Daily Archives: December 10, 2019

Caribbean Politics: Grenada and Dominica hit back at Al Jazeera documentary

BY RAWLE TITUS – Caribbean Life News – December 5, 2019

Grenada PM Keith Mitchell

Grenada and Dominica have hit back following a documentary by Al Jazeera television suggesting that politicians in the Caribbean are involved in a corrupt trade of diplomatic post in exchange for money.

Dominica PM Roosevelt Skerrit

Dominica’s Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit has threatened legal action while Prime Minister Keith Mitchell’s government in Grenada has robustly denied the claims in the heavily publicized programme, Diplomats for Sale.

Al Jazeera also claims politicians in Dominica and Grenada are willing to accept secret campaign contributions from wealthy foreign businessmen in exchange for diplomatic passports.    Continue reading

Guyana Politics: APNU+AFC seeks to link US State Department official to PPP image makeover firm

 in Demerara Waves – December 9, 2019

Photo: Research Professor of Latin American Studies at the United States War College Strategic Studies Institute, Dr. Evan Ellis

The governing coalition of A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) Monday night slammed a United States (US) State Department Advisor on Latin America and Caribbean Affairs, Dr. Robert Ellis for predicting a “likely” People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) victory at the next elections, by seeking to link him to a company that is helping to clean up that party’s image.

“We also wish to advise the Guyanese public that Mr. Ellis is a ‘known asset’ of a certain lobbying firm in Washington DC, USA. This firm has a known connections [sic] to the PPP. The Guyanese public is aware that this very firm is being paid tens of millions of dollars by the PPP and is tasked with whitewashing that party’s tainted and tattered image,” the coalition said.      Continue reading

Music Lyrics on the shelf – By Dave Martins + 3 videos

It cannot be news to anyone who pays attention to our various news media that a column on one topic can trigger, and will trigger, topics for another column.  Just in the past weeks, for instance, after a column I wrote offering some suggestions for young writers of popular music, I heard from three readers who were pleased with my discussing the musical ingredients in Caribbean songs but chided me for not treating the lyrical side of the compositions appearing on our popular music charts in recent years.

In writing that earlier column, I had taken care not to overload the potential songwriters, to whom it was aimed, with too much detail at once, but in retrospect I consider the criticism to be fair.  Furthermore, one of the readers, my long-time friend Vic Fernandes, a radio guru in his home country of Barbados, is someone I consider as being very au fait with the music business in the Caribbean, so I’m giving some space this week to what I should have included in the previous column.      Continue reading

Iwokrama, and venerable to vulgar in four days -By Dennis Nichols

A country’s worth is evaluated in many ways. Generally, progress (mainly economic) is measured by GDP and employment/unemployment figures. Who cares about bountiful resources and touted potential? Unmaximized like ours. Well, many do, and I am one, regardless of the swinging pendulum gauge that can shift our dial from venerable to vulgar in a matter of days, or even hours.

On the social and political fronts, things don’t look good, but are looking up. Despite poor mismanagement in national affairs over the years, we always had our natural resources, and still do. Oil is our latest boon. But before oil; before gold, diamonds, and bauxite; before rice, sugar, and timber, we had our land.    Continue reading