Daily Archives: April 24, 2009

Pakistan On Verge Of Collapse – Taliban Heading For Islamabad and Nuclear Weapons


When Insurgency Becomes Civil War

If history has taught us one thing, it is that when defeat is inevitable the rush to join the victors often goes exponential before anybody realizes what is happening. We saw it in Vietnam, Cuba, Iran and when the Nazis marched into Paris in 1940. Entire countries and ways of life collapsed in a few hours as the tide turned.

If you haven’t noticed, such a thing is happening in Pakistan at this moment. The Pakistani government long ago surrendered vast areas of the country and its sovereignty to radical Islam in the form of the Taliban. Now the country and its citizens are paying the price. Taliban fighters are within 60 km of the capital and the great killing has begun in those areas newly under their control. Many police and government officials have fled the country and Sharia law is being brutally enforced.

Afghanistan used to be the problem, then it was Iraq — except that neither Afghanistan nor Iraq as countries were really the problem. So what will President Obama decide to do in relation to Pakistan?

A decision to do nothing is still a decision. The only problem is, unlike Afghanistan and Iraq, Pakistan really does have nuclear weapons. God help us and the world if Pakistan as a nation turns fundamentalist Muslim.

Daily Mail Online: Pakistan on verge of collapse as Taliban surge towards Islamabad


Filed under Barbados, Religion

When Did The Director of Barbados Coastal Zone Management Unit Find Religion… Or Was It Just For Earth Day?

Click On The Photo To See The New Graeme Hall Video

Click On The Photo To See The New Graeme Hall Video

Dr. Leo Brewster: “Inattention… irresponsibility” Threatens Wetlands, Recreational Areas, Reefs, Fisheries…

Here at Barbados Free Press, we really don’t know how to take the words of Dr. Leo Brewster, director of the Coastal Zone Management Unit for Barbados, as quoted in the current issue of The Nation.

Dr. Brewster’s words sound so noble

“…a national ocean policy should be based on, and guided by, fundamental principles, including: sustainability, stewardship, ocean-land-atmosphere connections; eco-system-based management; multiple use management; preservation of marine biodiversity; participatory governance; timeliness; accountability; and international responsibility.”

“Through inattention, lack of information and irresponsibility, we have indirectly depleted local reef and commercial fisheries, despoiled recreational areas, degraded water quality, drained wetlands, and on occasion endangered our own health…”

Contrast the words of Dr. Brewster with the actions of the Government of Barbados for the past year and – dare we say it – the inaction and impotence of his own agency, the Coastal Zone Management Unit. Let’s talk about the Graeme Hall wetlands, shall we?

Almost immediately after being elected in 2008, the Thompson DLP government changed the law to allow commercial development and building upon the Graeme Hall watershed — an area that had been protected in law for almost three decades. This was done so Prime Minister Thompson’s developer friends could profit from the sale of government lands at Graeme Hall and their own lands that border the nature sanctuary.

Dr. Brewster remained silent when the government committed this heinous act.

Now let us consider the fact that both the Owen Arthur and David Thompson governments have deliberately neglected to repair the sea gate at Graham Hall. As a result, the last mangrove forest on the island is slowly being poisoned as it is denied the natural ebb and flow of sea water into the mangroves. The government’s intent, of course, is to destroy the wetlands while avoiding the responsibility for doing so. When it is all done the swamp will be dead and the condo highrises will sprout in an area that should have been declared a national park.

Dr. Brewster, like so many frightened Barbadians who work in government service, speaks only in generalities. It is as if his sister is being raped within his sight, yet he does not come to her aid. He merely speaks of the general problem of abuse of women while his sister’s screams pierce the night.

So we ask Dr. Brewster: Which specific abuses were you talking about? Were you talking about the Graeme Hall wetlands? And what do you intend to do to save the last mangrove forest in Barbados from a government intent on profiting from our children’s future?

Further Reading

Graeme Hall National Park website

Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary website

BFP: Barbados Government Confirms Plans To Develop Graeme Hall Wetlands. Thompson’s Million-Dollar Lie


Filed under Barbados, Corruption, Environment, Ethics, Political Corruption, Politics, Politics & Corruption, Wildlife