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President Obama: Positives Beyond Presidency

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The Caribbean Is One Nation.
                                                     President Obama: Positives Beyond Presidency   


President Barack Obama’s recent visit to the region was as expected, a diplomatic goodbye to the region that he has skillfully ignored during his presidency. We never expected his presidency to be of any significant benefit to the region and therefore we cannot even pretend that we are disappointed. Like most Black people worldwide, Afro Caribbean people were understandably buoyant when he became president; after all, we share a common historical path with our Afro American brothers and sisters. We cannot deny that his victory was one for all those glorious freedom fighters against racism and the myriad inequalities that exist in the USA and throughout the world. However, in all fairness to President Obama, he never promoted himself as a Martin Luther King Junior or a Malcolm X. He contested office as a democrat politician, who was and remains, instep with m…

Manley Revisited

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The Caribbean Is One Nation.                                             Manley Revisited

“A conscious effort to fashion new attitudes towards the educational process, its purposes and possible benefits is a necessary and parallel exercise. This in turn implies the development of an attitude towards society itself, its needs and the relationship between the individual and the society. Hence, it is impossible to talk about economic transformation without accomplishing a transformation in attitudes. Political freedom without economic transformation is a contradiction in terms. Therefore, political freedom demands educational transformation aimed at both technical adaptation and new attitudinal patterns”. Michael Manley, the Politics of Change.
In a region now almost totally devoid of serious public discourse, the words of the late prime Minister of Jamaica, Mr. Michael Manley are instructive to those who, against unrelenting odds, press on for the wakening of a new Caribbean Nation. With g…