UWP leader accuses prime minister of cover up

Ron Green

The United Workers Party (UWP) says Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit owes an apology to Dominicans and their families in the United Kingdom.

Prime Minister Skerrit recently blamed Dominicans visiting their families in the UK for the British Government’s recent announcement of possible visa restrictions on Dominicans entering the UK from Dominica.

Skerrit cautioned Dominican travelers that they should not pretend to visit their relatives in the UK, when in fact they are seeking employment and illegal residence.

But leader of the UWP Ron Green said Prime Minister Skerrit is using that matter as a cover up.

“The statements are inaccurate and bordering on reckless and are causing much embarrassment to the Dominican people here at home and in the UK,” Green said.

Green said by now Skerrit should have available the information pertaining to Dominicans visiting their families in the UK and overstaying.

“He should therefore be fully aware that the incidents of Dominicans visiting their families in the UK, giving false information or overstaying are minimal and are not what concern the British Government. Prime Minister Skerrit has an obligation to correct the records and to apologize to the Dominican people, whom he has so deeply offended by his remarks,” Green said.

According to him, Prime Minister Skerrit should withdraw his statements and apologize to Dominicans both here and in the UK “and to inform the Dominican population of the real reasons why the British Government is now threatening to impose visa restrictions,”

“Prime Minister Skerrit is also fully aware that many of the concerns of the British Government arise out of government’s issuance of Dominican Diplomatic and general passports to persons of ill repute who have been associated with the Dominica Labour Party government and who may be involved in money laundering and other criminal activities,” Green said.

Green has also called on the government to let the Dominican people know what steps that it will be taking to remedy the situation and restore the British Governments confidence in Dominican passports “so that they do not impose visas on us”.

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57 Comments

  1. jeremy
    September 30, 2011

    Having ones ear to the ground can be an advantage the simple reason for this proposal is that so many passports have ben given corruptly that the uk simply do not trust him any more, and no ammount of political detente will alter the opinion

  2. D/CA abroad
    April 21, 2010

    if skerrit say he is going to take dominica to a next level , this is a way he can start , impose visa on foreigners too, thats an honest way to make money also and stop looking at other countries and compare it with ours. they have d/ca like a free loader. all though other countries doing all these things we still running away , whose fault is it? the bag of sugar we finding over seas , why can’t the government make it in d/ca ? so they would not have to bring people down to vote for them , the people would stay , thats what d/cans voteing for , to be able to come to their country to live and stop running away…. come on skerrit , show me what u can do i want to come back…..

  3. charly
    April 21, 2010

    The British Government is considering placing visa restrictions on Dominicans and St. Lucians traveling into the United Kingdom.

    While residents of other Caribbean countries will keep their visa free status, British authorities have not ruled out a change. The governments of Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis and St Vincent and the Grenadines have been written to in that regard.

    This is being deliberated upon as the UK is in the final stage of its first global review of visa regimes in relation to Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines.

    According to UK Home Secretary Alan Johnson, the UK will always welcome genuine visitors and expects visitors to play by the rules.

    Johnson said there were concerns with Dominica and St. Lucia following an evaluation of individual Eastern Caribbean states.

    “We recognise that we have close historic, economic and political ties with Dominica and St. Lucia and are aware that the introduction of a visa regime would be a significant step. It is a decision we do not take lightly. As a result we will now enter a six-month period of detailed dialogue with the governments concerned to examine what actions will be taken to address our concerns and mitigate the need for a visa regime to be introduced,” he stated.

    Johnson did not say what were the problems identified in Dominica and St. Lucia.

