AfriCaribbean Trade and Investment Forum 2022 – Closer Ties a Must

The ongoing pandemic has given impetus finally to governments in the region assigning additional resources to improving food security. Barbados in the period has been developing a closer relationship with Guyana and we have seen cooperation to increase black belly sheep production to satisfy local and some regional demand for lamb. There are additional initiatives we hope to see bear fruit in the coming weeks and months mentioned in a previous blog – Government Initiatives to Address Food Supply – The St. Barnabas Accord. Last week Minister of Agriculture reported there is a plan to slash food import bill by 20% when a food terminal is established in Barbados with the help of Guyana. It is a reminder the founders of CARIFTA envisioned Guyana to be the bread basket of the Caribbean almost 50 years ago.

Yesterday a direct flight – a first from Nigeria – to bring delegates to attend a 3-day investment forum one may argue is the result of the effort of the government to forge close ties with some African countries to create business of opportunities. The AfriCaribbean Trade and Investment Forum will take place in Barbados from September 1-3.  The forum represents an opportunity for the Caribbean and African private sectors  to explore opportunities for trade and address challenges that have historically prevented deeper collaboration.  The forum is being hosted by the African Export-Import Bank. The blogmaster is hopeful there is meaningful collaboration coming out of the engagement.

In a previous BU blog – Barbados based Fintechs on the MOVE the entry of Barbadian Fintech companies was highlighted and from reports have been reaping success on the African continent. It bears no reminder that 95 percent of Barbadian are of African descent, we therefore share a historical bond. 

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  • Perhaps the Black-Black collaboration should have a heavier emphasis on Roots and Culture Arts and Crafts Music and Dance etc
    African Race (Original Jamaican Mix)

    African Race / The Abyssinians
    We are the slave descendants of the African race,
    African race, the African race.
    We are the slave descendants of the African race,
    Where proud is no disgrace.

    Our forefathers were taken away, taken away, taken away.
    They were bound in ships and shackled all the way,
    Like baggage and brought the west.

    They swapped my brother now, also, my sister too
    For a drink of wine, so they could drink and be merry,
    So they could drink and be merry.

    I speak Amharic, my sister speaks Swahili
    They put us together now, that’s why we can’t understand,
    That’s why we can’t understand.

    We are the slave descendants of the African race,
    African race, the African race.
    We are the slave descendants of the African race,
    Where proud is no disgrace,
    We’re proud of our African race (is no disgrace)
    Where proud is no disgrace,
    We’re proud of our African race (is no disgrace)
    X2

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  • I/O
    Input
    Process
    Output
    Declaration of Rights
    what is happening with the project for a new constitution for a new republic white paper for all stakeholders involved
    will Barbados become part of the African Union
    which would freak out all the baldheads of Wicked Babylon
    but would be a nod towards the natty dreads who fight them

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  • The Betrayer
    Bag O Wire sold Marcus Garvey for Rice and Peas… Does being a sell out pay off.

    The Black Star Liner
    Dub Salute

    Africa / Africa Dub

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  • They are never wicked. Above all, we must avoid the pitfalls of tribalism. If we are divided among ourselves on tribal lines, we open our doors to foreign intervention and its potentially harmful consequences.
    Haile Selassie

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  • David et Al, I am attending and there is much excitement in the room. It’s indeed correct to say political will is the primer to set off true tangible results.

    Truth, be told I did not see the Caribbean leaders like Gestapo Browne, Comrade Ralph, Cowboy Holness, Young fella from Grenada.

    In my humble estimation this is too important for these guys to have stayed away, optics, optics, is everything second only to perception!

    Made a lot of contacts, and found solutions to my ideas. However, GOB will have to look at some mechanism to allow citizens to defer taxes once proof can provided that personal income is invested overseas and income will be repatriated back to Barbados.

    Finally, any person who provides a service or sell as product who missed this free conference either is not paying attention to the potential of access to over 1 billion customers.

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  • Thanks Kammie. Mia is saying all the right things. We can only hope. The blogmaster is also following with interest.

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    Pacha….and on and on…..that’s why i had to shift focus…

    so what are all these “right things”

    start wrong END WRONG…

    no, ya do not need neocolonial “political will”….to access ya AFRIKAN ANCESTRAL LANDS….ya need ANCESTRAL WILL…,,,which politicans created in the image whiteness and ANTI-AFRIKAN RHETORIC still don’t have…

    injecting the POISONS OF WHITE POLITICS is the wrong start….

    but ya can’t know that when ya CUT OFF FROM YA ANCESTORS and refuse to RECONNECT…

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    which politicans created in the image OF whiteness and ANTI-AFRIKAN RHETORIC still don’t have…

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  • One World
    One Love
    There is a White World
    There is a Black World
    Barbados has to know itself.
    Mia has been to Africa and knows herself.

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    “Finally, any person who provides a service or sell as product who missed this free conference either is not paying attention to the potential of access to over 1 billion customers.”

    while it’s nice to kickstart AFRIKAN THEMED BUSINESS ENDEAVORS….just remeber that those 1 BILLION “customers” are your COUSINS and not your TARGETS…

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  • Africans are Rastas
    But, Barbadians aren’t
    TEACH THE CHILDREN + BLACK WORLD ⬥Dr Alimantado & Black World All Stars⬥

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    “Nigeria Becomes First Country To Ban Foreign Models in Advertisments”

    in the SPIRIT OF KEEPING IT AFRIKAN…using this as your guide is ESSENTIAL..

