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Ofer Shaked: Asot Michael the Puppet Master

Asot Michael the Puppet MasterIs Gaston Browne really a leader? Is he sure in the steps he is taking? We all know who stands behind Gaston Browne, and Gaston Browne knows all too well who has stood behind him all the way to his current position, and that is why he cannot disconnect himself from Asot Michael.

Browne knew very well that Asot Michael is the one that can bring Lester Bird down from the leadership, that Asot Michael controls Lester Bird through the possession of information. What Gaston Browne did not know is that Asot Michael will also take control of Gaston Browne, through various loans for Gaston Browne’s businesses. We all know Gaston Browne’s businesses are not profitable, but Asot Michael and Gaston Browne have an agreement in which Asot Michael’s loans will be re-paid once the ABLP are in office.

To this day, the public has largely ignored the fact that Asot Michael throws millions of dollars around the country despite being a politician with no major businesses. Asot Michael single-handedly funds campaigns for himself, Gaston Browne, and most of the ABLP.

I would like to remind a public that forgot that Asot Michael, as a minister in the former Government, would blackmail various businesses by threatening them with tax audits and other measures. Michael employed Mafia tactics for years in the extortion of businessmen.

Every month, Asot Michael would receive payments from these extorted businesses, as well as kickbacks for various contracts given while he was minister in the Government.

Gaston Browne is aware of the source of Asot Michael’s money, and I ask myself, is this a leader? Will this man, made Leader of the ABLP through monies of extortion, be the transparent Prime Minister we are looking for, or will he be just another name in the list of corrupt Antiguan and Barbudan politicians?

The answer is neither. Gaston Browne is, and will continue to be, a puppet of Asot Michael. Despite all the information circulating around the country in the wake of the recordings published on Caribarena, Gaston Browne is choosing to look the other way on the subject of Asot Michael.


This shows that Gaston Browne is also partner to the schemes and corruption of Asot Michael, and that Gaston Browne plays an integral role in ensuring that Asot Michael is successful.

This brings us to a very important question, why hasn’t the current Government succeeded in bringing Asot Michael and Lester Bird to court for the crimes of corruption?

And the answer to that is simple, Asot Michael uses the monies that he stole to bribe and corrupt. It is impossible to know which Government workers have been corrupted by Michael; police officers, lawyers, the office of the DPP, the list of men and women who are agents of Asot Michael goes on and on.

Antigua’s past politicians used hams and turkeys; Asot Michael uses little envelopes of cash.

Imagine how the 2008 Presidential Elections in the United States would have gone for Barrack Obama if there were recordings released on CNN that Joe Biden confesses in to money laundering, extortion, and bribery, and Obama does not even comment on the recordings, while continuing to support Biden as his running mate.

This is exactly how Gaston Browne and Asot Michael are attempting to be elected. In the United States, there is no way that persons like Asot and Gaston could reach the heights that they have in Antigua not only because of the Judicial system in place, but also because of the standards demanded by the public.

While the public’s frustration with the UPP is justified, we must not, in our desperation, turn to a gangster like Asot Michael or his deputy, Gaston Browne, as Antigua will find itself dealing with even worse problems than it is today.

No one has been more critical of the UPP Administration than I have. Over 50 articles on the Wadadli Power Plant Investigation, the fencing scandal, and other issues were published on a daily basis on Caribarena over the last 4-5 years.

During that time, I was accused of being an “ALP Mouthpiece” and “Anti-Government”. But I can assure you that the UPP, as a Government, have not done Antigua half the harm that Asot Michael is doing as an individual.

All the years that I criticized the UPP through Caribarena, despite all the corruption exposes and all the documents that were published, never has my personal safety been called into question.

Since I started publishing the recordings of Asot Michael, my home has been broken into, my children have been threatened on the streets, and I chose to leave the country for that reason alone.

This is not to mention the cyber attacks against Caribarena or the interference in my business, which were also perpetrated by Asot Michael.

To all the supporters of the “new” ABLP, Gaston Browne, and by extension, Asot Michael, I say this; the UPP may not be a good government, but Asot Michael, if elected, will become a dictator, a slave master.

Today, Asot Michael uses his money to bribe and influence people, but as an elected member of parliament, and possibly even Minister of Government, Asot Michael will have many more tools with which to control, manipulate, and enslave the public of Antigua and Barbuda.

Make no mistake, the only thing Gaston Browne can offer is what Asot Michael allows him. 

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#136 labourite » 2014-03-21 08:16

gaston no angel,if asot is an arrogant thief and extortionist so is gaston,both vagabounds are corrupt we know who is in control a win for ablp is not to have gb as prime minister but asot. partners in crime and unseperable birds of the same feathers flock together,just tell me who is your companion and i will tell you who u are.
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bornya

#135 cavela » 2014-03-17 20:02

The comments are too much to swallow.All these politicians are corrupt.Who tried to bribe a minister to get his building sold.To date the prime minister has done nothing.We continue with taxes exorbitant electricity bills. High water bills and water is off half the day and people do nothing. Schools are closed because there is no water.People wake up.
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Proud Antiguan

#134 Roy Baptiste » 2014-02-18 13:45

The carpetbaggers are at it again and they are looking for bigger hand-outs. They come back with their feeble ideas and no money, and expect taxpayers $$ to finance their hair brain schemes. As I have said over and over again, I wish them luck...
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RE: Ofer Shaked: Asot Michael the Puppet Master

#133 nameless » 2014-02-16 21:14

We are the ones who asked for JUSTICE! We are the ones who LOVE to march! We are the ones who beg for a change in GOVERNMENT!
We are the ones who are WEARY of corruption, now that we have someone who DID what some of us only DREAM of, we are now CONDEMNING him!
So people what do we really want????
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@ CIROC

#132 Make Sense » 2014-02-16 06:19

I could not have put it better myself in regards to Skyewill.

How can he justify the corrupt activities of Gaston and Asot. He must have been promised some big position.
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Say What Skye?

#131 RP Grenade » 2014-02-16 00:16

"My fear is that you will dilute CA's effectiveness if you become like the Daily Observer, the UPP's paper/Radio and it seems you do have love for Antigua and we need your independence."
So because he stated things the way he sees them CA will lose its "independence" and will become like Observer? Sounds biased to me already. But that's just my opinion. Further, you have not been listening to Observer lately. The shows are bombarded by ALP flag wavers and operatives. Even the host of the daytime show is barefacely painted red; just listen to the protest calypsos that he plays when UPP officials visit and then contrast it with the somber mood with ALP and how he tries to defend any attack of the ALP.
I think that CA has come a long way from its inception and is now more balanced than ever before. They hit blue and hit red, hip hip hip...hooraay.
Now can we have the same balanced approach from the bloggers? Highly unlikely if even possible.
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@Skyewill - ALP Front Man

#130 CIROC » 2014-02-15 23:24

According to you Antigua was corrupt before Asot was born.We were born into a sick culture.I do hope you are speaking for Skyewill.I can tell you emphatically that I was born in Antigua. My parents were not corrupted. I am not corrupted. How can you a love of country Antiguan justify this man's behavior.If Mr.Ofer Shaked has anything on the UPP politicians.I would dare him to play them for all to hear.I am not a supporter of any political party in Antigua.I have been out of Antigua too long to support any Party down there.I go to Antigua twice yearly.I love that Island and the people.Some of you are really desperate for the ALP to win.What did they promised you that you would sell your soul for the likes of Asot Michael.Now you are challenging this man with questions about blood pressure.If the ABLP lose the elections I hope some of you do not get a stroke.Regardless of which party wins the elections I would go to Antigua and enjoy my hard earned dollars.Not earned through corruption or handouts.Where is your moral compass.You are now becoming an apologist for the ALP and ASOT.Mr.Ofer Shaked keep up good work.Many persons have been enlightened by those tapes and documents in CA.If you have more publish them.If you have anything on UPP publish them also.I want to know from CA.What is going on in ANTIGUA the truth.
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Answer

#129 Skyewill » 2014-02-15 22:29

5. And with all that what's next? The Antiguan & Barbudan people will decide there leadership. Did you observe the tussle during the ABLP convention where Browne came out on top? This is called POLITICS. Browne wanted that position and he planned it and became the leader. Are you saying that it is not an achievement? This young man grew up very poor and against the odds raised to become the front runner in a very critical election that is already engulfed in drama already. I would say that I look to you as a journalists to not blend your personal belief with such a political statement: "Ofer Shaked: Asot Michael the Puppet Master" with and picture depicting the institution and it's leader as puppet without any solid evidence. I understand this is your opinion but then the alternative would automatically be the UPP party. So since you are advocating for the current administration give us some good reasons to keep them other than telling us you are angry with Asot Michael at least that's how this story reads. Has Caribarena picked a side. if so like I said earlier lets debate. Ofer, allow me to share on of the things that give me peace when dealing with these things:
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference
You got a special work with a lot of responsibility.
It a tough road to travel the straight and narrow but it is the way to light!
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food for thought - part 2 & final

#128 fnpsr » 2014-02-15 18:02

Since Asot allegedly has all this power, it is conceivably that he could influence the selection of the next Prime Minister. Additionally, retribution has to be paid. Since GB ascended to the leadership under shady circumstances, members, under the guidance of Asot, in a secret ballot, could depart from custom and select someone else. This someone else, as frightening as it is, could very well be Asot. Yes, I know, but remember he is pulling the strings; he may have recordings; he is allegedly the most powerful politician in Antigua and Barbuda and he probably has a ton of money.

“Let’s fix the little things with RWE before we attempt to fix the big things.”
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food for thought - part 1

#127 fnpsr » 2014-02-15 18:01

Who will be the next Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda in the coming months? This will depend on which party wins the forthcoming election. Many have written of the UPP, but I say it is still too close to call. The latest popularity contest gives the ABLB fifteen seats and many have been calling Gaston Browne (GB) the next Prime Minster in waiting. But GB may have to wait for some time to come.

It is well documented that GB ascended to the leadership through political maneuvering at the last convention. Some have alleged that GB bought the leadership, which caused disharmony and a split within the party and the formation of a new party, the True Labor Party.

For the sake of this discussion, let’s pretend that the ABLB wins the election. Customarily, the leader of the party usually emerges as the Prime Minister. But, wait a minute! Didn’t GB ascend to the leadership under a cloud? According to the article by Ofer, isn’t GB Asot’s puppet? According to many bloggers isn’t Asot the most powerful politician in Antigua? Some bloggers have suggested that Asot may have recording on other members of the party. Thus, it is quite possible that Asot could call in some of his chips.
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Mr. Shaked - My answer I will answer each paragraph as you numbered them

#126 Skyewill » 2014-02-15 15:41

1. By the same government that bought us WPP and a ton of what look like embezzlement and misappropriations RIGHT NOW. Is it not within the law to file injunction? Once there is a rule of law we should respect it no matter what our personal feeling are. We win when the law is applied correctly. This case is now a civil issue because of how it may have been handled. I put that blame on the lame accusers who like in the HMB case evade the law.
2. We are not in most country we are in Antigua. it is what it is. You knocking up your head about things you can not control. Watch your blood pressure.
3. It is not Gaston's party it is for the thousands of people who are members or supporters of the ABLP. Gaston did not make Asot a member of parliament, the people did. I am sure people are saying bad things about Ofer and Skye but we can not internalize that crap.
4. I heard the tapes also and I have determined that the current situation is worst and warrant immediate attention but that just me. With all that the so called government have done nothing with that information and besides is it admissible in court? I will never be for vigilante justice. There will be no hanging today. We must address the rule of law or we become barbarians and create other societal problems. We should not judge a persons potential it is wrong and impossible. Antigua has been corrupt before Asot was born he is just a product of a sick culture.
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A man is innocent till proven Guilty

#125 Onlooker » 2014-02-15 13:12

In our country we have a different way of doing things. A man is innocent till such time as proven guilty. And therefore cannot be asked to step down before that. Or he will lose his seat and everything else for no reason. And political parties will make use of that should that be the rule. We have also seen that in Trinidad. Before Jack Warner was ask to step down, there had to be a verdict. And even after that he still won his seat as an independent. So as you can see our Caribbean people don’t really give too hoots about corruption charges or not. It’s what have you done for me lately. And if it is one thing one can say about Asot. He does a lot for his constituency. People can always go to him for help. I always say. You can have Asot as your friend or as your enemy. Nothing in between. As your friend you cannot find a better friend. Always ready to as assist you. As your enemy you cannot find a worse enemy. Maybe that is why he has so many people covering up for him. Because they feel they owe him that much. Even xxxxxn you see him there. He has a lot thank Asot for before UPP party won in 2004. But the only thing xxx doesn’t care how much good a person did for him. He will stab you in the back no matter what. So you either love or hate this man. No in between.
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That is a lot of power bestowed to one man.

