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A United Canada Without the Monarchy

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Canada and England would fit seamlessly into the international community without the Monarchy! It is not accidental that the great majority of nations are republics. It has been the result of humanity’s long groping in the dark, tribulations and sacrifices. … Continue reading

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Cometh The Hour, Enter The Man

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About ten years ago, when West Indies had tried everything and were at their wits end how to turn the damaged cricket team around; they condescended to select a little Saint Lucian country boy who had finally made the test … Continue reading

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The Sheep That Roared!

Nicholas Joseph was one of George Odium’s more ardent supporters. Did he also believe the author of this article was a sheep in wolf attire—Judas in a wool coat?

I wish to comment on an article by one Nicholas Joseph that featured in the STAR of Saturday 22 October 2016. I was taken aback by the words: ‘I think I know what Josie was attempting to say but he did … Continue reading

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What does Kweyol really mean to the youth?

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Creole Heritage Month is much easier to appreciate while attending school. I remember the teachers at the Gros Islet Infant and Primary Schools encouraging us to wear our National Wear on Jounen Kweyol. We were taught and reminded of its … Continue reading

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Reparations: What Would Odlum Say?

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What would those who think they knew George Odlum the politician, say, if a pollster asked them about Odlum’s views on reparations? Frankly, it may not be fair to pose this question even to those who boast how well they … Continue reading

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Writing Gave me a Voice

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At 20, I placed my lips on the brim of a cup of the world’s freshly brewed opportunities. As I made a home of a cozy, rustic little bookstore at The Yard, I discovered my own passion for writing. I … Continue reading

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For Whom the Bell Tolls

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On thoughtful examination, it will be revealed that the relatively brand new government of Saint Lucia elected June 2016 faces greater challenges than any other since this island achieved internal self-government in 1967. So much is expected of the new, … Continue reading

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Victim blaming, shame and deafening silence continue!

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Another week, another report of sexual abuse destined to be forgotten by day’s end. The attacks become more and more brazen: a woman ravaged in broad daylight at her work place; another rudely awakened in her own bed. One victim … Continue reading

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That Maiden Speech at the UN . . .

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I smiled when I heard Rick Wayne on TALK last Thursday evening. As usual, he was lambasting politicians (not politics), and with such passion that I promised myself I’d write about it. I called the show that evening to add … Continue reading

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Vulnerable small states need global support, says Secretary-General Scotland

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Hurricane seasons have always been a stark reality of Caribbean life. Many of the natural disasters in the region have made history, personalized by names such as David, Hugo, Felix and Erica. But there is nothing humane about these storms. … Continue reading

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CCJ: It is in the public interest to prosecute official misfeasance!

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Several weeks ago I happened upon a 2011 online report by the Jamaica Gleaner entitled CCJ Hands Down Landmark Ruling: Gives Go-Ahead For AG To Sue Former Government Ministers. The story began with the five-member court’s joint judgment that it … Continue reading

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Words! Words! Words!

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Words are well-worn tools of politics. They can build as well as destroy. They can create a firestorm in a sea of tranquility. They can also be used to calm troubled waters. Prime Minister Allan Louisy’s first national budget to … Continue reading

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We Could Drown in What Our Eyes Refuse To See!

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It’s funny the way people react to certain words, depending on who’s uttering them. The word nigger immediately comes to mind as I recall the last hip-hop concert I attended in the U.S. One of those seedy little bars, you … Continue reading

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A- Musings: An Open Letter to Gale – Part 2

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Musings are thoughts, the thoughtful kind. For the purpose of these articles, a-musings are thoughts that might amuse, entertain and even enlighten.

Last week I expressed my view that the Ministry of Education should no longer be encouraged to play the role of limiting and prescribing what sources of knowledge, previously known as books, are to be used in our schools. Access … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to Gale: Part 1

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Musings are thoughts, the thoughtful kind. For the purpose of these articles, a-musings are thoughts that might amuse, entertain and even enlighten.

Dear Gale, Almost three decades ago Dr. Jules produced a plan for the reformation of the public service. It was largely ignored at the time; actually, totally ignored would be more correct, which is a pity because although governments come … Continue reading

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Problems in Paradise

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Musings are thoughts, the thoughtful kind. For the purpose of these articles, a-musings are thoughts that might amuse, entertain and even enlighten.

During the regime of Chiang Kai-shek, the leader of the Republic of China from 1928 to his death in 1975, national history in school textbooks dealt with the glories of China’s past; Taiwan was merely a temporary refuge for Chiang’s … Continue reading

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Amusings ~ Endorsement

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Musings are thoughts, the thoughtful kind. For the purpose of these articles, a-musings are thoughts that might amuse, entertain and even enlighten.

Michael J. Morell was the acting director and deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency from 2010 to 2013. He recently spoke his mind about the 2016 Elections in the USA: “During a 33-year career at the Central Intelligence Agency, … Continue reading

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A-M u s i n g s ~ Post Vacant

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Musings are thoughts, the thoughtful kind. For the purpose of these articles, a-musings are thoughts that might amuse, entertain and even enlighten.

Sheik Walid Juffali, who died 20th July of cancer at the age of 61, was chairman of a company that was founded by his father Sheikh Ahmed. The Juffalis’ ancestry goes back to the 15th century rulers of much of … Continue reading

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Things Ephemeral

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Musings are thoughts, the thoughtful kind. For the purpose of these articles, a-musings are thoughts that might amuse, entertain and even enlighten.

Taiwan has a decent collection of airlines, some old and some new, some far-reaching and some local. According to the UN, Taiwan ranks 55th in population with a whopping 23,396,600 inhabitants. Last on the list, with 800 inhabitants and unlikely … Continue reading

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A-M u s i n g s ~ It’s the ‘age thing’

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Musings are thoughts, the thoughtful kind. For the purpose of these articles, a-musings are thoughts that might amuse, entertain and even enlighten.

Like most people I have the odd early recollection of my childhood. Of course, many a memory is something I have been told I should remember, something I might remember, or just a family legend, something to be passed on … Continue reading

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