Monthly Archives: January 2008

Bermuda Police Service Suspends Blogging Police Officer

Another Reason For Small Island Bloggers To Remain Anonymous…

A Policeman has been suspended from duty after posting allegations of “misdeeds” in the Bermuda Police Service on his internet blog.

The Royal Gazette reported on P.c. Allan Palmer’s Crushing Fools site earlier this month, after he wrote a message urging the community to unite against violence.The St. Vincent father-of-three, who describes himself in his online journal as an “independent thinker”, posted another message on January 23, titled An Abuse of Power Stepping Back into the Stone Age of Policing.

The posting – since removed from the site – claimed that “ambitious people” within the Island’s Police service are trying to take it back into the dark ages by silencing officers such as himself and “perverting the course of internal justice”.

P.c. Palmer claimed there was a tight-knit “mafia” of Barbadian officers who attempted to manipulate issues to make sure things go their way. He alleged that he began to have a bad experience in Bermuda Police Service (BPS) after raising concerns about a “practice that was sanctioned by the … Barbadian Mafia”.

… from The Royal Gazette Blogging Policeman Suspended

Blogs, Police Officers and Drugs

As we related in our previous article on this subject Four Bermuda Blogs Shut Down – The Case For Anonymous Blogging Gets Stronger, we live on a very small island. The writers at BFP would be fired in a nanosecond if our identities became known. At least two of us would lose our mortgages and our homes. It would take about two weeks.

Constable Palmer should have stayed anonymous – like our police friend who advised us on the Ronja Juman blank search warrant.

Tomorrow, in honour of Constable Palmer, BFP will publish an article telling about how and why officers of the Royal Barbados Police Force target tourists for drug arrests – and leave the dealers alone.


Filed under Barbados, Blogging, Crime & Law, Freedom Of The Press

Peter Wickham: “BLP and Owen Arthur…Created A Climate Of Oppression…”

Peter Wickham Says What He Thinks And The Nation Actually Prints It!

Although I firmly believe that the BLP and Owen Arthur served this country well, I am also convinced that more recently they created a climate of oppression (as was the case in 1986) that made people like me uncomfortable…

To be sure, this is not intended to be a partisan statement on my part, but is instead an indication that I now agree with a comment that was made by a member of the CBC staff to me recently. He said: “I prefer to err on the side of the BLP, since I have always found that the Dems are less vindictive.”

Peter Wickham in the Nation News article: Climate of Oppression


Barbados News Media Is Like An Abused Woman…

Friends, did you ever know an abused woman who had forgotten what it was like to live with a man who didn’t belittle or hit her? Did you ever know a woman who was always afraid of not pleasing her man?

Barbados and the Barbados media are like an abused woman who has just been set free from a brute of a husband.

Oh, the marriage started out just fine, but as the years went by a dark side of the BLP and Owen Arthur came to the forefront. The news media became afraid to print the truth. They started self-censoring and some of the so-called “journalists” even threw their lot in with the apparent victors – Prime Minister Arthur and the BLP.

Now that BLP government has gone down in flames and the Barbados news media has been exposed as having zero credibility, there will be a period before journalists truly accept the fact that they gained much freedom on the day that the BLP was tossed by voters – no thanks to the lapdog news media itself, of course.

Albert Brandford & The “Inbred” Insult To Prime Minister Thompson

In a second piece in the Nation News, this time a letter to the editor, Peter Wickham points out that no journalist would have dared to attack Owen Arthur the way that Albert Brandford recently used the word “inbred” in an attack against Prime Minister David Thompson.

Once again, Peter Wickham’s letter highlights that things have changed under the new government, and he criticizes the Nation News for its conduct during the recent election – but this is only a start at what is needed. (See The Nation News: Unfortunate words by Nation’s Brandford)

The Barbados News Media Must Declare Itself Guilty As The First Step To Gaining Credibility With The Public

If the Barbados news media think that they can now hold their heads up and instantly regain their credibility with the public, they will be sorely disappointed. Even if they now provide effective and balanced journalism in respect of the new government – that proves nothing. As Peter Wickham’s friend pointed out, the DLP are less vindictive than the BLP, and I believe that the current government will not seek to retaliate against its critics in the news media: at least not for the first term because they do not wish to be tarred with the same brush as the previous BLP government.

There needs to be a whole lot more of public mea maxima culpa introspection by the Barbados media.

That the Nation News would publish Peter Wickham’s article and his letter to the editor is a small, positive, sign – but it is nothing compared with what the Bajan public deserves.

So here is a place for the Nation News to start on the path to recovery of its credibility…

Let’s see if The Nation has the decency and courage to investigate the Ronja Juman story – because every day that the newspaper refuses to acknowledge the need for a public enquiry on the Juman matter is further proof that the Bajan news media cannot be trusted by citizens.


Filed under Barbados, Freedom Of The Press, Political Corruption, Politics, Politics & Corruption

The Strange Disappearing Court Cases Of Barbados – And How The News Media Keeps Silent

“When an incident happens in Barbados – any incident – we knowingly look to the status of the people involved and can usually predict the outcome. Is the victim a nobody, elderly, poor or especially a woman – and the other person one of the elites? We all say… tough luck sweetheart – you haven’t a chance of seeing justice!” … from the BFP article Roy Morris & Nation News Train Wreck Continues

Secret Trials & Court Appearances, Dropped Charges, Bribes And Backroom Deals

Have you ever noticed how many court cases just disappear from the public record in Barbados – especially when the upper classes or public figures are involved?

Sometimes certain cases are remanded forever until the public memory fades. During that time the victim is paid some money, or perhaps finds that an employer suddenly offers an excellent job right out of the blue. Other times when the police or prosecutors have made mistakes or been heavy-handed, the charges are quietly dropped – but for some strange reason the victim keeps silent and does not sue the police even when all reason says they should handily win in any fair court.

