Arab Spring

Death of Knowledge and Social Conscience In The Time Of The Immortelles: For Irma, RIP My Friend

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So you out out, jus so jus so, eh Irmes?
Photo from Irma Rambaran’s Facebook Page,
Just when the immortelles in their blaze of glory mock the
raging bushfires which like the social un-conscience casts in its wake this
monstrous – ‘not at all like proper children’ of Robert Louis Stevenson‘s Shadow over
the land in this wild unconscionable rampage of slash-and-burn of forests,
flora, fauna, wildlife, tree limbs, any limbs, any life of man, woman, children
or whatever may be also good and natural, eh?
Just when the yellow and pink and lilac poui blossoms like Asami Nagasaki’s Japanese cherry blossoms are beginning to peep out through their-green
leaves on the plains, valleys, hills and mountain tops, shyly then defiantly
daring the monstrous -not-at-all-like-proper, dece

nt well-formed – fires of slash-and-burn
to charge into them too, because they going down singing and dancing and
clapping and celebrating – you, Irmes, ups and jus out out jus so jus so, eh?

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Irma’s profile Facebook photo: her dog
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Into ever-widening thought and action

Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.








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Winds of Political Change – Dawn of T&T’s Arab Spring

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When the meteorologist theorised that the cloudy, hazy days of the dry season in our region could be attributed to dust clouds from way across the Arabian dessert, he was – as many-a-novel-idea-throughout history has been – scoffed at laughed away for a number of years. But now, that theory is entrenched in descriptions of the weather patterns and conditions of this part of the world. Some modern geography texts and the guide books of some of the countries of the Caribbean, South America and the Amazon tell of the amazing displacement of dust from the Sahara desert more than half way across the world: Sahara Dust.
I am not sure if you are feeling it, but there are some breezes, some fresh, some even containing some disruptive dust elements, that are again blowing from across the desert over there, this, our way. And these are not seasonal. They feel much like the breezes of the Arab Spring – that have swept through the Middle East and Africa – Libya, Burma, Egypt, Tunisia, Côte d’ivoire, Guinea, Yemen, Lesotho, Senegal, Malawi and Sierra Leone. In some others, the breezes were still heavily laden with dust, there were setbacks for freedom – Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Syria, and the United Arab Emirates. It has also spread with positive change in Bhutan, Indian Kashmir Mongolia and Tonga.
Wherever these breezes have passed, they have left in their wake wide ranging social and political changes: one the one hand toppling long time leaders with rising decibels from previously suppressed peoples demanding a stronger voice in their own governance and opening up new opportunities for reform in countries otherwise marked by severe abuses of fundamental rights and civil liberties.
Such additional demands on governments and public and private institutions for greater transparency, accountability, responsibility, fairness, balance and equity, performance and delivery of goods and services are pressuring not only so called anti democracies but also well established democracies of Americas, Europe and Asia. But in other parts there is a backlash and the breezes have been met with counter reprisals of oppressive curbs to civil liberties, human rights and freedoms.

So do you feel it? Here I mean, in the Caribbean. Or is it that we are in that time lag – between being informed and accepting the information? Given that unlike other countries we perhaps have some lead time to prepare, have we considered in any cohesive way what our response would be: do we want to embrace this or shut the door on it – because, to quote a former Prime Minister, speaking in a similar context – no one shall remain unscathed…. 

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