Daily Archives: September 15, 2006

China Donates 170 Books To Barbados Campus

Hey… that’s great!

Let’s see here… wonderful pictures, cultural history, food, topography. Beautiful books.

Let’s look up a few topics and see what we can find…

“Tiananmen Square Massacre”, “Great Famine”, “Expropriation Killings In Shanwei”, “Falon Gong”…

Hmmmm, nothing. Strange…

From The Barbados Advocate…

China Donates Literature To Cave Hill Campus

Students at the Cave Hill campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI), can now immerse themselves in the language, culture and advances of the Peoples Republic of China, thanks to the gracious donation of over 170 books that cover a range of topics.

The Chinese Ambassador to Barbados, His Excellency Liu Huanxing presented the books in a brief ceremony at the Cave Hill campus yesterday, which was received by the Deputy Principal, Professor Leo Moseley, and the Campus Librarian Karen Lequay. Several members of the Cave Hill library staff also attended.

Professor Moseley, during his comments, stated that the question of learning the Chinese language is one that will have to be faced in the near future. “In order to get on with the changing world, it is absolutely essential that Caribbean people, led by their university, should become fluent in other languages,” Moseley stated…

…read the rest at The Barbados Advocate (link here)

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Nigeria Offering Free Land To Barbados Citizens – Too Bad It Is Stolen Land

The Nation Newspaper’s website – in typical style – has a headline today proclaiming “FREE LAND FOR BAJANS”. The feel-good story just gushes about the happy opportunities of closer ties between Barbados and Nigeria. Here are some excerpts…

Free Land For Bajans

IF YOU ARE A BAJAN, free land is waiting for you in Ogun State, Nigeria.

The offer has been made by Otunba Gbenga Daniel, governor of Yewa South Local Government Area of Ogun State, as part of his plan for forging unity across the Atlantic Ocean…

…It states here clearly: ‘You are also implored to help globalise our local endowments which spread across the state. To this end our government has decided to allocate land to any of our brothers and sisters for development into either private properties or business ventures anywhere in the state on request.’“This is free land that they are offering. This is not a gimmick. This is not a joke. This is the Governor of Ogun State,” explained Gabby.

…The two-man delegation also announced several other economic and cultural initiatives between the continental Africans and Barbadians. These included a continued discussion of a direct flight route from Nigeria to Barbados; exploring the possibility of a preferential price for oil and gas from Nigeria; and an on-line Pan-African history programme for the primary and secondary students of Nigeria.

…read the full article at The Nation News (link here)

Where Did The “Free” Nigerian Land Come From?

In all the excitment over something “free”, I guess The Nation News and the involved Barbados government agencies never thought to ask “Where does this “free” land come from?”

This might have been a good question to ask, you know – considering that Nigeria is one of, if not the, most corrupt country on the planet.

Well, with about seventeen keystrokes on the internet, the Barbados Free Press discovered that the Government of Nigeria has been on a rampage of expropriating lands, bulldozing houses, beating and sometimes killing those who get in the way…

…At least a million have been left homeless.

Why Isn’t The Barbados Media Asking Some Basic Questions?

As the Government of Barbados carries through with it’s announced intention to take Barbados closer to an Afrocentric focus not only culturally, but also economically, it would serve Barbados well if the island media stopped acting like a governnment mouthpiece and started to ask one or two questions here and there.

There is No Free Lunch – And No “Free” Land In Nigeria

Some excerpts from the website of Habitat International Coalition (link here)…

...up to 800,000[i] persons may have been rendered homeless through these evictions.

Evictions began on a mass scale in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), of which Abuja is a part, with the appointment of FCT Federal Minister Mallam El-Rufai in 2003. Since then, evictions have taken place in nine communities, of a total 49 settlement areas earmarked for demolition. The communities affected by these demolitions thus far include: Wuse, (2004), Mpape (2004), Dantata (November 2004), Old Karimo (November 2004), Jabi/Kado (April 2004), Chika (November 2005), Idu Karimo (2005-2006), Kubwa (June 2005-April 2006), and Dei-dei (April 2006).

The authorities have left Chika (Extension) Community in total destruction, including social services, schools and churches. They also have demolished most of Idu-Karmo community, leaving only the church, in operations carried out during February and March 2006. Witnesses report that only half-destroyed churches remain amid vast areas of former human habitat with houses having disappeared into rubble.

