Thousands Of News Outlets Worldwide Mention Barbados Free Press, Credit Our Tiny Snake Story – Associated Press, CNN, Newsweek, NBC News, New York Times…

Welcome To The Thousands and Thousands Of New Visitors To Barbados Free Press

At the time I am writing this, the Associated Press story Barbadians slam discovery, naming of tiny snake is less than five hours old, yet an online search shows that thousands of news outlets worldwide have published the story. The online issues of the New York Times, Newsweek, Washington Post, CNN, MSNBC and many other major news outlets around the world are featuring the story on their front pages – and all of them quote from Barbados Free Press and Margaret Knight and give the BFP blog credit for contributing to the story.

The story originated with Associated Press writer Danica Coto in Puerto Rico and is now making its way around the world with the new day – first in North America and then in Hawaii, Australia and New Zealand. News outlets in Asia are starting to pick up the story now and we presume as the day breaks in Europe and the UK that outlets there will join in.

Of course, the Olympics and the Russian invasion of Georgia are the big stories of the day – but thousands of news outlets are already following this new development in the Barbados small snake story. If the visitor numbers we are seeing continue, Barbados Free Press will receive tens of thousands of additional first-time visitors to our blog in the next week as a direct result of the AP story. There will also be a long-lasting legacy of residual visitors who will come to BFP as a result of online searches.

To Our New Visitors – Barbados Needs International Pressure To Fight Corruption In Our Government, Justice System and Police!

You arrived at Barbados Free Press as a result of your curiosity about the world’s smallest snake, but please take the time to at least read this, and maybe look around for a bit – because Barbados citizens need you to know about our battle to reclaim democracy and to eliminate endemic corruption in our government, justice system and law enforcement.

While that might not sound like the “Little Britain” Barbados you heard about, read on and you’ll see proof that the Barbados media is carefully controlled by government, and that opponents of government and the ruling elites are ruthlessly censored and harassed – even to the point of being fired or being threatened with murder, rape and arson by government power-brokers and insiders. The Rule of Law in Barbados is whatever the powerful say it is on a given day. (You don’t have to believe us about anything. Read on and you’ll see proof, photos, transcripts of recordings, court documents enough to make up your own mind.)

Police Arrest Barbados Reporter

Police Arrest Barbados Reporter

Police Corruption, Oppression Of Journalists

The Royal Barbados Police Force arrest and harass journalists – grabbing their cameras and erasing photos, assaulting and dragging them away for covering stories that the police don’t think the public needs to know about. The police have shot innocent unarmed citizens – even in the back of the head – and are never called to account. There are never any public inquests into deaths in police custody. Corrupt police are proven to use pre-signed blank search warrants as they act as debt collectors for powerful government officials like the Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr. Charles Leacock.

Once again, you don’t have to believe us, read the links at the end of this article and you will see photos and proof on various Barbados blogs and media outlets enough to make up your own mind.

Chief Justice David Simmons - Political Hack

Chief Justice David Simmons - Political Hack

Barbados Judicial System A Tool For Corrupt Government Officials

The Chief Justice of our Barbados is “Sir” David Simmons: a career politician and former Attorney General who was appointed by his best friend, then-Prime Minister Owen Arthur, to gain political control of our courts. With the appointment of David Simmons as Chief Justice, the separation of powers between the government, the judiciary and the police effectively disappeared in Barbados.

Major police investigations, government audits, court cases and criminal charges often strangely disappear in Barbados without the news media mentioning a word. Official government documents routinely disappear in Barbados when they are evidence against a member of the ruling elite. Foreign investors or ordinary citizens who foolishly turn to the Barbados courts for justice against an elite never win. Never.

PM Thompson Says His Conflicts Of Interest Are None Of Your Business

PM Thompson Says His Conflicts Of Interest Are None Of Your Business

Successive Barbados Governments Refuse To Adopt Anti-Corruption Laws, Freedom Of Information

In Barbados we have no laws against government officials receiving “gifts” – even money – from companies that the same officials award government contracts to! Successive governments including the current DLP government of Prime Minister David Thompson have refused to adopt rules that would prevent government officials from using their positions for personal profit.

Corruption in awarding government contracts, kickbacks to officials and overpayments to favoured relatives and friends are endemic. There is no transparency, oversight or accountability of how our government spends monies it borrows or receives from international sources and agencies like the World Bank and the EU Development Fund. There is little doubt that several hundred million dollars have been corruptly siphoned off over the years.

Thank you for visiting Barbados Free Press. We love our country and we want it to be the best it can be – but we must now appeal to the International Community to put pressure on our government and business leaders to stop the wholesale corruption and human rights abuses that threaten the very soul of our nation.

Please read a few of the below links, and remember what you have read the next time that someone talks about Barbados.