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    shedding the white minds is a good idea..

    the black skin, white mask. approach is redundant and extinct…

    “The move, which is the first of its kind, will take effect in October and follows the Federal Government’s pledge that promises to develop local talent, drive inclusive economic growth, and promote the advertising industry in Nigeria.

    The Times of London reports that the ban will cover all non-Nigerians as well as a number of western, white actors who have appeared regularly on the country’s television adverts.”

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  • @Kammie

    The first thing the region has to resolve is establishing reason air links. The challenge however is if we struggle to do same in the region what hope is there this to happen if we are serious about creating meaningful relationships and opportunities.

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  • Subtle References often go over people’s heads

    Abstract. This chapter explores attempts made to reclaim antiquity from European ownership by the Black biblical hermeneutic tradition.

    6 6 ‘Ethiopia shall stretch forth her hands unto God’: Garveyism, Rastafari, and Antiquity

    The argument focuses upon the political philosophies and cosmologies of Marcus Garvey and the Rastafari movement in order to investigate how they reconfigure antiquity as African by virtue of the material and spiritual prominence they give to Ethiopia instead of Greece and Rome. The chapter also explores the differing registers used by Garveyism and Rastafari to achieve this aim – the former developmentalist, the later cosmological. The argument suggests that Garveyism and Rastafari, and the shift made by the later towards a cosmological understanding of antiquity, deserve serious and critical consideration in the ongoing project to decolonize the heritage and ownership of the Classical world.

    Mighty Threes
    Africa Shall Stretch Forth Her Hand

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  • Bridging the Gap

    Caribbean seize the moment and African countries must moment now, says Mottley
    Do not waste this opportunity to “bridge the history” that has long separated Africa and the Caribbean.

    This was the urging of Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley as she delivered the keynote address at the opening ceremony of the AfriCaribbean Trade and Investment Forum, which got under way at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre yesterday. In her remarks, which prompted a standing ovation at the end, Mottley pointed out that both regions have had similar opportunities in the past, but lacked the will to take the process all the “It must not escape us that we come to cooperate today, 100 years after that decade that had the greatest amount of Pan-African congresses, first in 1919 and then four more in the 1920s. When independence came, they waned and waned and waned, the last one being in 2014. The fact that in the post-independence era 80 years that we only had three or four, should speak volumes about our lack of consciousness, our lack of focus and our lack of determination to bridge the history that separated us,” said Mottley.
    She made it clear that now was the time for the requisite change in consciousness and focus when it comes to forging closer bonds between Africa and the Caribbean, noting that in so Caribbean. she the AfriCaribbean which
    Erskine
    her standing pointed similar lacked way.
    years greatest congresses, in came, waned, fact over or determination separated was in comes Africa so doing vast mutual benefits could be unlocked.
    “I hope that we are turning this corner for the very last time. The reuniting of our people that would create opportunities, more opportunities for our tourism providers in the Caribbean, who continue to price product between winter and summer as if we see snow. They also forget that our market is not only North Atlantic countries who see snow, but our market only requires us to look across at each other and not only to look up. If through our partnership, we can remove from the Caribbean that awful period of summer tourism, where our average daily rates are a fraction of what we can achieve during the winter, then our bond of friendship and trade would have worked for us,” Mottley said.
    Cradle of civilisation
    She continued: “If we can equally allow people to return to the continent of Africa, not just of West Africa but also to East Africa, to the cradle of civilisation, to be able to build on the partnerships of recent times, we can also deem this a success . . . I believe that our ability to work together is based on premise and knowing each other. Not only do we want, as we have started to see, banks, we need insurance companies, tour and travel companies, we need heritage companies.”
    The Prime Minister said these missed opportunities for closer cooperation in areas such as trade, had cost both regions dearly, leaving them to depend solely on those with imperialistic interest.
    “If we can make real in this period of our lives, the aspirations of hundreds of millions of people, then the confidence that was placed in us to take responsibility for the future that sees and hears people in ways that they were not seen and heard for centuries, then we would have done our part on this journey. It is not anticipated that we can reverse centuries in a few years, but it is anticipated that there are some who must claim the courage to jump off the ship and make it happen.”
    “I hope that the indignity that has been foisted upon our people to require in transit visas or to pay prices that have no bearing on the cost of production but simply because that middle man has loomed large. If we don’t deal with these things, then we would perpetuate ourselves to another generation of simply being someone else’s pawn,” Mottley stressed. (CLM)

