Time has changed. What have changed along with time?
Redistribution of income.
Non enforcement of Laws.
High levels of unemployment.
Justice system constipated
Lack of responsibility by key sectors of Society.
A recurring narrative in Barbados fuelled by an unprecedented number of murders recorded at the mid-year is the idea the political directorate has the solution. The political estate is a member of civil society and obviously has a major role to play, however, it cannot be a singular effort if we are to be successful.
For a long time this blogmaster has crystallized a view that the lack of civic awareness by John and Jane Citizen represents a large part of the challenge to sustain a quality society. Does the average John and Jane understand the meaning of civil society? It is a term that is freely included in discussions these days as the national debate shifts gears in reaction to the pace social, economic and environmental degradation in taking place in Barbados.
A World Bank definition of civil society “refers to a wide array of organizations: community groups, non-governmental organizations [NGOs], labour unions, indigenous groups, charitable organizations, faith-based organizations, professional associations, and foundations.” For many years Barbados authorities have boasted about the benefit of the Social Partnership comprised of government, labour unions and private sector. From observation through years of its existence the social partnership is triggered into action to respond to economic challenges. There is no malicious intent by the blogmaster to attack the social partnership. Any opportunity to bring interest groups to the table to pull on the peace pipe must be viewed as positive. What is instructive is that other islands having observed the Barbados model have seen the wisdom to expand membership in the social partnership by including other groups in civil society.
The quote by Vincent Codrington was posted as a contribution to identify factors responsible for a deteriorating social landscape in Barbados. He subsequently affirmed it is not an exhaustive list. What his contribution reinforces is that it will require a collective approach to attack present day challenges of crime to name one of the pressing ones. Leaders from every sphere of society must work to design the best approaches to wrestle back Barbados from the grip of dark forces.
Observing the commentary on social media, talk programs and street light chatter suggest there is a willingness by ordinary citizens to outsource the solution to our problem to government and political directorate. The government is a key member in civil society, however, it will require other members of civil society to deliver on respective mandates.
Besides the need for all groups in Barbados to work together in a meaningful way. The new normal of the times requires solutions to be tailored and implemented quickly by avoiding modalities from another time. It is accepted that extraordinary times require people to do extraordinary things to avoid chaos and dysfunction. All agree that we are experiencing unprecedented challenges and have reached the tipping point that should be a signal for everybody to rally if not for ourselves for the sake of the children.
Never thought i would say this, i know trump can be out there with his bullshit, but…if he really said this, he does have a point, and the same applies to the asses for black leaders in the Caribbean, minus the oil, diamonds, gold etc for most of them…but BLACK LEADERS ARE JACKASSES…and i have myself been wondering if they are human they are so fcking STUPID, SELFISH, GREEDY, BACKWARD and care NOTHING FOR THEIR OWN PEOPLE…..
……and when Trump can see this…ya know ya got a goddamn problem knowing his level of reasoning..
And that is despite wicked, TIEFING FRANCE and all the crimes they committed against Africa and Africans…and let’s not talk of the frigging idiots in Barbados and the Caribbean…..black leaders STILL LEARN NOTHING…
“You’re Not Humans, How Can You Sit On Gold, Diamond And Oil And Still Be Poor-Donald Trump Descends On Africa Again
By Radio Tamale Last updated May 23, 2019
President of the United States of America, Donald Trump has hit hard at Africans once again, this time asking whether they are really qualified to be called humans.
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He says “if you sit on Gold, diamond, oil, manganese, uranium and your people don’t have food, are you humans?”.
See Mr. Trump’s five strong questions he poses to African heads of state.
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“I don’t need to harass you like the French Presidents say that France-Africa is over, yet they keep sending you the fake tourists who spy on you and come back and tell them how you should be recolonised.”
“If after 50 years of independence you have not built the necessary infrastructure for your people are you humans?
“If you sit on gold, diamond, oil, manganese, uranium… and your people don’t have food, are you humans?
