PM Skerrit defends Venezuela in light of US sanctions

The prime minister is in Cuba attending a ALBA summit
The prime minister is in Cuba attending an ALBA summit

Prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, has expressed solidarity with, and support for, Venezuela, after the US approved a series of sanctions against officials of that South American country, according to Latin American news outlet teleSUR.

Skerrit is in Havana, Cuba attending an ALBA Summit.

“I am here to tell you, dear presidents of Venezuela and Cuba, our commitment is unwavering,” teleSUR quoted the prime minister as saying. “An attack against Cuba, against Venezuela is an attack against the Caribbean and Latin America.”

The sanctions against Venezuelan officials were approved last week and president Barack Obama plans to sign the legislation.

The sanctions aim to deny visas and freeze assets of Venezuelan officials who are accused of repressing and using “significant acts of violence or serious human rights abuse” against persons involved in anti-Maduro protests earlier this year.

Meanwhile Venezuelan president, Nicholas Maduro, has lashed out against the US over the sanctions.

“They can shove their US visas where they should be shoved, insolent Yankees!” he said at a rally in Venezuela attended by thousands of red-clad supporters.

The ALBA summit is being held to commemorate the founding of the organization and to discuss the future of Latin American and Caribbean solidarity and cooperation, media reports indicate.

Prime minister Skerrit is accompanied by Dominica’s ambassador to ALBA, Dr. Philbert Aaron.

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162 Comments

  1. joking
    December 18, 2014

    skerrit have jokes wi
    skerro put an embago on America , dont play with them .lol
    skerro maybe fall on his head when he was young

  2. Neg
    December 18, 2014

    This man really forgot how many hungry labourits in the US and it’s territories?

  3. Nature boy
    December 18, 2014

    Correction. I meant to say ” can we risk this vulnerability?”

  4. Nature boy
    December 18, 2014

    This is where my country man and friend, you have to be wise. It doesn’t matter your position in authority and the support you get from allies, speaking up on issues too promptly can cost a bunch. Dominica is, for all these years a dependent country in need of urgent assistance in every area economically , therefor , we can risk this vulnerability. Every nation in the world should know by now that the world goes through the USA. am I wrong? If I am I stand corrected. Now my point is; Ross University contributes to more than 35% of Dominica’s economy and it’s US originated and financed. America has a keen interest there because she’s got her sons and daughters out there. Now would one not be wise enough to reflect before belching out bubbles? If the US pulls out Ross what do you think would be the repercussions ? There’s a true saying which goes like this ” if someone calls you an ass pay him no mind but if two or more call you an ass it’s time to get a saddle” I’m not saying our PM is any like one but you get my point

  5. J John-Charles
    December 17, 2014

    Muslim_Always
    I hope Dominica is taking note,you said.

    “There is a movement going on in your world today.Soon America will crumble down like other empires”

    Are you referring to the muslim movement or better yet the Muslim terrorists.? Like Boko Haram in Africa they kidnapped about 200 school girls in Nigeria forced them to deny their faith in Christ,raped them and forced them to marry members of the terrorist group.
    Are you referring to the movement named Taliban? those who go about strapping bombs on themselves before entering schools, buses and malls; they detonate them, and thus killing the innocent.
    Muslim_Always, Do you have ISIS in mind when you are referring to your movement.? We are seeing their actions in Syria, Iraq and other countries of the world.We are seeing the decapitations live on our TVs done by ISIS.Just yesterday on the 16 th, the movement Muslim_Always is talking about murdered 132 children while at school.Why?because these loving and compassionate muslims believes that women should not be educated.
    My fellow Dominicans the Muslim world believes that ALL NATIONS must submit to their Allah.If you are a Catholic,Baptist,Seven Days or any other religion living in an Islamic Country the state will ask you to convert to Islam; if u refuse, you may be jailed and your very life is in limbo .Also if u are a Muslim, u cannot convert to an other religion result death.
    Now here is the trick – when Muslims come to our country (I mean the western world) where they are free to practice their faith,they build mosque,infiltrate in the community and even get into politics, When they take roots it is like hell on earth.
    They are killing citizens right on the streets in Canada, France, London and even in the U.S. Yes I know the U.S. government can deal with the Muslims world’s ambition,although Obama is sympathetic to them in spite of his talks, but the end of his reign is nigh.

    Dominicans beware of the Muslims among us.There is indeed a movement on the move.
    Remember the cure to evil is Jesus Christ.

    • out of south city
      December 19, 2014

      Christianity has killed more humans in the world than any other religion. I’m just taking the millions of our forefathers/foremothers during the Atlantic Slave Trade as an example.

  6. Me
    December 17, 2014

    Now all those who posted all that garbage about skerrit egg on your faces now Obama listen to ?Skerrit AGAIN! Remember war on it toilet?It means our PM has foresight that’s why he shall NOT BE MOVED! NEVER! :mrgreen:

    • 4-cars
      September 27, 2015

      So very true. You all cannot be moved from the pit the crazy man has dug for you. Unless the people call on God for a change; this man will rule as he always has – in open greed and selfishness. I think that there is, (without a doubt) some elements of stupidity and pride in him.

  7. timby
    December 17, 2014

    where the U S base in cabrits in posi ground have already been broken

    • Titiwi
      December 18, 2014

      That is for Skerrit’s pie-in-the-sky Kempinski hotel.

  8. Shameless
    December 17, 2014

    Cuba is smart enough to seek better relationship with the US but Skerro there blahblahing his mouth and doing his best to have us isolated by the USA. Somebody, anybody please tell that to put a sock in it.

    Assertive, NOT Aggressive! :twisted:

    • RASTAFARILEADSTHEWAY
      December 17, 2014

      Dummy we are already and always have been isolated by the US. who built the roads, who built the statehouse, who built new schools, we put money in the treasury, who’s educating Dominicans on scholarships, who’s building an international airport, who built the stadium, who is renovating the capital city, who is financing Geothermal energy? the list goes on US hasn’t helped in any of these initiatives, so yes we have always been isolated. Skerro just decided to make new friends versus the ones that never helped us in any real an meaningful way.

