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You Wang Fu Say Dat

You Wang Fu Say DatI wonder how many of us in Antigua & Barbuda thought that Chinese First Secretary and Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy Madam Zhaofeng Wang’s statement on the lone wolf protesters was out of order.

Speaking to Observer Radio, Wang said: "We do not think the protest is in any connection with the power plant at all. It is just anti-China … and it is really outside of the political (situation) of Antigua & Barbuda … They are interfering in the internal affairs of China. We strongly oppose that.”

She went on to state:



“We know this is only a small number of people protesting outside the embassy, and some of them are taking the position, seemingly, they are protecting the rights in connection with the Wadadli Power plant.

“But what they are asking for is not really in the interest of Antigua & Barbuda, because they are shouting anti-China words, because they are opposing the relationship between China and Antigua & Barbuda. We do not believe this is the position of the majority of Antiguans & Barbudans."

I called on Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer to denounce the official’s statement, but never really expect the PM to do such a thing because of the relationship between these two nations.

Remember in the past Spencer called protesters unpatriotic, suggesting that anyone who questioned the China/Antigua & Barbuda relationship did not love this country.

The prime minister is clearly out of touch with the reality of the concerns by many people in this country who question China’s influence, not just in this country, but the Caribbean and the rest of the world.

For those of us who remember the Tiananmen Square executions any relationship with any nation that embraces the suppression of its own citizens is of grave concerns.

The relationship between China and Antigua & Barbuda is a 30-year deal which has been embraced by the two main political parties, the Antigua Labour Party (ALP) and the United Progressive Party (ALP).

In researching for this piece, I came upon an article in Forbes by Dr Doug Guthrie, dean, professor of International Business and Professor of Management at the George Washington University School of Business.

Guthrie is an expert in the fields of economic reform in China, leadership and corporate governance, and corporate social responsibility.

In his article, entitled "The United States, China and Human Rights," Guthrie states:

“All of us have read in horror of the recent wave of self-immolations by young people in Tibet as they protest the heavy hand of Chinese rule there.

“These acts of conscience and desperation implore Western leaders to intervene and halt China’s brutal efforts to erase its opposition by systemically eliminating Tibetan culture and language."



Whether it is self-immolations in Tibet or suicides at Foxconn, these events are daily reminders that China, for all its words to the contrary, is still reluctant to take on the mantle of global leadership.

“While it demands a greater role internationally in economic and security deliberations, its current policies often reflect those of a developing nation, more concerned with imposing its top-down worldview than respecting the individual rights of its citizens," Guthrie said. “Most developed nations have blood on their hands; they have histories that are replete with atrocities of one kind or another against their own citizens or those of other states.

“Yet as these nations sought a role on the international stage, they were forced to adopt policies that allowed for dissent and the respect of civil liberties.

“This is where China finds itself today. It must decide whether it will continue to cleave to the narrow policies of a developing nation, too weak and fearful to claim the higher ideals of human rights, or will it evolve to be a global leader that respects civil liberties and disavows the thuggish tactics of a less advanced nation.”

While I respect the government’s rights to associate and forge relationships with nations it deems fit, as a citizen of this fair state, I have rights that should be respected by all foreign entities, no matter its relationship to government.

As a matter of fact, any relationship with all other nations should be based on those nations’ respect of the rule of law that governs Antiguans & Barbudans.

We deserve to be respected by those officials, both local and foreign.

That the ambassador of China believes she has the right to denounce Antiguans & Barbudans right to peacefully protest is extremely troubling.

In addition, that the prime minister also sees fit to label these protesters unpatriotic is even more problematic.

Also, the prime minister appears unwilling or unable to denounce the Chinese ambassador, who believes that she knows what’s better for us than we do, speaks volumes.

Incredibly, Wang, while denouncing the protesters' right to display Tibet and Taiwan flags, sees no problem in becoming embroiled in local affairs.

She is satisfied that all questions were answered on the Chinese Power Plant during the "blood" conference.

So, is Spencer’s relationship with China clouding or influencing his judgment so much that he is willing to take on China’s policies of suppressing his own people?

That’s the real problem.

Since coming into office in 2004, Spencer has been accused of acting like a dictator.



