Thomas warns that laundered money coming out of Africa could land Antigua & Barbuda in an international scandal

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REAL NEWS: Alister Thomas is warning that something sinister might be afoot leading up to the next General Elections, and Antigua and Barbuda could be caught up in another international scandal.

Thomas, the United Progressive Party (UPP) Candidate for St. John’s City West, says the matter has to do with a proposed Africa-to-Antigua airline.

As this country’s former Information Commissioner, Thomas says the position afforded him the opportunity to be a life-long member of the International Information Commissioners.

During a 2013 conference in Berlin, Thomas says, the commissioners established a bonded-type of membership and a protocol by which they committed to look out for each other – even after their tenure had ended.

He says he helped found the Caribbean Information Commissioners network, which is still operating, and it is by way of this connection that he received a shocking revelation.

Thomas says his counterparts reminded him of Antigua and Barbuda’s reputation with unscrupulous investors and their shady dealings

His sources are now saying that our shores could be used as a money-laundering transshipment point.

The UPP Candidate says he has been advised to have the Party launch an investigation to ensure that no flights coming here from Africa is moving money for the General Elections.

Speculation is rife that money is urgently needed to fund the Labour Party’s election campaign. Accordingly, the opposition party is being urged to alert the international agencies that can assist in detecting the movement of money.

The UPP is also reminded of the fallout the country could face by being blacklisted, as was the case when Antigua and Barbuda shipped guns to apartheid South Africa decades ago.

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25 COMMENTS

  1. Another buffoon trying to make a statement on topics he knows nothing about. I warn you when you drop out of school. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEVsAknKnFU

    The Difference Between Humans and Animals is that Animals would NEVER ALLOW THE DUMBEST OF THE HERD TO LEAD THEM.
    Let us learn from the Animals.
    ABLP – 17
    UPP – 0

  2. “Could be”. What couldn’t be? This is just fear- mongering. We also need to move beyond negative stereotypes of the African continent. Maybe all of Alister’s fears are coming true from Uncle Sam but here we are fearful about what may come from Africa.

    • I totally agree with you. We need to ask him, where are we presently getting money laundering activity from? How much of it is coming from the US? Are we going to cut flights from the US?

      • JBF and Chups, do you all listen to international news? Do you all listens to economic reports and fraudulent activity coming out of Africa? I think you all need to really start paying attention. Your responses sadden me!!

  3. Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock! “The claim to a national culture in the past does not only rehabilitate that nation and serve as a justification for the hope of a future national culture. In the sphere of psycho-affective equilibrium it is responsible for an important change in the native. Perhaps we haven’t sufficiently demonstrated that colonialism is not satisfied merely with holding a people in its grip and emptying the native’s brain of all form and content. By a kind of perverted logic, it turns to the past of the oppressed people, and distorts, disfigures, and destroys it.” ― Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth!

    This Sad! Mr. Thomas who claims Pan African Bona Fides knows better than to pander to worst instincts! JFII would not have contemplated or believed that Me Gud Fren would have succumbed and dove to the deepest psychological depths of the Deep Blue! “As I begin to recognize that the Negro is the symbol of sin, I catch myself hating the Negro. But then I recognize that I am a Negro. There are two ways out of this conflict. Either I ask others to pay no attention to my skin, or else I want them to be aware of it. I try then to find value for what is bad–since I have unthinkingly conceded that the black man is the colour of evil. In order to terminate this neurotic situation, in which I am compelled to choose an unhealthy, conflictual solution, fed on fantasies, hostile, inhuman in short, I have only one solution: to rise above this absurd drama that others have staged around me, to reject the two terms that are equally unacceptable, and through one human being, to reach out for the universal.
    When the Negro dives–in other words, goes under–something remarkable occurs.” ― Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks!

    This mere voice in the wilderness wishes to disabuse all who hold to the theory that Antigua and Barbuda was blacklisted when Guns designed by a Canadian/US Corporation and ammunition manufactured through the direction of and for the US Army! Allister knows the Historical Referent Point!

