Cuba is Making Progress Mr. Degia!

David Comissiong RESPONDS  TO MOHAMMED  IQBAL  DEGIA’S NATION  NEWSPAPER  COLUMN  ON  CUBA AND  THE  ISSUE  OF  RACE.

How easy it is  for the Nation Newspaper’s columnist of East Asian descent, Mohammed Iqbal Degia, to get up on his journalistic soapbox and assume a posture of being “blacker” than all the Pan-Africanists and Afro-centrists of Barbados  by self righteously railing against what he characterizes as the Republic of Cuba’s inexcusable deficiencies in tackling and eradicating black inequality and anti-black racism.

But the “super black” Mr Degia conveniently doesn’t tell us what he is comparing Cuba’s record in tackling black inequality and anti-black racism with !

As we all know, in 1959 revolutionary Cuba — a society with a large minority black population — inherited a socio-economic system that was severely disfigured by entrenched black inequality and anti black racism from the pre-Revolutionary era. And therefore, if we are to assess  the record of the Cuban revolutionary government in dealing with and transforming that negative heritage, we would have to make comparisons with other white majority/large black minority societies such as the United States of America, Columbia, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Ecuador, the United Kingdom, France and the list goes on. And the reality is that not a single one of these countries have come anywhere close to Revolutionary Cuba in dismantling anti-black racism and black inequality!

The “super black” Mr Degia seems to be demanding that by now Cuba should have eradicated black inequality and all vestiges of anti-black racism. But lets be honest —  which nation on the face of this earth can be credited with having eradicated black inequality and anti-black racism?

Can we make such a claim for our own Barbados — a nation that possesses a 95% black population? Do we possess a society of racial equality in Barbados? Have we rid Barbados of all or even most aspects of anti-black or anti-African sentiments and discrimination? I, for one, think not.

No-one — certainly not me — is claiming that Cuba is some exemplary post-racial paradise, but I truly find it hard to think of any other nation that has made a more solid contribution to the cause of Black dignity and upliftment over the past half century.

Perhaps Mr Degia could tell us–  in measuring a country’s commitment to the cause of black dignity and equality– what weight should we attach to the fact that thousands of Cuban soldiers (most of them being volunteers) sacrificed their lives on the very soil of Africa fighting the forces of white supremacy?

Or what weight do we attach to the fact that for several decades now literally tens of thousands of Cuban doctors, nurses, engineers, and a host of other technicians have served in Haiti and in a plethora of other Black and African countries in an effort to contribute to their development?

In addition,what weight should we attach to the fact that Cuba has opened its schools and universities — free of cost — to hundreds of thousands of of black and African students over the course of the sixty odd years of the Cuban Revolution?

You say — Mr Degia — that Cuba made mistakes in its approach to fighting racism. You imply that it was a mistake for the revolutionary leadership to believe that the establishment of socialist programmes geared towards fostering social equality and delivering education, health, housing and other social services to the people at the bottom of the social ladder would be enough to disrupt and rectify the inherited racist social structure. Well, maybe it was too optimistic to think that a sheer commitment to socialist equality and human development would be enough,but which country has not made mistakes in its approach to fighting racism?

Mr Degia, you write vaguely and glibly of a white Cuban elite that represses black Cubans. But — tellingly — you provide not a scintilla of evidence, other than your nonsensical pointing out that the three Presidents of Revolutionary Cuba thus far have been white. In case you don’t know Mr Degia, two of those Presidents– the Castro brothers– were the historical leaders of the Revolution, and they happened to be white.

Though, truth be told, it is really difficult to think of Fidel Castro as merely a “white” man, for at an ideological level Fidel was such an enemy of the system of white capitalist supremacy that most of us consider him nothing less than a “black brother”. In fact the great Black Power advocate, Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture) once described Fidel as the blackest man in the Americas!

Pray tell us Mr Degia, when was the last time you heard news of a police officer in Revolutionary Cuba shooting down an unarmed black man? Or when was the last time you heard of the state intelligence or law enforcement agencies of Revolutionary Cuba setting out on a campaign to subvert and bring down black office-holders? If you are looking for a society that is oppressive of black people, Mr Degia, you are looking in the wrong place— you have to shift your gaze a little further North.

Permit me to conclude — Mr Degia — by sharing with you the following FACTS about the racial make-up of the governmental administration that was elected to office in Cuba less than a week ago:-

(1) The National Assembly

The President of the National Assembly or Parliament of Cuba– Esteban Lazo Hernandez — is a black man, and of the 605 Deputies, some 36% of them are black or of African descent.

(2) The Council of State

The Council of State or Cabinet comprises 31 members, and close to half of its members (45.1 % to be precise) are black or of African descent.