“If to stay in power, you don’t hesitate to buy weapons from strangers to kill your own citizens, are you humans?
“If your only social project is to stay in power for life, are you humans?
“If you despise and shoot your own citizens like game, who will respect them?”
Trump has no moral authority to call out heads of any govt after the despicable way he has treated hungry families at the mexican border seeking asylum in the USA
I hate to say this..
I would ask similar questions, but I would not question their humanity.
And as you pointed out, basically we have the same thing in the Caribbean “minus the oil, diamonds, gold etc”
It is sickening….
Yes there are questions to be asked but not by a man who has shown openly that his moral values are formulated by self interest not so far removed from those he condemns
Had not for thorough oversight and a Constitution Trump would be a dicatator
Theo……..he has no right to question their humanity…but we have EVERY right to question their INHUMANITY TO BLACK PEOPLE LIKE THEMSELVES WHO LOOK JUST LIKE THEM…they are indeed cruel brutal and inhumane to their own black people as soon as they have even a smidgen of power over them, they suddenly turn all beast and only want to see and BE SEEN with people who do not look as black as they are, they NEVER WANT TO ENRICH THEIR OWN PEOPLE….
…something is fundamentally wrong with that idiotology…ya can’t call that racism against their own people by black ass leaders anything else but racism…they are vicious.
I remember reading Kwame’s books as a young teenager, what he opined about African descended people and their miseducated and damaged minds…rings as true today as it did decades ago…
“How African Minds Have Been Destroyed By Western Education
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The bodies may be in Africa but the minds are in the streets of Paris and London. Eurocentric education has ensured the African hates himself and loves his erstwhile master. Colonialism is a matter of consciousness and should be fought in the minds.
In Consciencism: Philosophy and Ideology for Decolonisation, Kwame Nkrumah gave what should be a stark warning to the African educated elite. He pointed out that colonial subjects in pre-independence Africa could be so seduced by Western philosophies and theories that they could surrender their whole personality to them. He added that once this happens to a colonial subject, “he loses sight of the fundamental social fact that he is a colonial subject” and he thus fails to gain anything that could free him from the shackles of colonialism.
His message was as true for the learned colonial subject as it is for the modern day African who struggles not with political decolonization but decolonization of the mind. Nkrumah was speaking to colonial subjects who he said were selected for being seemingly fit to become enlightened servants of the colonial administration. It, therefore, exposes the nature of education: to make good African servants of imperialist capital.
That the Africans were miseducated to make them worthy servants is confirmed by Stanislav Andreski in The African Predicament where he said: “the education system laid stress on literary and legal studies and neglected industrial and commercial training, not to speak of the agricultural”. The educated became a new class of African elites who George Ayittey says acted like colonialists, wore their clothes, spoke their languages, drove their cars and talked about Western art and culture in an attempt to be accepted. The same elites were spoken of by Carter Woodson, in his seminal work, The Miseducation of the Negro:
The “educated Negroes” have the attitude of contempt toward their own people because in their own as well as in their mixed schools Negroes are taught to admire the Hebrew, the Greek, the Latin and the Teuton and to despise the African.
Woodson’s observation was as true for the negro in the United States of America as it was for the negro in the continent of Africa. Also true was his observation that it is a lynching of the worst kind to convince the African that his black face is a curse and his struggle to change his condition is hopeless.
The education of the African has, therefore, historically sought to create a worthy, obedient servant of him. It is not meant to intellectually or economically empower him and the fact that Africa has not seen an education revolution betrays the largely uninterrupted continuation of the colonial system despite attaining independence. African universities went through a period of Africanization which has proved to be nothing but cosmetic tinkering by introducing black educators and leadership, yet the Eurocentric values of the system remain. African bodies may be in Africa but the minds are trapped in the boulevards of Paris and London. Political colonization of Africa has ensured that members of the African race suffer what Sabelo Gatsheni, calls epistemicides (the killing of African knowledge), linguisticides (the killing of African languages) and theft of history. This is all a part of the greater dehumanization project of capitalist imperialism. The African has been convinced that he has no history, he has no language and in the end, he is no human unless the West validates his humanity through education. The educated African becomes a surrogate white man with an absolute revulsion of his true identity and self. In the worst cases, the African is simply ignorant of who he truly is.
