What A Wicked Defaming of FIDEL CASTRO!

Submitted by DAVID  COMISSIONG, President ,Clement Payne Movement
David Comissiong, Citizen of Barbados

David Comissiong

Whenever I read Newspaper articles or Letters to the Editor accusing the late great Fidel Castro of being a dictator and of carrying out political executions, Shakespeare’s immortal words come to my mind— “Oh Judgment! Thou art fled to brutish beasts, and men have lost their reason!”

The reality is that Fidel Castro entered electoral politics as a young 26 year old candidate of Cuba’s “Orthodox Party” in that country’s General and Presidential Elections of 1952, only to have the Orthodox Party’s chances of an almost certain victory snatched away by one Fulgencio Batista staging a coup, cancelling the Elections, and installing himself in power.

Batista– a former Army Sergeant– then proceeded to abolish the country’s Constitution; dissolve all political parties; and impose a violent, terroristic, far-right, pro American dictatorship on Cuba. Furthermore, Batista literally unleashed hundreds– if not thousands– of assassins, torturers, and murderers on the resisting Cuban people.

In response to this situation, Fidel Castro and 164 of his young compatriots attempted to take control of one of Batista’s military fortresses– the Moncada Barracks. The attempt failed, and Batista’s “monsters” tortured and ultimately murdered some 55 of these captured, defenseless young men!

Finally,after some six and a half years of Batista’s murderous dictatorship, the masses of the Cuban people turned openly and decidedly against Batista, and threw their support behind Castro’s relatively small band of guerrilla freedom-fighters, thereby causing Batista to flee the country on the31st of December 1958.

However, over the six and a half years of Batista’s terroristic reign his henchmen had murdered close to 20,000 Cubans and tortured additional thousands more. And– not surprisingly– the masses of Cuban people demanded that justice be meted out to the assassins, torturers, and murderers who had not managed to flee Cuba. Indeed, the Cuban people were so incensed that there was a very real danger that they would  take matters into their own hands and simply lynch these murderers in the streets of Cuba!

It is in these circumstances that the new Revolutionary Government decided to take charge of the situation and to establish Revolutionary Judicial Tribunals to put the Batista murderers and torturers on trial for their alleged crimes.

Thus, the persons who were ultimately executed were criminals (murderers and torturers) who had gone through a judicial process of trial and had been found guilty of heinous capital crimes. It is therefore very wrong to try to give the impression that Fidel Castro was guilty of summarily executing his political opponents. This is simply not true!

In fact, when— in April 1961– the United States (US) Government staged an unlawful military invasion of Cuba and were defeated at the Bay of Pigs, Castro took some 1,200 prisoners; kept them free from harm; and delivered them back to the US authorities in exchange for medicines and food!

Those of us who know the true history of Cuba therefore simply don’t recognize the Fidel Castro that the US Government , the Cuban-American Mafia in Miami, and the mainstream US Media are trying to portray!

What we do know for a fact, however, is that the said United States Government made over 600 illegal, criminal attempts to murder Fidel Castro!

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131 Comments on “What A Wicked Defaming of FIDEL CASTRO!”

  1. millertheanunnaki December 11, 2016 at 9:05 AM #

    @ lemuel December 11, 2016 at 7:23 AM
    “When Castro took over Cuba, it was one big whore house. I too have backed what was accomplished in Cuba, in terms of education, science etc.. My problem with Castro and Cuba is the treatment of Black people. When those planes landed at our airport before flying to the African continent, only Black people were on those planes, as soldiers..”

    At least someone is bold enough to make reference to the important role Barbados played in that Angolan war of liberation spearheaded by Cuba. Without the use of re-fuelling facilities at the then Sewell Airport there would have been little likelihood that those Russian-made transport planes would have made it across the Atlantic with so many soldiers and war materiel on board.

    Now you see why Bim was targeted later by the anti-Castro terrorists.

    So lemuel, what colour you wanted the soldiers to be in a war where blacks were fighting other blacks backed by a racist white South African government?

    Didn’t many blacks (including black Bajans and other West Indians) fight in both World Wars on European soil? And what did their get in return other than years of blatant racism from the time of the “Windrush” and even up to now?

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  2. de pedantic Dribbler December 11, 2016 at 9:26 AM #

    @John at 8:26 AM re”It does not really a matter how self reliant the Cubans are the acid test is the numbers who sought and still seek to escape and the risks they are willing to take…That is the measure of Castro’s stewardship to his people.”

    That is a fair statement. Debatable on both sides but with the hammer falling on Castro.

    Re ” I always remember hearing the name of Sir John Saint (an Englishman) called with reverence and awe for the role he played in getting everyone to work together for the good of the country….There was never a hint that communism had to be practiced.”

    This statement fills me with holiday mirth and great laughter. It reminds me that words can be wonderfully viewed to support any position. So here’s mine on this Englishman who I don’t know.

    Like a Stalin he invoked the same sense of first among equals and made his country-folks (comrades) work to the greater good of themselves and the country…but along the way he and his elite thrived beyond measure.

    Stalin called its communism. The Brit reasoned they were fighting to maintain democracy.

    And with that obvious twist to your supposedly sainted Brit I wish you a wonderful Christmas season, or Hanukkah or other.

    Incidentally I read that in a town in Russia the mayor ‘ordered’ people to put up decorations to commemorate some type of Christmas festive spirit. A man like Saint (after the war) might have gently persuaded Bajans to do the same thing as a measure imbuing them (and the country) with a feeling of thanks for what we all had.

