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Chronicle of a Dictator Part III His Way or the Highway

Friday, January 7, 2011 9:09

By anthony sylvestre Gratiano, in Act 1 Scene 1 of William Shakespeare’s play Merchant of Venice, warns against men who have an excess of ego. He captures it better than I could: “There are a sort of men whose visages Do cream and mantle like a standing pond, And do a willful stillness entertain, With purpose ...

Chronicle of a Dictator Part II Bullying the Press

Thursday, December 23, 2010 9:09

By anthony sylvestre My UDP friend, in defence of Dean Barrow’s chancey and petty bullying of Channel 5, sought to compare Barrow to US President Barack Obama the other day. “But even Obama did the same thing,” he said. “Remember when Obama refused to give any interview to Fox television station”. Now I ...

Chronicle of a Dictator!

Monday, December 20, 2010 11:36

A dictator is said to be a ruler who assumes sole and absolute power. In the 2001 movie “Gladiator” starring Russell Crowe, the short, uncompassionate and ruthless rule of a young Roman dictator (Camodos) is beautifully depicted. He is a brilliant political strategist. He knows and understands the pulse of the people. But ...

The Era of “Good” Governance

Friday, August 13, 2010 7:19

By Anthony Sylvestre The Prime Minister was on Love TV “Belize Watch” the other night. He was asked how would he like to be remembered as Prime Minister? As presiding over an “era of good governance,” he answered. The Prime Minister was clearly making fun of us again, taking us for a ...

Restoring Confidence in the Police

Friday, July 23, 2010 8:38

By anthony sylvestre A colleague of mine remarked the other day that the Ministers of government should be mandated to do drug testing, at least three times for the year. They do the ‘strangest’ things, he said. “And to think, they are the most powerful people in the country, whose decisions ...

Living on the Edge

Friday, June 25, 2010 7:50

By anthony sylvestre He stood at the corner of Tigris Street and Basra Street, one of these commonly referred to hotspots in Belize City, seemingly unfazed by the gunfire that had barked out just minutes earlier. He had the DVDs he was selling neatly displayed on the ground for the passersby ...

No Rule of Law

Thursday, May 27, 2010 22:05

By anthony sylvestre Lawyers have a thing they call the “rule of law”. It is a necessity in any society, this rule of law thing - that the laws of the land must be obeyed by everyone, from Prime Minister downwards. This rule of law thing has a co-existing side to ...

Bafana Bafana World Cup

Friday, May 14, 2010 3:14

By: anthony sylvestre Montevideo is a sprawling port city of over one million people situated on the south coast of Uruguay along the Atlantic Ocean. According to Mercer Human Resource Consulting, in 2007, it provided the highest quality of life in Latin America. But Montevideo is celebrated internationally not only for ...

Conspiracy Theories

Friday, May 7, 2010 7:07

Like everybody, I always find conspiracy theories hard to swallow and view them with great skepticism. And so back in 2008, after government had changed and Sr. Superintendent Chester Williams was telling the country that he was being set up by other high ranking members of the police department and politicians, ...

We told you so

Friday, April 23, 2010 7:43

My colleague Glenn Tillett is right: Barrow is bogus. After taking us around his favourite thing (the mulberry bush) with his Sixth Constitutional Amendment Act, the Prime Minister now refuses to pass into law his much touted expanded Senate and recall of representative law. Back in April, 2008, the Prime Minister beat ...