  9. too late
    December 17, 2014

    Come on skerro it is time that you put some economic sanctions on America. tell dem fellas in America not to mess with you. tell dem Americans you can just shut down ross university and send your ssu to stop their cruises ships from coming to Dominica.

    • misery
      December 17, 2014

      @ Too late . You gave me a good laugh.

    • 4-cars
      September 27, 2015

      Hahahahahahaha………I’m sure that skeritt thinks he can go to war – I mean real war, with America and win. That is the type of mentality this man has. :twisted: :twisted:

  10. Unknown
    December 17, 2014

    I guess Skerritt did flex his muscle on the USA, they are about to lift the embargo on Cuba

    • Shameless
      December 17, 2014

      :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

      Assertive, NOT Aggressive!

    • Zuma
      December 17, 2014

      And indeed he did look again. Who is laughing now. Bunch of loosers you all sour pus uwptermites

      • joking
        December 18, 2014

        stop being negative.
        ur lil fool

  11. Positive vibes
    December 17, 2014

    While the Dominican prime minister is defending Cuba and Venezuela the Cuban president Raul Castro is on the phone with Obama setting up relations and opening embassies. Skerrit take care of Dominica’s business keep your nose out of other peoples business.

  12. joking
    December 17, 2014

    them labourites are silent.foolish set of ppl that want a government to oppress them.
    fools die for lack of wisdom and knowledge

  13. I for myself
    December 17, 2014

    Bad move Skeritt … when the sanctions are in action Venezuela won’t have any money to help Dominica ,and putting Dominica and furthermore the whole Carribbean in your nonsense no .. I am a U.S citizen with family in Dominica if America ever sanction this country you know how hard it is going to be for any American to visit

    • pussqueen
      December 17, 2014

      its funny you can mention, I AM A U.S CITIZEN WITH FAMILY IN DOMINICA…. it means that you renounced your Dominican citizenship and your allegiance lies with the U.S… now people like you took tickets and money(a bribe) to offset the real people of Dominica who did not renounce their citizenship to vote in our election.
      you went back to your milk and honey(usa) while we suffer and will feel the after shock of hurricane Skerrit because he cannot keep his tongue in his mouth on discussions with respect to the USA…

    • 4-cars
      September 27, 2015

      I went to mail a barrel for my father in Dominica. When the clerk saw Dominica west Indies on the barrel, she made a call to some US agency to ask whether to allow barrels/packages to Dominica. The clerk was told that the “EMBAGO” has not been put in place YET. So, like Cuba, if skeritt continues to play games with America; the US Dollars and barrels will not be leaving the US for D/A. Ross University will shut down. No more issuing of US visas to Dominicans. No more Dominican women going to the US to have their babies. When the US tell Liat and the other airlines (servicing Dominica) to STOP doing business with Dominica – eh bien, nou fene bat.

  14. PlutocratforthePoor
    December 17, 2014

    We need another Ronald Reagan in America to reign missiles on these evil world leaders.
    I will be voting for a Republican president Obama to soft on dem fellas.

  15. hmmph
    December 17, 2014

    The sanctions were not placed on all the Venezuelans, just those who were infringing the rights of the people. So don’t worry, if sanctions are to be placed on Dominica, only Skerrit and his big bad wolves gonna be affected.

  16. Sha P
    December 17, 2014

    I just pray that the US Gov’t, when they find out about this ( and they will), consider that this is the opinion of one man and not that of our people. I am independent of a political party and is expressing my opinion from a more neutral standpoint. This was a bad call on the Prime Minister’s part. Sometimes the good Samaritan who tries to share a fight gets killed. The PM’s comment was not only careless, but ludicrous. He did not consider the ramifications of his actions.

    Did anyone pay attention to why the US imposed the sanction in the first place? Do you think that the US, aiding the people of a nation where their basic human rights are hindered, are wrong?! The mere fact that the PM would go against such a sanction, which purpose is to assist the people of Venezuela, should tell you a lot. The right to vote and peaceful protest is a basic human right. In this case, I think readers should not let their political preferences, blind their views on what is right or wrong! Chaaa!

  17. Francisco Telemaque
    December 16, 2014

    “If the Venezuelan regime is so helpful to us, then why does gasoline still costs less in the U.S. than it does in Dominica?”(Steve Foster).

    I believe I missed judge you somewhat: It is good that you have recognized the hypocrisy. What is happening is that Venezuela is ripping off Dominica, and Skerrit is too blind to see, but as everything else he shall forever be the last to discover the foolishness he indulges!

    On the other hand he has to kiss-up to the Venezuelans; because of all the money owed to them; they sold petroleum products to Dominica on credit, the products are not in the underground tank’s in Dominica; the bill has yet to be paid. The alternative is if they are not getting paid on the old debt, they sell to us at a price they can recover their losses.

    The Venezuelans are not paid, yet we see certain politicians living above their means, they own more Real Property than their income can support. Some are over Petro Carib, needless I say more!

    Our Prime minister is a very shallow person, he has no concept of how humans think and communicate in a cognitive manner: He he lacks diplomatic skills, knows nothing pertaining to diplomacy. He opens his mouth, and garbage jumps out, he is jeopardizing our people in the diaspora, especially those of us living in the United States. The man simply fail to recognize that there are literally thousands of Dominicans living here illegally; and his venomous attack on the United States can backfire on our people.

    I know Dominicans residing in the United States for over twenty years without any legal status, on the other hand some of those illegal do find a way to become gainfully employed, to a point where they have a barrel industry which many poor families are depending on in Dominica to survive. These illegal Dominicans are not difficult to find since their entry into the country is documented, unlike the Mexicans, and the illegal’s from some of the same ALBA nations he is defending, who simply walk into the United States, under the cover of darkness, and disappear.

