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Our Caribbean is One Nation

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As close as we came: Flag of the West Indies Federation

by Mahogany Coconut

The peoples of the Caribbean especially those in their 60’s and older must be baffled by what they see daily emerging in their individual islands. It is not all negative, but the shootings, muggings and the many wayward youth must be a great source of pain for them. The islands now lack seriously progressive thinkers and the few that still advocate radical change are privately admitting that the task is harder than it was in the sixties. The mental baggage from slavery and colonialism persists.

Political independence and mental independence are not easily disentangled.

We have the physical trappings that we are told are provided by free education. That means that we are apparently educated to be nothing more than consumers since we are measuring progress by conspicuous consumption. We are no longer using the wholesomeness of communities and the ability to display our creative talents because, they for the most part, are being driven into oblivion and our young citizens cannot even participate in a football game unless gunshots climax the evening.

So Carnival in its various reincarnations is nothing more than simulated sex in the streets and we are already exporting vulgarity as culture if we take a very candid look at what passes for culture on Eastern Parkway in New York! Half naked women and men in the streets with all their goods exposed…

… continue reading this article at the Mahogany CoConut Blog Rise you mighty Caribbean people, RISE!

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Caribbean women need to redefine their vision of men

BFP’s Shona found this at T&T journalist Ira Mathur’s website…

Perhaps the stereotype of what it is to be manly in the region needs to change among young girls. Instead of admiring macho, unfaithful men who have many children, the real role model should be a man who is serious, has an education, a job and supports his family.

My first week here I visited UWI and there were students presenting their theses on subjects I was familiar with through my job and I was astounded by the wonderful quality. What I find deplorable is the high rate of brain drain in the whole region of highly educated graduates, doctors, engineers, nurses who go abroad because they can’t get jobs here.

Ana Schlüter (wife of German Ambassador Stefan Schlüter) talks to Caribbean  journalist Ira Mathur in Ira’s blog article Line between right and wrong in T&T blurred

T&T Journalist Ira Mathur

Ira Mathur is an Indian born Caribbean freelance journalist/writer working in radio, television and print in Trinidad, West Indies. She has been a regular columnist since 1995 and currently writes for the Trinidad Guardian.

The body of writing reflected in her website is in many ways the diary of a woman of the Indian Diaspora who has made the Caribbean her home.  Ira spent her childhood in India and Tobago, her University years in Canada, lived in England and settled in Trinidad.

Like most children of the Diaspora, she inhabits many worlds, not quite belonging to any one, but improvising, choosing and claiming chunks of most.

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