    What an absolutely lovely thought…so who needs communism! All hail the ‘Saints’ of the season.

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  3. John December 11, 2016 at 9:50 AM #

    Bush Tea December 11, 2016 at 8:39 AM #
    @ John
    How about the mass exodus from Barbados to Australia, Canada, etc around independence?
    What did that phenomenon signify?
    Were they under a tyrannical dictatorship too?
    ….or did they just not want to part of the expected new order of things?
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    I know of perhaps 3 or four families who chose to relocate to Australia or New Zealand in that era.

    Bajans been doing that for generations.

    Australia has had a lure for Bajns for many years.

    At one time it was India where Bajans from “higher up” “better off” families went. The Raj provided really good employment and advancement opportunities.

    From my research I found the,Christian name Adelaide became common not only with slaves but also with their owners in Barbados in the 1800’s and wondered if it was a fascination with Australia.

    Here are 566 examples of Bajans called Adelaide before the turn of the 20th century.

    https://familysearch.org/search/record/results?count=75&query=%2Bgivenname%3Aadelaide%20%2Bany_place%3Abarbados~

    There was a far larger exodus of Bajans 10 years earlier to the Mother Country, and most of them were “black”

    … and if you go back to the 1940’s you will see Bajan young men left Barbados to join the RAF …. even Erroll Barrow!!

    Again, it is all about choice and calculated risk taking.

    Everything I read about Cuba tells me those leaving felt they had no choice.

    There was no calculated risk taking, they were prepared to die rather than stay.

    They will never go home.

    Barbados probably lost its best through emigration by choice.

    These were the ones who were not risk averse, the builders, the movers and shakers.

    Perhaps the high level of mediocrity in the population which hamstrings everything positive in Barbados is just a symptom

    Those with get up and go have got up and gone!!

    Is the gene pool shrinking and favouring mediocrity?!!

    I have been reading about the emigration of Puritans to the New World in the 1620’s and was surprised to see the Mother Country actually put in place regulations and actions to prevent it!!

    I never knew that Oliver Cromwell was stopped in 1629 from sailing for Puritan New England along with thousands of others …. in ship …. on the Thames!!

    If only the King had known what was to happen he would have let him go.

    The point is the best and the brightest will move first and always to perceived opportunities.

    The rest will follow.

    Those in Cuba who could get up and go from the early and read the signs, got up and went.

    The rest are following!!

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  4. John December 11, 2016 at 10:09 AM #

    That’s my simple method of measuring Castro .

    I just look at what other Cubans think of him … because, I never knew the man, never met him so have to go on third person accounts!!

    Most people on this blog, I daresay all, are in the same boat.

    They have never met the man and have no chance of so doing in the foreseeable future.

    They are brainwashed by the media!!

    I read a lot of history about Stalin and Hitler and what they did so as to avoid the media bias and form my own opinions but in their case, the media got it absolutely right!!

    Those two were horrible people.

    Just for confirmation, go by what their own people have and had to say about them.

    That’s the acid test!!

    It always works!!

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  5. David December 11, 2016 at 10:19 AM #

    @Dee Word

    Where is the utility in becoming bogged down in the minutiae of the discussion? The takeaway point is that several (high number) assassination attempts are known to have been attempted on the late Comrade Castro’s life.

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  6. millertheanunnaki December 11, 2016 at 10:31 AM #

    @ John December 11, 2016 at 9:50 AM
    “Perhaps the high level of mediocrity in the population which hamstrings everything positive in Barbados is just a symptom”

    We know you would have eventually gotten around to hitting the nail on its black head.
    It is not only the inbreeding that has also severely afflicted the tribe of so-called white Bajans but he intellectual masturbation which passes for knowledge and scholarship.

    How else can you explain the likes of Sir Hilary who was a master at cussing colonialism but finds no difficulty in accepting a knighthood, the very symbol of conquest, exploitation an the epitome of colonialism.

    How about Stinkliar the consummate financial wizard in an alternative universe?
    Or even those calling for an increase in the size of the local population to shore up the social security system when there are over 70,000 people of working age either unemployed or euphemistically categorized as ‘not looking for nonexistent jobs’.

    But you know what Sir John the Diviner, you lot are to be blamed for what is taking place in Bim today.

    You have renege on your responsibility of carrying the burden of the black man.

    You know very well that black Bajans look up to you (even if not in the eye) and see you as gods and angels who ought to be obeyed and work for in the interest of receiving a much overdue promise of milk and honey in a white man’s world called heaven.

    But don’t bother yourself. You lot are on your way out. Give or take another 25 years when the last of the ‘passing for white’ like Maloney really passes. There is a ready replacement from the East waiting in the wings.

    Then the brass-bowl black Bajans would have to find another scapegoat for their god-ordained predicament.

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  7. John December 11, 2016 at 10:44 AM #

    David December 11, 2016 at 10:19 AM #
    @Dee Word
    Where is the utility in becoming bogged down in the minutiae of the discussion? The takeaway point is that several (high number) assassination attempts are known to have been attempted on the late Comrade Castro’s life.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    … and the logical conclusion is that Castro was feared and hated, by his own people who rejoiced when he finally died, as well as others.

    His people are the ones who define his legacy!!

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  8. John December 11, 2016 at 11:00 AM #

    If someone comes to me and tells me about a book I must read because it is so good before I run and buy it I am going to Amazon and looking to see what others have to say about it and what it actually contains.

