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I have nothing much to say as an introduction to this topic, but read and conclude for yourselves, whatever you will, someone sent me this today, and things have become even more clear to me. Oil, Black Gold! Please pray for Africa! Jamaican people wudda sey Libbaty!

Oil in Liberia: How could Liberians settle for only 5%

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Liberia Oil Discovery photo

AFRICANGLOBE – “Bad leadership is Africa’s major problem”, -J.A Kuffuor, former president of Ghana.

The above problem as observed by the former president will NEVER change for as long as the African people do not understand why this problem exists and how the system can be defeated. Fortunately, everybody knows very well that the corruption which the West often accuse African leaders of, is the right environment that they need for their resource-control colonialism to thrive.

Liberian Oil and the Looting of Africa

The looting of African oil has begun in Grand Style, this time not in Nigeria nor Ghana but right in Liberia, also located in the West African region. For a country which has remained one of Africa’s poorest for decades, many were those who heaved a deep sigh of relief when Liberia recently announced to have “discovered” oil in commercial quantities, joining her West African sisters: Ghana, Nigeria and some others.

In my opinion, there is no “discovery” of oil anywhere in West Africa but the exploitation of the oil belt that runs along the coast of the entire region which the oil executives knew about for decades but did not care to build rigs till now as they tried to gain control over the unstable situations of the Middle East at that time.

Let the African people not be deceived, the oil scavengers are now looming over West Africa and if we are not careful to choose rightly between the Nigerian and Ghanaian models of exploitation, there will be no real benefit and this political bonanza could definitely be a curse for the Liberian people in the long run.

Obviously, like their Ghanaian neighbours, with the current stable political climate and the recent oil find, Liberians all over the world are gripped with the expected prosperity that the oil and gas exploration “will bring” to their country. Undoubtedly, if it is well managed, the opportunities that will accompany the exploitation of the black gold could transform the destiny of the entire country for generations to come. It is with this understanding which has consequently raised the hopes and aspirations of many in the country who look forward to seeing improvements in their living conditions from 2014 and beyond.

Unfortunately these aspirations may turn out to be a nightmare if the people do not rise up to the government to take some time and adequately scrutinize the said oil “agreement” and also set up a national platform for dialogue on the best way forward, so that together, there will be a dialogue to secure a reasonable percentage share (70% and above) for the people whose interest the government claim to serve.

According to a recent statement issued by the Nobel Peace Prize winner, President Ellen Johnson, the American Oil company, Exxon Mobil will own a whooping 80% of the oil shares discovered in Liberia, while their Canadian neighbours, the Canadian Oversea Petroleum Limited (COPL), will own 20%. Therefore many are wondering: where does this place the people of Liberia? What percentage share does the government of Liberia have in this oil deal? The African people would want to know.

Again, why the rush to explore the oil without first putting adequate measures in place to guard against the challenges that may accompany the oil exploration in the near future? Where is the government rushing to? Is President Ellen Johnson considering early retirement in the coming months? Has the government considered building local refineries to process the crude oil or Liberia will follow the Nigerian model where the raw crude is shipped to Europe after which the refined product is then shipped back to the country at ridiculous prices? Has the government considered training local engineers to take over the management of the oil industry within the shortest possible time? Why must African leaders always allow such sensitive sectors of their economy to be held hostage by a few foreign corporations?

Our major problem as Africans is that we lack leaders with adequate planning skills. Before we rush to commission most projects, we do not adequately take the time to plan against the unforeseeable challenges that may likely show up in the near future.

Liberia Oil Deposit photo

Is Liberia well-prepared to deal with corruption in the oil and gas sector? Is the government prepared to face the angry youth who are likely to take up arms as we see in Nigeria? In Nigeria, many agitated so-called rebel groups rose up and took arms to fight what they call “corruption in the oil and gas sector”, a situation which has currently gotten out of control. Will Liberia learn some lessons from Nigeria or as usual, the leadership will wait unprepared, for the problems to come up before they run back to their NATO saviours for solutions?

Although President Ellen Johnson has not said what would happen to the Liberian share, the President and CEO of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL), Dr. Randolph McClain, explained that the negotiating team of the Liberian government secured a 5% citizens participation share in LB-13and a further 5% royalty on oil produced from wells drilled under water depths of 0–1500 meters.

Angered by the shocking news, Okechuku, a PhD student at Oxford University wondered:

When Liberia was in crisis, did the US and Canada send any help? I’m shocked at how a country’s wealth is being giving away for peanuts. Is this the reason why the president was awarded the Nobel Prize some months ago? Ellen Johnson has always been the World Bank’s darling girl anyway. You don’t get a Nobel Peace Award without signing such deals.

This has always been my point. The man is absolutely right! Of course that is the price the people pay when our leaders are given such awards by US-funded NGOs such as Human Right Watch, and the so-called Nobel Peace Prize.

Remember Ellen Johnson was given the Noble Prize somewhere last year? Yeah, that was when the “actual oil deal” was sealed. I guess someone now has a clue as to why our leaders will always sign such unacceptable agreements. The selfishness of our leaders is the reason for our underdevelopment. Our people must rise up and say no to all those foreign funded NGOs who have been buying-off our leaders and our independence with their so-called awards. It’s a shame. No nationalism, no patriotism of any kind. How can a country that has suffered over a decade of economic hardship, settle for some 10% ‘royalty’ in a multi-billion resource like oil?

