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Barbados Independence Church Service, New York

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Barbados Independence Church Service, Brooklyn,  New York

                                                              by Michael Headley As temperatures hovered in the fifties, on December 01, 2013, many Barbadians made their trek to St Paul’s Episcopal Church, located at 157 St. Paul’s Place, Brooklyn, New York   11226.  The church is only a stone’s throw away from the popular Bobby’s department store but Bajans bypassed it, today, because they were focused on going to the Service of Thanksgiving, to celebrate Barbados' 47th year of independence.   And they were dressed in their finery, and national colours for the occasion.    The program was held under the patronage of the Barbados’ Consul General, the Honourable Lennox O. Price.  The melodic, musical rendition of Beautiful Barbados , by Smokey & friends, got us into  a patriotic mood.  And as we reminisced, some were even r…

Climate Change and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Saint Lucia

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Climate Change and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Saint Lucia


by  Pachamama


The recent devastating and unusual weather in the Eastern Caribbean represents the latest manifestations of the effects of human induced climatic disruptions that will only get worse. It should be fairly clear by now that these new normal weather events, in scale and scope, are equal opportunity harbingers of dangers which will leave few on earth unharmed.


We have had extreme weather events from places like New York, the Philippines, Iran, England, China, Russia, Turkey and most world countries. Whether earthquakes, unusual flooding, hurricanes, tropical storms, hail storms, snow storms, tornadoes, cyclones, or droughts, Pachamama seems determined to correct a human imposed environmental imbalance, like she has done several time before. We must avoid this great ‘shaking off’. For her actions are most likely to be felt by…

Lost Barbados (Poem)

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Lost Barbados

I am looking for my country, O where can my country be? Where do you have it hidden? And why am I now forbidden?
I looked up hill and down vale, Barbados appears a distant tale, All I can do now is reminisce, About the country I greatly miss.
“Help me, help me,” is my cry, “Find my country, I often sigh.” Give me back my country, fair Let me express to her my care.
Was last seen in a moral stance, But now lost in a maze or trance, This is more than mere diatribe, So now my country I’ll describe.
Under two hundred square miles, Coast to coast of friendly smiles, Listen well as I make the contrast Barbados present, Barbados past.
The following description is key, What once was is not what you see, Once a country close to the church, Now a people terribly besmirched.
Once noted for pride and industry, Now borders on the dull and lazy, Almighty dollar, not so almighty, Now facing an uncertain econom…

Outlook (Poem)

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The Poet's Corner
Outlook
It is dark in here Outlook next year My greatest fear Is how will I fair
Post-script, prescript I write, you write However, tell me Where is the light?
My side, your side I guide, you guide Who is to say? Who knows the way?
Wondering, wandering Pondering, pandering Guessing and stressing Struggling and failing
Three thousand and counting Huge debt and mounting Whose claim to fame? Who is to blame?
Not me, it is you Remember you did it too Voted out, voted in Same thing, same sin
Arguing and blustering Debating and fussing Bickering and battering I hurting and lacking
Economizing, accounting Politicking and doubting Fooled me, fooled you I seeing red, you blue
Promised better tomorrow Free from pain and sorrow Narrowly won the election Now whole scale abjection


Downturn and recession Giveaways and concessions Leadership and obsession Politicians and possessions
Global ec…

Bunji Garlin Video

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Bunji Garlin is one of Mahogany Coconut's Caribbean Citizens of Note 2013..... Enjoy !



Natural Remedy for Impotence

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HEALING HERBS - Natural remedy for impotence BY ANNETTE MAYNARD WATSON | MON, JUNE 14, 2010  BLESSINGS! I am joyful. "In my Father's house there are many mansions. I go to prepare a place for you" appeals to us because collectively we know we have to revert to nature and her remedies. The "place" has already been prepared to assist with impotence. Would our Creator create males to add unique vibrant sparks to life and leave them to battle with impotence alone? Oh no! Through this article I can also assist you. Additionally, because men are "holy gems" in the cosmic creation our Barbadian "silent doctors" once used correctly will absolutely heal. As I provide these recipes to assist with impotence, I want men to always revere their prized sexual organ. It is royal and deserves to be healed because it is a precious divine gift from our Creator. Ther…

Caribbean Citizens of Note 2013

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Caribbean Citizens of Note 2013


The Mahogany Coconut Think Tank and Watchdog Group is proud to announce its Caribbean Nation  Citizens of Note 2013. They are as follows:

Sports:West Indies Batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul for equaling Sir Don Bradman’s total of 29 test centuries. In the midst of all our cricketing trials and tribulations, Chanderpaul continues to be an inspiration; an oasis in the current West Indies cricket desert.

Blogger/Blogs:   Afra Raymond.com- A Thinking Man’s Blog. One of the few blogs that attempts to expose state and corporate corruption.  AfraRaymond.com goes behind the scenes and produces superb work as was evident during the CLICO affair. Educational informative and fearless.