    I may or may not buy but I don’t have any beef with the author or the book so I will move on and feel no need to berate or build up the book.

    Castro is like a book, I have no beef with him, I can read and see what people with first hand knowledge have to say about him.

    Some say good things some say bad.

    “Time like an ever rolling stream bears all its sons away”

    Castro has been borne away.

    My turn will come one day and I will be borne away too.

    Until that time comes I can’t see a reason from the information available to me to rush out and try to praise up or belittle the man.

    His own people have done that for him and that is good enough for me.

    Hopefully when my turn comes my own people will speak well of me … but you know what … I am not losing sleep over that!!

    It doesn’t really matter what Castro is remembered as … he is gone and life goes on.

    Some will remember him fondly, some will not.

    RIP

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  9. John December 11, 2016 at 11:03 AM #

    How else can you explain the likes of Sir Hilary who was a master at cussing colonialism but finds no difficulty in accepting a knighthood, the very symbol of conquest, exploitation an the epitome of colonialism.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Opportunism!!

    Jumping on a band wagon.

    It has nothing to do with masturbation or inbreeding!!

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  10. de pedantic Dribbler December 11, 2016 at 11:06 AM #

    @David at 10:19 AM re”Where is the utility in becoming bogged down in the minutiae of the discussion? The takeaway point is that several (high number) assassination attempts are known to have been attempted on the late Comrade Castro’s life.”

    My good Blogmaster, that’s where you and I see the same play and leave with very different perspectives.

    I do not for one moment conceive it being bogged down in minutiae but rather dismissing a ridiculous narrative by basically self-serving scribes.

    There is absolutely no dispute that US backed operatives attempted to kill Castro.

    I posit that after the initial forays by Kennedy (Bay of Pigs and then the more direct personal attempts) that there were NO serious efforts to kill the man.

    If the US intelligence hierarchy still wanted Castro dead after the 1960s (not the fanatics in South Florida) then he WOULD be dead.

    Didn’t the Bay of Pigs debacle itself highlight that with clarity! Thus all these attempts talk simply sells book, magazines, newspapers…or fills up blog space.

    We do need to separate that BS from the real talk of Fidel’s legacy…the meaningful and solid narrative part!

    What of the ‘other real’ talk that many would have wanted to keep Castro alive because they ‘knew’ what to expect from him (in essence they had him ‘under control’) and surely had him under excellent surveillance/bugging.

    Sometimes it’s wiser to keep the lion in plain sight when you understand his actions with his pride than kill him and start a war of succession which you CANNOT control.

    Look what the murder of lion called Saddam has wrought for the great US of A.

    I see the play differently…certainly not churning minutiae!

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  11. Sargeant December 11, 2016 at 11:06 AM #

    @Charles Skeete
    so did the daughter to a Jamaican Rastafarian of conservative republican majority leader of the congress whom we vilify and label as a racist republican
    ++++++++++
    There you go again as St. Ronnie would say- a knee jerk tendency to laud Republicans when they are far removed from the conversation.

    Tell me again how can a father direct the life of a thirty something daughter or son as to her/his choice of partners?

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  12. millertheanunnaki December 11, 2016 at 11:26 AM #

    @ John December 11, 2016 at 11:03 AM

    OK Sir John, let us call it Intellectual Onanism. Or more appropriately, spitting in the air only for it to fall on Sir Hilary’s own face.

    As far as inbreeding you better do some scientific DNA testing of the members of the Closed Brethren or even the genetic residue among the Quakers.

    John you are a master (almost bordering on a god) on the history of the slave plantation.
    You know that there was an ongoing need for many hands even if those hands were from the womb of a woman who was the product of the loins of her own baby father. Blacks were not seen as human but as chattel similar to cattle or mule.

    Such an experiment in eugenics to meet the needs of the plantation ‘labour market’ was even adopted by the plantations in the Southern USA. Ask Lance Horner and Kyle Onstott for a good Drumming on that topic.

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  13. Zoe December 11, 2016 at 11:42 AM #

    Simple Simon December 10, 2016 at 8:50 PM #
    @Zoe December 9, 2016 at 10:14 AM # “(UNITED IN HATE, The Left’s Romance With Tyranny and Terror, JAMIE GLAZOV, pp. 47,48,50,51) ”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jamie_Glazov
    Glazov is heavily involved with the Counter Jihadist Coalition.

    SS, And what’s wrong with that? Have you seen or listened to any of their clips?

    The Counter Jihadist Coalition was classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

    Speaking TRUTH to POWER is most certainly NOT hate speech!

    Dear Zoe:

    I am not at all surprised that your friend Jamie Glazov would have nasty things to say about Fidel.

    Again SS, Glazov, wrote FACTUAL, historical TRUTH, re the NASTY brutish things Castro inflicted on dissenters to his TYRANNICAL rule of Cuba, this is NOT, as you dishonestly say, ‘…Glazov would have nasty things to say about Fidel.’

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  14. Sargeant December 11, 2016 at 12:54 PM #

    @John
    I know of perhaps 3 or four families who chose to relocate to Australia or New Zealand in that era.
    Bajans been doing that for generations
    ++++++++++++
    Can’t say I know about the emigration patterns of Barbadians over the years but the intensity of emigration efforts among “white” Bajans to Australia (BTW you left Canada out of the countries listed) intensified after the 1970’s Black Power/ socialists/ non- alignment movements started to sweep through the Caribbean. It was a response to Rodney in Jamaica, labour and military unrest in Trinidad, Barrow trying to stave off the same in Barbados with the Public Order Act. etc.