To overcome underdevelopment and dependence, Claude Ake suggests that we understand the imperialist character of Western social science and exorcise the attitudes of mind it inculcates. In a similar vein, Ashis Nandy warns that Africa should be aware of the “intimate enemy” that is colonialism. It resides in the colonized’s heart, mind, and body, naturalizing itself in such a manner that the colonized internalizes Eurocentricism. Ashis prescribes the remedy as appreciating that “colonialism is, first of all, a matter of consciousness and needs to be defeated ultimately in the minds of men”. The African needs to reawaken his knowledge systems. He needs to rehumanize himself as a dignified member of society with both a history and a future. Once he establishes his history, his present humanity becomes an incontrovertible given. The African, whether on the continent or elsewhere needs to reclaim his heroes and his whitewashed history as well as appreciate his future potential in global affairs. African universities and schools need to be at the forefront of the movement to decolonize the mind and re-dignify Africans.”
Well worth repeating for those who would miss the irony even if it hit them on the head..just in time to show us WHY BLACK LEADERS…are such dumb asses…
“The “educated Negroes” have the attitude of contempt toward their own people because in their own as well as in their mixed schools Negroes are taught to admire the Hebrew, the Greek, the Latin and the Teuton and to despise the African.
Woodson’s observation was as true for the negro in the United States of America as it was for the negro in the continent of Africa. Also true was his observation that it is a lynching of the worst kind to convince the African that his black face is a curse and his struggle to change his condition is hopeless.”
Yep…the classical ignorant negro pretending to be elite…and look where it got them
the shite lawyers…most of whom are thieves…
the unimportant that has African descended people on a backward slide and glide..
the shitehounds in Barbados, as soon as they enter the blighted ass old slave parliament…they are suddenly elites, they have no goddamn shame they are so stupid…lol
“That the Africans were miseducated to make them worthy servants is confirmed by Stanislav Andreski in The African Predicament where he said: “the education system laid stress on literary and legal studies and neglected industrial and commercial training, not to speak of the agricultural”. The educated became a new class of African elites who George Ayittey says acted like colonialists, wore their clothes, spoke their languages, drove their cars and talked about Western art and culture in an attempt to be accepted. The same elites were spoken of by Carter Woodson, in his seminal work, The Miseducation of the Negro:”
The only people who don’t know this are the hypocritically, idiotic, religious fanatics like GP et al…the truly SLAVE MINDED…just as was designed
In case ya missed it on FB…the jesus bullshit is INDEED a HOAX…as intelligent people who are not slave minded know cause they were BORN WITH THE KNOWLEDGE….
…. it was designed by the ROMANS….TO ENSLAVE WEAK MINDS…..TO CONTROL WEAK MINDS, using an enslavement system…and IT WORKED…you goddamn idiots..
how could yall not know this and still on BU arguing shite….all the damn time..
RE …. it was designed by the ROMANS….TO ENSLAVE WEAK MINDS…..TO CONTROL WEAK MINDS, using an enslavement system…and IT WORKED…you goddamn idiots..
ACTUALLY THE HEBREW BIBLE EXISTED AND WAS TRANSLATED INTO GREEK BEFORE THE EXISTENCE OF THE ROMANS
IN FACT THE BOOK OF DANIEL PROPHESIED THAT THE ROMAN EMPIRE WOULD FOLLOW THAT OF THE GREEKS
WHEREAS THE CONSTANTINE SOUGHT TO DESTROY THE CHURCH BY WATERING IT DOWN VIA THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, HE FAILED BECAUSE THEY WERE THOSE WHO NEVER SUBSCRIBED TO THESE IDEAS.