    His commented “an attack on ALBA is an attack on the Caribbean.” He is so dumb he is quoting an American policy which states: “An attack on any Latin American country is an attack on the United States of America.” In reality the United States has vowed to go to war with any nation or country which chooses to go to war against any Latin American nation. So, I suppose he has insinuated he is prepared to go to war with United States to fight and win so that he can get the embargo removed on Cuba! That might be the only way he can explain his stupid comment. I do not know which president of the United States would waste time to declare war on trodden down Dominica and poor Skerrit!

    Skerrit perhaps never heard about the stand the United States took against Cuba, and the once powerful Soviet Union, when the now defunct Soviet Union was installing ballistic missiles in Cuba pointed at the United States. So, I think someone should refer him to a line in a very old calypso composed by Slinger Francisco (“the Mighty Sparrow”) in which he commented; “search them, sink them in the ocean.” that occurred in 1962/63. So, Skerrit better mind his mouth!

    Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

  18. Looking In
    December 16, 2014

    HHmmmm, So skerro, why did you send your wife to the USA to have your baby and not to Venezuela?

  19. US Soldier
    December 16, 2014

    You want a sound warning and advice Mr. Skerrit? Please stay away or out of Venezuela or Cuba’s business with the US, or you’ll cause Dominicans to suffer consequences of you action. We’ve been watching you. It seems every time there is a conflict between these countries and the US, you get involved like you’re ready to join them in war against America. Be careful what you say Mr Skerrit!

  20. me
    December 16, 2014

    Another 5 years of EMBARRASSMENT!!!!!
    Thank you LABOURITES!!

  21. Nonnon
    December 16, 2014

    Skerrit and I have US babies,,,think on that. Ungrateful person. God Bless America.

  22. truththe
    December 16, 2014

    It is good for us Dominicans there is more to come, all you just start to hear and see.you all the people vote him and gave him the power.Labourites red red red take note.

    • joking
      December 18, 2014

      them labourites are lazy ppl and ppl with no ambition. i wish skerrit would make things harder for them to feel what nigga he is , for sure am not afraid to work my lil farm

  23. Neg
    December 16, 2014

    This man really need to see a psyc he forgot how many hungry labourits in the US and it’s territories?

  24. Bajesus John
    December 16, 2014

    let those that came down to vote take that depot they have to start deporting them foolish people

  25. pipedoctor
    December 16, 2014

    hmmmmm we will see what will happen to us it seem we just made another huge mistake putting the gun in the little boy hand

  26. Ideal
    December 16, 2014

    People, People, our prime minister just setting the stage for whats coming next. See these countries are a 1 man state, no freedom no democracy, wonder whats next for Dominica. I shudder to think . You think its five more years, it might turn out to be a like time

  27. TRUTH
    December 16, 2014

    DOMINICANS, Read between the lines, open your eyes ,
    sKERRIT is trying for america to put sanctions on dominica so he will become a castro or a chavez in dominica,remember he said that ,The dictators are his mentors,remember ,you are dealing with a psychologist ,,so now he is openly supporting the dictators to see if this one will work,,but thats good ,for the labourites will soon pay

    • The Facts
      December 17, 2014

      He must stand with Venezuela which has assisted Dominica. This should indicate that he is not a fair weather friend. Did you, as a national, not benefit from Venezuela’s help? Where is your gratitude? Do you have any common sense? Ungrateful! :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted:

  28. December 16, 2014

    It serves the United States of America right for Skerrit to be wagging his finger in their faces like that you in the US Govt. did allow your citizens to violate your own laws and ours in the Commonwealth of Dominica by coming here to take part in our general Elections illegally , so take that from Skerrit.but rest assured that this Prime Minister is not speaking on behalf of all Dominicans I believe that if you look carefully that you will find that there are those on this Island who really need to be under sanctions

    • The Facts
      December 17, 2014

      Do not be silly. Think of the US bigotry and discrimination. They could not even arrest a policeman for murdering a young black man. In fact, there were more cases. What did you say for that?

  29. TimTim
    December 16, 2014

    Alas watch him nuh….not young and handsome no more….poor pity

    • The Facts
      December 17, 2014

      This is ignorant of you. Be careful! God took note of your words.
      You make such statements about another human being. If you are younger, one day you will grow old. You do not know how you will age and what will happen to you, if and when you will lose all your faculties, be maimed, end up in a bed, in a wheel chair and/or dead and how soon. You do not know what other calamities will befall you.
      DNO should prohibit your comment. It is out of place, uncalled for, throwing words and is not related to this article. Worst yet, it is nothing constructive. :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen:

      • December 17, 2014

        it seems to me that you are a very controlling and domineering person .you even want to command DNO as to how they should control their site well,well. it seems that their are more crazy people outside than who are locked inside the assylum.

  30. mango
    December 16, 2014

    Let me say one thing,I have a very good friend from the US and he work fot the via you know what he said to me we,we watching the prime minister of dominca very very closely and that’s not a lie.he told me we can take dominca less than half an hour pm each what you say about the us

    • The Facts
      December 17, 2014

      Tell them to watch themselves. They have much to watch out for and to mind their own business. Just as they watch him, God is watching them. Some of them are scamps.

  31. concerned Dominican
    December 16, 2014

    what happened to the money given to you by the us for the coast guard?

    • BRAIN DAMAGE
      December 16, 2014

      It all smoked in the Campaign nun.

    • Titiwi
      December 17, 2014

      He bought two bottles of rum bwa banday with it to give as kado to the U.S. Ambassador to big him up. Such a rude boy!

  32. Sunshine City Girl
    December 16, 2014

    Eh beh look it!

  33. fantastic4
    December 16, 2014

    Skerrit right – If you see the US ever spar with Venezuela and or Cuba we will impose our own sanctions on the USA – DAMN IT MAN–I say no more Bois Barnde rum for them – Ambassoador can come or doh come hahahaha!