(3) The Leadership of the Council of State

The leadership of the Council of State consists of eight persons — a President, a First Vice President, five other Vice Presidents, and a Secretary. Three of the eight members of this leadership cohort are black, including the First Vice President.

All the facts underlie that Cuba is making progress — very substantial progress — in solving the historic problem of racial inequality that the Revolution inherited! I wish the same could be said for several other countries that are well known to us.

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  • “Revolution”?? Tell us how much you admire that murdering POS Guevara, ma\y he rest in shite, who freed so many innocents from earthly cares.

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  • This discussion about the moral and political equivalence of racism exposes the lack of understanding of the way racism works in mixed societies. It is true that the South Asian communities, and people of that heritage, especially Muslims who for centuries have enslaved black people (until recently in Libya, and the Middle East, and where they have marginalised black people in Zanzibar, Europe, Durban and other parts of Africa) even in Mosques in the UK, have nothing to teach us about racism; there is nothing for us to learn from people with such selective collective cultural memories.
    But, having said that, the reality is that Cuba has done nothing since the 1959 Revolution to integrate people of African heritage in to the leadership of the Republic. Even Raul Castro has admitted this, on the eve of his departure; Diaz-Canel has now moved to changed this.
    The question is: why can the new president, within days of coming to power find room for black talent, including a senior vice president, and neither Castros could in 59 years?
    To be blinded by the fault lines that run through the Cuban revolution is Leninist and reactionary, it is reflective of the power craze Bolsheviks and their fight with the Mensheviks. It is also spelt out in Lenin’s What Is To Be Done? which puts the party before the people.
    It does not matter the sacrifices the Cubans made in Angola, or the quality of their medical services if they continue to deny opportunities to black people. A central part of freedom is the freedom to fail.
    It is also silly and negative – and anti-intellectual – to posit a comparative racism: my racism is better than your racism; Cuban racism is nicer than German or British racism or Chinese racism. It is a nonsense. Black people must condemn all forms of racism, no matter the source.
    In Cuba’s favour is that its cultural memory is reflected throughout Latin America, from Mexico to Tierra del Fuego. In many of those countries the only time we see black faces are at times of international sport, music or being the victims of crime and economic injustice. n many ways, coffee-coloured racism is harsher than European in that it lacks sophistication or subtlety. Or maybe the contempt is such they see no need to wrap their dislike in any polite forms.
    So, identifying individual black men and women and singling them out as examples of success is disingenuous. The US can also claim, using this logic, that it is now a post-race society since black people have held some of the highest offices in the land, from president, to Secretaries of State, to chairman of the joint chiefs of staff.
    Of course, some of us will point to the election, and behaviour of Donald Trump as proof that the push back has begun. They will also point to the Windrush scandal in the UK, which no doubt would have featured a number of Asian border force officers (given their high representation in the job). This is a fair assumption given the behaviour of Asian immigration officers when faced with black British people returning from holidays and going through the immigration gates at our largest airports. The UK immigration and border force officers are not all white.
    Whatever positives that have come out of the Cuban revolution, and standing up to the powerful US is one, black people must not ignore the reality of how they are treated in this former slave society, the biggest island in the Caribbean – and I speak as one with relatives living in Cuba.

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  • @45govt

    You have been warned many times, please try to make contact with the topic being discussed.

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  • Mr Commissiong writes “Can we make such a claim for our own Barbados — a nation that possesses a 95% black population? Do we possess a society of racial equality in Barbados? Have we rid Barbados of all or even most aspects of anti-black or anti-African sentiments and discrimination? I, for one, think not.”

    What rubbish!

    However if one is to accept Mr Commissiong assertion the question must be asked: who in Barbados with its 95% black population is maintaining any or “most aspects of anti-black or anti-African sentiments and discrimination”?

    Meanwhile down in Venezuela ….

    https://www.trinidadexpress.com/features/world/the-hell-that-is-venezuela/article_f4e74e1e-4839-11e8-bebf-77234d5e656e.html

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  • David Comissiong

    For the benefit of Hal :

    The new President, Mr Diaz-Canel didn’t appoint any of the black office holders mentioned in the article : rather, they were all ELECTED during the extensive programme of national elections that Cuba went through a week ago.

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  • David Comissiong

    For the benefit of Ping Pong :

    “95 % black Barbados” still exhibits gross features of black inequality in relation to ownership of wealth , including land, capital, and business enterprises. There is also gross inequality in relation to the influence of whites over the political / governmental directorate and their distribution of state contracts and resources.

    Furthermore, Barbados is rife with anti-Black or anti-African sentiments, among both white and black Barbadians.

    This is not to say that Barbados has not been making progress on these issues. Yes we have made progress. But the point is that we are not perfect and still have much work to do.