Is this all that our forefathers died for? Is this the hope and the dream the government sought to build when the people gave out their mandate? But more seriously, how much of this 10% will end up in the offshore accounts of many of these ‘negotiating team’? This still remains unclear.

Part Two

Meanwhile at the moment, although early indications are positive, the exact extent of oil deposits found in the country still remains unknown. Leaders have already settled for a peanut from big oil corporations as they hand over the oil reserves to the western firms with virtually nothing left for the ordinary Liberian in the near future.

The Canadian Overseas Petroleum Limited (COPL) recently disclosed offering the politicians, a mere U$45m in cash toward the purchase of block 13 of Liberia’s oil industry, a move which will see Liberia lose billions of dollars every year to the COPL. I wonder why these politicians will just sell the oil reserves for merely $45m when the actual oil deposit is yet unknown? How many of the poor Liberian families will benefit from the $45m given to the politicians?

Liberian politicians have been blinded by the mere $45millon they received as “signature fee”, forgetting about the long term financial loses, the environmental damage and all the hardships the country will endure while their foreign ‘donors’ bag a whopping 95% profit shares on a monthly basis! Oh Africa! When are we seriously going to plan for tomorrow? Why are African leaders so keen on the few millions today, while they ignore the billions which the big oil companies will be reaping in the coming years?

This brings to mind my most worried concern: Why are such sensitive agreements always held in the corridors of secrecy when the destiny of entire generations depends on them? Why must the good people of Liberia allow only a few selfish, greedy and corrupt politicians to negotiate on their behalf in camera, without adequately conveying the detail content of such agreements to the public?

For a country like Liberia which had been plunged into civil war and suffered decades of economic hardship, seeing the need to put such oil agreements in the public domain, and discussing them in consultation with leaders of the regional block would have been a better decision.

But as usual, African leaders never consult their colleagues during such critical moments. Only a few millions into their offshore accounts and the agreement is sealed, living the poor masses to their fate.

Will Liberia Repeat Nigeria and Ghana’s Mistakes?

African Leaders photo

In Nigeria for instance, as western oil companies loot some $140 Billion a year of the country’s oil, two-thirds of the country’s 160 million people live on less than $2 a day. Western oil companies are literally looting Nigeria’s oil, paying as little as a 9% royalty. Simply put, at $100 a barrel the western oil companies get $91 and Nigeria only gets $9. Or more shockingly, Big Oil makes $140 billion a year vs. Nigeria’s $10 Billion, writes Thomas C. Mountain as he reveals the shocking reasons why many Nigerians remain the poorest in Africa despite the country having plenty of oil and gas.

Ghana’s Oil Has Been Sold Off Already

Today in Ghana, when Tullow Oils makes a profit of $3 billion, Ghana gets only $3 million out of that. Can this agreement truly better the lives of Ghanaians? Yet, former president Kuffuor, the man who recently suggested that bad leadership is Africa’s problem, was the same president who signed Ghana’s oil agreement handing over our oil to the foreign firms. This is what happens when foreign corporations are allowed to secretly finance our politicians for into power during election periods!

The time is right for the African parliaments to consider banning these traitors who call themselves politicians from receiving funds from abroad as a means to finance their political campaigns. I am calling on the African youth to rise up and rebel against such dangerous oil agreements which has given our black gold to the foreign companies for free. This is our destiny and we must not allow foreigners to steal it through these greedy politicians who care only about themselves and their families. If the oil were to be the personal property of the politicians, would they approve such unfair contracts?

Unfortunately, instead of the African media to critically examine the content of all those oil agreement, these journalists are only concerned about elections, always discussing the politicians as if there are no other issues worth discussing.

The Way Forward

Legislations must be introduced to ban all politicians from sourcing for funds from abroad during elections periods. It is usually during such times such contract documents are signed.

The country’s planners should not neglect other sectors of the economy. They should try to deepen economic activities in other areas in order to diversify to avoid exogenous shocks due to volatility in the prices of oil on the international markets.

Privatization of state resources must cease with immediate effect. Governments cannot continue with the habit of selling off every strategic resource without adequate long term planning. African leaders must take the pain to invest in the training of more engineers to help build our industries so that we can manage the exploitation of our resources. The current attitude of putting everything in the hands of the Whiteman must stop. The Blackman must for once develop the habit of managing his own affairs.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is the beginning of a long walk to perpetual poverty and economic impoverishment in Liberia as Big Oil corporations begin to loot Liberian worth. For very $100billion of profits made by the oil corporations, Liberians will only get some few $100 million donations.

I miss Hugo Chavez, I miss Muammar Gaddafi. These leaders showed oil-rich Africans the way, but due to corruption and selfishness, our leaders will not follow their steps. This is the major reason why I hate African democracy. For it is during these election periods that our politicians sign many of such bogus contracts. Once they ‘win’ the elections, any bogus agreements presented to them by their foreign donors, they will approve it. It’s a big challenge.

It’s time for everyone to wake up and see how the ‘system’ now works in African politics. Certainly, neo-colonialism is the last stage of imperialism. Ghanaians have already settled for some 10% share in their most-talked about oil. Nigerians have quietly accepted 9% for more than 50yrs.

Liberians must never settle for 5%! Anything less than 70% must be rejected by the people. This is the only way we can fight poverty and say enough to the western corporations who continue to enrich themselves with African resources while the African people wallow in poverty. Its time we said enough is enough.

