Daily Archives: July 19, 2008

China Olympics – Police Ask Bar Owners Not To Serve Blacks Because They Are Pimps, Prostitutes And Drug Dealers

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Get Them Darkies Out Of Here!

“Beijing police have been visiting bar owners in the popular Sanlitun area and asking them to sign pledges agreeing to not serve black people or Mongolians and ban activities including dancing.

Bar owners said that police have been clamping down on black people and Mongolians, who are sometimes implicated in drug dealing and prostitution, as part of an Olympic clean-up campaign that they and locals fear will make for a secure but sterile Games.”

Our friend Amit has the whole story and links over at Pull! Push! blog, along with an excellent perspective on why Barbados’ new best friend China is “helping” those Darkies over in Africa who are apparently unwelcome at the Olympics.

Pull! Push! blog: Relations Between China and Africa

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Filed under Africa, Barbados, China, Culture & Race Issues, Human Rights, Olympics, Race

Ho Hum – Another ‘Special Forensic Audit’ To Nowhere In Barbados

Not Just An Audit. Not Just A Forensic Audit… Government Launches A SPECIAL Forensic Audit!

Please don’t bore me so, Prime Minister Thompson. This week’s “special forensic audit” as announced by your government is over the 2.5 million dollar leaking roof at Tercentenary School of Nursing. (Nation News story here)

Why bother, Mr. Prime Minister?

You know that neither you nor any members of your government have the least intention of uncovering wrong-doing that can be blamed on specific persons. You have no intention of prosecuting anyone.

The Thompson Government Will Never Prosecute A BLP Member For Corruption

The one thing we can be certain of is that there will be no messy public trial where accused BLP members start pulling out the evidence that they have about corrupt DLP members. No Sir. Not going to happen.

During the tenure of the Arthur/Mottley BLP government, millions of dollars – perhaps hundreds of millions of dollars – were stolen through the back door of deliberately over-priced government contracts, kickbacks and ‘special’ offshore suppliers. You know this, Mr. Prime Minister, but you don’t want to rock the boat too much because you don’t want a future BLP government to be looking for vengeance against the DLP piggies when the trough is in different hands again.

So you bluster. You cluck your tongue and order yet another “special forensic audit” to make it look like something is being done. But in the end, no person will be held accountable. That is not the Bajan way and it isn’t in the best long-term interests of your DLP.

It is one thing to say words and accusations about the BLP government, but it is quite another to start charging members of parliament and other BLP big-ups with crimes. That might start a real war, and as we explained Mr. Prime Minister, you don’t want that when you are next in opposition.

Like Hardwood Housing, Mr. Prime Minister. Much screaming on your part and there probably was fraud, but you’re not going to charge anyone, are you? Where is the audit? Who has been charged? When will the trial be held?

Yup. Thought so.

Not to forget the biggest scandal of them all… VECO, builders of our oil terminal and prison. A company that used bribes and kickbacks as standard operating procedure.

According to the Alaskan and US news media, there are hundreds of thousands of pages of documents and hours and hours of conversations that form part of the FBI investigation into VECO. Seeing as how that company was doing a half a billion dollars worth of business with Barbados during the period in question, it is likely that many of those documents and financial records pertain to big-ups, scams and kick-backs in Barbados. Most certainly the list of subcontractors and offshore suppliers would be a who’s who of BLP royalty and their family members.

Mr. Prime Minister, Barbados will NEVER see those FBI Veco documents unless your government asks for them… and you will NEVER do that because it is all a show. You and and your DLP piggies want to feed at the trough and you can’t afford to have a vicious BLP take the reins of power 8 years from now vowing to jail the DLP like the DLP did to them.

Mr. Prime Minister,

After six months in office, you haven’t asked the FBI for access to the VECO transcripts and documents as they pertain to Barbados … because your government’s pretended commitment to integrity and accountability is all a big fraudulent show.

So you will continue to launch “Special Forensic Audits”, but after six months in power it is obvious that you have no intention of making any persons associated with the last government at all accountable for wrong-doing.

That fits in nicely with what will be a two-year delay in adopting ITAL – Integrity, Transparency and Accountability Legislation.

Oink Oink

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

Death Scene Photo Controversy In Barbados

A young man hangs himself at his home and a local photographer is passing by when family members find the body. The photos show the distraught family members and the face of the hanged victim. The partially cut rope still looming over scene in the background. The horror. The grief. The calls to the Almighty. And finally the resignation and acceptance of the truth that the son is not only dead, but that he has taken his own life.

The next day the photos appear on a local blog. The family is horrified, but the blog owner refuses to remove the photos. They are news he says, and news is the business of his blog.

Each of us who sits at an editor’s desk whether in our bedroom at 3 in the morning or professionally in an office, makes decisions every day about what stories will be covered and in what depth.

The editors of the Nation News did not show the photos, but did a story. We chose to show a photo that is probably the least controversial of the lot.

David Crichlow at CaribPix.Net decided to publish an entire series of photos. That is his choice, and aside from certain photos where society has a wider interest in prohibiting their distribution (ie: child pornography), the choice should be up to Mr. Chichlow.

We are sorry for Helen Foster and the family and friends of her son Shawn Foster. No doubt Mr. Crichlow feels sorry for them also. No doubt at all about that.

But Mr. Crichlow is in the news business – and no matter at what level or how large or professional his organisation is, he has a right to determine what he will publish.

CaribPix.Net – Barbados Death Photos

The Nation – Mum: Take Them Off

Photo credit for above (grieving family member with covered body): CaribPix.Net

The photo is copyright David M. Crichlow. We have used a portion of the photo under the fair-use doctrine as it is the centre of discussion.

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Filed under Barbados, Blogging, Ethics, Freedom Of The Press, News Media