· June, 2006

Stories about Barbados from June, 2006

Barbados: Not just the Opposition

  27 June 2006

Barbados Free Press responds to the Barbados Labour Party's critique of the opposition party's behaviour in the House of Assembly with a call for greater overall transparency with regard to the activities of the House.

Barbados: New drivers’ licences

  26 June 2006

Barbados Free Press is concerned that the integration of of fingerprinting technology into the new drivers’ licences the Barbados government has commissioned from a US company may have “far-reaching implications for human rights and freedoms.”

Barbados: The election will be wired

  23 June 2006

Citing a Wired article about Rupert Murdoch and Barbados’ status as one of the Caribbean territories with the highest internet penetration, Barbados Free Press predicts that “the internet, citizen journalism, online networking and the Barbados Free Press” will play a key role in the country's upcoming general election.

Caribbean: BLP role in CSME

  19 June 2006

The Barbados Labour Party blog gives its political leader — and Prime Minister of Barbados — Owen Arthur a pat on the back for the role he has played in the development of the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME).

Haiti: Telecom Wars

  18 June 2006

Digicel billboard, Martinique. By blogger Greg at InternetRapide.com. Jamaica-based Caribbean telecom giant Digicel has a presence in over a dozen countries in the region. Digicel officially launched operations on the Haitian market in May to much resistance from local private telecoms Haitel and Comcel but bloggers and other web commentators...

Barbados: Enron was here

  15 June 2006

Barbados Free Press points out the fallaciousness of Prime Minister Owen Arthur's assertion that “Happily, we in the Caribbean have thus far been spared Enron-type experiences,” by reminding us that Enron used Barbadian and other Caribbean “offshore companies and banks to set up some 900 front companies to facilitate the...

Barbados: New anthropological study

  14 June 2006

Titlayo gives a new anthropological study of rural Barbados two thumbs up, remarking that “what I liked the most about the book is that it portrayed a Barbados I could recognise as the island I live on, not a Barbados as perceived by a couple of foreigners from a university...

Barbados: Muslims offer to bury bodies

  14 June 2006

Barbados Free Press links to a news story which states that Muslims in Barbados have offered to bury the bodies of the eleven as yet unidentified men which were found on a vessel drifting off the coast of Barbados, though not asking the question: “Suppose some of the bodies are...

Barbados: A little bit of editing

  12 June 2006

The Barbados Labour Party blog re-jigs a quote from Barbados Free Press to make it appear that the latter supports the BLP over the opposition. Barbados Free Press isn't having any of it.

Caribbean: Hurricane unpreparedness?

  9 June 2006

As hurricane season begins, Taran Rampersad worries that “the Caribbean in general can't handle a Category 3 hurricane. All everyone is discussing at this point is how fast one can recover”.

Haiti Rejoins CARICOM

  9 June 2006

Collectif Haiti de Provence points to an AFP article that announces (Fr)Haiti's official rejoining of Caricom. Haiti temporarily ceased being a member of the 15-country Caribbean body in 2004, after the fall of then President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. CARICOM invited President Preval to attend the organization's next summit in July in...

Barbados, China: Forgetting Tiananmen Square

  6 June 2006

Barbados Free Press speculates on why the Barbadian press might have forgotten to mention that June 4 was the 17th anniversary of the Tianamen Square massacre. Could it have had anything to do with the fact that the Vice Foreign Minister of China “was on the island for a visit”?

Barbados: Kamau Braithwaite wins poetry prize

  6 June 2006

On the occasion of Barbadian poet Edward Kamau Braithwaite's winning the Griffin Poetry Prize, Geoffrey Philp celebrates by “re-purposing” material from the Griffin Prize web site in a post on which the poet himself leaves the following comment: “My dear Master Blogger, Since yr fabulous b/day present to mwe in...

Barbados, Russia: Mail order brides

According to Barbados Free Press, a Russian “marriage introduction service” is arranging group tours of Barbados for “prospective Russian brides and North American men.” Adds BFP: “While Barbados is a beautiful and romantic island (as we all know), for North American men seeking Russian ladies, the allure of Barbados is...