it anymore.

Administrators come and administrators go in our tri-island state and some of our leaders have time and time again failed to give us adequate health care that is needed/necessary .

Our families in and out of the state realise the need and have contributed in several forms/ways hoping that we would have received , if I may call it, today’s basic health care, but regrettable such has not been forthcoming.

Let us look at a few areas: ever so often Grenadian nationals in the Diaspora, visitors to our shores, students at the St. George’s University, international agencies, Rotary, you name it have donated/ done so much for us with the view that we would have by now been receiving better health care.

Regrettable, there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel. The cry of not being able to get even simple drugs, lack of sufficient beds at the hospitals, inadequate amount of doctors and nurses at our hospitals/medical stations continue.

We hear complaints of some patients not being able to obtain some treatments, and having to pay oh so much for some tests. Why? It appears that this administration does not really care about us.

It is an accepted fact that the health of a nation is its wealth. Can anyone say this of our nation?

Not too long ago, it was said that Grenada had the best nursing school in the Caribbean – what has become of it? Our dedicated/skilled doctors and nurses have been treated very bad over the years by this administrator in particular and despite several worthwhile suggestions and recommendations to this administration very little improvements have been made.

So much so that most of our doctors and nurses have left/are leaving as evident: 60 nurses left for employment in the UK last year and at least 75 will be leaving shortly.

Among the things/benefits granted to those nurses are: permanent residence for their entire families, good salaries, housing allowance among other benefits. If the nurses can obtain those benefits in the UK, why is it that this administration cannot do what is necessary to get them to remain here and serve us?

No. This administration employs between 75% to 90% foreign health care professionals at our institutions who are given among other things housing , travelling allowance, while ours are being victimised.

Beside, there are at least highly trained nurse specialists, trained to train persons to become nurses and mid-wives as it were, sitting in the Ministry of Health over the past two years not being engaged in what they were taught to do best.

Because of this, many persons who are desirous of becoming professional nurses are in the main unable to do so because of the high cost to attend St. George’s University, the authority to train persons in that discipline.

St George’s University grants only 20 scholarships for the year to our government in that field.

Think about this: Grenada has been providing training and recruiting persons to become police officers and several have been recruited. Is it because we are having more crimes, getting rid of non-supporters of the house, bad eggs and those who are prepared to stand up for what is right?

Are we heading for a one party state/a police state/dictatorship?

God help us! We need to be better taken care of.

Simeon Green

LIAT IS DOWN THE DRAIN AGAIN

Have you ever heard the saying “know all know nothing” well I heard that when I was a teenager in Kingstown when it was uttered by a teacher to the boy sitting next to me.

The closest I have been able to find resembling that saying is “A know nothing, know it all.” A Know-Nothing Know-It-All [KNKA] is a character who insists he or she knows everything; is always right; that they were the ”actual” original creator of an idea; and who generally has an extremely high opinion of themselves and their abilities when nothing could be further from the truth.

They are grossly misinformed, or just lying, about everything they talk about with authority. They create nothing new and are ‘Ignorant of Their Own Ignorance.’ Their abilities could best be described as “scarce.” Such people are, in fact, the living definition of the word charlatan.

All this came to me last Sunday morning when thinking about Ralph Gonsalves and LIAT. Because I firmly believe the collapse of LIAT is caused by Gonsalves in his capacity as “A Know-Nothing Know-It-All.”

Saint Vincent in general, is a nation of BSrs and Gonsalves, if he wasn’t born with it, has acquired that trait over the years. But that’s where the old saying you cannot BS a BS comes into play. But Ralph can, and he did, that is what he has been doing for years with the Vincentian people.

Gonsalves knows just about nothing when it comes to running a large corporation, just as he seemingly knows nothing about running a government, certainly nothing about running an airline. The communist style of things is to throw money at operations and not expect any savings or any profit. Keep in mind what Gonsalves once said about LIAT – “I just [told] you that a regional airline like LIAT, which is going about here, don’t look for it to make any profit.”

I had to laugh out loud when researching this subject when I came across a 2014 article by Peter Binose that called all those involved in LIAT such as Gonsalves “know all know nothing pratts,” turns out he was spot on correct with his analysis.

