“In the fullness of time”

Mr. Leo Forde
Director
Grenada Sustainable Aquaculture Project

April 27th, 2019

Dear Leo,

Re: Grenada Sustainable Aquaculture Project

I am trying to figure out your motive for e-mailing me. WHY have you picked me and included me on your list of important personages which includes two government ministers and the Executive Officer of Grenada’s Citizenship by Investment Unit?

Leo, I am an uncompromising opponent of the Citizenship by Investment Programme run by the Government of Grenada and the rest of the OECS. It demeans citizenship! I consider the CBI in our region a CROOKED programme which attracts UNSAVOURY characters. Grenada is well-known for attracting crooks who come posing as investors. It is like flies attracted to honey.

One would have thought that after our engagement with The Pirate of Prague back in 1997 when there was Grenada’s first economic citizenship programme, Grenada would have learnt its lesson.

Once can be considered a mistake but our Government has made it a habit.

Leo, let me hasten to add that I am NOT making any allegations about you. I am MERELY telling you exactly how I FEEL about this programme of which it would seem that you are an aggrieved party.

Well Leo, I am an AGGRIEVED CITIZEN as I look at how my government gives away the resources of we the citizens to all sorts of questionable ventures and/or characters in the name of development, jobs, love and caring for we the people.

And it is we the people who ALWAYS end up holding the shitty end of the stick, including the damage to our international reputation. Perhaps, Leo, you are holding it along with us at this time?

Have you participated in handing us this shitty stick?

Leo, permit me to also note that there is also a copy and paste version of the Grenada Sustainable Aquaculture project, the Antigua Sustainable Aquaculture Project. How is it going in Antigua?

(1). Grenada Sustainable Aquaculture Project Zero-Water Exchange Sustainable Organic Shrimp Farm:

When the Grenada Sustainable Aquaculture project was launched in February 2017, it fell below my radar. When I became aware that a shrimp farm project had been launched on the former site of a FAILED poultry project, I was rather confused. Quite sometime before the launch took place, I had checked out the websites of both Antigua and Grenada Sustainable Aquaculture and I had not seen any mention of freshwater shrimp farming in respect of Grenada or Antigua.

There was some information about A Better Way to Produce Seafood – high tech shrimp farming and fish farming out in the sea. About six months later when the media reported that nothing was going on at the project site, I had a look at the footage of the launch of the Grenada Sustainable Aquaculture and I also checked out its website.

Immediately, some RED FLAGS went up.

(1). Project Launch:

How could a Member of Parliament have the launch of such a significant project and there is no member of the community on the platform? Not even to chair the proceedings!! What a SLIGHT to the PEOPLE of the community. (But perhaps this really worked out for the best after all. No well meaning, upright citizen from the community has to bear the shame as the GSA hits the fan).

And when the international passport seller delivered his vote of thanks and ended with “in the words of the late great Maurice Bishop, forward ever”, I was so offended. He was obviously trying to play on the goodwill associated with this name. I wished that I could have wiped the smirk off his face with rotten eggs!!

(2). DF Aquaculture Capital Limited(DFAC):

Leo, I checked into the credentials of the passport seller and the team.

– Passport Seller: Founder/Director of Grenada Sustainable Aquaculture, Mr. Soren Dawody, seemed be just a passport seller, an international marketing agent of the Citizenship by Investment Programme.

-Track Record of DFAC: I noted that you, Leo, were a co-founder of a company called DF Aquaculture Capital Ltd. I looked into that company and found it had been registered in the UK in 2016, just about a year before the “project launch”. It had NO track record and the only executive listed was Dawody. My heart sank. I have now noted that latest status of that company was very recently DISSOLVED via compulsory strike-off.

– Model in Sea: Another interesting thing is that there is a photo in the GSA brochure. It shows the shrimp farming model in the sea.

– Co-Founder: You, Leo, are named as the co-founder of DF Aquaculture Capital Limited, Grenada Sustainable Aquaculture Ltd. and Antigua Sustainable Aquaculture Ltd.

Among your impressive credentials, Leo, are the following:-

Former Commander of NATO Special Weapons Detachment

*Owned the largest international brokerage for Clerical Medical, Scottish Amicable and Old Mutual with offices from Hong Kong to Buenos Aires.