  34. December 16, 2014

    time to stop giving dominicans visa so they would not be able to return to vote and the us should ban the prime minister from entering the usa.

    • Bishop
      December 16, 2014

      Great idea, let me go a step further, don’t tell them we are not giving them visas, let them support liat, support the guest houses in Barbados and when they turn up deny every last one of them. Remember Skerrit support the president in his remarks shove the visas you know where. Additional we stop Western union from sending money to Dominica as a matter of fact block any monetary transaction to Dominica. You know what why not call Ross university to come back home see how the home owners in Portsmouth will survive, while we are at it why not go a step further and deny all the hard working Dominicans in the US an opportunity to obtain US citizenship, betcha they come back down and vote for the team that means Dominica well. Block every Dominican minister that supports Skerrit and his nonsense betcha Dominica will awake from her sleep. Stop shipment of barrels to Dominica and hope Venezuela send them a few. Tired already.

  35. Bishop
    December 16, 2014

    Well, well, well, too late shall be your cry. Dominica don’t complain you just give Skerrit exclusive rights to use the hole in his face to say the things only a madman would say. Dominica just had the opportunity to tell Skerrit we don’t want a boy to do a man’s job. There is a saying that the higher a monkey climbs the more you see his tail. Eugene Charles must be having night mares in the grave. It makes me wonder, how long people how long for goodness sake are you going to allow this to continue. Worst yet is there no one in the party who is willing to stand up, is there no one in the cabinet who are willing to take off the short pants and stand up, is there no elected official you are willing to say, this is my country, Skerrit we are taking back our country. Stupidity is a curse and ignorance makes it worst. No need to ask the people to stand up, they were just given the opportunity and they sat down. God help Dominica, she needs it now more today than yesterday.

    • BRAIN DAMAGE
      December 16, 2014

      I support your views, but ma Charles does not have any night mare, I believe she is smiling now .
      You forgot when she armed together with the Labar party and said “By all cost Edo must go”

      That’is the medicine we are getting now.

    • The Facts
      December 17, 2014

      If it were Lennox what do you think he would say? He would turn his back? :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen:

  36. Papa Met
    December 16, 2014

    Skerrit stop biting the hand that feeds us….The Ross Medical School is the only source of employment for people in Portsmouth and for many other Dominicans….All the cruise ships that berth here are from America..The majority of patrons and visitor to our World Creole Music Festival come form America…All Dominicans have friends or relatives living in America…America is the only country anyone can travel to and become successful….DIMITRI was born in America…Do not let your stolen victory at the elections go to your head ….We are nothing without the remittances and support from America.

    • young people
      December 17, 2014

      what folishness….. ross is not owned by the american government, not nearly all cruise ships are from america , some are fron canada europe and even germany…….themajority of patrons for WCMF are from the french counries ……. uk canada and china are also countries which we can go to be successful………dmitri was born in canada……….get ur facts strait idiot

      • Shaka zulu
        December 17, 2014

        Here you go. Tell them. That is the chips lord skeritt have. Smdh. Venezuela and Russia not owned by US government yet there financial sector getting sanction. Ross is operating under US and Dominica law. Guess what let them break US law see how fast feds will be down there. They are US institution. Go figure.

      • purelies
        December 18, 2014

        Pm it’s better to keep quiet and be thought of as a fool than to open your mouth and prove every one right

    • joking
      December 17, 2014

      allu thin skerrit care.

  37. Frank Talker
    December 16, 2014

    Yoland John-Jules picks up the Bible and preaches a sermon that Skerrit was elevated to the position of PM by God Almighty and it will be a “sin” if anyone tries to have him removed. What utter rubbish! What utter blasphemy from the mouth of a preacher of hate! For Yoland to pray that Dominicans continue to choose Skerrit, the same Skerrit who openly supports the blatant disregard for human rights in Venezuela and Cuba, amounts to Yoland being a false prophet and a preacher from the darkest land known. I really believe that Yoland is Lucifer himself.

    • BRAIN DAMAGE
      December 16, 2014

      Pa di sa Frank. Lucifer?

  38. Muslim_Always
    December 16, 2014

    Look at these slaves of America and their responses? A slave to uncle Tom! Dominicans, yes you all are the best – so simply because we have some benefits from America we can’t scold them when they are wrong?

    Who gives America any moral authority? America is one of the most immoral countries in the world, track record of criminality along with her support to the worst apartheid state in the world – Israel.

    There is a movement going on in your world today, soon America will come crumbling down like other empires.

    • Unknown
      December 16, 2014

      Duh worry, we will come for you too, and you better not be my relative because you made your choice so you will live with it.

    • out of south city
      December 16, 2014

      Tell them my brother. How long will we be slaves of these wicked and evil systems of this world? Who supports Israel with arms to fight against the Palestines killing babies, children, the young and elderly fighting for the land that is not theirs. These so-called Jews are European transplants in the land of Israel, which is Norht-east Africa. Why are they in the land? To reap the resources. They are allies with America. Who has fought wars against all indigenous people in the world destroying the natural resources on which they survived? The Europeans (Europe, America, Canada). They all are the same people who still conspire against the people of color in the world. We need to stop looking up to America as though she is our deliverer. We need to educate ourselves and know what time it is. We need to do for ourselves and stop depending on these Europeans who are not our friends. We need to be self-sufficient.
      ONE LOVE

    • BRAIN DAMAGE
      December 16, 2014

      Are you under the influence muslim?

    • December 17, 2014

      Some of your views have credence.
      However,, we do not want a Muslim world.
      You all slaughter, and still support the government
      who still enslave human beings in
      Sudan-woman are still subservient to men.
      So, Muslim what is your point?

      • Muslim_Always
        December 17, 2014

        Is this the topic under discussion? Secondly, your views about Islam is smeared by a vicious media campaign against Islam. Do some research and you will see for yourself.

    • The Facts
      December 17, 2014

      America deserves scolding and more. It is too bad no one can sanction it. They deserve it all. Anyway, America is going down slippery slopes. It is no longer the country it once was as in bygone years. As it is said, “America is already gone.”
      Leave Israel out of this.