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  • David Comissiong April 25, 2018 7:22 AM

    Next you will be saying Cuba is a democracy. Is it a mere coincidence that with the death of Fidel and the retirement of Raul, suddenly party members see it fit to elect black people to high office?
    So it took 59 years to realise that there are black people in Cuba seeking office? Stop putting the party before the people, to do so will put you on the wrong side of history. I say again, this is Leninism all over again. If you have not done so, please read What Is To Be Done? Lenin’s justification for oppressing the people.
    Cuba is as racist as Barbados, the UK or Germany.

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  • Refer to the United Nations report on crypto racism in Barbados prepared a few years ago.

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    Mr Blogmaster, accepting Commissiong’s data as accurate then clearly the Cuba Assembly is well represented by persons who identify from African descent and would definitely be a beacon among its LatAm neighbours. Compared to Brazil as an example, the country with the largest population of African -descendants outside the African continent, it i has done superbly well despite the optics that led to Degia’s original remarks.

    But even compared to the smaller nations in South America who like Cuba have majority white/Caucasian hispanic populations they have achieved more in elevating those who identify as Black and removing the more overt, oppressive actions of racisl discrimination….

    Yet there is still much room to improve as Commissiong himself indicates.

    @Hal, there must always elements of “comparative racism” justifiably offered in any debate on race issues. It is absolutely NOT a question of “my racism is better than your racism” (and not nonsense) but a definitive statement that the climate and conditions for the advancement of racial equality is much further along the path to final success…comparatively speaking!

    Of course we must excise racism (whatever the colour or tone ) regardless of source but surely if you have a 40% plus population of Black folk or persons who so identify and can only muster less than 10% representation in the national assembly (Brazil) that’s comparatively a massive problem….compared to Cuba which ostensibly matches or exceeds its national demographic makeup to its representation.

    Surely, Cuba’s racial problems are not perfectly resolved…but then as noted above no country can claim that, anyhow.

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  • As the outgoing Cuban president Raúl Castro tells it, even too many of the radio and television newscasters in Cuba are white.
    It “was not easy” getting the few black broadcasters now on the air hired, Mr. Castro said in his retirement speech Thursday, a remarkable admission considering the state controls all the stations.
    So it was all the more extraordinary to see last week how many women and Afro-Cubans were chosen for positions in the highest echelon of Cuban politics in the new government: Half of the six vice presidents of the ruling Council of State are black, including the first vice president, and three are also women.(Quote)

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  • David Comissiong is generally right, but he has made some errors

    In the first part, he starts off with a definition of racism which assumes that there is or could be more than one typology. This is misleading. As an institution there has only be a singular definition.

    Comissiong is well advised to use its proper and scientific meaning instead of a man-in-the-streets definition which has no relationship to existential reality.

    Then Comissiong tries to airbrush the early decades of the Cuban Revolution where thousands of traditionally Black organization, in Cuba, were systematically destroyed by Fidel Castro under a false rubric that racism did not exist so therefore there was no need for organizations which excluded Euro-Cubans. We are talking about meeting-turns, credit unions, social institutions, etc.

    Comissiong should also know that the spectre of racism, represented in classism in Cuba, is again raising its ugly head. For since the easing of restrictions, Euro-Cubans in North America and elsewhere have been flooding Cuba with remittances. Those cash flows, hard currency, to their families in Cuba are starting to unleash the nascent racism which was never addressed by the Revolution. And as a result Euro-Cubans are again in the ascendancy economically. This is a country which is a ‘new frontier’ for global capitalist, some feel.

    But why talk about Cuba at all, both you (Comissiong) and Degia, are living in a country, Barbados, which has been cited by the United Nations as crypto-racist. Barbados was always a cauldron for international racism, still is.

    Notwithstanding…….

    There can be no doubt that the Cuban Revolution, especially at the historic Battle of Quito Carnavale, and by the foreign policy of its government generally, did more far African peoples and others of colour, throughout the world, than any other country. They are without peer!

    The contributions Cuba has made against imperialism and capitalism will be remembered throughout time.

    Indeed, academicians now recognize that it was the Cuba-led defeat of the Apartheid regime in Angola which extracted a promise for the abandonment of the South African Apartheid regime. Cuban soldiers. and their allies, were only prevented from marching to Pretoria by a Soviet government which joined their Western ‘compatriots’ in not wanting to see essentially Black soldiers killing White people.

    Such is the nature of racism in all of its dimensions.

    Our overarching point is that the Cuban Revolution was a necessary but insufficient condition for the elimination of racism anywhere on earth. You can’t be a little bit racist, you are either racist are you’re not. The world is fundamentally racist!

    The new Cuban President Diaz-Canel should not be expected to interfere with this general architecture.