*Founded several international insurance companies with share valuations over $300 million

*Managing Partner of a $1.4 billion US Virgin Islands Real Estate Company that was under the auspices of the USVI Economic Development Commission

Leo, I have sought in vain to find references to you in relation to these ventures. You do seem to have a penchant for being photographed, particularly with celebrities. But, as yet, I cannot find any reference to your relationship with any of the named ventures.

To me, it is quite a contradiction. One would expect someone of the caliber presented to do the necessary due diligence and “dot their i’s and cross their t’s. So what really happened there Leo? Did you let your guard down?

According to the GSA website, “former Senior FBI Special Agents “had joined the “Advisory Board of Directors and Due Diligence and Compliance ………” What the hell happened?

(3). Zero-Water Exchange Sustainable Organic Shrimp Farm:

Leo, you know when I read the GSA brochure, I wonder who vetted the project from a technical perspective on behalf of Grenada. But those are not details that interest “our authorities”. I really wondered whether this project was a case of dazzling with brilliance or baffling with bullshit. I concluded the latter.

(4). Consultancy Services Agreement/GSA Creditor:

So many “bright” people have participated in the CHARADE of a project launch. It leads me to ask about “the money” and what was promised and to whom. Based on the Letters of Demand for payment, you have made us aware of the following:-

Leo Forde: USD6,450,000 – Consultancy Services Agreement

Gerard McKeon: USD785,000 – Consultancy Services Agreement

Dr. Tzachi Samocha: USD147,175 – Consultancy Services Agreement

Leo, your fees are phenomenal. Can you specifically advise what services you have already provided to this project, to whom and where since as far as we are aware NOTHING has happened.

(5)Enquiry into GSA:

Leo, I am not at all surprised that “egg” seems to have splattered on the face of “our authorities” in respect of the Grenada Sustainable Aquaculture Project. It is interesting that “an enquiry” into GSA has been publicly announced. This suggests – as we would say in the Caribbean – that “water more than flour”

Our Government is seldom minded to make announcements about the Citizenship by Investment Programme except to tell us how well it is doing.

Hopefully, in the fullness of time, the TRUTH about this project will emerge and we the people will be able to make OUR judgements about the CULPABILITY of the various actors in this project including those demanding fees for services.

Sandra C.A. Ferguson

Journalistic hitmen!!!

It is high time to take action against rogue media elements that are allowed to slander the names of people and companies with no repercussions.

For some time now an online site called Caribbean News Now has launched a vicious and slanderous attack on Sandals Resorts, clearly with an agenda that is supported by either pitiful politicians or vested hospitality interests that want to see one of the few proud institutions of the Caribbean fail.

It shows their deceit, it shows their hatefulness and it shows their lack of patriotism.

In particular, a gentleman by the name of Melanius Alphonse seems to have a particular obsession with Butch Stewart and his company – maybe Butch refused to give him a job. The latest assault by this so-called author is so devoid of commonsense it leads me to believe that the owners of this ‘news’ organisation must be equally culpable, or they would not let anything of the sort be published.

Alphonse is trying to suggest that Sandals Resorts has in some way been illegally charging guests to its Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort, taxes and retaining it instead of remitting it to the government. This in spite of the fact that the company is not only audited on an annual basis, but the Premier of the TCI Sharelene Cartwright-Robinson herself is on record as saying that there was no issue with Sandals paying its taxes.

But more than that, this pseudo news site tried to bring opposition leader Washington Missick into the mix, claiming he said Sandals owed US$164 million in unpaid taxes, which Mr. Missick has since refuted.

But shamelessly this website is insisting that the man said, what he said, he never said! Utter madness!

But one only has to revert to commonsense to expose the utter nonsense of Alphonse’s attack on Sandals. In other words, why would a company expose itself to retain 40% of a 12% tax, which would amount to only a few dollars, when all it has to do is increase its room rate to make the same money?

The argument by Alphonse is so illogical it reeks of bias and vindictiveness.

Is this what the media has come to in the Caribbean? Once upon a time we upheld a certain standard, now these literary mercenaries and assassins are being allowed to poison the hard work of real entrepreneurs like Butch Stewart, who have toiled for decades building a company that provides not only massive revenue for many governments throughout the region, but tens of thousands of jobs for Caribbean people.

Isn’t there a Caribbean Media Association? I would like to hear what they have to say about these journalistic hitmen.

