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Enemy of sovereignty

By LEONARD ST HILL 

| Thu, December 27, 2012 - 12:01 AM

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Imperialism is hereditary; it thrives  as much on territorial acquisition  as trafficking humans.

The influence of this reprehensible past  on a more desirable future is evident  in the repetition in present time of offensive incidents that were objectionable in the past. They are being done today in the name  of progressive social change.

An episode in the CBC TV8 series  Who Do You Think You Are? documents  the search by an African American for  his “roots”. It takes him eventually to Benin where he discovers that this same system that rationalized the sale of his ancestors  from Africa to North America  is persisting today.

Human beings are being “trafficked”  for economic benefit by those responsible  for their welfare.

This pattern is not as transparent  in Barbados today when international protocols are signed by officials for benefits available primarily to the contractors  of the deed and not to those who are affected by its consequences.

Bridgetown And Its Garrison,  for example, has become a museum as the property of UNESCO, conveyed presumably by the Assistant Secretary General  of the United Nations, by whose endeavours the transfer was accomplished.

The outstanding question to be answered is whether UNESCO inscription  of its property in Barbados is more significant then observance by the natives of provision  in existing law for the preservation  of buildings, caves, sites and objects  of artistic, architectural, archaeological  or historic interest, without conflict  or derogation from the protection from deprivation of property real or personal  as a fundamental human right of the individual and community.

Evidently, a proliferation of ministries  and departments in the administration  of Government has created a minefield  of conflicts of interest through which  each seeks a way to justify its existence  as a claim to perpetuity.  The landlords  are no longer stationed in London,  but now New York and Washington.  

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