True or false, to adopt any type of China policies as it relates to human rights or rights of Antiguans & Barbudans should never be tolerated in this democracy.

Spencer has a commitment to China, and that should be respected.

That said though, the prime minister’s primary responsibility has to be the rights of Antiguans & Barbudans, as protected by the constitution of Antigua & Barbuda, and not the constitution of China.    

Governments may be free to forge relationships with foreign entities, but these alliances should not be entered into to the detriment of its citizens.

That, I conclude, was the wrong thing for Wang to say.

What do you say?

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RE: You Wang Fu Say Dat

#49 Now What » 2012-04-24 12:07

Barbados 60MW for US 100 million
Jamaica 66MW for US 127 million
Haiti 30MW for US 57 million
St. Vincent 17.2 MW for US 37 million
St. Lucia 12.5 US 26 million

What say you Magic and others?
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power plant cost

#48 down to earth » 2012-04-24 09:29

I urge you, to go to the MAN website and scroll back to 2008, and check some of the plants they have commissioned in that year. Looks like building a power plant in the Caribbean is twice as expensive :lol:
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please stop the misinformation

#47 power plant cost » 2012-04-24 06:00

Here are some links to Power plant cost. Those people who keep saying that power plant cost a million US per meg are out of touch with reality.

http://www.vinlec.com/Article.aspx?ArticleID=321&zone=50

http://searchlight.vc/us-millions-lowmans-bay-power-plant-p7760.htm

http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20101219/business/business5.html

http://fossilfuel.energy-business-review.com/news/conduit-capital-to-construct-66mw-power-plant-in-jamaica-201210

http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/95351_London-based-firm-to-design-new-Barbados-power-plant

http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20110119/business/business71.html
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RE: You Wang Fu Say Dat

#46 SlyThatGuy » 2012-04-24 00:52

The lone wolf deserves a lot of credit for having the courage to protest about the condition of the Wadadli Power Plant and against the way arrangements were made. The only problem,however,is he's taking his complaints to the wrong office. The Chinese are not at fault here.They did all they had to do to deliver us the power plant,but it was up to our prime minister to accept or reject. We know he accepted it in the poor condition it's in and that's why he,not the Chinese, gets the blame if we find fault with it.So a better way for the lone wolf to go about what he is doing if he expect someone to do something to improve the situation is to protest in font of the prime minister's office and stop bothering the Chinese-unless he's being egged on by the ALP.
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@ Wadadlineko

#45 Family Guy » 2012-04-23 23:06

Poor you! Being young is no excuse for ignorance! It seems you wasted your vote in 2009! Tek the cheese out you mouth and tell PM BS as it is..."CALL THE INQUIRY NOW!"

If picketing the Chinese to answer about money we contracted to give them for "new" plants without any bobol in it is being unpatriotic, then Baldwin's Deputy is unpatriotic too!

Why Baldwin don't fire him? Maybe he fraid it will force the Deputy to tell all? In the mean time you need to call who you vote for and demand answers!
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read the sign

#44 annoyed » 2012-04-23 20:52

Quote:
We do not think the protest is in any connection with the power plant at all. It is just anti-China … and it is really outside of the political (situation) of Antigua & Barbuda … They are interfering in the internal affairs of China. We strongly oppose that.
I suggest the Madam take a look at the photo, and concentrate on the sign, that says:
No more money/loans for any project from people republic of China unless the wadadli power plant deal are made public.

Ambassador Shoul can translate it for her, that way he might get it as well. :-x
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@wadadlineko

#43 down to earth » 2012-04-23 20:50

Wadadlineko, you don't really care about the WPP issue, and that is probably a good thing.
you say.. "The real issue shouldn't be whether the WPP is old or new, but rather whether they paid new generator money for an old one"
Let me enlighten you. In 2008, one year before you voted for the first time, your peeps, together with some APUA officials, ordered a new chinese built 30MW powerplant, which upon completion would have cost 52.5 million US$.
That is 1.75 million US$ per MW.
Industry standard in 2008 for similar plants, including plants from the mother company in Germany, would run about 1million per MW turnkey.
We paid 75% over industry standard!!!!
so lets get back to your statement about old or new and whether we paid new for old...........
At the very best scenario, we paid 75% over new for new chinese substandard quality.
At the worst scenario we paid 75% over new for an old piece of chinese junk.
Every man woman and child in Antigua, including you, pays almost two thousand EC$ for this, so it should be in your interest, that this thing is new and working for the next 30 years..
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RE: You Wang Fu Say Dat