#124 One Love » 2014-02-15 11:58

If what I am hearing is to be the truth. It certainly is frightening that a one man could ah be so powerful in your small Island. Reminds me of Dudus Coke. Leader of the Shower Posse in Jamaica. He too was so powerful. Had many politicians and police and them judges ina his pocket. But when time came he was gone. And with him many of his soldiers died in vain. But reading the story Mr. Ofer Shaked really got the scare of his life. He make him leave the Island and then still trying to take down his website. The man not easy. But where I come from we do not run from no man. We stand up and fight. And bite the dust. As the one called Observer said in another article, Cry Blood Antiguans. A fuh real I and I should ah cry blood long time. We here cry blood many times. You see Mr. Ofer you run but you still cannot hide. You keep being attacked. And I know men from your country are known warriors. Real Jah people, Israelites. Warriors from the tribe of Judah. And this man Asot is I overstand a wan Lebanese he be. So how can one likle Lebanese man run a whole Jewish family out of Antigua? All you right in you head. Them thing only a gwaan in likle Antigua. You people better put things right in place. Teck back you country from all them politicians.
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re: Skyewill Part 2

#123 Ofer Shaked » 2014-02-15 10:20

5. Gaston Browne is also aware of Lester Bird's status as a defendant in the court proceedings. And yet, he feels that lester should be made a KNIGHT. A KNIGHT. This is the same former prime minister that is being charged with embezzlement.

This is not the behaviour of a man with integrity. These are not "exceptional leadership qualities". This is covering for your friends, or worse, having your balls twisted. Choose which you prefer.
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re: Skyewill Part 1

#122 Ofer Shaked » 2014-02-15 10:19

Hello Skyewill,

Thank you for your comments.

1. Asot Michael and Lester Bird are the targets of a lawsuit by the Government for misappropriating and embezzling Government funds. The case is ongoing (injunction upon injunction is filed by Asot).

2. In most countries, the moment an inquiry even names a politician as related to the crime being investigated, then that politician resigns. However, in this case, Asot and Lester have not only been named by the investigation, but also taken to court!

3. If Gaston Browne had integrity, he would not let such men remain part of his party. If the trial continues and Asot and/or Lester are proven innocent, then they can rejoin the party. But why should Asot, a man charged with embezzlement, be not only a leading politician in one of the top political parties in the country, but also the top aide to the potential future prime minister? Not to mention a MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT.

4. Gaston Browne is aware of the fact that Asot is a defendant in the court proceedings. Gaston Browne, I'm sure, has seen the documents published on Caribarena and heard our recordings. But beyond that, evidence of Asot's guilt is clear in the way he persecutes Caribarena, and in the endless wave of injunctions being filed to delay the court proceedings.
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My response to Mr. Shaked - In keeping my word, Part 2

#121 Skyewill » 2014-02-15 09:00

You did make it clear that this is an OPINION piece but you are the Publisher and being the Publisher you have the responsibility to REPORT NEWS not CREATE IT. With that said, I understood why you did it this way. Maybe out of frustration certainly with a lot of emotion. Your are correct I am an Iron clad supporter of Mr. Browne who you claim is a puppet of Mr. Michael. by mixing your stories you are saying that because you believe that Michael is responsible for you situation and he is a member of Browne's political team Browne and the ABLP is AUTOMATICALLY your target. I would hope that you could bring solid evidence of how Browne is Michael's Puppet not just talk and accusation. Browne has shown exceptional leadership qualities and was able to wrestle away the leadership of the ABLP from one of the most powerful men in the Caribbean. Ret assured that there has never been an evil doer who have ever escaped true justice and their day always come. There is more than one way to skin a puppy and sometimes the puppy skin himself. You do the right thing and you will be always rewarded. Time is longer than rope as the old people say. The exposure was a good thing for the country but I am afraid it means nothing to those who do not care. if you are gratified and satisfied then so be it. I am happy that you are here Caribarena give voice and ears to the people. We could not communicate with each other without it. it has opened many eyes let's keep it credible.
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My response to Mr. Shaked - In keeping my word

#120 Skyewill » 2014-02-15 08:09

A man once told me that the one thing he liked about me is that I try my best to keep my word. Mr. Shaked there is no doubt in my mind that what you experienced was and still is horrific and I hope that who ever attacked CA will be caught and punished to the full extent of the law. Even more upset about the break into your home and the ha**ment of your children. You are correct when you say there is no Police or justice in Antigua, I understood what you meant, I experienced it myself. You must agree that The rule of law is ignored daily and if you do agree you may also agree that accusing anyone of any thing If you do not apply the rule of law you are falling into the same trap of continuing the charade of lack of a real justice system. This article not only attacked Michael but also Mr. Browne and is also very political motivated. My fear is that you will dilute CA's effectiveness if you become like the Daily Observer, the UPP's paper/Radio and it seems you do have love for Antigua and we need your independence. You do a great work. As an Antiguan I speak for myself and I thank and appreciate you. My problem with this article is that there are 2 stories here. I. about your personal experience 2. A political statement that is supporting one political party over the other and as a NEWS PORTAL, you will compromise the integrity.
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RE: Ofer Shaked: Asot Michael the Puppet Master

#119 ANTIGUAN WOMAN! » 2014-02-14 21:08

Definition of Dense.. 9.9999999.
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@ ACD STAFF

#118 ANTIGUAN WOMAN! » 2014-02-14 21:03

Is that your best shot? I am shaking in my boots,my manager just found out I am snoring at my desk. IDIOT.
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RE: Ofer Shaked: Asot Michael the Puppet Master

#117 NAMELESS » 2014-02-14 18:45

I am sick of these people. This is like "blaming a victim"! Why are we attacking Ofer?
People be logical and STOP being COLOR BLIND....
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RE: Ofer Shaked: Asot Michael the Puppet Master

#116 Reality » 2014-02-14 18:37

Asot is behind all of this!!!!!!!!!!!!!! u really think he didn't kn ow he was being recorded..... Asot the recorder.......some ppl just lost..............Re gardless upp gots to go!!!!!
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@ Antiguan Woman @ Naiomi

#115 Dessalines » 2014-02-14 17:24

My post was directed to both Antiguan Woman AND Naiomi. I just forgot the / or @ sign.
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blinded.

#114 rupert » 2014-02-14 15:23

There is none more blind than those who refuses to see. by anonymous.
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@Dessalines

#113 naiomi » 2014-02-14 14:42

Naiomi and Antiguan Woman are to different bloggers. As you see from our postings we are very strong women and we are not easily led like most of you. We love our Country and will defend it at any cost no matter who is the government. I am honoured to be associated with Antiguan woman because we have the same tenacities, intelligence, and not a soul can give us a six for a nine.
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RE: Ofer Shaked: Asot Michael the Puppet Master

#112 ANTIGUAN WOMAN! » 2014-02-14 14:23

I suppose my answer to a valid and serious question is hands down. This is the empty and shallow society we have. Engage someone in a debate then cannot contribute anything substantial to what you started. Empty vessels really do make the most noise,or is it that none of you can find One good reason to show after all your singing? Now is time to show your substance and defend your party.Still waiting.
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@Do your work

#111 ACD Staff » 2014-02-14 14:19

Antiguan Woman as an employee of APUA maybe if you did your work and stopped snoring at your desk APUA would be more efficient and could offer a reduction of utility bills. Work for your money, or is spending time trying to share red kool-aid is your new job?
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wow

#110 amnesia » 2014-02-14 14:17

Never knew we had soo many DENSE elements in Antigua who take TRUTH AS AN OFFENSE.
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RE: Ofer Shaked: Asot Michael the Puppet Master

#109 ANTIGUAN WOMAN! » 2014-02-14 12:53

Note i did not send you to Crabbs,I will leave that assignment for another Choir Singer,i have enough for all of you.
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@Dessalines.

#108 ANTIGUAN WOMAN! » 2014-02-14 12:35

I will dis-regard your addition(Naomi) to my moniker.As to the rest of your comment,I will define Corruption in eyes sight just a few for your benefit.I invite you to take a walk on Independence drive,then stroll along Old Parham Rd towards the Yasco grounds,while you,re there not too far away on St Johnsons Blvd check the viewing stand. I never asked what was worse i asked for One (1) reason.After that you will realize that your reason has been dis-qualified. Nexttttttttt Please.
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Antiguan Woman Naiomi

#107 Dessalines » 2014-02-14 11:35

To answer you question. Yes. Corruption is more costly than high taxes, high cost of living and incompetence COMBINED.

Dont take it from me. Afra Raymond has been covering this topic for decades in the Caribbean in general and Trinidad in particular.

www.ted.com/talks/afra_raymond_three_myths_about_corruption.html
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RE: Ofer Shaked: Asot Michael the Puppet Master

#106 HC. » 2014-02-14 11:13

Nuff respect Antigua woman. I could not have said it better myself. We hired the United Progressive party to do a job,last time i check when you hire an employee you put them on probation if they fail the period you let them go. The upp had five years probation, the people thought they should get a little longer time so they gave them five more years this time as full employees,they failed even worse than the probation period.So this time we must fire them,karn put them back on probation,that would be just unproductive.
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John Public

#105 Curious » 2014-02-14 10:53

Have made only 1 comment re the IHI matter. In cases that are so volatile, prefer to reserve comment- for any party. But, just curious-to all persons red and blue, (most persons have picked a side) if the ABLP party wins what then? Where will you all go from there?
Can Antigua or Antiguans ever come together as one to rescue their country from all its ills?
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@jay jay(3)

#104 ANTIGUAN WOMAN! » 2014-02-14 09:45

Is Asot responsible for that situation,this is only one case out of many.is he responsible for one person occupying a one Bedroom house with just a TV and a few light bulbs(since APUA power outages ruined her refrigerator) paying $375 for one mts bill? She makes $200 per wk. Is he responsible for Criminals taking over our homes and Police are crippled to carry out their jobs because of no proper tools to work with? Is he responsible for people watching the cash register while their young Children dragging on their clothes for some little delicacy which they cannot afford to buy? I can go on and on,space and time will not permit me. I wish to make it abundantly clear that anyone who steals should be punished,i dont care who it is.Let the courts decide who is guilty or innocent. We elected a government in 2004 to make our lives better,they haved failed in every aspect of the word FAIL. To all of you who have all the reasons why i should not support the AlP,give me one reason why i should vote the UPP.I am not holding my breath though.
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@jay jay(2)

#103 ANTIGUAN WOMAN! » 2014-02-14 09:18

However,i am not at all convinced that Asot is any worse than those we now have in Authority. We have a government who has been in office for a decade,its now time for another election,a politically matured nation would expect to hear from that Government its acheivements,to be able to see those accomplishments and its Vision for the future.Is it that we should just accept that Asot is corrupt so we must keep the UPP in Government for another five years,to me thats political suicide and a vote for the end of the poor man/woman,since this Govt has shown by its action that its not a govt for the poor.. I am out there and i hear and see the Cries of young Women who cannot feed their Children,there are hundreds out there that tremble at the sight of an APUA vehicle,since they cannot pay their bills. It was just a few days ago i picked up a Co-worker,her phone rang,to make it short,it was a friend whom i do not know begging to borrow $20 since he had nothing to Eat.
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@jay jay

#102 ANTIGUAN WOMAN! » 2014-02-14 09:04

From one woman to another who cares about the plight of the poor,It would be silly of me( which really is not a part of my ego) to not recognize that something may be amiss when it comes to Asot Michael,always was,maybe thats the reason for the Father of the nation to be determined to keep them(arabs) out of our Parliament.Whether i think that everything i read about him is true ot not,thats another story,everyone has some good except Lucifer,even he afterall has his friends.
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Lub have our cake and eat it too...no wrong or right in A&B

#101 Dig It » 2014-02-14 08:23

A very lively discussion, I must say! 100 comments and 3000 hits and the discussions still rolling. My friends, as the saying goes...Only in Antigua. We are very unique set of people in truth. Some of us like "blood" at any cost (will not rest until a body or corpse is exposed), while others refuse to accept the "truth" regardless of what they know. We just like to 'have our cake and eat it too'...whether it's Red or Blue. Culture or just part of our political DNA?
The fact is that many of us have been used and abused by our politicians. We talk about them behind their backs but accept their monies and gifts when we see them. Yes sireee, I can firmly say, without fear or favor that those same trinkets come from the hard working backs of the people of this country! Why are smiling and bragging when we received these trinkets?
Agree or disagree, the writer has a right to inform the public about our politicians or political parties. It is up to the voters to accept or reject what they hear or see. Bless.
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@ Jumbee Picnee - Be Still My Beating Heart!