  4. Vieille Case in Florida
    April 20, 2010

    Why are there so many Chinese, Dominicans (Dominican Republic), Haitians, Venezuelans and who knows what other Countries/Islands residing in Dominica without VISAS. I don’t think Roosevelt is covering up anything; however, RON, if you know what is really going on or what Roosevelt is covering SPIT IT OUT. I do think though, EVERYONE entering our ports – by air or sea – should present some type of VISA just as our people must do when they go to other Countries. I also believe that everyone should help the other as best as they can. It is about time we realize that regardless of the person or the PARTY in position, it’s EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF. We can’t be accepting everything that’s washed ashore and ours can’t go out. That’s not fair. Thank God for my transition. Dominica will always be my home and as long as Roosevelt is in office I will always believe in him. BEAT IT, RON.

  5. April 20, 2010

    Comments by Ron appreciated. But again, where is the evidence? When will we get evidence in our hands or published locally? Im not saying that Ron is not speaking the truth, but when everyone speaks half truths then a lot of us Dominicans do not know what to think.

  6. April 20, 2010

    I realize that there are vey few level headed people in this country. Everything is about your party. Well **** the party. I am the one working hard everyday paying my taxes. i couldn’t give 2 hoots about party. We must always speak up when something is not quite right, whoever it is. When we don’t corruption persists. The old people say: Si e pah ni soutewey, E pah ni vouley.

  7. The Next Level Friend
    April 20, 2010

    To GARY JOOM does have it right this same site have the English version: http://eastwestvisa.com/index.html. So I’m supposing that you really are the one who can’t read!?! most websites these days have an English and Foreign Language version to it. And I am certain that if Ron Green did attempt to ask the UK Foreign Office for a copy of the letter sent to the Prime Minister of Dominica’s Office he would most likely get that information.

  8. April 20, 2010

    … I think that in the spirit of fair contention, the wild guesses by Ron Green and MRDP should be received for just what they appear to be – desperate acts and frivolous imaginings.

  9. April 19, 2010

    I think most Labourites are drunk.

    They don’t think and reason out as a Dominican.

    They only think of their organisation.

    Time will tell.

  10. ................
    April 19, 2010

    so somebody had to come and put a spoon in his mouth for him to talk it was time this had to done. Dominican’s just don;t realize what Skerrit are doing to them…

  11. GOOD en EASY
    April 19, 2010

    Dominicans, please take heed, we are living in the era where there are several ways of disseminating information take heed and do not be ignorant as some of you appear to be. Just because you have certian interest or like certian people or party. Do not be caught like a chicken in a bag heading to the slaughter. W
    When policies and regulations are set, they are normally set for a very very long time if not for ever. This policies will affect you directly or indirectly in the future, wether your party is in power or not.
    So play naive and play politics with your HEAD IN THE LAP or BURY YOUR HEAD LIKE THE OSTRICH like your head is safe so you are safe. STUPID

    Skerit will save you all.
    Mac – kac bois kee zor yea.

  12. once visited uk
    April 19, 2010

    Those passports ron talking about was not just giving last year. Those passports were given out when uwp had their … selling passport … now they want to put it on poor skewo.

  13. Dominica for sale
    April 19, 2010

    Even before the British made the statement regarding possible visa restrictions for Dominicans, PM Skerritt was ready with an excuse, a make-up story, an irresponsible response before thinking through the seriousness of the matter. Is that the first time? So do not be surprised. The Dominican authorities and many of its supporters have still not learnt any lessons from the passport-selling fiasco involving Grace Tung and her other buddies. Dominicans have forgotten the millions amassed by those people who fooled many with that Layou River Hotel project. They had friends, good friends in GOVT and other high places. David Hsui, a close confidante of the DLP Govt and the PM, was all part of that fiasco. He later was appointed Dominica ambassador to China. Labourites, you catch the drift? Do not remain drowned in ignorance and blind partisanship The people of Dominica was kept in the dark with regards to that appointment until the story broke out. So some are rewarded for doing wrong to the country. Is so we come oui, is so we come.

    The people of Dominica should have possessed 100% of that Layou project since it was our passports that were sold. Yet, after the BVI case, DLP and its supporters jumped up after losing 49% of what was ours, since only 51% was retained thanks to Felix Chen’s court case with David Hsui.

