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COMMENTARY: The power of the people is stronger than the people in power!

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Gabriel Christian

To our beloved Dominican nation at home and abroad:

At this time all decent and honest Dominicans must make a choice to support the call for peaceful civil disobedience in the cause of justice on Dominica. I support such a call.

The question of the hour: Do you stand for the freedom and prosperity of the Dominican people or do you stand for tyranny, lawlessness, and thievery?

 All honest and right-thinking people of goodwill must stand decisively for rule of law, freedom, and democracy on Dominica.

We are at the 11th hour for democracy on Dominica. Why? In a startling turn of events, just last week the ruling regime has rejected the recommendations of Caricom, the OAS and the Commonwealth to ensure electoral reform.

This OAS, Caricom and Commonwealth mission was invited into Dominica. They met with the government, opposition and civil society. They made their recommendations in a sober and balanced fashion without fear or favor.

The report of the OAS, Caricom and Commonwealth mission was not paid for either by the opposition or some hired accounting firm as we have seen in some reports of dubious value in recent times.

The attorney general of the regime, Levi Peter, is reported to have said that the recommendations of the Caricom, OAS, and Commonwealth were unacceptable.

Why should the regime fear electoral reform?

The masses of our freedom-loving people and our allies at home and abroad must pressure the regime to do what is right and just.

The regime must ensure electoral reform on Dominica.

If the regime denies electoral reform as sought by the law-abiding and freedom-loving  international community then this regime will be held accountable for any disorder, loss of life or bloodshed that erupts from their failure to adhere to the internationally accepted customs and practice of democracy that our Negre Maron freedom fighters, our Kalinago warriors and our other ancestors such as Pierre Colaire of Laplaine gave their lives for.

We want peaceful protest and we demand change now. We are peacemakers. We have served the best plans and projects of all past and current governments on Dominica. We defended and aided Prime Minister Skerrit in all the good he did or sought to do. When disaster struck Dominica over the years we spared no effort to aid our kith and kin. When some people condemned us  as Labourites we had no shame in defending the noble legacy of the Dominica Labour Party that brought the masses into parliament and worked for social justice. We have worked tirelessly and relentlessly for Dominica all our lives. We are political tribalist or aimless partisans who blind ourselves to the truth. We shall never engage the selfish behavior of some shall eat all instead of all shall eat.

Those of us at home and abroad who associated with the Dominica Academy of Arts & Sciences or Rebuild Dominica have never been anti-government or anti-Dominica. Indeed, we are pro Dominica patriots who want to see a free, prosperous and law-abiding nation. We sought to gather all our human resources, our true wealth, in a noble endeavor to build the common wealth not wealth for some. We are non-partisan and not members of the United Workers Party – though many of us do support Team Dominica as a platform to unite all Dominicans – regardless of party affiliation – in honest development endeavor.

We are not political tricksters, acrobats or talkers. We are honest development workers and educators who want better for every Dominican man, woman, and child wherever located.

We are not the ones who brought our state into the company of foreign diplomats representing our beloved nation who were  mafia elements, money launderers, the arrested Nigerian Allison Madueke that nation’s Minister of Oil who stole 20 billion, Ng Lap Seng arrested in New York by the FBI and convicted for bribery of United Nations official  and the Iranian swindler Alireza Monfared arrested by Interpol who stole 2 billion. These criminals were not appointed by true Dominican patriots who love and care about Dominica. Yet they were representing Dominicans overseas. Why?

Today when patriotic  Dominicans speak out they are hounded, disparaged, abused and arrested.

We will not allow for the continued abuse, arrest on bogus charges and intimidation of our people by the regime.

This is a time for men and women of courage to stand for Dominica. This is not a time for serfs, slaves or those given to the siren song of comfort, treasure, and plunder offered by the new massa government that has trampled democracy on Dominica.

It was indeed the real labour party heroes of yesterday who confronted racial and class oppression to state loudly: Massa Day Done!