What is quite amusing was when Gonsalves made all the fuss about Caribbean Air being supplied with cheap fuel by Trinidad. He said that it was unfair because it was subsidising them. Isn’t the continual funding of LIAT also subsidising, because without this continuing payment of subsidies they would collapse?

Gonsalves boy, please take the advice of independent spokesman on Argyle airport and tourism, KNKA extraordinaire, C. ben-David, and sell LIAT. Allowing it to be run by the Caribbean socialists is like throwing money into a bucket with no bottom. Worse still allowing Gonsalves to be involved in LIAT is like throwing money into a very large bottom with no bucket.

Jolly Green

Arley Gill is a disgrace!!!

How is a Closet Communist like Arley Gill representing Grenada to the Caricom as Ambassador? He is a disgrace as an ambassador with his political posturing.

Arley Gill should now relocate to Venezuela and wipe clean the dirty corrupt dictator Maduro and not via Propaganda in Now Grenada.

We received many comments from across Canada, Europe & the USA; all ” outraged ” over this Grenada Government supposed official Ambassador and political stooge taking such a sleazy stand in the corner of an evil violent tyrant Maduro.

If ever there is No Respect for anyone; it’s this snake tongue Arley Gill.

Word to Arley Gill: Please Move to Venezuela. You are a Disgrace to Grenada & to Global Our Friends!!!

Linda Duncan
Grenada Center

ANALYSING OUR FOOD SITUATION IN GRENADA

Grenadians have learned to depend on imported food.

This is obvious when you look at the number of new shops and supermarkets that have been opened over the last 10 years and the number of persons who flock there to obtain their weekly or daily supply. Nothing is wrong with that. However, are we concerned with the Global impacts of climate change and other factors, on our future food supply?

Let’s try to answer a number of pertinent questions:

(1). What countries are supplying us with staples like rice, flour, and potatoes? What about meat and meat products, milk and cheese? or what are the main foods we consume and where is it coming from?

(2). Has there been any adverse weather or natural disasters affecting these countries in 2018? Floods, droughts, tornadoes, tsunamis etc?

(3). How has food production in these countries been affected by climate change, migration, war etc?

(4). Can Grenadians survive without imported food?

(5). What are the main food producing areas in Grenada?

(6). Any observations about local food production in 2018/2019?
Staples? Fruits? Root crops? Vegetables? Meat? What’s happening with the supply of breadfruit and bananas, especially in the low elevations?

(7). Is there a change in the rainfall pattern, and how is it affecting local food production in the Low, Middle and high rainfall belts?

(8). How many Grenadian farmers depend on the river as the alternative source of irrigation water?

(9). Has the volume of water in the river been affected by reduced
rainfall?

(10). Is there any other source of irrigation water besides the river?

(11). Have we invested in water catchment areas for Agriculture?

(12). How much Arable (Agricultural) lands are owned by Government, and how much is privately owned?

(13). What has been happening to the best Agricultural lands under food crop cultivation?

(14). Since Agricultural lands can be sold for housing and other purposes, how much will be available for food production by 2050? Where will the main food producing areas be located by then?

(15). What is the present acreage under important staple crops like breadfruit, bananas, yams, dasheen, tannias, sweet potatoes?

(16). What assistance was given to small ruminant farmers over the last 5 years?

(17). How many small ruminants are slaughtered annually and what does the replacement stock look like?

(18). What is the present trend in livestock production in Grenada?

(19). How has the 2019 dry season affected the supply of food for small ruminants?

There are many more questions that need to be answered.

It is important now, more than ever before, that we as an independent nation, wake up, analyse our food situation, make plans and swiftly act to ensure the survival of ourselves, and our children.

Jennifer Andall

Venezuela Teetering

Venezuela is at a crossroads after recent violence and riots, following a video by U.S.-backed opposition leader Juan Guaidó that called on Venezuelans to back a military uprising against Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro.

According to national security adviser John Bolton, Maduro is in hiding at a Cuban-run military compound, with approximately 20,000 Cuban soldiers and Russian advisers.

Cuba has categorically stated that the 20,000 Cubans aren’t soldiers at all but are, in fact, health care, education, and basic infrastructure workers. This isn’t the first time that Cuba has lied in precisely this same manner.