Ernest Amadoe

Third Grenada Invitational at Stadium

I attended the third Grenada Invitational on Saturday 13th April 2019, and my reaction was similar to that of the first two competitions staged.

I enjoyed the meet thoroughly. The organisation of the event was spot on. The track and field officials carried out their duties in a most competent and efficient manner. There were no delays. The scoreboard worked. The Ushers were polite, and the services – bathroom facilities and food catering were conveniently placed for patrons usage.

I was delighted to see for the first time my favourite female athlete –Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce perform live. She won her event, the 100 metre A for women without breaking a sweat. It was also good to witness two young up and coming talented overseas sprinters perform. Canadian Andre DeGrasse who placed second in the 200 metres, and Adam Gemilli of Great Britain who won the 100 metre A event.

Our top Grenadian Competitor BralonTaplin did not disappoint the home crowd, as he won the 400 metre A event in fine style for the second year in succession.

Another major International athletic star competing in Grenada for the third time, Justin Gatlin, unfortunately pulled up close to the finish line in the 200 metres A, seemingly suffering from a hamstring problem.

The off field entertainment provided by a troupe of young Grenadian dancers, and the local singer Boysie, was measured, appropriate, and well produced so that their contributions did not overshadow the athletics competition, but complimented it.

Congratulations and thanks must go out to the athletes, both local and foreign, the entertainers, the field officials and the games organisers for producing an enjoyable evening that was well spent.

The value and the positive exposure realised for Grenada, an Internationally advertised tourist destination, due to the worldwide recognised sporting network ESPN’s live television coverage of the meet that was beamed to appx 120 million viewers for a three hour period cannot be underestimated.

Roger Byer
Morne Jaloux
St. George’s

The MNIB fiasco – one year later!!!

It’s approaching one year since the MNIB fiasco hit Grenada like a storm. Mr. Ruel Edwards was removed from the helm of the MNIB and placed at the Ministry of Finance. Mr. Elvis Young was put to act and I do believe he is still acting. Keep in mind this was the accountant under Mr. Edwards who allowed the funds to be so called mismanaged.

Does Mr. Young have the managerial skills and acumen to put MNIB back on its feet?

I wish to express my disappointment with the PM for the handling of the matter but I shouldn’t be disappointed as it well known how close he and Ruel were. However, I expected that along with Ruel the entire board and Managers who sat idly by while all the bad decisions were being made would be removed.

To my amasement the Board of Directors basically remained the same with only three changes Mr. DeAllie, Colin La Barrie and Mr. Michael Stephen. Is the PM so confident of the competency of the remaining members? Why are they still active? Is the defense of ‘I didn’t know what was going on acceptable”?

The same managers continued to draw their huge salaries and benefits while doing very little to improve the current situation of the company or to make the harsh decisions that have to be made.

The managers seem to be having a ball of a time engaging in other activities on the company’s time, which is evident from their movement on a daily basis.

The rest of the employees from middle management right down are disgruntled. As they should rightly be. Last year we heard pension plan, insurance plan and bills weren’t paid. Are things different now?

When was the last staff meeting to address the concerns of these brutalised workers?

The PM who is directly responsible for MNIB doesn’t have to be told how important an institution as MNIB is to the economy and to every family that exist within this country. MNIB was established to market farmers produce locally, regionally and internationally.

Mr. PM, why have MNIB stopped exporting produce? Do you no longer care about our balance of trade? Mr. PM, who is investigating the daily operations of MNIB to ensure things are being done right and square pegs are not in round holes?

Since politics is the only language we understand, let me explain to the PM: If all the farmers who work with MNIB are happy, they would influence their families and workers to vote for you. You do the Math!! Remember you need the votes as the public servant and teachers are already upset with you.

The Integrity Commission seems to be making a mockery of our resources and time. What is the status of the investigation? Where is the money from the commodities sales? Were the companies that brought MNIB to court right or wrong? Is Mr. Edwards right or wrong for suing you?

After one year I am still sadden by the MNIB situation, this company should be the heartbeat of the Grenadian farming community.

I applaud the workers who continue to hold the fort and labour with little pay and benefits. When delivering produce to the pack house I wonder how these workers remain so cheerful and pleasant.
Mr. PM, I recommend the following:

*Change the board

*Evaluate and change the managers

*Meet the workers and have a discussion

*Close down the Grenville outlet

*Give MNIB some new vehicles

Worried Farmer

Constitutional case is a smokescreen

As far back as I can remember, the question of conflict of interest never seems to be questionable in this country and I cannot understand for the life of me why.