Today this masquerade band fronting as Dominica Labour Party has resurrected racial and class prejudice in Dominica from the tomb.

They have excavated the hateful and spiteful monster of racism and class oppression from its tomb and are hounding and oppressing the children of poor black and Kalinago people simply because they speak out against injustice.

The real labour party fought hard to bury forever that monster of racial and class prejudice which oppressed our poor black and Kalinago people.

Today our poor black and Kalinago people witness the abuse and stealing of our resources.

This fake labour party has placed foreigners over Dominicans in all important matters of state and economic development.

Our builders and contractors are sidelined in favor of foreign interests. Our builders, engineers, and contractors have complained of such anti-national bias and violations of procurement practices to no avail. Meanwhile, Hempstead Bridge collapsed last week though skilled local contractors/engineers could have addressed that problem before it was too late.

The regime has reserved power for a new class of wealthy cronies, friends, family members and foreign puppet masters – some of whom have been arrested for money laundering in recent years.

They have left crumbs for Dominicans while our economy molders in the grave.

 We are treated like foreigners in our own land. Foreigners are plundering our impoverished country which is dead last in the OECS in way of economic development.

Our people have to run to Antigua, St Kitts, or St Martin to make a living. Before people from those islands came to Dominica to make a living.

With all of that must we keep quiet?   No!

This is no time to hide in the bushes and show fear before the cowards who rule!

This  Dominica Government and all those who come after it must know they are our servants, not our masters!

This government is duty-bound to account to Dominicans for the monies earned and not send its foul mouth and oppressive henchmen to disparage Dominicans as cockroaches.

The regime must not be allowed to arrest and destroy patriotic Dominicans when they speak out.

We honor and love our sincere and honest police officers who serve in the best traditions of the police service to the nation.

We shall protect our police brothers and sisters who do their duty and no one must touch a hair on their heads.

However, we ask all policemen to act with honor and serve and protect the citizens. Do not serve anyone whose duty is to foreign masters and a money laundering mafia who are being caught red-handed one by one.

There is no future for those who support a lawless regime. Caricom, the Organization of American States and the Commonwealth stand for democracy and rule of law on Dominica. No agent of the regime will escape the reach of international justice. You are being watched.

 Every day the news is clear that a foreign-run mafia has used and abused the passport program for their greedy ends and not national development.

 They have left a few crumbs for our people and believe that such crumbs should purchase our silence while they lie and abuse our intelligence as a nation.

The police must remember they are servants of the people of Dominica not servants or puppets of the Prime Minister, hoodlums, gang bangers and his foreign backers.

We shall alert the international community where any police officer or unit in the Dominica Police Service make the mistake and use lethal force on Dominicans. They shall not escape justice. And justice is on the way.

We respectfully warn the police again that they will regret it if they oppress the people of Dominica and act as the Haitian Tonton Macoute did back in the days of Papa Doc and Baby Doc.

Look at poor Haiti today Brothers and Sisters. Papa Doc and Baby Doc destroyed Haiti and Haitians had to run away from that country.   They are running all the way to Dominica to escape the raging fires of poverty after almost 50 years of tyranny in that Caribbean land.

We do not want to see the crimes visited on Haiti to be visited on Dominica.

We want liberty, prosperity, and democracy on Dominica and we want it now!

 We do not want any Papa Doc, Baby Doc or Doctor Doctor tyranny to destroy Dominica.

We want all true and honest labourites who believe in the legacy of Edward Oliver LeBlanc, Rosie Douglas and Pierre Charles to immediately disassociate yourselves from a regime that has misused its power and associated with foreign agents now under arrest for money laundering.

The regime has hidden things from you.

The regime has not been accountable to you, the citizens of Dominica.

The writing is on the wall my fellow Dominicans!  Dominicans you must not allow yourself to be fooled by blowing horns, lighting candle, participating in carnival out of season and the circus into which they seek to bamboozle you with loud music and high-priced foreign entertainers.

Cast off the spell of idol worship my beloved Dominican people.

Take out the lagley or night wax from your eyes my dear people.