    Little known fact, some of those who emigrated made their way back to Bim, they were a bit embarrassed and wouldn’t say publicly why they returned but among relatives they disclosed that it was hard to recreate the same lifestyle and social mobility that they enjoyed in Bim if the only job you could get is as a sheep hand in NZ, they discovered like many of their fellow black citizens who emigrated to other lands that the life for many emigrants is not a bunch of roses.

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  15. John December 11, 2016 at 2:13 PM #

    Of the 3 or 4 families I know, one did come back home.

    Of all things, New Zealand was too socialist!!

    It was also cold, wet and difficult!!

    All of the families had children and wanted more opportunities for them.

    The family that came back had a lot of children.

    Two children from one family ended up marrying Bajans.

    Perhaps those families took and left children with sweethearts, perhaps life thre children together when they were adults.

    I don’t think the two couples live here … they can and do live elsewhere.

    One family I heard about recently but did and do not know lost their only child, a son in an accident there.

    For them I guess it was sad but they are still there!!

    Life … it is no swear thing.

    We make the best of life, that’s all we can do because in a twinkling, it is gone.

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  16. millertheanunnaki December 11, 2016 at 2:21 PM #

    @ Sargeant December 11, 2016 at 12:54 PM

    Don’t be fooled by white Bajan BS. The ancestors of most so-called Bajan whites came here from Wales, Scotland and Ireland as indentured servants aka white slaves. They know very well what it means to toil and even die to survive as an immigrant.

    However, your thesis about life not being a bunch of roses as an immigrant (nouveau arrivant) certainly does not apply today when it comes to either whites or Indians emigrating to countries dominated politically an culturally by blacks e.g. Barbados.

    How many immigrants from the Middle East, Pakistan, India and China do you see doing ‘immigrant’ type jobs in Barbados like working in kitchens, cleaning houses and looking after the brats of the native population?

    Black people are born suckers for exploitation. They are just the social shit at the bottom of the pile and economic victims for the other parasites to feed on just because of their misplaced habits of high consumerism in buying excessive amounts of trinkets, food and clothing.

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  17. John December 11, 2016 at 2:36 PM #

    Sargeant, you are right, Canada was also a place of choice for many Bajans, irrespective of colour.

    I have a cousin who left here in the early 1970’s, went to Canada and lives now I am told in England.

    Went for employment opportunities.

    I also have a cousin that left for England but I think that was in the 1980’s, again employment opportunities.

    They are siblings and one of their parents was British so no hassle.

    … and one cousin who married an American and went to live there, 1983 I think.

    One cousin married a Frenchman and went to live in France for a while around the same time.

    Don’t hear from anything from my cousins over and away.

    My sister and her husband left for the US in 1979 but we have always kept in touch, now, by Skype.

    Their reasons were to provide opportunity for the children they planned to have and for better employment.

    I think most Bajans regardless of colour have relatives who left for greener pastures.

    Me, I worked and studied abroad but never had any desire to leave permanently.

    I don’t have any family that went to Australia or New Zealand or even talked about it.

    I have heard the long talk, ad nauseum, about supposedly white Bajans leaving for Australia and New Zealand at Independence but can’t say I have actually seen any evidence.

    I always put it down to the standard politician trick of creating division.

    Now after 50 years of crap where essentials such as sewage and water don’t work, it wouldn’t surprise me that Bajans of all colours start talking about leaving!!

    Who wants to live in a stinking mess and watch ministers frolic in sewage.

    Sew the wind, reap the whirlwind!!

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  18. John December 11, 2016 at 3:13 PM #

    The ancestors of most so-called Bajan whites came here from Wales, Scotland and Ireland as indentured servants aka white slaves. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    You can’t get simple facts right so you will always wallow in mud and never understand your own history.

    I know you like it so but let me see if I can help you get out of your hole.

    Your choice if you accept or refuse.

    Wales Scotland, Ireland, you have to add England and Holland … at least!!!!!

    I think there will be people from all parts of Europe you need to factor in, Sephardic Jews and God only knows who else!!

    They are the ancestors of all colours, perhaps even you, just that you choose to remain ignorant!!

    Most came seeking religious freedom.

    Some did come as indentured servants, prisoners of war and some came as exiles on account of their beliefs.

    Most came as either Puritans seeking to escape religious persecution and then as Quakers after 1644/48 with the same goal in mind.

    Same sort of principle as Cuba and the exodus of Cubans.

    England was once just like Cuba

    Oliver Cromwell if you like, was the Castro of England.

    After his death with the restoration of the monarchy, his body was exhumed and given a posthumous execution!!!

    … like what may very well happen to Castro’s mortal remains when the tide turns.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oliver_Cromwell's_head

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  19. vincent haynes December 11, 2016 at 3:46 PM #

    Miller

    You must read the write up in todays Sunday Sun on the Ward family and Roy in paticular with his intended action with a shotgun and his fathers instructions during the 1937 affair.

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  20. John December 11, 2016 at 4:28 PM #

    I met a friend of my mother’s and her husband in the early 90’s.

    Both are dead now.

    They met and married here after the war, she was a nurse, he a doctor.

    Both were English.

    I suspect both were here because England after the war was a disaster.

    Barbados was easy.

    They finally emigrated to Australia.

    They had their children in Australia.

    For years after the war things remained real tough in England.

    Roads and buildings needed to be rebuilt.