#42 Dig It » 2012-04-23 20:42

Dear Madam Zhaofeng Wang,

Perhaps you have forgotten what country you are in? I am "offended by your remarks and you blatant "disrepect" for the people of A&B! How can you say Quote:
We do not think the protest is in any connection with the power plant at all. It is just anti-China … and it is really outside of the political (situation) of Antigua & Barbuda … They are interfering in the internal affairs of China. We strongly oppose that.

I join with those in announcing that Quote:
The PM needs to denounce the official’s statement.
Well, he called his own people "criminals" and "mercenaries" for peacefully demonstrating their "democracy," so I am sure he and his "Godfather" has no problem with "Dat!"
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RE: You Wang Fu Say Dat

#41 Concern Antiguan » 2012-04-23 19:02

We as a nation should remember what we learned from colonialism. England **d out country for donkey years and left us high and dry. Check your own personal life. Nobody do any thing for nothing. The Chinese are not that gracious to be doing us favours. Something is in it for the Chinese. This is a sad commentary when a chinese could come to our country, and question our citizens right to protest. China still has a communist regime. They crush any dissident. We all know their history. No need to go over it. Now! The person or persons protesting against the Chinese, and displaying the flag of Taiwan is absolutely right in doing so. This action may not be popular amongst Antiguans. However, that does not make it wrong. This is not a question of public opinion. This is a question of Antigua being taken advantage of. These persons or person are truly genuine Antiguans. The politicians in Antigua are afraid to take on the issue of the Chinese ripping us off of our forty seven million dollars. Ten years from now the Chinese are going to take over our country if we do not keep them in check.
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@ Family Guy

#40 Wadadlineko » 2012-04-23 17:15

Cheese in my mouth? It is apparant that the cheese is in yours from the way your talking. lol. 2009 was the first time I ever voted in my entire life seeing I wasn't old enough to vote before and I not voting for nobody again. It was a waisted effort. The issue should not be whether they are old or new but rather if they paid new generator money for an old one. You asking me to tell the Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer all sorts of things. I have never met the man nor have I communicated with him so please wheel and come again with something instead of your childish rant. SMH. I still say the articles sounds racist and who don't like it can lay down side it. :P
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@ wadadlineko

#39 Family Guy » 2012-04-23 16:46

You don't get it yet? Dem sell us ole engines! Tell the Ambassador to get PM BS to call an inquiry if there is nothing to hide! That would stop all this confusion! I thought i was UPP but now i'm not sure? Tell Baldwin ar'we UPP and ALP need an inquiry now to put this thing to rest once and for all! If not we will think there is something PM BS and David trying to hide! What is it that UPP Daniel knows that we don't? Is he unpatriotic for calling for an inquiry?
You may be happy with the cheese in your mouth, but the rest of us have to suck salt!
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Petty Politics

#38 The Godfather » 2012-04-23 16:02

Let's talk, meet me at Five Island bus stop at about 5pm, we will talk real politics. The Godfather does know Five Islands, and all the beautiful ladies at the beauty shop, I know all over Antigua, this morning I was at Fort James, tonight somewhere in the Point. Education is important, so keep petty politics out! Anyway, I have some business to take care of, so this is my last comment!
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@Lady b

#37 wadadlineko » 2012-04-23 15:55

I borrow this brilliant quote from Newton Minow

We've gotten to the point where everybody's got a right and nobody's got a responsibility.

Your saying it is about the right to protest but has anybody been stopped from protesting? Does that mean that the article does not carry a racist undertone to it? Tell me which part that the Ambassador say that the persons don't have the right to picket. I have heard the Ambassador's comment in its entirety on the News. And no where did she say that person's did not have the right the picket. She thought that the use of Taiwanese Flag and the Tibetan Flags was a little low blow under the belt. So seeing that my ability to comprehend pales in comparison to yours please please enlighten me and the "others" as to where we can find the direct quotes where the Ambassador said that "persons do not have the right to" picket in Antigua. Please tell me how, where and when the good Ambassador has dipped into our internal affairs.
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who are racist?

