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Sheri Veronica – As school children in Barbados we were taught to hate Jamaicans

Sheri Veronica Barbados

“Respect Jamaicans”

by Sheri Veronica

THE TRUTH IS, we were taught to hate JAMAICANS.  As a little girl in primary school, our teacher taught us that Barbados was the jewel of the Caribbean.  We were taught that any mad/crazy slave or any slave who could not take instructions, were shipped off to Jamaica.  This was the mandate, I supposed in my little head (or was that taught to me also), of every Caribbean island.  Send the mad and **aggressive slaves to Jamaica.  Then as time passed and you start to see clearer, meet people and question things, you soon realize that the insurgent slaves were the brave ones.  They were the men and women who could not be broken…

… continue with a good read at Sheri Veronica’s blog

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Request for assistance in solving murder of Father Charles Brown

Where is murder suspect Rohan Deacon?

To the wonderful law abiding citizens of Jamaica… We the family members of the late Father Charles Brown would like to thank you for the kindness bestowed on us throughout our ordeal.

This coming July 24th will be one year since he was brutally taken away from doing the good work of helping the poor, downtrodden, the church and most of all his relatives.

We are asking if you could assist the diligent police officers who have been working relentlessly to locate the person of interest Rohan Deacon to no avail.

If anyone knows his whereabouts please contact Hunts Bay CIB 9237111, 9013121, 119 or Crime Stop at 311.

Thanks again for your outpouring of love and support have a bless day.

Barbados Free Press

Father Charles Brown Jamaica MurderDear People of Jamaica

We are the family of Father Charles Brown, lovingly known to many as ‘Uncle Charles’.

On the 24th July the senseless murder and loss of our beloved brother, uncle and servant of God, Father Charles Brown has sent ripples of pain and heartache across oceans and continents.

To us ‘Uncle Charles’ was a vibrant and funny man, he really loved a good joke, very understanding and adored animals, he devoted his life to the service of others, often sacrificing his own needs.

Uncle Charles was known to go without food or sleep in order to provide support and comfort to families in grief, to be a character witness for those facing the courts or to joyfully perform the baptism of a baby, welcoming them into the world with his kindness and warm smile.

He spent his life giving from his heart and we have had him…

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Caribbean Court of Justice judgements cannot be enforced in Barbados!

CCJ can't make Barbados pay Shanique Myrie judgement

CCJ can’t make Barbados pay Shanique Myrie judgement

As an old friend used to say “IANAL” – “I am not a lawyer”

But if a judgement from the CCJ cannot be enforced, what’s the use? Isn’t the whole justice system a farce then? Why bother taking anything to the CCJ?

How does this impact foreign investors who might be interested in doing business in Barbados or other Caribbean nations?

Can someone please explain this to me. Why bother having a CCJ if the judges have no power?

CCJ lacks mechanism to enforce Shanique Myrie judgement, says judge

ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) – A judge with the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) Friday said there was no mechanism to enforce the judgement following the recent ruling in the case involving the Jamaican national Shanique Myrie.

Myrie successfully sued the Barbados Government after she was refused entry into the island in 2011. Continue reading

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“Better to be poor and in control of my own life”

A few wonderful pieces from our old friend Ian Bourne at The Bajan Reporter.

That man has a nose for news and a belly for a story. A pity he’s not in charge of CBC’s news department…

“Your Condo does not impress me much!”

Money dictates the quality of life that you live, and without money you cannot survive: that in itself is a true statement. Unfortunately, a lot of times we make less money -even though we might do the same quality, and quantity of work as a man in the workplace.

This then leads you to perhaps marry for stability, to ensure that you will live comfortably. Money does not make you happy, so don’t ever throw in the towel and settle with a man just because he is financially stable. Great if you find, and love someone who is wealthy and you two have decided to make a life together. However, succumbing to fear and marrying for money while you stare at your dwindling bank account is not the answer.

Read the entire article at The Bajan Reporter: Your Condo does not impress me much!

Dido elizabeth belle

Belle – Illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral

Based on a true story, Belle follows the story of an Dido Elizebeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed race daughter of Royal Navy Admiral Sir John Lindsay and a Jamaican slave woman known only as Belle. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield and his wife, Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, yet the color of her skin prevents her from fully participating in the traditions of her social standing.