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  • Good comment Pacha. It boils down to degrees of separation. As you know this issue is clouded by those who will always see red because of the system of government Cuba has enforced post Batista.

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  • David

    There can be nobody who could love the Cuban people and their revolution more than us. We must all to eternally thankful to them for their sacred sacrifices for us.

    But we should also have a higher duty to tell the truth, even when it’s painful. This writer certainly has no pleasure in saying negative things about Cuba.

    How else can we understand all the forces at work unless we have an unremitting devotion to truth.

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  • Cuba never addressed nor dismantled racism in all it’s ugly forms, just like Barbados and both governments that have blighted her landscape for 6 decades NEVER addressed nor dismantled racism in all it’s monstrous forms.

    the same level of brainwash and acceptance of racism that majority Black Bajans display, it is the same level of brainwash and acceptance of racism that minority Black Cubans, majority Black Brazilians ….etc displays.

    Deal with the symptoms and instead of talking Comissiong should be leading the charge to forever dismantle the blight that racism has become in Barbados and then help Cuba get rid of her toxic racism, that still pollutes the minds of everyone..

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  • Let’s stop fooling ourselves, David Commissions is not a Pan Africanist and never was. He is nothing more than a closet communist using Pan Africanist as a cloak to deceive people. This is not a new feature but is the same one used against the Honourable Marcus Mosiah Garvey by the black communist of his day.
    Their communist ideology did untold damage to the Garvey movement and diverted black people from the true message which he was giving for a bogus communist one like the barely disguised one – commie song – is now giving us about Cuba.

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  • Fractured BLP April 25, 2018 10:40 AM

    This post hints at the need for a more fundamental analysis of politics. The suggestion of the interference of the various communist parties with black politics is very real. In the 1960s, in New York in particular, when black teachers tried to get control of schools with majority black pupils, the communist party went berserk.
    The same in Britain with the Communist Party of Great Britain, some of whose black members had abandoned the community in favour of Marxism-Leninism.
    Remember, in the midst of the 1960s black power movement we had the Black Muslims, Malcolm X, black power, we had cultural nationalists such as Ron Karenga, the Trotskyists and other movement s, including trade unionists.
    But the split within the black community was bigger: bourgeois black nationalism, revolutionary black nationalism, Pan-Africanism, Marxism, Liberal Democratic capitalism, islandism, gender, feminism, womanism – the list is endless. Here is a subject crying out for our PhDs in so-called political science to offer us an analysis.
    In the UK and across Europe it was the same. In the mean time, we also had the New Left, Socialist Workers and other branches of the Trotskyite movement, all pretending to speak on behalf of the deeply marginalised and disadvantaged black community.
    As to Marxism as the philosophical vision for the global black community, we must not forget how Marx reacted to his daughter Laura’s marriage to the mixed race Cuban, Paul Lafargue. That, I suggest, was an indicator of the position Marx would have taken was he alive today.
    Unfortunately, because of the absence of any serious debate among public intellectuals in Barbados, it shows in our narrative. The only Barbadian in recent years who had an understanding of these ideological differences, was the late Leroy Harewood.
    The truth, brutal truth even, is that Cuba got a lot of support by default, in place of proper analysis because of the historic juncture at which the Cuban Revolution occurred.
    Some of us hesitated when Che Guevara abandoned the revolution and moved on, but that was lost in time. Questions must now be asked about why Che split with Castro; we also need to debate Carlos the Jackal; Regis Debray, and others.
    Let us talk.

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  • Commissiong inquring minds want to know who are your financial backers helping you in your causes to fight govt projects.

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  • AC aka Maripokey you should be ashamed to show your face here with a DLP on the cusp of overt dictatorship.

    Should you not be trying to dissuade the dictator-in-chief

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  • Mr. Commisiong YOU are always critical of democractic countries rule of law.
    Have you taken a close look at Venezuela recently and the loud cries of its people whose lives are being destroyed because of govt policies

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  • OhMr. Commisiong will you are busy finding your conscience dig deeper and be inquisitive as to why your bosom buddy was granted special privilege activated by “a law” to by pass her having to go the legal and educational route to become a member of the bar.
    Also how is it that no one else outside a named one or two persons has been granted such a privilege in lo many years.

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  • Pacha…unbelieveable, the BU nuisances complain about me ad nauseam, you give them the whole blog for themselves and what do they come up with all day, the same old rubbish, ad nauseam.

    Let me start a real dialogue now and they will all go screaming to the Blogmaster.

    yet they want to know why the british and others make them shite..lol

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  • Annuda thing Mr. Commisiong how come you took sides with your friend Mr. Gonsalves when there was growing outrage in the public domain concerning the illegal incarceration of Yuuge Farrell.