This Sunday September 29, 2019, banish the ghosts of mamaguy, monkey tricks, bribery by galvanize and foolishness from the idle politicians who have failed you and misled you.

Condemn and cast away the politicians drunk on power who demand that you must come to their office, to kneel down, cry for them, beg them so you can get a house. You are no longer slaves. Do not allow yourselves to be a slave to any party or politician.

Dominicans, kneel only to God not man.

Cast out the spell from your heads and hearts of those who mock God and make you believe they truly love God and must rule forever.

God is not mocked. God did not walk around Jerusalem anointing people with coolout money. Nor did he go on a stage, with a redshirt painted with the horns of a goat, worshipping false gods and prophets while adorned in in Gucci clothing. Liberate yourselves from mental slavery and tomfoolery my people.

How can you say you love God but spend your time chasing after women and money instead of building the country?

Dominicans today, Sunday, take a deep breath and exhale the fumes of idol worship. Your salvation is in God not man.

Dominicans, we are a deeply spiritual people. Have you not seen the signs? Do not blind your eyes to the true state of our country not let your ears to be blocked to truth.

Do not harden your hearts.

Dominicans, patriots, you must never ever put party before country.

Dominicans, patriots, you must never ever put any man or woman before God.

You cannot continue to play God by saying one thing in the a.m. and doing another thing in the p.m. What is in the dark will come to light, trust me.

Let us never forget that God runs things in Dominica.

And those who mock God ruin things on Dominica.

So verily I say unto you –

Dominicans our voices must be heard and our actions must be clear! We must save the nation from the lawlessness and oppression now decimating the best hopes of those who engaged in the independence movement.

Emmanuel Loblack fought against Massa society. He would not want tyranny on Dominica!

Phyllis Shand Allfrey fought against racial and class prejudice. She would not want an end to democracy on Dominica.

Edward Oliver LeBlanc fought for the poor and defenseless. He brought the masses into power and prosperity. He is turning in his grave to see the disgrace that they have made of the Dominica Labour Party.

Rosie Douglas and Pierre Charles struggled for independence to bring freedom and democracy. They were not the puppets or associates of money launderers. No one had to ask them about missing money. No one had to ask them – “whey di money gone?”

Eugenia Charles was never asked to account for money in overseas bank accounts. She left office with her head held high. She left a decent health care system and Dominica born doctors could work in our hospital.

Today they prevent Dr. Sam Christian,  Dr. Irving Pascal, Dr. Dale Dangleben and Dr. Hazel Shillingford from working in our hospital.  Dominicans have died because they have prevented trained Dominicans from using the hospital. How cruel. How unkind. How callous.

Eugenia Charles or  “Mamo” is turning in her grave today to see how low we have come. Where is the decency of those members or former members of the Dominica Freedom Party who now stand for such injustice?

The reputation of our once fair country is in the gutter because of so many arrested money laundering mafias were found to be Dominica diplomats. None of the mafia diplomats were born Dominicans. Shame!

And some of you still have the audacity to cover up such crimes against our nation and the good name of our Dominica people.

Why is Paolo Zampoli a Dominica ambassador? Where is he from? What has he done to build up Dominica?

In an ironic twist of fate, it was Zampoli, in his legal action taken in New York City who brought to the court’s attention what we long suspected that tens of millions of dollars of Dominica passport money are hidden in offshore accounts.  Zampoli is concerned that such monies may disappear and he may not get his share. If Zampoli is willing to go to such lengths to get what is really Dominica’s money, then what are we the real Dominican people doing to claim what is ours?

Anyway, what exactly qualified Zampoli to serve as an ambassador when we have thousands of decent and qualified Dominicans at home and abroad who could serve?

But no! The regime does not care to associate with decent and law-abiding Dominicans. Look at the choices they have consistently made to represent our beautiful nation before the entire world.

Chinese – Ng Lap Seng – arrested by the FBI in New York. Convicted and jailed. A criminal. A Dominica diplomat.