By Honourable Saka

The writer is a Pan-African analyst and the founder of the Project Pan-Africa (PPA), an organization that was established to unlock the minds of the African youth to take Africa’s destiny into their hands. The PPA seeks to provide the biggest platform that will give international exposure to all hidden but exceptional talents in Africa. Please visit us at:www.projectpanafrica.org and support the project. PPA is grateful to ITech PlusZBC NewsGhanaWebModernGhana and all our partners that support our vision for Africa. Email me at: [email protected]

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AMH
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AMH
5 years ago

Wishing you all a very happy Monday! All moved in but no internet yet. This article and the following discussions were very interesting. Hope to be back with you on the regular soon.

Yazzy
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Yazzy
5 years ago

Good night my lil fam! I’m sure everyone is doing their own thing but my mind is on each one of ya and my heart is smiling knowing that you all fill it. I appreciate you all, my sweeties!

Wherever you all are… my love and my light is with ya!! **Smoochez!**

toy7318
5 years ago

Morning everyone, I read all the comments last night. It really saddens me that us as black people will not unite together. These elite people and scientist hate us all they do is study us. http://www.nature.com/scitable/blog/viruses101/hiv_resistant_mutation
http://m.naturalnews.com/news/046290_Ebola_patent_vaccines_profit_motive.html

Lalibela A Nile (@Lalibela_Nile)
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🙂

Cami
5 years ago

Next time onu a run facts and propoganda post it better be in the beginning and middle a de week!

kiabubblez
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kiabubblez
5 years ago

Wow thank u all for sharing. First time reading the articles…impressive n full of knowledge. Smdh what to do, what to do?! superpowers have killed every person that ever tried to talk di tings or do good fi di people.make a better way for the people n make powerful enemies. Money, power, respect ties right into this post.

NuNu
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NuNu
5 years ago

Good night fam! This was great looking forward to conspiracy night

NuNu
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NuNu
5 years ago

Good night folks! This was good can’t for conspiracy night!

Lalibela A Nile (@Lalibela_Nile)
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Reply to  NuNu

Ciao NuNu!!!

Yw
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Yw
5 years ago

Good night ES Fambo and friends. Bed is calling me. Ketch you all a next night…ZZZZ….zzzz

Lalibela A Nile (@Lalibela_Nile)
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Reply to  Yw

Much love Yw…

Ty
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Ty
5 years ago

Nile, there is no video, scrapbook or article that will take away the crimes that Michael and Seaga did to people….you have stated that you were born in 1977, I will take the accounts of peoples experiences over all…

I can see your admiration for Michael Manley…and I am sorry I cannot like or revere him…nothing will convince me otherwise…he was one of the founding fathers of tribalism in ja…which led to and continues to claim the lives of so many Jcans…so I will end here…

Yazzy
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Yazzy
5 years ago

I gotta turn in ya now mi fam. Early rise and di yung badi ya nuh too nawmal already…

Sleep well sweeties. I enjoyed reading ya comments. It got heated up in here. Love it

NuNu
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NuNu
5 years ago
Reply to  Yazzy

Night Yazz!

Yazzy
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Yazzy
5 years ago
Reply to  NuNu

Night Nunu Boooooo! Night Obara.

Lalibela A Nile (@Lalibela_Nile)
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Reply to  Obara Meji

Obara, I am game all day!

Lalibela A Nile (@Lalibela_Nile)
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Reply to  Obara Meji

Obara, Anthony Spaulding was the minister of construction and housing. He is the man behind the Arnett Gardens’ creation…

Lalibela A Nile (@Lalibela_Nile)
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Reply to  Obara Meji

Obara, even then, I am older time itself!!! I have been around for a while!

NuNu
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NuNu
5 years ago
Reply to  Obara Meji

Obara yuh foo fool ie nuh! Lololol

Yw
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Yw
5 years ago
Reply to  NuNu

Oi, Nunu!!! Nuh badda try deal wid mi twin dem way dey enuh. Jus gimme mi detention slip an gwan yah…cho…….heeheeeheeehhee…..phone inna batty….that is carrying “talking faat” to a whole neda level…

Yazzy
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Yazzy
5 years ago
Reply to  NuNu

Yw weh yuh seh… dem a chat shit!

NuNu
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NuNu
5 years ago
Reply to  NuNu

Yw! Yuh guh ‘tap beg frien’ een yah ie nuh! All of a sudden yuh got “twin” now. Yuh nah get no slip as a matta a fac’ yuh deh get mandatory detention two time a week seh feh an’ mi gi yuh four! Yazzy please to not encourage him!

Yw
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Yw
5 years ago
Reply to  NuNu

Yazzy, him mus a chat shit fi have phone de suh…yuh know wha’ mi cannot even think bout how or why somebody woulda do dat…sick

Lalibela A Nile (@Lalibela_Nile)
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Reply to  Obara Meji

Obara, just cool nuh man!!!

Cami
5 years ago
Reply to  Obara Meji

lol, onu lucky me de work.

Lalibela A Nile (@Lalibela_Nile)
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Reply to  Obara Meji

Obara, let’s get the Conspiracy Theory session started…

NuNu
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NuNu
5 years ago

I third it! Let the conspiracies begin!!

Yw
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Yw
5 years ago
Reply to  Obara Meji

This sounds good to me!!! Any day is good to me..