READ THE TRAIL OF BLOOD OR THE FAITHFUL BAPTIST WITNESS AND LEARN ABOUT THIS
LEARN ALSO ABOUT THE REFORMATION AND HOW THE PLYMOUTH BRETHREN EVOLVED IN IRELAND AND PLYMOUTH LED BY JOHN NELSON DARBY
PLEASE KINDLY STICK TO YOUR FORTE OF POSTING VIDEOS ON WHICH NO ONE COMMENTS BY THAT UGLY MISERABLE WOMAN
GP…..all is shite, they even stole info from books in Africa to create their lies and distractions…to fool the gullible like you…lol
anyway, ya boyfriend on a roll…let’s see where it leads..don’t know why they thought Boris would support anyone in UK, he is a New Yorker and so is trump..lol.
“Sir Kim Darroch has resigned as UK ambassador to the US, as a row over leaked emails critical of President Trump’s administration escalates.
Theresa May said Sir Kim’s departure was “a matter of deep regret” after the ambassador said it was “impossible” for him to continue.
Meanwhile, one minister said Boris Johnson had thrown Sir Kim “under a bus” by not fully supporting him.
President Trump said on Monday that the US would not deal with Sir Kim.
The US president had branded him “a very stupid guy” after emails emerged where the ambassador had called his administration “clumsy and inept”.
In a letter to the Foreign Office, Sir Kim said he wanted to end speculation about his position: “The current situation is making it impossible for me to carry out my role as I would like.
“Although my posting is not due to end until the end of this year, I believe in the current circumstances the responsible course is to allow the appointment of a new ambassador.”
The leak was described as “malicious” by head of the diplomatic service Sir Simon McDonald, who told Sir Kim: “You are the best of us.”
He told the Commons’ foreign affairs committee it was the first time in his career that a head of state had refused to work with a British ambassador.”
Damn skippy…it just does not get better than this, it just can’t, if it get’s any better…i retire…
and the Don is going to make mucho mileage…wuhloss…dammit, does he even know how this could play out…wow, wow, wow…is anyone intelligent advising him, not that little bald head shitehound racist Steven Miller, dude is an idiot.
“President Trump could well wake up this morning thinking he has the power to veto who the UK has as its ambassador.
The US knows that Britain is fairly isolated right now internationally and needs the US more than ever. Donald Trump has wielded that power mercilessly in this row.”
IT HAS BEEN SAID COCKROACH AINT GOT NO RIGHT IN FRONT FOWL COCK
UM IS TRUE!
THE AMBASSADOR GOT HUFF FOR HIS PUFF LIKE TEKING SNUFF
LIKKLE EMPLOYEE GET PUT IN HIS PLACE
GP…….this kind of stuff comes with nuff, nuff BLOWBACK…we gotta wait for the fall out..don’t gloat yet, ya can smell the vexation from here..lol
When yall corrupt government ministers who think ya invincible and untouchable TIEFING BIG…be sure to put down many, many millions to pay in fines…lol..cause they are always claiming to be innocent but can NEVER explain how they came to be in possession of all that money..
“Former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner has been ordered to pay a US$79 million penalty stemming from the FIFA bribery scandal.
The Associated Press reports that a federal judge in New York City imposed the judgment against Warner on Tuesday, in a lawsuit brought by the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF).
The 2017 suit accused Warner of embezzling millions of dollars from the soccer association.
It said he arranged kickbacks in connection with broadcasting rights for regional tournaments.
The civil allegations mirrored ones in a U.S. criminal investigation that has resulted in convictions of several top soccer officials.”
Warner is still fighting extradition in Trinidad and Tobago, where he has denied any wrongdoing.
He has not left Trinidad and Tobago since he was named in the indictment in May 2015 and remains on bail.
The 76-year-old is accused of 12 corruption offences, including racketeering, corruption and money laundering but denies wrongdoing.”