#100 John French !! » 2014-02-14 05:06

Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock! JP, Quote:
Is it thy will, thy image (words) should keep open my heavy eyelids to the weary night? Dost thou desire my slumbers should be broken, While shadows like to thee do mock my sight? Sonnet LXI Shakespeare.
This commenter without let or hindrance has not been loath to pillory the machinations of the Gang of Four. Pay Attention to the strategems of Chaku, Juno A-BEC &Commisioner 81st in eliminating St, Peters and not St. Philips. CL said he could handle the situation, why not let him play the hand he may be dealt. North Atlantic affected superiority takes precedence. People of African Descent are not capable. Quote:
Sir I am vexed, Bear with my weakness, My old brain is troubled. ... A turn or two I'll walk to still my beating mind. Shakespeare - The Tempest.
To those Diasporans quick to belittle a 32 yr old democracy & speak of legal virtues, Open the curtain on the Soprano State where every 3 mos Ethics docs were signed. Yet Corruption exists at all levels. Some get caught but the numbers are not reflective. JP this is a long doc. Take some Quality Quiet Time and enjoy this Learning Opportunity:
www.newrepublic.com/article/116601/chris-christies-rise-and-fall Corrption where it exists is WRONG!
"The enemy of my enemy is my friend. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer." Thanks to Chaku et al. www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ng4P6FWVdcE
Go Well! Respect!
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#99 Jumbee Picknee » 2014-02-14 02:03

I dream in color;
through, the turbulent darkness,
of, the Enlightened mind;
whilst, I dance;
too; the rhythm of thy Wisdom...
quenches my thirst, satisfies my hunger.

Jah Guide in One Positive, Love, Aim, Destiny
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Isn all Lester's fault

#98 Observer... » 2014-02-14 01:03

Years ago I said it. Lester should have never brought these two guys into the party. One was Errol and the other was Asot. They both were about self and only used him. But Lester is very easily blinded and take on to people. And he just had finsihed the Makeda experience. He is a good guy but he let people to easy into his live. He was warned. Gaston has a big task to rid humself of the monster. Start buy doing what Mansoor did to Errol have a campain against him. ir let the bounderies case stay as is. Which will leave him out of parliament
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@ Antiguan Abroad, Antiguan Woman, Naiomi, Skyewill & Tenman - Humaitarians come Face to Face with Hypocrites!PT 2

#97 John French !! » 2014-02-14 00:56

Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock! Antiguan Woman & Naiomi, whether we agree or not, only a fool would not admire your tenacity. During the 60's & 70's before COINTELPRO silenced many a most potent phrase was "Those who know won't say & those who don't know can"t say."
Take nothing lightly. Virgil wrote the Aeneid between 29 & 19 BC. "Broken by War & Baffled by the Fates. Grecian Heroes built a Horse the Likeness of which the People of Troy had not seen before" which lead to Troy's sacking & hence the phrase "Beware of Greeks Bearing Gifts." Regardless of who wins the elections, Chaku's Behavioural Change Political Warfare is one never experienced on the Rock. To your courage & love for A&B's Working Class & Poor Jimmy Cliff calls: www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNNSiHmfUvQ&feature=kp
Brethren, a line was crossed when principal spokesmen for contending opinions show no curiosity whatsoever & radiate contempt for A&B's Institutions & about Antiguans & Barbudans disorientations, decenteredness & lack of agency which must be regenerated not only through Transformation of Structures, Systems, Processes, Skills & Mores but through Truth, Reconciliation & Redemption.
Corruption Costs European Economy 120 billion euros a year: www.reuters.com/article/2014/02/03/us-eu-corruption-idUSBREA120KN20140203 As VC would say Stand Firm!
www.whosdatedwho.com/tpx_53379/jimmy-cliff/tpx_8183291
Go Well! Respect to All!
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@Antiguan woman

#96 Jay Jay » 2014-02-14 00:26

Antiguan Woman, as another Antiguan woman who cares about the state of and future direction of our nation and it's economy, I cannot understand your dismissal of the stark truth that Asot is corrupt to the core. He wielded power with malevolence while an unelected junior minister of Government and must be credited with causing ALP to lose the 2004 elections. As an elected parliamentarian (we know how effective his campaigning methods have been), he would wield even more destructive influence over an admittedly fragile economy. As a junior Minister of Finance, he was reckless in his dealings and gleefully corrupt. He excelled in his role as the 'bagman' for some of his cabinet colleagues - how else did he neutralize them despite their distate for his methods and arrogation of power as an unelected Minister? His surreptitious recordings should leave all in no doubt that even his intimate acquaintances and co-conspirators cannot trust him. Do we want another Prime Minister beholden to or cowed by such a man? What secrets does he keep for Mr Brown?

To the people who dislike the UPP style of governance or non governance, consider whether an irrepressible, immoral, corrosive agent such as AM should ever again sit near to the helm of political power in Antigua? I think not.
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@ Antiguan Abroad, Antiguan Woman, Naomi, Skyewill & Tenman - Humanitarians come Face to Face with Hypocrites!

#95 John French !! » 2014-02-13 23:20

Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock! The Discourse from The Amofah Market at Da Bridge on this issue been lead by the effusive, ebullient & loquacious Tanny. He has been on his "backfoot" hurling Thunderbolts in every direction. He thundered loudly of King Arthur's Court, Sir Lancelot & the Knights of The Roundtable including Merlin, the Mgician, Queen Guinevere & ofcourse The Black Knight - The Villain!
Friends, that you have been excoriated by some of your compatriots & the Editor who for reasons only known to him decided to get in the trenches is out of the ordinary.
Nobel Laureate Economist Paul Krugman who had this to say: Quote:
The point is not that I have an uncanny ability to be Right; it's that the other guys have an intense desire to be wrong, & they have achieved their goal.
Rather than feeling bowed & cowerd, Tany, the Akans & The Vendor at the Market advise Pay Attention & Examine the Mindset & Where it leads.
One averred that it was the danger posed by the knaves who never saw it fit to Thank Tim but had now found this new North Atlantic Religion & were now most Thankful to their Saviour who lampooned the Haitian Heroes' socalled sociopaths who disagreed with & about Corruption & the Role of GoAB.
JF II would argue that we as a people must confront the threat which demands all hands on deck as long as it persists.
The editor has an obligation to tell the People the truth so that the liars don't have it their way all the time.
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RE: Ofer Shaked: Asot Michael the Puppet Master

#94 ANTIGUAN WOMAN! » 2014-02-13 20:15

See if the thumbs down on Carib arena can win the elections for the UPP. The truth is what people cant take. I say Baldwin is no Angel,the man is pure evil,who think he can fool even God,I don't give a rats rear end how much thumbs down I get,i speak the truth and nothing but the truth.That much you people cannot say about the UPP government.Lies and Deceit are their only weapons,they are Dunce,incompetent and useless.ALP corruption will not change that.
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#93 NIMBY » 2014-02-13 18:53

Thank you Ofer for exposing corruption wherever it may try to hide. Sadly however what we have is a case of "mutually assured destruction" because UPP has IHI and ABLP has WPP so nothing will happen because the balance will never sway in the favour of any one side. Discussing which party is corrupt in Antigua is pointless but exposing them is more useful. Maybe one day a third party whose leader and members are above reproach will come to power and address these issues. Until then we should avoid the excessive grand-standing and pontificating and truly focus on the upcoming elections. My gratitude to you and CA on a job well done.
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@ Jumbee Picknee - When Power & Authourity Combine With Willie Lynch! PT 4

#92 John French !! » 2014-02-13 18:49

Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock! That Corruption exists and is well entrenched in Antigua & Barbuda is without Question. To his credit CL has acknowledged this - if not in the ALP's DNA, then as an afliction to which it has fallen.
Let us look at a very simple issue. The country of Antigua & Barbuda. When one addresses a letter to Antigua, do they include Barbuda. Do you still use the West Indies or WI. In T & T, many have dropped WI & Use Caribbean. A very simple thing but it speaks to Marking. From ALP to ABLP: Does this say anything? Maybe, just maybe, one day you will see St. John's Antigua, Antigua & Barbuda or Codrington, Barbuda, Antigua & Barbuda, Caribbean.
What are we to do as Antiguans of African Descent? What is our Role in this ya country? How are we to think about our morality and Ethical Compa$$? As Skye says we must challenge the stereotypes & images.
Let me end with two giants of the Op Eds as I have tried to stay away from this Melee by suggesting that we look not at Personalities, Princes & Principalities but at the Structures, Systems, Processes & Mores which lead to this dysfunction. Revisit The Venerable Pompey as he urges us to Come Out-Ah-Dat and Come-In-Ah-Dis as you wrestle with National Realities Myths & Feuds. Reread Dr. Isaac Newton as he exhorts us to seek The Innovative Good & face the realities of Truth & Consequences.
Pray Wid Mi!
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@ Antiguan Abroad

#91 SlyThatGuy » 2014-02-13 18:10

Antiguan Abroab, I understand how the court system works; however, the way the tapes were acquired, legally or illegally, does not vitiate the authenticity of the tapes. ( Whether he got them legally or not does not deny that they committed the crimes--and that's what should matter most to the Antiguan and Barbudan people.)
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@ Jumbee Picknee - When Power & Authourity Combine With Willie Lynch! PT 3

#90 John French !! » 2014-02-13 18:08

Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock! JP, travel in another Direction to the Nubian Country of Ethiopia. What are the images being Peddled by North Atlantics of the Land of Aida, the Queen Of Sheba, The Coptic Religion -First Christian Religion, Haile Selassie Jah Rastafari & The Lion Of Judah. We are reminded of pestilence unimaginable, despotism never before exprienced, corruption unheard of & poverty unleashed upon man, woman, child and every animal walking the land.
Many on the Rock buy this holus bolus not only because as Wade says "Wi Lub Ugly & Melee" but also because of "Ethical Badmindedness" and our own well internalized hatred for anything that reminds us of our African Ancestry. Since the overthrow of Selassie in 1974, we have been fed a smorgasbord of pestilence, secession, war, corruption, destruction & death.
While all of this was taking place, not one word was offered to show that the Ethiopian People were getting hold and Transforming the very Institutions which had been their Bane! Some of their most Remarkable Institutional Achievements are The Ethiopian Orthodox Church,The Judiciary, The Miltary & Ethiopian Airlines,which is the third most profitable airline in the world flying on all continents - shocked aren't you? So was I in 1966 when they landed at VCBIA .
Only we can save ourselves not some FDI European, Semetic, Indo or Oriental Man coming in on a White Horse.
Understand how Hits are converted to Real Money?
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RE: Ofer Shaked: Asot Michael the Puppet Master

#89 naiomi » 2014-02-13 17:27

Gaston Browne is not an idiot and he is not going to let Asot mess with his legacy so I have a feeling that he knows what he is doing where Asot Michael is concerned. My grandmother have a way to say keep yours friends close but your enemy closer. That is all I have to say. I am going to hold them accountable so I have to ask Asot and Gaston Questions because I need answers.
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@ Jumbee Picknee - When Power & Authourity Combine With Willie Lynch! PT 2

#88 John French !! » 2014-02-13 16:51

Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock! JP, Few days ago, Yeats was quoted in "The Second Coming" as Quote:
... Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all viction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity. Surely some revelation is at hand; Surely the Second Coming is at hand. ...