Yazzy
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Yazzy
5 years ago
Reply to  Obara Meji

The board is messy… Anyhoos, yall holding it down! Obara, I nominate Conspiracy Theory nights for Tuesday nights. Bill O’Reilly a pump up di racist ppl dem fi cancel all flights in and out of the west. That’s some Global quarantine ish… Then dem really have di never fi wah bring criminal charges ‘gainst di man tru him come ya wid di Ebola virus… but when he felt I’ll he went to the hospital where they failed to properly identify the his symptoms and diagnose him and so they are at fault for releasing him… while he was contagious. Dem… Read more »

NuNu
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NuNu
5 years ago
Reply to  Yazzy

Yes Yazzy yuh si di dutty bruk down place dem did sen’ di people, bout quarantine!

toy7318
5 years ago
Reply to  Obara Meji

Yes conspiracy theory would be great. It doesn’t matter the day to me.

Yazzy
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Yazzy
5 years ago

Good night sweeties. I was bawlin out hell watching Iyanla Vanzant – Fix my life. So powerful!! It left me like an emotional wreck but also empowered!

I’m gonna catch up on the comments…

NuNu
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NuNu
5 years ago
Reply to  Yazzy

Hey Yazz!

Lalibela A Nile (@Lalibela_Nile)
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Ty, the CIA was in Jamaica from Manley’s first term. Trust me, Feather Mop’s usage by Manley does not predate the advent of the CIA in Jamaica.

Ty
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Ty
5 years ago

Nile did you live in jamaica during Manley first term?

Lalibela A Nile (@Lalibela_Nile)
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Reply to  Ty

Ty, I was born in 1977; hence, I was not alive during Manley’s first term. I know that you prudent enough to use my age against me–history is many different regards…

Ty
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Ty
5 years ago
Reply to  Ty

Nile, the man of truths, you were born in the late 1970s…be open to hear from others their experience of a time which you know so much truths of…

Here is the great bob Andy’s take:

http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20100627/ent/ent6.html

Ty
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Ty
5 years ago

See more bad man ya….

http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/132101_-General-Starkey–lived-only-one-score-and-six-years

Michael and Eddie created garrison and division in jamaica…speak to people older than you to find out why the elites left jamaica my friend….

Michael was a thug…who sought power at any means…he wanted to be loved like daddy…

Lalibela A Nile (@Lalibela_Nile)
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Reply to  Ty

Esteemed Ty, as I have stated before, context is everything… Check out the video that I just posted…

Yw
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Yw
5 years ago
Reply to  Obara Meji

To me, it is like in the POWER post: too orchestrated or structured to be coincidence. Small pox in blankets all over again except instead of land is oil…

Lalibela A Nile (@Lalibela_Nile)
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Reply to  Yw

Yw, you’ve nailed it correctly! Don’t forget the Tuskegee experiments that went on until 1974… These people are highly evil…

NuNu
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NuNu
5 years ago
Reply to  Obara Meji

I mentioned up top that as oil fin’ suh ebola tek root, very highly suspicious. Black people salt nuh warra it !!

Ty
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Ty
5 years ago
Reply to  NuNu

Nunu, we not salt…we are blessed, we just do not know how blessed we are…others who have nothing, know our wealth and exploit us….

Cami
5 years ago
Reply to  NuNu

They new all along that oil exist, all they did was time it accordingly, now it’s time to set up camp. The goal is to empty out the rural areas.

Cami
5 years ago
Reply to  NuNu

Me ratta..big graduate a spell KNEW-new. Ancestors forgive me. Ase!

Lalibela A Nile (@Lalibela_Nile)
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Reply to  Obara Meji

Obara, no coincidence…

Ty
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Ty
5 years ago
Reply to  Obara Meji

Obara…de man pj sick me stomach…a poor people eye water a ketch him bumbo…

Him a live big life a barbados…a deh him live…have second home in Italy Weh him out bid Robert de Niro for.. Sick stomach…

I wonder if I can find the video they had a few years ago wid him coming out a di limo wid two boys…

NuNu
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NuNu
5 years ago
Reply to  Ty

Mi cyaan stand him! Di amount a Ja politicians that have French Chateaus and Italian mansions. The countries money…sigh. Dem run Pj outta Atlanta to Barbados

Lalibela A Nile (@Lalibela_Nile)
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Reply to  Ty

Ty, you are correct, PJ was another waste of time.

NuNu
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NuNu
5 years ago

We aren’t the most strategic; I think the writer mentions in the article when the “unforeseeable problems” present themselves, somebody haul for Europe quick o’clock to help fix it

Ty
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Ty
5 years ago
Reply to  NuNu

Nunu, same eat a food mentality we have in jamaica…

Ty
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Ty
5 years ago
Reply to  Obara Meji

Obara, Manley used Beverly to secure the vote of black people…she was a puppet…she was a battery dolly , a mattress, a a frontal assassin….

He did not love her…him have one heap a outside Pinckney….

Cami
5 years ago
Reply to  Ty

Ty, beverly a really feather mop sista and did he really bax har? Dat part de me neva get from me source many moons ago when me was under ‘frontal” assault, dwln

Ty
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Ty
5 years ago

Africa has a rich history and did fine before invaders…the problem is that Africa continues to use European political, economic and religious systems… Africa will need to get back to African rules in order to defeat others…it has to do away with democracy, communism,Islam and Christianity….