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    ac yardfowl..ya so insignificant ah had to leave ya for last before moving on..

    when ya should have been on BU supporting us in our fight with the Yuuge Farrell victimization…ya were on barbadostoday yardfowling…so go away, ya fraud.

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  • David Comissiong

    FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES :

    Cuba officially announces two Black women as new vice-presidents
    Has the island nation become one of the most progressive places in the world?
    By Kia Morgan-Smith –
    April 24, 2018

    New Cuban Vice-President Inés María Chapman and Beatriz Jhonson (Courtesy of Twitter)
    Cuba is being hailed as becoming more progressive as the country takes leaps toward diversity and moves away from its white dominated legacy.
    Cuba now has more Black leadership with two Black women vice-presidents in Inés María Chapman and Beatriz Jhonson. The women will take up residence and signal a major changing of the guards by taking on these leadership positions, reports the New York Times.

    The women join first vice president Salvador Valdes Mesa in the high-powered position.

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  • David Comissiong

    Newly elected black political leaders in Cuba :

    President of the National Assembly — Esteban Lazo Hernandez

    First Vice President of the Council of State — Salvador Valdes Mesa

    Vice President of the Council of State –Beatriz Jhonson

    Vice President of the Council of State — Ines Maria Chapman

    If you require visual confirmation, please check for their photos in Google Pictures

    Well done Cuba ! Progress is being made.

    DAVID COMISSIONG

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  • David Commisiong you have no shame pushing commuinst agendas. What a shameless worm. What nerve it has taken Cuba fifty odd years after the death of Castro to recognize a black female in politics and you come here high fiving the dictatorship lead regime and gloating over what you belive is an achievement
    Man get out of here. What de hell.

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  • Btw how is yuh friend Ralph Gonsalves .i once heard you on his political platform comparing Ralph in the best way to another one of your best liked dictators Hugo Chavez. Maybe yuh got that one right since under his rule people who are critical of his family members are thrown into mental institutions
    That one ihave to hand to you for calling a spade a spade

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  • Mirna Vegas de Hughes

    After 60 years Cuba dictatorship suddenly realized that the have to allow blacks in. SMH

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  • Mirna Vegas de Hughes

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  • David Comissiong April 26, 2018 9:22 PM

    Stop being stupid. After 59 years this is what we get. The coffee-coloured Cubans are as racist as the rest of Latin America. Grow up and stop peddling nonsense.

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  • I posted on this Gregory Hinds detainment in Venezuela already and no one seemed interested, you cannot cherry pick which human rights abuses to address, Hinds is a dual Bajan/Venezuelan citizen and has just as much human rights as those perpetrating his unlawful detainment.

    What the local activists on the island should be actively doing is dismantling all the structures of racism that exists in Barbados, set an example and a path for other Caribbean islands to follow, do the same and start educating people in the Caribbean about their existing human rights…all 30 Articles of Human Rights that should never be violated by governments, dictators or anyone else…that should be a staple in all the islands schools…every one…if the Caribbean governments were not so self absorbed, they would be.

    In addition, to prevent anymore atrocities against Caribbean born descendants of slaves..those majority black populations now inhabiting the islands, museums of Black History should dominate the landscapes so that UK and other white controlled countries can no longer visit their tyranny on these very vulnerable people when two generations have passed and they have all forgotten the vicious racism and disenfranchisement practiced against them, just like what happened when the UK did what they did in 1948 and coming forward with the recently exposed Windrush scandal… despite the existence of Human Rights laws which were also declared in 1948.

    museums make sure that Black Caribbean people will never forget and make the same mistakes of believing their white ever oppressors again.

    That is what activists on the island should be promoting, if they are serious.

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  • Museums make sure that Black Caribbean people will never forget and make the same mistakes of believing the multitudes of lies of their white oppressors ever again…who never forget their own roles of committing atrocities and brutality for financial gain..

    And ya know how black people got short memories already, particularly Bajans, always ready to be victimized and exploited to the nth degree while staying silent and not fighting back.

    Enough with the bullshit and political nonsense already.

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  • Finally..all the lies that have been told to people of African descent in the Caribbean about their African heritage, about the over 50 countries in Africa…are being exposed for the lies that they are.

    This is wake up time.

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  • This is what happens when thieves and criminals from 500 years ago, stole what did not belong to them originally and proclaimed themselves owners of land belonging to someone else, the Natives, these generational thieves always over reach after centuries.

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/apr/28/us-government-native-americans-timothy-snyder

    “The American claim to American land is that Native Americans had a homeland but no dominion over it, since sovereignty automatically shifted to immigrants. If the federal government no longer defines the America as a “nation of immigrants”, it abandons, by its own logic, the claim to sovereignty over the land. If US policy is now, instead, to protect a “homeland”, that would mean restoring the rights of the Native Americans to the entirety of the US.
    If the federal government claims that the US is a nation of natives rather than immigrants, that test is no longer met. If the federal government no longer asserts the principle on which its own sovereignty is based, no longer sustains the Doctrine of Discovery. Following Marshall’s reasoning, Native Americans would then have, in his words, a “legal and just claim to retain possession” of what is now the United States of America.

