The Commonwealth: What future?
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Continuing from last week when we looked at issues arising from the death of the late British monarch, Queen Elizabeth, we can broaden the discussion ...
September 23, 2022
We can walk, talk and still think
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I had left off last week from my discourse on Electoral Reform to try and draw attention to a very important stage in our (the Caribbean) development,...
September 9, 2022
Electoral Reform: More Reflections
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We here in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), and the wider Caribbean in fact, have earned ourselves the reputation of being “now for now” people, m...
August 26, 2022
Marcus Garvey, Pan  Africanism and Reparations
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This past Wednesday, August 17, marked the 135th anniversary of the great Marcus Mosiah Garvey, hailed up to today as one of the foremost advocates of...
August 19, 2022
Comrade, not so fast!
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During his address to the recent national Convention of the Unity Labour Party (ULP), Party leader and current Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves soli...
August 12, 2022
It is not about Ralph at all
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A French King, Louis 15th I think, was quoted as making the infamous remark, “Apres moi, le deluge”. Meaning that whatever would go wrong would do so,...
August 5, 2022
Looking ‘Below the Surface’
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In 1998, a Vincentian calypsonian, the late Roy Lewis, singing as the Mighty Prowler, won the calypso Monarch title in Trinidad and Tobago, no easy fe...
July 29, 2022
Succession: A Vital Task for Gonsalves
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PRIME MINISTER Dr Ralph Gonsalves is enjoying the accolades and honours being conferred on him by governments and peoples of our region, deservedly so...
July 22, 2022
Carnival ’22: Observations
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Every year after Carnival, whether it is the Vincy variety, the Rio “strip mas” on which much of our modern Carnival is patterned, or Trinidad’s pre-L...
July 15, 2022
Lessons from Grenada elections
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Parliamentary elections in the Commonwealth Caribbean are closely followed not just by the voters in the country holding the elections but also by vot...
July 1, 2022
Government must take strong action
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Last week this column began commenting on some issues pertaining to our two political parties, the governing ULP and the opposition NDP, and I promise...
June 24, 2022
ULP succession issues and NDP ineptness
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I was encouraged to read in the Midweek SEARCHLIGHT this week of plans by the governing Unity Labour Party (ULP) to take a definitive step forward in ...
June 17, 2022
Celebrating 30 years – Pt:2
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Part 1 of this celebratory article published last week began by tracing the historical development of Cuba/SVG ties in homage to the 30th anniversary ...
June 3, 2022
Celebrating 30 years of fruitful partnership
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THIS WEEKEND, the Government and people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and their counterparts in Cuba jointly celebrate three decades of the establ...
May 27, 2022
Resisting external pressures
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Whilst the principle of the sovereign right of each independent country to make decisions of its own choosing is considered inviolable, in practice sm...
May 13, 2022
Rejecting colonial rule
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There are many, many good and sound reasons why small countries like ours in the Caribbean voluntarily join together to establish regional bodies such...
May 6, 2022
Royal protests welcome; now hard part
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I was heartened by the protests staged by conscious brothers and sisters against the visit of the British representatives of the real Head of State of...
April 29, 2022
Play One For Kitch Centennial
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Easter Monday is the public holiday which culminates the biggest weekend in the Christian calendar, starting with the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on G...
April 14, 2022
Calder Williams: A champion of working people
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Although I had not met him in person for some time now, it saddened me to hear of the passing of Bro. Calder Williams, for more than four decades the ...
April 8, 2022
The NDP: a credible alternative?
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In spite of the fallout which affects governments and leaders in office for a long time, the Unity Labour Party (ULP) remains in office, having just c...
April 1, 2022
The National Hero debate: Add or Deepen?
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PRIME MINISTER Dr Ralph Gonsalves has again said that it is high time for the designation of additional persons to the hallowed status of National Her...
March 18, 2022
Ukraine: Overshadowing all else
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The world, still reeling from the crippling effects of the Covid pandemic, has been thrown into a further tailspin as a result of the Russian military...
March 4, 2022
Rememebering “Bung Sukarno”
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In beginning this tribute to Basil “Bung Sukarno” Cato, who died in the USA three weeks ago and is due to be buried today, my condolences go out to th...
February 25, 2022
When you slip …
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Let me take a break from my 50th anniversary journey as relayed in this column these past two weeks, to share some reflections on local developments w...
February 18, 2022
A 50th Anniversary – Collective rewards
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Last week when I began on this theme, I did not hesitate to ask the question, what have been the rewards for the struggle and hardships endured over t...
February 11, 2022
A fiftieth Anniversary struggle
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Dear Readers, I crave your indulgence and understanding as I mark with reverence what is a very special landmark for me, the 50th anniversary of my en...
February 4, 2022
No longer ‘discovered’
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January 22nd passed uneventfully in St Vincent and the Grenadines as many others before it, with many Vincentians praying for the “end ah month” to co...
January 28, 2022
In parliament dey kicksing
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A lifelong friend of mine who shares my love for calypso resorted to that art form in describing the happenings in last week’s parliamentary debate on...
January 21, 2022
Dramatic reminder of Covid danger
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The drama which has unfurled in Parliament around the spread of covid contamination, leading to the suspension of the 2022 Budget debate is a poignant...
January 14, 2022
Race and Genocide…Again!
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I find it hard, in fact almost hypocritical to wish a Happy New Year, not just to friends and family but to people in general, knowing that 2022, like...
January 7, 2022
Twenty – Two – Too
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It is with a great sense of relief that we mark the end of a most tortuous year. Fifty-two weeks ago, how many of us could have imagined that at year ...
December 31, 2021
Christmas amidst challenges
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  It is heartening to note that despite all that we have gone through these past two years, it has not dampened the enthusiasm for Christmas and our C...
December 23, 2021
The ‘Son’ ain’t gonna shine anymore
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ANOTHER CHAPTER in the political history of St Vincent and the Grenadines will be officially closed tomorrow when former Prime Minister Sir James Mitc...
December 17, 2021
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When first the impact of the COVID pandemic hit us over two years ago, there were few among us that thought we would still be grappling with it today,...
December 3, 2021