Lalibela A Nile (@Lalibela_Nile)
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Reply to  Ty

Ty I totally agree–we need African centric models. You are wrong on Manley though…

Ty
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Ty
5 years ago

Manley did nothing from me except empty promises…his legacy is a batty man, tough lesbian, a faggot dread, and one bag a thief…

I saw brain drain…I saw ja’ s brightest live ja in droves…100out of 136 of my high school graduating class left ja…pj did that my friend….Manley and him pupa put pj in …. Pj was to be before Michael but Michael pitch a fit…pj was groomed and hand picked by daddy Manley…

Cami
5 years ago

Ty have a point on Manley has hard as it is for die hard fans of orange to accept. He started off the foreign debt from 78-80 which doubled up to $2billion usd.

Ty
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Ty
5 years ago
Reply to  Cami

Cami…die hards, die hard….

Lalibela A Nile (@Lalibela_Nile)
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Ty & Cami, I am not an advocate for Manley, I am an advocate for truth and I am afraid that you both have it wrong when it comes to the 70’s and Manley–independent of the laggards PJ & Portia…

Yw
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Yw
5 years ago

Mr. Nile, just asking, but why them have it wrong and you have it right again?

Lalibela A Nile (@Lalibela_Nile)
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Yw, here is why they have it wrong, they are ignoring the fact that the United States of America was gunning after manley and they went on record stating that they were the ones who destabilized Jamaica–socially, economically and politically:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dupYEswPM10&w=420&h=315%5D

Ty
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Ty
5 years ago

A scrapbook does not discredit people’s experience….seaga and Michael were thugs who started tribalism in ja,…they brought crime to ja….I have no more to say about Michael…he was like seaga was a murderer… I will NEVER hold him or Seaga in high regards…

Yw
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Yw
5 years ago

Okay, I don’t know much about this time period in JA but this is what I think: 1. No one can dispute that the CIA played a role in the destabilization of the island during that time. They have played that same role in many countries over time. 2. The idea of social democracy (from my understanding) sounds great but I am not sure of the validity of it. From what I have read, many of his policies (or rather, implementation of practices) seemed more akin to communism. 3. I did not live in that time, so, I cannot say… Read more »

Lalibela A Nile (@Lalibela_Nile)
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Darling Ty, during Manley’s reign, Jamaica did experience great hardship–true in deed. However, did your mother explain why? The CIA has gone on record to say that they used economic hitmen to destroy Jamaica’s economy, created civil unrest–inclusive burning down oil refineries, burning down a retirement home and killing 200 women. This is when the drugs and the guns came in. Manley had to go and with a complicit Edward Seaga, the US got her way. Imagine this, Seaga was the first foreign leader to the visit the newly elected Ronald Reagan. Nowadays, if Portia wanted to, she won’t be… Read more »

Ty
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Ty
5 years ago

Nile so how do explain Manley using feather mop and other assassins to kill and maimed fellow Jcans…

Manley in my opinion is part of the demise of jamaica…him is no hero in my book…better u talk to me about his father…

Did u live in jamaica during michaels reign? Florida pack up of ja elites and wealthy that left during that time… Their depiction of Manley is not as sweet as yours…

Lalibela A Nile (@Lalibela_Nile)
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Reply to  Ty

Ty, relative to Manley’s use of Feather Mop and others, I argue that his actions were reactionary. I don’t agree with all of his methods; however, I understand why. The CIA backed Seaga and Manley looked to Castro. You are blaming the victim–Manley and by extension Jamaica. The elite Jamaicans that are in Florida and similar to the elite Cubans who ran away to Miami we all know why those Cubans fled to Cuba. A lot of these so-called elite Jamaicans were elitist in their every action. They were all for themselves and did not care about the common Jamaicans;… Read more »

Ty
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Ty
5 years ago

Feather mop my friend was before the CIA invasion…check your history… The bloody 1980 election where over 500 Jcans died was the CIA invasion…

The elite Jcans left due to threats on their lives and family…nothing like Cuba…two different histories…

Cami
5 years ago
Reply to  Ty

Ty, feather mop didn’t die as a martyr…him get kill cause him siddung a Castro table and a disrespect the table along with other erratic behaviors.

Ty
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Ty
5 years ago
Reply to  Cami

Feather mop was crazy and a vile person…he killed, raped and maimed Jcans….all in the name of beloved Manley…

Lalibela A Nile (@Lalibela_Nile)
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Reply to  Ty

Ty, context is everything…

Ty
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Ty
5 years ago
Reply to  Ty

Nile here is a brief history of your wonderful Michael, and the feather mop dread that killed…

http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/131579_Burry-Boy-and-Feathermop–The-violent-duo-that-helped-and-shamed-the-PNP

Lalibela A Nile (@Lalibela_Nile)
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Reply to  Ty

Ty, I have already read that more than once–aspect of that was revisionist on approach. I have a scrapbook that dealt with real time Gleaner articles that were published during Manley’s 1st and 2nd terms…

Ty
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Ty
5 years ago
Reply to  Obara Meji

Yep…Beverly herself think fi har shit can nyam like patty…she is a backto gal that try to fit in the uptown crowd…so she class the lower class, a so the upper class class her…lol…

Yw
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Yw
5 years ago
Reply to  Obara Meji

If only it was piranhas PJ did swim wid…

Ty
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Ty
5 years ago
Reply to  Yw

Grung….

Him need a slow painful death for all the evil he did….