    Friends, CountryWoMen, Rastas Your indulgence please: “Between October 1987 and June 1988 in the fiercest conventional battles on African soil since Erwin Rommel was defeated at El Amien in World War II (1942) the troops of the South African Defence Forces (SADF) fought pitched tank and artillery battles with the Angolan army (FAPLA) and her Cuban supporters at Cuito Cuanavale. This small base located in Southeastern Angola became important in the military history of Africa for the South African army, supposedly the best equipped army in Africa, was trapped with its tanks and long range howitzers and were held down more than three hundred miles from their bases in Namibia, a territory which was illegally occupied. // With Cuban reinforcements the Angolans withstood major assaults by the South Africans on January 23, 1988, February 25 and finally on March 23. The South Africans were repulsed with heavy losses and with the Angolan/Cuban forces seizing the initiative the Angolan army for the first time since Operation Protea in 1981 were able to reoccupy the area of Southern Angola adjacent to the Namibian border. So confident were the Angolan/Cuban forces that in the space of less than three months the engineering and construction units were able to build two air strips to consolidate their recapture of the Southern province of Cunene. Trapped by the rainy season, bogged down with their conventional weapons by the African terrain and encirded, the South Africans made one desperate attempt to break the encirdement on June 27, 1988 and was again defeated, with the Angolan pilots demonstrating that they were in control of Angolan airspace. One South African newspaper called the defeat of the South African forces a “crushing humiliation”. Horace Campbell, The Siege of Cuito Cuanavale!

    Not only did that defeat begin the peace process for Angola but it also paved the way for the Independence of Namibia! The US, UK and other European Powers saw the writing on the wall and decided to strengthen the South African Armed Forces by selling it the largest, deadliest and most accurate Howitzer in their arsenals! The gun was designed by the Canadian George Bull (Of Space Research in Barbados and later Antigua and Barbuda)! The ammunitions are only made for and by the US Army! It proved to be too little too late! The Guns and Ammo left the US went to Israel where they were “officially” destined and then found their way through the Port of St. John’s on their way to South Africa! A&B was caught up in the Politics of War between the Europeans just as the Venerable Pompey has so clearly laid out for anyone who will take the time to read and learn from his article Antigua And Barbuda: Between Two Superpowers September 6, 2022! Of all that Mr. Thomas knows!

    It must be pointed out that all of this happened during the Presidency of Regan and Thatcher as PM of he UK! They were both in propping up the Apartheid Regime through “Constructive Engagement!” Why would they Blacklist A&B for doing their Bidding! Lest We Remember: In October 1986, the United States Congress overrode President Reagan’s veto of the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act (the Senate vote was 78 to 21, the House vote was 313 to 83)! Of That Allister knows!

    That the Bird and ABLP Government was caught in the middle of Superpower Machinations is without doubt! That VC and The Bird Boys shamelessly destroyed their standing amongst People of African Descent is without question!

    “To educate the masses politically does not mean, cannot mean, making a political speech. What it means is to try, relentlessly and passionately, to teach the masses that everything depends on them; that if we stagnate it is their responsibility, and that if we go forward it is due to them too, that there is no such thing as a demiurge, that there is no famous man who will take the responsibility for everything, but that the demiurge is the people themselves and the magic hands are finally only the hands of the people.”
    ― Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth

  4. Mr. Warner getting his rent money???
    You still hearing voices Alister inTERllectual Thomas??
    Wenk u nah go bend 2 wire fu de cannaval?

    Where is your SECONDARY SCHOOL CERTIFICATE???

  5. This is a valid concern that is being raised. Major airlines like Emirates, are pulling out of Nigeria because they can’t get their money out of the Nigeria and Gaston is rushing in to start Antigua Airways? With a hole in the wall printery stepping up as the African investor and airline partner, that is just too creative. No airline experience, no track record in international trade. A nursery book looking FB Page with a litany of errors. We all know that this is hog washing and that Gaston Browne always goes to the rubbish heap to find investors. Let’s see how this experiment plays out. It is bound to fail! When is Air Peace coming again?

  6. Antigua Newsroom , I beg and I plead you to urge your readers to do a little research and use some common sense and stop the personal attacks. If only persons with a tertiary degree is allowed to lead our country , we might as well consider ourselves uneducated and dumb.

  7. It is very sad that still today “small-mindedness” still governs a lot of what should be taken very seriously. The Columbia gun running and more recent scandals that now have ANU-BDA, once a well-respected Caribbean nation, at the mercy of being blocked, marginalized and disgraced on the world stage. Failure to realize how the seemingly small corrupt and greedy measures of politicians have compounding and grave consequences for the future. We are a 2×4 nation with literally nothing to offer and the very pitiful seat we have at the world table is being threatened by those who would not stop to heed sound advice!

    Mr. Thomas is right!! It’s only when the fallout comes we realize that, “Wah sweet in goat mout does sour in e bam bam!” A word to the wise is sufficient!