  39. John Paul
    December 16, 2014

    I do not know but I pass the Venezuelan tanker this morning at 5 am and as I passing I see a wheelbarrow with Black Garbage bags with square looking pacquettes inside .The man pushing the wheel barrow cross the road and was heading up the shortcut on the other side of the road. I had to wonder if Customs watching dem fellas eh!

    • BEB
      December 16, 2014

      I did not understand not one solitary statement to this comment, can some one please explain to me what this is all about ?

  40. Colored Shades
    December 16, 2014

    Skero speak for yourself plz!!! I still want a visa and I have two US children in my home! Do you see any Dominicans looking for Visa to go CUBA or VENEZUELA? how many barrels going to come from Venezuela and Cuba for Christmas? stupesssss.

    Mr. Skerrit said, “I am here to tell you, dear presidents of Venezuela and Cuba, our commitment is unwavering. An attack against Cuba, against Venezuela is an attack against the Caribbean and Latin America.” What the….Is he for real? what are the sanctions for? I guess thats why you had police barricade the electoral office like they did…show me your friends I’ll tell you who you are. Man you need a rude awakening!

  41. Rule
    December 16, 2014

    Why would a Prime Minister want to associate himself with a Government that has a history of oppressing it’s people and have continuously use force to silence those who oppose them.
    I hope the US will not see his support for the Regime in Venezuela as an overall consensus of the Dominican people.
    “Show me your friends, and I will show you who you are”

    • The Facts
      December 17, 2014

      You are referring to the US? Have you forgotten the days of slavery, up until the 1960’s and later? What type of oppression do you call that?

  42. December 16, 2014

    Well, I am in support of Cuba and Venezuela, but PM Skerrit has to be more diplomatic than that, maybe because he was knighted recently by this old European organization gives him the power to speak anyhow, but he should be aware that Saddam Hussien and Muammar Gaddafi were a Trillion Trillion times wealthier than the Caribbean altogether

    • MADD DEM MADD
      December 17, 2014

      HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT A leader like castro that made himself king and dictate who his king should be, like a family member.
      he is like a god in cuba and cannot be prosecuted.. that IS A DICTATOR, and I cannot say that about someone who wants to die in power….

      I think you mad to

      • Titiwi
        December 17, 2014

        Honestly, I think Fidel Castro is an irrelevance now, a relic of the past. Live goes on and time to disregard him and move Cuba into the 21st. century.

  43. Ras
    December 16, 2014

    Dear US Officials

    The prime minister does not speak for Me when he says stuff like that. Please don’t deny me access into your wonderful country when I come to make my baby. Like my Prime Minister did
    Thank you

    • Bomboclat
      December 16, 2014

      Well is the same news all you DOESNT listen too. Obama stated since 2013 come January 2014 any person who comes to America to make a child is not considered to be an American. So go ahead.

      • Ras
        December 16, 2014

        Show me where in my comment did I want my child to be a US citizen.
        is the same reading you DON’T do

      • whoistoblame
        December 16, 2014

        You are stopped right in Puerto Rico if you are not a U>S ciitzen. Some years ago a woman from Colihaut with a visa was going to America to have her baby but she was sent back when she got to Puerto Rico. Having a baby in America does not give the mother any rights .the baby has rights not the mom

      • The Facts
        December 17, 2014

        Since Obama took office for the first time to today, millions of people were deported. Some groups have been pressuring he and his administration to give those who are illegal landed status so that they could seek employment.

      • amy
        December 17, 2014

        You are stupid to the core, every child that born in America is an American. You need to listen to what the president said and stop lying on him. He said any children that come to America after January without a visa will be sent back.

      • hmmm
        December 17, 2014

        That is wrong information my friend. Get the facts straight. The issue of citizenship in the US is embedded in the constitution. That is why it is so difficult to change. Yes they can prevent you from enetering if they feel thats what you going to do. But once you do it the child is a US Citizen. Not permanant resident, US Citizen.

  44. Masoupwel
    December 16, 2014

    The sanctions were placed against Venezuela due to the fact that the human rights of anti-Maduro protesters were being violated. Is Skerrit aware of that or is he just supporting for the sake of it? Will he TRY to do the same in Dominica for all who share a different view from the DLP?
    Just a plume of hot air if you ask me because when and if the US decides to suspend issuing visas to Dominicans, there is nothing Skerrit can do but shut up and put his tails between his legs like the little boy that he is.
    Big mother Russia suffering under US and European sanctions coupled with the fall in gas prices at this point.
    Venezuela too will feel the pinch in a few – no worries Skerrit will put on his cape and fly in and save them all…

  45. All Shall Eat
    December 16, 2014

    Great move Skerrit. Only you can shake up the US. Go on. Prove yourself. Let the world know of your might.
    The only thing is that with your largess, only the poor Dominicans will feel the heat as Uncle Sam continues to tighten the screw on this lill Island nation in the sun. Have you been observing the trend in our tourism for the past ten years Sir?

  46. December 16, 2014

    here we go again for 5 more years they like it so it sweeteeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  47. Frank Talker
    December 16, 2014

    Skerrit has the option to place a number of trade sanctions on the USA. Better still, why don’t he drop a few bombs on the Pentagon!!

    • Big-Bannan
      December 16, 2014

      Frank boy…if I were you I would never use the B word and the Pentagon in the same sentence. Be careful especially if you live in the US.

      • John Paul
        December 16, 2014

        Good advice and extend that to all Dominicans You know how we have our own lingo .When You flying home after You vote doh go saying what You did by de rivah with Your friends “You made a mess” Please Use the word “Pot ” because You know how we usually call the big one ,yes the biggest pot that we put everything in to make a mess just do not call it a “B…..b

  48. All Shall Eat
    December 16, 2014

    Great move Skerrit. Only you can shake up the US. Go on. Prove yourself. Let the world know of your might.
    The only thing is that with your largess, only the poor Dominicans will feel the heat as Uncle Sam continues to tighten the screw on this lill Island nation in the sun. Have you been observing the trend in our tourism for the past ten years Sir?