    Australia beckoned for them as it did for many English people who were living in a country ravaged by war and subject to rationing in the years to follow.

    Canada probably did too, part of the British Empire then too.

    I guess that might have been a reason Bajans too were attracted to Australia and New Zealand in the 1960’s, sort of like a delayed reaction to what the English were doing.

    …. but I don’t remember any mass exodus of Bajans of any particular colour.

    A figment of the politicians’ infertile minds.

    Maybe if they had concentrated on doing their jobs we would not be in the mess we are today!!

    Simple history and people can’t put the facts together without coming up with outlandish Hilary Beckles like explanations!!

    The problem is that Bajans looked to their politicians as gods and believed what they told them unquestioningly.

    They were severely let down and remain essentially ignorant of their own and others’ history!!

    … and still they think they are intelligent.

    Bajans have become laughing stocks of most Caribbean people.

    Hopefully, the penny is dropping!!

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  21. millertheanunnaki December 11, 2016 at 4:38 PM #

    @ John December 11, 2016 at 3:13 PM
    “..think there will be people from all parts of Europe you need to factor in, Sephardic Jews and God only knows who else!!
    They are the ancestors of all colours, perhaps even you, just that you choose to remain ignorant!!
    Most came seeking religious freedom.
    Some did come as indentured servants, prisoners of war and some came as exiles on account of their beliefs.
    Most came as either Puritans seeking to escape religious persecution and then as Quakers after 1644/48 with the same goal in mind.”

    But King John, (the great ‘white’ pretender to the Bajan throne of Convenient Memory), didn’t the lowly miller call you a master of white Bajan history?

    You know it tall even more than the miller who has a lot of blood similar to you running in his genetic veins.

    You are right to put the miller in his lowly place for omitting the role Jews played in the slave trade and the development and operations of sugarcane plantation system in Barbados.

    As for your fellow brethren the Quakers, woe unto them too, for they too were overtly complicit in the continuation of such a dastardly unchristian act of slavery and the exploitation of human cargo from Mother Africa, both commercially and sexually.

    Is that the reason why there are so many brown-skin blacks in Bim not because of consensual sex between African males and women of direct European descent but because of the widely accepted raping of young black (nubile) women either fresh off the slave ships or the product of previous ‘forced’ miscegenation.

    There is no way- when you do your own apotheosis on your ascent to heaven- would you find any of your ancestors, either Jew or Quaker, sitting on the left hand of Jesus or else both the son on Earth and his father in Heaven would be perfect liars and deceivers to the black race which has been cursed from the days of Abraham and Ham.

    What religious freedom my ass! It was easier for a white catholic to convert to English Protestantism (Anglicanism, according to King Henry V111 and his successors) than for a black slave from the African black gold coast to impossibly turn into a white indenture servant. Even today!

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  22. Zoe December 11, 2016 at 7:27 PM #

    @ Naki-Chimp,

    #sciencefact: Humans share approximately 98% of their DNA with chimps, 70% with slugs, and 50% with bananas! http://bit.ly/qsWX8p

    Naki-Chimp, I now know where your sliminess and slipperyness comes from! You are one slimy, slippery, Chimpanze!!

    “You know it tall even more than the miller who has a lot of blood similar to you running in his genetic veins.”

    But Naki-Chimp, We must never forget, that in your peculiar DNA makeup/MIX, flows 70% of that SLIMY SLUG stuff, not to mention also, the Slippery 50% Banana crap, all well mixed-UP in Miller’s galactic upper cavity, still evolving into what NEXT, a Pythonated JACKASS!!!

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  23. John December 11, 2016 at 9:16 PM #

    What religious freedom my ass! It was easier for a white catholic to convert to English Protestantism (Anglicanism, according to King Henry V111 and his successors) than for a black slave from the African black gold coast to impossibly turn into a white indenture servant. Even today!
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Henry VIII did not have anything to do with Barbados per se … you are about 50 to 60 years out.

    Henry VIII predates Elizabeth I (1558-1603), his daughter and Elizabeth I predates James (1603-1625), King James Bible, 1611, and Charles 1 (1625-1649) who was beheaded.

    The thread that links them all together starts with the appearance of the Bible translated into English first in 1526 (Tyndale) and the profound effect on people and events.

    Anyone could now read it in England and interpret for themselves the message of the Gospel.

    Barbados was first settled 1626/7 in the reign of Charles I, decades after Henry VIII.

    Quakers did not come on to the scene till 1644/48 in England.

    Puritans settled Barbados … not Quakers.

    Puritans also settled New England but in 1620, before Barbados.

    Puritans came on the scene in England around the time of Elizabeth I, 1558.

    Their goal was to reform the Church of England from all remaining vestiges of Catholicism.

    They were directed by their interpretation of what they read in the Bible.

    By 1560 the Geneva Bible appeared in English.

    The Church of England persecuted them.

    Puritans sought to get out of England so they could practice their own religion (freedom of religion).

    The Puritans of New England had by the time Quakers came on the scene in 1644/48 established them selves in New England. They were also engaged in a Civil War in England and were winning.

    They were intolerant of the Quakers. Quakers were banned from some New England Colonies. Some were even hanged for ignoring the ban.

    The same Puritans as masters of the Church of England now persecuted the Quakers.

    The Quakers turned to the Dutch in New Amsterdam/New York and also to Barbados to escape religious persecution in England as the Puritans had been forced to 20 to 30 years earlier!!