#36 jeb » 2012-04-23 15:53

@wadadlineko When accusing racism, take a hard look at how racist the Chinese are against black people and any other race for that matter. They do not mix, employ or intermarry.They look out for themselves. I am not referring to Chinese decent who have been in the Caribbean for generations. I am referring to the new immigrants infiltrating all over the world. Anyone who thinks that China really gives a crap about A & B or the people in the region is living in “la la land”. They are the economic power in the world now and will use finance to crush all who stand in the way of the goals dictated by mother country. The squandering of monies and corruption by govt. has unfortunately (for Anu) left an open door for China to just continue its’ objectives of control for self gain by dangling “gold fortune cookies” in front of greedy unintelligent politicians and business persons. I think the terminal will be the same bribing crap as is the power plant. I doubt they could care less if it falls apart so long as it achieves the short term goals. Not racist against their colour. I dislike them for what they represent to Antigua’s future…
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re-Godfather

#35 HC » 2012-04-23 15:33

You are the one been Ignorant.do you know 5islands? Are u familiar with the size? We dont have teachers to properly deal with what we already have,but yet we build another,ask yourself where will the teachers come from,and what will be the amount of students attending? Is the cost worth it? I say an EMPHATICAL NO.
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False Analysis

#34 The Godfather » 2012-04-23 15:20

Your question should be directed to Magic, since the contrast was US vs China in Dr. Doug Guthrie article criticising China's for lack of civil liberties and thuggish enforcement. Does thuggish label not belong to the U.S. - invading Grenada, Iraq, assassinating democratic leaders, violating human rights, controlling Haiti's treasury for more than 15 years, blowing up Antgua & Barbuda coral reefs, not paying WTO gambling judgment.

Magic used the article to demonize China, instead of focusing on his argument. The U.S protected all pass dictators and leaders from justice, so they are the human right violators!
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Face Hell's Fury!

#33 The Godfather » 2012-04-23 14:39

Listen, Vere Bird 111, we are the constitution, we the people govern the politicians, regardless to whatever amendments are made, everyone knows what justice is. Don't you? If they swore to uphold the law and it is broken, do you not believe that person should be in jail decades ago! Regardless, of who holds power, they all took an oath, your Uncle Lester, Grandad - Father of the Nation, Daddy --Vere, be fair to the public and tell me how many laws they have broken, unearth their history and tell me? In addition to xxr xxn & xxxt trail of money laundering stacked away offshore.

Likewise, if Wilmouth Daniel, Dr. Cort, Winston Williams are guilty of any political shenanigans all should be doing hard labour at 1735, I am not partial, because if the authorities condemn the little man for hustling, so too, they
should face Hell's fury. Isn't that's what Fair Antigua is all about?
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@wadalineko

#32 Lady B » 2012-04-23 13:57

Let me break it down for u and others who did not get the gist of Magic's article. It's about the ambassador's response to Antiguans and Barduans right to picket in our own country. Tennaman Square was referenced to show China's disregard for human life. Those students were gunned down for standing up for what they believed in and Antigua and Barbudans have the right to demonstrate freely and peacefully without fear of retaliation. He also referenced an article taken from Forbes magazine which had nothing to do with the US. So why was the US mentioned? Reread the article and post comments about the contents of the article.
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Visual Aid

#31 Vere C. Bird III » 2012-04-23 13:25

Maybe this short Video will help some people realise that holding a press conference after the loan agreement was signed does not substitute for the loan being scrutinized and authorized by parliament which is the procedure determined by the Laws of Antigua and Barbuda.

[youtube]http://youtu.be/mnJHZup4k0g[/youtube]
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Plaese!!

#30 ANTIGUAN WOMAN » 2012-04-23 13:01

What is unpatriotic about speaking out against wrong and anything else that affects us. It seem like this is a new found word in Antiguan,s vocab. I think you.ll should take some time to study the true meaning before just throwing it around in every Scenario.
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@Antigua Woman

#29 wadadlineko » 2012-04-23 12:53

Yes the power plant is an important issue however they are other important issues that are just as important if not more to young persons. That doesn't mean that persons aren't concerned about what is happening in and around the country. I always say to people that Antigua is a strange place. Its not real. Because nowhere in the world the things that happen here can happen anywhere. So really and truely it is my humble belief that nothing is going to come of this whole thing. Same way that nothing much came of the so called "fencing issue".