Rastas one week ago this question was posed to Antiguans of African Descent:
"why do the 95% of African Descent continue to permit others to define & set us off against each other?" Quote:
"What would we as African People do if there were no (Other) People". In other words what natural responses would occur in relationships, attitudes toward the environment (political, economic, social) kinship patterns, preferences for colours, type of religion, and historical referent point if there had not been any intervention of colonialism or enslavement? Dr. Molefi Asante
In addition, understand the hidden hand of geopolitics intelligence and operations are being used
to focus attitudes in "Ethical Badmindedness" our achilles heel to bring about changes in Voter Behaviour. Rastas, Pay Attention to Alinsky's 12 tactical rules. Ponder on 2 which have been effectively executed:
Quote:
#5 - "Ridicule is Man's Most Potent Weapon" & #12 - "Pick The Target, Freeze It, Personalize It, & Polarize IT."
Oh Gad!
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#87 SlyThatGuy » 2014-02-13 16:43

Naiomi, one of the strongest piece of evidence we have--I believe there are others--is them discussing the shocking things they did on tapes. If they were having these discussions unaware that their conversations were being recorded, then it's true, the tapes are authentic! In the recording I heard Lester Bird confessing or acknowledging to accepting bribe and kickbacks. Are you saying that Lester lied on himself? I don't have to mention anything about the other people, because you heard them for yourself, thank you.
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#86 ANTIGUAN WOMAN! » 2014-02-13 16:23

You need to shut up.What hatred for Baldwin Spencer are you referring to? Baldwin is no angel,the man is as evil as they come,he is deceitfull and a barefaced liar. Given the benefit of the doubt that all you accused in the ALP is corrupt,that in no way my dear take away one iota of corruption ,vindictiveness greed and incompetence from Baldwin Spencer.I would not even attempt to list the amount of lies that he has told to Antigua/barbuda,the amount of deceit he has meted out to us.Two examples are the selling of passports and the Cost of electricity,which he promised to make cheaper is now tripled,and dont tell me anything about increase in Fuel,He promised to remove the FVC,what has they done move it upwards along with the cost of the fuel and to pay for their corrupt deal with the bencorp building.You need to be quite,you have no case when it comes to Baldwin Spencer and the UPP.Shut up.
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Spots not going to change!

#85 jeb » 2014-02-13 16:14

Unfortunately, for the people, I think Mr. Shaked is right. The old saying that a Leopard never changes his spots most definitely comes into play with this one…just look at the history over the past 20yrs.
Maybe I am being idealistic but up to now I cannot really comprehend why the ABLP senior members do not get rid of AM (constitutionally elected or not, let him go independent) and put in a leader who has shown leadership, steadfast representation of the people, moral values, oratory skills and will, therefore, be able to command respect and unity from the majority. As fnpsr said there are several who have tried to show that these two…especially AM are a liability to ABLP. If it is a case of money it is quite possible that when one door closes another will open. I'm sure not all the candidates are penniless ( hope not because that spells corruption ahead to feather the empty nests).

Questionable characteristics such as have been described by Mr. Shaked combined with apparent uncontrolled aggression against those who cannot fight back, do not, in my opinion, set a very good stage for moving into the local and global spotlight in the not too distant future. I am NOT going to vote for the UPP. They have failed and taken what used to be a thriving, upbeat and mostly safe country into a crime infested bankrupted hellhole. Not excited about the ABLP presently because of deep skepticism concerning the future from the volatility of these two.
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@ Caribarena Fan /seeking justice

#84 Dessalines » 2014-02-13 16:10

Please remember Ofer Shaked is just the messenger and not running for or holding public office. So please direct your 'trang' to those who we pay to manage our public affairs and stop pulling red herrings across our paths.
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#83 alisha » 2014-02-13 16:09

I remember the old days when john maginley refused to talk to Caribarena. and when brother b said he was going to sue Caribarena, and PM BS had blood on the floor of the power plant and mansoor attacked ofer shake personally.

is ofer shake on the UPP luxury express train, or are you just in asot's gravy boat?
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@ Jumbee Picknee - When Power & Authourity Combine With Willie Lynch!

#82 John French !! » 2014-02-13 16:08

Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock! Friends, The Late Tim Hector came unto his own, reported everything being posted & his own "Disappointed" him. Once again, Quote:
My heart aches, & a drowsy numbness pains My sense, as though of hemlock I had drunk, or emptied some dull opiate to the drains One minute past & Lethe-wards had sunk: Keats
On the Rock many were reported to have drank their fill of "Coopers Dip" after some reported "knuckle" real or imagined to take comfort in the arms of the North Atlantic Judeo Christian God.
Jumbee Picknee (JP), Listen to Shorty's "Power & Anthority." Even though many scholars have debunked Willie Lynch, it is quite clear that Many of Our CountryWoMen subscribe to & feel Most Comfortably at Home With Him. Full Disclosure, JF II does not.
JP, all Ouadadlians are urged to Quote:
Never get Angry, the Don had instructed. Never make a Threat. Reason with People.
JP, CA is not based on the Rock. The Editor makes clear that Arrogance leads some to believe "that my website is only hosted in the US." Lord Have mercy on A&B when confronted with Geopolitic's Intelligence & Operations.
Many North Atlantics express love & fascination with Thomas Jefferson, who while writing his rhetoric of "Liberty" throughout his life & death owned & supported enslavement of People of African Descent including his own offsprings with His Slave Concubine Sally Hemings. His will freed only five of some 200.
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#81 Dessalines » 2014-02-13 16:08

Your comments are just that.
Priceless.
I never dreamed of living to see the day where ten men, the observant one, the skye wheeler or the female antiguan reduced to whimpering nothingness. To boot the patriot did not even show face. Wow. Wow Wow.
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RE: Ofer Shaked: Asot Michael the Puppet Master

#80 J James. » 2014-02-13 15:43

While the public’s frustration with the UPP is justified, we must not, in our desperation, turn to a gangster like Asot Michael or his deputy, Gaston Browne, as Antigua will find itself dealing with even worse problems than it is today.)

SHUT THE FRONT DOOR!! REALLY? Man you take a ride on the UPP luxury express train to hell.Dont bother coming back,you are sick.
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@ Mr. Shaked

#79 Skyewill » 2014-02-13 15:40

First I want you to know that I respect you and think very highly of you. I also want you to know that I also realized that there is no justice system in Antigua and when I found out, I was also shocked to know that a country could actually run this way and I will predict a total breakdown of this society in the near future if there are not sure signs of that right now. We are not that far apart but I do not have the time to day to expound, today is my long day and I have a paper due this evening but I promise I will address the issues you bought forward to me. But I will say this. Maybe Changing and keep changing until we get it right is a part of a bigger solution. As a warrior I learned to leave the emotions at home. I am not sure how you can say Browne is a puppet for anyone when he shows such strong resolve. I do understand your frustration. I experienced it and I know what you are saying however, as professionals we must not allow ourselves to fall prey to the psychology of others. Your portal gives us hope also and freedom of speech unprecedented for Antigua. Thank for all you do and I know I speak for a ton of people when I say we appreciate you. Pray that you and your family are safe and that one day we will end corruption at all levels in Antigua & Barbuda.
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What an indictment.

#78 marco polo » 2014-02-13 15:05

Anyone who cares to listen in Antigua knows that AM is absolutely morally ruderless (I have not lived in A&B for years but when I came back, people spoke about his exploits easily and with abandon). I dont know where the truth is with respect to the corruption of Lester, BS, Harold or anyone else (I have my suspicions because you would have to be a moron not to have them) but who doubts that AM is exactly as described here? Only those who have benefited from his largesse would defend him at this point... the Spanish have a word for those people - Putas (and calling them Putas is probably a disservice to Putas).
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RE: Ofer Shaked: Asot Michael the Puppet Master

#77 J James » 2014-02-13 15:01

Everytime elections are close in antigua this is all you get.seriously why are we not hearing about all the achievments of the upp govt? Why are we still hearing the same thing we are hearing for ten years now. By the way anyone find the missing files as yet? You people and this government are laughable,gee me a freeking brake.
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#76 amnesia » 2014-02-13 14:56

Very well done the way you drew the parallel between both parties and arrived at the right conclusion. What i love is that you held nothing back and spoke the truth unlike some of the liars who know that these people are filing injunctions to stop the process and keep on asking for evidence. If GOD was like man they would have been dead a long time ago. Nothing but a bunch of hypocrites singing for their supper.they have no morals at all and keep on making all these credulous statements. It only goes to show who they are by what they keep on defending. Keep the truth coming and who vex that is their business.
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@Ofer Shaked

#75 CIROC » 2014-02-13 14:39

I am not "enslaved" to anything nor anyone.I have no respect for Asot Michael.I do not care if he is a Member of Parliament.I have some respect for Gaston Browne.I think Asot is an excessively zealous person a fanatic.He has more tapes than Richard Nixon's Watergate.This man lacks morals.He is not fit for Public Office.If this man lived in my State.Based on the recordings that I have heard.He would have been investigated by the FBI.And chances are arrested for multiple crimes.A former speaker of the house in Massachusetts is serving time in Federal Prison for accepting $60,000.00 under the table.Just as I listened and believed the Watergate tapes in 1973/74.I also believed the IHI tapes.In my opinion they were not doctored.I find it rather strange Ofer Shaked.That you went after Asot only.How about the others on those tapes.They are also running for Public Offices.I believe that your vendetta with ASOT is personal.By making it personal you have lost some of your credibility with me.For too long now politicians and well to do persons have been getting away with bobol and corruptness in Antigua and Barbuda.Only poor people go to Prison in Antigua and Barbuda.Name one person of stature in Antigua who was sent to prison in the past 20 years.Let us begin to reverse the trend.
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#74 naiomi » 2014-02-13 14:22

Thank you for your response, I needed some clarification and you have done that. Now everything is in the open for both the UPP and ALBP now I will sit and watch to see the outcome of the election when it is called.
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@ Ofer Shaked

#73 Morris » 2014-02-13 14:17

Sir, I applaud you for your openness and courage for writing this article. I know that it has cut so many ABLP supporters to the core. Thank you very much for revealing the "puppet master" that I've written about so much on this news portal. He is the shadow hand that operates behind the scenes and directs what goes on in ANU. It is a crying shame that so many who blog on this portal continue to act like ostriches because of political party affiliation. Some even want to question the authenticity of the tapes, but never questioned the authenticity of any allegation/story of corruption against the UPP. I have said before, and will continue to say, there can be no meaningful change in ANU unless the players in the game are changed. It should come as no surprise to any that the courts in ANU are weak...we have even chided them for the lenient sentences meted out to criminals, and the reluctance of the legal authorities to go after individuals who live in certain strata of society.
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#72 naiomi » 2014-02-13 14:17

Neither Baldwin and his cronies are also not allowed to run this country. To me he is worst than Asot because if all this evidence is and was available why aren't there any arrest? So just give me a break with you all party politics. It is about time that Antiguans and Barbudans stand up for country and not Party or Colour. If you don't know ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA IS IN A MESS. LOOK AT EAST BUS STATION AND TELL ME WHAT YOU SEE, DRIVE UP TO OLD PARHAM ROAD AND TELL IS YASCO HAS ANY BATHROOMS, IS YOUR HYDRO BILL MORE OR LESS AFTER ACQUIRING THE WPP, DO YOU FEEL SAFE WALKING AROUND IN ANTIGUA ANYTIME OF THE DAY? DRIVE AROUND ANTIGUA AND TELL ME DO YOU THINK OF THE ROADS YOU ARE DRIVING ON? DRIVE TO DEVIL'S BRIDGE ONE OF OUR TOURIST ATTRACTION AND LET ME KNOW ABOUT THE ROADS. DRIVE TO HALF MOON BAY AND SEE WHAT YOU WILL BE PAYING FOR BECAUSE OF INCOMPETENCE FROM PM SPENCER. So my brother remove the scales from your eyes and stop lying to yourself and call spade a spade.
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re: Naiomi Part 2

#71 Ofer Shaked » 2014-02-13 14:15

The strings Asot is pulling will make continuing the case and securing an unbiased verdict virtually impossible. That is why I am publishing the recordings and the documents. I am trying to cut the strings that are being pulled, to tear apart the corrupt core that Asot dominates, so that the proceedings may actually proceed.

