Black Man nah guh know dem selves till dem back against the wall-Beyond the IMF and Geopolitical Economics

Originally posted on 1981:

plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose”

“Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the center cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.” William Butler Yeats’s poem “The Second Coming,”

If yuh nah pay attention yuh probably wouldn’t notice seh Christine Lagard di IMF lady, just come a Jamaica come tell we fi mek sure we dollar devalue/”right value” ( reach $500 to 1 or more). She and the IMF seh weh we did a do before caan work so it need fi find it right value.

The Government of Jamaica has announced the visit of Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Ms. Christine Lagarde, and her delegation to Jamaica.

On Friday, June 27, 2014, Ms. Lagarde will meet with Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson-Miller; Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon…

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Afifa Aza: There’s More to Life Than Just Getting By

Originally posted on Petchary's Blog:

“People are leaving here, because it’s not livable. I want to make it livable.”

I often see Afifa Aza in our favorite café in Kingston, perched at a table with headphones on her ears. She has a self-deprecating smile and tufty hair. She is an artist – an artist who is also an activist. She wants to “guide ideas,” to help them grow. And to help Jamaica grow into a living, breathing, vibrant, inclusive society – so that people will not want to leave. She doesn’t want them to leave (and nor do I). So, we sat down and talked, recently, in our favorite café.

Afifa Aza says she is "grounded in an African/Rastafarian spirituality."

Afifa Aza is “grounded in an African/Rastafarian spirituality.”

Afifa is the co-founder (with feminist Georgia Love, who is an active member of Women’s Media Watch) of two alternative spaces – for art, learning, culture, growth, dialogue. One is SO((U))L HQ, in Stony Hill, just…

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No Science is Neutral : A long hard look at Bain’s Affidavit and the Aftermath  

Originally posted on Groundation Grenada:

 :: by Tonya Haynes & Angelique V. Nixon::

 “Expectations” from The Neighbourhood Report by Barbadian artist Ewan Atkinson

Since the announcement of the termination of Professor Bain’s short post-retirement contract with CHART (Caribbean HIV/AIDS Regional Training Network), there has been a growing movement in protest over his termination. Most recently, the Jamaica Supreme Court has granted an injunction which prevents UWI from removing Bain from the post. And so the story continues to unfold and the issues at hand debated from a variety of perspectives. What is most intriguing, however, is the way in which the affidavit itself has been framed as neutral and an objective use of research.

Noted writers and scholars such as Carolyn Cooper and Kei Miller have argued that having read Professor Bain’s affidavit there was very little in it that was objectionable, that essentially he is a scientist reporting “facts.” Even though Kei Miller…

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Queens Igniting Fires to End Violence Against Women in the Virgin Islands!

Originally posted on In BOLD Rebirth Consulting:

” Queen Mary, oh where you gon’ go burn?
Queen Mary oh where you gon’ go burn?
Don’t ask me nothin’ at all. Just give me the match and oil.
Bassin Jailhouse, ah there the money there.
Don’t ask me nothin’ at all. Just give me the match and trash.
We gon’ burn Bassin come down,
And when we reach the factory, we’ll burn am level down. ”

This year my work has taken me around the world taking the pulse from women leading social justice movements in their respective countries from Camaroon, breast ironing to Puerto Rico, Queens  are ending sexual assault .i celebrated the return of the sun, the summer solstice in Puerto Rico and the USVI and I  spent last week in the Island of St. Criox where I got to present at the US Territory Summit on Violence Against Women and have come back truly honored…

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Pride Mubarak

Guest post by Lina Free

So does Ramadan mean no sex for the whole month? Hello- I’m not that kind of Muslim! Ha ha, I just troubling u girl; I kno the thing- my father was Muslim. Eh heh? Yes, Salahuddin was his name. But is only me outta my brothers and sisters get that name. How come? He was always drunk, never had time for us. But I was the last chile; my mother said he felt sorry by then. Salahuddin sounded just like my grandfather Shaheed. Another ‘fullaman’ yes, but that didn’t stop him from drinking and womanizing. When my grandmother ‘ran off’ her head after he got another woman pregnant the same time as she and had to be committed to the Berbice mad house after giving birth to my father- the last child of eight- Shaheed amended his ways. But by then it was too late, the damage already done. Decades afterwards, when I sat behind him in the masjid, watching him prostrate himself in prayer, all I could think about was why I had to sit behind and not beside him. Stop asking all those questions I was scolded. Just keep quiet and do as you are told. Continue reading