I recall the U.S. invasion of the small Caribbean Island nation of Grenada during the Reagan administration. At the time, it was estimated that there were 784 Cubans, most of whom were listed as construction workers, a few as military personnel, and the rest as medical staff, teachers, and dependents. In other words, the Cubans who were in Grenada were health care, education, and basic infrastructure workers. That does sound familiar, does it not?

During the actual fighting, the only significant organised military resistance came from these Cubans who were, in fact, well-trained integrated military units. They mounted at least two ambushes of U.S. troops that inflicted casualties, which was conclusive proof of cohesive groups with military training. Worth noting is that U.S. troops discovered a Cuban weapons cache that was described as sufficient to equip six battalions.

Make no mistake, the bulk of the 20,000 Cubans on hand in Venezuela are trained and well-armed military units. No matter how you slice it, that’s quite a few and must be taken into account no matter how things move forward.

Bolton’s comments that Maduro’s inner circle could turn on him is the hoped-for outcome at this point, and there is some reason for optimism. Manuel Ricardo Cristopher Figuera, head of Venezuela’s secret police, appeared to defect to Guaidó’s side. This suggests that Guaidó may have been in contact with Figuera all along and has had very good “intelligence” on what was happening around Maduro.

Certainly, it’s a fact that Maduro has lost some level of confidence with the Venezuelan military, or else he wouldn’t be in hiding on a Cuban-run military base. That may very well be enough to convince others in the inner circle that it’s time for a change in leadership.

The pressure appears to have initially worked perfectly, with Maduro poised to jump on an aircraft and flee to Cuba. By all accounts, the Russians talked Maduro into staying, and he has remained behind the Cuban troops ever since.

The Russians have always been willing to ratchet the situation up a notch when acting through surrogates, and this is what they are doing here. The Russian plan is to ride the situation out, which seems so far to be succeeding. In return, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has stated that the use of the U.S. military is possible if there is no peaceful transfer of power.

The critics of the current policy toward Venezuela argue strenuously against U.S. military intervention to free Venezuela, because they believe that the United States would be required to keep a large force there for perhaps as long as a generation.

However, the critics forget that Venezuela has a long democratic tradition that only ended in 1998 with the election of socialist strongman Hugo Chávez. Everyone in their 30s and older remembers how wealthy Venezuela was with a democratic form of government, and they wouldn’t have any problem with dumping socialism for the complete dud that it is.

One final question that has not been asked by anyone so far is why Russia would go to so much trouble and expense. Venezuela and Cuba are both flat-broke and can’t afford to field 20,000 troops, so the financial support is coming from elsewhere. Russia is primarily providing that support, but the country has some economic issues of its own and wouldn’t just throw money away – they must be getting something out of this.

There’s the political regional infrastructure largely built by Venezuela in the form of ALBA, the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America, which is sort of a socialist version of the Organisation of American States. However, Russian strongman Vladimir Putin is one of the richest men in the world and didn’t get that way by flushing money away, so how is he making money here?

A possible answer might be that he has gone into the narcotics business with Venezuela. I recently talked about Venezuela being deeply involved in the narcotics trade and burning the aircraft used in transportation after a single use to disguise their origin. Is Russia supplying those aircraft, and hiding its hand?

Brad Johnson

Editor’s note: Brad Johnson is a retired CIA senior operations officer and a former chief of station. He is president of Americans for Intelligence Reform.

Garbage issue in Tivoli

Please permit me a space in your newspaper to voice a concern. I am a student of SAASS and a resident of Tivoli, St. Andrew and would like to identify an issue within the village. There is a lack of disposable facilities in Tivoli.

In love of their village, the Tivoli Community Development Organisation (TCDO) and villagers came together to construct several garbage bins over ten years ago. The government completely disregarded the villagers efforts and thus completely destroyed those garbage bins one by one.

There was no consultation and no compensation with the villagers. Nothing was voiced on the matter. The government still fails to give reasons for committing such an atrocity.

The villagers are now forced to place their garbage all the way in La Poterie or resort in throwing it in makeshift garbage containers. In an attempt to improvise, some villagers have placed barrels out on the road side. The barrels quickly become over run with garbage, and collapse because of lack of durability on the barrel’s part.