Politics :Prime Minister of St. Lucia Dr .Kennedy Anthony , who demonstrated great courage by telling his colleagues via students of the University of the West Indies, that our region was on a very ce…

Hark ! The Herald Sparrow Sings

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Hark! The Herald Sparrow Sings By Sunity Maharaj Story Created: Dec 21, 2013 at 7:58 PM ECT Story Updated: Dec 21, 2013 at 7:58 PM ECT   Now that the prime minister has done her bit to boost the economy of China or whichever country her toys are imported from, distributed enough plastic to keep her memory alive in landfills for centuries to come, reinforced gender stereotypes through gift-giving to yet another generation, racked up new debts to political financiers and made her contribution to obesity by incentivising the purchase of flour, oil and rice, we can now turn to the real glad tidings of the season. The fighting voice of the Sparrow came as we were summoning our collective might to push Bunji Garlin’s “Differentology” through the leaden door to international recognition of our music.   On the phone to the Guardian’s Peter Ray Blood last Tuesday was the universally-acclaimed Calyps…

Three Days Before Christmas: A short story

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                                                                     Three days before Christmas , A short story by William Skinner I must have been around nine or ten years old, although childhood friends believe it could have been even much younger. I recall that Christmas in the island was about deadlines. Talk about productivity and creativity all blended into one production that you could never forget. Believe me, when people say they miss the ole time Christmases it is really another way of saying they miss hard work! The entire village went into Santa Claus mode. The Christmas music was in full blast coming from a box they called redifusion; school boys called it Redeyefergusson. Never quite got that but I called it so too. As soon as school break for Christmas, we knew the hard work was coming. First, growing up in post independence Barbados was no joke, we were more British than …

Barbados In Deep Financial Crisis

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                                                                 Barbados In Deep Financial Crisis
by William Skinner  I am fully aware that the decision to get rid of over 3000 civil servants will be met with great applause by those citizens who for decades have believed that our civil servants are not up to scratch with their service to the public. It is a position that I do not share personally. I am also aware that those calling for privatization will now feel they were justified. In my humble opinion, that is nothing more than bunkum because our economy is already heavily privatized and we are still in the debt trap. Many crocodile tears will be shed by the same frauds , who shed tears over the imposition of tuition fees on the poor, mainly black students at Cave Hill, University of the West Indies. These are the same political charlatans who would abolish free bus fares for school children, who were missing…

Caribbean Year Closes

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We  extend greetings to all those who contribute and are keeping democracy alive throughout the Caribbean. The MCG is not, as we have said on many occasions, interested in “I told you so…” pontifications.
However, we are extremely proud that we have been in the forefront of several issues : violence against women, children and the elderly; exposing the incestuous and visionless political parties in the region; finally getting others to recognize that there can be no sustainable development without a reformed approach to education; defending the right to freedom of expression;exposing the complicit role that major corporations such as Neal and Massey ,and other mega corporate groups have played, in wrecking regional economies and we have continued to maintain  that the Caribbean is one Nation .      Another year comes to a close, with the same players offering the same solutions, and expecting different   …

Fire the WICBC Pimps !

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                                                               Fire the Pimps on the WICB(C)
by Pachamama
We recall well, between sleep and wake, nightmares of the slaughter of our teams, by the great Australians of the 60’s and 70’s. But this New Zealand team of 2013 is the opposite of the Australians, and yet, the expectation of capitulation remains our constant companion, in this battlefield of dreams, especially at this time of the year. 

Last night the West Indies Cricket Team succumbed for the umpteenth time, over the last two decades, to a less than viable opposition. This cultural rot will only stop when we properly locate its causation firmly in the laps of the administration of the West Indies Cricket Board (of Control) (WICB) and take concerted actions to excise the underlying cancer of this prolonged and institutionalized failure. 

Since the coup that ended the ‘Age of Dominance’ the cricket establishment in the Caribbean has not produced one s…

Nelson Mandela : A Giant of a Human Being

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"During my life time I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die."
Nelson Mandela 1964: speech he gave during his trial.
The Mahogany Coconut Group extends its deepest sympathies to the family of Nelson Mandela and join with all freedom loving people throughout Africa and the entire world in recognizing his unsurpassed contribution to the betterment of humanity.

BLOOD ON ALL OUR HANDS

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BLOOD ON ALL OUR HANDS
The Mahogany Coconut Group is saddened by the violence that continues against our women and children. We have been in the forefront, of calling for archaic laws and the inability of law enforcement agencies to act, as the main culprits, in combating the chilling reality of these atrocities.  While we will not intentionally pour cold water on any effort to rid the Caribbean nation of the scourge of these horrific crimes , we sadly note that the ever present talk shops and grand standing by the collective political managerial class in the region , are bent on taking this issue into the realm of useless posturing.  The first order of business is a rapid response by law enforcement agencies to remove the perpetrators from the residence where such women and children exist, at the very first hint of violence and abuse. There must be a strong zero tolerance policy. This co…

Violence Against Women and Children

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Our sister’s keeper


Last week we marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Here in Trinidad and Tobago, it was also a week in which a 26-year-old pregnant woman died of a heart attack; a cocaine addict with a three-week-old baby appeared in court; a battered 18-year-old woman was featured on our front page; and a Tobago secondary school pupil who, having been gang-raped at a football match in October, was publicly embarrassed by a school official. As if these were not tragic enough, the week ended with the horrific discovery of the body of missing six-year-old Keyana Cumberbatch who had been raped and murdered before being stashed in a barrel of clothes at her home. All these incidents, in different ways, highlight the ongoing challenges faced by women and girls in this country. Worrying levels of maternal mortality, single motherhood, domestic abuse, rape a…