There are two levels of accused in our justice system – those who can afford to pay off the victims and those who cannot.

We all know how it is ’bout here.

Of course, this “disappearing” of court cases can’t take place without the cooperation of the “professional” Barbados media like the Nation News, the CBC and the rest.

Hopefully the new DLP government will return the rule of law and the concept of “justice must be seen to be done” to place of importance that these two concepts should enjoy.

Whether there is any hope that the cowardly lapdog Barbados news media will find its cajones… who knows?

Meanwhile folks, let’s test our memories …

How many important court cases can you name that were in the public eye and then disappeared – or simply never made it into the Barbados media?

Here are a few of the disappearing court cases of Barbados


Mark Winston Goodridge

Way back in October of 2006, lawyer Mark Winston Goodridge and his son Simon Mark Goodridge were jointly charged with causing serious bodily harm to a dark-skinned 15 year-old teen. Father Goodridge was also charged with incitement to racial hatred, assault and discharging a firearm within 100 yards of the highway.

Pretty serious charges on this little rock.

The island was all abuzz over the incident which had racial overtones because of the charges and the players. The Goodridges were more/less white, while the teen was more/less black.

What happened at trial? Was there a trial… or just a backroom deal?

What… you think that’s the public’s business? After reporting the incident daily for a week in a series of stories, the Nation News disappeared all mention of the case. The paper’s last article was published on October 19, 2006 just a few days after the charges were laid.

See BFP’s Barbados Lawyer Wanted For Beating Of Teen – Thoughts Of Racial Tension, White Privilege & Black Attitudes


Roy Morris Rape Charge

Back on Tuesday, August 14, 2007, veteran journalist Roy Morris was charged with rape by the Royal Barbados Police Force. He was released on bail after appearing in court.

As BFP detailed in a series of articles, Morris had been on the run from the police while wanted for the alleged rape of a young 16 year old woman who may have been an intern at The Nation News.

Barbados Free Press and Barbados Underground broke the story over a month before Morris surrendered to police.

What happened to the case?

The last article about the case was published by the Nation News on August 15, 2007 – the day after Morris’ arrest. We heard that the case was adjourned to November 1, 2007 and then sometime in January, 2008… but the media has not said anything about it since August 15th of 2007.

Was there a deal? Will there be a trial?

Who knows!

BFP: Roy Morris Rape Charge In Court On Thursday, November 1, 2007


Reporters Roughed Up, Arrested & Charged

On Friday, May 25, 2007, CBC Reporter Jimmy Gittens was roughed up and arrested by officers of the Royal Barbados Police Force as Gittens was covering auto accident victims at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Police thugs thumped two other journalists but didn’t charge them. Cameras were broken.

The police charged the newsman and he was released on bail after appearing in court. There was general outrage in the journalistic community and Gittens’ lawyer said that a civil suit would be filed against the police.

So what happened? Who knows!

The last the Nation News mentioned the case was on July 16, 2007 when the paper showed a photo of Jimmy Gitten’s shaking hands with the Police Commissioner at an awards ceremony while still out on bail.

Shhhhhh! Its another case of disappearing criminal charges… if the police won’t say anything, neither will the victim!

BFP article: Barbados Reporters Visit Queen Elizabeth Hospital – Arrive In Zimbabwe Courtesy Of Royal Barbados Police Force

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Filed under Barbados, Crime & Law, Political Corruption, Politics, Politics & Corruption

UPDATED: (They Are Faked) German Rihanna Photos – Real or PhotoShop?

UPDATE: Rihanna’s “nude” photos are faked

OK folks… it appears that our good girl is still a good girl. Question: Should we take down this story or leave it up?


Original story…

Ian Bourne at Bajan Reporter has THE PHOTOS and lots of thoughts and comments on their authenticity.

As Ian says, if they aren’t fake, Rihanna’s mother wants a word with her daughter…

Bajan Reporter: Rihanna Allegedly Poses Nude In Germany


Filed under Barbados, Celebrities, Music, Rihanna

UPDATED: DLP Commenter Wishing In Vain Banned From Barbados Free Press

UPDATED: Wishing In Vain Apologises, Will Be Given Another Chance

We have received an email from WIV offering an apology on one hand and saying he / she didn’t quite understand why they were banned.

Frankly, we went through the same thing a number of months ago with Wishing In Vain – which is another reason that we wonder about how many folks the DLP had/has writing under the moniker “Wishing In Vain”.

So… WIV, here’s the deal…

We don’t allow folks to call their political opponents or other folks homosexual or lesbian unless that person has come out of the closet themselves. No innuendo. No smart comments sliding in sideways. Nothing.

That is our rule, which you were cautioned on many months ago.

So… Wishing in Vain can return to Barbados Free Press.

You may come out of the corner now, if you agree to play nicely with your brothers and sisters!


Original Article…

Our old friend “Wishing in Vain” has proven to be a valuable contributor to the public discussion here at BFP and at many other other blogs. He or she is obviously a well educated and well-connected DLP insider and we appreciate the part that WIV plays in contributing to the discussion.

During the past election we started to consider the possibility that WIV was more than just one person. There were slight differences in vocabulary and writing skill between some of WIV’s comments – but different moods and levels of sobriety could account for that.

What really set us to wondering was Wishing In Vain’s 24/7 presence on the blogs during the election. No matter which one of us BFPers was on duty, no matter the hour – WIV always seemed to be there too! Once we plotted WIV and they were online something like an average of every 1.6 hours for a 48 hour period (!)

BFP can do that because we have a few people available for spam around the clock… but it seems to us to be an incredible performance for a single individual.