Nigerian – Former Minister of Oil Allison Madueke – arrested by Scotland Yard. The biggest thief and money launderer in the history of Nigeria. She stole 20 billion at last count. A criminal. A Dominica diplomat.

Iranian – Alireza Monfared – the architect of the biggest swindle in Iranian history. Arrested by Interpol. Jailed in Iran and awaiting trial.  A criminal. A Dominica diplomat.

Why? Why? Why? Shame! Shame! Shame!

Why did the regime appoint these people as diplomats?

There may be other diplomats in secret.

We do not know who all our diplomats are because the regime works in the shadows; the dark; the p.m. not the a.m. so we do not know who else holds Dominica diplomatic passports.

Doctor Skerrit tell us now who else hold Dominica diplomatic passports? Do it for your integrity. Do it for your country. Do your duty to history my brother and give the citizens of Dominica all the names; give us a full accounting now.

Prime Minister Skerrit we worked with you and never betrayed you in the good you did. We stood with you at all hazards when you were right and now we must part with you because you are wrong in how you are ruining things on Dominica. Act soberly and listen to us carefully.

Truly, we are grateful for the good you did and we are not your enemies. When my brother Dr.  Sam Christian was gravely injured in the 2018 motor vehicle accident we spoke and so thanked you then as I thanked my Brother Cecil Joseph for the assistance given. The assistance was given to a worthy Dominican citizen as should be given to all Dominicans. Do not misjudge our publicly stated gratitude for assistance so rendered as acceptance of any wrongdoing.

If today, you ask me for a glass of water to quench your thirst I would never deny you that. If someone dared to harm a hair on your head that I would act to stop that. But do not believe our peaceful disposition to be a license for lawlessness in governance or that we condone injustice.

We are a loving and charitable people who will never be reproachful or ungrateful. But our parents taught us right is right and wrong is wrong.

Mr. Prime Minister, Doctor Skerrit, you are on the wrong path. No political campaign rally of horn blowing band mauvay masqueraders,  clad in red and cracking whips in our beloved stronghold of Brother Pierre “Pierro” Charles in Grandbay will serve to cover-up misdeeds.  We must never mislead the masses with circuses and horn blowing out-of-season carnivals. Such is a rebuke to our intelligence as a people.

Indeed, we are your best friends because we have always fought for what is best for our Dominica. Deep in your heart, you know that imperishable truth. You know that you have not been forthright about matters of state. Admit it.

Cast-away those who surround you with flattery and gifts. By their actions, they shall bury you and tarnish your legacy. Listen before it is too late. Do not try to hang on to power at all costs my brother.

Here is another one for you Prime Minister Skerrit: Is Paolo Zampolii really an ambassador for Dominica?

How can Dominica ambassador Zampoli be suing for his share of passport sales money supposedly raised for the development of Dominica?

Is this how low we have sunk? An ambassador suing for his share of passport money? Is this how low our conduct of state affairs have sunk?

Is Paolo Zampoli still a Dominica diplomat? We demand an answer Prime Minister Skerrit.

Who will stand for Dominica under the oppression of this lawless and corrupt conduct? Are Dominicans still in charge of Dominica?

Or has our independence been hijacked by those intent on plunder and personal gain at all costs? That is the question of the hour!

 We demand change for the better!  We demand to know about the alleged missing 1.2 billion dollars and other monies from passport sales hidden in banks in Switzerland or other tax havens.

To ensure free and fair elections on Dominica we demand the immediate implementation of the recommendations made by the Caricom, OAS and Commonwealth mission.

We demand electoral reform! And we want it now.

Dominicans, if we do not act now to arrest the rot in our nation when will we ever learn that a stitch in time saves nine?

Dominicans never forget we have a noble and heroic legacy in the cause of liberty.

Dominicans, harken to the call and demand justice by peacefully standing strong in civil disobedience until justice is done!

Dominicans, remember that the power of the people is stronger than the people in power.

Massa day done!





