A year on from Hurricane Irma

The sad anniversary of Irma is here. We didn't expect much from our government but we did expect that our basic infrastructure would be well on the way to recovery. Not so - and the Antigua Observer remembers why ...

'Not to mention the talk of a ‘land-grab’ especially in light of a certain questionable clause in a certain sweetheart deal with a certain investor. Of course, suspicions deepened when there seemed to be a prioritising of the new airport project over such things as the Hannah Thomas Hospital, the Holy Trinity School, the restoration of water and electricity and the removal of rubble. Not to mention the downright spiteful and vicious name-calling. Yes, in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, words such as ‘deracinated,’ ‘imbeciles,’  ‘in-breeding,’ ‘mendicants,’ and other unflattering adjectives became part of our daily lexicon, much to our dismay.  And much to the astonishment of the world!

Read the rest of the article here.


Antigua and Barbuda together ever?

Joanne C Hillhouse of Antigua writes in the Huffington Post....

It has been disappointing observing all this play out, particularly some of the language lobbed at Barbudans (described as ungrateful squatters and, infamously by Browne, deracinated imbeciles') In many ways, it has been the worst of us. I believe that Barbudans, still facing an uncertain future, have been traumatized by Irma and some of what has followed. I wish that we could be Antigua and Barbuda, prioritizing Barbudans’ interests, working together to figure out a future that adjusts for our various shared vulnerabilities — economic, political and climate related.

Yes, so do we.

There is an alternative view of Barbuda's self determination that we could both be proud of. But as was apparent at John McCains funeral in the USA, we have to call our leaders out for what they are.

New Ferry - No New Ferry

It lasted three weeks. I'm not even going to bother to put in a link.

Airport work is stopped

the new airport constructionConstruction of the new 'international airport' that was begun days after Hurricane Irma hit Barbuda, while Barbudans were still evacuees in Antigua, and before most had even collected their lost posessions, has been halted by a court injunction until a Judicial Review can be heard on 26th September 2018.

Leslie Thomas QC of Garden Court Chambers in the UK said about the case 'Steady and unabated land clearing for the construction of the airport has been observed by locals for the last year despite major delays, including the return of essential services, in the island’s recovery from Category 5+ Hurricane Irma. The case, expected to be closely followed throughout the Caribbean region and international community, including environmental and human rights communities, could set the stage for similar action across the islands regarding sustainable development planning and ethical government conduct, both critical areas of public interest. This is the latest in a series of legal actions being taken by Barbudans against the Government of Antigua and Barbuda surrounding the attempt to force changes to the land tenure system and introduce unsustainable and speculative developments on the island of Barbuda'. 

Injunction is filed against new airport

John Mussington and Jacqui Frank have filed an application for leave for judicial review of the government’s decision to construct the new airport in Barbuda, on behalf of all Barbudans who have been so disgusted by this disastrous destruction of the environment, forced on Barbuda by the government immediately after Hurricane Irma destroyed most of the homes on Barbuda. The Observer headlines it in their typically uninformed style as 'opposition to progress' when in fact it is opposition to corruption and disaster-capitalism undertaken by the most cynical and greedy government in the history of this country. But clearly Gaston is now feeling the heat...

you can translate the site here


We like this...

Now, it's been too long.
Too long, too long in slavery.
Free the people and let them move in liberty
Now, it's been too long.
Too long, too long in slavery.
So the struggle continue.
But while the struggle continue, I'm going to tell you.
We rastaman will set the world free...

Joseph Hill - Culture

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