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Barbados Must Deal with Unfinished Business

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                                                         Barbados Must Deal with Unfinished Business



      By William Skinner
We often speak of unfinished business and sometimes this saying takes on very interesting twists. Back in the late sixties and seventies, a progressive group of black Barbadians, spoke about the unfinished business bequeathed to us by our decadent colonial masters. They told us that failure to radically reorganize the society, would eventually lead to the marginalization of the poor black citizens.
Of course, the then political class adroitly led by Errol Barrow, in an attempt to appease the fears of white Barbadians, moved swiftly to destroy the black nationalists movement by going into parliament and passing the dangerous Public Order Act. This vicious piece of legislation brought tremendous comfort to those citizens who opposed the true emancipation of Black Barbadians. Ironically, there were Black Barbadians who also opposed the B…

Caribbean Youth Region's Future

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                                                                            Caribbean Youth  Region's Future


Since we at Mahogany Coconut see the Caribbean as one nation, we are not given to petty insular commentary. We stoutly believe that the pursuit of freedom cannot be attained without mental preparation. Our invalid education system is current evidence, that governmental and developmental bankruptcy, when ignored or left unchecked, produce maladies that are not easily controlled or eradicated. We are often left to quote Bob Marley: “Free you from mental slavery, non but ourselves can free our minds…….” Our reading of current regional trends, informs us that the future of our region, now rests with citizens who are of twenty five years old and younger. We would not for one moment suggest that those over twenty five, should be put out to pasture. Far from! We are merely stating that the world has been reshaped dramatically since the 1970’s and the regi…

World Cup Soccer - The Organized Criminal Religion, That It Is!

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                                             World Cup Soccer - The Organized Criminal Religion, That It Is!
By Pachamama

"Over recent decades the Caribbean has seen its fair share of FIFA maladministration. Our own Jack Warner has been connected to bribery allegations that relate to payments for votes. Some years ago Randy Harris, in Barbados, was censored for daring to approach a national court for redress to an internal football association matter."


As the World Cup of Soccer enters the knock out phase we are closer to a declared winner, on the field. But regardless of the nation state that will hoist the trophy, FIFA will always be the real winner. The Fédération Internationale de Football Association, as founded in 1904, has grown up to be a leading beneficiary of the generalized misguidance of the vast majority of human beings wanting to believe in something. For the structure of FIFA represents God-like powers which are not unlike those of …

Bajan Manners At De Doc's Office

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                                                       Bajan Manners At De Doc's Office


By Michael Headley
On June 02, while sitting in the waiting room  at the Doctor’s office  I had an unforgettable experience.  The room was crowded, but quiet, as some people spoke in hushed tones, on their cell phones, completely ignoring the sign, at the counter, that read ‘Turn off Cell phones’.    If we were all in compliance then we would not be true New Yorkers because some of us tend to conveniently ignore  instructions, especially if we don’t see the necessity for them.  The silence was soon broken by the voice of a lady saying a hearty ‘Good Afternoon’.   The response, in the room, was just as hushed as the phone conversations, and some did not even respond.  At that point, the lady, who was dressed nicely,  sternly asked if the people in there did not speak.  And without hesitation and gusto she declared ‘I am from Barbados and where I come from we speak”.  …

Barbados Education System Infested By Termites

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                                       Barbados Education System Infested By Termites



By William Skinner Once again the annual ritual surrounding the release of the Common Entrance Examination results, has taken center stage. While the Minister of Education rants and raves about the mathematics results, the Principal of the University of the West Indies seems down spirited about the science results at Cave Hill. Any alert observer will see the connection. If the foundation is bad the building would eventually fall. The Minister of Education refuses to see that if the results are deteriorating under his watch, it may be time for him to move on to another ministry. But we have little regard for holding our leaders accountable. Dragging retired teachers from their gardening and other hobbies to teach math will not work because there is no retired teacher in his or her right mind, who will leave healthy flowers and vegetables, to return to the quagmire that now e…

World Cup Soccer 2014

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                                                              World Cup Soccer 2014


By Pachamama


Every time world cup soccer (football) comes around a plurality of the peoples on earth recall the glorious Brazilian teams of 1950's, 60's and early 70's. The Brazilian teams of Edson Arantes do Nascimento (Pele) and his band of magicians. Things are unlikely to be any different this year with the tournament being in what some consider the Holy See for soccer lovers with Pele as its eternal Pope. But this Brazilian team of 2014 is unlikely to repeat the dazzling brilliance of their forebears, even if they won the cup.

