Category Archives: Editorials

PART XVI: RESPONSE OF SC ANTHONY ASTAPHAN TO THE REPORT OF THE MULTI-SECTORAL GROUP ON ELECTORAL REFORM IN DOMINICA, CONT’D

In the last article of this series, we focused on the introduction, alleged misrepresentation and misstatements as highlighted by Senior Counsel Anthony W. Astpahan in his well-researched report entitled, “Response to the Report on the electoral reform effort by the Group comprising of leaders of churches, the business community and civil society (THE REPORT).  As […]

PART XV: RESPONSE OF SC ANTHONY ASTAPHAN TO THE REPORT OF THE ELECTORAL REFORM GROUP COMPRISING CHURCH, BUSINESS AND CIVIL SOCIETY

In this series of articles on electoral reform efforts in Dominica, we have so far discussed the unaccepted, rejected and/or unimplemented recommendations of several regional and international election observers contained in separate and in joint special-mission reports of the OAS, Commonwealth and CARICOM dating back from 2009.  We also discussed the tremendous work of the […]

Roosevelt “Rosie” Douglas – Co-Chair of the 1968 Congress of Black Writers in Montreal Canada

By Gabriel J. Christian, Esq A prophet has no honor in his own country (The Holy Bible John 4;44) Moving Against the System – The book on the 1968 Congress of Black Writers at McGill University Montreal, Canada– Co-Chaired by Rosie Douglas of Dominica; it was the largest gathering of Black writers in the 20th […]

ST.KITTS AND NEVIS MOVES TO AMEND ITS CONSTITUTION AND CITIZENSHIP ACT WHILE IN DOMINICA AN SR&O SUFFICES

The Parliament of the Federation of St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Nevis will soon debate an Amendment to the Federation’s Constitution as well as a few other pieces of legislation including the Saint Christopher and Nevis Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2020. These Amendments aim to reduce the number of years of residency that would qualify a […]

PART XIV: RECOMMENDATIONS FOR ELECTORAL REFORM IN DOMINICA BY THE MUTI-SECTORAL CIVIC/RELIGIOUS/BUSINESS GROUP FOR CONSIDERATION OF SIR BYRON

In the last two articles of this series, we examined the report and recommendations of the Joint CARICOM-COMMONWEALTH-OAS Special Mission for electoral reform in Dominica and the immediate categorical rejection of the same by the Attorney-General on behalf of the DLP government. In light of the above and considering the tremendous concerns of Dominicans actively […]

VICTORY FOR THE RULING ANTIGUAN LABOUR PARTY GOVERNMENT ON THE POWERS OF THE PRIME MINISTER TO APPOINT MEMBERS OF HIS CABINET

Both the ruling Dominica Labour Party (DLP) and the Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party were victorious in the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC) system today.  At the High Court in Dominica, Justice Glasgow sided with the Applicants (the DLP) to strike out all 10 petitions filed by the opposition United Workers Party (UWP), while at […]

PART XIII: AG’S RESPONSE TO THE SPECIAL JOINT OAS, CARICOM AND COMMONWEALTH MISSION ON ELECTORAL REFORM

The DLP government invited a Joint CARICOM-COMMONWEALTH-OAS Special Mission to review and to make recommendations on reforming the electoral system in Dominica. The Special Mission submitted its report to the DLP government on 26 August 2020. The contents of the 19 page report were examined in PART XII of this series. To recap, the report indicated that […]

PART XII: RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE JOINT- SPECIAL MISSION OF CARICOM-OAS-COMMONWEALTH FOR ELECTORAL REFORM: A SOLID FOUNDATION FOR SIR BYRON’ S REVIEW

Having intentionally ignored the recommendations of past Observer Missions from the Secretariats of the Organization of American States (GS/OAS), the Commonwealth (COMSEC), and Caribbean Community (CARICOM), as well as those recommended of  local political parties, and business and civic organizations, the DLP-Administration in August 2019 invited a Joint-Special Mission from the CARICOM, the COMSEC and OAS to […]

PART IX: WHILE AWAITING THE FINAL REPORT OF THE OAS ON THE DECEMBER 2019 ELECTIONS, SIR BYRON MUST TAKE NOTE OF THE OAS’ PRELIMINARY OBSERVATIONS & RECOMMENDATION

Following the declaration of results in the December 2019 general elections, the OAS Observer Mission issued its preliminary findings and recommendations. It advised that a more detailed final report that expands on its observations and recommendations will be presented to the OAS Permanent Council in Washington, D.C. The said report is supposed to be shared with […]

ACTING IN THE DOMINICAN POLITICAL THEATRE

By a Contributor to the Patriot The United Workers Party (UWP) was formed with and has always comprised of competent, capable, qualified and skillful individuals that the country requires in its governance if it were to experience sustained growth, progress and development. Unfortunately, for over 20 years, the party has failed to move from where […]