“Dido Elizabeth Belle was born around 1761. She was baptised in 1766 at St. George’s Church, Bloomsbury. Her father, John Lindsay, nephew of the Earl of Mansfield, was at the time a Royal Navy captain on HMS Trent, a warship based in the West Indies that took part in the capture of Havana from the Spanish in 1762. It has previously been suggested that her mother was an enslaved African on board one of the Spanish ships captured during this battle, but the dates are inconsistent and there is no reason why any of the Spanish ships (which were immobilised in the inner habour) would have had women on board when they were delivered up on the formal surrender of the fortress. Dido’s baptism record, however, shows that she was born while Lindsay was in the West Indies and that her mother’s name was Maria Belle.”

Thanks to Ian Bourne for pointing us to a new movie about this fascinating bit of Caribbean history.

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BFP’s George: “I could just kiss Mac Fingall, but he wouldn’t like it – as cute as he is.”

Mac Fingall Queer Barbados

“THE WORLD IS NOW embroiled in discussion on homosexuality and same-sex marriage. It is a discussion that should be of concern to everyone for if allowed to dominate it could spell the end of mankind.”

Mac Fingall in The Nation article Abnormal behaviour

Gay Love and Hate in Barbados

by George (with Cliverton)

Mac Fingall says that mankind will end because of gay love. Mac and I don’t agree about that, although I do agree that he has a right to say whatever he wants to. If Mac wants to talk ’nuff foolishness an climb de tree higher so his bare bum show more, he should climb higher.

I could kiss Mac because his seriously foolish talk makes people re-think their attitudes and words of hate towards gays and lesbians. (Also I could kiss Mac because he is cute – maybe even a handsome devil. I mean, look at that smile!)

When people really think about what Mac is saying, and then seriously think about their own attitudes, I believe that people can and do change their minds. Mac’s newspaper column forced people to consider why they hate gays.

More and more people these days are coming to the realization that gays are not a threat to society: they are just people. Mac doesn’t like that people are re-considering their attitudes to gays and lesbians so he wrote a newspaper column. The attempts like Mac’s to dehumanize or stigmatize fellow human beings for the way they are is no different than when there were ‘coloured’ and ‘white’ washrooms.

God made Mac one way. God made other people another way. Mac says God made me wrong. According to Mac, God made me imperfect and abnormal.

Tell that to God, Mac. Tell that to God.

Mac… You want to know what happens when people don’t view gays as real human beings?

This happens:

Jamaica: Cross dressing teen killed by mob

Posted by NEWSROOM on 22/07/2013 at 7:42pm

A teenager was set upon by a mob and killed at a party in St. James overnight. Continue reading

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Shanique Myrie inquiry – Barbados environmental officer part of Immigration scam?

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Questions about Barbados Environmental Officer Daniel Forde

by One Who Knows

The story is still developing but from the reports in the local news, questions are being asked about the role of Daniel Forde “a senior government environmental officer” in the Shanique Myrie fiasco.

Jamaican Myrie was denied entry into Barbados and held in Immigration custody. She has alleged mistreatment by Bajan authorities, including being “finger raped” during a search for drugs.

Bajan Pamela Clarke testified that neighbour Daniel Forde asked her to be available when his friend Myrie arrived from Jamaica in case Mryrie couldn’t get hold of Forde. But while Clarke agreed to this she did not know that Myrie was providing her name and address as the person who invited her to Barbados and where she would be staying.

Myrie lied to Immigration officers, saying that she had been talking to Pamela Clarke on the internet for two months. That was not true as they had never spoken or emailed.

Barbados drug search

Although Bajan government official Daniel Forde had something to do with Shanique Myrie traveling to Barbados, it seems Forde and Myrie did not want the Immigration officials to know that.

Why Not?

Testimony says that Myrie lied to Immigration Officials about her relationship with Pamela Clarke, and so far it testimony says that Myrie didn’t offer Forde’s name as her real host.

So Myrie was not truthful with Immigration and Forde was in on that plan to not be truthful. That is what it looks like so far.

Why weren’t Forde and Myrie straight with Immigration officials? Is this about human trafficking and Forde, a Barbados government official, is involved? Is this about Myrie is his little squeeze on the side that Forde didn’t want someone else to know about? Or is it something altogether innocent, mistakes made because somebody assumed something and said the wrong thing?

