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Do Islamic State jihadists have any dodgy Vincentian passports?

St Vincent Banana Republic

Vincentian passport scandal and Jihad dangers

by Peter Binose, Madrid.

Did they find everyone who had been issued a dodgy Vincentian passport that allowed them to change their name without declaring their previous name? Did they get back every dodgy passport issued?

We don’t know, and may never know exactly what went on with our passports.

The batch of unissued dodgy passports were said to have been burnt and destroyed, once they were destroyed it became impossible to audit the numbers burnt against the number acquired by the government, were any missing and how many were actually claimed to be officially issued? Were any unofficially issued? With the passports burnt we will never know. The evidence has been destroyed.

There are lots of Cubans here in SVG, about 300 immigrants who have residency and work permits, who are able to work and have jobs that Vincentians should have, and they are not part of the 300 working at the Argyle Airport. Some Cubans have been given honoree citizenship, why? You must ask PM Gonsalves that question, also ask him if any of them were issued with those dodgy passports that allowed them to enter the US and Canada as Vincentian citizens with no reference to their previous citizenship and birthplace in Cuba? Is that possible? Is that a true case scenario? We have seen Iranians who are said to have Vincentian citizenship, were any Iranians issued with those same dodgy passports?   If any of that went on, how do we know that passports have not been issued to members of ISIS, allowing them to enter the US and Canada undetected.

“The burning of those passports was little less than a criminal act;

it’s no wonder that Canada withdrew the right for Vincentians to enter Canada without a Visa.”

Now it has been announced that the Europeans are about to sign an agreement with some Caribbean countries, that includes SVG. The agreement is called the ‘Schengen Visa Waiver Agreement’ it allows our nationals to enter and travel freely through European Union States. Has anyone told the Europeans about the dodgy passport past and how we are now required to have a Visa to enter Canada? Has anyone told the Europeans that our women are so badly beaten and ritually raped, that when they get to Europe many will be claiming asylum? In 2010, our women ranked 8th in the world for refugee claims to Canada. Has anyone told the EU that the US identified an Iranian special agent as a Vincentian duel citizen? An Iranian who has been laundering billions of dollars for the Iranian government, in doing so circumventing the US sanctions. Because by not telling the Europeans it’s like withholding evidence, it’s like telling the worst possible lie. You can be sure it will come back and bite us in the bum. I am therefore honor bound to send a copy of this letter to the EU tonight.  Continue reading

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Peter Binose: Mendacious Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves

PM Ralph Gonsalves

PM Ralph Gonsalves

Whilst talking with an old friend in Dublin recently we were discussing Prime Minister Gonsalves.

For this letter I will describe my friend as Paddy. That’s not his name, nothing like his name, but will hide his persona from any collective spite that may just be gathered against him after this little tête-à-tête.

He follows both the printed news and the online news very carefully regarding Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. As a child his parents were posted in SVG and he has holidayed there a thousand times since becoming a man. He loves our little country and has fond memories of us as a people, our verdant island and the beauty of the white sanded Grenadine pearl necklace of islands.

The discussion that started with old times eventually got around to what is happening today. He is so disappointed in what he reads about the political situation under the leadership of Dr Gonsalves and his Unity Labour Party.   Continue reading

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Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves lied about Argyle International Airport

Argyle International Airport 10April2011

When you lie to the Business Investors you ‘Own the lies’ when it all goes wrong

by Peter Binose

When Ralph Gonsalves announced the finish and operational dates for the Argyle International Airport, we must ask ourselves if he knew each of those dates was unachievable. I like many others believe he did know that the completion dates he gave us were not just unachievable, he knew that such statements were downright lies.

When you tell lies sooner or later your very own lies will come back and bite you in the arse, as the old folk would say.

Saying the airport would definitely be up and running by 2011 may very well have caused all sorts of business people who were ardent followers of Gonsalves, to invest money in their business’s to take advantage of the upswing in trade that the same Gonsalves claimed would follow the airport opening.

He also told the people that he would build a city on the Arnos Vale site when the air traffic was transferred to Argyle. He said the new city would be linked to the old city of Kingstown by a four lane tunnel under the hill, it doesn’t matter that approaching the tunnel from either end it would only be one lane. The whole matter was embroidered to wind the business people into spending money.

Hotels in Villa who are ULP supporters have invested fortunes in upgrading their family owned hotels in anticipation of the Gonsalves forecast of a huge surge in stop over’s and business in general.

People like Ken Boyer borrowed money from banks to build his supermarket and Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet, why? because as a cousin to Gonsalves he believed that Gonsalves would finish the airport by 2011 and the new city would be finished five years after that in 2016. Ken was a little silly because he should have known better than most of Gonsalves ability to make things up, to embroider the truth and make it into blatant lies.

The Harlequin Buccament Bay Project based all its plans on the airport opening in 2011, they have also been shafted and they must be seriously in danger of folding because the airport is the key to much of their projected business. They were made promises and are now suffering from lies. Continue reading

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Venezuela Declares Right to fly Warplanes over sovereign Caribbean Islands

Venezuela Air Force Sukhoi

by Peter Binose

In a speech on national television, Venezuela’s president Maduro reports that the air defense areas of the country have been expanded beyond the Windward Islands all the way up to St Maarten. President Nicolas Maduro, said that his country has the right to defend itself in the skies above the Dutch Antilles.

Venezuela is already a bully of the seas claiming areas that it does not own, now it appears they are trying to bully the airspace.