    Many thought that DLP would be more vigilant or scrap that ill-structured Economic Citizenship Programme. But the PM paid no heed to the problems Dominica got into as a result of the selling of passports by anybody to anybody. On top of all that recently the PM signed an agreement with Dr. Badi, an Iranian American, to sell passports again for those persons overseas, anybody from Middle East, Asia and others, who want second citizenship,. Nobody knew about that secret deal until it was exposed. The Programme has not been transparent. Due diligence is out of the question since all sorts of persons, money-launderers, crooks, second citizenship seekers, end up with Dominica’s sacred document. Do we have any pride?

    With the greed, dishonesty, ignorance, blind support for party, wickedness and egoistic tendencies prevailing in this country presently, the PM can blame the poor people of Dominica for whatever he feels anytime and get away with it. How readily our people believe lies, half-truths. Just check the comments from those persons who just hate Ron. Even when he makes a correct statement, they run away from the fact. The PM can disrespect and chastise Dominicans, say ‘Go to hell’, ‘Is not your damn business where I get my money from.’ He can also say, ‘I do not care, no law or constitution can prevent me from being nominated,’ and it’s OK.

    Hitler was not born a dictator, but became one as he attained more and more power for himself, with those around him, advisers, political friends, supporters condoning every action and accepting any statement, right or wrong, without question.

  14. April 19, 2010

    Miss Charles and the Freedom party were the ones who started to sell Dominica’s Passport to Chinese and who knows, when UWP came in power they continued the trend, before labor came into power they were all over the island telling Dominicans that UWP is corrupted and they need to go, as soon as the Late Rossie Douglas party won the election they continued the UWP trend, and it is worst right now … so do not blame only the UWP all three party are to be blamed, in Dominica whenever a ruling party is in power and there is an election and a new leader form the opposing party wins the election they always discontinue whatever project the former leader started, enterprisingly the go things are being send down the drain and the corruptuons always prevail, why did Skeritt when he can into power stop the project for the International Airport and is right now contiuning the sale of Dominican, what about that, all three parties are as much guilty, no one party is to blame the other,and again the PM must tell Dominicans the reason behind the visa and stop playing the mind games, because the wise will see and understand the truth, but the dummies will believe everyone that comes from the PM mouth, to say the least he is not all that … but not all, Only time will tell, when it’s all said and done he will be laughing at you all somewhere in Guadelopue or Martinique or St Marteen, not France…

    passport for

  15. reader
    April 19, 2010

    Following the meeting of July 29, 2008 between Dr. Badiozamani and the Prime Minister of Dominica, an agreement was signed based on which citizens of Iran, the Middle East and Central Asia will be able to receive second citizenship and passport. This quick way of obtaining citizenship, which can be done in a few months, is based on contribution to Dominica’s economy. Dr. Badiozamani stated: I am very pleased to have been able to finalize this new program.

    One of the biggest advantages of this program is that now businesspeople and other Iranians can travel visa-free to over 52 countries and territories such as the Britain, Switzerland and Hong Kong. The other advantage is the possibility of visa-free education in Britain for the children of these passport holders.

    The all-inclusive cost for individuals will be approximately $125,000.00 and for families of up to 4 will be approximately $175,000.00.

    Interested parties may also invest in various areas such as expansion and management of an airport, establishing an airline, helicopter fleet for tourism purposes, shipping line, university, milk pasteurization factory, poultry and more

  16. Grand Bayrian
    April 19, 2010

    I do not share the Prime Minister’s sentiments; However Mr. Green was in a position to deal with the the passport issue when they form the Government in 1995. They sold more passport than the Freedom Party administration. So he should stop that rubbish.

    Dominican politicians are a bunch of jokers, all you have to do is place a microphone in front of them and they get giddy, and from their lips to our ears, anything goes.

