Daily Archives: December 5, 2006

Niger Muslims Protest Against Women’s Rights Bill

NIAMEY (Reuters) – Some 2,000 Muslim traditionalists in Niger staged a protest on Sunday against plans to ratify Africa’s Maputo Protocol on women’s rights, which has already been rejected by the West African country’s parliament.

Adopted by African heads of state in Mozambique’s capital in 2003, the Protocol aims to enshrine rights for women across the continent, guaranteeing them equality with men in all spheres of life and outlawing female circumcision.

But the Protocol has met resistance in Niger, a deeply impoverished, landlocked country in the arid Sahel region on the southern edge of the Sahara.

… continue reading this article at Dhimmi Watch (link here)

As our poet friend Paterika Hengreaves knows, there is the idea of romantic Africa that most Bajans hold in their hearts…

… And then there is reality.


Filed under Africa, Barbados, Culture & Race Issues, Religion

Associated Press Caught Reporting War Atrocity That Never Happened

We love it when people rant about blogs not being credible sources of news or information – because the truth is, when bloggers are incorrect on a matter of fact, you can be sure they hear about it from their readers – who post corrections and responses freely.

The very fact that blogs are a two-way communication means that thousands of people can research, broadcast and correct inaccuracies in an open forum.

This is totally different than a newspaper or a television broadcast where thousands of people can recognize a lie, but are unable to challenge the lie in the same venue.

More Lies From Folks We Are Supposed To Trust – The Professional News Media

Back in August, we reported that Reuters News had knowingly published hundreds of faked news photos – and that bloggers around the world were on their case. (See BFP’s Reuters News Published Many, Possibly Hundreds of Faked Photos…)

Eventually, Reuters was forced to withdraw over 1000 photos from circulation due to the efforts of a few bloggers who brought their photographic and military expertise to the issue.

Now comes the story that the Associated Press has been caught reporting a war atrocity in Iraq that never happened.

Nothing in the old media yet, but Michelle Malkin and other bloggers are all over the story while the “old media” pretends it never happened. Visit Michelle Malkin here and she’ll give you the details.


Filed under Barbados, History

Tool To Circumvent Internet Censorship Set To Launch – Mia Mottley In Tears…


What an emotional roller-coaster ride for Barbados Deputy Prime Minister “Mama Mia” Mottley! Yesterday, she felt the joy of seeing Hugo Chavez totally disrupt any news media that wouldn’t whistle the party tune. (BFP link here) We have it on excellent authority that Mia spent all morning running up and down the halls of government shouting “See people, it can be done! If Hugo-baby can shut down an entire television station, surely we can get rid of a a couple of lousy blogs!”

That was yesterday morning.

Now, poor Mia has to cope with this…

Tool To Circumvent Internet Censorship Set To Launch

Researchers at University of Toronto plan to introduce a software tool on Friday that aims to help people in countries that censor the World Wide Web.

Psiphon (pronounced sigh-fawn), a web-based utility, lets individuals in a country that censors the internet sign on to a server that gives them secure access to web pages anywhere, bypassing government restrictions…

… continue reading this article at Canada CBC News (link here).

Our Thanks and a jig of heavy rum to BFP reader Hants for the tip.


Filed under Barbados, Politics & Corruption

Man Released From Barbados Police Custody Later Dies – Rumours Of Bruises, Brain Damage & Burst Artery

No Independent Civilian Oversight For Suspicious Death Investigation

When a person dies in police custody or shortly after being released, there should be an immediate investigation by an independent authority. Who investigates such deaths in Barbados?

The police.

Sure, perhaps a coroner or attorney will be put in charge of the process – but the initial and substantive investigation response to an allegation of wrong-doing by a police officer is performed by the Royal Barbados Police Force.

Isn’t it about time that the police stopped being a law unto themselves?

From The Nation News…

WHAT HAPPENED to Glenroy Brathwaite?

His grieving family wants to know following his death on Sunday night at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH), less than 24 hours after his brother collected him from Oistins Police Station in what he said was a disoriented and bruised state.

Brathwaite, 36, of Ashby Land, near Oistins, Christ Church, overnighted in police custody following his arrest in the wee hours of Saturday in the Oistins Bay Gardens.

His siblings spoke to the DAILY NATION yesterday because his mother, Patricia Brathwaite, was overcome with grief.

Glenroy’s brother, Oscar, who was at the QEH, said: “They started stabilising him . . . . They told me he had damage to his brain, an artery burst and it was from more than being drunk. They would have to know exactly what was wrong with him ’cause he had X-rays and a CAT scan.”

The family said he slipped into unconsciousness and then died.

They described the handyman as friendly, kind and always willing to help who never got into “anything with anybody”.

His sister Diana charged he was “roughed up” by police and said when she saw him at the station, he was lying on the floor covered in his own vomit, urine and faeces, and had “marks” over his face and chest.

She said he was later released without being charged after they were told he would be.

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


Filed under Barbados, Crime & Law

Barbados’ 41st Independence Day Celebrations To Be “Even More Spectacular” Than 40th Anniversary !!!

“Even More Spectacular” … So says Minister of State, Reverend Joseph Atherley.

Fabulous! Can’t hardly wait for the 41st Anniversary of Barbados Independence.

Isn’t it great when our leadership has all their priorities properly laid out?

Check out the CBC article link here.


Filed under Barbados, Politics & Corruption

Barbados Poet Paterika Hengreaves – The Tribal Beat Of Distant Drums


I NEVER was one for poetry, but lately I find myself spending some time at Paterika Hengreaves’ blog Poetry Nest. Paterika seems to have lived everywhere in the world for a little while, until Barbados calls for her to come home again.

Her poem The Tribal Beat of Distant Drums captures many of us perfectly: torn between who we are now, and where we have come from as a people.


An excerpt from the middle of The Tribal Beat of Distant Drums by Paterika Hengreaves…

…Westward ho

The chain of island gems
Set in the Atlantic Ocean
And in the blue Caribbean Sea
Barbados is one of them
My homeland I love
And Bussa statute reminds me
That we are free
At last to find our destiny

But now and then we do hear
The beating of African drums
Distant drums, ancestral drums
Enticing us, the forsaken ones
To come
To mother

You tell us to come home
But how can we
To a foreign land
Its language
And culture
We don’t readily

Read the whole poem at Poetry Nest (link here)


… Bussa & portrait photos from Paterika Hengreaves’ website

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Filed under Barbados, Culture & Race Issues, History, Island Life