Perhaps Hudson George who appears to be a traditionalist can enlighten me on this, but I firmly believe as our country has moved from colonialism to a sovereign state in this 21st century, laws should be introduced to protect our citizens especially the most vulnerable at various levels in society from this dog eat dog survival of the fittest behaviour of our so-called intellectuals who have the gift of cunning our people and getting away with it even with their eyes wide open.

We need to be protected from adverse environmental conditions such as noise, the polluters including bush fires that pollute our air causing respiratory problems to sufferers of hey fever and asthma.

We also need protection in the workplace and educational institutions, protection from harm, including the vulnerable such as children and young people in terms of incest and rape, safeguarding is essential.

Consumers’ protection, including consumers’ rights for after sales and services. Protection from doggy landlords and the legal profession – providing a Legal Ombudsman services etc. We also need effective enforcement of our laws. Not all traditions are acceptable in modern day society – there is a need to recognise and respect individual rights.

During my colonial years we heard of doggy, bent solicitors taking advantage of our ancestors’ ignorance by taking on their disputes, mostly with other family members that involved lands and properties, only for those same bent solicitors to buy up the properties cheaply off their clients. Most of whom families became wealthy by the doggy dealings and blatant conflict of interest. Those parasites had no morals or ethics. Indeed ethical codes did not exist in those days to protect our ancestry from what was a cruel/evil practice by those predators who conned their clients out of their land and properties.

They decided how much the land or property was worth; they decided how much they would pay for it and when. It was a case of come into my office and sign on the dotted line. A lot of Grenadians today have lost their inheritance through what was and perhaps still is a nasty practice.

I am raising the question of ethics and conflict of interest because I was staggered to learn through the media and weekly newspapers reports that Rachel Roberts, the President of the Public Workers Union (PWU) is a high ranking government employee. She is listed in some reports as a Permanent Secretary, others have her as Assistant Permanent Secretary and even a Senior Administrative Officer in the Ministry of Health.

According to the media, Ms Rachel Roberts who was recently re-elected President of one of our country’s most powerful trade union (PWU) is in dispute with the government; not on behalf of the public works employees she represents as head of her union but on behalf of herself. Isn’t this a farce? Only in Grenada this could happen.

Questions must be asked. How was this allowed to happen or to continue for over 4 years? No disrespect to Ms Roberts but clearly there is a conflict of interest here and one would thought within days of her success to the top union job 4 years ago one would have expected her superiors to congratulate her on her success and be told she would have to resign her position with the ministry within a certain time or be sacked.

Naturally, in such a situation an amicable arrangement would be reached, she would be entitled to all the benefits as any other employee at the same level of employment in accordance with her employment package/contract, including benefits, gratuity etc.

How in heaven’s name could you have the top union boss on the civil service payroll is beyond me? One cannot serve two masters as Poacher and Game Keeper all at the same time. Where does loyalty lies?

It would be interested to see the efficiencies and effectiveness record of Ms Roberts in her role as a Permanent Secretary or whatever her title is since she assumed the role of President of the PWU including how many hours she actually spent per week working on behalf of the ministry and what she has been paid by the ministry since taking up the post as President of the PWU.

Ms Roberts must be extremely good in her role as the boss of this powerful union; she must be thought of very highly by the membership and officials. No doubt loyalty; hard working and dedication to details must have been instrumental in her re-election.

No one is questioning her credentials or her ability in any regards but she cannot expect to have her cake and eat it. Her Political Influence On OECS Media Cited In Global Report and perhaps politically motivated.

Winston Strachan

THE NIS SAGA

I recently attended a consultation by the NIS and the discussion was eye-opening. I learnt more about the workings of the NIS in 3 hours than I have in my entire professional life. I don’t know if it’s my fault for not investigating the body or the NIS’s lack of public relations or maybe it’s a mixture of both. Nevertheless the consultation was educational to say the least.

According to data submitted by the NIS, in 2016, for the first time in the existence of the scheme the expenses of running the scheme was more than the income collected from the members. This came as no shock to the Board of Directors as this was foretold by the actuaries. This came as a shock to me as this was the first time I had heard of it.