  17. STAY TUNED
    April 19, 2010
  18. BMS
    April 19, 2010

    Its all those Cantonese, (CHINESE) and Spanish (VENEZUELANS) speaking Dominicans that cause, Dominicans to need Visa to come to the UK ASK THE LABOUR PARTY WHO GAVE THEM DOMINICA PASSPORT

  19. Shabine
    April 19, 2010

    What a bunch of Hyprocrisy on the part of these politicians. I recall it was about 10 years ago when the UWP were issuing Dominican passports like crazy to all kinds of characters of chinese and russion nationalities, russian mafia and the like. I worked with a particular government department and every week we used to get passport authorisations from the Minister for 30 or more foreigners per week. Most of these were chinese. These ‘DOMINICAN CITIZENS’ were apparently using Dominica as a jump-off point to proceed to Canada, where they were engaging in illegal activities. Thats exactly why Dominicans now need a visa to go to Canada, this was not the case before. Put him in power its the same thing he will do. These politicians are just crazy, trying to fool people’s mind with fluff. One is not better than the other!

    • BMS
      April 19, 2010

      WELL THEY NOT TALKING ABOUT 10 YEARS AGO ITS NOW, TODAY , THIS IS THE SECOND COUNTRY THAT ASK DOMINICAN TO PROVIDE VISA TO ENTER THEIR COUNTRY UNDER THE LABOUR PARTY, THAT NEVER HAPPEN UNDER UWP NOR FREEDOM, WERE YOU IN SPACE WHEN THIS HAPPEN REMEMBER CANADA

      • alasss..
        April 20, 2010

        WELL SAID BMS…

        SKERRIT HAVE HIS FINGERS ALL IN HIS SUPPORTERS EYES….ALASSS I FEELIN SOORY 4 THEM…HISTORY THAT MAKING WITH THAT LABOUR GOVERNMENT….IN TIME TO COME DOMININCA SURE TO BE FEATURED ON THE T.V SHOW (WORLD’S DUMBEST)…HAVE A WHOLE COUNTRY CHASING THEIR TAILS LIKE PUPPIES…U NA SEE Y THE MAN DIMPLES WELL FORM…..LAUGH HE LAUGHING US SOOO

    • Shakier Scotland
      April 19, 2010

      Well said Shabine …. You summed it up pretty good ….. Some just pretend to forget what happened 10 years ago . They’re all in the same boat .

      • NIKE
        April 20, 2010

        the thing about these situations is you dont see the effects immediately. like everything else give it some years. so now is the effects of some years ago. who knows?

  20. Gary
    April 19, 2010

    What kind of political mileage Ron is trying to get. If Ron wants to find the real reason as to the purpose of why visa restrictions on Dominicans entering the UK,, ask the the UK Government. and stop making wild accusations in regards to the Economic Citizenship Program and blaming the
    Prime Minister for statements made.

    In regards to the person jooonn, referring to some web-site, thanks for showing us how wise you are,
    and that you alone can read something none of us can understand, very wise.

  21. Girl
    April 19, 2010

    Messier kwik!
    Kwak!!

    Who keeps talking nonesense and we Dominicans just tired with? RON GREEN.

    garcon , nous las avec ou!!!!! Go sleep and leave us alone. Toneh!!!!!!!

  22. JOHN THE BAPTIST
    April 19, 2010

    TO ALL THE BLIND AND IGNORANT LABORITES – LET US THINK ABOUT THE ISSUE NOT PARTISANSHIP. ASSUMING THAT RON GREEN IS SHOOTING CRAP IT WOULD MEAN THEREFORE THAT DOMINICANS ARE RUNNING AWAY FROM D/CA MORE THAN EVER. IS IT TRUE THAT SOO MANY DOMINICANS ARE MIGRATING TO BRITAIN (ILLEGALLY) THAT THE BRITS ARE FORCED TO IMPOSE TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS ON D/CANS? IF SUCH IS THE CASE THEN THE MASS MIGRATION SPEAKS VOLUME OF THE LABOR PARTY’S PERFORMANCE OVER THE LAST 10 YEARS.

