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Zenga Zenga – Libyan dictator Gaddafi stars in world popular music video!


One mocking YouTube video goes viral in the Arab world

Musician Noy Alooshe took a clip of Colonel Qaddafi’s latest rant to hunt down protesters “inch by inch, house by house, home by home, alleyway by alleyway,” – and did a few edits. Then came some tweeking of Qaddafi’s voice and all of a sudden the world has a Qaddafi hit song with a bikini wearing blond dancing along.

Nothing more insulting to Gaddafi – that was until the Libyans discovered the clip is put together by a Jew, and the dancing girl is a Jew too. Now, that’s really mocking and insulting!

All I could think of was Owen Arthur

The ability to mock is probably one of the most powerful tools for political change. That’s why today’s Communists and Islamic Supremacists (and in the past the Nazis and British) and all totalitarian authorities, ruthlessly hunt down drawers of cartoons and singers of songs.

The power of mocking is also why the cartoons and songs keep coming around the world. Here at BFP we may have published a few cartoons ourselves, but oh if we only had the talent to take one of Owen Arthur’s speeches and give it the Zenga Zenga treatment!

So far the best we can offer are our favourite five cartoons – featuring Owen Arthur, Mia Mottley, Chief Justice SIR David Simmons (virgin, puppet or both?) and former Prime Minister David Thompson (God bless him) with his CLICO house-of-cards friend whatshisname? Oh ya, Leroy Parris. (click for large…)



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A little birdie told us…

… that Barbados Prime Minister David Thompson was “recently” chatting at an event with a couple of dozen people standing nearby when he was asked if he had seen the below BFP cartoon (First published in January 2010 and last published on April 28, 2010 as Turks & Caicos citizens question appointment of Barbados Chief Justice Simmons to head Integrity Commission)

PM Thompson is reputed to have smiled and said “I loved it.”

Truth? Fiction? Rumour but not quite accurate?

We believe our source, but we’d love to know someone else’s version because many folks were apparently nearby and laughed and the PM was a little embarrassed because he didn’t realise his response was loud enough to be heard.

Glad to know that we could provide the PM with a chuckle!

Prime Minister Thompson fires Chief Justice SIR David Simmons... and restores the independence of our courts.

Also see…

Barbados Prime Minister slams retiring Chief Justice David Simmons over the ethics of Simmons’ appointment.

Simmons, Arthur & Thompson cartoon becomes the most emailed article in Barbados Government service!

January 3, 2010: Barbados Labour Party finally loses control of Supreme Court – Chief Justice Simmons’ term not extended


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Thompson delivers the fatted calf while the BLP leadership fight each other…

Message to Shona

I saw this photo of a cow in a motorcycle sidecar and just had to insert the Prime Minister delivering the promised “fatted calf”. I’m not as good as you are, but I’d love to see Thompson driving by Owen and Mia having a fist fight on the side of the road. What do you think? Can you do it?

Can any of our readers think of another version or caption?




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Assessment Time In Barbados: Prime Minister Thompson’s First Year



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Barbados Free Press Political Cartoons

Hi folks,

One of our readers asked us to repost yesterday’s header with all the DLP Ministers saying they wouldn’t declare their assets, and that resulted in the new tab up at the top… Cartoons!

We’ll post our political cartoons every so often and sooner or later you’ll see some of your old favourites. We’ll add a few every week in no particular order.


Special thanks to BFP reader “David” for the inspiration.

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Robot Dog Is The Scariest Thing I’ve Seen Since Mia Mottley!


(click on photo to watch YouTube)

You Must Watch This Video!

Ok, ok… we stuck Mia’s head on the robot dog for a laugh, but we had to do something because you won’t believe this technology.

Funded by (who else?) the United States military, this Boston Dynamics project is truly unsettling.

I have seen the future, and I don’t like it one bit!

(But darn, I wish I had the software and knowledge to put Mia’s head on the real video and have the thing walk around with her talking. Oh baby, that would be too funny!)


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UPDATED: Reudon Eversley Says “Not So!” – We Love It When The Barbados Nation News Steals BFP’s Article Ideas Without Attribution

Reudon Eversley Says “Coincidence” – We Believe Him (But Ask A Question)

The former Communications Director for the DLP Election Campaign says he didn’t plagiarise our work – it was just a coincidence. OK, we not only accept that, we truly believe him.