    Source: Nation

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  • Related…

    Green light for 10% VAT in Suriname

    PARAMARIBO – The National Assembly (DNA) late Tuesday gave the green light to the Dutch-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) implementing a ten per cent value added tax (VAT) even as several business organisations, including the Suriname Business Association (SBA), the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) and the Association of Surinamese Manufacturers (ASM) had urged legislators to approve a lesser VAT.
    By a vote of 26 to 12, with the main opposition National Democratic Party (NDP) voting against the measure and the NPS, one of the government partners supporting the legislation “under duress”.
    Ivanildo Plein, one of the three government legislators voted in favour, while the other two including NPS leader Gregory Russia and Patricia Etnel stayed away from the vote in protest.
    Plein said while the NPS is in favour of introducing VAT to replace turnover tax, the party had urged the government of President Chan Santokhi to reconsider its ten per cent proposal and come up with a lower rate.
    However, the NPS said it found the five per cent proposal by the opposition unrealistic because it would not achieve the government’s objectives, such as a reduction in payroll taxes from January 1, 2023.
    “We are going to vote for it under protest and conditions, at least I am,” said Plein, adding “the condition is that other tax-relieving laws are passed before January 1, 2023, so that they can enter into force together with the VAT.”
    He said the NPS’ position should signal to the government that the party is “not happy with the ten per cent VAT but are cooperating
    in the greater interest”.
    The VAT will be levied as of January 1, 2023.
    One other opposition party, the BEP, abstained from voting with its leader, Ronny Asabina saying that the VAT should be less than ten per cent.
    Finance and Planning Minister Armand Achaibersing said with a rate of five per cent, the government would run into problems with other tax-reducing measures and the social safety net.
    But NDP legislators argued that living in Suriname will become “more unbearable” and they would have preferred the government starting at a five per cent level and increasing it if necessary.
    Earlier this month, the business and employers’ organizations had proposed a five per cent VAT and in a 15-page letter to the National Assembly, outlined various proposals to amend the VAT law.
    They warned that the legislation will have a “serious disruptive effect on the already fragile economy”. In addition, they argue that the goals, such as increasing government revenue, will hardly be achieved compared to the damage it will do to the competitive position of businesses among themselves and already severely weakened purchasing power of society. ( CMC)

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  • Rasta Business
    Dub (Dub)

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  • Dig Deeper and find Jah links

    This World

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    and of course ya won’t see this on BU either….but a number of Afrikan descents from the diaspora were CAUGHT trying FRONT for whites and other corrupt minorities…who have their greedy, covetous, envious eyes on our continent…

    so the little williams and other corrupt minorities black boys and girls should be aware……play the part of judases and slaves at your own risk…

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  • Tribute To Studio One reworks Heptones Gonna Fight / Hail Don D. (classy studio one rocksteady vocal plus horns version mixed) as modern steppers

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  • Wily has a only one question, what is it costing Barbados to host and pay for this, flights, hotels, food, etc.

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  • War on Whomever is going solo without Pupa Pacha to do the call and response song rotuine so she is reverting back to the standard Holding Letter text of minorities conspiracies in her mind which should be taken with a large golfball size pinch of salt while she awaits further guidance and instruction how to proceed in the matter at hand from her Bossman

    In the meanwhile chill out like Black Uhuru and the sexy Puma Jones would say
    Presenting the Right Tracks
    Check out this version of Leroy’s Sibbles classic composition Guiding Star for the freaked electonics on ‘Morning star’ as an absolute shocker.

    Guiding Star

    Morning Star

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  • Delroy Wilson’s Rain From The Sky Vs Bullwackies All Stars: Rain from the Cloud

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  • Skylarking Skylarking

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  • This is another of those Bu articles that has appeal to the young and beautiful and not old Buers.
    There is opportunity out there for them still with their life ahead who are strong with energy and vitality and are open to new experience and not living in their head with memories too set in their ways to adapt and change and probably could not climatise to the heat. Wicked dem a burn.

    Drifter
    Dennis Walks

    Recording Connection
    Bullwackie’s All Stars

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  • There is nothing negative that can be said. It is a useful forum that is ongoing and pregnant with opportunities for the region.

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  • @Willy Coyote, if you can find it possible to research the conference details the answer may be provided of who are the main sponsors. We often know the cost of everything but seldom the value!

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    Staying abreast of the NEWS ON THE CONTINENT is VERY, VERY IMPORTANT, i only post things to my sites that are integral to the topics covered quarterly, or certain stories to my newsreel and none to BU…..unless i drop an article here and there…

    .so it is incumbent on those descents seeking to do business in Afrika to know at all times what is happening…

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  • One can only hope that this will not be another false start.

    I am liking the reaching out to partner with the Caribbean and Africa.

    As I see it, it is our only hope.

    Where some see negatives, I see only positives.

    I can only hope that our political leaders have at least grasped this one fact -the only way for black people to become independent is to depend on each other.

    I live in hope. Without hope, life is not worth living.

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  • David,

    I think our people are ready to pivot. I don’t think that the negative view of Africa persists as before.

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  • Shining Star ✰⋆🌟✪🔯✨⭐✨

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  • There is a difference between talking and doing

    To Africa Dub

    East Africa Dub

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  • There is nobody in their right minds who will throw cold water on efforts to trade more with Africa and to continue to hope that we get CARICOM absolutely right eventually.
    CARICOM has had some success over the years but unfortunately these positives are seldom highlighted.
    The efforts to have stronger links with Africa go back to the 60s and possibly before.
    It is a tribute to all the Black nationalists, who were marginalized and despised for having that progressive vision over a half century ago.
    Peace.

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  • Thanks Kammie. The things that make you go eh what?

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  • @Donna

    Let us hope so, we have had too many opportunities to do so.