Local people refer to the government’s bulldozers as “El-Rufai’s” bulldozers. Many persons having lost their houses have had no recourse but to sleep in the church hall. When the bulldozers came to destroy the sacristy and parish house in the Idu-Karmo neighbourhood, on 13 March 2006, inhabitants wept for their beloved community-built church. After the bulldozer finished destroying the small buildings and the hall, the driver proceeded to do the same with the church facade and its tall bell tower, …

Approximately three hundred churches, mosques, schools and social services are said to have been affected. Six big parishes are completely destroyed, some of them with 30,000 or more community members.

The government rationalizes this wide-scale destruction as implementation of the 1979 Abuja Master Plan. Belatedly and retroactively applying the outdated plan now renders entire communities “illegal.”…The protraction of the evictions is particularly suspicious, considering that many of those being evicted have official allocations of and/or deeds to the land. For example, according to Abuja’s Archbishop John Onayiekan, all the parishes and churches were built on officially designated sites with the consent of the city administration and under formal title deeds registered years ago.

Real estate investment and privatization are the real causes underlying the evictions and demolitions. Consequently, private real estate developers have assumed the key role in rebuilding over demolished property. For example on the site of the demolished Chika community two projects are planned: a national park and a technology village, the land of which is owned by a private real estate developer, Aldenco System Nigeria Limited.

Free Land? Only if you choose to see it that way.

What do you choose, friends?

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A Good Day For A Drive In Barbados

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It is hot and cloudy with a bit of drizzle right now, and it doesn’t look like it will clear – but we don’t much care. On such a Friday we love to drive the interior and maybe down the east coast – so we’ll see you later this evening, (unless Clive or Robert make a post).

Let’s make sure we have everything…

Son? Check, Wife? Check, Water? Check, Toys? Check. Something to eat? Call Auntie Moses! We will be there in 2 hours Auntie. See you then!

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Barbados Farm Workers Need Not Apply: Broad Street Journal

As usual, Patrick Hoyos at the Broad Street Journal makes some good points…

Barbados’ foreign exchange position has become so dire that the government has found it necessary to put a 6% cess tax on all consumer imports, save for baby diapers and a few other items. So you might think that the chance for our people to earn US and Canadian dollars would be given top priority by the Owen Arthur administration.

Well, it depends.

If you are a hotel worker, the government will do as much as possible to help you get seasonal work abroad. But if you are a farm worker, let’s say you are not going to be given priority status…

…read the rest at the Broad Street Journal (link here).

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Businessman Has Great Idea For Fast Ferry – Just Needs Barbados Tax Dollars…

Excerpts From The Nation News…

THE BUSINESSMAN who introduced Government to the multi-million dollar idea for fly-overs on the ABC Highway has another grand plan – a high-speed ferry service between Barbados and neighbouring islands.

Chairman of NSC (West Indies) Limited, Stephen Hobson, has put together a plan which, if accepted by the Owen Arthur Administration and other regional heads, would see Barbadians travelling in luxury to St Vincent in just over two hours, and St Lucia in just over three hours.

The Englishman, who already operates a successful fast-ferry service between Trinidad and its sister island, Tobago, is hoping that with his project, farmers would be able to pick fruits in Dominica one day and have them in Barbados the following day, still fresh…

Hobson expects to meet shortly with Prime Minister Owen Arthur and Minister of International Transport Noel Lynch.

He stressed he had no intention of going to Government “cap in hand” but with a project for which there were already investors and plans to open up the venture to public ownership at a later date.

What he and other potential investors want from the Barbados Government and the leaders of any other country that buys into the idea, is the provision of the proper regulatory structure and necessary physical facilities.

…”Right now travel in the region costs an average of US$200 per person,” he added. “We are looking at about US$50 for a ferry trip and a luggage arrangement . . .”

Read the full story at The Nation News (link here).

Barbados Free Press Comments

Barbados citizens again hear the swish of an approaching sandbag – swinging down to knock us upside the head. Will we be able to duck in time?

While the idea of a fast ferry may have merit – even if it calls for a minor government funding in creation of some sort of ferry terminal – we simply don’t trust the Owen Arthur Government with this project.

The recent debacles with publically funded and managed projects are proof enough that the Owen Arthur Government simply cannot be trusted – especially where there is no legal requirement for the government to issue tenders for major projects.

… and no supporting laws respecting Conflicts of Interests or Integrity standards.

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