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Somewhere out there……………

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                                 Somewhere out there .................


We are not eternal optimists; neither are we eternal pessimists, we are just a group of Caribbean regionalists seeking solutions to the myriad problems confronting us and we believe that it is the only realist position to take if we are going to save our region from destruction. Anybody who believes that we can sustain our post slavery/colonial gains by indulging in rampant insularity is in direct contradiction to the philosophy and outlook of the Mahogany Coconut Group. While we respectfully disagree with such persons, we are also very determined that their voices be heard because we do not see ourselves as the only reservoir of what is right or wrong for the region. These island states are pregnant with possibilities but are now in the clutches of a collective group of leaders, who cannot or will not tap into the talents that abound in the region. We have produced noble laureates and ac…

Haiti Is On the Mend

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                                                                           Haiti  Is On the Mend



Five years after the devastating earthquake, that would have totally destroyed most other Caribbean countries, our Haitian brothers and sisters are slowly, and we are convinced surely, rebuilding their society. As always, the aid promised has not all be forthcoming and the spectre of corrupt practices still looms, but we hasten to add that these maladies are not unique after such destruction and chaos. There will always be those humans and organizations, both private and public, who will exploit human suffering for their own greed and nefarious ambitions. Not to be overwhelmed by these negatives, we are witnessing the great resilience of the Haitian people as they press ahead with nation rebuilding. Our sources in New York reliably inform us, that some commodities are already reaching the market place with the proud stamp: Made in Haiti. We are also reliably info…

Salute To Sparrow

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A salute to SparrowStory Created: Feb 12, 2015 at 8:26 PM ECT Story Updated: Feb 12, 2015 at 8:26 PM ECT   The Mighty Sparrow has lived to experience effects of an advancement in national consciousness going beyond sentiments expressed in his famous calypso, “Memories”.  That Winsford Devine composition, sung by Sparrow in 1973, is dedicated to “those who died”. But it is a measure of growing national maturity that Dr Slinger Francisco, unlike many other sung heroes of the Caribbean, has received official accolades while he is yet alive. Few, if any, would argue against Sparrow, now 79, receiving such richly deserved recognition for his long career of achievements. The Express Individual of the Year 2014 thus counts as a timely celebration of an iconic artiste and larger-than-life model of indigenous Caribbean possibility.  The Express award coincided with the premiere of a Ministry of the Arts and Multiculturalism exhibition, titled “Treasures from The Hid…

Kamla Is No Paragon of Integrity

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Kamla Is No Paragon of Integrity


“The Prime Minister’s address is an admission that the government tripped on integrity issues and has had t o scramble to protect the public interest once exposed.” Martin Daly, Trinidad Express, Sunday Feb.8th 2015. We totally agree with the above. It should now be obvious to even her most ardent defender, that the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Mrs. Kamla Persad- Bissessar, is no paragon of integrity. The Mahogany Coconut Group has been saying for some time that she is the head of the most corrupt government to have emerged in the Caribbean in the post independence era. Her forced firing of her party’s pit-bull Attorney General, Anand Ramlogan, is another manifestation that she only acts when her back is against the wall. Those who followed her reluctance to fire Jack Warner know that she had turned a blind eye, to his nefarious activities, until she had no other choice than to get rid of him from her cabinet. We bel…

HAIR We Go Again !

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 HAIR  We Go Again !

The recent furor in Barbados regarding students’ hairstyles at the prestigious public grammar school, Harrison College , clearly demonstrates that those entrusted with carving the destiny of our Caribbean youth, are still reluctant to accept their blackness. Obviously, if the hairstyles worn were mainly of the traditional “pressed” variety, they would not have offended the consciousness of the headmistress, Ms. Juanita Wade. Her concerns are apparently the twists and locks that are considered of the natural hair variety. They have been now accepted for the better part of twenty or more years, by those who see them as the natural evolution of black hairstyles. The twist is just the Afro naturally curled up and the locks, made famous by Bob Marley, can be described as a bolder representation of the corn rows that have been worn by black women for generations and a known connection to similar hairstyles and traditions out of Africa. While …

Chris Gayle: Caribbean Citizen of Note 2014

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 Chris Gayle: Caribbean Citizen of Note 2014

Many of our readers, have asked why we have not named any Caribbean citizens of note for 2014. We admit that we have been very tardy, in this regard because the pickings were few. However, after monitoring many issues, we believe that the abandonment of the Test Series in India by West Indies players was, outside of the usual political goings on, the most volatile story of 2014.  While Chris Gayle was not a part of that process, we believe that his subsequent remarks and those he made before , regarding the poor administration and selection policies of the West Indies Cricket Board, reveal  how some professionals are treated within the broader Caribbean political and social context.  Lawyers, doctors, teachers, academics, police and other professionals, seem to have more respect granted them than others, such as our cricketers. We opine that this is a hangover from the days of colonial rule. Many cricket experts…