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The significance of Selma in the grand march from Vertieres
On Saturday, March 7, 2015, the United States, united as one, celebrated the 50th anniversary of the March from Selma to Montgomery, passing through the Edmond Pettus Bridge, where on the bloody Sunday of March 7, 1965, some 600 marchers were met wit...
Are lower oil prices causing chaos?
As most of us already know, oil prices have fallen from their triple digit highs to now just about $50 a barrel. Of course, this is great news for most of us. But for other people that depend on high oil prices for profit, not so good news. It's not...
The Alfred Gray affair: A grave crisis for the PM and the judiciary
From the moment Agriculture and Marine Resources Minister V. Alfred Gray offered the Mayaguana island administrator certain advice about a criminal case involving a constituent, he breached a wall of separation between the executive and the judiciary...
Challenge or opportunity? State-owned Chinese investment in the Caribbean
Caribbean leaders and politicians, as they tend to do, ignore the long-term effects of unregulated Chinese investment projects. Their concerns hardly extend beyond their political terms and the short-term economic gain. Chinese investment throughout...
Old soldiers never die
• First published Tuesday, October 28, 2014 The phrase “old soldiers never die, they just fade away” comes from an old army ballad which was popular with British soldiers during World War I. The lyrics, as recorded by Eric Partridge, read...
Auditing the auditor: An extremely stupid thing
“Governments don’t do stupid things…”– Prime Minister Perry Christie Approximately one year ago, three independent accounting firms submitted separate reports to their client, the Public Hospital Authority (PHA), that addressed various asp...
Education policy: The transformational potential
As a child, impetuous and rebellious, Winston Churchill suffered from a severe speech impediment and had a poor academic record in school. His life was apparently a trajectory of disparate events. However, those deficiencies and misfortunes were easi...
Democracy and good governance in the Caribbean: A retrospective analysis
In the light of recent manifestations and practices, divergent expressions of democracy and governance in the Caribbean, I am propelled to revisit my consultant’s report to the Organization of American States Unit for the Promotion of Democracy whi...
DPM Davis should immediately resign or be dismissed
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development Philip Brave Davis should resign from the Cabinet or be immediately dismissed by the prime minister in regard to the former misleading the House of Assembly over the matter of a contra...
The view from Europe: Time to be realistic about Cuba
Over the last two months an extraordinary level of interest has emerged in accelerating engagement with Cuba. From the tourists who “want to see it before it changes” to governments concerned that their longer-term interests are protected. For t...
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