Daily Archives: December 11, 2010

Nobel Prize Fiasco: What a letdown for a fan of the Chinese

The Nobel Peace Prize 2010 was awarded to Liu Xiaobo “for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China”.

… from the Nobel Prize official website

China and her satellites boycott Nobel Prize Ceremony for Tiananmen Square Protest Leader

by Colin L. Beadon

The Chinese. Oh…. what a let down!

The Chinese I knew as friends growing up in Trinidad, I’d always thought of as most venerated. With those I met here and there, the rest of my life, in various places around the world, I’d never found anything to make me change my mind, until that is, recently. Continue reading

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Environmentalists puzzled as Barbados added to Ethical Traveler’s Best 10 List

Proof that talk and meetings trump real actions and performance?

Barbados made Ethical Traveler’s “Developing World’s 10 Best Ethical Destinations” list for 2011. The award has more than a few Bajan environmentalists scratching their heads in wonder considering that environmental protection is a big part of the judging criteria.

Bajans know that the majority of Barbados government “action” on the environment consists of talk, meetings and pounding the global warming drum in hope of receiving international funding. The country doesn’t even have basic environmental protection legislation – and the wholesale sacrifice of our natural areas to an onslaught of concrete gives lie to the phrase “sustainable development”.

So how could Barbados receive this award if Environmental Protection is a part of the judging criteria? Glad you asked. Continue reading

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