We also believed Mr. Eversley when as Campaign Communications Director he sent us written promises by the DLP that they would do certain things upon being elected.

Here is Mr. Eversley’s comment about not stealing our work, and our response to him – followed by the original article as first published…

Reudon A Eversley
March 8, 2008 at 1:47 pm GMT

So BFP is accusing me of plagiarism. How interesting! As someone who has gone relatively far in the world of academia, it’s a most serious charge indeed and will not go unanswered. I have never been afraid to set the record straight on this site before and I certainly will not be on this occasion.

Today, Saturday, is the first time for this week that I really have had a chance to browse through BFP or any other Bajan blog for that matter. I’ve been out of town too busily engaged in other activities. However, I always check the NATION online first thing every morning when I am away and, reading Arthur’s fulminations last Monday, he immediately came across as behaving like Don Quixote. So I decided there and then that it would be the subject of my Nation column for this week. The article was drafted Monday night, finetuned on Tuesday, and submitted early on Wednesday to satisfy the deadline.

It just happens to be a coincidence that BFP also compared Arthur with Don Quixote. FYI (and the intention is not to boast), I can write with some authority about Don Quixote, as I read the Miguel Cervantes classic in the original Spanish. You see, I was a Spanish student who still speak the language and maintains an active interest in Spanish culture, especially in relation to Latin America.

You, therefore, are unknowingly — as opposed to maliciously which I would never you accuse you of — trying to make a mountain out of a molehill with this issue regarding the comparison with Don Quixote de la Mancha — the character’s full and proper name. You should not be in the dark now as I think I have succeeded in makingh my position pellucidly clear.

As always, best wishes and kindest regards to you.


BFP Says,

Good morning Reudon.

We were wondering if you were away as we thought you’d jump right in to say something one way or the other.

OK… we accept your position that it was a coincidence and we’ll make a note up in the article to put your position forward. Not that this one incident will absolve the Nation News from all the other times they stole stories from us without attribution – of which there are many incidents documented previously.

As far as “mountains out of molehills” – around here we fully admit, embrace and enjoy a rather tabloid style to go along with our serious theme of demanding integrity, transparency and accountability from our government and media. So no offense taken and of course, our best wishes to you too.

And, I’m sure you would agree that our combination of tabloid style and serious content worked out rather well for the DLP in January.

Now… while we have your attention, we’ve been a little disappointed in the new DLP governments failure to live up to promises made during the campaign about the integrity initiatives.

We’ve been holding back a bit to give the new PM and his team a chance to settle in, but frankly we are seeing some very disturbing signs of late.

For today though, we’d like your comment regarding one integrity initiative that was promised IMMEDIATELY after a DLP government took office: the Ministerial Code.

In your January 3, 2008 letter to BFP you clearly stated that the Ministerial Code would be implemented “immediately” upon the government being elected. This was distinct from other initiatives that were to be within 100 days. Also, this is not something that needs to be debated or voted upon: it is simply the government declaring what the rules are for Ministers.

So… why hasn’t the Ministerial Code been declared and released to the public? Did David Thompson not mean what he said?

Make no mistake, Reudon. The government’s failure to follow through with this single very simple initiative is viewed by most folks as an indication that the government’s talk of integrity was indeed a last-minute “cut and paste” election lie.

Marcus, Robert, Cliverton, Shona, George and Auntie Moses

Original Article As First Published…

“(Owen Arthur’s) grandstanding seems a desperate attempt to find relevance in his post-prime ministerial life. However, in declaring war on the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) Government, he comes across more like the fictional character Don Quixote, who was all bark but no bite…”

Reudon Eversley’s latest piece in The Nation News Reflections – Arthur’s quixotic war is just the latest incident where the Nation News has lifted a story or article idea from Barbados Free Press without attribution.

Oh well. I suppose we shall have to be continue to be content knowing that, according to, Barbados Free Press has at least double the online readership of The Nation News. (quantcast’s figures are way low – but we presume with a uniform error)

That should be embarrassing to senior management at the, er, “newspaper” – but they don’t seem to care about professional standards anyway, so perhaps they aren’t bothered.

Our first-published Arthur-as-Quixote piece: Barbados Nation News: “Owen Arthur Declares War On DLP Government”

BFP reader’s suggestion of Arthur-as-Quixote – see Sentinel’s poem Owen On Dee Warpath


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