There’s more questions than answers right now, but if it shapes up that Forde was part of some plan to not tell the truth to Immigration, then Bajans should be asking themselves if Forde should keep that nice cushy government job of his.

The inquiry continues…

BFP’s readers can head over to Barbados Today as that news source has published many articles about Shanique Myrie. Check out Never knew Myrie.

We’re going to reprint the whole article here because you know how it is folks – if we don’t sure enough the original article will change or disappear a common happening with the Bajan news media. Readers should first head over to Barbados Today as they deserve your click please.  Continue reading

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Shanique Myrie ‘finger rape’ case shows CARICOM doesn’t really exist now – and probably never will

Barbados drug search

Caribbean Court of Justice considers the Shanique Myrie case

Sir Ronald Sanders has written an excellent article about the state of CARICOM when subjected to the cold light of what happened to Shanique Myrie. Well worth your time…

Since the establishment of CARICOM in 1973, tens of thousands of CARICOM nationals have travelled in its member states with no difficulty. However, a significant number have complained of discrimination by immigration officials at the point of entry of several Caribbean countries – some, even when they are travelling on Canadian, US and European Union passports.

All of this has raised questions about the value and relevance of CARICOM to the citizens of its 15 member countries. Indeed, these events have created resentment and an inclination to dismiss CARICOM as nothing but a government ‘talking shop’. The governments themselves have not done enough to address the problem, which if a solution is not found, will undermine the worth of CARICOM to many of its citizens.

from Bajan Reporter’s Eyeing the case before the Caribbean Court of Justice by Sir Ronald Sanders

Further Reading about Shanique Myrie

BFP, March 24, 2011 – Jamaican women welcome in Barbados if they submit to a finger up their vagina?

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Jamaican drug smugglers plead “Guilty” in Barbados. The Devil responds…


The Devil went down to Jamaica

by Nevermind Kurt

I cannot imagine swallowing or shoving two pounds of herb into my body, driving to the airport in Jamaica, going through the whole check-in / security thing, waiting, boarding, flying and arriving in Bim. I don’t care how much they pay me, it’s not going to happen. I know how desperate some folks can be though, and I know how others take advantage of them – or force them – to do things they don’t really want to do.

The masterminds always walk free, but the little people do the time and pay the price.

Eight Jamaicans pleaded guilty today in Barbados court to smuggling ganja in their body cavities. The eight are part of the 30 or abouts passengers given a “close inspection” upon arrival at Grantley Adams Internationals Airport. They are about to do up to three years in Dodds Prison and that is no easy go – nevermind matter what some say.

Drug mules are the Privates. Who are the Generals?

Think about the logistics of stuffing twenty or thirty drug mules all at once and getting them onto an airplane bound for Barbados. Think about the recruitment. Think about the enemas the day before. Think about the pickup in Barbados and drug retrieval. Accommodation, meals, controls on movement, security. Flight back. Payment. Distribution. This was a big operation.

Good for the Bajan authorities who identified and arrested this lot – but where are the bosses? Where are the money men and organizers in Barbados? Why aren’t they being arrested?

Why no big-ups arrested? The answer is a no-brainer: the mules won’t talk because to do so would be to pronounce their own death sentence in Dodds.

Some folks say “Just herb, wat the harm?”

I don’t believe that herb is the problem. It’s the criminal system behind the herb that steps in because the drug is against the law. Like Chicago in the 1920’s – there wouldn’t have been any Al Capone without Prohibition of alcohol.

Was Peter Tosh right? “Nevermind. Legalize it”

Should we legalize it? That’s a big big question. I may have inhaled a bit of smoke myself in the past. I didn’t kill or rape anyone, so I can see that the problem is not the herb itself. It is the criminal activity that results from the illegality of grass. That’s my opinion and others at BFP (like Marcus and Robert) disagree on that most vehemently. “Vehemently” See? I can still pull out the $25 words when I think hard so I must have a few brain cells left. Robert’s Beefeater Gin is probably worse overall.

You know my name is Nevermind Kurt. Why “Nevermind”? Why “Kurt”? Why the photo of him with my name?