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    “The efforts to have stronger links with Africa go back to the 60s and possibly before.
    It is a tribute to all the Black nationalists, who were marginalized and despised for having that progressive vision over a half century ago.”

    it will work NOW ONCE Afrikan descents COME TO THE REALIZATION that they are NOW FREE…….and do not allow those with their stockholm syndrome and other narrow SELF LIMITING disabilities convince them otherwise..

    the SKY IS NOW THE LIMIT…..the only thing stopping them is THEM from reaching into the stratosphere…

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  • The idea of “free ports”, tax free or duty free zones, and overall cargo handling facilities throughout the region was most interesting.
    A glaring weakness was technology.
    A good read.
    The lack of listed potential projects in Africa was also noted.

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  • Kendal Plantation in St John, one of the island’s major dairy production facilities, is being sold for $25 million. And it seems, the likely buyer will be boosting the dairy facilities at the expansive property and focusing on food production.

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2022/09/02/plantation-up-for-sale/

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  • The day is yet to come when our music will be old
    Listen people listen to my song
    Roots rock reggae music rocking rocking to yours
    But now I sing my song I will never do wrong
    We are all sufferer in this here time
    Society want I live like them
    But I and I come and no congregate
    In this here time I and I got to be strong
    Because reggae music is I and I kind of song
    Reggae music roots music in a wackies studio
    Roots music sweet music in a wackies studio
    Now listen people I and I got to be gone
    listen to my song
    Love We All Need, Happy Love
    Roots Rock Special, Wackies,

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    Heard a clip from the conference with i think it was the rep from Bahamas stating that the “chains that once bound hands and feet are now binding the minds” and quoted both Marcus Garvey and Bob Marley in urging people to “emancipate themselves from mental slavery”

    it’s very clear that’s the only thing HOLDING BACK and SEVERELY RESTRICTING Afrikan descents in Barbados and across the Caribbean including the wider diaspora…

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    btw…one of the dudes from Aswad, lead singer and drummer……a long time reggae favorite passed away…

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  • My friend (Zeb who passed 2019) was a school friend of Drummie Zeb who just passed
    He also said Brindsley Forde the singer of Aswad was a big head

    Dub Fire

    Warrior Charge

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  • Africans are Rastas But, Barbadians aren’t,…
    ….says the coolie (wo)man

    Lol can’t make up this madness..lol

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  • If some of you cannot add value to this subject, go away.

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  • David

    What trade?

    What investment?

    Under which rules of law?

    Have you not noticed that your friends in the West are changing all the established and foundational trade and investment norms which capitalism purported were indispensable]?

    We have many examples.

    Today they are making the “rules-based system” to say that market forces should no longer discover price but that which is paid for Russian oil and gas should be controlled by an arbitrary limit set by your Western White people. Fascists in Western capitals.

    We’ve seen this type of instrumentalized capitalism deployed for centuries. The normalcy of stealing the sovereign wealth of countries held in Western banks is old hat but an oft used weapon of war.

    A warfarism for its own sake. Indeed, your Western imperial powers are more precisely described as based on war as opposed fiat finance.

    However, when your much favoured White criminals continue to betray every fundamental precept on which their wicked system is anchored should alert Mottley and the rest that it’s time to seek the protection of a life boat.

    Of course, this too will fail as Putin has today curtailed any and all supplies still directly heading their way. And as the presstitutes in the West locate this war on the back burner the gravamen of these circumstances continues at pace.

    We should now expect supply pushed inflation to be at least 20 percent, before this reckless, misconceived action, to now be 30 percent or more in your Western world as winter comes.

    Underlying all of this is this racist, capitalist, system which you support wholeheartedly and its inability to meet its day of reckoning, even as most of us remain in that trade and investment Wonderland of Alice.

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  • Gaddafi called for integration of a United States of Africa
    “a single African military force, a single currency and a single passport for Africans to move freely around the continent”.
    Gaddafi had also indicated that the proposed federation may extend as far west as the Caribbean: Haiti, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, the Bahamas and other islands featuring a large African diaspora, may be invited to join.

    United Rock

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    Pacha…guess everyone will see the reality for themselves……soon coming….

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    Saw them try to assassinate the Argentina VP and the gun jammed, barely got away…

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  • Was unaware. Not surprised. The backyard is conjuring a Pink Tide again.
    Just met with the new top leadership in Colombia.
    The second in command is a Black woman. Something similar is likely there as well.

    Waru

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  • Given the historic correlation of political forces.

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  • The only question and hope is that we can take advantage of the opportunity and move beyond the usual rhetoric/talkshop

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    “Given the historic correlation of political forces”

    it’s getting UGLI-ER…

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    yes Pacha….buddy of mine living in Colombia did discuss that matter in the last few weeks…

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  • “The only question and hope is that we can take advantage of the opportunity and move beyond the usual rhetoric/talkshop”

    Reading between the lines
    Africa is set to become a powerhouse
    and the West would like to stop it happening
    but everyone knows what they are truly like
    and won’t let them do anything

    Mighty Diamonds – Right Time

    Natty Dread will never run away, no no no
    Natty Dread will never run away
    Marcus Garvey prophesy say, oh yeah
    Man a go find him back against the wall, ooh yeah
    It a go bitter

    When the right time comes, Lord, some a go charge fe treason
    A when the right time come, yeah some a go charge fe arson
    A when the right time come, Lord, some a go charge fe murder
    A when the law man come, some a go run till dem tumble down
    A when the Parson come, him a go quote de Scripture

    Swallow field a go be in a, the battlefield, yeah yeah
    Natty Dread will never run away, no no no
    Natty Dread will never run away, no my brethren
    Dis ya a prophecy, hold dem Marcus
    Dis ya a prophecy, hold dem Marcus

    (..)

