Enemy of sovereignty
By LEONARD ST HILL | Thu, December 27, 2012 - 12:01 AM()
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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