Too incredible – but still possible, I guess.

But then there is the subject of this post.

Many times BFP moderators have cautioned Wishing In Vain that unsubstantiated comments about the sexual orientation of any person will not be tolerated on this blog. It is a part of Bajan politics that we don’t support and don’t allow at BFP.

Wishing in Vain has violated our rules so many times that we have lost count. Sometimes we don’t publish the comment or we edit out the offending passage. We have edited WIV’s comments so many times that we can’t remember – but no more.

Wishing in Vain also tries to “slip one in” on us every so often – not always, but infrequently enough that we don’t always notice – saying a foul thing in the middle of an otherwise reasoned and valuable comment. WIV did that again this morning.

So Wishing In Vain… we don’t know if you are one person or several, but the name “Wishing In Vain” is now banned from Barbados Free Press.

If you wish to resume using that name here, you must write an apology and a written promise that you will not violate the rules again.

Yours truly,

Marcus, Robert, Shona, Cliverton, George & Auntie Moses


Filed under Barbados, Blogging, Freedom Of The Press

What Will Become Of Barbados’ Ethanol Project? … Also: Virgin Atlantic To Test Biofuel, Perhaps From Algae

What Will The Current Barbados Government Do With The Cane-Ethanol Project?

First, a reminder that finding new and better energy sources is one of the most critical worldwide problems that we face in this generation. But as scientists and business are discovering, not every alternative fuel makes technological, economic or environmental sense.

This truth that not every alternative fuel source is viable is illustrated by an experiment being conducted by Richard Branson, Boeing and General Electric Aviation…


Virgin Atlantic said Monday that it would conduct a demonstration flight next month of one of its Boeing 747 jets using biofuel – the first airborne test of a renewable fuel by a commercial jet.

The airline, founded by the British billionaire Richard Branson, said a 747-400 plane would make the journey lasting one hour and 20 minutes from London Heathrow Airport to Amsterdam in late February using 20 percent biofuel and 80 percent conventional jet fuel. The test, without passengers, is part of a joint research project announced by Virgin, Boeing and the aircraft engine maker, GE Aviation.

The airline declined to identify the source of the biofuel, though Paul Charles, a Virgin spokesman, said the carrier had rejected fuels derived from crops like palm oil because of the huge land area that would need to be devoted to cultivation for fuel production.

“It will be a very sustainable fuel source,” Charles said, adding that its production would not compete with food or fresh water resources.

Engineers at Boeing and its European rival, Airbus, estimate that supplying all the airliners in the world with pure soybean-based biofuel would require planting an area the size of Europe. Biofuel researchers have also identified certain varieties of algae as a possible feedstock, noting that they have a much higher energy content than oilseeds and would therefore be far less demanding on the environment.

Boeing estimates that supplying the aviation industry with algae-based fuel would require just 35 square kilometers of ponds and that the algae could even be cultivated in salt water.

Read the entire article at the Herald Tribune link here.


Is Cane Ethanol A Viable Project For Barbados?

Prime Minister Thompson Should Re-evaluate Everything Started By The Corrupt & Incompetent BLP Government!

Proponents of a Barbados cane-ethanol project point to Brazil as proof that fuel from sugar cane is an economically viable proposition. They don’t like to talk about the huge economies of scale enjoyed by Brazil, or that Barbados might be better off economically to forget about ethanol from cane and instead grow corn for domestic food use.

The rationale for Barbados replacing cane with corn is that as ethanol from corn takes off in the North American market, it will cause a significant increase in the price of food and feed corn. In short, if making ethanol from cane on Barbados is as inefficient and expensive as is becoming apparent, we might be way better off to grow food instead of cane and find other solutions to powering cars and generating electricity.

What we don’t need is another dubious project that requires hundreds of millions of tax dollars for no guaranteed results or return… and we sure don’t need to favour a cane-ethanol project on the basis of an emotional and historical attachment to growing sugarcane.

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Filed under Aviation, Barbados, Energy, Environment, Sugar

Fabulous New Blog Preserves Jewish History In Barbados


Whereas a majority of the People of the Hebrew Nation, resident within this Island, have, by their humble petition, prayed for a Legislative Enactment to enforce the payment of certain taxes on (adjoinments ?) to meet the expenses of their Religious Establishment and to maintain the poor and indigent of their Nation: — And Whereas the Legislature of this Island being willing to carry the prayer of the said petition into effect:
It is hereby Enacted by the Honorable John Brathwaite Skeete, President of His Majesty’s Council and Communities as Chief of this Island, Chancellor, Ordinary, and Vice Admiral of the same…

Preserving Part Of Our Island’s History – Tombstone by Tombstone…

If only we could restore every graveyard on this island – not only for historical reasons, but for simple respect of those who have gone before us. Many of our graveyards and graves (even recent ones) are in a horrible state. I know of one incident last year where a child fell into a hole in a graveyard in the north and there were twenty or thirty such holes in the graveyard. You doan wanna look down them!

That aside, our Jewish friends have a project to restore and document their community’s graves and we wish that others would become inspired by their efforts.

Jewish Barbados Blog (link here)


Filed under Barbados, History, Religion

BLP Cash Distributions On Election Day

David at Barbados Underground has a number of photos that were received by various blogs. Something about License plate M50, the farm and envelopes full of cash.

IF after seeing the photos the regular Barbados media don’t ask questions…

… aw, forget it.

You know what? Nobody expects anyone at the Nation, the Barbados Advocate or the CBC, VOB etc to mention anything even when the photos are there for all to see!

