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Critical Interventions in Caribbean Politics and Theory$
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Brian Meeks

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781628461213

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2015

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781628461213.001.0001

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Grenada, Once Again

Grenada, Once Again

Revisiting the 1983 Crisis and Collapse of the Grenada Revolution (2012)

(p.107) 9. Grenada, Once Again
Critical Interventions in Caribbean Politics and Theory

Brian Meeks

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter recounts the tragic murder of Prime Minister Maurice Bishop and his associates, as well as the subsequent invasion of Grenada. It claims that there is significant evidence of a comfortable mutual sharing of leadership between Deputy Prime Minister Bernard Coard and Bishop, contrary to the portrayal of Coard as resentful of his deputy leader status. It also states that Selwyn Strachan, minister of mobilization, was promoting Bishop's cause in 1983, further dismissing the notion of conspiracy regarding the latter's death. The chapter disputes three statements made by Barbadian lawyer Robert Clarke: (1) Bernard Coard was made deputy prime minister through his wife Phyllis's radio announcement; (2) the Organisation for Revolutionary Education and Liberation (OREL) conspiracy proposition; and (3) the ideological disparity between Bishop and Coard.

Keywords:   Grenada Revolution, Maurice Bishop, Bernard Coard, Selwyn Strachan, Organisation for Revolutionary Education and Liberation

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