    LET US BE HONEST WITH OUR SELVES DOMINICANS ARE NOT TRAVELING TO LONDON LIKE IT IS THE 60’S AND 70’S. WE KNOW THAT TRAVELING TO LONDON IS TOO EXPENSIVE ,TOO FAR AND THAT THE JOBS THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN MUST NOW BE GIVEN TO EASTERN EUROPENS . THAT SAID RON GREEN IS RIGHT . THERE IS A COVER UP ON THE PART OF THE GOVERNMENT. THE TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS ARE DUE TO OTHER REASONS.

    WHILE IT IS TRUE THAT RON AND UWP SOLD PASSPORTS TO QUESTIONABLE INDIVIDUALS WE MUST AS RESPONSIBLE D/CANS DEMAND ACCOUNTABILITY FROM THOSE IN GOVERNMENT. I PRAY THAT WE BECOME MORE INTELLIGENT AND LESS ABSORBENT TO POLITICAL SCUM AND RUBBISH.

    TALK ABOUT TRANSPARENCY.

    • ..................
      April 20, 2010

      Well Said!

  23. jooonn
    April 19, 2010

    come on people read and be wise on the website you can see how much those pasport holders bost of how they can move to the UK without a visa and even say that they can go to the uk to study without visa and yah our people can travel to 52 contries without visa so the UK gov move to stop those people.thats good MR GREEN u doin your work. http://www.eastwestvisa.com

  24. Young man in dominica
    April 19, 2010

    BUT WHO SELL MORE PASPORTS THAN THE UWP GORVERNMENT?? WHO ALLU THINK ALLU FOOLING.PLEASE PEOPLE CHECK UR FACTS MORE PASSORTS WHERE SOLD UNDER THE UWP GORVERNMENT

  25. W
    April 19, 2010

    The first ever televised political debate between the political parties in Britain was a held last week, it was lunched as the (First American Style Political Debate held in Britain) and the very first question put forth by the moderator was the issue of immigration and their policies moving forward to curb the influx of foreign workers.

    So, we should understand first and foremost that this issue is being used as a political wedge in the coming elections in England, so let’s get our mind around this.
    Second there is a thing as unintended consequences and one of these consequences happened to be good, we now have in the public acknowledgement or discourse that there are policies that our current government is pursuing with some form of knowledge that these polices are wrong, ill serve to our national interest.

    I have a few questions, Where was the opposition to this policy when it was first introduced?, Was this ever brought to the people to be discussed, Is there public knowledge of how much revenues was raised and where was the monies spent or being spent from this venture to sell our citizenship? I will bet that 90% of the people of Dominica have no answers to these questions.

    Like all other issues in Dominica this one will soon be forgotten and there will be no one held accountable and we will move on to the next and we will try bloody Murder…

    Dominica belongs to us! and if we don’t hold these politician’s feet to the fire we will be doing ourselves, our kids and there kids a disservice

  26. Just Another Guy Out There
    April 19, 2010

    Here we go again! I for one could not care too much about Dominicans and their families in UK and being embarassed or not, and it will be a cold day in hell before the PM apologies for such petty things and we all know it!! Why call for apology when we all know it will not happen, so it is time wasting!!
    As for wanting Ron to give names, etc…, did the PM give names of the “so called” Dominicans that was infringing on the UK immigration laws?? Typical behaviour of so many of us, the old saying “cart before horse”, the fact is, I clearly heard the report make mention of “falsified passports”, now tell me how on earth could a Dominican be allowed to leave Dominica on a passport that did not meet the requirements. Are we still using the same old green passports? Did they not change to “machine readable” passports? So how can a Dominican leave Dominica and get to the UK and the passport has issues??
    Like I said the Passport was one of the reasons mentioned for the move to impose visa requirements!!!

