Daily Archives: March 10, 2010

US Muslim group rejects call for violence against US Armed Forces members… and that’s news!

“WASHINGTON — A Washington-based Muslim group is rejecting a call by an al Qaeda spokesman for Muslims in the U.S. armed forces to emulate an Army major charged with killing 13 people in Fort Hood.”

… from the Washington Times article D.C. Muslim group rejects al Qaeda call to violence

Why is this news?

Because… it is Unique. Unusual. News.

More often the news is like yesterday’s story from Ireland: Seven arrested in Ireland over alleged plot to kill Muhammad cartoonist


Filed under Barbados, Religion

Three arrested in murder of retired police officer William Phillips – highlights unsolved Kenrick Hutson murder

Three men are charged with the murder of retired senior police officer William Frederick Phillips in his home last November. Phillips, 95 years old, was found tied up under his bed.

Wendy Stephen Charlemagne, Kelvin Leon Connell and Andre Omar Troy Lashley are also charged with breaking into Sawh’s Shop last December and stealing alcohol, cigarettes, internet cards and scratch tickets. (Photo courtesy of Nation newspaper)

No word on how they were caught for the murder or the shop break but if they were fool enough to take internet cards and scratch tickets, maybe they were fool enough to use them or sell them. As to the murder, a good guess is that like in the movies the first thing the police do is to separate the accused and then one suspect always says “If I tell you something will you let me go?”

So these arrests and charges might have flowed from some good work by the Royal Barbados Police Force and maybe some luck. I guess we’ll find out eventually because there will be great interest in the trial.

What happened to the Murder Investigation of Kenrick Hutson?

Over two years ago in December 2007 retired Chief Immigration Officer Kenrick Hutson, aged 74, was murdered at the front of his home on a Friday evening as his wife and daughter were inside.

There has been little in the press since that time and to our knowledge there has never been any statement from the police about their investigations. Not that we blame the police for not revealing whatever they know. We understand that they can’t share what they know or suspect.

Every country has unsolved murders and sometimes the answers come years later, but the arrests in the murder of one retired police officer are a good time to once again mention the strange murder (or assassination) of Kenrick Hutson – even if the regular Bajan news media is content to let the Hutson murder fade into the mists of time.

“…six months without an arrest and without a further mention of Mr. Hutson in the Barbados news media.

It is as if he never existed at all.”

… from the Barbados Free Press June 29, 2008 article: Six Months Since Barbados Immigration Chief Kenrick Hutson Was Assassinated

Further Reading

BFP – January 14, 2008: Was Kenrick Hutson Murdered …or Assassinated?

BFP – December 29, 2007: Former Barbados Immigration Chief Kenrick Hutson Gunned Down At His Home


Filed under Barbados, Crime & Law, Freedom Of The Press, News Media, Police

Barbados prepares for a new political party – Part 1 – How the Integrity, Transparency and Accountability standards changed for DLP supporters

First in the New BFP Series: Preparing for a new political party

When Barbados Free Press burst upon the Bajan political scene back in January of 2006, Democratic Labour Party (DLP) supporters embraced our call for Integrity, Transparency and Accountability (ITAL) in government and legislation to force compliance by the political elites. When we highlighted specific acts of corruption by the then BLP Arthur/Mottley government our DLP friends joined in the call for accountability, criminal charges and generally for heads to roll and effective laws to be implemented.

Domain name “www.barbadosfreepress.com” secured for the DLP!

Many hardcore DLP supporters, including our old (but now estranged) friend Jerome Hinds, were convinced that Barbados Free Press was an arm of their beloved DLP.

I think it was Jerome Hinds himself who advised us during a little têteà-tête in 2006 that the domain name “barbadosfreepress.com” had been secured for the DLP so that the BFP team could “go public” after the DLP won the next election.

That was then… when Jerome & the DLP thought BFP’s staff members were DLP first and Bajans second.

But as Jerome and the other DLP diehards soon found out after the January 2008  DLP election victory, Barbados Free Press is the real thing: non-aligned citizens calling for ITAL and a dethroning of the political elites who for too long have treated our country like their own little bank account.

What the DLP & their supporters said before they were elected

Barbados Free Press and its readers continue to attack Prime Minister Thompson’s DLP government for lack of integrity, transparency and accountability. We want answers as to what became of the billions of our tax dollars that disappeared during the BLP government’s 14 years in office. We want answers about VECO’s corrupt activities in Barbados. We want to know who received VECO money when the oil terminal and prison were built. We want answers about GEMS, Hardwood Housing, highway construction, the FBI files, illegal payments to politicians and so much more.

Jerome Hinds and his fellow hardcore DLP friends used to want the same.

What happened to change your mind, Jerome? The DLP winning the election and achieving power?

Ya, that’s what we thought…

From Jerome Hinds’ October 5, 2007 comment on BFP’s article Government Says: Barbados Free Press, Barbados Underground Are Unpatriotic

Jerome Hinds

October 5, 2007 at 7:15 pm

It is amazing how these BLP scoundrels are behaving !

You gave the people education……..but by the same token they must not ask you the government to account for your shady deals !

** Where is the promised audited accounts for GEMS ?

** Where did the proceeds from the sale of Silver Rock & Eastry House go ?

** Now Mr. Prime Minister, about that $750,000 “campaign donation cheque” that you deposited into your personal bank account … ?

** Now Mr. Prime Minister, where is the FBI file you told Barbadians was on your desk ?

Doan mind doh…….the BLOGS gine stay pun yuh case ?

Yuh check how Keith Mitchell in Grenada bawling……bout the POWER of the PRESS…..?

Freedom to BFP & BU……!

Death to the cruel deeds of Owen Arthur’s Administration !


Filed under Barbados, Barbados Government, Corruption, Crime & Law, Ethics, FBI, Freedom Of Information, Political Corruption, Politics, Politics & Corruption