The thing is it was the so called older people who have lead us in to this mess in the first place and it is the younger generation with all their ideas, hopes and aspirations that I am looking towards to leading us out of it. So the future still looks bright. Cause believe me if young people where in charge we would have probably asked for a solar power plant instead of an outdated plant that uses fossil fuels.

Oh I leave lady b with this quote

Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.
Eleanor Roosevelt
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@ladyb

#28 wadadlineko » 2012-04-23 12:38

Instead of criticizing persons and claiming that they lack the ability to comprehend why not contribute something in relation to the article at hand. What does me or anyone else saying that the article seems racist have to do with the ability to comprehend. It is because I am able to comprehend why I am saying the things I am saying. I don't look for handouts or freebs from any party nor do I get my bread **ered fro any party. So when I talk I don't talk with any cheese in my mouth.

Show this article to any body not living in Antigua who has no affiliation to Antigua and ask them what they think. I can assure you they will think the same thing like I said. Persons must realize that everything placed on Caribarena can be and is seen world wide. Its only a matter of time before somebody sue somebody. You can mark my words on that.
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Veer Bird

#27 InteresteD » 2012-04-23 12:38

i hope that when Magic turns his guile on Vere Bird iii he will still sing his praises. Ask Asot how he feels about Caribarena after they printed Astaphan's letter last week? Fake patriotism is as wicked as driving your car into a pole with young girls in it!
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Re: InteresteD

#26 annoyed » 2012-04-23 12:37

We'll do that after they'll sell us a junk power plant like the Chinese just did. :-x
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Cubah

#25 InteresteD » 2012-04-23 12:29

How come non of you bleeding hearts are protesting in front the Cuban Emabssy? Or the American Embassy for there invasion of Iraq and others......
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What Do You Have In Common?

#24 The Godfather » 2012-04-23 12:24

Lady B, since it is clear that your comphrension is better than most, google Christine Smith American Corruption read it carefully and summarize what you have learnt, communicate your views to the public, then we can start reasoning.
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@confused Godfatherand wadadlineko

#23 Lady B » 2012-04-23 12:07

You three have something in common ie the inability to comprehend.
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RE: You Wang Fu Say Dat

#22 Johnny » 2012-04-23 11:53

I think that Headline is borderline racist...I am not Asian but I would be offended... Not much better than the ESPN "Chink in the Armor" Comment
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Wadalineko

#21 ANTIGUAN WOMAN » 2012-04-23 11:50

You may be correct in saying,its not relevant to most young people,FyI,it is not that it is not an important issue,it just shows the level of Intelligence of alot of the young people, if you ask me attitudes and level of conversation says it all,and its not a very pretty picture,nothing to be proud of,it says we,re in trouble for future leaders and role models,that to me is a frightening scenario.
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@confused

#20 wadadlineko » 2012-04-23 11:40

you hit the nail straight on the head. America nah want arwe. They economy sinking. Any country have more corruption than america! Who invaded Grenada? Who invaded numerous countries in the quest of bringing democracy? Who owe arwe money over the Gambling issue and has refused to pay? China is the next up and coming super power and it would be wise not to make enemies with such a giant.
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Magic Boss???

#19 Confused?? » 2012-04-23 11:23

Godfather..i totally agree with you boss......Anyone i say anyone should be able to protest in Antigua and Barbuda...but with that right comes responsibilities.... people can protest what china is doing without talking about some of those internal issues....protest about the generators day and night..but when your going to do things that would rather hurt our country than the good u think ur doing....then your harming me as well. And Magic the Caribbean is at the door step of america...if they wanted to invest in these islands they would have done so long time ago....but the dynamics of the world has changed...if we are not using our relationship with China to benefit us...how going and protesting about China's record of human rights will change that....BTW as the americans how much debt china buys from them and ask hey america you know that chinese are dying producing...the ipods and computers we like so much......think people think!!
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RE: You Wang Fu Say Dat