  27. April 19, 2010

    Mr Green is absolutely right, for the Prime Minsiter of Dominica putting the blame of Dominica visiting or staying in the UK, is ridiculous, the prime minister is fooling all those he can bur for sure one day the people of Dominica will realize that they were being fooled by the leader of their country, i am not a Blue supporter but i will agree with Mr Green, the fact of the matter is that Dominican been traveling to the UK, USA, Canada, St Thomas, and other countries for year on vacation and not returning to Dominica, think about the Civil Servants Excursion and how many of them stayed back in The USA, Canada and the UK, for which the Immigration Officials of these countries do know that they did not return Dominica Immigration is nothing comparing to these Countries ok,, so my point is that, why is it that the UK did not imply Visa for Dominican, the fact of the matter is that they had no problem with Dominica, Canada implemented Visas for Dominican after 911, because Dominica’s Passport was found in terrorist hide out (cells) in Afghanistan, also Libya , Russia, Mexico, Pakistan, Nigeria and the rest of the Communist Nations, when Dominica’s Passport was found in Afghanistan the individuals, the terrorist who were caught with the passports were not Dominican, this is not a today thing, the Uk have Dominica under it’s scope from since then, the price for each passport is right, so right now the UK is ready to take action, we all in Dominica and elsewhere are familiar with this Proverb (SHOW ME YOUR COMPANY AND I WILL TELL YOU WHO YOU ARE) Mr PM, when your relative migrated to Guadeloupe did they have proper documents to do so? Mr Pm your deals with the Devil will some day come to an end, no matter how much you keep saying (God Is Good) he sees and knows what you are doing to our Nation, another thing i left DA over twenty years ago on vacation, worked, applied for documents to reside in the UK and i am now a British Citizen, i worked, upgrade my education and i am very successful in the UK, Thanks To The Almighty, so for the PM to be blaming Dominican who are Dominican by birth and not the terrorist and criminals who are leaving their countries without documents to travel and getting Dominica’s Passport to travel to the UK, these are the ones he need to blame, Mr PM, and his die heart fanatics, you fool me once shame on you, you fool me twice shame of me, i am not one of those that you will be fooling any more, we will be waiting for you in Bradford and East London, for which we will be demanding an apology from your, My families in Dominica did not give you a third term to insult us and blame us for your action

  28. The Next Level Friend
    April 19, 2010

    Again to “Lasad” go to the top of the newsonline page and click on all news – immigration- government to review Economic Citizenship Programme/ UK’s Home Secretary Statement on possible visa requirements for Dominica and St. Lucia also UK considering placing visa restrictions on Dominicans. I hope this helps you understand this Ron Green fella point of view. Dominicans are entitled to know what it is that they are dealing with not what the PM hopes to brush aside until he collects from his buddies. Maybe you will also understand that our ECP needs massive improvement…you have the internet go and read on St. Kitts and Nevis’ Economic Citizenship Programme and see how effective it is.

  29. The Next Level Friend
    April 19, 2010

    To “Lasad” I do hope that you would take the opportunity to read the response of “Names and Dates You Asked For” cause this is precisely what I would respond to you. Go and read….This issue isn’t about Ron Green and his party wanting to get into office ….If they were there I should expect that we would ask of them the same transparency and respect. Your Dominican government system sucks and it displays well with your very ignorance to international affairs. You people voted for these guys the least you can expect is some level of respect….Is this the Next Level that you are interested in? From your response you don’t seem to understand your very own human rights. READ MORE