To the Barbados media, we have two shameful words for you: Ronja Juman


Filed under Barbados, Crime & Law, Political Corruption, Politics, Politics & Corruption

Chinese Government Surveillance Video Of Lovers Posted On YouTube


A Reminder That Those The Government Entrusts With Surveillance … Are Only Human!

A surveillance video from the Communist Chinese transportation system has surfaced on YouTube and various blogs. The guards in charge of video surveillance used multiple remotely-controlled cameras to follow two lovers who just couldn’t bear the thought of parting at the turnstiles. The video is all the rage in China right now. (see video here or click the photo)

On one level, the video is a touching and mostly humourous look at young love. (You’ll laugh too… we did!) On another, it is a sinister example of how little privacy we have left when extensive monitoring networks are established as in London and New York.

On a third level, it also goes to prove that the folks (“THEM”) assigned to monitor the citizens (“US”) are only human themselves.

Which is another illustration of why we need rules and laws – even when everyone has the best of intentions. We also need those rules to be enforced and enforced impartially, but more on that next time.

What is it, 95 or 96 days left now until the deadline for integrity legislation in Barbados?


Filed under Barbados, Blogging, China, Crime & Law, Political Corruption, Politics, Politics & Corruption

Albert Brandford Squirms And Ducks – Says It Is Fault Of Readers For Choosing Wrong Meaning Of “Inbred” Slur Against Barbados Prime Minister

A few days ago we took Albert Brandford to task for his racial slur against Prime Minister David Thompson in the Nation News article The Money Factor.

You can read about our disgust with Brandford in our article The Nation’s Albert Brandford Makes A Backhanded Racial Comment Against Barbados’ New Prime Minister.

The debate continues today with Mr. Brandford replying to BFP’s article. As you can read below, Mr. Brandford claims that the blame belongs with readers who have “chosen” the wrong meaning for his use of the word “inbred”…

Albert Brandford Writes To Barbados Free Press


I came late to your reaction to my article. It is unfortunate – but not surprising, given some of the other comments you have made – that you would have chosen the meaning of ‘inbred’ not intended. I was merely referring to his innate sense of entitlement, that is, from birth. Racial slurs would have no place in my discussions on political events, I assure you.

Albert Brandford

Mr. Brandford’s original comment can be seen here.

Barbados Free Press Replies To Albert Brandford

Mr. Brandford…

1/ You are undoubtedly aware of the BLP’s long standing use of derogatory racial terms in reference to Prime Minister Thompson.
2/ You are undoubtedly aware of the foul rumours and innuendo that the BLP has long used when talking about Prime Minister Thompson’s parentage.
3/ You are a professional writer who is well skilled in using double entendres to cross lines and get away with it.
4/ Had you meant “innate sense of entitlement” you could and would have said that. But you used the word “inbred”, with all of the word’s baggage in context with the BLP slur campaign against David Thompson.
5/ To now say that it is the fault of readers for “choosing” the wrong meaning for the word that you used in disingenuous, and frankly, part of your foul little game and the act of a coward.

No, Mr. Brandford…

We don’t believe that a professional journalist such as yourself did not carefully consider the meanings and impact of your chosen words. You were seeking to write a “hit-piece” about the swearing in of the new Prime Minister and you did so in the most foul and racially-charged way possible – after a campaign filled with BLP racial insults to Mr. Thompson.

You just didn’t think you’d be called on it.

Mr. Brandford, you owe Prime Minister David Thompson and the citizens of Barbados a PUBLIC APOLOGY in the same print and internet edition of the Nation News that printed your foul statements.


Filed under Barbados

Nigerian Tourism Minister Sends Tourism Head Packing For Failure To Be Accountable. Meanwhile, In Barbados…


Will Richard Sealy Take Heads In Barbados Tourism – Or Work With The Current Crew?

If the Barbados economy has a lifeblood, it is tourism. Don’t fool yourself: everything else is built upon that foundation. No matter what you do for a living on this island, chances are that it is either directly or indirectly associated with those sunburned tourists walking around in Bridgetown.

Even our offshore banking industry would not continue to flourish without the same pre-conditions that make tourism viable.

A friend of mine who is active in the banking sector told me something that had never occurred to me before. She said that the foreigners who establish offshore companies and bank accounts in Barbados largely choose our country because it is a pleasant place to go on vacation or to visit on business.

I had to think about that one, but then she explained that rich foreign folks can establish companies and bank accounts anywhere they want in the Caribbean or the rest of the world. The many countries that embrace international banking are competitive with Barbados in that they afford much the same financial benefits and tax breaks. So there must be some compelling reason for rich folks to choose Barbados over other countries… and that reason is that we are a great vacation spot when compared with many other banking centers.

Which is all to say that tourism is probably the most important ministry in our government because without a vibrant and healthy tourist industry, everything would suffer.

Richard Sealy Has Quite A Job Ahead Of Him

The previous Minister of Tourism, Noel Lynch, took much well-deserved criticism for the many disasters and deterioration that took place on his watch. And although he proved time and time again that he didn’t have a clue as to the true situation, let alone what to do about it, we have to wonder about the quality of his staff at both the Ministry and the Barbados Tourism Authority.

And we’re not talking just the management. Judging by the performance issues, there must be staff members who deserve to get the boot under the new administration.

Tourism will not be able to reach its full potential unless our Tourism Minister and the industry are provided with accurate data upon which to make decisions.

Will Richard Sealy have the wisdom to get rid of those at the Ministry and the BTA who are beyond redemption?

Answer: He’d better!

Meanwhile, Mr. Sealy could take a lesson from the Nigerian Tourism Minister. Perhaps this story should be pinned up over a few desks at the BTA?