    • joking
      December 18, 2014

      lol thanks for the lil joke it made my night

  49. Ma Moses
    December 16, 2014

    But Roosevelt why you are saying things like that? Only to impress people that can give you something? That is not very smart, after all your wife is U.S. citizen, you made sure your son is U.S. citizen and if the latest reports on the jungle grapevine saying this is also the country where you will seek sanctuary when you have to flee Dominica.

    • Knife
      December 16, 2014

      And the man also has a house in the U.S.

  50. Big-Bannan
    December 16, 2014

    Obama: “Who is this Skerrit guy, and from which country”?
    Adviser: Dominica
    Obama: Dominican Republic?
    Adviser: No, the poorest Island in the West Indies with it’s population the size of a small County in Maryland.
    Obama: What is he’s relationship with Venezuela?
    Adviser: Well it seems all Mr. Skerrit’s friends are Communists, ie; Lybia, Cuba, China, and of course Venezuela.
    Obama: Is he a threat?
    Adviser: No sir, he has zero air power, and calls he policemen he’s army.
    Obama: Then ignore him.

    • Zuma
      December 16, 2014

      Burn after teading

    • Shaka zulu
      December 16, 2014

      Funny. Lol. CIA have fact sheet on Dominica with all that info. State department and diplomatic folks in US embassy is also very aware of our Dear PM. He is not an issue. Reminds me of the joke about the mosquito that was putting some leaks on an elephant thinking it is boss

    • whoistoblame
      December 16, 2014

      Big Bannan you make me laugh. After a long day with doing 8 classes it was refreshing to laugh till i coughed

    • Sha P
      December 17, 2014

      Yes I enjoy that one…LMBO

    • MADD DEM MADD
      December 17, 2014

      lol that is funny

  51. cockball
    December 16, 2014

    Lookout for even more ridiculous statements from Rosevelt. I hope he is prepared to deploy the same SSU he willing to used against peaceful Dominicans to defend Venezuela and Cuba, when the Americans decide enough is enough.

  52. Away
    December 16, 2014

    I am looking for a comment from the DNO user: DC. Looks like that one didn’t go down to well with you. I am of the view you want a dictator for Dominica but when he crosses the line like he did in Cuba hitting your beloved country U.S.A you are keeping your mouth lock down. Come on comment about his madness.

  53. bougla
    December 16, 2014

    the usa needs to treat its black people better. too many young black guys being killed. they need to clean up their front yard!

    • Dominic
      December 16, 2014

      tell your pm it have things he have put his bick in and things he have to live alone so tell him doh try to make d us shout there door on all u

    • MADD DEM MADD
      December 17, 2014

      you not mad you IDIOT

  54. hmmm
    December 16, 2014

    Tell Skerrit to speak for himself. We do not support communism and repression of people.

    He seem to forget half of our population in the US. All the diaspora he love so much.

    So he can tell me when he ddoing his nonsense so I can take my child and head up before they close their borders to us for his stupid allegiance.

  55. grell
    December 16, 2014

    The can of worms have just begun ,Skerro dont play with fire you will get burned,stop making it so difficult for your poor citizens fool.Your always on US soil.

  56. Shaka zulu
    December 16, 2014

    This is why this guy cannot be trusted. You saw it fit enough to have your son born on the US. Why not Venezuela. It is because you know very well Venezuela has nothing to offer but money for kissing their butt. Where are your principles? What do you stand for? I see we are going back to the days of mauris bishop and the socialist movements that reigned in the Caribbean. We have been down this road before and will not go there.
    I do not see cruise arrivals and influx of tourists from Venezuela and China, I do not see call centers from Chinese and Venezuelan businesses, I do not see export to any of these places. Mr. PM keep riding on your ALBA horse. Pretty soon they to will realize you cannot be trusted and the devil will ask for his due.

  57. Noke
    December 16, 2014

    Great move skerro.

    Things will get better for Ven. Oil must go back up. And skerro will be waiting bag in hand for the venezuelans to show him more love.

    paros always have time to wait for your account to get better.

    • JoJo
      December 16, 2014

      No brother, oil does not have to go up. The U.S.A. is self sufficient now in Energy and even exporting. That is disaster for countries like Russia and Venezuela that have huge debts in U.S.Dollars, counting on income from gas and oil to pay their bills. Nobody wants their money, Roubels and Bolivars so the value of that money going down fast. If Venezuela decide to stop shipments to countries like Dominica because they cannot get paid in U.S.$. Roosevelt Skerrit will be really in smelly doodoo.
      Angelo already reported that the Worldbank reported in April that Dominica has unsustainable debt, mainly due to poor fiscal management. Brother hold on for a rocky ride.

      • Punny
        December 16, 2014

        Dominica will be in greater problems when Venezeula sells Dominica’s debt and that new creditor demands payments immediately from us. That’s when Dominicans will know what time it is.

  58. Nevevson st jean
    December 16, 2014

    So i guess the pm might slap sanctions against the U s

    • Free and Fair
      December 16, 2014

      Best joke for the day.. :-D :-D :-D

      • purelies
        December 16, 2014

        Pm it’s better to keep quiet and be thought of as a fool than to open your mouth and prove every one right

    • amy
      December 16, 2014

      Guess you never been to the U.S.?, your comment says it all

      • pussqueen
        December 16, 2014

        its called humor idiot, get a life man

  59. JoJo
    December 16, 2014

    Roosevelt Skerrit does not cease to amaze me. Double talk again, weasel words.
    As recent as 15 August of this year the Minister of foreign affairs of Venezuela, Elias Jaua had a meeting with Haj Ahmed Bankalla, the Ssharawi (Western Sahara) Minister for Latin America and reiterated Venezuela’s “unconditional support for the struggle of the Saharwi people for freedom and independence”.
    These are the same African brothers, sold out by Roosevelt Skerrit to the King of Morocco for a free meal and an unfinished hotel at the Cabrits.
    How can we take that man serious? How can the international community take him serious, leave alone trust him? I suspect Skerrit only pallying up to Venezuela because he is scared they ask him to pay up the money for fuel we owe and which he has been unilaterally declaring as development aid. Papa Chavez is dead you now Roosevelt, get that into your head brother.