  30. names and dates you asked for
    April 19, 2010

    The British warning, the French Blacklist and the visits by the Secretary of defense http://www.caribbeannetnews.com/article.php?news_id=22608
    “US government and Caribbean partners to develop a joint regional citizen safety strategy to tackle the full range of security and criminal threats to the Caribbean Basin”. http://www.cananews.net/news/131/ARTICLE/48377/2010-04-16.html
    http://www.stabroeknews.com/2010/regional/04/15/bbc-caribbean-news-in-brief-125/
    and the Statement by the Secretary of state are all related to the recent Visit of prime minister Putin of Russia to Venezuela after which http://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKTRE63115A20100402
    Pres. Chavez announced that Iran http://dominicanewsonline.com/?p=7417 and Russia were to continue helping them with Military training, Arms (>$4 billion bought already + 2 billion credit note), a Nuclear program and Oil exploration in disputed territories.
    Namely:
    Orinoco region which is disputed with Guyana and Trinidad (Venezuela has been officially claiming almost 2/3 of Guyana)
    Territorial waters around Bird island. Venezuela claims 200 miles around Bird island or 1/2 way between all other nations within the 200 mile limit. (Dutch, French, British, USA and Caricom territories) while the others who have signed the laws of the seas recognize Venezuela to only be able to claim 12 miles from Bird island which is only a Rock/sand bank.
    “Isla de Aves (Spanish for “Island of Birds”), or Aves Island, is a Caribbean islet claimed by Venezuela. It has been the subject of numerous territorial disputes between the neighboring independent islands, such as Dominica, and European mother countries of surrounding dependent islands, such as the Netherlands. It lies to the west of the Leeward Islands chain at 15°40′18″N 63°36′59″W15.67167°N 63.61639°W. It is 375 m in length and never more than 50 m in width, and rises 4 m above the sea on a calm day. According to the UN Law of the Seas it is classified as a rock, which would only give Venezuela a twelve mile economic zone. However, Venezuela claims it is an island which grants it a 200 mile Exclusive Economic Zone. Mostly sand, a small portion has some scrubby vegetation. It is sometimes completely submerged during hurricanes. It is 115 miles southwest of the closest land, Montserrat, 140 miles west of Dominica and 340 miles north of the Venezuelan mainland.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isla_Aves

    These are the issues especially as Iranians are alleged to have our passports…
    Is it not fair for the British to take cautionary measures to protect themselves from potential acts of terror?

    I wish the Press would stop keeping Dominicans in the dark and enlighten us on the rising nuclear tensions in the region.
    Covering important issues that threaten the very lives of the Caribbean Is important especially when innocent Dominicans have been placed in the middle of a very volatile situation with an airport that has yet to be certified for civilian night landing and a Petro caribe fuel storage in the midst of a residential area
    Since June 1, 1997 The” U.S. Southern Command will expand its area of responsibility to include the Caribbean Sea and its island nations and European possessions, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Atlantic Ocean south of 28 degrees North and west of 58 degrees West.” http://www.defense.gov/releases/release.aspx?releaseid=1076

    • Reply
      April 19, 2010

      > Is it not fair for the British to take cautionary measures to protect themselves from potential acts of terror?

      What does Iran have to do with acts of terror?

      • ..................
        April 20, 2010

        Is that a serious question? what does Iran have to do with acts of Terror? What planet are you living on?

  31. Swimming with Sharks
    April 19, 2010

    Uhm….Where was this concern when the Canadian Government was imposing Visa restrictions on us due to the practices of the UWP government. It is laughable at best that now without any facts at all to make the claim that the Prime Minister is covering up some dirty deeds. If we can’t all act like adults at least we can play like nice kids.

    • The Next Level
      April 19, 2010

      That is a nonsensical statement. Please give us the reason why the Canadian government imposed visa restrictions on Dominica so we can truly say it was because of the UWP led government.

      Thank You

    • ..................
      April 19, 2010

      I find we too like to talk of what another gov’t did before to justify our actions. Just because they did it does not make it right. It was risky then and its even more risky now. We are right to be concerned then and now of the issuance of diplomatic and other passports. I don’t think the country has the mechanisms to do proper due diligence on these people and as a result all kinds of unsavory characters end up with our passports. Ask yourselves, why they so want Dominican Passports? Some of them have no intention of ever residing in D/ca. We have to be careful in this venture! Money is not everything!

