A Christmas Message

By Bishop Rolston S.M. Jeffrey   “O How I love Jesus” (Matt. 1:18-25). Names do not mean much to people today. They pick out names for their children for many…

Which OECS?

By Brian M. Francis (Ph.D)   Two days ago, your humble servant had what can easily be considered a rather exciting conversation with a former student who has only just…

A Christmas Benna

By Colin Sampson ‘Twas the weekend before Christmas … and all through the town the vendors sat sadly, most wearing a frown. The buying was patchy … customers not many…

Benefits of trade to the OECS

By Brian M. Francis (Ph.D)   The economics literature is absolutely clear on the advantages and disadvantages of fixed exchange rate regimes.  One of the major benefits of such an…

The great democratic delusion

The great democratic delusion

By Colin Sampson As human society evolves past the era of organised religion it is becoming increasingly obvious to any clear-headed observer that the governing system we popularly call ‘Democracy’…

Opening the public sphere and coping with resistance

Opening the public sphere and coping with resistance

Dr. George C. Brathwaite Last Wednesday, there was a public holiday celebrating the birth of Antigua and Barbuda’s Father of Independence and first National Hero – the Right Honourable Sir…

Our National Heroes: Politicized and demeaned

One thing is certain: all societies need heroes. Antigua & Barbuda is no exception. As a matter of fact, this tiny two-island state is more blessed than many. Hosting a…

Sir V. C. Bird, Father of Our Nation

By Cecil E. W. Wade   The Right, Honourable, Doctor, Sir Vere Cornwall Bird, our first National Hero was born on December 9, 1909 in a slum area at the…

Fiscal discretion

Fiscal discretion

By Brian M. Francis (Ph.D) The member countries of the OECS are an interesting case study because of the existence of a common currency among them.  The fact that those…