To a large extent it was the Brazilians who led the transformation of soccer from a slow physical game to the faster, more technical, tactical, precise, flowing and the easier to watch marketing product it has become. This product is now more diffused and the sources of competition Pele's Brazil had to counter are now more numerou…

Mixed WI Feelings over Maya Angelou Acclaim

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Mixed WI feelings over Maya Angelou acclaim


Thanks to two events happening at the same time, the contribution of Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean to US life and culture enjoyed a brief but timely recall. The May 28 death of literary superstar Maya Angelou occasioned a revisit of her Trinidadian family roots and cultural connections. It was recalled that the maternal grandfather of the illustrious poet, author, sage, university professor, activist and orator had come from T&T. Moreover, Ms Angelou’s career significantly included a 1950s stint as a calypso singer, composer, and dancer in New York. She also starred in the movie, Calypso Heat Wave.  Addressing a memorial service last weekend, former US president Bill Clinton celebrated Ms Angelou’s “action-packed life”. Her range of involvements covered an embrace of T&T/Caribbean heritage and culture within the milieu of US life and times. Such an embrace is of course the focus of a wider movemen…

Time For Ideas and Solutions , Part 1

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                                                           Time For Ideas and Solutions Part 1


By Ruel E. Lowe
What can we do, to solve the problems, in Jamaica and The Caribbean? Let us take some time out to do some very deep thinking and soul searching. As we are well aware dealing with constant negativity is a sure way of destroying one’s health! The problems in Jamaica and the Caribbean are well chronicled, crime, opportunistic, avaricious politicians, inefficient, ineffective governance and greatest of all short coming a lack of vision and the list go on and on………  Now for the billion dollar question: What can/will we do about it?  Constant complaining/criticizing/condemning and pointing out the myriad problems, is not the solution! I refuse to spend my time in futile pursuit of the utterances of evil politicians who are in government only to get elected or reelected and increase their wealth. That is certainly an exercise in futility and a complete was…

Cricket, Black Cats and Black Lackeys

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                                                             The Black Cats Verses the Black Lackeys


By Pachamama


We watch a boring cricket test match as the cultural dead-endedness of Caribbean societies is demonstrated through cricket. Cricket as a cultural expression of the British was never going to be susceptible to the radical transformation, in the Caribbean, it faced after the cultural revolution in North American, giving them baseball. For the Blacks with White masks at the WICBC and amongst the elites in the Caribbean are even more protective of this traditional British game than even the very British themselves.  

Former players, administrators and newly minted Black lackeys get to trot out their knighthoods when cricket is playing. For them it is in the service of Queen and Empire that a nonsense of a rule could prevent Sunil Narine, the world's top spinner, from playing for the West Indies but there is no problem for Corey Anderson, who wa…

Land of Make Belief

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                                                                                  The Land of Make Belief


By   Pachamama


Our planet home is no more than one great Disney Land. A Land of Make Belief. A land where there are no hard distinctions between what is unreal and what is real. Between what is false and what is true. What is just and what is unjust. So reality, as judged by human perceptions about the beginning or the end, or anything in between, finds the real truths about our existence forever unbelievable. This absence of truths has led to the lack of freedoms and there can be no means to stymie this rot in this epoch.  The childhood device to understand reality through the creation of make belief is no less applicable to religion, all religions. Whether it is Christianity, Islam, Hinduism or Judaism the elevation of make belief represents a potent weapon of ownership and control of the most valuable real estate on earth – the human mind. Construct…

Brothers Brief Trip From Womb to Tomb

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                                                    Brothers Brief Trip From Womb to Tomb



Once again with great sorrow bordering on a deep anger, we are forced by our dedication to truth, to highlight the slaughter of our youth by those who have little regard for the sanctity of human life. The simple truth is that the recent deadly slaying of two young citizens of Trinidad and Tobago, clearly demonstrates that the Caribbean has entered a zone of numbness and brutality that must be altered before our region begins to resemble some distant battlefield. For if the murders in Trinidad and Tobago are not enough to occupy our minds, we can turn to the horrendous statistics which show that the bodies of our children and young adults, under the age of twenty, are finding themselves on the ice in the funeral parlors. With a shortage of police and other law enforcement operations, we have indeed stepped on the banana skin and it is going to take tremendous skill, t…

Media For Rent, Press Freedom For Sale

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Media For Rent, Press Freedom For Sale By Sunity Maharaj
 When self-proclaimed independent media houses get to the point of pre-empting their own news and selling their news air-time and audiences to political bidders we know that we have crossed a new line in the corruption of our institutions. Clearly, no cow is too sacred to be sold. It takes deep pockets to buy out a three-hour block of air-time from five television stations and ten radio stations as the People’s Partnership did for its anniversary rally last Saturday. A casual calculation would put the cost of just air-time alone in the vicinity of $2 million with the lion’s share going to top-rated TV6 and CNC3. Clearly, in this guava season of shifting demographics and rival social media, the buy-out offer was too sweet for the mainstream media to pass up, even for the once non-negotiable items of the News time slot. It was only a matter of time that news audiences, acquired through the hard work of…