    Swallow field a go be in a, the battlefield, yeah yeah
    Natty Dread will never run away, no no no
    Natty Dread will never run away, no my brethren
    Dis ya a prophecy, oh oh yeah, dis ya prophecy

    A when the right time come, yeah, some a go charge fe treason
    A when the right time come, some a go charge fe arson
    A when the right time come, oh yeah, some a go fe murder
    A when the law man come, oh, some a go run till dem tumble down
    A when the parson come, yeah, him a go quote de Scripture
    Swallow field a go be, yeah, the battlefield
    Field, field, oh yeah, yeah
    Natty Dread will never run away, no no no
    Natty Dread will never run away, oh no no..

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  • @David, I am very positive and would say we must guard against the former colonizers sabotaging this effort.

    Far too many fools have bought into the idea of the mentally enslaved that direct flights between the Caribbean and Africa will lack capacity.

    I think every Bajan should be be afforded the opportunity to spend 3 months outside of Barbados every 5 years as part of some National Re-education andI Indoctrination Policy.

    Too much mendicancy and lazy thinkers in Barbados who seem prepared to constantly be bathed in mediocrity while finding comfort with the poor black man syndrome. Bring a Haitian or a poor African who has unreliable electricity, no computer, eats macaroni for breakfast, lunch and dinner to Barbados, take the same amount of Bajans to Haiti or Africa. The Haitian and Africans would be creative while utilizing every opportunity while the Bajans would just grumble.

    A pig does not complain it does not have hands to eat.

    BAJANS ARE SPOILT ROTTEN BY GOVERNMENT AND POLITICIANS.

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  • @Kammie

    There is the view what you have described comes with a growing middle class.

    ————————

    Ready for take-off

    https://www.nationnews.com/2022/09/03/ready-take-off/

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    “Too much mendicancy and lazy thinkers in Barbados who seem prepared to constantly be bathed in mediocrity while finding comfort with the poor black man syndrome. The Haitian and Africans would be creative while utilizing every opportunity while the Bajans would just grumble. ”

    that’s the spirit….do your OWN RESEARCH into the continent, create your OWN CONTACTS list and NETWORK orgs, individually, do not take what politicians say as gospel and depend on their usual go nowhere rhetoric…..THE REALITY on the ground is completely DIFFERENT……what you have on OTHERS who go to Afrika DAILY BY THE PLANELOADS where you see NO AFRIKANS FROM THE DIASPORA, particularly from the Caribbean………you are AFRIKAN by DESCENT they are merely exploiters seeking a way in to TIEF…..

    “BAJANS ARE SPOILT ROTTEN BY GOVERNMENT AND POLITICIANS.”

    nah…they are MISLED and have for the last 100 YEARS……turned into mindless, unthinking voters on their way to a lifetime of DEPENDENCY, poverty and social reduction…stuck on pauperized islands….with NO WAY OUT.

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    btw…….Caribbean politicians HAVE NO CLUE about the reality on the ground on OUR continent…don’t let them fool you with the pretend they know..

    i should reiterate, you also get planeloads of North America Afrikans seizing the opportunity to reconnect…..i personally know quite a few who have already repatriated…take your time LEARN THE REALITY…..get to know your Afrikan cousins PERSONALLY..

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    and as Pacha would also tell you…it is a PERSONAL ANCESTRAL JOURNEY FOR AFRIKAN DESCENTS ONLY…..

    look at it from that perspective, not from the capitalist worldview, and you can NEVER fail or go wrong….RECONNECT…

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    having DIRECT FLIGHTS between the Caribbean and Afrika is a PLUS for Afrikan descents……….that should be the island governments ONLY PRIORITY……and since they are one-dimentional…….there is ONLY ONE THING TO DO…..arrange weekly flights until they can be UPGRADED TO DAILY….

    ..don’t know how they could screw that up…..but we shall see….

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  • David,

    I’ve been listening to some of the talk shopping (although, I missed the presentation from a friend of mine on food security) and I can sense the excitement that Kammie mentioned.

    I am afraid to get too excited. I don’t think I could stand the disappointment of another false start.

    Though the words were encouraging and there seems to be intent, I am only cautiously optimistic.

    I do hope that we HAVE grasped the fact that this has to be more than a business arrangement. There must indeed be a deep reckoning with the barriers, both external and internal that have kept us apart. And then there must be a reconnecting on a level that runs deeper than business relationships.

    How could we have been so blind to each other for all this time?

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  • Agree Donna, we seem to be further along compared to efforts of the past. Keep fingers crossed.