Nevermind. Now you know part of who I am, or rather, once was. 😉

Further Reading

The Gleaner, August 5, 2011: Jamaican Drug Mules Held In Barbados

RJR News: J’cans in Barbados sentenced after pleading guilty to drug charges

OUR THANKS: to BFP reader UB for suggesting the YouTube video!

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Loveridge: Jamaica’s protectionism hurting Caribbean unity, tourism

PM Golding tilts the playing field against REDjet and Barbados

In the next 24 hours, some 6,000 people will read this article by Adrian Loveridge. We can only hope that Jamaica’s Prime Minister will be among them.

Has REDjet been treated fairly?

by Adrian Loveridge - small hotel owner

It’s a big question and without all the facts in hand it would be difficult to be totally objective.

However, if you ask the questions, is the concept of a low cost carrier desirable in the Caribbean and can it be made to work, then the answers have to be yes, and probably if they are allowed to operate in a truly commercial environment.

When you can book a week-long cruise that visits seven Caribbean islands with travel, accommodation and food all included for less than the cost of a return airline ticket to one of those territories, then something has to be fundamentally wrong.

LIAT now enjoys a virtual monopoly on certain routes out of Barbados, which includes Puerto Rico after the withdrawal of American Eagle.

According to their website, the cheapest return flights (a round trip of 1,140 miles) bookable in late June to San Juan is US$664.09, which includes a whopping US$176.09 in taxes and add-ons.

For exactly the same dates, return flights to New York with American Airlines cost US$615.50 (including US$177.50 in taxes) and US$664.80 (US$166.80 taxes) with JetBlue, a journey involving 4,182 miles or nearly four times farther both in miles and flying distance than Puerto Rico.

“If LIAT had competition on the San Juan route of course fares would be lower and that is why we need an airline like REDjet.”

REDjet has been criticised by some for having not having a viable business plan but does LIAT or the amalgamated Caribbean Airlines and Air Jamaica?

Without past massive taxpayer subsidies all three of these carriers would have perished by the wayside years ago and the much delayed partial assimilation of the ‘Lovebird’ by CAL has also been finally made possible only after the government of Jamaica wrote-off off huge debts.

And we have to remember that in its entire 42-year history, Air Jamaica recorded a profit in only one of them, 1986.

So when we talk about fairness, what do we really mean?

To the best of my knowledge the owners of REDJet have not asked any government for taxpayer bailouts, heavily subsidised fuel, preferential interest rates or any other major concessions. They just want to operate in a commercially level playing field where competition, supply and demand and all the other factors that in the ‘real world’ decide economic survival or failure.

The people of Jamaica now own a 16 percent stake of Caribbean Airlines and it has been designated that island’s national carrier to the world.

Clearly, Prime Minister Golding is keen to protect that interest and recently stated he was “not saying the REDjet application would not be approved, but it would have to be allowed with the CAL deal in mind”.

Perhaps he has every right to be so protective, but does it really foster better Caribbean unity or take us a step closer to marketing the region as one?

The writing is on the wall, the president of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism has already graphically warned that summer tourism business is down.

REDjet has clearly demonstrated that it can drive additional traffic to Guyana and there is no reason to believe it wouldn’t be the same for Trinidad and Kingston. This just may reduce the real risk of additional hotel closures and job losses this year.

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Geoffrey Philp: Clear Marcus Garvey’s name

Petition to President Obama: Issue full pardon, clear Garvey’s name

Our friend Geoffrey Philp is one of the good people leading the charge to clear the name of Marcus Garvey: a hero, leader and visionary who was persecuted for daring to believe and teach that blacks could empower themselves by standing together economically.

We encourage all to read Geoffrey’s article about Garvey, and to sign the petition to President Obama.

“Our union must know no clime, boundary, or nationality… let us hold together under all climes and in every country…”

Marcus Garvey

“Unfortunately, however, he [Garvey] has not as yet violated any federal law whereby he could be proceeded against on the grounds of being an undesirable alien, from the point of view of deportation.”

J. Edgar Hoover writing to (BOI-FBI) Special Agent Ridgely October 11, 1919

“The first man of color to lead and develop a mass movement. He was the first man on a mass scale and level to give millions of Negroes a sense of dignity and destiny. And make the Negro feel he was somebody.”

