Daily Archives: August 5, 2006

China Cracks Down On Blogs – Barbados Deputy PM Mia Mottley Concurs

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Blog Information “Unhealthy” Says Communist China – Mottley Agrees

When Barbados Deputy Prime Minister Mia Mottley shook hands with Communist Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on a Friday afternoon in 2004, she smiled. (People’s Daily here) And even if the Chinese Premier looked about as pleased as if he were being strapped into the chair for a root canal, the two of them obviously share the same ideas about implementing laws to curtail free speech.

On July 14, 2006, Barbados Deputy PM Mia Mottley called for the regulation of internet blogs and call-in radio programmes, saying that call-in shows “will continue to predominate” and that internet blogs “marginalize…parliaments and cause disrespect (for the rule of law and institutions that keep our society safe,)”…

Now, Deputy Prime Minister Mia Mottley must be looking at Communist China and thinking “Golly, I wish I had that kind of power”…

China To Implement “Admittance Standards” For Blogs

Excerpts from MSNBC (link here)…

…”As more and more illegal and unhealthy information spreads through the blog and search engine, we will take effective measures to put the BBS, blog and search engine under control,” said Cai Wu, director of the Information Office of China’s Cabinet, quoted by the official Xinhua News Agency.

The government will step up research on monitoring technology and issue “admittance standards” for blogs, the report said…

… China encourages Internet use for business and education but tries to block access to obscene or subversive material… China launched a campaign in February to “purify the environment” of the Internet and mobile communications, Xinhua said…

Mia Mottley’s Attack Upon Free Speech For Bajans

Previous Barbados Free Press articles…

Mottley, Castro, Cavez All Agree – Citizen Free-Speech Must Be Stopped

Barbados Deputy Prime Minister Says Internet Blogs “Marginalize…Parliament…”

Attempted Libel Chill – Barbados Free Press Will Not Be Intimidated

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St. Kitts and Nevis Electricity Scandal – A Lesson For Barbados…

The St. Kitts and Nevis Democrat has published as damning a series of government corruption stories as we have ever seen. This week’s article concerns the Electricity Department, flawed generators and how a new Jeep Cherokee happened to find its way into the driveway of a certain political figure. (Hey… be it a Mercedes, a Jeep or a BMW… what is a new car between friends?)

Without accountability written into law, conflict of interest guidelines and a true willingness on the part of government to be transparent in everyday business, these types of abuses are common.

Where is the lesson for Barbados?

As we have pointed out since we went online in January of this year, in 12 years in power the BLP government of Barbados has failed to introduce anti-corruption legislation.

From the Barbados Free Press article UN Hosts Corruption Seminar in Barbados… How Appropriate!

Barbados: a country where the Auditor General doesn’t even have a website or post annual reports online.

Barbados: a country where there are no conflict of interest guidelines or rules for legislators.

Barbados: a country where there are no disclosure rules for politicians or government employees who are able to award contracts worth millions without oversight or accountability.

Barbados: a country where private property is seized by the government using the weakest of excuses, and then ends up being transferred later to certain private individuals and entities.

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Toronto Caribana – Jdid Reports On Continent’s Largest Caribbean Festival

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From Jdid at Doan Mind Me Blog, we learned that Toronto’s Caribana street festival is on this weekend. Wish we were there!

Here is Jdid’s take…

Yep its that time of year again. Caribana aka “the why do 2 million black men cruise Yonge St on friday night trying to pick up clearly under age chicks, whose parents should whoop their asses for being out in such skimpy outfits so late at night, while running from gun shots and getting harassed by po po” festival or “the Weekend when canadian cats have to pretend to be American to get any play from Canadian women weekend” festival. lol…

Sounds like fun. Wish we were there alright!

But Toronto’s Caribana has not been without problems. In recent years, gang violence, shootings and financial scandals have taken their toll on the annual event. Friday’s local Toronto paper described some of the challenges. From the Toronto Star

But only a few months ago, clouds threatened the 39th edition of the festival after the City of Toronto pulled $400,000 in funding, citing the organizers’ failure to submit a proper audit. That decision by one of the event’s chief financial backers set off bitter infighting between the Caribbean Cultural Committee, which has organized the festival for years, and a new group tapped by city officials to take over.

The turmoil was the latest in a long history of financial and organizational woes that have plagued Caribana over the years, which have put the festival’s future in doubt, and with it a sizeable share of the city’s summer tourism business…

…Encouragingly, organizers and police are boosting their efforts to minimize violence, which has occasionally marred past festivities. After several shooting incidents in past years, most corporate sponsors pulled out of Caribana, not wanting their name linked with the event.

This weekend, police will be using video cameras to keep an eye on the large crowds that are expected to gather downtown tomorrow….

We can expect that when Jdid sobers up, he will let us know how things went.

And Jdid… remember old friend… You are now a married man with a new little one. Behave yourself! 🙂

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