  8. https://www.afdb.org/en/countries-west-africa-nigeria/nigeria-economic-outlook#:~:text=Nigeria's%20economy%20grew%20by%203.6,%25)%20and%20services%20(5.6%25).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=na9xCNZNk10
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDSjciZkmRE
    https://www.premiumtimesng.com/promoted/544787-for-the-13th-consecutive-year-zenith-bank-retains-position-as-number-one-bank-in-nigeria-by-tier-1-capital-in-the-2022-top-1000-world-banks-ranking.html

    You think Alister has read any review about Nigeria’s economy and even if he did, you think he understands that Nigeria is the largest economy in Africa.
    Yes, Nigeria like any other country has many Cornman, Crooks and so one, but anyone that does business with a foreign company has to do their due diligence. You can see how inept the UPP was when they went to do business with a Chinese company and bought a pig in a bag for a Power Plant. Completely swindled like taking candy from a child.
    These UPP guys and girls have no clue how to do things. They are inept in everything they do. And the main part is their lack of higher education and experience.

  9. Alister doesn’t even know have to pronounce the word “Entrepreneurship”. That is how brainless this guy is. Sorry we have learned from the animals not to be led by fools.

    • Your personal attacks on a man without addressing the serious issues raised proves that not only are you obtuse, but you’re barely sentient. Only someone who cogged your way though life to write garbage.

      • means you didn’t read my comment fully. I placed many links to show Nigeria is a big economic block and has much to offer to the entire Caribbean. Just watch African Business on CNN.
        As I said Alister has not even taken the time to read about Nigeria. He just rambles some bias he has from the con men that operates out of Nigeria. The Chinese that con the UPP government are not Nigerians. Yet they managed to swindle an entire government out of over US$50 million. That shows you how inept they were.

        • @ From The Sideline

          Like Gaston and the ABLP being duped by YIDA after the UPP realised that they had no money and turned them away, but ABLP going into bed with them with empty promise of US$200,000,000 per year for 10 years.
          The misrepresentation you guys present of the power plant do not even need no defence, even if assuming that the government was duped out of US$50M, can this be compared with being duped out of US$200M?
          $50M vs $200M, which is better?

          • I cannot help you guys. When someone dupes you, it means he takes monies out of your pocket and lets you pay for something, but you do not get the corresponding value of it. The WPP is purely that case. The government paid over US$50 Million for a plant and the plant didn’t work for more than three months.
            YIDA invested their own money in the project. They bought the land from the Stanford Receivers for US$65 million. And build infrastructure up there, worth millions of dollars. They even build several factories and office buildings. Public Works was successful in getting a $5miillion road contract. Where in that is the government duped. All the government gave was a Free Trade Zone agreement. And it is up to YIDA to make their development work. But as I say and keep saying you guys’ brains are much too small to understand these things.

        • @Sideline
          Gaston Browne is not dealing with the Nigerian government, he is dealing with probably some con men from Nigeria, and we all know the country has many of those. What did Alister say that is wrong? Nigeria is full of corrupt government officials and individuals and a lot of crooks. I will bet you nothing becomes of this Antigua Airways. Have you done any research into these Nigerian individuals? Have you noted that Barbados is courting Ethiopian National Airline?
          Some of the responses by Labour supporters on this medium make Antiguans look shallow. The supporters appear to be attack dogs for the Labour Party.

    • Gaston doesn’t know how to pronounce transformation. Anything with “tr” he pronounces as “ch.” Like chust, chavel and chucking. I know it makes you cringe. But that’s the chute.

  10. To quote an aviation specialist, “In aviation you follow the money which keeps the aircraft in the air, if it is not by bums on seats, look in the belly” – all checks must be made.

  11. When you do something out of desperation, you often misunderstood the true nature of the objectives. I said this in a previous article on here some 3 mouth or so ago, and I’ll say it again. Any business with Nigerians cannot be trusted, and if you do business with them, do it with both eyes wide open, because they will rob you in broad daylight. I don’t know about Africa on a whole, but I’ve done business with these Nigerians. Me saying this has nothing to do with politics by the way. Just saying.

    • And I’m telling you to do business with anyone, you have to do it with both eyes open. Or you will be coned. Just look at how the previous administration was coned by a Chinese company. An entire team of professional engineer went to China, saying they went to check on the plant. And they signed off on it. The word is experience in doing business teaches you what not and what to do. You have third parties that you can hire that will carry the risk for you. They are called surveyors. When WIOC buys oil from Venezuela or Shell a company from NJ with offices in Barbados called Camin Cargo Control SA. would send their surveyors to come and inspect the cargo. unless they don’t give the green light in writing that the shipment is what was ordered Venezuela or Shell doesn’t get a dime. The same way the Baldwin administration had to go about purchasing the plant. And the most stupid thing is this. Even when you build a house you have what is called Retention. Usually, 10%. The contractor only gets these monies after some time has passed. Usually, six months or a year. Because if any faults show up you have the right to fix this with the retention monies, unless the contractor returns to fix them. They had no retention on the WPP, and ALL monies were paid. How stupid can we get. So again, con men/women are all over the world. You just have to be carefull and never trust no anyone.

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