#18 wadadlineko » 2012-04-23 10:50

Are you just seem xenophic and racist. Are you ah use the power plant as a cover for aryou anti chinese rant. Cause I watched the videos you posted online and I more hearing aryou shout "long live taiwan". The same taiwan that crippling poor Grenada's economy. If aryou get back in government do aryou expect to look to the same China aryou hab so for help or investments in anything? This seems a lot more like cutting off the nose to spite the fact to me. Why not protest by the Prime Ministers office if this issue is so important to you. The average young Antiguan nah even bothering about the Power Plant. FACT. If you don't believe me go and ask 100 young persons (an by that I mean persons 18 - 35) what are their main concerns about the country and I doubt the issue with the power plant will be in their top 3 list.
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@ Vere C. Bird III

#17 Colin » 2012-04-23 09:46

Your comment says it all.
Maybe that's why I "have a problem" with PM Spencer.
Same problem I had with Vere C. Bird Sr. & Lester Bird.
Getting on in age ... tired having this problem.
People really do get the government they deserve.
Einstein was right about his definition of insanity, too ...
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RE: You Wang Fu Say Dat

#16 ANTIGUAN WOMAN » 2012-04-23 09:34

As far as i am concerned it is Spencer& Shoul that should be put to the fire,there are the ones who did whatsoever they felt like and how they felt like doing it. Maybe if Antiguans were truly free of slavery,we would get the answers and respect we deserve,day after day i am realizing that Mental Slavery is rampant in Antigua/barbuda,mayb e the Chinese realize that, so they take the advantage,as the older folks would say,"When you get an ass to ride you should ride it well" .Take for example the promise made to us,that when the Generators were commisioned we can expect to see a decrease in our bills,at the press conference,that was shot down, we see instead increases,and all and sundry sit quietly by like mutes and uncle Toms, we are foolish slave like people,and i say this without fear.
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@ STEVE

#15 Colin » 2012-04-23 09:31

Re your comment on Madame Zhaofeng Wang -

The lady is simply doing her job as spokesperson for the Embassy of the PRC.
Why does everything have to be so personal? You do not even know the woman - how can she possibly disgust you? If you are trying to say that you find the embassy statement offensive: do that.
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Correctiion

#14 The Godfather » 2012-04-23 09:30

Leaders from Chile to DRC
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Reality Check

#13 The Godfather » 2012-04-23 09:18

Magic, your ignorance is bordering on stupidity now, your reflections on Tiananmen square is one example, using America discontent is another. Reference the facts about US assassinating democratic leaders from Chie to DRC, and tried to kill Fidel Castro, though Castro never tried to kill any US Presidents.

Also, refer to the over 400,000 leaked war documents that speaks volume of US atrocities in Iraq, and for fair review of all information try Google. There is always media talk about China's corruption, now Google U.S. corruption or American corruption.

Next time too look into the authorities treatment of Occupy Wall Street Protesters, and let me know about democracy brute force against the innocent.
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@Goodfather

#12 Vere C. Bird III » 2012-04-23 09:06

s47 Finance and Administration Act, 2006 was passed 2 years after ALP lost power when Winston Baldwin Spencer was Prime Minster and swore the Oath of Office to uphold the Constitution and laws of the land.

Schedule 3 Antigua and Barbuda Constitutional Order 1981

Oath (or Affirmation) of Office
1, ,do swear (or solemnly affirm) that I will
honour, uphold and preserve the Constitution of Antigua and
Barbuda and the law
, that I will conscientiously, impartially and
to the best of my ability discharge my duties as
and do right to all manner of people without fear or favour, affection
or ill-will.
So help me God.
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Poopooganda

#11 The Godfather » 2012-04-23 08:32

Additionally, The Godfather agrees with Ambassador Wang it's not about the WPP but anti-China political rhetoric that is the political poopooganda fueling the agenda!
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What is this article about

#10 What the heck! » 2012-04-23 08:31

this article is all over the place. nonsense
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What the heck!

They are interfering in the internal affairs of Antigua

#9 Skyewill » 2012-04-23 08:29

We strongly oppose that!
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Vital to our Nation

#8 The Godfather » 2012-04-23 08:25

Amazing, there is a cover for every sore now, but the stench was obviously unnoticed before 2004, the biggest sore foot of all was ALP governance. Education is essential to everyone, and to be critical of that development, regardless where it's constructed, but particularly in a depressed constituent is unpatriotic!