Martin Luther King, June 20 1965 while laying a wreath at Garvey’s shrine in Jamaica.

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REDjet Update: Political problems with Trinidad and Jamaica

“A few weeks ago we at Barbados Free Press criticized REDjet for launching without having all the paperwork in place with Trinidad and Tobago.

We take it all back.”

Caribbean Airlines files complaints with Jamaica and T&T

REDjet: “Political delays beyond our control”

The launch of any new business is a formidable task, but when you’re talking launching a new airline into a politically charged world of protected competitors… now you’re talking trouble!

And so it is with REDjet as the governments of Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago seem to be doing everything they can to block the new upstart from Barbados.

A few weeks ago we at Barbados Free Press criticized REDjet for launching without having all the paperwork in place with Trinidad and Tobago.

We take it all back.

We take it back because we now see what the game was and is: to keep REDjet waiting forever until they give up. That’s what the governments of T&T and Jamaica would like to see happen and they are working hard to protect other airlines from those Bajan upstarts.

We’re guessing but it looks to us that after being blocked for over a year in various attempts to move forward, the REDjet team came to the conclusion that the issue had to go before the public. REDjet had to launch to force its way into the market or else they would never launch.

We’re behind REDjet 100% because the simple truth is this: if REDjet fails, the big losers will be the ordinary people of the Caribbean who, for the first time, will be able to fly to other islands without having to sell their first born children.

Further Reading

Barbados Today: REDjet still awaits T&T green light

Caribbean 360: REDjet says CAL protection blocking Jamaica flights

Go-Jamaica: JCAA tight-lipped about Redjet’s delay

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Cave Hill students grieve for Roderick Reid, murdered in Jamaica

UWI Law Student stabbed over the weekend

Our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Roderick Reid, who was expected to return to his studies at Cave Hill yesterday.

Roderick’s body was found on Saturday in the boot of a car in Kingston, Jamaica.

That’s about all we know at this time. If anyone has a photo of Roderick, we would include it. Roddy was well liked and had many friends.

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We’re voting for Geoffrey Philp

Thanks to Geoffrey for bringing Caribbean literature, art and music to the world

It’s no secret that we’re big fans of author Geoffrey Philp. Whether he’s making us laugh so hard about a dying man or making us a tad misty-eyed when he talks of playing football with Bob Marley, Geoffrey’s writing is always compelling.

His blog and his most recent book “Who’s your Daddy? and other stories” are up for awards and you can assist by voting for his work.

Come on… It’ll only take a moment!

BIAJ: Best Adult Creative Writing

Vote for Geoffrey Philp’s Who’s your Daddy? and other stories

Jamaica Blog Awards

Vote for Geoffrey Philp’s blog

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Oh Joy! New issue of The Caribbean Writer on the way

Geoffrey Philp reviews, writes and is reviewed himself

Perhaps Volume 24 of The Caribbean Writer should be called “The Geoffrey Philp Issue” because our favourite Caribbean storyteller’s influence is all over the issue.

“Certainly the new volume from The Caribbean Writer holds many gems, but it’s particularly gratifying to see some St. Somewhere Journal alums included in its pages. Literary craftsman Geoffrey Philp weighs in with a fine example of his poetry chops, as well as his review of “Possession” by Cecil Gray. In turn, Philp’s own book, “Who’s Your Daddy? and other stories”, is reviewed by Edgar O. Lake.”

… from The Digital Calabash article The Caribbean Writer

Feeling like you could use a chuckle this morning?

Even if you’ve read it before, it’s good, it’s short and it will make you laugh! Head over to Geoffrey Philp’s blog and read Bad T’ings Mek Joke: Jamaican Humor

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Blipsterfarian Logic on Glenn Beck, True Blood and the Ground Zero Mosque

We are happy to see that our Jamaican friend Blipsterfarian (Yes. Blipsterfarian “Black+hipster+Rastafarian”) is back with a new blog after letting his old one fade away.

At Blipsterfarian Logic you’ll find an interesting mix of snippets on everything from politics and energy to passa-passa, Mad Men and True Blood.  Not to mention Naomi Campbell and African blood diamonds.