Minister sends tourism corporation boss on compulsory leave

Lagos, Nigeria (eTN) – The Nigerian minister for Tourism, Culture and National Orientation, Mr. Adetokunboh Kayode, last weekend directed the director general of the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), Olusegun Runsewe, to proceed on compulsory leave. This move comes barely few hours after Chief Runsewe was suspended from office by the minister over alleged insubordination.

…the minister has written thirteen letters to Chief Runsewe requesting for records of financial dealings of the corporation and the number of tourists entering the country, but never got any reply.

Excerpt from eTurboNews (link here)


Filed under Africa, Aviation, Barbados, Barbados Tourism, Political Corruption, Politics & Corruption, Traveling and Tourism

Former Bermuda Attorney General Elliott Mottley And The Rebecca Middleton Murder


On June 20th, 1996, 16-year-old Rebecca Middleton arrived in Bermuda with her friend Jasmine Meens, ready for her “trip of a lifetime.”

On the night of July third, 1996, Becky, who had just celebrated her 17th birthday in Bermuda with Jasmine and her family, was murdered in what has been described as among “the worst, most brutal, most animal sexually-depraved, most violent and inhuman murder of any woman or man anywhere in the world”… (Quote from Bermuda Online).

Passersby found her as she died, lying almost nude in the middle of a dark, isolated road. Despite autopsy results on the very day of her death showing forcible rape, sodomy, battering, torture, cutting and stabbing, responsible agencies, “police, the attorney general’s department, the courts, and the judiciary– have failed in their responsibilities to this innocent child.

Keith Forbes of Online Bermuda terms the situation a “notoriously botched murder case that has brought huge international discredit to the United Kingdom and its Foreign and Commonwealth Office, its place and reputation in the European, United Nations and world communities, Bermuda, its Governor and Deputy Governor, Cabinet and legislators, Chief Justice, Attorney General, Police Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner and Police Service and the island’s judicial system.” … from website

What Was Elliott Mottley’s Role In This Disaster Of Justice?

In the days following her murder, police on the island narrowed their search to two men: Kirk Mundy and Justis Smith.

Before the evidence was analyzed, Mundy cut a deal with the attorney general at the time. In exchange for testifying against Smith, he would serve five years for being an accessory.

Smith was charged with the murder. However, DNA results at the time put only Mundy at the scene and prosecutors were left to try a man with no physical evidence. … from the Toronto Star Newspaper (link here)

Former Bermuda Attorney General Elliott Mottley denies having anything to do with the mishandling of the Rebecca Jane Middleton case – but many are not convinced.

When reader Reality Check said “A young Canadian schoolgirl was brutally murdered in 1996 and it appears political interference and incompetence by the then AG, Elliot Mottley, (who denied he gave immunity) led to the accused getting off.” it set of a chain of comments that saw almost a hundred readers head over to the website within a matter of minutes.

It is obvious that the horrific murder of Rebecca and the bungling by Bermuda’s police and justice system still reverberates throughout the Caribbean and Canada.


Photo of “Becky” on her way to Bermuda, wearing the dress and hat her mother made for the trip.

Our heart goes out to Rebecca’s family and friends who are still looking for some sort of justice after 12 long years. It is obvious that they seek to encourage public debate and examination of the case, so out of consideration to them, we made this our feature article for today.

Here is what various BFP readers said on another post about the case. Comments are open folks…

Reality Check

Bermuda is even smaller than Barbados and perhaps more susceptible to abuse and corruption by the power elite.

Why is it that the Mottleys seem to be involved with everything nefarious and underhanded and keep coming up with jobs. Mottley91&TM=9512.018

A young Canadian schoolgirl was brutally murdered in 1996 and it appears political interference and incompetence by the then AG, Elliot Mottley, ( who denied he gave immunity )led to the accused getting off.

Another case of justice denied

Maybe someone from the middleton family can let us know some of the details?

Bermuda is in serious trouble

Jan 23, 8:51 PM

Wishing In Vain

The murder of Miss Middleton was a tragedy, what followed was an amazing fiasco which should leave all reasonable, decent people concerned or stunned. Just how did this comedy of errors lead to such an intolerable ‘result’?
The basis of the miscarriage of justice has always centered on the granting of immunity to a suspect. Now, for the first time we hear the following:

Former AG denies deal in Middleton case
By Karen Smith The Royal Gazette Ltd Bermuda, August 15, 2000
Former Attorney General Elliott Mottley denied there had ever been an immunity deal offered to one of the suspects in the Rebecca Middleton murder. He refuted claims that Kirk Mundy had been offered a lesser charge, that of accessory after the fact, in return for a guilty plea and information. He said: “There never was an immunity deal offered to Mundy. He was charged based on the evidence that the Police provided us with at the time. “They had nothing else but his statement.

“For years people have said there was a deal, but there was no deal. There was no written immunity document because there was no immunity offered.

“I have never spoken out before, but now I think it is time.”

Comment: Stop the press! This is an incredible turn of events but the ‘confession’ appears to have been accepted without so much as a second look. There never was an immunity agreement? This needs to be investigated in depth.

It appears a formal complaint against the officers involved in the enquiry needs to be made at the highest level, investigated by an independent, overseas commission. The former AG’s comments are astounding.

Jan 24, 2:21 AM


Re the Middleton case, immunity was granted to one one suspect, whose lies were plausible. What transpired was that the DNA in Miss Middleton, matched that of the immune person. They tried to convict the other suspect on the basis of a missing knife from a set found at his house. Apparently there were many of that type sold on the island. The evidence was not enough to convict. So the guilty party or parties walked free.

Lets face it, the Middletons and WE Canadians are not amused.