Cami
5 years ago
Reply to  Yw

Wha him a swim with Butta fish and snappa? dwln

Ty
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Ty
5 years ago

It will take a majority who stand firm for their country to make it happen…once the division is great and not in the benefit of the country, it shall not stand up to others…

Yw
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Yw
5 years ago

Night all…
“The selfishness of our leaders is the reason for our underdevelopment”. Protection of shareholders’ wealth is the economic model that is practiced by the “superpowers”. The shareholders are a very few people at the very top of the economic ladder. That leaves everyone else in the minority and, therefore, not of interest to the system. In this system the principle is simple: Profits over People. Everytime….

NuNu
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NuNu
5 years ago
Reply to  Yw

Night Yw

Yw
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Yw
5 years ago
Reply to  NuNu

Night Nunu!!

Cami
5 years ago
Reply to  Yw

argument sweet yu, yu come, lol

Yw
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Yw
5 years ago
Reply to  Cami

When mi si 9:30 come mi start fret when mi nuh si yuh. Glad sey yuh forward but miss yuh still.

Cami
5 years ago
Reply to  Cami

Me can’t run nu good post because me distracted.

I see you gone a bed Yw…night and hope we have more of these conversations.

Lalibela A Nile (@Lalibela_Nile)
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For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Chavez stood up, the oil companies pulled out and after a few years Chavez is seemingly murdered. Caveats are real; however, I buy into the notion that people are supposed to stand up for their convictions…

Ty
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Ty
5 years ago

Chavez’s death was aided by traitors from his own land….

Cami
5 years ago
Reply to  Ty

Boom! me rebel sistrin.

Lalibela A Nile (@Lalibela_Nile)
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Oh how I love you Ty! The leaders that you speak of were all marginalized–Jamaica’s Michael manley, Ghana’s Rawlings, et al. Portia as you’ve stated is no leader–she needs to go…

Ty
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Ty
5 years ago

The back bitters are culprits too…Castro had to chase them out …him open di prison after the bay of pigs and give dem boats to come to America….

It was traitors, former slaves that led the British to nanny town….

It is inept leaders like Portia with a bunch of cronies and traitors that have been in politics for over 40 years who are now passing the mantle to their children that they bred to become thieves too…we state sorry bad…

Only national water commission we own in jamaica…

NuNu
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NuNu
5 years ago
Reply to  Ty

What a damn shame! Mi heart full for Jamaica. I don’t know where to start Ty

Cami
5 years ago
Reply to  Ty

Long Live Castro. All of who I see in Miami waiting for him to go are majority the descendants of old masters or the ones who murder former slaves to thief land. The rest of them weren’t willing to fight the fight or just mere criminals.

When I found out about Gloria Estafan and her pride for her alpha 66 daddy…there goes that fan club membership.

Ty
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Ty
5 years ago
Reply to  Obara Meji

If all African countries with oil chase out the oil companies, America lock down…you cannot make a deal with a crook and believe that you will be a victor…

NuNu
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NuNu
5 years ago
Reply to  Ty

Operative word being “If”, it is not impossible but for right now is seems highly improbable because for that to happen there has to be unity not just for a nation but a continent; based on what we see you can’t even get a political party to effectively work together even within it’s own group

Cami
5 years ago
Reply to  Ty

On top a things…really what the hell the rest of the world have to loose if America go on embargo? I like Vladimir and him could give a rat’s backside so if anyone really want to tell say enough then Vlad’s the man.

Yw
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Yw
5 years ago
Reply to  Obara Meji

That is a thing I wonder about, Obara… If you lie down, the system will not change but if you stand up, you will not live…What to do?? Oddly, I think that the culture in the West has to change before a unification of the Motherland will make a difference…

Lalibela A Nile (@Lalibela_Nile)
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Reply to  Obara Meji

Obara, at the time that the US was concerned with Manley/Jamaica’s association/affinity toward Castro/Cuba. Kissinger was sent to Jamaica to redirect Manley/Jamaica. An audacious Kissinger flew into Montego Bay and insteading going to visit Manley, he solicited Manley to come and visit him. A bewildered Manley was going to go, until Beverly told him that he was the leader of the country and that it is Kissinger who is supposed to visit him at Vale Royal. Manley subjected Kissinger to come and visit him and when Kissinger ‘tasked Manley to denounce Castro and Cuba, Manley refused. Tail between his legs,… Read more »

Ty
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Ty
5 years ago

Nile, not sure how old you are…my mother told me that jamaica under Michael Manley were hard times…food was scarce…many wealthy left the island….she told me you had to buy food and goods married, eg if you wanted a can of formula for a baby, you had to buy sanitary pads too…

We suffered our first brain drain at that time….

He then went on to have Alzheimer’s …and dat duty friggah knew he had it…instead of bowing out of politics he won his last election and put in that faggot name pj…since then, ja full a batty man…

Cami
5 years ago

Me ago dead cause dah board yah and Ty, Ty aka Mrs. Yw tonight!

Yes, dutty pad wid you good up rice and soap wid yu good up sugar! Then you have Eddie and the CIA infiltration. We can give Manley credit for the Black movement though.

Ty
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Ty
5 years ago
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Seaga and Manley are two scammers…I do not embrace none a dem…you will never hear words of reverence from me for either…I do not pledge allegiance to no party…

NuNu
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NuNu
5 years ago
Reply to  Obara Meji

Mi manners, howdy Obara!