Why not concentrate on being progressive, rather than remain foolish an ignorant. Education is vital to our nation.
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Shame, Shame, Shame on China

#7 Vere C. Bird III » 2012-04-23 08:21

Correction Magic we were also labelled as Mercenaries and Criminals because we picketed the embassy. More importantly I think the media and the politicians have failed to stress the most important issue of all. With whose authority was the loan agreement signed? Baldwin Spencer and David Shoul authority or with the Parliament of Antigua & Barbuda authority(i.e. We The People)

Section 47 Finance and Administration Act, 2006 states:

“No money shall be raised on the credit of the government except under the authority of an act of parliament or of a resolution of the house.”
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#6 Cool Ruler » 2012-04-23 07:52

There are many pseudo-journalist such as“magic” parading around Antigua, just because they have a medium to spew their daily diatribe against the government. These persons have no training or even the basic understanding of how a journalist should operate. According to him “ the prime minister appears unwilling or unable to denounce the Chinese ambassador, who believes that she knows what’s better for us than we do, speaks volumes” Is magic suggesting that if the PM had a problem with the ladies pronouncements she should issue a public rebuke? People like magic does not even appreciate that there are confrontational and diplomatic way to handle things between friendly governments. If the PM wanted to voice his displeasure would he not utilise the diplomatic circles. One last thing, all you “pseudo-journalist” better let those lone wolves in sheep clothing know, that when it comes to diplomats they have what is known as diplomatic immunity, so I would not block the gate or the driveway while protesting.
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Pity!

#5 Faith » 2012-04-23 07:28

It is clear...Baldwin has lost it...

He's become delusional...He believe that he's now in a position to prevent any kind of question to be asked of him and his stewardship...Thank god he is not able to have tanks in our little army....

This is all the more reason why we need more than ever term limits for Prime Ministers...

I believe that if Caribarena does a Poll to ask about Term Limits for Prime Ministers, an overwhelming majority would support Term Limits...

Madame Wang should ensure that China's good name is preserved by asking the Government to show have the inquiry into the Power Plant...Otherwise China will be seen as upholding what many now perceive to be a major rip-off!
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#4 dave » 2012-04-23 07:26

i must say mr magic,very good work i must say no one can say u r for any party but very much the watcher of this country, making sure everything runs above board.when the alp was in power and i would hear ian and say he was upp,but back then we only knew one party to be in power, and going against the grain would lead people to state u r for the other party.But now i know different when i listened to u magic and a few others.keep up the good work.country first.
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#3 DadliMan » 2012-04-23 06:48

For someone (Dr BS) who claimed his role as Leader of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition was to "oppose the government", he now seems rather thin-skinned when the shoe is on the other foot. Any form of criticism is referred to as an unpatriotic act. This level of self delusion is not limited to the ALP. If there is any criticism from within its own ranks, the unpatriotic scoundrels are labelled as “detractors”.

We just inked a deal to build a new secondary school in Five Islands – Dr BS’s constituency. I guarantee the location of the school is not an accident. Election is coming and Dr BS needs something to brag about – even though Five Islands is the most unsuitable location for a secondary school. We also have another loan for some more millions for which we haven’t made up our minds how we will spend it. When translated into the language of politics, these are masked political campaign contributions.

Just like she is offended by the flags and placards used by the Lone Wolf Picketers, Madam Wang needs to know that many of us in A&B do not appreciate China’s interference in A&B’s internal affairs either.
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#2 STEVE » 2012-04-23 06:35

In my opinion Wang & Baldwin have at least one thing in common. Both of them disgust me.
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#1 W. Day » 2012-04-23 05:50

That said though, the prime minister’s primary responsibility has to be the rights of Antiguans & Barbudans, as protected by the constitution of Antigua & Barbuda, and not the constitution of China.

I challenge Caribarena or any other news outlet or any UPP supporter to show one instance where the PM has put the people of A&B first.

I also challenged the owner of the Observer Group to show the people of A&B all of the information he has in hand on the Wadadli Power Plant fiasco.

Maybe the Lone Wolf group should also picket The Observer News Group?
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