Caribbean Islands: Protests against IMF. Is the IMF the only salvation for Barbados?

June 13, 2017

English-speaking Caribbean countries share colonial pasts, a common sea, developing country status, and often financial difficulties. Financial troubles in this Caribbean sub-region have led Barbados, Belize, Grenada, Jamaica, the Commonwealth of Dominica, the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, and the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to seek loans from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Such IMF assistance has been contentious and has resulted in protests in five of these seven small…

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Solar Generated Electricity and You Part 1 … An Introduction.

June 12, 2017

Business leaders have a wide variety of reasons to like solar – it helps reduce their impact on the environment and saves them money. This could be why a ton of companies – including Nike, Starbucks, and Walmart – are pledging to work toward using 100% renewable energy. There are a lot of leaders investing in solar in places you might not think of, like Richard Branson’s support for a…

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The Cuban Revolution: Still in motion

June 4, 2017

The author’s recent trip to Cuba confirmed his confidence in the power of people to transform their lives. It is also clear that “the US government has not stopped its ceaseless attack on the Cuban Revolution and probably never will as long as the US possesses an imperialist system.” Nevertheless, every Cuban he spoke to “reiterated how the revolution remains non-negotiable.”

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Listen Chris, Tax This!

June 3, 2017

While the majority of Barbados is disgusted with the increase of taxes about to be implemented by the current Minister of Finance and his gang, the fact of the matter is, the island is in economic trouble, and we need solutions.

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Policy is Key to Development

June 2, 2017

While the Executive of Barbados exercises poor fiscal and public policy, to total blame that organ for the situation in which we find ourselves would be intellectually dishonest. The failure of the Barbadian private sector (businesses / markets / for-profit and non-profits / charities) to build upon the stability we had and expand during those times within the country and beyond is a major component of our current woes. The…

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Budget Straight Talk, No Chaser

June 1, 2017

The proposed budget for the next fiscal year has been delivered and it is a lengthy one. In addition to illustrating the current ailing state of Barbados’ economy, several economic objectives were also outlined for the next year along with a proposed plan for their achievement. 

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New taxes should not be imposed on Citizens without the most careful scrutiny.

May 31, 2017

I always believe that ultimately, if people are paying attention, then we get good government and good leadership. And when we get lazy, as a democracy and civically start taking shortcuts, then it results in bad government and politics. –  Barack Obama The Barbados Act gives the State the ability to impose new taxes without the Citizen having the opportunity to vet those taxes

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