You can rest assured, the recordings that I published will not invalidate any trials. Furthermore, I believe the public have a right to know who they are electing into office. Imagine, with elections just around the corner, how the voting public would look at the ABLP if the recordings or documents were never published.

The public's right to know who they are electing is inalienable.
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re: Naiomi Part 1

#70 Ofer Shaked » 2014-02-13 14:14

Dear Naiomi,

Thank you for your comment.

Firstly, I'd like to assure you that no one, least of all the government or DPP, had the tapes in 2004. What the current government does have is paper evidence. Wire transfers between a network of bank accounts. The IHI documents, as well as some testimonies. You may remember the infamous lindquist report.

The tapes only reached me a month before I began publishing them, and no one who would use them had them prior to that.

Secondly, the publishing of the tapes would not compromise the investigation. If you have read all the IHI and "Untouchables" series, you would see that the evidence collected by the Government has far more detail and range than the recordings published thus far.

The Government also have a case against Asot Michael and Lester Bird pending in the courts. Asot Michael has been using his considerable sway with the courts of Antigua and Barbuda (like the stolen documents you referenced which, by the way, the recordings were not part of) to delay and complicate the proceedings.
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re: Ofer Shaked

#69 fnpsr » 2014-02-13 14:13

Ofer, I thank you for an outstanding opinion piece. While you did not come outright and endorse a political party, you informed the readers of what you think lies ahead. You have stated what many here on CA have said about GB and AM. Now I find it hypocritical that some bloggers are criticizing you for bringing this information to light ahead of an election. The public has a right to know so that it can make an informed decision.

I also appreciated you timely response to those bloggers that challenged you.

The blogger 'Givemeabreak' said “Until we Antiguans rise up and demand proper Government not much will change, but the majority of people in this country don't see anything wrong with the way things are or where we're heading.” This is the crux of the matter!

“Let’s fix the little things with RWE before we attempt to fix the big things.”
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RE: Ofer Shaked: Asot Michael the Puppet Master

#68 SlyThatGuy » 2014-02-13 13:57

This is the exact same thing I've been saying about the Antiguan and Barbudan people: They're allowing their hate and personal feelings towards Baldwin Spencer to cloud their judgement. That is, although thy're fully aware that Gaston, Asot, Lester and the ABLP are not fit to lead our country because of their involvement in corruption and its impact on our nation's economy, they still deliberately support them because of their desire to hurt or frustrate Baldwin (They do it out of spite) The American people would not do such thing because they're more informed, more educated, and more responsible than the Antiguan people.
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The 8 Million Dollar Man

#67 Vere C. Bird III » 2014-02-13 13:57

I was present at 46 North Street in 2005 when members at the executive meeting were asking why the ALP didn't have EC$1,000 in its accounts. Before the question came to Asot Michael he launched a pre-emptive strike and said, "If you all are asking about the US8,000,000.00 I "lost" it on the U.S. Stock Exchange.

Not a sole asked another question about the matter. I made enquiries after because I just returned home from abroad in 2002 and had no idea that this was the manner of accounting that was deemed sufficient in the ALP.

I was told that the US8,000,000.00 was money that was raised on the good-will people still had for the ALP and Paper Bird for the 1999 election and Asot and a certain Dr. went around asking for contributions for the party from businessmen then the money got "lost". No receipt of stock, or shares that the money was "invested" in were ever produced.

At this point in time in 1999 Asot Michael was neither an elected member of Parliament, or the Treaurer of the ALP.
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Part 2

#66 naiomi » 2014-02-13 13:56

From whom I really don't know because of all of the corruption. It is going to take the Citizens living in Antigua and Barbuda to get up off of their behind and keep their politicians accountable. Crime is crippling Antigua and Barbuda and they are looking for a police force to do all the work instead of they take back their country by cramming St. John's one night and hold a vigil, they don't have the guts to do that. They should be on the street making noise wanting to know where are there tax dollars, what happen to WPP, why is the IHI report being hidden, What happen to the carpark, instead they are waiting on some opposition party to do it for them. They want change but don't want to do it for themselves
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RE: Ofer Shaked: Asot Michael the Puppet Master

#65 naiomi » 2014-02-13 13:49

Has anyone of you Antiguans and Barbudans including Mr. Ofer every sit and consider that revealing these tapes may have compromised an investigation.
What Mr. Ofer should have done was to make copy of the tapes and take the originals to the DPP. If you saw nothing was being done, then you exposed. I believed that these were stolen and now if the DPP was to bring charges against whomever, the defendants would win because of the publication of the tapes because no where in Antigua and Barbuda they would get a fair trial. If these are the evidence that was stolen from the court house well sir you are in big trouble because you are an accessory to theft. You see I have a problem understanding if all of these tapes were available since 2004 why the current government hasn't done anything about it. Personally, I am not a fan of either Gaston or Asot because of what Gaston (and I will hold him responsible) did to my brother Daven because it is call betrayal and it should have been handled differently. However, I believe in Change when I visit my home country and see that it has gone backwards instead of forward, I must put Antigua and Barbuda first and anything else second. We know the UPP doesn't have a clue of what they are doing and my country needs rescuing.
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@Priceless

#64 ANTIGUAN WOMAN! » 2014-02-13 13:45

Last time i checked i was at my desk,i think i still am. Certainly not in a corner,and will never be in any Corner from Bull sh---,.Arrest Asot and anyone else who desesrves arrest.Bring them before a Court and let the court decide,then and only then will i be quite. And for your Info ,even then for me the UPP will never be an option,since they will not be too far behind to grace the halls of 1735. What about this article is soo profound to have anyone creeping in a corner? Pleasse------ And Rest assured it will not be the few names that you mentioned that will give the ALP a win,it will be the majority of A,guans, Dam right you are,there is something in an ALP win for us all. A better A,gau/Barbuda. UPP IS NOT AN OPTION,THEY TIME IS UP.
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@Vere C. Bird III

#63 Alternative Party » 2014-02-13 13:37

WE THE PEOPLE WHO DO NOT WANT TRUE LABOUR. YOU WILL FIND OUT WHO AFTER THE ELECTIONS.
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RE: Ofer Shaked: Asot Michael the Puppet Master

#62 Reader » 2014-02-13 13:27

Antigua will forever be in Third World standing as long as the populace remains uneducated and can be bought with a concert here and a few trinkets there around election time. Politicians in this "Small Place" will forever lie, steal and deceive because they'll never be held accountable for their misdeeds. You get the government you deserve and if you're not willing to stand up for what's right (no matter the political party), all you're destined to get is wrong and in the end you have no standing to complain about anything. The ABLP is a wicked organization...don't wait until it's too late to do something about it.
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RE: Ofer Shaked: Asot Michael the Puppet Master

#61 Reader » 2014-02-13 13:26

What Ofer has stated is absolutely true! Antigua has proven itself to be a nation where lawlessness appears to be the state motto: Each Embezzling, All-A-Thieving. Even with clear evidence of wrongdoing, nothing is ever done to hold those in power accountable for their actions. How in the hell can you have politicians on tape admitting outright that they've schemed and robbed the treasury, yet no action has been taken to date against those **s!!!??? But it's the citizens themselves who should be ashamed for not standing up and fighting for what's right in light of all that has been shared on this site.

Antiguans are always talking about getting FDI but here's an example of a businessman, contributing to this IMF economy, who's been run out of the country because of criminal threats made by individuals representing those who seek to take over the governance of this country. How do you think those types of heavy handed tactics are viewed by potential investors?
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@Alternative Party

#60 Vere C. Bird III » 2014-02-13 13:22

Who is "We"? Are you speaking for all Antigua & Barbuda???
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RE: Ofer Shaked: Asot Michael the Puppet Master

#59 Cool Ruler » 2014-02-13 13:16

Ofer I draw to your attention that the attack on your website started when you reveal the checks issued by the computer man from ACT on market street. I smell a rat, their must have been some collusion between the computer man and Asot for obvious reasons
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Upcoming Election

#58 Lanky Louie » 2014-02-13 12:59

The election between PM Baldwin Spencer and Gaston Brown is an election between the devil you know and the devil you don't. No matter who wins, you're gonna get a devil for prime minister.
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@ Ofer Shaked

#57 Priceless » 2014-02-13 12:57

My good man

I never realised you were **elligent and well learned man. Finally you have dumbfounded all the ABLP operatives (who some like ANTIGUAN ABROAD and SKYEWILL claim to be independent). INDEPENDENT MY FOOT.

You have resoundingly dealt with them and put them in their place. I can literally see them creeping into their corners. I refer to SKYEWILL, LEGHORN, OBSERVER, TENMAN, ANTIGUAN ABROAD, ANTIGUAN WOMAN, SEEKING JUSTICE ETC.
I keep saying that if I heard my representative admitting to corruption on a tape that I certainly wouldn't be voting for him nor the party he supports. There has to be something in an ABLP win for these people, that's it.
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RE: Ofer Shaked: Asot Michael the Puppet Master

#56 HC » 2014-02-13 12:53

One thing i know this person has an agenda,his MO is to keep the United Progressive party in office. It has been years since Asot has been labelled as Satan angel by the government who is now in power for ten years,it is therefore safe to say they had and still have all at their disposal to investigate,presecut e and give justice where needed. Since they had their time to do what they said they could,and failed to do so,i believe this excercise will be one in futility. AM is one individual,bringing him down will not bring down the Ablp and will certainly not be enough to compensate for the pain that the upp have caused us for the past ten years.Not like saying the upp is not a corrupt government also,they are corrupt and incompetent. Anyone who works to keep this governement in power is not a friend ,they are enemies of the state.
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RE: Ofer Shaked: Asot Michael the Puppet Master

#55 Antiguan Abroad » 2014-02-13 12:51

Mr. Shaked, I certainly agree with you that a culture of corruption exists in Antiguan politics....I just think the light on such corruption should be spread evenly so that voters can make informed decisions. You are to be commended on the work you and your news site have done so far.
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True Labour Haven't proven anything yet

#54 Alternative Party » 2014-02-13 12:37

@Vere C. Bird III, True Labour Haven't proven anything yet and is not the alternative party we want.
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Today it ADDS UP

#53 Fuzzy Math » 2014-02-13 12:31

Let me first tip my hat to you Mr. Shaked for taking the bull by the horns.

It is election season and a myriad of comments will be posted on here by persons wishing for you not to derail their "gravy train".
The attacks you face from many of the persons commenting are not based on conscience or any loyalty other than loyalty to themselves and their "hopeful financial position".

You are perfectly correct when you quote
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Antigua and Barbuda will not change as long as we keep switching parties. We are only changing different brooms. What we need to change is how we sweep, and what we do with the dirt that is collected. Brooms are all the same.
The sad thing is in 5 years the state of affairs in the nation will be the same simply because the personal interests of those supporting the would be parties outweigh the national interest.