What was even more shocking is the fact that the Board waited 3 years (2016-2019) to let the public in on this worrying information. In years that followed the gap between contribution income and expenses has only widened.

Why did it take so long to tell the public? I believe the answer lies in the fact that we were 2 years away from another general election. The powers-that-be didn’t want to alienate the voters that they needed to secure another 5 years in office. Baffling is that the labour representatives on the Board of Directors remained quiet. Whose welfare are these men looking after? Can’t be the employees they are supposed to represent.

In light of a MOU that was signed in the dead of the night hours before a general election and now this, question needs to be asked of our Trade Union leaders as to where their loyalty lies.
Much was said by a speaker at the consultation about the drop in birth rates leading to fewer workers in the economy and the increased life expectancy meaning pensioners are living longer as the major contributory factors responsible for the woes faced by the NIS. But that’s only half of the story. That’s the easy part – shift the blame to the people and you can get away with murder.

But there is another side of the story, a side that the directorate is unwilling to engage in. How has policies of the present administration affected the NIS? Is there anything the government can do besides pay contributions to ensure the survival of the scheme?

In an economy that is said to be the fastest growing economy in the Caribbean how can the scheme be in trouble? In an economy where the unemployment has dropped from 40% to 20% shouldn’t there have been some positive impact on the scheme?

There is only so much the public can do and the use of fear tactics such as your kids will have to pay a contribution rate of 44% later on can only go so far. Why is the directorate of the board so unwilling to engage government in discussions regarding the scheme?

There is an immediate need to increase the contributions paid to the scheme and there are 2 policies of the government that directly contradict this aim.

Firstly, there is the penchant of government to hire retired officers in high salaried positions. According to the Director of the NIS, whenever a pensioner comes back into the workforce there is only a 1% contribution to the scheme paid by their employer. Cain retired at 60 and started receiving his pension from the NIS. Five years later he is offered and accepts a position with the government.

This position comes with a salary of $8000. At this rate of 1% the NIS receives a mere $80. Had this position gone to someone else the scheme would have received $720. The NIS therefore has lost $640 because of the action of the government.

Secondly, the government is populating the nation with Imani workers. An Imani receives a stipend that is far lower than what that person would have made had they entered the labour force on their own. This means that an Imani’s contribution to the NIS would be lower than a worker doing the comparable job.

Is the directorate of the NIS bold enough to challenge the government on these points that directly affect the working of the scheme?

There are a few other points that can be made concerning the government’s role, for example:

* Creating the environment in Grenada to ensure that our workers come back and work here after going abroad and study and thus contribute to the NIS. To also make changes to its employment policies such that we prevent our workers from migrating and contributing to a foreign social security scheme. Last year over 80 nurses left Grenada to take up employment in England.

* Providing incentives to young entrepreneurs to start businesses and thus creating employment for themselves and others. Foreign investors can’t be the only beneficiaries of tax breaks and other government incentive packages.

There is no sorting out the issues plaguing the NIS without the help of the government and its going to take more than a willingness and ability to the 5% contribution on the behalf of the workers.

The workers are already saddled with 20+ additional fees, taxes and levies from the structural adjustment period. The period of adjustment has passed but the belt tightening measures have not expired.

There needs to be a loosening of the belt to motivate workers to rally around the call to raise the age of retirement and contribution rate.

Is it fair, moral and righteous to ask the people already powering the fastest growing economy to put out more? Is it right to ask them to dip into their pockets to give out more without first releasing some of the pressure that they are living under?

How can we say we are doing right by the ordinary workers when we are consigning many of them to poverty? Do not forget that these are the same workers that are going to shoulder the burden of National Health Insurance next year please God.

The tragedy of the NIS saga is that the Labor Unions and government are in a legal battle regarding gratuities and pensions. And so workers are not sure if they are going to receive a government pension and if they do receive one, the size of the emolument.

The NIS pension is the sure thing, the one we could look forward to. Now we are told that if nothing is done, by 2035 the reserves of the NIS will drop to zero. On the basis of that fact only, workers should support changes to the scheme to ensure that they do not retire to poverty. Yet the board has to engage the government to incentivise the changes.

We have no right to ask workers to make further sacrifices without giving them something back for all the sacrifices they have made before. I call on the labour unions and the directorate of the board to ensure that the government does its part to see that the NIS remains viable. This is not a workers only issue so let’s stop pretending it is.