Don’t feed criminals and blame police—Griffith
Trinidad Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith insists it is “absolute madness” for anyone in authority to contend that a gang member without pending criminal charges can continue receiving State contracts, ostensibly challenging a statement by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley that it is solely the duty of the Police Service to bring down criminal gangs.
Griffith doubled down on his position on Friday as he responded to the argument that police trying to crack down on gang violence should gather evidence to charge gang members under the Anti-Gang Act.
Griffith has repeatedly called out the State for funding criminal enterprises by giving gang leaders lucrative contracts for infrastructure projects.
Police have blamed gang violence for the recent surge in homicides.
As the murder count barrels toward 300, the T&T Police Service (TTPS) yesterday confirmed that 19 people were killed between Sunday and yesterday afternoon.
The commissioner said the police should not be singled out for what persons in leadership fail to do.
“It is absolute madness that anybody that holds a position of authority could feel that by giving criminal elements funds and money that you feel you could actually be Pontius Pilate, turn a blind eye, and throw blame on the Police Service. I will not in any way have anyone throw blame on the Police Service when they are not doing their job,” Griffith said during a telephone interview with Guardian Media yesterday.
“You do not try to feed an enemy and then after tell law enforcement to deal with the enemy,” the commissioner said.
At the post-Cabinet media briefing on Thursday, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley was asked to respond to the contents of a Special Branch report which said seven gang leaders had benefited from multi-million contracts from two regional corporations controlled by the incumbent People’s National Movement.
Rowley said the Government is “not going to get involved” in the responsibility of the TTPS to gather evidence and charge gang members. He said government passed the Anti-Gang law in Parliament to make membership in a gang a criminal offence, giving the TTPS the legislative tool to bring gang leaders to book.
He said if there is information that someone is a gang member, “then they should be charged. And not being charged for getting a contract but being charged for being involved in gang activity.” He stopped short of addressing whether someone suspected of being a gang leader should be receiving funds from the State.
Griffith said yesterday he did not want to respond to the Prime Minister’s comments.
But he insisted, “There will be civilians who will not understand law enforcement. Because someone is involved in criminal activity it does not mean that you can easily arrest them.
“A civilian will not understand the difference between information, intelligence and evidence, so telling people, ‘Well, you know who the criminals are, so arrest them.’ it does not make any sense.”
The commissioner said gang leaders invest the revenue from State contracts into other businesses. He said they also use the funds to buy-out officials in the Judiciary and law enforcement, making it difficult to mount a successful prosecution under the Anti-Gang Act.
Griffith sits on the National Security Council, which is chaired by the Prime Minister. The National Security Minister, who is the line minister for the TTPS, is also a member of the council.
Asked whether he has spoken directly with National Security Minister Stuart Young about yanking State contracts from the hands of gang leaders, Griffith said it would be inappropriate to comment on confidential communications with the minister.
But Griffith did say the TTPS has given the State “all information required to show that the State is making it difficult” for police officers to crack down on gang violence.
“The State, through intelligence, you can verify that these individuals have been instrumental in criminal-related activity. Why give them taxpayers money through State contracts?” Griffith questioned.
Does the commissioner believe members of government are listening to his appeals?
“The jury will be still out on that,” he replied.
Does he believe he is being set up to fail?
“I will continue to do and say what is required to make this a safe country and if it falls in anyone’s garden, well, in local parlance, it’s a hard luck,” he responded.
Guardian Media sent questions to the Prime Minister via WhatsApp on Friday asking why the State would wait for an official charge to redirect contracts away from people whom intelligence suggests are involved in criminal enterprises.
He did not respond.
Five Drug Lords invited to Barbados Parliament in 2018 by new Government rings a bell with increasing crime and murders?
The new and blossoming cannabis or marijuana industry in Canada may turn out to be an employment blessing in disguise for Barbadians seeking jobs abroad.
Barbados’ Consul-General in Toronto, Sonia Marville-Carter, confirmed that consultants and human resource decision makers have expressed interest in securing Barbadians to work in the sector that has emerged as one of Canada’s fastest growing industries.