Jan 24, 3:37 AM

Further Reading…


Bermuda.Org Legal Section (Very Detailed – Scroll down or search for “Rebecca Middleton”)

Bermuda Online – Canada (Scroll down or search for “Rebecca Middleton”)

Cayman Islands Government – Press Release Elliott Deighton Mottley, QC, joins Court of Appeal

Sun Newspaper Canada – Feb 16, 2006 – Joe Warmington

Wikipedia – Link to Cherie Blair Asks Bermudian Court To Reopen Case Of Slain Canadian

Star Newspaper Canada – Canadian’s Slaying Reviewed


Filed under Barbados, Crime & Law, History

Four Bermuda Blogs Shut Down – The Case For Anonymous Blogging Gets Stronger


We at Barbados Free Press have been hunted for over 2 years now. Threats from the previous government and their supporters were a daily occurrence – and still are.

Threats of murder, rape, arson and violence against our families are made via emails and the comments section.

In a small place like Barbados, the entrenched elites have far more power to ruin your life than in a large country like America or Britain where the press is active and courageous. Here, in Barbados, I would be fired tomorrow if my employer ever suspected what I do on night shift!

So we understand why four blogs in Bermuda have shut down due to “pressure”.

Our friend Don Mitchell at Corruption-free Anguilla blog has the story (link here)


Filed under Barbados, Blogging, Freedom Of The Press, Political Corruption, Politics, Politics & Corruption

Barbados Blogs In Danger? Global Voices’ Janine Mendes-Franco Collects The Evidence…


Global Voices Helps The World Watch Barbados

“Barbadian blogs are some of the most outspoken in the Caribbean, regularly taking politicians and mainstream media to task for issues such as transparency and public accountability. The landslide opposition victory in the country’s recently held general elections has raised the issue of the power of the blogosphere and whether popular political blogs like Barbados Free Press and Barbados Underground had a role to play in influencing the vote.”

Janine Mendes-Franco looks at blogs and the recent Barbados election (link here)

Bringing Small Voices To World Prominence – Using Blogs

You really should take a look at Global Voices’ fabulous website. Through it, you can link to almost any country in the world and through the local blogs find truths and stories that are not seen in the old news media.Each day millions of folks use Global Voices to keep track of what is happening around the world through the voices of ordinary people.

We’ll let Harvard Law School’s Global Voices Project explain more about who they are and what they do.

Excerpts from the Global Voices “About Us” page…

How Global Voices Works:

Global Voices seeks to aggregate, curate, and amplify the global conversation online – shining light on places and people other media often ignore. We work to develop tools, institutions and relationships that will help all voices, everywhere, to be heard.

With tens of millions of people blogging all over the planet, how do you avoid being overwhelmed by the information overload? How do you figure out who are the most influential or respected and credible bloggers or podcasters in any given country, especially those outside your own?

Our international team of volunteer authors, regional blogger-editors and translators are your guides to the global blogosphere…

…In addition to this website, Global Voices has an Advocacy program to help people speak out in places where powerful forces would prevent them from doing so. We also have an Outreach program called Rising Voices to enable more people whose voices and views are not heard to speak out online…

Our Primary Goals:

At a time when the international English-language media ignores many things that are important to large numbers of the world’s citizens, Global Voices aims to redress some of the inequities in media attention by leveraging the power of citizens’ media. We’re using a wide variety of technologies – weblogs, podcasts, photos, video, wikis, tags, aggregators and online chats – to call attention to conversations and points of view that we hope will help shed new light on the nature of our interconnected world. We aim to do the following:

1) Call attention to the most interesting conversations and perspectives emerging from citizens’ media around the world by linking to text, photos, podcasts, video and other forms of grassroots citizens’ media being produced by people around the world

2) Facilitate the emergence of new citizens’ voices through training, online tutorials, and publicizing the ways in which open-source and free tools can be used safely by people around the world to express themselves

3) Advocate for freedom of expression around the world and to protect the rights of citizen journalists to report on events and opinions without fear of censorship or persecution

The idea for the project grew out of an international bloggers’ meeting held at Harvard in December 2004. (Here’s a written account of the meeting. To listen to an audio report, click here). Global Voices, though headquartered at Harvard Law School, is a co-operative effort of contributors from every continent and dozens of countries…


Filed under Barbados, Blogging, Freedom Of The Press, News Media, Political Corruption, Politics, Politics & Corruption

The Nation’s Albert Brandford Makes A Backhanded Racial Comment Against Barbados’ New Prime Minister

BLP Government’s Use Of Racial Slurs As A Strategy

Let’s get one thing straight so that Mr. Brandford knows where we at Barbados Free Press stand: we are sensitive to comments about race because some of us and our children are of mixed race.

If Mr. Brandford were to use a racial comment against my son, I would immediately see to it that he apologised. And Brandford would apologise very quickly – I can assure him of that.

For too long we listened to the last government’s use of race and colour to divide our people. We saw how Owen Arthur, Liz Thompson and other members of that government did not hesitate to call out racial slurs against their opponents. If Thompson couldn’t argue on the facts, even on national television she dismissed her opponent as being Caucasian. Former Prime Minister Arthur called blacks who disagreed with him “negrocrats” and oreos“.

It was, and remains, an evil practice – made more evil still when it was adopted as a BLP party strategy against then Leader of the Opposition, David Thompson. Mr. Thompson is of mixed black and white parentage, so he was called a “redman”, “white”, “englishman”, “great white hope” and even that favourite racial slur of Liz Thompson “Caucasian”. (BFP article here)

The BLP operatives who were hired to run the disgusting “Exposed” blog constantly use skin colour and race against non-blacks. Bajans of Indian heritage are called “curry boy” while persons of lighter skin colours are disparaged at every opportunity.

Taking a lesson from a racist whites-only political party in Switzerland, the “Exposed” blog featured an article about kicking non-blacks off the island and used a modified version of the Swiss nazi-like poster to illustrate it. They attacked blogger Ian Bourne for having lighter skin and threatened to murder Ian and his wife.