I tip my hat to you and say this (in Tim Hector fashion)
FAN THE FLAME. Let all those who say you are personal go back and read the old copies of the outlet.

Let Gaston Browne prove himself a leader and be rid of the abscess that by his own admission was part and parcel of the man he replaced.
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Some people nah like fuh hear deh truth

#52 Parishman » 2014-02-13 12:31

You are right on target Mr. Shaked......I understand exactly what you are saying.....He has some of the politicians in his pocket and if he wins his seat and ABLP should form the government and if those tapes are authentic, there will be weeping in ANU/BAR. I for one do believe some of the things I hear. I alos think that some people are in the same mode as in 2004 when we were sick of ABLP and thought lets give UPP a chance.the outcome of which is evident today. AM needs to be stopped and even if he looses his seat GB will find a way to make him a member of his cabinet.
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RE: Ofer Shaked: Asot Michael the Puppet Master

#51 Wowwee » 2014-02-13 12:29

Man this is heavy.

From my vantage point across the seas I would encourage Antiguans and Barbudans to give Gaston, Asot, Lester, Robin, ALP and ABLP the permanent boot. They should never ever get the opportunity to dabble in our money and resources again, EVER. Then a new party can be formed in the ensuing 5 years to take over the reigns from the present administration.

By putting Asot and Gaston there, is like giving them a BLANK CHEQUE to our treasury. LORD HAVE MERCY ON US.
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@Antiguan Abroad

#50 GiveMeABreak » 2014-02-13 12:27

Dear Mr 'Lawyer'
Are you really asking why Mr Shaked is focusing on Asot? It's pelucidly clear in the recordings who the puppet master is, with his pointed questions, explanations, who, when, where attitude, informing everyone around him where the money is and who's name it's under and how long it's been there, and on occasion even asking people to speak up! I really don't understand why you would ask Mr Shaked that question! It's like you're trying to convince us that there is doubt whether or not Asot is in control of all these meetings! The mind boggles.
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re: Antiguan Abroad Part 2

#49 Ofer Shaked » 2014-02-13 12:13

Having said that, I think our discussion has gone off topic. It is important not to loose sight of the main point, that nothing has been done. We know so much not, and we're not doing anything about it. I've explained why that happens above. What are your thoughts on this side of the story?
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re: Antiguan Abroad Part 1

#48 Ofer Shaked » 2014-02-13 12:12

Dear Antiguan Abroad,

You have gone too far along the road. You speak to me about evidentiary value. I ask you where is the lawsuit? When the recordings have their day in court, if that day should come, only then may the source be revealed, and even then, that may not happen.

However, allow me to ask you this question: If a police officer had recorded or stolen those tapes, do you think I would truly be the only one to possess them? Do you think in Antigua and Barbuda, the land of rumour, that this officer would not have been discovered? Anyone with an understanding of Antigua and Barbuda's police force knows the depth of the informants that Asot has there.

In one of the recordings, Asot even refers to these informants. Your theories and speculations are wrong.

With regards to Edward Snowden and Julian Assange, their indictments relate to revealing classified information. In both cases, military/intelligenc e information was revealed, and their indictments are strictly on the basis of publishing classified information that impacts the security of the US. Furthermore, Assange has not been officially indicted. I invite you to do more research on the matter, but the nature of the witch hunts against Snowden and Assange rests on a different premise.
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RE: Ofer Shaked: Asot Michael the Puppet Master

#47 Time to pay » 2014-02-13 12:07

PEOPLE... NO MATTER WHO IS BEHIDE WHO... CHANGE IS NEEDED. WE ALL HAVE PEOPLE THAT STAND BEHIND US... SO WHAT IS THE PROBLEM...! ????

NO MATTER HOW YOU LOOK AT IT.. THIS GOVERNMENT WE HAVE NOW HAS TO GO..! SPENCER IS LETTING SIMON & LOVELL COST US MILLIONS MORE ON THE HMB MATTER THEN IT SHOULD HAVE.

2007 IT WOULD HAVE COST US 45 MILL USD. NOW WITH SIMON AND LOVELL'S GAMES.. IT WILL BE WELL OVER 100 MILL USD SHORTLY. REALLY YOU THINK IT IS NOT TIME FOR A CHANGE.. PEOPLE WAKE UP.

NO MATER WHO IS BEHIDE WHO CHANGE IS NEEDED. NOW VOTE...!
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RE: Ofer Shaked: Asot Michael the Puppet Master

#46 Vere C. Bird III » 2014-02-13 12:06

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RE: Ofer Shaked: Asot Michael the Puppet Master

#45 Antiguan Abroad » 2014-02-13 11:52

Mr. Shaked,

I certainly do not dispute the fundamental right to freedom of the press, and your right not to divulge your confidential sources. That was not my point. I was merely responding to your initial statement that it was "meaningless" how the tapes were attained. In my opinion, it is relevant (or fundamental) to the discussion as to whether they were acquired illegally or not. You mentioned the tapes were acquired via "sources". Most news sources do not provide physical evidence of potentially stolen items. My own belief is that a senior police officer either stole (or recorded) the tapes while in police custody and shared (or sold) them with you, thereby diluting their evidentiary value. You mentioned Edward Snowden and the founder of WikiLeaks (Julian Assange) and stated that their actions were "justified". You forgot to mention that both have been indicted and are presently on the run from the law. I do not want to see that happen to you.
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Some People Just Can't Handle The Truth

#44 Antiguia Bill » 2014-02-13 11:27

It seem to me that Antiguan's or the people who read and blog on this site Just Simply Can't Handle The Truth. Many of you who are now questioning Mr. Ofer Shaked credibility but did not do so in the past when he published IHI report and the WPP saga and many other politically charged articles. I can't recall anyone asking for verification of source. I understand that many believe that Gaston Brown is a modern day messiah who is going to save Antigua but many of you had better think twice. Gaston Brown is no different than the other corrupt members of the ABLP and if elected to be Prime Minister the players may change but the game will remain the same. CORRUPTION = PAY TO PLAY. I do believe that he is playing a good game but will be Antigua's biggest nightmare if he becomes the next Prime Minister With those two parties Antigua is between a rock and a hard place. May the good Lord have mercy on Antigua.
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re: Antiguan Abroad Part 2

#43 Ofer Shaked » 2014-02-13 11:26

Furthermore, many of the older senior ALP politicians are at the end of their time. Gaston and Asot are the foreseeable future of the ABLP, and Gaston appears to be compromised by Asot.

If the ABLP secure a majority in parliament, Gaston Browne may become Prime Minister, but Asot Michael will be king.
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re: Antiguan Abroad Part 1

#42 Ofer Shaked » 2014-02-13 11:25

Dear Antiguan Abroad,

I am glad to hear that you are objective in the fight against corruption. This is what we need to make change.

However, there is one point where you are very dearly mistaken.
As a media house, I have no obligation to disclose my sources, even in a court of law. A source is a source, and so long as the information provided by the source is credible, a media house cannot disclose the source, LEAST of all in a public forum.

"In the seminal case of Goodwin v. United Kingdom, the ECtHR ruled that an attempt to force a journalist to reveal his source for a news story violated his right to receive and impart information, and hence the right to freedom of expression."

I invite you to read more here, as it clearly explains and justifies the protection of sources, particularly in cases where retaliation by government officials is a threat:
http://www.article19.org/pages/en/protection-of-sources-more.html

Secondly, the reason that I am focusing on Asot Michael is because he controls everything in the background. He was in charge of Lester's monies. He was in charge of coordinating the IHI scandal. I invite you to listen to the tapes again. He is always the one doing the work, and he later uses this to his advantage. It gives him power over other politicians. He then manipulates them to even more malevolent ends.
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RE: Ofer Shaked: Asot Michael the Puppet Master

#41 Antiguan Abroad » 2014-02-13 11:09

Mr. Shaked, I'm probably one of the most objective readers of your publication - I have no affiliation with either party. I do not like corruption and I appreciate your efforts to stamp it out in Antigua. I agree with you that fundamental change to the political system must come from the Antiguan people. However, there is a pesky little thing that, as a lawyer, I know we must abide by. It's called "due process". I think it's fundamental to the discussion to disclose how the tapes were acquired. Since all of them contain Mr. Michael's voice, then the presumption is that they were all recorded by him. Since it is illogical to believe that he would voluntarily turn these tapes over to you, then the rational conclusion is that the tapes were acquired without his permission. In most legal jurisdictions, that is a crime and you would be an accessory to such crime by acquiring and publishing the tapes. Further, the tapes would have little evidentiary value in court if acquired illegally.

Putting all that aside, though, the contents of the tapes (from the ones I've heard) show rampant corruption by a variety of actors in Antigua over time. Why focus only on Mr. Michael? Aren’t the others (including Mr. Brown) at least equally culpable? Why is Michael a “puppet master” if these folks, of their own volition, choose to be corrupt?
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Courts

#40 Upset » 2014-02-13 11:09

Many have made comments about the court system, but you need to get the facts...if UPP is manipulating the court system, Asot and the lot of ABLP members would be jailed...the court does not work in a day and a half...some cases take years to concluded because there are avenues in law that provide for people accused of a crime to fight it....look at the Hilroy Humphreys matter....that dragged out for years because he fought tooth and nail to evade prosecution-going all the way to the Privy Council...the government has filed many cases against Asot and Bird et al but they have filed injunctions and other motions, which are their right under the law...
There is also a case pending in the court in which the file was "misplaced" in the High Court....it is alleged that someone "ducked" the file in the case
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Who they trying to fool?

#39 Black Uhuru » 2014-02-13 10:52

Mr Shaked you are so right about Asot Michael.When ABLP was in power and Asot was junior minister of finance Gaston,Molwyn and others told Lester get rid of Asot or else.Lester caved in and got rid of Asot.Lester could not control Asot and Gaston a more inexperienced leader certainly can't.All is not well in the ABLP camp they are a time bomb waiting to explode.There have been no public meetings apart from the headquarters launch in over two months.Is Asot withholding funds needed to run these meetings?The big red machine is dead!
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Re: Antiguan Abroad part 2

#38 Ofer Shaked » 2014-02-13 10:45

"apparently, the purchase might not be yielding the desired results." The desired results are justice. I want an investigation. If an official investigation can show how Asot Michael, Lester Bird, and the rest of the gang were justified in the IHI scandal as well as other scandals exposed in the recordings, then I will have nothing to say.

Until then, I am working with the facts and the research I have conducted. You have not disproved anything that I have said. All you have done is speculate and attempted to cast doubt through your own speculation.
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Re: Antiguan Abroad

#37 Ofer Shaked » 2014-02-13 10:44

Dear Antiguan Abroad,

Firstly, this is my personal opinion. It is not news.

Secondly, if you read the above article, I spoke about the way Asot Michael behaved as a member of the former Government. Go back over the IHI articles, there are several examples cited where businessmen explained how Asot Michael extorted them.

Secondly, your speculation over how the tapes were attained is futile and meaningless. The tapes exist, and you have heard them. You are choosing to ignore their content, which is far more relevant to this discussion. I'm sure you'd agree that WikiLeaks and/or Edward Snowden were justified because the content they posted is important. The same applies here.

"no official chooses to act on illegally acquired tapes." So in your mind, despite the fact that there are recordings in which multiple, senior ALP members confess to committing corruption during their tenure in office, it is meaningless. These senior individuals include a former prime minister, his top aide and a former minister, as well as Gaston Browne, a potential future prime minister. Also, you have no evidence that I acquired the tapes illegally. And you won't have any either, because they weren't acquired illegally.
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Useful Idiot

#36 Vicnes » 2014-02-13 10:18

Tenman is a useful idiot for the ALP. The recordings clearly show there is criminality, and after **sing the activities of Asot Michael and Lester Bird, one can only conclude that, they are not fit and proper individuals to hold public office in a democratic set up.