We have to remember how PM Ralph Gonsalves supported Venezuela’s sea grab of Bird Island. Just what kind of betrayal was that?

The yellow area shows the Venezuelan Economic space, with the effect of Aves Island/Rock.

The yellow area shows the Venezuelan Economic space, with the effect of Aves Island/Rock.

Under the International Law Of The Sea Aves Island is classified as a rock which does not get the 200mile economic zone, however Venezuela hasn’t signed the UNLOS treaty. This rock effectively removes a significantly removes most of the OECS’ economic zone.

… from Notes from the Margin article How Venezuela Controls the Caribbean Sea

“St Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves said the OECS had accepted Venezuela’s sovereignty over Bird Island and that he would not allow anyone to dictate whether or not he should put pressure on the Government of Venezuela in relation to the issue”. Speaking at a press conference at the Caricom secretariat, Gonsalves said, “Nobody is going to tell me which questions are important.”

When public support for this type of Venezuelan communist regime wanes at home they try and turn public attention from local matters to the international theatre.   Continue reading

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A river runs through it… Argyle Airport runway, that is!

Argyle Airport Problems

Yambou River and mud in the middle of Argyle Airport runway

submitted by the SVG Green Party

If anyone tells you that aircraft will land at Argyle in 2015, then that person is lying to you. The middle of the Argyle airport runway is a river and a muddy wasteland. The Argyle airport will take at least four more years, and even then, it will not be a functioning airport.

Since 2006, we have been bombarded with ULP regime nonsense about how the Argyle airport will boost the economy, but the reality is Argyle has been a curse to our country. Throughout SVG, towns, villages and communities have been starved of jobs and money, all for the sake of building Argyle airport for tourists.

From Fancy to Fitzhughes, Union Island and beyond, the needs of Vincentians have been ignored. Hospitals have fallen to ruin, the economy is virtually dead and the country is littered with tombs that once used to be flourishing businesses. The consequence has been high unemployment, high crime, destitution and poverty.
Vincentians have been made to suffer under the economic delusion that tourism and the Argyle Airport will bring prosperity. Well, they will not.

Having an airport does not guarantee prosperity. Barbados has had an international airport since 1938 and tourism for over 60 years, yet Barbados laid-off 3,000 government workers in 2013 and rolled out yet another national poverty alleviation programme a few years previous.

We have been lied to time and again, being told that Argyle airport will be finished in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. One need only look at the muddy mess at Argyle to know that it will not be finished in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 or 2019.

The Yambou River is yet to be culverted; there is a mountain of mud in the middle of the runway area; the northern end of the runway is just mud and is being washed away by the sea; and, the cliff at Peruvian Vale village impedes final approach to the runway and will need to be knocked down and cleared away.  Continue reading

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The Bridges of St. Vincent: Unnecessary deaths and destruction likely to continue.

Christmas 2013: Body bags are the natural result of building on flood plains and failing to clear bridge obstructions.

Christmas 2013: Body bags are the natural result of building on flood plains and failing to clear bridge obstructions.

The future is as dark as the silt-laden waters

by Peter Binose

(Photo courtesy of I-Witness News)

The 3rd Duke of Bridgewater and perhaps even Isambard Kingdom Brunel would turn in their graves if they could see how the Unity Labour Party have neglected our little island’s waterways and bridges to the extent that bridges are destroyed on a regular basis.

It’s ever so simple to comprehend really – streams, rivers and tributaries have to be kept clear of obstructions and siltation on a very regular basis. If this procedure is neglected even for one season,  flooding will ensue which will cause river bank and bridge damage, if not total loss of bridges. Everyone with half a brain knows that, but obviously not the ULP leadership.

Over the last fourteen years just about every bridge on our tiny island of Saint Vincent has suffered serious damage. The rivers are allowed to collect tree trunks and roots and other debris and rubbish without regular round the year maintenance and clearance by teams of work men clearing and burning such vegetation waste. When it rains heavy this debris floats down river and blocks under bridges.

Of course the silt level under bridges is allowed to grow to such an extent that between the debris and the silt, an effective dam is created.

When the silt and debris effectively blocks the water flow under the bridge the water builds up to an enormous pressure that damages the bridge and attached road. The sudden release of a large volume of water rushes down river taking with it the next bridge, if there is one, where the bridge dam sequence and sudden release is repeated on a magnified basis, also taking river banks on its way. Eventually this torrent overflows into the ancient flood plains as has happened for hundreds of thousands of years.  Continue reading

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Secret Duty Free Bribery in St. Vincent and the Grenadines

St Vincent Banana Republic

Some animals ARE more equal than others

by Piotr “Petya” Byskovhoc

I worked for an American Corporation in the Soviet Union Russian city of  Moscow  ‘Москва’  during the late 1970’s.  I enjoyed my stay there but the people were diabolically racist towards black people. Muscovite men and women, typically imbued with neo-Nazi beliefs about Jews, blacks, and all other foreign racial groups of people and others, were also notoriously wicked, and the murder of such people on the streets of Moscow was common place.

Their society ran on the principal of reporting friends and neighbors to the authorities, the KGB,  when anyone did or spoke anything which was regarded anti Soviet or Anti Communist Party. It was a frightening system and fear was a useful tool to the Soviet authorities. It’s very much a system that has been introduced to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.  Just looking at Bigger Biggs and Marcus De Freitus and numerous other groups and individuals shows what is happening.   Continue reading

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