Ty
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Ty
5 years ago

We know what has to be done…we need leaders with backbones not empty bank accounts and a begging hand…

NuNu
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NuNu
5 years ago
Reply to  Ty

The greatest weapon used is fear. People know what the ruling class is capable of so they just decide to look out for themselves and everybody else be damned

Lalibela A Nile (@Lalibela_Nile)
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Reply to  Obara Meji

Thank you Obara, I read that said article earlier today–are you spying on me or something? 🙂 Farrakhan’s sentiments tie right into what we were talking about that Kissinger fella’. Kissinginger has been a bad boy for the longest. Right when the US was in the process of normalizing ties with Cuba, Kissinger lost his marbles when discovered that Castro was in Africa staving off the intended expansion of Apartheid into Angola. Kissinger, “I think we [America] are going to have to smash Castro. We probably can’t do it before the elections [1976].” Gerald Ford, “I agree…” Fortunately, Jimmy Carter… Read more »

Ty
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Ty
5 years ago

Is this the same Beverly who raise her daughter to not date black men?…and tell her she not black?

Kissinger told Beverly she black…she did not agree…Beverly is an Oreo my friend…she does not represent me…

Cami
5 years ago

lolol, Evening Lalibela, My sistren, Ty, say that Beverly is an Oreo! Ty, you should see her in the little roll she got in “The Harder they come”…”is who leave the gate open”, lolololllllllllllllllll

Excerpt from “The Trials of Kissenger”: In the words of Hitchens, Kissinger deserves prosecution “for war crimes, for crimes against humanity, and for offenses against common or customary or international law, including conspiracy to commit murder, kidnap, and torture.” He further calls him “a stupendous liar with a remarkable memory.”

Ty
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Ty
5 years ago

Night Fambo, reading and catching up…

Yw will be on in few minutes…

Lalibela A Nile (@Lalibela_Nile)
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Greetings Ty!

Ty
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Ty
5 years ago

Greetings Nile,

This topic is one that boil me up…oil in Liberia…gold in Jamaica…

Same duty politicians with no patriotism and only self greed…di maroons recently had to cuss out dutty Portia rass…they found gold in the cockpit area and she well a try sell it without the maroons…she was warned that if she continues she will die…she fraid like thief…and a thief she is…she was asked when did she buy the land that belong to the maroons…

Cami
5 years ago

Ty, I’m just getting up here…what de backfoot you’re saying? Portia forget her role? Frigging thief!

Lalibela A Nile (@Lalibela_Nile)
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Here is the proposition that’s offered to all nations as it relates to their valuable natural resources, give it to us for nothing or you will get crushed/marginalized. When the powerful nations of the world seek out resources, they will depose leaders who are well intended and prop up–of the leaders that they can depose, they marginalize or murder them. This plays out in Africa and elsewhere in the world. In South America, the US sides with rich banana farmer–Chiquita, Del Monte, et al–and overthrow sovereign leaders. In Nigeria, they propped up corrupted leaders who cared nothing for the everyday… Read more »

NuNu
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NuNu
5 years ago

It seems to be a pattern with black nations. What does that say about us as a people. So is it that no black nation can stand on it’s own and build itself up without outside influence? It seems as if alot of these leaders perhaps do not think that it is possible, so they just look out for themselves abd their families.

Lalibela A Nile (@Lalibela_Nile)
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NuNu per the article, Liberia hasn’t learned from her neighbors–she will be left with nothing. Venezuela was shunned because Hugo Chavez wasn’t willing to give away his country’s oil; there has to be a middle ground. Get these companies to invest in education, infrastructure and establish term limits–relative to the allocated percentages. Properly tax these corporations–there is so much that they can do to ensure that Liberians aren’t screwed over…

NuNu
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NuNu
5 years ago

Ok but it seems as if what is being said that there is no hope for a stable strong black nation which doesn’t have a “puppet master” directing it. It just seem as if we’re under thumb, and can’t properly plan ahead for ourselves.

Lalibela A Nile (@Lalibela_Nile)
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Reply to  NuNu

NuNu, not to say that there is no hope–it is just that a paradigm shift is needed and at the same time, certain changes have to be made in a nuanced regard. A shift for the better is plausible; however, since such is not easy, lots of attention has to be paid to any such execution.

If the people are not united as Obara outlined, there is little or no hope. That thing called education is a must–coupled with the requisite vision, a strong leader can unite and correctly lead the masses.

NuNu
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NuNu
5 years ago

Unity; what will it take to unite. I agree with you there Nile, education is key, college degrees are great and wonderful and can help one to better oneself and help to build a better community but beyond the formal education the black mind needs so much work and that my friends is going to take time to get right

Ty
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Ty
5 years ago
Reply to  NuNu

Nuns, jamaica is a dot compared to Africa…we suffer from brain drain, no infrastructure, loss of our resources….yet we have people who will still vote in bad same recycled politicians to do the same thing due to duty to a political party…

I do not like pnp or jlp…I want a jamaica for Jcans…

NuNu
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NuNu
5 years ago
Reply to  Ty

Ty! We need to be reconditioned. People are so numb now that they just do and not think. Poor people are perpetually (mi wan’ use a cuss wud right here)As Yw said “profits over people” every stinking time!

Cami
5 years ago
Reply to  NuNu

Not “we” NuNu, and there is no need for reconditioning is time for an awakening.

NuNu
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NuNu
5 years ago
Reply to  Cami

Yes Cami, awakening is the word to use

Yw
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Yw
5 years ago
Reply to  NuNu

All the education in the world cannot help if you cannot get the job or you are used as a puppet.