    We have a responsibility to know and face our history, the indefensible as well as the praiseworthy. To deny our past as immigrants is to deny ourselves the chance of understanding who we are, for better and for worse. It is also, following the very logic and law of America, to abandon our claim to the dominion over territory, and to restore the land to those who first called it home.”

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  • Now look at that story about Gregory Hinds and the inhumane treatment he receives under the communist regime
    Now rewind our minds back to the time of a cuban illegal immigrant housed in barnados prison and upon release under cuban law was not welcomed in his homeland
    The relevance of these stories are rooted one person being denied justice and undignifies inhumanity such as Gregory Hinds while the other person is given a dignified way of life at tax payers expense in a democracy
    Yes i speak of Raul Garcia whose dignity was kept in tact by the barbadian govt .
    Raul Garcia legal counsel at that time was David Commisiong who actively sang the praises of the communist dictator Fidel Castro while fleecing the taxpayers at their expense for the upkeep of Raul Garcia

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  • David Comissiong

    Dear HAL “can’t be corrected / know it all” AUSTIN,

    This is not a perfect world.

    You can’t judge Cuba in a vacuum. You have to compare Cuba’s record with that of other similar white majority / large black minority countries, particularly those from Latin America with a similar type of history and heritage.

    The fact is that the people and State officials of Cuba have just elected a black First Vice President of the Republic, a black President of the National Assembly, and two black female Vice Presidents of the Council of State.

    Furthermore some 36% of the elected members of the new National Assembly are black / non-white; while some 45 % of the members of the new Council of State (basically the Ministers of Government) are also black / non-white.

    These are very notable developments that must be acknowledged. Surely they say something about the evolving and unfolding Cuban society.

    What other Latin American country can point to this kind of development ?

    DAVID COMISSIONG

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Barbados and Caribbean are still too far behind.

    “It seems Africans are the only population on the planet who believe they can win/avoid a war by….

    Enlisting into the ranks of their enemies.
    Refusing to admit that we are at war.
    Blaming our causalities on ourselves instead of the enemy.
    Praying to the same God to save us that our enemy is pray to for help to kill us.
    Surrendering all of our weapons, and refusing to train for combat.
    Appealing to the mercy and morality of an enemy who’s never shown mercy or morality.
    Trying to bribe our enemy with their own currency.
    Demonstrating that we hate ourselves more than our enemy, and rejecting what we think the enemy hates about us.
    Following incompetent generals, and leaders who are trained by and financed by the enemy.

    We are at war, economic, military, educational, cultural, ecological, ideological, and in all other forms. We are losing on all fronts, mainly because we refuse to employ proven tactics and strategies of war. We refuse to employ those tactics and strategies because we refuse to admit that we are at war, or that war is being waged against us.

    We must work to reverse all of this. We have to break the pathological denial that grips African people, and awake to the challenges that stand before us…Brother Dialo Kenyatta”

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Soo good to see this is never going away and 1948 has returned to haunt the british with a vengeance.

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/windrush-latest-sajid-javid-personal-amber-rudd-deportation-local-elections-2018-a8327921.html

    “Brandon Lewis, the Conservative Party chairman, said he had regularly updated the home secretary on the issue when he was the immigration minister in her department – but insisted a plan to increase deportations by 10 per cent was an “ambition” rather than a target.”

    “The comments are likely to add to pressure on Amber Rudd, the home secretary, who is facing calls to resign over her handling of the saga.

    Ms Rudd and Theresa May have both apologised for the problems facing Windrush-generation migrants but the home secretary is fighting to cling on to her job after twice appearing to give MPs inaccurate information about the government’s use of deportation targets. She is due to give a further statement to parliament on Monday.”

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  • David Comissiong April 29, 2018 9:18 AM

    You are being silly and facetious. Who says I know it all? What I won’t tolerate is revisionist history, and don’t have to. After 59 years of the Castros marginalising black people now with the new president taking office and within days he has made a number of key black appointments.
    You try to excuse this. As I said, you have to decide whose side you are on: the people, or the party.
    Tell me what I have got wrong and stop with your juvenile shots. You have become an apologist for a racist regime. Is this the real you?

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  • Commissiong nobody will support your claim that progress is being made because Cuba made a decision to include one or two blacks as part of their govt.
    The jury would remain out until Cuba proves that there is a govt that allows its people a voting power at the polls and not having a rigged system by which govt is selected by stealth

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  • There is no country on the globe starting with the great land of the free where the #blacklivesmatter was formed in recent years to Barbados where a White lawyer beat up a Black boy for trespassing on his property that manages a perfect system. We have people on this blog who all they know is the mores ways of Western indoctrination.

