Thursday, July 27, 2006

walk well ms lou

Ms. Lou
May the ancestors be pleased with her
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ms lou crosses over

Dr. Hon. Louise Bennett-Coverley
Born :1919
Crossed over :2006

Sun a shine, but tings no bright

Doh pot a bwile, bickle no nuff

River flood but water scarce, yaw;

Rain a fall, but dutty tough...

excerpt from poem by Louise Bennett "DUTTY TOUGH"

Jamaican born Ms Lou will surely be missed internationally. She has courageously charted the hopes, dreams and aspirations of Caribbean people everywhere. However we shall not mourn her passing but indeed celebrate with thanksgiving a life dedicated unselfishly to raising consciousness and successfully contributing to the wealth that is today Caribbean literature and Culture.

She is famed with the commentary that Caribbean arrivants in post war Britain came to RE-COLONIALISE INGLAN.


never say gone

never say gone

our soldiers

move on

move on to prepare

so our culture can carry on

excerpt from whether or not

Victims of 1990

Imam Abu Bakr arrested after Coup attempt

Hon. ANR Robinson then serving Prime Minister

Member of Parliament Winston Dookeran addresses the nation during siege

A plaque commemorating victims with an affirmation and eternal flame

On July 27th 1990, former Police Officer now Imam Yasin Abu Bakr of Jamaat Al Muslimeem orchestrated an attempted coup against the democratically elected government of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago. Then serving Prime Minister Hon. ANR Robinson was captured when insurgents captured the Parliament while the His Excellency President Noor Hassanali was aboard.
After five days of civil riots, looting property damage and violence there were more than forty five fatalities. Today let us pour libations and solemnly remember the innocent victims of that sad incident.
I wish to remember my personal friend Ms. Lorraine Caballero - Clerical Officer employed at the Red House (wherein the T&T Parliament is located). Lorraine was caught in the cross fire and left to die on the grounds of the red House. No one went to her rescue.
Sixteen years of promises, no Public Enquiry nor Compensation for her two sons and dependents of other victims.
May the ancestors be pleased with her efforts.

Monday, July 24, 2006

cover of summer issue-DIALOGUE

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Printed: 110 pages, 8.25" x 10.75",
casewrap-hardcover binding,
full-color interior ink

SUMMER 2006 issue of DIALOGUE available

First published in the Caribbean since 1995, Dialogue [then known as Profile 96] has acquired a dedicated readership of over twelve thousand readers across the planet. This journal specifically addresses issues relating to indigenous cultures and its impact on the post modern world. This Summer Spring Issue includes a bonus supplement dedicated to PANAFSTRAG.

A journal of culture
issn: 1024-0209
no. 2/ vol. 2-Spring Summer -2006
AFROETS PRESS 32nd anniversary
Roi Ankhkara Kwabena

GUEST EDITOR: Renèe Ballerini-Sigel

Lennox Raphael, Cathy Perry, Nuru El, Dicho Ilunga, Munyaradzi Muzenda, Stewart Brown, Patrick Wilson Githinji, Avelino Bambi, Efi Antoniou, Esuseeke Ololade, Milorad Krystanovch, Ras Jahaziel, Mardin Ibrahim, Ishola Williams, Kunijwok Kwawang, ADAMISSIMO, Writers Without Borders, PANAFSTRAG & Africa Speaks,

Contents (selected)

· ART of Dialogue
· All Are Orphans
· Obituaries
· Ancient Grace
· Short Story- Hate to Forgiveness
· WILL but forced
· Africa Speaks
· News update
· What they never tell
· Children of the Dust
· Dwight/Dwrong
· A God Within
· Saving the seeds
· AFROETS Anniversary
· Poet Amyrl Johnson
· conversArt
· Sacred Right
· Connections
· Other Tongues
Plus a BONUS PANAFSTRAG supplement

Sunday, July 23, 2006


H.I.M. Emperor Haile Selasie
Ras Negas Lij TAFARI Makonnen
Born: July 23rd 1892-
Crossed over: 27th August 1975

the words of his imperial majesty are as relevant as
they ever were for these days and times...

"Apart from the Kingdom of the Lord there is not on this earth any nation that is superior to any other. Should it happen that a strong Government finds it may with impunity destroy a weak people, then the hour strikes for that weak people to appeal to the League of Nations to give its judgment in all freedom. God and history will remember your judgment."

“Education develops the intellect; and the intellect distinguishes man from other creatures. It is education that enables man to harness nature and utilize her resources for the well-being and improvement of his life. The key for the betterment and completeness of modern living is education. But, ' Man cannot live by bread alone '. Man, after all, is also composed of intellect and soul. Therefore, education in general, and higher education in particular, must aim to provide, beyond the physical, food for the intellect and soul. That education which ignores man's intrinsic nature, and neglects his intellect and reasoning power can not be considered true education.”

"Contrary to certain notions that the preservation of world peace is the exclusive preserve of the great powers, the question of peace or war, because it involves the survival of humanity, is one that is intimately and vitally connected with all the peoples of the world. All the peoples of the world, therefore, should make greater efforts to enable those powers that are more immidiately concerned with the maintenance of peace to arrive at some plan that will guarantee harmony as the basis for preserving world peace."

“Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for evil to triumph.”