  60. December 16, 2014

    Are you kidding me? Skerrit “our commitment is unwavering”;which or what commitment?. Let us look at the US sanctions; the sanctions aim to deny Visa and freeze Assets of Venezuelan OFFICIALS who are accused of REPRESSING and using “significant acts of VIOLENCE or serious Human Rights Abuse”; then what on God’s green earth are you committed to?. Skerrit you have been doing nothing more than begging according to you yourself; what are you worried about “are your assets also frozen”? sing skerro sing; sing skerro sing; sing till the moon get highhhhhhhhh! there is not a dambed thing you or ALBA can do about it. And that Phd jack adviser /ambassador who finally woke up to do some work is not work the paper his purported certificate is written on.

    • Francisco Telemaque
      December 16, 2014

      Gabriel, that …….has no idea of what he is talking about you see.

      He did the same crap earlier this year when he commenced running his mouth off talking about foreign policy. If that damn guy could not finish university, and pass an English test, I do not see how he could be talking about foreign policy!

      His foreign policy is: “the United States should lift the embargo on Cuba.” He heard about the embargo, but does not realize that the embargo was placed on Cuba before he was born. He does not have clue why the embargo was placed on Cuba.

      He has no clue that an ultimatum was given to Castro, which if he complied, the embargo would automatically be lifted a long time ago, all Castro had to do is free the Cuban people by simply abandoning communism, the man refused, even on the eve of the demised of communism; the Russian told Castro it was time to end communism, the man refused, he said Cuba will remain a communist country forever.

      Well, communism is dead all over the world excepts in China and Cuba! Even the Latin American nations that Roosevelt believe are his friends, and he pretends he is defending them drooped their communistic ideology, nevertheless maintaining the dictatorship mentality, and rule their country with an iron fists.

      The Berlin wall has fallen, taken down the day communism died: In spite of that Castro refused to budge, the people of Cuba are still enslaved under the yoke of communism, the day the Castro’s rid Cuba, of communism, the embargo will be lifted. Until then that little nobody, that little weasel Skerrit, the dictator, can mumble, huff, and puff as much as he wish, his puffing and huffing, and mumbling will not lift the embargo.

      Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

      • Muslim_Always
        December 16, 2014

        But hold on?

        I thought people were free to rule by the system of their choice? The people fought a revolution in Cuba, some don’t like the system and some are okay with it. I really don’t understand why the entire world wants everyone to adopt democracy? Communism, Socialism and Sharia are systems too! Why can’t people learn to get along?

      • JoJo
        December 16, 2014

        Don’t even compare your sharia with democracy or even communism. Sharia does not respect women as equals for a start and I can not accept that. Look how much misery that sharia is causing in the world right now. Go and join ISIS and become a martyr if you want that but keep it well away from Dominica.

      • Punny
        December 16, 2014

        If the man does not know that Oliver J.Seraphine was Dominican’s interim Prime Minister, and not it’s president is embago on Cuba he will know about? Laughable…..

  61. Thor
    December 16, 2014

    Repression of any type against anyone is reprehensible. However, the US is in no position to lecture anyone about repression. They only seem to notice administrations who do not sing from their song sheet. This is hypocrisy at its highest.

    • pussqueen
      December 16, 2014

      I bet that all your family in the diaspora living in the usa, tell them go and live in Venezuela and or cuba

    • Anti Imperialsmo
      December 16, 2014

      well said Thor.

    • CYRIL Volney
      December 16, 2014

      The US administration sanctions, and has used torture, in its “war against terrorism”, and they define what terrorism means. The US has no right to lecture anyone!

    • countribookie
      December 16, 2014

      I agree, the usa is nothing but hypocrite themselves.

  62. December 16, 2014

    My Dear Fellow Dominicans, please allow me to ask these questions today. Do we in Dominica really have a states man to represent us in the international community? Did we read the statement Mr. Skerrit made before the ALBA SUMMIT, carefully? Mr. Skerrit said, “I am here to tell you, dear presidents of Venezuela and Cuba, our commitment is unwavering. An attack against Cuba, against Venezuela is an attack against the Caribbean and Latin America.” Exactly what is Mr. Skerrit saying? What does he mean?

    “AN ATTACK AGAINST CUBA, AGAINST VENEZUELA IS AN ATTACK AGAINST THE CARIBBEAN AND LATIN AMERICA?” Was there a non-aggression pact singed between Dominica, the rest of the Caribbean and Latin America? Is Mr. Skerrit getting ready to go on the offensive with the United States of America?

    Eight days after the general elections in Dominica, Mr. Skerrit has already begun to show the world his exact colors. The sea of red we saw during the election campaign was no coincident. Mr. Skerrit wants to align himself with communist dictators around the world and he is hoping that the rest of the Caribbean and Latin America would come along with him.

    We are in trouble and we need to stand firm against that ideology.

    • anonymous2
      December 16, 2014

      I don’t think that he means anything. He just opens his mouth and words fall out. DA the land of too much talk and no action.

    • Bishop
      December 16, 2014

      Skerrit is in no position to lead the Caribbean. One of the Caribbean greatest prime ministers said Barbados is friends of all satellites of none. Skerrit would do well to heed that advise.

