Caribbean Political Economy

Forward Ever–Killing the Grenadian Revolution: A Review

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I watched Bruce Paddington’s film last night. It is an excellent film; as far as it goes. After thinking about it all night, I wonder if it goes far enough.


Since this review appeared I have been engaged In several email conversations with people who have their own personal Grenada story to tell. Those who saw Paddington’s film all agree with me that there is much more that needs to be uncovered about the events leading up to October 19, 1983 as well as the events on that fateful day itself. Most of those who have not yet seen the film are looking forward to seeing it. Much additional imformation has been provided. Were I to write my review today, it might be more nuanced; but the conclusions would likely be the same. The full story has yet to be told. Until then, there will be real reckoning, no full accounting, no real lessons learned, and no true resolution.
October 13, 2013

Grenada: Nadia Bishop’s Appeal for Forgiveness and Reconciliation




On January 1,,  2008, Nadia Bishop, daughter of slain Prime Minister Maurice Bishop of the Grenada People’s Revolutionary Government, broadcast this,  appeal for forgiveness,  and reconciliation to,  the people of Grenada.

In it, Ms. Bishop,  tells of an emotional meeting the previous day with Bernard Coard and others imprisoned for the murder of her father and thirteen of his colleagues, and,  of the,  “joy” she,  felt at having,   “mutally freed each other from the bond of,  negativity that has existed between us these past 24 years”.

Ms. Bishop also apologises to, and asks the forgiveness of, those harmed by the People’s Revolutionary Government headed by her father.

We believe that Ms. Bishop’s statement is of great relevance, wisdom and humanity in,  view of the debate over the tragic events in Grenada in October 1983 re-ignited by the recent release of Bernard Coard and the remainder of those,  convicted for the Bishop murders.

Fellow Grenadians, Happy New Year. Most of you know me. My name is Nadia Bishop. I am the daughter of Angela Bishop, and Maurice Bishop, the late Prime Minister of Grenada. I am here today on this first day of a new year to invite you to join me in forgiveness and reconciliation. I invite you to join me in creating a new beginning, as we start this New Year. ..

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Fidel on Grenada

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Extract from the speech of Fidel Castro, then president of Cuba, at the funeral service for Cubans killed in the U.S. invasion of Grenada, held in Revolution Square, Havana on 14 November 1983. Thanks to Felipe Stuart C,   ( for this information.

“On 12 October, Bishop was removed from office by the Central Committee, on which the conspirators had gained a majority. On 13 October, he was arrested in his home. On 19 October, the people rose up and freed Bishop…

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Statement on Grenada, Robert ‘Bobby’ Clarke


An open response to (1) Statements made by Bernard Coard on release from Prison in Grenada in September 2009 (2) Resonances of Revolution by Rupert Roopnaraine,,   and (3) Statements by the Cuban Government.

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