    When Cuba was sending soldiers to die for the cause of Blacks in Angola and S Africa in the 70s should this not be factored in the opinion? Like Comissiong states the progress taking place in Cuba must be viewed in context of what it had to defend given its alienation in the post Batista period.

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  • No body expect perfection from any one. However Cuba problems stems from a deep seated provacation rooted with in its system that the govt knows what is best for the people
    There 11th Damascus moment of allowing woman to become into the heirarchy of their dictatorship does should not be interpreted as Cuba making progress especially when these newly appointed officials were inserted by a govt whose people voices were silent at the polls in an election orchestrated to give a winning result to the dictatorship of Cuba.

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  • One down..

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/amber-rudd-resignation-windrush-home-secretary-theresa-may-latest-a8328661.html

    “Amber Rudd has resigned as home secretary following growing pressure over the Home Office’s use of deportation targets for immigrants and the wider Windrush scandal.

    The cabinet minister finally quit on Sunday after yet another leaked document cast doubt on her claims that she was unaware of targets her officers were using in throwing increasing numbers of people out of the country.

    Downing Street confirmed the prime minister had accepted her resignation, with Ms Rudd otherwise having to face a potentially catastrophic appearance in the Commons on Monday.

    Leaked document reveals Amber Rudd boasted of increasing deportations
    But as well as the immediate fallout, Ms Rudd’s departure creates a series of other headaches for Number 10, including whether criticism of immigration policy will focus on Ms May’s own tenure at the Home Office and how the Cabinet’s “Brexit balance” will be affected.”

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Attempts to clean up british criminal acts again immigrants in general and black Caribbean born british citizens in particular now begins.

    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/apr/30/sajid-javid-replaces-amber-rudd-as-home-secretary

    “Sajid Javid has been appointed as home secretary, replacing Amber Rudd who resigned after repeatedly struggling to account for her role in the unjust treatment of Windrush-generation migrants.

    Theresa May announced Javid’s appointment on Monday morning, installing the communities secretary to the Home Office where his first job will be to deal with the ongoing immigration debacle.

    He is the first BAME politician to hold the role and his appointment could offer some hope to critics that the government is aware of how damaging the issue has been for community relations and trust in the immigration system.

    The home secretary, whose parents emigrated from Pakistan in the 1960s, spoke at the weekend about his initial reaction to news of the treatment of Windrush-generation migrants. “I thought that could be my mum … my dad … my uncle … it could be me,” he said.”

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  • There goes the british always having a label or several to slap on people they consider black…or…or…

    “The shift in language sets Mr Javid on a collision course with the prime minister, who has used the term “hostile environment” since 2012 to describe what she wants illegal immigrants to experience in the UK.

    Mr Javid – the first black and minority ethnic and Muslim home secretary – also said he would review the Home Office’s use of internal targets, despite Ms May’s defence of them in an interview hours earlier.

    He was speaking as the government desperately tried to draw a line under the scandal that cost his predecessor Amber Rudd her job. But critics cast doubt on whether his words meant an actual change of approach.

    It was shortly after 10am on Monday that Downing Street announced Mr Javid would take charge of the Home Office from Ms Rudd, who quit amid a row about deportation targets and the Windrush scandal.

    Critics claim both issues are underpinned by the single-minded drive to create a “hostile environment” for illegal immigrants in the UK – instigated by Ms May when she was home secretary.”

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  • A muslim home secretary..what a thing..lol

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  • Cuba, all of the Caribbean and Latin America should unite against the U.S. imperialists. Together, we are unstoppable against Washington and can protect our wealth and serve it to our people.

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Total destruction of the lives of Caribbean born british black people by the UK from 1948, a continuation of disenfranchisement and modern day slavery..

    If Caribbean people and leaders do not learn something from this, they never will…especially those running around trying to get reparations in the form of money, led by Hilary Beckles…some things in life are much more important and worth more than money, particularly when you have leverage.

    This scandal is leverage, if only those who claim to care so much about their own black people can see beyond money.

    I can think of dozens of ways reparations can be paid to Caribbean people, devoid of paper money, which would be much more beneficial since paper money always runs out, these ways would much more progressive for Caribbean people and once properly managed and implemented, can last longer than 500 years.

    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/may/01/windrush-victims-voice-shock-scandals-political-consequences

    “Victims of the Windrush scandal have been stunned by the political fallout triggered by their decision to go public with personal accounts of the catastrophic consequences of the Home Office’s decision to treat them as illegal immigrants.

