Daily Archives: March 22, 2010

Google ends censorship at Chinese operations – our Tiananmen Square Massacre articles spike!

Just hours ago, Google shut down its Chinese language portal and ended “voluntary” censorship of searches from the People’s Republic of China as a response to hacking and espionage against Google that is most certainly the work of the Communist-run Chinese government. (UK Telegraph article here)

Chinese authorities are struggling to regain control of the internet searches by their citizens – but they are obviously losing the battle as our little Barbados Free Press website has started to experience a tsunami of visits to our articles about China. If the numbers hold, BFP will experience thousands or even tens of thousands of new and unexpected visitors in the next few days.

Our thousands of new Chinese friends are arriving primarily after searching for the words “tiananmen square massacre” or “tiananmen square protest” and, most revealing: “tiananmen + democracy”, “China + human rights” and “China + democracy”.

Worldwide Big Picture: Hundreds of millions of new uncensored internet searches by Chinese citizens

As Caribbean blogs and websites go, Barbados Free Press is moderately successful but we’re nothing compared with the big guys. For instance, as the 500th most popular website in the world, Drudge Report gets over 3 million unique visitors a month while BFP takes over a year and a half to reach that number. So as successful as BFP is for a Caribbean blog, we’re just a hair on a flea on the internet dragon. Well – you get the point.

Yet BFP will see thousands or tens of thousands of new visitors from China in the next day or two. Think of what that means worldwide: internet censorship is not happening right now in China and a hundred million or more Chinese citizens are seeing the world on the net without their government-imposed limitations.

The Dream of Chinese Freedom is still alive!

The democracy movement that ended with the Tiananmen Square Massacre was fed by fax machines, pagers and face to face meetings. The internet didn’t exist as it does today. Who knows what could happen if our Chinese friends have the freedom to openly share ideas with each other on the internet?

History may view this Google freedom for Chinese citizens – even if it only lasts a few days – as one of the most important events of the era for China. You can bet that the elites of the Chinese Communist Party have a little more than mere concern in their guts today. That feeling they are experiencing is the beginning of fear – because the Communists know that in a free and fair exchange of ideas… they lose.

Our welcome to the ordinary people of China

We at Barbados Free Press are happy that you can join us and we hope that your new freedom continues. Below is a list of our most popular articles being viewed by people from China.

Many of the articles contain stories of human rights violations by the Communist government of your country. As you read our stories, please remember that our intent in exposing these human rights violations is to work towards more freedom for individual citizens of China.

You and your country have so much to be proud of. In many areas, China has come further and faster than any other country in the last few decades, but your progress has not been without cost to you and your ordinary fellow citizens. You also know that the main beneficiary of your labour is an entrenched group of political elites that has brutally repressed ordinary Chinese citizens who desire to be free and to progress as individuals and families.

To the ordinary people of China, Barbados Free Press says, “Welcome. Good Luck to you, and may God bless you, your family and your country.”

Most popular China articles at Barbados Free Press (we’ll revise it as the statistics change)

Tiananmen Square Massacre 20 Years Later: Hugs and Kisses From Barbados As We Trade Our Silence For Cash

China’s Solution To Children Killed and Injured By Melamine-Tainted Milk: Arrest Parents Who Talk Too Much

Video: Chinese Soldiers Murder Tibet Civilians

Barbados Ambassador to USA and wife highlight China’s repression of Falun Dafa Religion

Thousands Riot In China Over Government Kidnapping For Forced Abortions, Forced Sterilizations

Citizen Journalist Beaten To Death By Chinese Government Officials – Filmed Waste Disposal Near Homes

Would Bussa Have Accompanied Barbados Chief Justice and Prime Minister To Chinese Embassy Celebration?

China’s Olympic Soccer Balls Made By Slave Labour – But Barbados Doesn’t Care

Chinese Police Arrest Christians For Nativity Play, Praying – But Barbados Still Loves Chinese Charity and Investment

Communist Chinese “Family Planning” Agency Still Kidnapping Pregnant Women and Forcing Abortions

To our friends from China: you can see all our China articles by entering “China” in the search box at the top. That will show you all our articles.

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Part-time Member of Parliament William Duguid waiting for pension before bailing out

Dear Barbados Free Press,

I hope Barbadians understand now that most people entering politics are not motivated by an quest, as they are wont to spew, to represent the people. Most of them are motivated by a personal agenda.

A year and a half ago news broke that William Duguid was hardly attending parliament and was barely making the basic requirements to keep his seat. Oh he rushed in the paper and said that was not true etc etc.

Lo and behold the truth has come to light.

But the reason I said most candidates are personally motivated these days is that Duguid knew that if he had quit a year and a half ago he would have been short of the ten year or two term requirement for pension. So what do you do? Keep spending three weeks in Canada and rush back so that you don’t miss four sittings (which I think it is) and then rush back off to Canada  again.

What has me puzzled is that we used to hear how Duguid had a fantastic dental practice and how he was such a great dental surgeon. You think that if that was the case it would have translated into monetary gains once one is dedicated to the practice. But to give up a ‘lucrative’
dental practice to go and speculate with regard to real estate in Canada sounds very dubious. It sounds as if he is running from something. At one stage he even talked about having leadership (Prime Ministerial) ambition.

I just hope that the electors realise one thing: IT IS NEVER ABOUT THE PEOPLE.

Little Boy Bleu

BFP Editor Replies…

Hi LBB, we think you are too cynical by half – and we know cynical!

Way back in 2006 and early 2007 William Duguid was a frequent commenter on BFP – at least until the questions about his government became too direct and unanswerable. While the dear doctor might be making a strategic decision at this point based upon the fact that it is unlikely that the BLP will form the government after the next election, that doesn’t take away from his original intents upon entering politics.

We have no doubt that William sincerely thought he would be able to work within the political system to “do good” as he says. The problem we see with new politicians is that they are almost immediately seduced by their more experienced mentors to take advantage of a system that has no rules about conflicts of interest or misuse of office. Who could withstand the temptation of running wild in a candy store with no rules? You? Me?

We saw the BLP turn into a gang of thieves and we’re now watching the same thing with the current DLP government. It’s all too easy for a politician to make big money under the current free-for-all and that’s why Thompson and his gang did not implement a Ministerial Code on their first day in office as they promised to do. We also said that Thompson and the DLP would stall and sabotage the promised Integrity Legislation and that’s exactly what has happened.

As to Duguid not finishing out his term in a proper matter, we share your concern. One would think that honour would demand an MP to be on the island for the vast majority his time – not just when parliament is in session. The job that Dr. Duguid took on demands much more than just showing up in Parliament. Although Duguid has been very careful of late to orchestrate appearances in the press, he is seldom seen by his constituents anymore.

(And please, Doctor Duguid: unless you’re willing to publish your the Air Canada flight details of your coming and going – don’t waste our time with some statement full of generalities. Publish your flight information and then we’ll talk, Doc.)

Further Reading at BFP

June 17, 2009 William Duguid Re-appears In Barbados Parliament – Speaks… but not about his Canada Permanent Residency Application

June 8, 2009 Dr. Duguid Returns To Barbados – Fails To Address THE QUESTION: Did William Duguid Apply For Canadian Immigration?

June 5, 2009 Barbados Parliamentarian Dr. William Duguid Moves To Canada – Continues To Collect Salary!

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