Members of Parliament and all other candidates in the next general election should be required by law to file annual reports disclosing their personal finances.
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RE: Ofer Shaked: Asot Michael the Puppet Master

#35 Antiguan Abroad » 2014-02-13 10:01

While I have appreciated Caribarena as a portal into news (and opinions) in Antigua, I am a bit disturbed by Mr. Shaked's personal agenda. I guess he has that right as the publisher to make policy decisions as to what is "news" in his publication, but his naked attempt to bring down one man is a bit off-putting. I don't know Mr. Michael personally, but the fact of the matter is that he was once a government minister long before Caribarena came on the Antiguan scene. Did Antigua revert to a "dictatorship" and "slave plantation" at that time?

As for these recorded tapes, it should be clear to any rational observer that the tapes were acquired through larceny (or theft). How would Mr. Shaked have otherwise gotten hold of them? I seem to recall that in the early days of the UPP administration, Mr. Michael's home was raided by the police and several of his personal belongings taken. Now years later, tapes miraculously appear. The recordings seem to incriminate others more than Mr. Michael, yet Mr. Shaked focuses almost exclusively on him. Even though Mr. Shaked feels threatened by this man, I think it is presumptuous to castigate the entire Antiguan legal and law enforcement community because no official chooses to act on illegally acquired tapes. By the way, I'd look into the relationships between Caribarena and any former senior police officers. Those stolen tapes were obviously paid for - apparently, the purchase might not be yielding the desired results.
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RE: Ofer Shaked: Asot Michael the Puppet Master

#34 GiveMeABreak » 2014-02-13 09:48

I believe and fully understand what Ofer Shaked is saying and agree with him 110%. However, there is corruption and plain disinterest with no foresight in our present Government, no accountability and plenty of manipulation by the higher ups of our so called justice system and police. What the Antigua people are allowed to know of the goings on is just the tip of the iceberg. On the other hand if we allow Mr Brown to take the reigns of this country you can rest assured that Asot will be very involved in our country's affairs, yes and we shall be jumping from the frying pan into the fire. It just amazes me that so called intelligent individuals are still finding excuses for this one or that one. It's obvious that most do not understand what kind of a person Asot is and are putting their blind faith on Brown. Why has Brown not disassociated himself from Asot? That is the key question. Until we Antiguans rise up and demand proper Government not much will change, but the majority of people in this country don't see anything wrong with the way things are or where we're heading. Either that or they're just incapable of seeing it. :sad:
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@ Leghorn

#33 You come on » 2014-02-13 09:47

No one has been more critical of the UPP Administration than I have. Over 50 articles on the Wadadli Power Plant Investigation, the fencing scandal, and other issues were published on a daily basis on Caribarena over the last 4-5 years.

The only reason you know about the WPP is because of the hours and weeks of work I put in investigating it.

Read more: http://www.Caribarena.com/antigua/opinions/opinion-pieces/106015-ofer-shaked-asot-michael-the-puppet-master.html#addcomments#ixzz2tD32gXmJ
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RE: Ofer Shaked: Asot Michael the Puppet Master

#32 ANTIGUAN WOMAN! » 2014-02-13 09:45

Right now,no one cares what the heck you,re fighting.We are fighting to get the UPP out of office,they are the criminals right now,killing poor people left/right/center. We dont care what you write( at least the majority) we will vote the UPP out of office.Your campaign will be futile.The UPP must go and will go.
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re: leghorn part 2

#31 Ofer Shaked » 2014-02-13 09:38

Furthermore, your suggestion that I should stop "fighting" the ALP is outrageous. Here I am exposing corruption and you are telling me that I shouldn't expose the corruption of the ALP because they won some public polls?!

You are the very reason corruption never gets to court in Antigua. If I have material about any politician that is of public interest and from a credible source, you can bet it will be on Caribarena.
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re: leghorn part 1

#30 Ofer Shaked » 2014-02-13 09:38

Dear Leghorn,


thank you for your comment.
Firstly, I have a right to publish my opinion. Note this article is an opinion piece, not a news article. My objective in my opinion article is to present my opinion. If you have an issue with this, don't read my opinion articles.

With regards to personal attacks, I think you are being ridiculous. I want to see you endure the attacks that I have endured, feel the fear for your children's safety like I have, and then we will see who launches personal attacks and who doesn't. All I did was publish evidence of corruption, have I been treated fairly as a professional journalist?

Furthermore, I am offended that you think I have ignored the present regime. Over the last 5 years, I have unleashed a huge number of articles, greater than all of the IHI articles combined, in terms of volume and length of releases. The WPP Scandals, Fencing Scandals, the Cell Tower reports, you cannot ignore this overwhelming body of work.

To suggest that I am only fighting against the ALP is ludicrous.
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C'mon Ofer

#29 Leghorn » 2014-02-13 09:23

My point is sir, it would serve you and your paper well, to be more balanced and stop trying fight down one political party, namely ALP and it's history, and put some focus on he present regime too. Take a note of this; with all your voice clippings the people in Antigua are rejecting the UPP. in the last 7 polls which were held, they have lost all. To me that is very telling. The people are saying that despite what the ALP did or might have done, they pale in comparison to the destruction of the UPP.
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C'mon Ofer

#28 Leghorn » 2014-02-13 09:21

Ofer if your intention is to project yourself as a responsible journalist, I think you are failing. Your objective should be to bring the information to the public, but not to go out on a limb after, and suggest what people should or should not do with the information you provide, and even branch further out with personal attacks. Yes, ALP has done some wrong in the past, but what about the current wrongdoings by the UPP? The UPP has formed the government for the past 10 years and have leveled a barrage of ignorance and wickedness on the people of this country, why aren't these current issues as important to you as what was done prior to 2004, under the ALP Government. The ALP got voted out of office in 2004 and perhaps deservedly so at the time, and the UPP got voted in because they made so many pretty promises which we all have now recognized as deception just to gain the trust of the people. They have since reneged on many of those promises and has sunken Antigua in the worse state it has ever been in since post colonial days with respect to unemployment, national debt, theft.......
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RE: Ofer Shaked: Asot Michael the Puppet Master

#27 really » 2014-02-13 08:57

the story hits the nail on the head. to borrow a line from George Lucas, Gaston and Asot are "The Revenge of the Sith", not "A New Hope" and certainly not "The Return of the Jedi".
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Leaps and Bounds

#26 sophisticated slaver » 2014-02-13 08:52

@ Mr Ofer Shaked, you have gone above and beyond, way pass this galaxy, by taking a chance to bring to light the kind of corruptions that was hidden for so long. Politics and politicians will always be corrupt( sungo na better than lungoo), it's a requirement, but ABLP want to give the impression they ran on a clean slate. I say, KUDOS to you, you have done your part, continue to be the journalist you are..one that takes passion to their work (and not be bias when reporting news). It's time to just sit back...na say nutten, and just watch whatever empire that have to fall, fall. (it's the way the universe works) .

In my mind, Asot, sad to say, is gonna be the first to fall and he definitely won't allow himself to fall alone.

Na watch na face Ofer.... They have seen the writing on the wall. Trust me
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...where is WPP...

#25 Jumbee Picknee » 2014-02-13 08:46

In fairness to this site, the UPP has taken a beating as well, WPP to fencing, to dirty dancing at Romantic Rythmns etc. If, what is said about ALBP and its Members, is amateurish Journalism, then so too is the accusations against UPP. A mental and now, a physical cesspool has taken a hold on parts of Our Nation. Journalist of an Independent nature, needs to step forward, and do proper collaborative stories.
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@ Ofer Shaked

#24 Wow!! » 2014-02-13 08:46

Thank you very much for saying a lot of the things a lot of us are thinking! I also appreciate the fact that you can respond word for word.... there are none so blind as those who will not see!!! God help Antigua and Barbuda!!
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RE: Ofer Shaked: Asot Michael the Puppet Master

#23 Hmmm » 2014-02-13 08:46

Mr. Caribarena, there are 9000 public servants and if thousands of them are not doing their job and are in the pockets of Asot Michael then you are imputing that the Antigua Public Sector is rotten to the core. Notwithstanding you know that the buck stops with the leadership of the UPP and if they cant get public servants serve under their leadership then should demit office.
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Asot is no good

#22 Rasta Woman » 2014-02-13 08:40

Papa Bird knew full well why he didn't not want Asot or any non Antiguan in politics. Lester brought the puppet master into his fold because he needed his brain and money to get Papa Bird out of politics. Lester abides is just if not more power hungry than Gaston because based on his own Brothers admission he was willing to commit Murder to achieve it. They all deserve to be boiled in a vat of fat. Gaston Browne the poor ghetto boy is on a quest to become leader at any cost and I'm happy your article showed Asot up for what he has become to A&B. thank you OS & Caribarena it's about time we put an end to Asots reign & Mafiosi tactics
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@...ah ya Eh Dey...II

#21 Jumbee Picknee » 2014-02-13 08:32

Skye excellent points, a few misgivings, here and there, but overall, strong and weak arguments from both sides. What is known, as, you and a vast majority of Us, if not All of us, here and now, know; Our Nation (Redonda, Barbuda & Antigua...R.A.B.) is NOT new to clandestine behavior.
As, far as Tabloids go, the main Publisher states, Publically, that, "even, though they may embellish a story, to heighten readers awareness, concerns etc., the majority of stories published by, said Tabloids, have many truths to them, otherwise, they would, could not have lasted this long, in Our Society, Culture of Litigation and not be paying huge sums of money for libel, slander, character assassination, etc., yes, every once in a while, some moneys are paid. Enough on tabloids.
What, is lacking, in all of this is an impartial Judiciary; take your pick of any of the modern or past systems, bias is always present. Speaking of the present, Ray Neegan (spell Check) has just been convicted in Federal US Courts. Hurricane Katrina, it's a well documented history, as is Ours; the difference here, prosecution, due process took its course, which needs to occur, in Our, Redonda, Barbuda & Antigua System. Don't blame the publisher because information is been published. Blame, the System for its bias.
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re: Friend of Ofer

#20 Ofer Shaked » 2014-02-13 08:24

Dear Sir,

The people of Antigua and Barbuda are not my enemies. Where I take issue is with the people who work for Asot and hold positions in the office of the DPP and other Government positions. I'm sure you will agree that if our Government, and by Government, I mean the thousands of people in Government, not just the leadership, had the best interest of Antigua at heart, the information I am publishing would have already started spinning larger wheels that would have brought Asot Michael, Lester Bird, and other Former ALP politicians back to court.

The people of Antigua and Barbuda must realize that we can't pin all the blame on the 17 men at the very top of the Governmental food chain. There are whole offices and buildings full of Government workers who all have important roles to play, and these persons are also part of the problem.
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Re: Jimmy

#19 Ofer Shaked » 2014-02-13 08:18

Dear Jimmy,

Thank you for your comment.

I have met with Mr. Browne on several occasions personally, and what he told me was hard to hear. He said that he does not concern himself with the past corruption of the ALP, as he is turning a "new page". Furthermore, he told me that he can "control Asot Michael".

Clearly, that is not the case.
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RE: Ofer Shaked: Asot Michael the Puppet Master

#18 Friend of Ofer » 2014-02-13 08:17

Ofer just cool your heels and stop making the people of Antigua your enemy. The ALP is not in power and if AM has committed illegal acts and the UPP has not brought him to justice, then your blame and frustration should be laid at the feet of the UPP. If the DPP as you alleged is bought by AM as well as certain police officers, then its the Government responsibility to remove them. Ten Years in Government would have been more than enough time to put AM away. MP Brown is doing the right thing staying above the fray and I would be very disappointed in him if he responds.
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Re: Seeking Justice

#17 Ofer Shaked » 2014-02-13 08:10

The only reason you know about the WPP is because of the hours and weeks of work I put in investigating it. I exposed as much as there is to expose, and no one has done anything about it.