The garbage in the barrels gets knocked over and scattered countless times by stray, hungry dogs. The garbage continues to fly into people’s yards and even end up in the rivers and pastures. To combat the pollution and remove the eyesore the government should reinstall the garbage bins that they once removed.

Njemille Nelson

Blows for Peter David!!!

The brilliance of Dr. Mitchell as a political boss has once again been demonstrated by his selection of Peter David as the Minister of Labour.

The Doc made another shrewd move in putting the NDC sellout to face the workers rather than appoint any of the other NNP winning candidates in the last election to battle against the workers.

Our Prime Minister understands the politics and knows when to make a big political move as he is the only political grandmaster in the country.

We in the NNP know that if Peter stayed in NDC it would have been difficult for our party to regain office after the defeat in the 2008 election.

The Doc was able to break up the powerful team of Peter, Nazim Burke and Uncle Tilly by wooing Peter who we know felt that Nazim Burke and not him that will become the next NDC Prime Minister in Grenada.

We know that Peter was very gullible and could fall for the bait –if he wanted to be a Prime Minister it was better for him to join NNP as Nazim will not allow him to get the job which he wanted for himself.

With Peter now on the NNP side, Dr. Mitchell is no fool and has another plan for him, which is to destroy him politically make him unpopular in the eyes of Grenadians and so he cannot challenge the Doc for the leadership of the country and party.

Our leader is a maximum leader and understands politics. Everything is now on the table for Doc and Doc alone to enjoy. Peter is no longer a treat and Nazim is now dead politically. The Doc is the only one standing in the ring.

The Doc was aware even before the 2018 election that there will be problems on the labour front for NNP and what a better man to put in charge of Labour – none other than Peter David and his sidekick Chester Humphrey to help him out.

The Doc is now smiling as the workers gave Peter such a bad licking on Labour Day that he is now so wounded that he has gone into hiding politically.

We in the NNP who have been observing do not believe that Peter expected the blows from the workers and Chester Humphrey was not even around to help him as he went into hiding on Labour Day. Imagine Chester Humphrey, the champion of the Working Class for the last 40 years now being treated as an outcast by the workers of this country.

The Doc pulled off another master stroke by allowing Peter to go and face the full force and fury of the workers and protecting the real NNP MP’s like Oliver Joseph, Emmalin Pierre, Nicholas Steele, Pamela Moses and Kate Lewis. Hats off Dr. Keith.

My leader will not forget how the workers beat up on people like Dr. Lawrence Joseph and Elvin Nimrod in past years.

We have to protect our own and let Peter David and Chester Humphrey prove their worth by taking on the workers for us.

If Peter had any intention of challenging the Doc for leadership at any time, he better think twice because he failed the test in a big way on Labour Day.

It was a sad day for Peter as the Ambassadors of two counties that are his great friends were at La Sagesse to witness first-hand the onslaught by the workers on him. Peter cannot fool them as they saw how he was booed and shouted down on Labour Day.

Peter likes to see himself as the champion of the Working Class but this minister has done nothing for the workers of the country since the election.

If the trend continues, it will be more blows for Peter from the workers as Brother Justin Campbell say, “we need a Minister of Labour” and not a minister who jumps in a plane as Minister of Foreign Affairs whenever the workers get restless.

John Boyke

Do something for cocoa!!!

Over the Last 2 or 3 years , I have remained silent on some activities that can further assist Grenada or lack of them as I observe.

What is going on in the Grenada Cocoa Association “Limited” now that the 2019 Labour Day has come and passed?

I shall begin these documentaries with the hope that they may transform Grenada and “Grenada Cocoa” and Grenada Chocolate soonest.

The following is the First in a Series of Actions that should be taken to broaden the scope of cocoa and chocolates in GRENADA:-

(1). The “Carlton Cocoa Station”

This Cocoa Station, located in a major 3-Point Road Junction to St. George’s and Grenville in almost the centre of the cocoa Industry needs a drastic change including a facelift and transformation into a major Agro-tourism attraction, linked with the Grenada Hotel & Tourism Association.