NuNu
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NuNu
5 years ago
Reply to  Yw

That’s why we need to be in the position to create these jobs Yw but if we keep giving our wealth away, we don’t stand a chance

Yw
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Yw
5 years ago
Reply to  NuNu

That would be nice Nuns but how do we go back in time, let Africa colonize Europe and the west, profit from slavery over anglos, “set them free” with NOTHING after, hmmm…just about 400 years (or 200 if we are feeling magnanimous), capture the resources of their homeland, give them a loan to build up their infrastructure (of course they would have to follow the guideline we set) and do not forget the interest…..let me catch my breath….

NuNu
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NuNu
5 years ago
Reply to  Yw

Well because it impossible to go back in time and do all of that( considering how strange tings out deh, mi nuh too certain wi cyaan duh dat tuh baxide) we have to start somewhere. Some of us have the resources, business’ etc. All I’m saying is we need to learn to support and build, yes it’s small but it’s something. We just have to learn how to work together first and see where it goes. Conscious effort

Yw
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Yw
5 years ago
Reply to  NuNu

I agree. We have to come together as a community, especially in the west. Move away from the “anything black is not good” ideas…

Lalibela A Nile (@Lalibela_Nile)
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Let’s create the dichotomy so that we can realize the much needed paradigm shift that will be manifested in the awakening of all Africans and diaspora Africans…

NuNu
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NuNu
5 years ago

Nile a nuff wuk dat ie nuh star!

Lalibela A Nile (@Lalibela_Nile)
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Reply to  NuNu

NuNu, everybody must work!!!

Obara Meji
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5 years ago

Well gun and amunitions run every country and Seaga was de ammunition mad

Yes Yw cell phone and charger, de universal charger dem whey fava phone,

Obara Meji
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5 years ago
Reply to  Obara Meji

Aldoe Beenie sey ah MAama man run de world caws him did have one girl whey Lata him fine out name Earl

NuNu
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NuNu
5 years ago
Reply to  Obara Meji

Obara why yuh deh scandal di bredda suh! Bout universal charger lolol

Obara Meji
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5 years ago
Reply to  NuNu

Nunu ah nuh me ah suh mi hear! Lolol

Obara Meji
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5 years ago
Reply to  Obara Meji

Gn Yw

Lalibela A Nile (@Lalibela_Nile)
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Reply to  Obara Meji

Now this was a spirited evening!!!

Cami
5 years ago
Reply to  Obara Meji

I looikke it…lalibella and Ty were great on their own. Nah lie Lalibella, Ty ruff still. Like her me a flag waving yardy and none of these dinosaurs are relevant since they sold us again.

Lalibela A Nile (@Lalibela_Nile)
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Cami, I have researched 70’s Jamaican politics extensively and I find that most people have either revised or fragmented references… My love is for the entire truth…

Cami
5 years ago

I’ve either pared with or slept with a few actors of those tales.

Lalibela A Nile (@Lalibela_Nile)
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Reply to  Obara Meji

“The Center of Disease Control, which is headquartered in Atlanta, has released a statement saying the trial vaccine for the deadly Ebola virus will only work on those with white skin…”

Lalibela A Nile (@Lalibela_Nile)
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“Early tests of an experimental drug, which would effectively combat the spread of Ebola, have proved successful only in those with white skin — We are working diligently to improve the sample to be able to help all those who are in need.”

NuNu
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NuNu
5 years ago
Reply to  Cami

Good afternoon folks! Lalibela where exactly did you see that, was it in an article?that statement is more than incredulous!

kiabubblez
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kiabubblez
5 years ago

A lieeee dem a tell. Good morning Evetyone.

NuNu
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NuNu
5 years ago
Reply to  kiabubblez

Kia mi like how they say he didn’t relapse people shouldn’t be afraid but they put him back in isolation…hmmm

kiabubblez
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kiabubblez
5 years ago
Reply to  NuNu

NightNunu dem tink ppl fool. Bout its not ebola a flu or sum odda foolishness. Dem tell suh much lie dem nuh kno wat fi seh. Smdh hope everyones sunday eazy breezy…

Cami
5 years ago

Where that come from? That is nonsense.

NuNu
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NuNu
5 years ago

Wait the CIA was funding the Jamaica Gleaner at the time to print false news about Manley! Mi swear a dat mi hear the journalist seh

Lalibela A Nile (@Lalibela_Nile)
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Reply to  NuNu

NuNu, you heard correct…

Cami
5 years ago
Reply to  NuNu

John Hearne wrote “Snoopy go home” for the gleaner.

Cami
5 years ago
Reply to  NuNu

NuNu, it would be necessary to spread the propaganda, a common tactic.

Lalibela A Nile (@Lalibela_Nile)
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Yw, when we talk about Social Democracy, we are talking about countries like Sweden and Norway–these are Social Democratic countries… What’s comes to your mind when you think about Sweden and Norway… Jamaica was the jewel of the caribbean before the CIA got involved…

NuNu
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NuNu
5 years ago
Reply to  Yw

Yes Yw We have to love who we are and teach our kids the same, it’s a start

Lalibela A Nile (@Lalibela_Nile)
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Reply to  Yw

Yw, as it relates to education, we not only talking about the varying degrees–a complete has to do with the awakening of a people.

Yw
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Yw
5 years ago

Ohhh!! I just get yuh…but dem ah go awake and dead unless the culture in the west change….

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