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    btw…the ISLAND IS BROKE and they have NO CHOICE…..that’s the only reason all of this is happening…

    don’t let them pretend they are heros, they are NOT……….they are responsible for all the accompanying fallout from their DECADES OF RECKLESSNESS……and must be held accountable…

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  • Magnificent a.k.a Magno – Yu Heard Formula: C₂₁H₃₀O₂ IUPAC ID: (−)-(6aR,10aR)-6,6,9-trimethyl- 3-pentyl-6a,7,8,10a-tetrahydro- 6H-benzo[c]chromen-1-ol

    “don’t let them pretend they are heros, they are NOT……….they are responsible for all the accompanying fallout from their DECADES OF RECKLESSNESS……and must be held accountable…”

    It is not the same politicians as before. As politicians are part of the community, they reflect it’s views, As public consensus is now shifting towards links with Africa, this will start being reflected in Government and other parties policies too. You shouldn’t criticise what you want and mistrust political will and intent when it is in line with your beliefs. Alternatively people can become involved in Afrocentric politics themselves.

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  • An example of forces against African Unity is when Gaddafi was head of African Union and called for a United States of Africa.
    South African President Zuma was reluctant to agree and has now been charged for corruption.
    The Libyan War was alleged to be by “rebel groups” against Gaddafi, but West were involved overtly and covertly to overthrow and assassinate Gaddafi.

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    from time to time, i will post information on my sites as a guide…to the reconnection process…

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    I would deport all these STINKING fcuks from our continent..

    “UK Tells Africans to Eat Insects for the Environment

    Starvation-threatened Africans are being encouraged to eat insects by a UK aid initiative.

    African caterpillars, migratory locusts and black soldier flies are on the menu under the initiative taking place in Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of Congo – but locals are rejecting the offer due to the taste and cultural norms.

    Dr Alberto Fiore, the project lead who has whipped up a dish of locally farmed mopane worms, cereals, and fruits, has also created a insect-based porridge containing grains including sorghum and millets, which he reassured the Guardian is palatable.”

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  • One school of thought is that when African Americans were fighting for Civil Rights in America in 50s 60s 70s, Heads of States in Africa did not voice support as they were paid Aid by the West.
    Western Assets are criminal and extremist political or even terrorist groups of people who are on their payroll and working for them.

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  • Interesting idea Kammie….

    I very much like the idea of a program that would allow for the possibility 1 school year to be spent in Africa with African students spending 1 year here. An exchange program. The cross fertilization, appreciation of who we all are and linkage building would be TREMENDOUS.

    As I recall my own development, in and outside of Barbados. My confidence as a global citizen and global business man grew considerably due to my experiences living in other Caribbean islands as well as regularly working with my African brothers and sisters internationally. This experience would be priceless and early enough in our kids development to carry on in an influential and beneficial way for the rest of their lives.

    It goes well beyond the narrow view of just trying to fill a hotel room. This is about linking who we are to who we really were as a people. Not what the HIStory books tell us. Again, the confidence from this reckoning is priceless…..So you know it will be challenged BTW

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  • @ WARU
    As I read these positive postings on Africa, I reflect on your gallant efforts to push our African heritage and oneness.
    In many ways I remember the efforts of Brothers and Sisters in Bim, who tried their utmost to impress upon the powers that be, over fifty years ago, that Africa was where we could find great cultural, economic and other links, that are really the genuine missing parts of who we are.
    Education like a plant , has to be cultivated and it takes roots. The better we protect the roots , the stronger the plant. Like great trees, the roots spread and when we try to dig up that tree , the resistance of the roots , often surprise the most advanced tree moving equipment.
    Peace:

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    Pacha…a nutjob allegedly hijacked a plane in Mississippi and threatening to crash it into a Walmart…..am sure this will go on until the plane runs out of fuel……yep…it’s live and ongoing..

    then the Gates from Hell got sued by someone in India for 165 million for vaccine injury when their daughter died from a brain bleed…..everything is cratering….

    Afrikan descents need to PAY FULL ATTENTION..

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    In many ways I remember the efforts of Brothers and Sisters in Bim, who tried their utmost to impress upon the powers that be, over fifty years ago, that Africa was where we could find great cultural, economic and other links, that are really the genuine missing parts of who we are.”

    now we can appreciate what REAL Pan Afrikanists were subjected to from the 1920s to PRESENT…by the JUDASES….we see those mindsets still alive and well……but they have FAILED…AND ALWAYS WILL..

    “Education like a plant , has to be cultivated and it takes roots. The better we protect the roots , the stronger the plant. Like great trees, the roots spread and when we try to dig up that tree , the resistance of the roots , often surprise the most advanced tree moving equipment.”

    that’s been our BARRIER for the last 100 YEARS….schooled as opposed to EDUCATED…..now we know WE ARE THE MISSING LINK and SHOULD act accordingly…USING IMPENETRABLE ANCESTRAL STRENGTH…

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    I was avoiding coming here but I was called.

    Pacha…a nutjob allegedly hijacked a plane in Mississippi and threatening to crash it into a Walmart…..am sure this will go on until the plane runs out of fuel……yep…it’s live and ongoing..

    Walmart? Why would you crash a plane into Walmart? Is no place sacred?

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @David, are we really that further along than the past? Are the practical hurdles which posed problems no longer existent? The enthusiasm is excellent and maybe I am too cynical to believe that many appear to see these ventures with more sentiment than sensibility!

    The conference speaks of :

    Promoting inter-bank relationships including fostering payment and financial flow;
    developing creative and cultural engagements that can be commercially viable;
    creating a business case for a potential AfriCaribbean Free Trade Area;
    promoting trade and investment between Africa and the Caribbean by serving as a platform for market identification, building business partnerships, exchange of trade and market information, co-investments, etc..