Curious Onlooker

Kite Flying

I have written about kite flying before, but I have been encouraged to return to the subject, not only because it is Easter time, but because the subject seems to have taken on additional public order interest lately.

Kite flying is a healthy pastime for children to engage in, it encourages craftsmanship, it is traditional, and it is also part of our culture.

But it is also the year 2019. Our country has developed rapidly, property density wise, and there are less open spaces where kites can be flown without endangering electricity pylons, or disturbing the rest of citizens at night.

When I was a lad, we flew kites every Easter at the “Guides hut” yard, and “Proudfoot pasture” in the Villa area in St George. Some of our kites had noisemakers on them. Being daylight hours, we could tug in and slack out our kites and play with them, observing them visibly.

At 6.00 p.m. we took down our kites and went home, to return another day to fly them again.

Recently someone hoisted a kite in my area at 5.45 p.m, just some fifteen minutes before dark, equipped with a very loud noisemaker.

They would not have been able to see the kite, or play with it. The only reason it was put up was to make a racket at night over someone else’s house, whilst that person selfishly went home to sleep snuggly in their bed, away from the nagging disturbance.

The purpose for putting up that kite at night was to disturb people.

Nothing else. Like it or leave it.

The Police department has publicly announced that leaving kites up at night is against the Law of the land.

But would it be an unreasonable plea to make to kite flyers, to ask them that if they cannot take down their kites at sunset, that they do not leave kites aloft during night-time hours that are equipped with noisemakers or mad bulls, call them what you wish?

GRENLEC puts out annual advisories to the public asking people to be careful, and to avoid flying kites near power lines. They recently warned of the possibility of electrocution occurring in some cases, and disclosed the extremely high cost of outages suffered by kite flying to the company. A cost they revealed would be passed on to the consumer- me and you.

So perhaps the authorities need to ramp up a campaign of public education, and results oriented law enforcement on this matter. Let the kites be flown by all means, but only in open and safe areas, and limited to daylight hours only. We all have to exist on this little rock together. Better we do so in harmony, than in unnecessary aggravation.

Let’s think about it.

Roger Byer
Morne Jaloux
St. George

Venezuela is in the Process of Political Cleansing

Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro has said he wants a million more people to join his civilian militia by the end of the year (2019).

“With your rifles on your shoulders, be ready to defend the fatherland and dig the furrow to plant the seeds to produce food for the community, for the people,” Maduro recently told the crowd of militia members.

In his tiny brain pickled in communist excreta, he appears to believe that he is, in fact, Lenin, that quotation is the kind of thing that Lenin loved to espouse as he hacked his way through the murder of a hundred thousand innocents.

The Leninist belief in the one-party state was and is characteristic of every communist regime” and “the Bolshevik use of violence was repeated in every communist revolution.” Phrases said by Vladimir Lenin, and Cheka founder Felix Dzerzhinsky were deployed all over the world.

Lenin to his colleagues in the Bolshevik government: “If we are not ready to shoot a saboteur and White Guardist, what sort of revolution is that?”

Under this type of Leninist type of communism, which is often mixed with Marxism to create the heading and badge Marxist-Leninist, one can expect the need to cleanse the populace of right-wing and bourgeoisie or even the petite-bourgeoisie who simply have anti-revolutionary ideas.

Lenin’s murder figures stand at around 100,000. Stalin’s, of course, exceed 14–27 million depending on who you believe, but you have to remember that neither of these men went around slaughtering people themselves. Deaths were often results of policy.

Maduro’s call to expand his civilian militia is a call to form a revolutionary guard of armed peasants’ to unleash on the people at his command, a one-sided civil war. A civil war where only one side is armed to enable the slaughter of the opposers. A war that will further reduce the opposition to the revolution.

The mass exodus of Venezuelans is understood by all the Caribbeans’ Marxist-Leninist supporters and leaders, such as Vincentian leader Ralph Gonsalves and many others. That is why not one of them has criticised Maduro for the exodus of almost 4 million Venezuelans. That is why they have solidarity with Maduro. They know that the exodus of the unwanted prospective counter-revolutionary is necessary and means less for slaughter later.