They also attacked citizen journalist Adrian Loveridge as being “white” and threatened to murder Adrian and his wife. They threatened to rape his wife and burn down their hotel – and bragged that nothing would be done about these threats they were making on the internet because, they said, they worked for Cable and Wireless and had the support of government.

BLP Blog Supports Threats Of Violence And The Use Of Racial Slurs

And knowing all the racial slurs and threats of violence by the “exposed” blog, the reaction of the BLP government was to link to the “exposed” blog from the official BLP blog and to feature their articles! And the BLP blog still remains linked to “exposed” even though the BLP government, the police and Cable and Wireless were formally notified of the murder threats over seven weeks ago.

The Barbados police, Cable & Wireless and the BLP government were all in a position to know the identity of the person(s) threatening murder, arson and rape within 5 minutes of looking at Cable and Wireless customer records – but they have done nothing just as “exposed” bragged.

Albert Brandford & Nation News Use Negative Imagery Of Our Prime Minister’s Parentage

It can be seen that for the past 14 years the BLP endorsed the use of racial slurs as a strategy to maintain power and attack opponents – so I guess it is natural that a BLP lapdog writer at the Nation News like Albert Brandford would continue to use race against our new Prime Minister…

“DAVID THOMPSON has finally achieved his life-long ambition: to be the Prime Minister of Barbados.

Newspaper photographs of his swearing-in ceremony last Wednesday portray a smugness that reflects his inbred sense of entitlement.”

… from Albert Brandford in the Nation News articleThe Money Factor

The Nation News & Albert Brandford Should Apologise To Prime Minister Thompson – And To The People Of Barbados

We have come to expect very little professionalism and quality from The Nation News. God knows that the paper and most of the staff left behind any sense of public duty years ago.

Brandford’s article is nothing more than a biased political hit-piece – and that’s ok. It is not like we haven’t seen one before at The Nation News. That’s life. That’s politics. At least you can clearly see where their bias is.

But this business of negative racial comments and racial slurs from the writers at The Nation News must stop.

Barbados deserves better than this evil and divisive practice by the largest printed daily.

As for all of us at Barbados Free Press – we’ll make do with the online edition of the Nation News until Brandford and the paper apologise to David Thompson. Not one more coin will go from our pockets for a paper edition of The Nation News.


Filed under Barbados, Culture & Race Issues, News Media, Political Corruption, Politics, Politics & Corruption, Race

Did Ezra Alleyne Ever Repay The Money That He … ah… “Failed To Repay” To A Client?

As our friend Amit at Push! Pull! blog would say… “IANAL” – I am not a lawyer – so maybe there’s a lawyer out there that can help us figure out if Ezra Alleyne repaid the money to a client.

Apparently, Mr. Alleyne had some sort of trouble finding the money to give it back to the client – even though the money was supposed to be safe and sound in his (ahem) “Trust” account.

According to the online law library, at one point Mr. Alleyne gave his undertaking to repay the money but then failed to do so… for which the Disciplinary Committee of the Bar Association found him guilty of misconduct and recommended that he repay the money and that he be suspended from practicing as a lawyer for 3 years.

This was apparently overturned on some technical grounds, but we can’t find any indication as to whether Mr. Alleyne ever returned the money that was not his.

The case can be found online here.

We’ll also print the entire case for the convenience of our readers – and, you know – just in case it gets lost with all the new attention…


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Filed under Barbados, Crime & Law

Ezra Alleyne Sings The Fidel Castro – Mia Mottley Tune “Blogs Virulent Threat To Democracy”

Old Ezra Is Still Apoplectic Over BLP Slaughter

“Two disturbing features of the campaign require mention. Bank confidentiality may have been a casualty of the desire to get power, for manager’s cheques issued in the accustomed manner for campaign contributions were pulled, copied and bandied about in the Press and on campaign screens…

…The other matter is the anonymous peddling of smear and innuendo and sometimes downright lies aimed at politicians on the Internet blogs. Given the deep penetration of the Internet in this country, such blogs allow a politician’s character and good name to be assassinated in circumstances in which he or she has no recourse to the law courts.

That is a virulent threat to democracy and the DLP has been a major beneficiary of this misuse in the campaign and in the recent run-up there to.”

… Ezra Alleyne is beside himself in The Nation News (link here)

A BLP Elite Cries “It Wasn’t Fair That Voters Could Receive Uncensored Information That Wasn’t Favourable To The BLP”

Were I a DLP strategist, I would hope that the now-Opposition BLP would keep listening to Ezra Alleyne – because aside from the issues of Ezra’s hypocrisy and sense of royal privilege that we will address in this article – Ezra Alleyne Just Doesn’t Get It.

The world has changed.

The elites of media, government and business no longer have the ability to censor information from the public. No longer can they control the discussion by ignoring issues and preventing them from being discussed in a public forum. No longer can they make court cases and other news “disappear” from the public record when it suits their purpose.

Poor old Ezra is upset that he can no longer preach from the pulpit of the Nation News, safe and secure in the knowledge that the newspaper will severely limit the ability of ordinary citizens to communicate their ideas to the same readership.

Ezra Alleyne has confused the past ability of the elites to censor information from the public – with some sort of god-given right to do so.

The indignation and contempt for citizens’ free speech that oozes from Ezra in his current Nation News article is evidence of one of the prime reasons that the BLP fell from favour and lost the election.

The whole article reeks of the elitist attitudes and arguments that most citizens now regard with the same disdain that they exhibit upon finding a dog turd on the sidewalk.