Proof Of Endemic Corruption & Human Rights Violations In Barbados

Police Corruption, Oppression Of Journalists

from Keltruth Blog…

Barbados Government’s Treatment of Those who Dare to Complain

from BFP…

Suspicious Death Brings World Attention Upon Royal Barbados Police Force

Nation News Finally Discovers That Barbados Police Don’t Give A Damn About Rule Of Law

COVER-UP: Royal Barbados Police Force Ignores Violent Threats To Businessman

Barbados Reporters Again Assaulted By Police Thugs

Barbados Director Of Public Prosecutions, Police Sgt Paul Vaughan And The Blank Search Warrant Scandal

Barbados Judicial System A Tool For Corrupt Government Officials

The Independence Of The Chief Justice Of Barbados

Brother Of Barbados Chief Justice Tape-Recorded Making Threats Of Violence In Land Fraud Lawsuit

Justice In Barbados – Shut Up Or Else! Court Witness Fired From University Of West Indies Professorship

Barbados Chief Justice Calls For All Police And Military Power To Be One Force Under Government

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

Corporate Records Involving Chief Justice Simmons Missing From Barbados Government Files!

Successive Barbados Governments Refuse To Adopt Anti-Corruption Laws, Freedom Of Information

from Barbados Underground Blog…

Minister Denis Lowe Cites Rampant Corruption At Urban Development Commission

from BFP…

Barbados Prime Minister Thompson’s Weasel Words On Integrity Legislation – No Guts. No Leadership. No Personal Transparency From Our Jet-Setter PM

How One Of The Richest Women In Barbados Was Robbed Of Everything By Scheming Lawyers, Politicians and Government Insiders

Barbados Government Ministers Free To Accept “Gifts” From Persons Wanting Government Approvals Or Contracts

Barbados Government’s 140 Days Of Broken Promises – In Four Easy Steps

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31 responses to “Thousands Of News Outlets Worldwide Mention Barbados Free Press, Credit Our Tiny Snake Story – Associated Press, CNN, Newsweek, NBC News, New York Times…

  1. CENTIPEDE

    Rock on BFP!

  2. Partial

    Damn, BFP. You better than Mohammed Ali.

    Bam!!!!Bam!!!!!!Pow !!!!!!!!! Right hook, left. Keep the licks coming.

    If this does not get the world’s attention, nothing will.

  3. Sal

    In Bermuda, we have our own species of slithering Snake,named Ewart Brown!

    “In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends’.
    Martin Luther King, Jr.

  4. passin thru

    My Gawd!

    To Marcus, Clive and all the rest. Unbelievable!

    Do you think the Nation News will mention you by name from now on? (lol)

    I searched some phrases from the AP story and yes it has been published thousands of times!!!!!

    Please let us know how many visitors come to your blog from the news stories around the globe.

    Kudos guys!!!

  5. Singapore

    Good luck to the writers of Barbados Free Press. Keep your heads down.

  6. Red Lake Lassie

    This article is an atomic bomb against corruption.

    Thank you BFP one and all.

  7. quills

    congrats all of you! keep the light burning.

  8. no name

    Sal, this is the truth

    “In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends’.
    Martin Luther King, Jr.

  9. Partial

    BFP,

    Now that the lid has been blown off the situation here in Barbados, I wonder if it has been made quite clear to all that we kicked out the previous government which enjoyed 14 years of robbing the taxpayers blind and that the present Gov’t has only been in control for 7 months.

    The mess which they inherited will take some time to clean up. What I believe we all want is for systems to be put in place ASAP so that it is not allowed to happen again, and to see some of the previous crooks brought to justice.

  10. .49

    Put a link in for your brother at arms, BARBADOS UNDERGROUND.

  11. 329.18

    Does Trinidad have a revelatory blogsite like this?

    It should!!

    And the other (equally-corrupt) islands?
    St.Kitts?
    Antigua?

  12. 329.18

    I keep tellin y’all dis place en far from Afreeca,
    neither geographically nor sociologically?

    Check dis CNN article re. corruption and public-funds WASTAGE of a Nigerian official
    and tell me if you doan see ‘BLP’
    or just plain-ole Wess Indian Politrix
    all over dis story, found at URL..
    http://edition.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/africa/08/08/nigeria.arrest.ap/index.html?eref=rss_topstories

    ======================
    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Police on Friday arrested the head of a federal agency charged with developing Nigeria’s impoverished southern oil region after allegations that the man spent millions of dollars on a witch doctor in hopes vanquishing a rival.

    President Umaru Yar’Adua announced Friday that the head of the Niger Delta Development Corporation, Sam Edem, had been suspended from his job after local media reports of Edem’s large expenditure on black magic.
    Police later said he had been arrested.

    The police said they were investigating the source of the roughly $4 million Edem reportedly spent on hiring a sorcerer to hex and kill another development official.