    The Dutch supported freedom of religion and harboured the Jews who had been expelled from Spain and Portugal.

    That’s how Quakers became entwined with Dutch and Jews.

    Quakers wanted freedom to practice their own religion like the Dutch and the Jews

    Just imagine, if the Puritans had adhered to their principles and let the Quakers in to New England, there might have been no Sugar and no slaves in Barbados.

    You and I would probably not have been even here.

    Barbados is a result of Europeans, English, Jews seeking freedom of religion!!

    Sugar became a means of supporting them in the practice of their religion.

    Africans became involved

    Out of Quakerism came the abolition of first the slave trade and then slavery!!

    It is religion and more specifically belief in the message of the Gospel that ended slavery.

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  24. Simple Simon December 11, 2016 at 10:18 PM #

    @John December 11, 2016 at 8:26 AM “That is the measure of Castro’s stewardship to his people. Bajans can get through hardships too when isolated from trade … they have already … Uboats in the world wars isolated the island from trade … no one starved.
    The planters and the Agricultural department instituted simple measures and no one starved.”

    That is what you think. Maybe on the plantations no one starved. But in the villages people, especially children starved. Check the infant mortality figures for Bajan infants in the war years.

    My brother born in May 1939 nearly starved to death. He was so starved that his uncle built a coffin for him. He barely survived. Another woman that I know still living lost her 11 siblings (yes one mother lost 11 of her 12 children in infancy)

    People starved. Not on the children of the wealthy plantation owners, but the children in rural villages, and more so children in urban villages.

    Food was rationed. The plantations may have grown more food, but they were not giving it away, maybe Ward did, but he was likely an exception.

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  25. Simple Simon December 11, 2016 at 10:39 PM #

    @John December 11, 2016 at 3:13 PM “After his death with the restoration of the monarchy, his body was exhumed and given a posthumous execution!!! … like what may very well happen to Castro’s mortal remains when the tide turns.”

    Castro has been cremated. I am not quite sure how ashes can be executed. When you find out do tell me how.

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  26. John December 11, 2016 at 11:00 PM #

    He was thinking ahead!!

    I see Erroll Barrow was also cremated!!

    He went further though and had his ashes scattered.

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  27. John December 11, 2016 at 11:04 PM #

    Check the infant mortality figures for Bajan infants in the war years
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Check them before and after!!

    The problem was solved by proper sanitation and tight control of water quality.

    I’ll see if I can extract the burials records from Westbury for 1930 and 1950 and I suspect they will show just how bad it was.

    We owe a debt of gratitude to the WWD, now the BWA.

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  28. John December 11, 2016 at 11:05 PM #

    Got that from Sir Maurice Byer, former Chief Medical Officer

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  29. John December 11, 2016 at 11:06 PM #

    I thought you would have just simply asked how is it possible to execute someone who is already dead????

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  30. John December 11, 2016 at 11:07 PM #

    Of course, to put it simply, the answer is you can’t!!!!!

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  31. charles skeete December 12, 2016 at 5:07 AM #

    “Tell me again how can a father direct the life of a thirty something daughter or son as to her/his choice of partners?”

    It all depends upon the circumstances Sarge. For Example, I am strongly opposed to same sex marriage and if my twenty year old son were so inclined; while I cannot direct I could dissent by for instance not turning up at the ceremony-

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  32. Vincent Haynes December 12, 2016 at 9:13 AM #

    45.8 million.
    The horrors of modern slavery, in numbers
    There are some 45.8 million people enslaved worldwide. That’s equivalent to the population of Spain.
    weforum.org

    http://wef.ch/2heiuLg

    I wonder why not a word is heard about this from anyone?

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  33. NorthernObserver December 13, 2016 at 3:05 AM #

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/12/google-cuba-deal-data-servers

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  34. lemuel December 13, 2016 at 6:44 AM #

    Bushie:

    At least for once when Black people shed their precious blood more could have been done by Castro to put them on some sort of “equal ” standing in Cuba. Castro seem to have been influenced with the “normal” stance against Black people, and what transpired in Cuba under his watch is a VERY CLEAR testimony of this!!! What is more upsetting about the whole thing is that Cuba in its treatment of Black people looks a lot like the general latin american treatment of black people. Believe you me I have seen all over latin america!!

    Miller:

    I do not and will never subscribe to putting any man on a pedestal where he thinks of himself as a god or demi god. Black people from the revolution to the present have paid a heavy price in standing with Castro and his idea of a reformed society. Don’t you think that at least some crumbs could fall from the “table or fatted calf” for them!!! Always remember Black blood put Cuba where it is today!!!

    David

    Come a Long is a blasted hypocrite!! do not trust his born again approach to things that are Black. His methodology reeks of the snake oil salesman type!!! I saw him berate a young man who had the audacity to simply disagree with him during a discussion at eh Clement Payne Centre!!! Like the christian were very weary of Saul before he became Paul, I am very weary of Come a Long and his dictatorial tendencies.

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  35. David December 13, 2016 at 7:25 AM #

    @lemuel

    It is unfortunate you cannot cite the specifics of the case to give Commisiong a chance to defend himself.

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  36. Alvin Cummins December 13, 2016 at 10:00 PM #

    Lemuel,
    You need to understand the history of Cuba, before the Revolution, understand what Jose Marti fought against, how Fidel was influenced to fight the same battles against the same foes, and the results after the Revolution. Then you will understand Cuba and its people, black mixed and in between. Castro was a hero, revered now and always bu the Cuban people, at home and abroad. Viva Cuba. Viva Castro’s memory. Viva Che Guevara’s courage. Viva los Cubans.Hasta la revolution siempre.

