Daily Archives: March 28, 2011

Race a significant aspect of property ownership in Barbados

Their fields, their hills?

by Manjack

Dear Editors,

Thank you for reminding me of the article you carried October/2010 with regard to the theft of Graeme Hall and the Scotland District National Parks. I may very well have missed it or forgotten . Kismardin was kind enough to remind one of the BTI Coastal Master Plan that appears to have gone the way of so many other ill thought out propositions from the political clowns who masquerade as MP’s and government in the House of Varieties in Bridgetown.

You disagreed with my raising of race in the context of environmental/heritage/ancestral destruction that has visited Barbados in the past years. (Ed: article here) I raise race not in any not in any abstract or salacious manner for effect but because it is an integral and significant aspect when we speak of land and property ownership in Barbados. Continue reading

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Filed under Barbados, Culture & Race Issues, History, Human Rights, Real Estate, Slavery

Libya and the addiction of “The World’s Policeman”

The Military Industrial Complex says, “Pssst… Hey… Want some good stuff?”

Upon reading today’s news about the continued war in Libya (and yes, Marcus, it is a war) my thoughts again turn to the questions: “What is the compelling national interest that caused the UK and the USA to intervene on one side of the Libyan civil war? And when they did intervene, why did the UK and the USA choose to fight on the side of Al-Qaeda?” Continue reading

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Filed under Barbados, History, Human Rights, Military, Politics

Air Passenger Duty killing profits and revenue in the UK as well as the Caribbean


“People are traveling to the continent to get flights… so the Exchequer is losing revenue too”

StudioCaribe’s excellent news item on the UK’s Air Passenger Duty makes an important point: the APD is bad for the UK too, and there is a growing movement within UK business to have the tax removed entirely.

As the news item points out, the budget announcement that Air Passenger Duty will not rise this year is a small but important victory for the Caribbean – but the fight is far from over.

This is the first time we’ve taken a look at StudioCaribe’s YouTube channel and we’re very impressed with the high quality production values and their ability to tell a story. By the looks of some of the other videos they have a compelling documentary in production too – The Smelter Wars – about a community’s fight against a smelting operation that threatens their very lives.

This is one of those web surfing moments when we said to ourselves “What a great little discovery!”

It’s well worth your time to check out StudioCaribe’s videos at YouTube.

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Filed under Barbados, Barbados Tourism