    Many were unsure whether to welcome Amber Rudd’s resignation or be concerned that a change in leadership at the Home Office might slow down efforts to try to resolve the catalogue of problems facing this generation of older, Commonwealth-born long-term UK residents who have no documents.

    But there was underlying excitement that finally, after years of being ignored, it now looks like it will be impossible to overlook the extreme suffering inflicted on large numbers of retirement-age Windrush children, by a series of deliberately inflexible policies introduced by Theresa May when she was home secretary.”

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    UKs discriminatory practices against Caribbean people, even their own terrorteries are on the rise.Caribbean leaders and people could nit want more warning than this.

    “0 Comments OECS URGES UK PARLIAMENT TO REJECT DISCRIMINATORY AMENDMENT PROPOSAL TO NEW BILL OECS MEDIA RELEASE Monday, April 30, 2018 — The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) wishes to register its strongest opposition to certain provisions of the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill which is now in its final legislative progress in the UK Parliament.

    While we recognize and respect the sovereign right of the UK to determine its national legislation, our concern centers on those provisions which are discriminatory to the BVI and which contravene the constitutional arrangement between the BVI and the UK by which financial services are formally entrusted to the democratically elected BVI Government when the new Constitution was agreed in 2007.

    The passage of these provisions effectively disenfranchises the BVI people and will undermine the constitutional relationship between the BVI and the UK. The contentious provisions seek to impose a requirement for public registers of beneficial ownership on the financial services of the Overseas Territories. A requirement which is not applied to Crown Dependencies thus appearing to specifically target the Caribbean at a time when several of our Member States are still reeling from the devastation caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

    The issue of public registers is a matter for international financial regulation, in this case led by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). It does not require a public register but that beneficial ownership information is accessible by law enforcement and/or other competent authorities and is verified. The BVI not only meets these requirements but has enhanced its system through the introduction of an innovative digital platform by which such information is immediately and directly accessible to BVI competent authorities.

    Further, BVI has firmly stated that if such a requirement is adopted as an international standard then it will comply. In contrast the UK Register while public, is actually not verifiable, and thereby arguably does not technically meet FATF requirements.”

    Read more at: https://www.damajority.com/oecs-urges-uk-parliament-to-reject-discriminatory-amendment-proposal-to-new-bill/

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    It’s obviously being taken to another level, all those who want to remain blind and oblivious while hunting down money, that is yall business, good luck.

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/theresa-may-uk-tax-havens-tory-rebels-money-laundering-russia-super-rich-identities-a8330791.html

    “News UK Politics
    Tory rebels vow to force Theresa May to reveal ‘secret tainted money’ being sheltered in UK tax havens.

    Around 20 Conservatives are expected to defy the prime minister to require British overseas territories to introduce transparency

    Rob Merrick Deputy Political Editor @Rob_Merrick 4 hours ago35 comments

    The Cayman Islands is home to 18,000 companies Getty Images
    Tory rebels have vowed to force Theresa May to crack down on dirty money being sheltered in UK tax havens, after an attempt to head off the revolt fell flat.

    The MPs plan to force overseas territories, such as the British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands, to reveal the identities of the global super-rich hiding their funds in those jurisdictions.”

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  • I guess all who has money hidden in Cayman Islands and BVI will be exposed if they don’t shift their money today…I guess we will hear the names of all the tax evaders including hers and her husbands and all the other brits as well…..lol

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/uk-tax-havens-dirty-money-corruption-theresa-may-bvi-cayman-islands-a8331311.html

    “Campaigners against corruption are hailing a “huge win” after the government caved in to pressure to end the secret hoarding of dirty money in UK tax havens.

    The names of the super-rich who launder their funds in the likes of the British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands will now be published, in what was widely seen as a humiliating climbdown for ministers.

    Theresa May had tried to block the push to reveal who owns assets held in complex shell companies in British overseas territories – but gave way in the face of a significant Tory revolt

    EU to target UK tax haven territories as trade negotiations begin
    The U-turn was seen as direct consequence of the poisoning of the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, in Salisbury – which prompted renewed outrage about the behaviour of corrupt oligarchs.

    Foreign Office Minister Sir Alan Duncan told the Commons that a consensual approach working with overseas territories would have been preferred by the government.

    But with defeat looming and a last-ditch bid to avoid it failing, Sir Alan conceded to the demands outlined in a proposal backed by both Labour and Tory MPs.”

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  • This question is being asked on Facebook…..have the british no shame?

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  • In Barbados you can write to: Embassy of Venezuela, Hastings, Ch.Ch, embavenbdos@gmail.com to comply with the release warrant for Gregory Hinds . He is a prisoner of conscience in #Venezuela.

    https://www.amnesty.org/download/Documents/AMR5382902018ENGLISH.pdf

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