Hypocrisy? Thuggery? Thy Name Is Ezra Alleyne and the BLP…

Old Ezra is concerned about “the anonymous peddling of smear and innuendo and sometimes downright lies aimed at politicians on the Internet blogs” and the fact that “bank confidentiality” was perhaps violated when “manager’s cheques issued in the accustomed manner for campaign contributions were (revealed)”


Click on the image to see a full size photo of Owen Arthur’s $75,000 PERSONAL cheque! Click here to read all about it at Barbados Underground.

Consider the actions and attitudes of the Barbados Labour Party, and of Mr. Alleyne himself. Mr. Alleyne is not at all concerned that huge campaign donations are given in secret – undermining citizens’ democracy. He is not at all concerned that his former Prime Minister Owen Arthur got caught red-handed depositing a so-called “campaign donation” to his personal bank account. Oh no… Ezra is concerned that the public found out about this piece of corruption.

We’ve got news for you, Mr. Alleyne – in every civilized democracy “campaign donations” go into “campaign bank accounts” and are accounted for. Cheques that go into the personal accounts of government officials and candidates are called “bribes” or “kickbacks” or “payoffs for favours, past and future”.

Cheques into that go into personal bank accounts of politicians are only called “campaign donations” by the corrupt.

Now let’s talk about “confidential information” being posted on those foul blogs – not just embarrassing cheques made out to Owen Arthur. Let’s start with Mr. Alleyne’s Barbados Labour Party blog and the tab at the top called “Damaging Documents” where the BLP posted confidential documents taken from government records when it suited their purpose.

Let’s talk about the confidential criminal intelligence reports of the Royal Barbados Police Force that the BLP sent to Barbados Underground and other blogs this past election because the reports mentioned the name of a DLP candidate.

Mr. Alleyne reserves his indignation only for the release of information that is unfavourable to the BLP.

Old Ezra, Mia Mottley & Fidel Castro say “Blogs are a virulent threat to democracy”

Like his fallen BLP government, Ezra Alleyne doesn’t know the first thing about transparency and democracy. Like Castro, the BLP and their leader Owen Arthur feared open debate – so they canceled the election debates in a show of raw control over the media and contempt for voters. Typical thug-like behaviour.

We are reminded of then Tourism Minister Noel Lynch refusing to be in the same radio studio as citizen-journalist Adrian Loveridge – after his government had Adrian fired from the Barbados Advocate under threat of removing government advertising from that newspaper. Thugs.

We are reminded of then Tourism Minister Noel Lynch running like a frightened cat from a simple question by radio host David Ellis – only to return to threaten and extort money because a journalist dared to ask a Pampered Prince of the Government how it is that he became a millionaire on a government salary! Thugs.

We are reminded of Mia Mottley declaring that blogs and talk-shows “marginalize Parliament” and that they need controlling by government. Thugs.

We are reminded of Ezra Alleyne using the government’s lapdog, the Nation News, to ridicule citizen journalist Adrian Loveridge for his very reasonable article on the blogs. Alleyne said regarding Loveridge…

“Now I do not, and so far as I am able, will I ever try, to breathe the same air as this minor innkeeper who dabbles sometimes in the difficult art of self-expression in writing…”

… when Alleyne and his thug friends made sure that Adrian Loveridge would never be able to respond on the same Nation News. Thugs

We are reminded that under the BLP government, the police and internet supplier Cable & Wireless refused to investigate the internet death threats against citizen journalists Adrian Loveridge and Ian Bourne and their families when any fool knows that they would have known who the criminals were within 5 minutes of examining Cable & Wireless customer records. But it suited the BLP government to have their critics living in fear. Thugs

We are reminded that under the BLP government, the police and internet supplier Cable & Wireless refused to investigate the internet death threats against Marjorie Knox – an old lady who is a witness in a fraud trial where Owen Arthur and Chief Justice David Simmons are defendants. Thugs.

Once again, the BLP government, the police and Cable & Wireless could have known who the criminals were within 5 minutes of examining Cable & Wireless customer records. But it suited the BLP government to have Mrs. Knox and her family living in fear. Thugs

The Barbados media stand charged with being cowardly co-conspirators with Ezra Alleyne and his BLP government – but guess what?

Ezra and his friends at the Nation News and throughout the old Barbados news media don’t yet realize it, but on election day they were as big a bunch of losers as their masters in the BLP government.


Filed under Barbados, Blogging, Freedom Of The Press, Political Corruption, Politics, Politics & Corruption

British Parliament Moves To Force British Airways To Carry Surfboards


British Airways is about to receive a reminder that its license to operate in Britain is dependent upon the quality of service that it provides.

Britain’s Parliament will introduce a law forcing BA to carry surfboards and other recreational equipment. The airline recently decided that, after carrying surfboards since the days of BOAC, they were simply too much trouble.

“Wrong-O” said the tourism industry and parliament – far from being an inconvenience, the needs of passengers are the reason that BA exists.

British Airways is supposed to serve the needs of passengers – not the other way around.

This should make Zed Layson and his friends happy. That’s Zed at the top of the story.

Zed (who was looking a tad older than the photos on his website last time I saw him) 🙂 is the the acknowledged “old man” of the south coast where he runs Zed’s Surfing Adventures. We used to have a beer once in a while at Zed’s place long ago before the authorities took away his license (damned neighbours, anyway – we weren’t making THAT much noise, were we?)

We still surf and crab hole at Zed’s once in a while but nothing can equal the heady days of the mid-90’s when nothing else mattered except the wave.

Gotta go now… wife needs some things done around the house. (sigh)

Further Reading…

eTurboNews – MPs move to lift airline surfboard ban

Zed’s Surfing Adventures


Filed under Barbados, Barbados Tourism, Traveling and Tourism