    The federal government said it was investigating how Edem, a civil servant in a country of low wages, had amassed the fortune he used to engage the sorcerer.

    The government said in a statement that Edem wasn’t available for comment.
    It added that he hasn’t denied any of the charges.

    Police said in a statement that Edem contracted the witch doctor to kill a subordinate who Edem believed harbored him ill will.
    Edem also wanted the sorcerer to help compel a state governor to award Edem “juicy contracts,” according to the police statement.

    The police said Edem was “incensed” when none of the work contracted to the witch doctor had been achieved and had demanded a total refund!
    The witch doctor refused!!

    Nigeria is regularly ranked among the world’s most-corrupt nations.
    Investigators say some $400 billion has been stolen or squandered
    since the country’s 1960 independence from Britain.

    ===============
    Thief thiefin’ from Thief
    mek God laugh??

  13. Bajanboy

    When was the last time the Nation News was quoted in an article on CNN? I was just wondering ;).

  14. politically incorrect

    Well done BFP !!!

    As for what “Partial” has to say……..clearly partial to the present ruling party.

    People of the world don’t be fooled. They are all corrupt, every single one of them. Both parties the Ministries and the list goes on.

    Barbados is one of THE most corrupt places on earth.

    I’m a Bajan who could take it no more and exiled myself from my country of origin.

  15. Partial

    @politically incorrect

    I am not partial to any political party. Like most Barbadians I too have had enough of the stealing and corruption. I agree that they are all crooks or have the potential to become so, but if we can somehow pass laws to stop this lot before they start, and ENFORCE those laws, at least they won’t be able to be as dishonest as the previous ones.

    At least with BFP and BU, we have a much greater chance of succeeding at getting it done.

    We must keep the pressure on.

  16. John

    …. imagine if somebody ever “discovers” one of the snakes that was a yard and a half long and living in Barbados according to Ligon when he visited in 1649.

  17. reality check

    remember none of this corruption could occur without the silence and or complicity of the civil service, local news rags and police force.

  18. ESTEBAN AGOSTO REID

    Continue doing good work BFP!Expose the corruption and the kleptocrats!! Nuff respect!

  19. Thomas Gresham

    Guys, we need a bit more perspective here.

    The less corruption the better it will be.

    The less perception of corruption, the better it will be.

    But it would be misleading to think that we are the most corrupt of countries. What measures there are for corruption, e.g. Transparency International, IADB, World Bank, OECD, do not indicate that. My personal experience of working in Asia, Caribbean, Middle-East, West Africa, gels with what these international indices suggest about Barbados.

    Corruption takes places principally in the awarding of contracts, and so it is around contracts that we need to do most work – such as more transparent tenders, teams of civil servants not politicians making decisions, and asset disclosures from Ministers.

    Those familiar with government know that some of this is in place already, indeed Senator Boyce was the senior civil servant on many of the major investment decisions of the last government. But far more needs to be done and enforcement needs to be stronger and more transparent. Its simple really, which is why it worries me that the current government, elected on a mandate to do something has been dragging its feet.

    Keep up the good work BFP.

  20. Straight talk

    The HQ of the World Bank, IMF, whatever is HQ’d in the most corrupt of all countries of the world.

    Their top brass are selected by the same people who finance wars and poverty alleviation around the globe.

    They all have to dance to the same tune….. the piper is corporate America.

    If the same standards applied to developing economies were applied to the US, the almighty dollar would have to disappear up its own botsie.

    Trillions in debt and using aircraft carriers to back up their message ” Respect my fiat dollar or I will bomb the s**t out of you”.

    What kind of global benchmark is that?

    Hurry up China, Russia, anyone and save us from the sactimonious crap emanating from the “victims” of 911.

    Let us all welcome a return to a world where our savings in the bank really mean something other than that which the acolytes of this New World Order choose to peg our hard-earned cash to, before they crash the system, and steal the lot.

  21. Thomas Gresham

    Dear Straight Talk,

    The US is certainly no benchmark of ethics for the rest of us to follow. (I intimated something similar when BFP was jumping on to the Anti-Money Laundering bandwagon. I had to remind our BFP friends that the US use “Anti-Money Laundering” accusations as a trade barrier to protect New York’s financial centre. Insufficient attention is paid to the fact that the biggest hauls of money laundering so far have been found going through New York, London and Switzerland.)

    However, do not feel that because the US is a hypocrite that we should not aspire to some of the standards that may have come out of institutions head quartered there. Nor is US hypocrisy reason to fall in with Russia and China. Russia and China are even less democratic than in the US – not a high benchmark – and the lack of a free press (imagine BFP in China?) means there but that has meant a huge scope for corruption.