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  37. NorthernObserver December 13, 2016 at 10:50 PM #

    at least once, the two AC’s disagree.

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  38. lemuel December 14, 2016 at 6:18 AM #

    Alvin

    I am not taking anything away from Castro and what he accomplished in Cuba. Good for him!! My concern is the Black people in Cuba who have not benefited from the largess of the revolution. Did you see them in Havana in the parks just sitting as if in an aimless existence!!! Did you see them at the bottom of the Cuban society!!! How many Black Cuban ambassadors have you seen come to Barbados. Have your ever seen the Cuban and latin american delegations where no a Black person is in sight!!! Come on man when you were spewing black liberation back in the 70s and 80s your head was on straight!!!

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  39. lemuel December 14, 2016 at 6:24 AM #

    David

    The incident of which I speak transpired at a discussion at the Clement Payne Centre where there was a general discussion about american aggression in the Caribbean. Come a Long took off the young man’s head just for suggesting that there could be benefits to having an association with the US government!!! This was after Come a Long had engaged in a Castro like monologue on the evils of the US government.

    Let Come a Long come here and tell you when a HC if he ever engaged or socialized with Eddie Hinkson, Ralph Thorne, Phillip Nicholls, Frank Belgrave all his class mates outside of the class room. He is a blasted hypocrite!!!

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  40. Vincent Haynes December 14, 2016 at 8:15 AM #

    We keep falling into the trap that colour means homogeneity in that colour scheme,not realising that each colour grouping has its stratification based on culture,wealth,class and socialisation of its individuals.

    A person of any group can decide to mix with the poor and not the middle class or upper class of the same group and still advance themselves as a liberator of the group.

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  41. Alvin Cummins December 14, 2016 at 5:06 PM #

    Lemuel;
    What colour is GOD; not Jesus,
    The distinction between Black and White in Cuba , in terms of inter relationships, is non-existent. Che, Fidel, the Black Generals in the Armed Forces, the Black Doctors, and the students, all mix, share the same fears and food, and the same standards of life. there is no segregation, and there was no segregation during the slavery they endured. Black, Mulatto, and near white were all poor together, and were slaves together.There was no differentiation between the slaves. When I was in Cuba; in 2012, my friend’s uncle (black) was married to a fair skinned (we would call her white) lady, and there was love between them and all their families, without recourse to any differences between black or white. Why must you place such emphasis on Black? If you are educated at university in Cuba, at the expense of the Cuban people government, what difference does it make. You are still a doctor when you are finished. When you go to UWI and study with students of all colours, classes, and financial circumstances, what difference does it make? Get rid of your colour hang-ups. The time you spend on this exercise might better be spent on other pursuits. The Cuba of today is thousands of times better than the Cuba before the revolution. Cuba will never go back to what it was when Castro launched his second revolution.

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  42. charles skeete December 15, 2016 at 6:28 AM #

    “lvin Cummins December 13, 2016 at 10:00 PM #

    Lemuel,
    You need to understand the history of Cuba, before the Revolution, understand what Jose Marti fought against, how Fidel was influenced to fight the same battles against the same foes, and the results after the Revolution”

    You Alvin need to understand the history of Cuba in totality before and after the revolution. Jose Marti fought for independence against Spain in the 19th century and has benn referred to as the “Apostle of Cuban Independence”. Mr Castro fought for social, educational and economic reform with equal distribution of resources the mantra. The question is has the resources of Cuba been equally distributed?

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  43. Alvin Cummins December 15, 2016 at 7:56 AM #

    Charles Skeete,
    The answer is Yes; given the restrictions placed on the economy of the country and the embargo placed on trade. The hughe land-holdings were broken up and redistributed to poor people, and the opportunities for self actualization were enhanced; free education, health Care innovation etc. These things were non existent before the Revolution.Jose Marti fought for the abolition of slavery, and the freeing of the Cuban people. The American intervention in the Spanish American war was intended to replace Spanish Dominance with American dominance and control. This was accomplished by the victory of the Americans, and the Spanish slave masters were replaced with American owners. The history of Cuba in its totality is a history of the fight for freedom.
    Castro and the revolution released those chains.

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  44. millertheanunnaki December 15, 2016 at 8:29 AM #

    @ Alvin Cummins December 15, 2016 at 7:56 AM

    We are noticing your overly ‘fervent’ enthusiasm for all things pro Castro and his Revolution.

    But we are also noticing an equal vigour of your absence regarding the shitty state of affairs prevailing on the South coast of your sweet Barbados with came about without similar violent revolution.

    Alvin C, you old sewer rat, why are you avoiding that sewage matter like the plague?
    As a self-acclaimed trained microbiologist you ought to know the dangers the indiscriminate disposal of human body waste can pose not only to the health of the population but also to the economic survival of the country.

    You of all people should know that the collapse of the tourism industry in Bim would only spell disaster to that little place but which also would make the negative impact on the Cuban economy from the long embargo by the USA and the loss of the USSR market for its primary products and financial assistance look like a walk in the park for hungry hand-to-mouth black Bajans.

    You ought to remember the wise words from the Mighty Chalkdust: Unlike Cuba, all Barbados got is sea water and sand. ‘The day the tourists don’t come from Britain and Canada because of the raw shite on the streets and in the sea, crapaud smoke your pipe Mr. Fumble Stuart.