To do this, the outside should be made into a virtual flower garden with special selected plants and special Cocoa plants properly maintained showing off our unique “Grenada Cocoa” such as the “Criollo Type and the Best “Trinitario” & Forastero type of Clones. Their biological names such as “Theobroma cacao” should be in bold letterings with a brief summary on Grenada Cocoa.
Perhaps, a school in St. Andrew could be asked to adopt the project and do the historical research necessary.

Similarly this should be done for the over fifty year old Nutmeg tree planted by the Noel Family several decades ago with the name “Myristica fragrans” etc and a brief write up on the living legend should be done.

The Grenada Cocoa Association should liaison with the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) to regulate traffic in the area . Speed Humps should be placed at Strategic Points in the Highway there to enable reduction in hustling Buses and other vehicles with warning signs and so on.

Besides the front of the Building, the sides and the back should be developed and linked with Tourist Tour operators and so on. This change will more than triple the amount of persons who visit the site now.

But even more important, is the Carlton Building, the building should be painted in either the National colours or in the Brand Colour for our “Grenada Cocoa” or of our Grenada Chocolate Jouvay brand. Bold lettering of the Carlton Cocoa Station should be made and inscribed on the Building to be seen from either direction.

Then the Tours to and of the Carlton Cocoa Station should be more professional even to the extent of having the tourist visitors be prepared and briefed for the Carlton Tour before reaching there; possibly on Tape or on Diskette.

The Tour Guides should be dressed appropriately remembering that this is a tour of a Food Plant. Possibly there should be an outlet for Cocoa tea cold and hot for chocolates such as “Bonbons “ and Truffles etc. Also tourist gift packages including dry pod packages and so on.

This is the first in a series of ideas and concepts for public discussion and implementation to help Grenada.

Dr. E. Reginald Buckmire

Gonsalves should go to Cuba

When a brain is made in Saint Vincent and finished in Cuba what Nationality label should be applied?

In the case of Dr. Ralph Everard Gonsalves who currently is the Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, despite opposition claims that he is in office due to vote rigging and voter fraud.

Yes in the case of Everard Gonsalves what should be stamped on his culo, Cuba or SVG? “Made In Cuba Non Intellectual Property”.

Gonsalves has been in some way attached to Cuba since he was a student in Jamaica. The chaos he was involved in there in his communist Mierda caked mind made him believe he was a budding revolutionary.

His involvement in the Grenada revolution in his Marxist Leninist excreta soaked mind made him believe he was a revolutionary assistant.

His visits to Eastern Europe during the communist era, the ordure in his mind made him believe he was a visiting revolutionary apprentice.

But his real claim to revolution may have been a non-event or even a nearly but not quite event when compared to real revolutions. It was the so-called “Road Block Revolution” which took place in Saint Vincent in 2000.

In 2016 at Fidel Castro’s funeral World leaders began to arrive in Havana, on November 28, to join the Cuban people in paying their respects to Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro Ruz. Among the leaders were Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Speaking in Havana Gonsalves said: “Fidel was his comrade and friend, and that his presence will endure in the Caribbean, Latin America, and the world, adding that 90% of the world’s inhabitants are in mourning”.

Ralph Gonsalves made the call as he and other world leaders, Marxists, socialists, and historians began to reminisce on the life of the former Cuban president.

“I urge the young people of the Caribbean to read and study the history and the ideals and the struggles of Fidel Castro and to see the possibilities therein, the limitations and for us to carve a better world from it,” Gonsalves said.

Gonsalves would love to claim that Castro applied the made in Cuba stamp to his right flabby buttock. To that effect, many Vincentians would love him to go and live in Cuba and take with him his whole tribe and members of his Francis/Gonsalves family dynasty that he has created. After all, they have all stood by him in SVG, so let them go to Cuba and stand by him there.

We don’t want him, but I am sure the Cubans will welcome him when you consider how much of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines wealth he has managed to export to the Cuban economy.
We can overlook what most see as his spite and malice against some Vincentians. We should even allow him to take his obvious wealth with him; it matters not then where or how he got it, just let him go and good riddance, and as the British say, to bad rubbish.

We can overlook the unanswered allegations by women of sexual assault by him, maybe the women in question won’t, but we are talking about amnesty here.

Questions about content welcomed, please ask, and I will answer.

Jolly Green