  63. Lougawoo Mem
    December 16, 2014

    Roosevelt Skerrit is yet to understand that the solidarity and support he expresses for Venezuela and Cuba at the ALBA Summit, is not going to help our island nation in the eyes of the Republicans who are poised to take charge in the next Congress. On a matter of fact, he will be a point of concern for the incoming Congress. He continues to demonstrate that he can play both sides in the eyes of his followers and think he’ll get away with the US government. Not so Dominicans! You are led to bite the hands that give you barrels, boxes, visas, and all the goodies you enjoy from America. Your foolish pride and ignorance shall surely prove you dead wrong. Continue to fly your kites Dominicans and see how high you’ll get.

    • Ghost
      December 16, 2014

      You guys knew that long before the election, you put him back at the helm, deal with it.

      • Hope
        December 16, 2014

        Ghost, the average Dominican knows nothing about politics outside of Dominica

  64. Nevevson st jean
    December 16, 2014

    You call that singing for your supper SSU get ready

  65. be responsible
    December 16, 2014

    waw. But then again the US government want supreme courts have their own issues about abuse and human rights with for generations now. Most recently with the murders of a number of minorities by police offers who only get paid leave.

  66. De
    December 16, 2014

    Oh no no no Skerrit. Not an advisable move. Hmm. Interesting where Dominica’s allegiance lies.

    • pussqueen
      December 16, 2014

      correction, not dominica, it is skerrit allegiance

  67. amy
    December 16, 2014

    Yes you taking dominica down that same path, wait when Dominicans children cannot get visas to leave, then and only then will their parents remove the clay off their eyes and see you for who you really are. Thank GOD for the USA, they will not assist all you in no way to abuse citizens, they cut you right off. And you cannot speak for the other caribbean islands, you can only speak for dominica labor party, because UWP don’t want anything to do with communist countries, keep digging your hole skerrit.but again they deserve everything they get and some more.may GOD have mercy on the babies and elderly, because they are fragile.

  68. Doc. Love
    December 16, 2014

    Very interesting action by Skeritt. During the general elections, he did not use Mr. Madura’s picture, instead he used President Obama’s picture on his bill board alongside his and he won the election. Now that the election is over, maybe, he no longer needs his help. My granny always told me, never bite the hand that feeds you.

    • young people
      December 16, 2014

      whathelp? name one way the us governmenthas helped us as a developing country……….then name how the venezuelans has helped us and see the difference
      this does not mean that we wont get visas , this means that he is stickin with the coubtry which has assisted us the most

      • JoJo
        December 16, 2014

        Have we seen that benefit in lower fuel prices and lower electricity bills? Where is the profit that our own company Dominica National Petroleum took? Where is that money? Not only they take the profit but even don’ have money to pay Venezuela. The truth is that Domlec today could buy diesel fuel direct from an outside company, yes even an American one than from the local PetroCaribe,. We have all been taken for a massive ride.

      • young man
        December 16, 2014

        Do we have tourist from venezuela?our tourism depends on the us so how can u say we not benefiting

      • Anti Imperialismo
        December 16, 2014

        What do we get from the US. when was the last time they funded a project. scholarships are granted not by Us government but the Universities. the Republican Congress can suck

      • December 16, 2014

        If the Venezuelan regime is so helpful to us, then why does gasoline still costs less in the U.S. than it does in Dominica?

      • Ma Moses
        December 16, 2014

        So young and already a beggar.

      • Radiant
        December 16, 2014

        Why the hell would the U.S. Help Dominica? All you all want is to kiss and hug with communist dictators…CHOOPS you hear. You speak like one of the foolish ones who voted for him.

      • blue angel
        December 16, 2014

        how many dominicans live in venezuela and send barrels to dominica how many in the usa

      • Bishop
        December 16, 2014

        Young people you are young so I forgive you.

      • young people
        December 17, 2014

        itssad to see that dominica has so many follish people………..get ur facts staight people ……….we get most of our tourist from the french countries and we even get more tourist from europe than america…oil prices, we get oil from venezuela and thus does not .if we had to import oil from america it would be even more expensive idiots………..the us is curently in 20 trillon dollars debt , and has never funded any projectsof ours…….and how does this relate to anything the pmsaid ….the us government is not stupid , they will not ban prevent us from getting visas………idiotic older dominican people

      • MADD DEM MADD
        December 17, 2014

        learn to do for yourself and don’t rely on others..

  69. assasinate me
    December 16, 2014

    hahahahahahahahahahahah the SAGA continues

  70. December 16, 2014

    Aye aye skerro u worry about Venezuela, my brother civil unrest is brewing in your own back yard, just now is on us they gonna put sanctions, and freeze those million dollars assets of them cabal.

    • Citizen
      December 16, 2014

      What civil unrest? Only on radio.The last demonstration had about 10 people!

      • blue angel
        December 16, 2014

        if you look at chinese tv nothing never happens in tibet

  71. Looking
    December 16, 2014

    Why would you do that yet enter agreements with US institutions to send Dominican students to study in the US? What if for some reason Dominican students suddenly stop getting visas to enter the US?

    • amy
      December 16, 2014

      No that means Dominicans wii not be able to get visas to leave, not even students, and the barrels and money will not come,Live with that. GOD bless America,hope they send all those that came to vote skerrit in office back to dominica, to live in the filth they cause.

    • amy
      December 16, 2014

      Skerrit messing with the USA, well your students can stay in dominica and inherit the ignorance of their parents, because their hearts is hard and cold, and the worship and praise the CR E A T U R E more than the C R E A T O R . Unto the third and fourth generation.may GOD have mercy on dominica.
      He send you a deliver, and what did you all do to him?, carry on, GOD Is and always will be I charge.

  72. Not Me
    December 16, 2014

    Skerrit you alone can defend your Venezuela. I not in that crap with you. Ask yourself Mister PM, where most of our barrels come from, where the bulk of the money come in, where the tourism comes mainly from. Dear US, I am a DOMINICAN and I support you 100%, this crazy PM talks for himself not for me.

  73. Ras
    December 16, 2014

    It seems you forget the Portsmouth economy is being built around a US school.

  74. VIP
    December 16, 2014

    It looking like you want America to put sanctions on us too

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