With regards to Errol Cort, I try, but I cannot investigate everything. I focus on the issues that I feel are most pressing. If you want results, demand them from your government. There is only so much I can do at a time.

By the way, if you have such sensitive information about Errol Cort, please send it to us, and maybe there will be an article on the matter.

Finally, I am offended that you suggest I have no investigated the UPP. Over the last 4 years, no one has exposed more UPP Scandals than I. The only problem is that after I expose, and bring forth the facts, the police and the legal divisions in Antigua can never do anything with the information I release.

But all this was written in the article above, and you would have known this before posting your comment if you had taken the time to actually read the article in full.
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@...ah ya Eh Dey...

#16 Jumbee Picknee » 2014-02-13 08:07

Greetings to All, in the name of His Imperial Majesty, Jah, Emperor Haile Selassie I; Jah RastaFarI, Everling, forIver sure...JAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHH...

Hold tight still...A Sunnet(sonnet)...

A wah mek, dem a R.A.B. (rab) me so?
Lard Gad had his Mercy,
Pan me Cousin Percy, and de wan name,
V.C...
Ah!!! Wah mek dem a R.A.B. (rab) me so?
'Cause, wen, "U kno kno, U jus no Kno,"
Dat, even Bold Face, kno...How,
dem a R.A.B. me so?
Lard Gad, hab U Mercy,.
Pan, me cousin Percy, and de wan name,
Tanny...
A wah mek, dem lie so? Pompey?
dem, shudda min aff to jail,
without bail, Instead, 'tis caviar, and cack & tail,
while, de Economy, a muve lakka...
Snail,
Ask, Gad, fu hab Plenty mercy,
Pan me Cousin Percy, an me Blessed Country, Wadadli,
Copyright 2014
Vere C. Edwards
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Sad!

#15 Jimmy » 2014-02-13 08:07

It's a sad day when a news presenter becomes personalized! I think most (if not all) your "followers" on this web-site want to see justice and fair play!

Have you sought to interview Mr. Browne concerning his relationship - and your concerns/accusations - with Mr. Asot Michael?

Thanks!
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Re: Tenman Part 2

#14 Ofer Shaked » 2014-02-13 08:04

Finally, I have not reported a cyber attack with the Antiguan police. They have no cyber crimes unit, and even if they did, the attacks did not occur in Antigua and Barbuda.

Your arrogance comes in where you believe that I did not make reports elsewhere. Or that my website is only hosted in the US. With regards to the cyber attacks, you have no idea what you are talking about.
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Re: Tenman Part 1

#13 Ofer Shaked » 2014-02-13 08:02

Firstly, the Bill Clinton tapes were regarding his sex life, not theft of public funds. These are two different beasts entirely. Secondly, Bill Clinton apologised for something he had said on the tapes. Thirdly, Flowers released a recording of a phone conversation. Caribarena is releasing hours of recording by several persons in conferences, not phone conversation, held over long periods of time.

With regards to oaths, I know where I got the tapes, and I can vouch for their authenticity in a court of law. The only problem is that your court of law isn't interested.

What hat am I wearing? Do I look to you like someone who needs to wear an ALP or UPP Hat? I've exposed more corruption done by both the UPP and ALP than any media house in Antigua's history. I do not need their hats. Your attempts to PUT a hat on me end up in you missing everything I am trying to say.

With regards to the attack on one of my journalists, several of my former journalists now work for Asot Michael. In my opinion, it shows more about them than it does about me. Do you believe they are objective? Do you believe that an employee of Asot Michael will say that Asot Michael ordered an attack against him?
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UPP or ALP

#12 Interesting » 2014-02-13 08:02

Perhaps Ofer's opinion article objective is been misinterpreted. I feel that he is challenging my Browne to step up and do right for the ABLP. To now show that he is the leader that Antigua needs and he will not be bullied, possiblibly in fear for his life. but alas, like many others before him, he is way too afraid to die for a crazy man. Who roams Antigua like a mini dictator. Fearful of nothing. As ofer said, that is real power. But even Sadam came to an end. Oops, But it was the US that took him out. UPP's time is up, but no choice. Corruption or dictatorship??? Mr Browne, please, do us right. :cry:
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RE: Ofer Shaked: Asot Michael the Puppet Master

#11 Cool Ruler » 2014-02-13 07:59

The likes of tenman and Henderson Bass will be holding their nose and go vote for Asot and Gaston. Not to mention skyewell with his man crush who come on hear daily acting like his man crush is the best thing since slice bread.
I can bet that Asot also have recordings on Brown but what do we expect from a man who used his position in cabinet to acquire national park land cheap so he can speculate and make million's which while not illegal surely is very unticital
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@Shaked

#10 Blogger » 2014-02-13 07:54

Be careful. The puppet master may try to knock CA off-line again.
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RE: Ofer Shaked: Asot Michael the Puppet Master

#9 Seeking Justice? » 2014-02-13 07:37

Mr Shaked, Why don't you do an investigation into the actions of Errol Cort since you are so interested in exposing corruption....or are you only interested in investigating members of the ABLP?

Mr Cort was finance minister and his law firm was receiving thousands of dollars each month as a "retainer" from the very man one of his governmental departments was supposed to be regulating. This was in direct conflict with his position as Finance Minister when you consider the FSRC chaired by Leroy King reported directly to Errol Cort!

How about investigating why Baldwin Spencer despite no investigation into Errol Corts conduct threw his support behind Mr Cort and said "He was beyond reproach". What happened to the UPP promise of transparency and people being held accountable? Let us not forget Errol Cort is now the subject of a US $ 1 million dollar lawsuit for his part in Stanford, and yet Baldwin Spencer failed to see any wrong doing by Mr Cort!

How about investigating the US $47 million WPP that now stands idle, that never went before parliament for approval? So many examples of
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Re: Observer

#8 Ofer Shaked » 2014-02-13 07:35

Dear Observer,

Thank you for your comment. However, your response is somewhat...naive.

I have presented all the evidence that can be requested of a media house and more. Recordings, documents, you name it.

As a response to my actions, Asot Michael has taken violent means against me. Your police, your courts, your "public servants" didn't lift a finger.

If your public servants are so hardworking, where is the DPP? Where are the investigators? Where are the Press releases on this issue? Do you realize there has been no official responses from anyone with regards to the recordings?

The only politician I can recall speaking about them is Eleston Adams calling for an investigation into the death of V.C. Bird, which, considering the number and serious nature of the recordings, is embar**ing.

Your public servants are content to let the situation remain as is. Until such time as you can explain to me why no one has done anything with this material, the truth is clear: everyone is being held at bay by he who stands to loose if action is taken, and that is Asot Michael.
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Tanny Rose warned us of this

#7 tenman » 2014-02-13 07:33

There has been at least one US president who was elected after tapes and his name was Bill Clinton. I refer specifically to the Jennifer Flowers tape which experts opined could not be authenticated. Caribarena well knows it cannot vouch under oath to the veracity of those tapes. It already knows in legal circles those tapes are not usable. I now read the suggestion by Offer, which comes straight from the UPP camp, that Browne has failed in all his businesses. Would CA take the time to provide the proof of this "slander"? A major problem I have with you Offer Shaked is its hard to figure what hat you are wearing. Are you now offering your PR skills to the UPP like you tried to do with the ABLP? How can someone argue that he can be trusted as a journalist yet state his willingness to do PR for a political party, of which he now claims should not be trusted? I recall the claimed attack allegedly by AM against one of your journalists. I know for a fact that the journalist now works for AM and alleges you fabricated the whole thing. The police also made clear there was no evidence of any attack. They also make clear you have reported no cyber attack (either is the US where you site is hosted or Antigua)

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RE: Ofer Shaked: Asot Michael the Puppet Master

#6 Caribarena Fan » 2014-02-13 07:32

I feel sorry for you sir but this type of outburst is extremely unprofessional. In as much ass you have a fight with Asot why are you fighting the ALP leader and the people ? You have not provided any information that the ALP leader has any friction with you. Mr. Browne as we all know is a very tough guy who is not afraid to fight any issue and I never heard him responded to you or said anything foul about you. So why are you now picking a personal fight with the man ? By the way, if you really knew Gaston Brown, you would not be writing that anyone, much less Asot has him on a string. Just a few weeks ago, I personally heard him putting Asot in his place. You do not know the man.
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Conundrum

#5 Jack Sparrow » 2014-02-13 07:18

Mr. Shaked, thanks for reminding us about this immoral individual. Unfortunately the voting public is in a conundrum as there are only two viable political parties.
I see it this way, with the UPP we went from the frying pan into the fire now we have to decide if we want to go back to the frying pan. Tough choice, but the pan is slightly cooler, I think.
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Re: Skyewill Part 2

#4 Ofer Shaked » 2014-02-13 07:17

Secondly, I have seen your comments, and you are a cast iron supporter of Gaston Browne. You don't even know it, but in reality, you are supporting Asot Michael. You may believe I am just throwing accusations around, but behind closed doors, there is only one true leader of the ABLP. You can choose not to recognize it, but it will not go away.

And when I say that Asot Michael will become a dictator if elected, my meaning is, of course, when his party is in power, as we both know that "Her Majesty's Royal Opposition" has the mouth of a whale shark: it opens very wide, but it has no teeth.

Quote:
I thank you for being a part of the struggle to CHANGE Antigua & Barbuda.
Antigua and Barbuda will not change as long as we keep switching parties. We are only changing different brooms. What we need to change is how we sweep, and what we do with the dirt that is collected. Brooms are all the same.
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RE: Ofer Shaked: Asot Michael the Puppet Master

#3 Observer » 2014-02-13 07:14

I think Mr. Ofer has just shot himself in the foot. He has now explained why he has devoted his news portal to destroying Asot. If we are to take this news portal serious then this type of personal fight with the libel and slander has no place here. I take objection to Mr. Ofer painting our hardworking public servants to say that they are in the pockets of Asot Michael. This is where Mr. Ofer pass his place.
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Re: Skyewill Part 1

#2 Ofer Shaked » 2014-02-13 07:12

Dear Skyewill,

Thank you for your comment. However, you've missed something that I alluded to in the above article.

Antigua has NO court of law. Antigua has NO police force. I was publishing IHI documents and Asot Michael recordings for about 4 months before the threats reached my ears and the break ins at my home. Did the police force do any investigation? Did the ABLP disassociate itself from Asot Michael pending the outcome of a legal proceeding? No one except me lifted a finger.

I put my neck out for Antigua and Barbuda by publishing this information. And Asot Michael came with an axe. It is not my job to pursue due process against corrupt politicians. the "full extent of the law" is not at my disposal, as you tried to put it. For as long as I was in Antigua and Barbuda, the machine was always against me.

Neither I, nor my children, were going to pay the ultimate price for Antigua's democracy. I've published everything I can get my hands on in the way that will most benefit the people of this country, but it is up to you and them to do something with this information. Look at what happened to Chris Christie and Ray Nagin for an example of how a country should monitor its politicians.
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@ Ofer Shaked

#1 Skyewill » 2014-02-13 06:22

Your conclusions are refutable because based on procedural law. You are now looking as if it is personal between you and Mr. Michael as you fling accusation after accusation without due process. I don't believe this is professional journalism and I don't think you care. What are you really after? Your are saying that Asot Michael, if elected, will become a dictator, a slave master. Mr. Michael is an elected official now. I am not defending him but I believe you are using your emotions and I do not believe you will get the required results with this approach. One thing for sure and I speak for myself. Asot Michael can not enslave me no matter how many tools he may have. I still have not seen any solid proof of who maybe trying to sabotage your operation and I certainly hope you find them with the full extent of the law at your disposal. I am deeply concerned about your home being broken into and worse, your children being threatened this actually make me very upset. I thank you for being a part of the struggle to CHANGE Antigua & Barbuda. It is the current administration who claim they have all this evidence and still show nothing even after a ton of money spent. You should have put a bullet in the intruder. One of the reason I like CA is because it allow for free speech, do not become a tabloid.
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