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Fort Young Hotel & Dive Resort responds to Joshua Francis’ remarks concerning the public library

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Aerial shot of the entire Fort Section including 32 rooms destroyed after Hurricane Maria

On June 5th 2019 Fort Young Hotel & Dive Resort found it necessary to issue a statement to respond to speculation regarding the Peebles Park & the Public Library, essentially clarifying that there is no discussion or intention between the Fort Young Hotel or its ownership and the Government of Dominica regarding the acquisition, in whole or in part, of Peebles Park or the Public Library.  Due to remarks made by Joshua Francis, Deputy Leader of the United Works Party, in a live video broadcast posted on Facebook on Wednesday, November 13th 2019, the hotel once again deems a response and clarification necessary.

Mr. Francis, among other things states, “the Fort Young basically has taken the space of the Library”….  He goes on to show a lower section of land behind the Library, stating “right here, you can see again that ah Fort Young basically has taken the space of the library. This is the container right here.”  He continues, “so basically the Nassiefs have taken over our public library. That’s the way I I see it. Because if they have not taken over it means that they are trespassers because work is happening right at the back of the library here.”  And finally, towards the end of his discourse, he discovers something mysterious: “You see it right here? Something is happening at the library, something mysterious. Because here it is, watch this. I want the world to ask the government of Dominica exactly what is happening at the back of the library. You seeing a cage right? Something is in that cage, it’s under a brown tarpaulin. Is it building materials? We don’t know, we don’t know.”

The hotel wishes to make the following clarifications:

  1. The hotel has not in fact taken over the Library, but requested and received permission from the Government of Dominica to use the Northern Section as access for construction, without which the hotel could not be reconstructed; the Government issued such permission; the hotel is therefore not trespassing.
  2. The Nassiefs have definitely not taken over the public library. And for general public information, the hotel is owned by 34 shareholders of which less than half are members of the Nassief family, and the largest direct or indirect holding by a member of the Nassief family is approximately 35%, and the Government of Dominica is in fact one of the many Shareholders of the hotel and has been for over 30 years.
  3. The Lower Section with the container that Mr. Francis is referring to is land that has been owned by the Fort Young for over 14 years and is not Library land.
  4. The “mysterious cage” that Mr. Francis points out is in fact a “water bladder” which provides emergency backup water storage for the hotel; the hotel requested and the Government granted permission to temporary lay the bladders there as its own backup water system was destroyed during Hurricane Maria and these were brought in as a temporary measure prior to this year’s hurricane season.

The Fort Young Hotel is very grateful to the Government of Dominica for its much-needed support during this critical time of reconstruction and expansion.  Having lost all 32 of its “Fort Rooms” to Hurricane Maria (reference Photo 1 below), the hotel is undertaking a major expansion to re-open with 100 rooms in the third quarter of 2020. The practicalities of major construction on a site surrounded by a historic fort wall (reference Photo 2 below) necessitated special access through the Northern section of the Library.  Without said access, preserving the historical fort fabric and heritage would not have been possible.  The Hotel’s access thru and activities on this section of the Library grounds are fully authorized by the Government.  The Fort Young Hotel remains committed to engaging the government and the community as the resort pushes ahead with its reconstruction and expansionso as tocontinue to play an important role in Dominica’s tourism development. The hotel’s total expected investment will exceed ec$40 Million.  It is also important to clarify that, contrary to speculation, the Hotel is not a participant in Dominica’s Citizenship by Investment Program nor has it received any special funding from the Government.

Located on the water in Roseau, Dominica’s capital, Fort Young Hotel & Dive Resort is the country’s only downtown hotel, affording guests unmatched proximity to the “Nature Island’s” vibrant culture, delicious cuisine, exhilarating activities and some of the island’s most prized attractions, like Trafalgar Falls, Middleham Falls, Freshwater Lake, segments of the Waitukubuli National Trail, and world-renowned diving. Fort Young Hotel & Dive Resort offers a luxurious sense of seclusion, fine dining and meeting facilities. Fort Young Hotel & Dive Resort can be reached at 767-448-5000 or info@foryounghotel.com.