    Dem white people really laughing at you black monkeys now in charge of Bim.

    Now Alvin, please go to the threads which are dealing with the sewage problem and inform us how you think it should be solved. We already know who is to blame; that blasted lying party, right, Ac?

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  45. Vincent Haynes December 15, 2016 at 8:34 AM #

    Miller

    All sewage problems will be solved pronto….Sandals has just said its bad for tourism…..case closed.

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  46. Alvin Cummins December 15, 2016 at 9:53 AM #

    Miller;
    First of all I am no “self proclaimed, or self acclaimed,” anything. Whatever I am I have worked hard as shite to attain. I have suffered near frostbite in the freezing cold of “sinus valley” in Binghamton, the freezing cold of a February cold snap in Toronto and many many hours of driving to work in darkness and coming home in darkness working in winter. But the sewage problem is really not of our making.
    Sewer conduits are customarily buried many feet underground, in the North. Our sewer pipes are only a few feet from the surface, so any blockage will force the contents to the surface easier. Contractors and engineers, being allowed to make shortcuts; because of lack of sufficient funds to do the project properly, and the general lay of th eland will be the result. The entire sewage system; a system that allows the discharge of over two millions of water; even non potable, into the sea-from a water scarce country, could not have been well thought out. Where the5e is no provision for harvesting and putting to use this non potable water, could not have been well thought out ant discussed, before implementation. this recent challenge is not the first time it has happened, over the years, and the complaints have been made long before this present government was installed. During the years of plenty the solutions were never sought, in anticipation of these types of occurrences. The problem gas to be solved, there is no doubt. the finding of the solution is needed and all must put their minds to finding it. Since you are of the opinion that the present government will be deselected in a couple of years time, you should be attacking the problem and indicating the solution You would have for the problem, because whatever it is, your party will have to solve it. Not true?

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  47. millertheanunnaki December 15, 2016 at 10:12 AM #

    @ Alvin Cummins December 15, 2016 at 9:53 AM
    “Since you are of the opinion that the present government will be deselected in a couple of years time, you should be attacking the problem and indicating the solution You would have for the problem, because whatever it is, your party will have to solve it. Not true?”

    Why wait for “a couple of years”? By that time Barbados would have to change its name and be called ‘Jobby Land’, a country populated by ‘shit-hounds’ and vultures.

    Why not call in the DLP’s lone ranger called Maloney? We are sure he will be able to flush the shit in the cabinet out to sea via his Hyatt Towers on the bay.

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  48. Alvin Cummins December 15, 2016 at 11:39 PM #

    Miller, Is the DLP the only party that has, or has had lone rangers? Didn’t one of your “lone rangers” engage the services of the Privy Council, when a DLP Minister attempted to ‘redress imbalances’ in the awarding of contracts? Surely you jest.

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  49. Alvin Cummins December 17, 2016 at 4:51 PM #

    John:
    Re the “families” who left (fled) to Australia, New Zealand and far off places, many of them were the scions of plantocracy at the time; Hoads, Deanes, Mandevilles (not scions of plantocracy, BUT CLOSE TO THEM)etc, who would have left with sis of money designed to reduce th foreign exchange of the island in a serious manner. Some came back, but others are still there. Why? You should know and let others know also.

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  50. Alvin Cummins December 17, 2016 at 4:54 PM #

    Miller;
    You said:“Since you are of the opinion that the present government will be deselected in a couple of years time”
    Wrong! This is your opinion, not mine. I only reproduced what you have been saying-and hoping for- since 2008.

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  51. Vincent Haynes December 17, 2016 at 5:02 PM #

    Alvin Cummins December 17, 2016 at 4:51 PM #

    Name the plantations that those individuals you called owned?

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  52. Alvin Cummins December 19, 2016 at 7:48 AM #

    Vincent Haynes:
    Deanes(Ballantyne), Hoads,(Vaucluse)…I could go on, but…

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  53. Alvin Cummins December 19, 2016 at 7:49 AM #

    Correction Banantyne, not Ballantyne..Part of Kingsland Estates Ltd

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  54. Alvin Cummins December 19, 2016 at 8:43 AM #

    Miller,
    When YOUR government imploded the Hilton and formed Needham’s Point Development Inc,(with some of your cohorts as directors of the new company; which was to include Condominium towers,) I did not hear or read of any objections from you. Did that new development get special consideration under the Special Development Areas Act?By the way you should stop talking about or referring to uncompleted projects of the present government, because not a stone has yet been turned on any of the projects of the Needham’s point development, apart from the rebuilt Hilton, recently granted money for refurbishment. At that time you knew that the stench passing through the Hilton from the remnants of the Esso Refinery was overwhelming the guests, but you did not call for any resignations, like you are now calling for, you allocated millions for the “cleanup” which has still not rendered the area saleable. Where are your investors in the twin towers to be built and sold?
    I keep telling you, with me you have to come good.

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  55. Vincent Haynes December 19, 2016 at 9:00 AM #

    Alvin Cummins December 19, 2016 at 7:48 AM #

    Hoad was a plantation manager according to son lowdown.

    You have a tendency to lump colours together not realising that each skin tone has its own hierarchical system and that not all “whites” were owners of plantations or wealth and like you I heard the story of the mass exodus in the 60s to Australia&New Zealand’but unlike you I only heard of two members of poor “white” families that went and came back.

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  56. David December 19, 2016 at 10:27 AM #

    @Alvin

    Why was the BLP voted from office?

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