    In fact the organisation charged with leading international anti-corruption efforts is Paris-based, OECD. (Some will remember with distaste the OECD’s other work on “harmful taxation regimes”.) OECD members like the UK government which ended the investigation into the BAE-Saudi-Arms contract corruption last year are also hypocrites, but that does not mean the anti-corruption rules are wrong or we should not apply them ourselves.

  22. Straight talk

    Thomas:

    Of course I am not endorsing the policies of The Russian Federation and the People’s Republic as a model we should follow.

    The world should be looking for an alternative to our current hijacked system, as it is taking us rapidly down the path to Armageddon.

  23. Laughing

    Hello BFP:

    I am glad for your exposure, re the snake story and Im happy that BFP is now known around the world but…..Don’t you think sensitizing the world to all the bad stuff happening in Barbados, by summarizing it in a nutshell upfront for all to see is irresponsible?
    Where is the balance? The good?
    BFP now has a chance better than newspapers and other media to promote Barbados, and this is the best you could do?
    And don’t tell me they could click on some semi inconspicuous link on the right side.
    This is my headline:

    ‘BFP Given Chance to Promote Barbados….Comes Up Way Short!!’

    Anybody at BFP ever heard of tourism?

    *************************

    BFP says,

    OK… we’ll do it your way. Let’s just keep the deep-rooted corruption our little secret, OK? To hell with trying to make a better life for my sons. Just let them wallow in the same servitude to the established elites… right?

    Yes… that sounds like a great plan!

  24. 329.18

    We all expect too much perfection.

    Christianity too is an ideal to strive towards
    but don’t fool yourselves that perfection -absolute perfection- can ever be attained..
    or (what we perceive) a Christ-like existence to be

    for not even JC was as all-cute as we like to think…
    we just choose to imagine him that way
    for the sake of the ideal

    Someone said that only in Death can perfection be attained (JC did it?)
    so go easy on yourself
    and read Desiderata for guidance.

  25. Sad To Say

    I recently heard that the Chief Justice is complaining that it has cost him over 60K BDS up to now defending his name in Canada. Apparently he has been forced to defend his name because if a judgement is passed against him in Canada it would be registered in the BDS courts.

  26. politically incorrect

    BFP:

    Good for you. If only more Bajans not only thought as you do and “put their money where their mouth is”, Barbados might JUST might be a bearable place to live in.

    But “Laughing’s” comment, sadly, is the mindset of most in Bim.

    Just like a dysfunctional family…….the children are threatened to the point of abuse if they EVER mention what goes on behind those four walls.

    Well, that is why I left my island home.

    If through my comments any small modicum of change is effected then there is some hope for “Beautiful, Beautiful Barbados”………….beautiful in the memories I have of my childhood but marred by the corruption violence and hatred that nows spews from its shores.

  27. Laughing

    You people surprise me. Did anyone actually read my comment? Why point them to only bad why not point them to some good?
    You guys know how many people go on the net to plan vacations?
    And to ‘politically incorrect’ I am sometimes amused at the anal retentive stupidity of bajans who have moved abroad. In case you don’t know we are only copying what our colonial masters and the imperialists handed down to us….hope you dont live in the UK or US or any major metro country…DUH!
    NEWSFLASH…We learnt to be corrupt from the land in which you now live. Call any country and I WILL bring you to your knees with the level of corruption, hidden before your very narrow mindedly controlled eyes. And the biger the better.
    Now pull your head out of your…..
    Let me stop before you accuse me of being to crass for your ‘metro’ tastes.

  28. It is what it is eh? You wish for better from this new Thompson Party and it seems to be going the wayward way of our departed Mr. Arthur along the lines of questionable practices and tongue tied party members babbling circles around themselves (hospital story, a new one, and old one, a new one? No, a new one at the old site…) I’m confused.

    I love my country, I hate it’s politics.

  29. J

    Dear BFP, Laughing and Politically Incorrect:

    If you boys don’t stop being mean to each other and play nice I will send you outside until you learn to behave.

    *******************

    BFP says,

    All boys know the trick… misbehave and your mum will send you outside which is exactly what you wanted! 🙂

  30. J

    Dear Politically Incorrect:

    You sound like sour grapes to me.. As though you vex that you e’nt get piece o’ de action.

    But no need to exile yourself.

    I don’t get any of the action either.

    Neither in my more than fifty years have I even been a victim of violence or a victimizer.

    I have however been accused on these blogs of being a BLP croock.

    Truth is I doubt that either the BLP or DLP would accept a membership application from me.

  31. Avatar Girl

    Ha ha ha haaaa…

    Corruption is in EVERY country…EVERY! Do not be fooled…whoever investors that come here will be SURE to get their backs scratched, as long a the governments get theirs done too!

    It’s business…nothing more, nothing less.

    What we have to do is beat them at their own GAME…!

    Plain & simple!