Many Cubans fled from or left the island of Cuba. Those people consisted of two primary groups loosely defined by the period occurring before and after the Mariel boat lift of the 1980s. The pre-Mariel group consisted of the mostly middle and upper classes of the island who fled due to fear of widespread reprisals after the communist takeover led by Fidel Castro in the late 1950s-1970s.

The large exodus of Cubans to the United States since the 1959 Cuban Revolution. More than 1 million Cubans of all classes and racial groups live outside Cuba (including those born abroad), especially in the United States, and other countries.

The majority of the 1,172,899 current Cuban exiles living in the United States live in Florida (917,033 in 2014), mainly in Miami-Dade County, where more than a third of the population is Cuban.

Other exiles have relocated to form substantial Cuban communities in New York City (16,416), Louisville, KY (6,662), Houston, TX (6,233), Los Angeles (6,056), Union City, NJ (4,970) and others.

The Cuban Castro government invited those who wanted to leave to go. The exodus was invited, meant less for the slaughter which prevailed under Castro, and sometimes at his very hands.

So let it be understood that those who leave Venezuela at some point will be cut off and not be allowed to return to Venezuela. The political cleaning process will be final as far as they are concerned.
Let this be a warning to the US about the fermentation of communism in the United States and the growing wave of left-wing socialists like Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who has put a brash, fresh face on unapologetic socialism in the United States.

Can Americans – or even Democrats – get behind her? None of whom have criticised Maduro. None of whom have criticised the exodus of the Venezuelan people.

“I am so sick of the one percent getting this preferential treatment,” Sanders snarls. “Enough is enough! We need to unite and work together if we’re all going to get through this.” “Sounds like socialism to me,” observes David.

“DEMOCRATIC socialism,” Sanders corrects him. “Ah, what’s the difference?” “Huge difference,” says Sanders. “Huge.”

Most countries have the socialist element lurking in the background, even Britain who has Jeremy Corbyn the Labour party leader, none of those socialists condemn the Maduro action or behaviour, because they are all in solidarity with him, hoping and dreaming one day to follow the same path in their own respective countries.

British Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, said that the intervention in Venezuela and the call for sanctions against the government of Nicolas Maduro are “wrong” and that only Venezuelans have the right to decide their destiny.

“The future of Venezuela is a matter for Venezuelans. The request of the U.K. Secretary of Foreign Affairs Jeremy Hunt for further sanctions against Venezuela is wrong” said Corbyn in a tweet he posted about the political situation in Venezuela.

“We oppose outside interference in Venezuela, whether from the US or anywhere else. There needs to be dialogue and a negotiated settlement to overcome the crisis” concluded Corbyn, thus opposing the recognition of Juan Guaido as “interim president” of Venezuela, any interference in the affairs of another country through sanctions and any hypothesis of military intervention.
Bernie Sanders warned against the “unintended consequences” of foreign intervention in Venezuela.

Understand that what is happening in Venezuela is a carefully planned procedure that can only be stopped with regime change. The Venezuelan people are unable to bring about regime change themselves they are fighting a battle with an entrenched dictator supported by the Cuban trained and controlled military.

Russia, China and Iran support Maduro so as they can continue raping the uranium and gold pile with the lubrication of Venezuela’s oil.

All of this communist activity in the Americas and the Caribbean emanates from Cuba the cancer of the hemisphere, who has been bathing in Venezuelan oil for years now. If the Castros’ had been politically castrated years ago, none of this would be happening today.

“communism is where you are ruled by a dictator, capitalism is truly free”.

Jolly Green

THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY!!!

I am like that old country preacher that long time bible toting REVEREND with his TABERNACLE and big sisters preaching from the heart on the roadside, and hoping that a few might take heed.

I am certain that you and thousands of Grenadians are viewing on television, reading and getting information from friends and family in Trinidad about the arriving Venezuelans on the shores of the country and how things are going.

Within the arriving refugee group as they are called, there are THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY, and at times it’s the minority of bad fellows that will spark a negative backlash from the natives, and who can blame them.

Already the bad elements are showing their true colors, and it’s only a matter of time before a heavy outrage lead by some uneasy individuals attempt to begin doing unlawful things to the desperate South Americans.

Trinidad, though the second largest of the English-speaking Caribbean chain of islands, despite its size can only take so much, and the question is what would happen if they the refugees begin to head North East to Grenada and St Vincent?