  32. April 19, 2010

    Ron Green ought to know why UK is trying to use the big stick; and it has nothing to do with Citizenship programs. Skerrit was Chairman of CARICOM when the matter of Britain’s actions in Turks and Caicos Islands were roundly criticized as undemocratic for completely wresting the TCI government from local control and dismissing the Prime Minister. Bousquet of St Lucia was very vocal and expressed his dismay in no uncertain terms to Gordon Brown; thus the stage was set for British retaliation.
    Previousl to that, many Dominicans, Jamaicans and Trinidadians have arrived at Heathrow and not allowed to leave the airport before being forced to catch a return flight home. Visa or no visa – we are still poor blacks who are sadly dependent on our past colonial masters. Do them back!

    • NIKE
      April 19, 2010

      England America and Canada all have more problems that we in Dominica. and lets not be hyporcritical. there are many people who go to these countries on visitiors visas and dont come back. its a fact. Many people who write on this board are in that category.

      The bad thig is, both opositions and government know what is going on with this new era of global government and greed. I have not problem when the speak about it.

      My issue is when they use those developments to prey on the less educated and ignorant. But God will deal with all you.

  33. lisad
    April 19, 2010

    Why must Mr. Ron Green make such claims without giving us any facts.Give us some names, some statistics, some dates, anything that will make your claims nothing more than fallacies.

  34. Prophet2
    April 19, 2010

    Ron Green has a point…Skerrit … Isn’t he in Venezuela at the moment, with Captain Crook? “Tell me who your friends are and I’ll tell you who you are.”

  35. concerned citizen
    April 19, 2010

    u dominicans are not naive you are just plain and simply wicked but only time will tell cuz like i’ve already said it’s not just one set of us will feel the wrath it’s all of us (some more than others) open up ur eyes please b4 it is tooooooo late. we may not be able to travel anywhere without some form of restriction pretty soon and who do you think is behind it all? while the gwoy boug them travelling with diplomatic passports………………..

  36. Lady Dee
    April 19, 2010

    Excuse me Mr. Green but I find you are being very ridiculous. The PM is doing what any wise leader would do… admonish his people to respect the laws of other countries……and you have a problem with that??? Asking him to apologise to the people for admonishing them?? stupes….. Why don’t you just keep quiet if you do not have a valuable contribution to make?

    • 100 % Dominican
      April 19, 2010

      sorry who are his people?
      certainly not me I am a 100% Dominican.
      Not allegiance to France or any other Power.

  37. wow
    April 19, 2010

    even if the visas are imposed on us those with diplomatic passports will still remain untouched!!
    food for thought

  38. P
    April 19, 2010

    RO, RON ,RON, WHAT ON EARTH ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT MY BOY?

    • STAY TUNED
      April 20, 2010

      it seems you cya read…hahaha

  39. Vex with Them
    April 19, 2010

    Boy, boy Ron. I just don’t know what to say again. I feel sorry for you. Anyways keep talking so that you do not fall asleep.

  40. lightbulb
    April 19, 2010

    Mr Green, I have not been a fan of your style of politics but you speak the truth, how can the PM elected by the people say that about the people. This is clearly not a case of persons overstaying their visas. Else more Caribbean countries would have been listed, not only us and St. Lucia.

  41. Ron
    April 19, 2010

    Oh Oh…. Ron Green just wake up man. Somebody tell him to go back to bed.

  42. April 19, 2010

    Here he go crying again..save your energy for that sad day in June.

    • NIKE
      April 19, 2010

      Ask him who elect him to talk? lol

      • Anonymous
        April 19, 2010

        you are so ignorant.

      • Sewonice
        April 19, 2010

        Oh so somebody have to elect you to talk nowadays in Dominica? Freedom of speech out de window? Boy allu Dominicans like to act backwards wee. The man is the leader of the opposition, any moomoo with a basic understanding of how politics work knows that the opposition will always have something to say about what the reigning government is doing. Thank God for that too, because if is only Skerrit that have right to talk, then nous finis bat. Is communism self that will take over. If you doh want to hear what Ron saying then close your ears, but doh never say he doh have right to talk. eh eh.

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