    All laudable and perfectly legitimate but since when do we need to bend over backwards to guide smart entrepreneurial folks to “create a business case” for investment opportunities or indeed cultural engagements!

    This should have been a NATURAL progression over these many years and the fact that it’s taken root only in starts and stops is for many reasons (like @Holdeers point: “former colonizers sabotaging this effort”) but for all practical purposes it goes well beyond that.

    We KNOW that Bob Marley played in concert to large crowds in Africa way back in the 80s (Zimbabwe, I believe and Ethiopia) and was exceedingly popular all over the continent along with other Caribbean artistes; similarly we in turn listened to the acapella group ‘LadySmith Black Mambazo’, Hugh Masekela and many others. So in 2022 we need a government forum to speak to ‘cultural engagement’ … fah trute!

    Why has there been no ability to complete flights from there to the region with commercially viable projects (they were started or strongly mooted some years ago, not so) ? Where will those flights be coming from … Accra or Cape Town or where; and will there be more tourists than traded products or vice-versa. What’s on the return legs??

    These are multi-stop long haul events currently and the viability of regularly scheduled direct flights seem quite remote as a commercial profit maker. … But periodic charters could work!

    If there are organic opportunities to continue to expand the outreach between our nations surely they will be executed so I too wish the entrepreneurs well!

    Thus one hopes the conference talk shop revved up more than enthusiasm.

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  • @Dee Word

    As shared with Donna earlier, time will tell. Growing these non traditional links is a hard nut to crack.

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  • Life through the eyes of the quintessential Bajan.

    As long established abnormal ways of degenerative thinking never fail to reassert themselves even when facing the existential.

    As a mindless hopefulness crowds out critical thought.

    Not even within the dominant thinking of Bajans is there the uniqueness of letting other poor people or others generally come to Barbados and see opportunities which locals will never see or grasp, is a unique cultural norm. This happens everywhere!

    This thinking comes from the same people who have propelled the East Indian take over of nearly all of Swan Street and Broad Street.

    Bajans talk pretty but when it comes to foreigners they are ruthless in support. Bajans use as social currency interactions with the foreigners they like and are quick to testify that there is some universality of mankind. That all White people ain’t racist. That Indians are their friends. As if its our job to assess each one, ignoring the general tendencies, history, reciprocity, intentions not in the general interest of the people etc

    We are yet to see any Bajan communities, anywhere in the world, which dominates the business landscape. Indeed, community is impossible unless we first own and control an economy. We don’t mean a the national economy. For we neither own nor control that.

    This self flagellation is well established to maintain a national narrow-mindedness, broadly accepted. As if a Bajan branch of philosophy cum religion. Permit this writer to demure.

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  • .Thanks Theo
    In a place with no TV

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @William, I really don’t intend to get drawn to deeply into this overwrought hyperventilating type subject but I want to briefly touch on your remark that:

    “In many ways I remember the efforts of Brothers and Sisters in Bim, who tried their utmost to impress upon the powers that be, over fifty years ago, that Africa was where we could find great cultural, economic and other links, that are really the genuine missing parts of who we are.
    Education like a plant , has to be cultivated and it takes roots. The better we protect the roots , the stronger the plant. Like great trees, the roots spread and when we try to dig up that tree , the resistance of the roots , often surprise the most advanced tree moving equipment.”

    Would you not say also that there was significant cross-interface back then at the political level (at least). I certainly recall visits to the region by African presidents/chieftains most often to Jamaica.

    Beyond that, however, with the greater exposure of West Indians to colleges in US and UK they become more directly exposed to brethren from Africa and those close bounds grew into powerful liaisons after homeward returns which in turn led to those young professionals forging more interface.

    Of course though to your point (as I interpret it) all was limited within the lil-England mentality and too the simple economic dog-eat-dog struggle of mirrored developing economies being man-handled by the developed world.

    We are in a vastly different space now and interfaces will hopefully grow more significantly but I am simply saying: seize and settle to others – and suggest your point about making an “impression” can be affirmed to the point that: what our brethren of that day did to forge links with our continental ancestors should not be see as any less than TRAILBLAZING as roots of our education and more in context of the tremendous pressures they faced NOT to link-up !

    I dun wid this.

    Peace out.

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    “I was avoiding coming here but I was called.”

    Theo…thought i would see you on the other thread where a staunch supporter of judas politicians now if one leg, no pension and no disability benefits is reduced to nothing…

    am sure you can now appreciate when the NIGAS climb on black backs to get into the parliament to run up and down the world stage pretending AND TELLING LIES they NEVER look at or remember the Afrikan descents they NEGLECT, SELLOUT and DISENFRANCHISE TO GET THERE….

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    “now WITH one leg, no pension and no disability benefits is reduced to nothing…

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  • @ DPD
    Nothing wrong with your position. All I am really trying my best yo say is that those Brothers and Sisters efforts were derailed and now we are trying to “ do something “. I am not here to prove anything, that’s why I welcome the effort.
    I know exactly where @ Pacha’s mind is and he is absolutely correct as indeed you are.
    I simply complimented @WARU efforts in her contributions on this topic and other comments she has made in reference to Africa.
    You will note that I have been guarded in my comments by only saying I support the effort.
    I know that there are certain elements who will only jump on the bandwagon because they are seeing it purely as some victory for their political favorites.
    But that will not deter me from a position that I have held for over more than five decades.
    Peace.