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Saint Jean bashes Linton for taking salute at youth rally

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Lennox Linton Leader of the opposition saluting the students in place of the Prime Minister

The Minister for of Education and Human Resource Development, Petter Saint Jean, finally broke his silence on the decision by students to march in defiance of instructions by Education Officials to call off the march past at the national youth parade and the Leader of the Opposition’s response to that decision.

 The organizers cancelled the parade due to inclement weather but the students rejected that decision and proceeded to march in the absence of Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit who had already left the venue.

With the prime minister being absent, Opposition Leader Lennox Linton, who was positioned in front of the stage, took the salute from the marching students.

“All sober and right-thinking Dominicans must have been appalled, annoyed and disgusted,” Saint Jean commented, in response, in a recent statement which appeared on social media.

He said the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) has always given utmost priority to the safety and security of the nation’s youth.

“Friday, November 1st, the meteorological services reported unstable weather conditions with scattered showers and possible isolated thunderstorms,” the Education Minister stated. “The Windsor Park Stadium grounds were waterlogged; there were light showers and the conditions appeared threatening.”

According to Saint-Jean, the ministry decided in the interest of the students and their teachers, to cancel the march-past.

“There was defiance by some students, reportedly encouraged by some including senior officials within the Ministry of Education and Lennox Linton, the Leader of the Opposition,” he remarked.

St. Jean accused Linton of breaking “all norms, protocol, decency, and respect for authority when he proceeded to pose for the salute”  adding that this cation confirmed the leader of the opposition as someone who lacked discipline and respect for authority.

“His actions clearly illustrate that he was encouraging our children to show disrespect to public officials and to defy authority which is symptomatic of the campaign that he has waged over the last 10 years,” he stated.

Saint Jean went on to describe Linton’s action as a clear demonstration of the UWP leader’s irresponsibility and his unfitness to lead Dominica.

“Mr Linton’s poor judgement, bad example and hunger for power have all gone to his head and we must, as a nation, pray for him,” he remarked.

Linton has that his decision to take the salute from the students had nothing to do with politics; instead, he wanted to show support for the students.

He said after observing that while the children were chanting “we want to march, we want to march”, the prime minister and his family were leaving the park and the other members of the government were leaving with the prime minister as well.

The Opposition Leader explained that considering the “long and hard” work the young persons had put into preparing for the event, and the unreasonable decision taken by the Ministry of Education to not allow the students to march, he decided, as a show of symbolism, for their independent action and decision, to take their salute being the highest-ranking parliamentarian left in the stadium.

He said it was very inspiring for him as a leader, looking at young children being independent in mind and spirit.

Meantime, Saint Jean revealed that the Independence Youth Sports Meet was postponed three (3) times because of the soggy conditions of the Benjamin’s Park in Portsmouth.

“Eventually this sports meet did not take place because of the likelihood of injury to the young and enthusiastic athletes,” he revealed. “There were no complaints.

Saint Jean said that the organizers, students and athletes “and certainly their parents,” were all in agreement that the action taken by the ministry was in the interest of those who had trained and eagerly awaiting the opportunity to display their athletic prowess.





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Veteran musician and sound engineer, Marcel Cruickshank, passes away

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Marcel Cruickshank at his sound mixer board

Veteran musician, Marcel Cruickshank, who was for many years a member of Dominican’s longest-serving band, the Swinging Stars, has passed away.

Swinging Band leader Peter Letang told Dominica News Online (DNO) this morning that Cruikshank died at the Princess Margaret Hospital at 7:25 last night. He said Cruickshank had been ailing since after Carnival this year.

Cruikshank started off in music as a drummer and later became the sound engineer for the Swinging Stars for the rest of his musical career.

Letang also told DNO that Cruikship was the drummer involved in the original creation of the soca beat which has been attributed to the Lord Shorty of Trinidad and Tobago.

Criuckshank was also an electronics technician who operated a repair workshop located in Roseau.





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