There is an old saying when your neighbor’s house is on fire wet yours, and as I sit here tapping on the keys of my logitech keyboard I am wondering if both governments of Grenada and St Vincent are thinking in line that such can happen, and I am almost certain it will.

With the first wave of just fifty, I can imagine seeing those elected officials that know everything and won’t take an idea or advice from a man or woman in the street once they take up office sitting and pondering what they need to do but won’t reach out to the masses, because they don’t take advice period and are prepared to hand out free old talk while they collect a pay cheque and scratching their you know what and doing nothing.

I’ll be the first to say that they the Venezuelans will bring skills that’s badly needed to help push the country forward in many fields, but at what price.

Already it’s quite sickening to walk through the towns of St George and Grenville only to see who is in control of the everyday commerce and spreading quite rapidly, all because of the failure of government after government to educate and equip its people.

They the Venezuelans with whom we have shared economic and many more friendships with for years are coming, and is government and the natives prepared to handle THE BAD AND THE UGLY in the group that may include some of our own Venezuelan relatives that is going to turn a paradise upside down in a very short space of time because of some men and women that are put into office just won’t think as they should?

Mark my word, THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY are only days, weeks, or months away from landing on the shores of GRENADA, CARRIACOU AND PETITE MARTINIQUE as well as ST VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES, and when they do all hell is going to break loose when the BAD AND UGLY ELEMENTS begin to disrupt the lives of those in KINGSTOWN, THE GRENADINES, CARRIACOU, PETITE MARTINIQUE and SOUTH ST GEORGE, especially those at SGU and the hotel belt.

Mike Mc Quilkin

Arley Gill is back in Town!!!

His absence from Grenada was felt with the keenest pleasure. Now the not-so-young communist is back spouting his usual propaganda.

In his letter about Venezuela, he mentions “Chavez of blessed memory.” Well, Gill, you won’t find too many people blessing Chavez’ memory in Venezuela nowadays. More likely they will curse it because it is Chavez who has landed them in the truly horrible mess they are in today, through his squandering of the nation’s wealth on failed projects and bailing out other countries.

Also, the amount of money stolen from Venezuela by Chavez and his supporters is many, many times the amount that the US spent on rehabilitating Europe after World War Two. Chavez’ daughter is one of the richest people in the world, with money exported from Venezuela to banks in Switzerland and the tiny country of Andorra on the Spanish/French border.

Also, Chavez destroyed most of the private businesses in Venezuela by expropriating them. The result is a failed state which once was South America’s richest nation, where people have fled by the million into neighboring countries to stay alive, and where Venezuelan women now stand up in public parks to prostitute themselves to feed their children.

Gill asks, “It’s Venezuela today. Who will it be tomorrow?” Well, the answer to that is the next nation that falls under a communist ruler. I dread to think that it could be Mexico, which has just voted in a communist just like Chavez, by the name of Obrador. Let us hope he has a bit more sense than Chavez.

Look at the lies and half-truths spread by Gill: “In Venezuela, someone who did not contest a general election declares himself President, yet the United States of America and the most powerful countries in Western Europe recognise him as such; doing so, although there is a President duly sworn in after winning a general election.”

Juan Guaido has not declared himself President. According to Venezuela’s constitution when a President is absent or not legitimate the constitution provides that the Speaker of the National Assembly becomes the INTERIM President until free and fair elections can be held.

The reason that Maduro is not considered to be the legitimate President is that in 2016 he declared himself the winner of an election not considered free and fair by a large number of nations, as well as the Venezuelan opposition.

Not only the US and most European countries have declared their support of Guaido as INTERIM president, but Gill conspicuously fails to mention that over 50 countries, approaching 60, have declared their support. The few who support Maduro are the bad eggs, Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea.

Gill claims that “the smaller Caribbean states have done much more to resolve the issue in Venezuela by peaceful means.” Really? To quote Gill, “If that is not laughable I don’t know what is.” And to quote him again, “it really isn’t funny.”

Like all the extreme leftists, Gill hides behind the principles of sovereignty and self-determination being defended at all times. I don’t think it can be at all times.

I don’t think you can talk about sovereignty and self-determination when you are dealing with a corrupt and evil regime that doesn’t care about the suffering of its people and which is heavily engaged in trafficking drugs. Two of Maduro’s nephews are now serving jail sentences in the US for flying a plane there, loaded with cocaine.

Fitzroy Louison