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  • @William

    Your hypocrisy knows no bounds but BU Archives is always there for those who need to check anything.

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    William….no long explanation necessary, we know those who cannot see themselves, have LONG LOST any credibility they may have had and no one really pays much attention to what they post these days….times have gotten too serious for the one-upmanship that GOES NOWHERE anyway…

    and intelligent people are looking FOR A WAY OUT with their FUTURE GENERATIONS IN MIND…

    some of us are providing a space where they can PENETRATE and use what is needed from an AFRIKAN ANCESTRAL PERSPECTIVE……some will see it and grab the opportunity, the others are on their own still waiting for self-absorbed, self-glorifying politicians for answers THEY JUST DON’T HAVE…

    everyone witnessed the rough time those that thought they had all the answers believed they could give me, we can now see it has NOT gotten them very far…

    in saying that, there is MUCH WORK TO DO….and not many have the KNOW HOW or the requisite information to PROCEED TO THE NEXT LEVEL…

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    and YES, i have that INFORMATION, spent the last 10 YEARS collecting, and it will be DISTILLED ON MY WEBSITES periodically for those who don’t have any intention of falling into the well-placed TRAPS already set….so their current offspring and incoming descents CAN BE FREE..

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    Oh Lordie, @Willam I came back re your: “All I am really trying my best to say is that those Brothers and Sisters efforts were derailed and now we are trying to do something. I am not here to prove anything, that’s why I welcome the effort.”

    We are all here to offer our 2cents and frankly there is little you or any of us -with our aliases – can prove on these pages beyond ego boasting.

    I defer away from @ Pacha’s and @WARU and all others who treat disagreement as a blood sport which requires vigorously nasty retorts … their opinions like many of ours are sometimes excellent and sometimes absurd and if they perceive that no one can tell them when they are being absurd without their nasty wit and venom being shown then more power to them.

    And I am unsure why you need to be “guarded in [your] comments by only saying [you] support the effort” you have spoken often and forcibly about developing Black enterprises so this fits well in your philosophical and personal interests.

    Anyhow, enough , enough. I dun now.

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  • There is more involved than just going back to Africa, and it has to be a successful move.
    People will need income, money to buy a place, pay bills, buy a car and buy food to live etc.
    It is easier for Celebrities or Americans to sell up and up and move or live and travel between 2 continents but more difficult for others from poorer nations.
    There are a number of tales and news reports of musicians, rastas and others who made the move but came back or were stranded, or bought land and property which was not used.
    There are even stories of people being robbed and attacked by locals. Government Agencies can help the transition. Adults and Youths can go out on work contracts or summer camps etc.

    Killing Me Softly (Killing My Remix

    Killing Me Softly (Extended Mix)

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    “the others are on their own still waiting for self-absorbed, self-glorifying politicians for answers THEY JUST DON’T HAVE……and i might add….there is a very good reason WHY THEY JUST DON’T HAVE ANY AND NEVER WILL…

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    follow your AFRIKAN ANCESTRAL INSTINCTS and stop listening to asholes….

    ..there are people who went on the continent with NOT A DIME and now own HUNDREDS OF ACREAGE, it will not work for everyone….nothing does, don’t work for some who go WITH LOTS OF MONEY EITHER….they get FRUSTRATED AND LEAVE…

    it’s all about YOUR ATTITUDE….that determines your SUCCESS OR FAILURE….same as in the west…where people go from paupers to millionares and from millionares to paupers….

    WORK WITH WHAT MAKES YOU MORE COMFORTABLE…and get ALL THE INFORMATION YOU NEED about everything which shite governments DON’T HAVE…………knowledge is STILL POWER…

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    Kush Quarterly for October will have information on the risks involved from an Afrikan American perspective….that’s why i keep talking about mending fences……there are barriers in place…..just like there are in the US and the Caribbean…government involvement or no…

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    the GOOD NEWS and there is ALWAYS GOOD NEWS…..there are 55 AFRIKAN COUNTRIES TO CHOOSE FROM……i know a couple right now live in Rwanda and travelling throughout the continent…

    and it seems from LOOKING at the long pages and pages available there are literally THOUSANDS OF ISLANDS for Afrikan descents to just close their eyes and PICK ONE, or two or three….after INDEPTH RESEARCH OF COURSE…

    …Tanzania and Uganda got some absolutely GORGEOUS islands……

    make your OWN CHOICES and don’t let idiots PUT SHIT IN YOUR HEADS….

    it’s much different to the west where you ARE DEFINITELY TRAPPED AND NOT FREE….i have not heard ONE Afrikan person from the west who lived or visited the continent said they felt trapped…..even if they don’t stay..

    ..the SYSTEM however, was manipulated just as it is in the west……a whole nother story..

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  • not sure why anyone would want to denigrate a black government efforts to link up
    or why they want to push themselves as the font of all knowledge
    but that’s the african troll mindset

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    ya can’t fix shit in Sri Lanka….but ya got answers for Barbados…

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    besides…ya corrupt president is on his way back to Sri Lanka…ya should take a trip home..

    actually he is back…

    “Deposed Sri Lankan president Gotabaya Rajapaksa faced calls for his arrest Saturday after returning home from self-imposed exile under the protection of his successor’s government.”

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