Blipster sometimes reposts other writers or pounds the keyboard himself (OK, he taps, I pound). Today he’s wading into the Glenn Beck “Restoring Honor Rally” discussion with a repost that proclaims…

“Beck and his followers have sought to co-opt Dr. King’s dream and use it for their own nightmarish ends. They can no longer be ignored.” Continue reading

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Jane Shattuck-Hoyos asks “Why is Jamaica suffering while Barbados prospers?”

Could it be that Bajan shirt-tails are tucked in?

The difference in Jamaican and Bajan history and economic outcomes? Nevermind that garbage about the best-behaved slaves were offloaded on Bim and the rebels were shipped to Jamaica. (Ya… we still hear that trash when the rum is flowing up in Grape Hall from people who really should know better.)

Our friend Jane at Planet Barbados found a US Public Radio programme that looks at the differences between Jamaica and Bim and where we currently stand as countries and societies. For my part I don’t agree with the programme’s thrust that economic policies were the sole cause of the different outcomes that we see – I think that cultural differences also played a critical role in the differing histories of Barbados and Jamaica. Continue reading

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‘Dudus’ Coke arrested. Will he live to see trial?

News reports say that Shower Posse gang leader Christopher Dudus Coke was captured at a checkpoint in Jamaica today – apparently on his way to surrender himself either to US Embassy personnel or local “friendly” police.

Some stories say that Coke cut a deal with the US authorities and will not oppose extradition. Some news commentators say that he wants to get out of Jamaica as quickly as possible because there is a wind change in the works that might prove unhealthy as certain Jamaican politicians are worried about what Coke might say at his trial. Continue reading

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Dubai’s Khaleej Times: The difference between “mature” Barbados and Jamaica’s “stalled democracy” is the link between gangs and Jamaican politicians.

Jamaican gang leader Dudus Coke & Clico's Leroy Parris - There are differences, but both these powerful and wealthy men secretly finance their chosen politicians.

Another warning that Barbados must get vigilant about Political Financing

Coming from a similar colonial-slavery background as most of its Caribbean neighbours, Barbados has managed to achieve much greater economic prosperity, peace and political stability. Why is that?

An article in the Khaleei Times looks at the reasons for the differences between Jamaica, Barbados and a few of our neighbours and concludes, among other things, that the cosy relationship between gangs and politicians has much to do with Jamaica’s stalled progress since its independence in 1962.

While I don’t think the article is comprehensive about all the reasons for the differences between Jamaica and Barbados, once again we are reminded that citizens and societies have a vital interest in regulating the money that finances politicians and political parties.

Thanks to both the Barbados Labour Party and the Democratic Labour Party, we in Barbados have no laws, no oversight and no transparency about the millions of dollars received by Barbados politicians for (cough, cough) “campaign financing”.

Simply put, our Bajan democracy is at risk when politicians can secretly receive money from any person or organisation and then secretly spend the money – all without rules, oversight or legal accountability.

And that is exactly the way Bajan politicians and their financiers like it.

Here are a few snippets from the Khaleei Times article…

“For decades (Jamaican) political leaders have used armed local gangs to mobilise voters in their constituencies; the gangs are rewarded with the spoils of power, in particular housing and employment contracts they can dole out. Opposition leaders counter with their own gangs, resulting in chronic violence during election seasons.

These gangs eventually moved into international drug trafficking, with their leaders, called “dons,” becoming ever more powerful. The tables turned quite some time ago, with the politicians becoming dependent on the dons for their survival.”

(snip)

“To see what happens when a country accomplishes both (economic and democratic) transitions, we need only look at the neighbouring Afro-Caribbean island of Barbados. It has a similar colonial past, and became independent just three years after Jamaica.

Yet Barbados’ per capita income is now more than twice that of Jamaica, its standard of living puts it among the developed world and Freedom House places it on a par with Western Europe in terms of the maturity of its democracy. Sure enough, Barbados also has one of the lowest homicide rates in the hemisphere. Barbados, unfortunately, is not typical…”

… read the entire article at the Khaleej Times Jamaica’s bloody democracy

Further Reading at Barbados Free Press

May 24, 2020 – Respected community leader: Some Barbados politicians might be taking payoffs from drug gangs

May 25, 2010 – Barbados roadsign shows support for Jamaica’s Dudus Coke!

May 31, 2010 – Mexico’s drug gangs into politics. Is campaign financing any different where you live?

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