Police for Public Safety or Murder

by Nicosia Smith

Street Protest unsafe as police bruitality promote fear and spill blood.

From the US, South America, Europe and the Caribbean, the citizens are battling for equal rights. This week in Anaheim, California, a major protest erupted after police kill Manuel Diaz . Of course both sides believe they are right.

Last week, police kill three during a protest for lower electricity rates in a tiny town call Linden, in South America Guyana. Scores were injured. This industrial town with an estimated 60% underemployment and unemployment mainly survives on remittances from abroad.

Of recent, the world have seen scores of protest. Like those in London, England for lower university fees and the protest of the ‘Arab Spring’. In the Middle East, the young protested the lack of jobs and the right to have a higher standard of living.

And in every country of these protest, the heavy hand of the police have escalated the violence and has prolonged it. It seems that, the role of the police is no longer public safety, but butchery. It is the police that governments are increasingly using now to enforce their will, when they cannot manipulate the law.


Nelson Mandela how he inspired the Caribbean

Nelson Mandela on his 90th birthday in 2008.

Nelson Mandela  (Pic Wikipedia.org)

Nelson Mandela celebrated his 94th birthday this week and I am reminded about his contributions to the Caribbean. At the 19th meeting of the Caribbean Community and Common Market (Caricom), in St. Lucia, 1998 before his retirement from public office he inspired Caricom. Speaking directly to the heads of government. I wonder how much of what he said bare fruit, because Caricom still seems to be lagging behind. Here is the full text of that speech published on South African History Online

Partnership Agreements costing Caribbean Jobs


Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg,Germany.

Competing with giants, like Volkswagen in Wolfsburg, Germany.

Paper Factory

The Caribbean stands like a stack of paper.



Economic Partnership Negotiators in the Caribbean beware, less you are unfavorably visited by your actions.

Here is a case of limited foresight or the framers just accepted that this would be a casualty of the partnership negotiations with Europe. But in these tough economic times it is now a bitter pill to chew.


East New York farms enable green thumbs

Hardwork produce this ethnic callaloo.


A flower shop in Brooklyn, is giving its patrons more than flowers – they are receiving fresh fruits and vegetables, direct from the owner’s backyard.

“People are catching on,” says Brooklyn Farmer Benjamin Brown and flower shop owner.

At his 774 Schenck Avenue, flower shop, Brown who plants at his home and on a plot half-mile away, sells his cabbages, peas,watermelon, ockra and callaloo.

He began farming over 25-years ago, in South Carolina, before moving to NYC 12 years ago.

A passionate farmer, Brown said, “You don’t make a whole lot of money (his income is supplemented by a landscaping business),” but farm mainly for his health. For him fresh fruits and vegetables held too long lose its value, so from the ground to the pot is better.

There is a unique connection when you grow your own food, said David Vigil, a farm manager and volunteer coordinator, of United Community Centers (UCC) on New Lots Avenue, Brooklyn. Community farmers like Brown also sell their produce at farmers’ markets held by UCC through its East New York Farms Project. This project is funded by state, federal and private grants.

A lot of people find the work pleasurable, Vigil said. And it is not just a statement. Six hundred volunteers and part-time farmers participate in the project every year.

But it is for love, health and the feeling of accomplishment that makes people all over NYC churn the dark earth at dusk and dawn, to produce organic peppers, eggplants, bitter melons, string-beans, and fruits.

So the next time you see a farmers market, it may be worth your while to stop by.