On reparations, British PM adds insult to injury


When people owe you money and are not willing to pay for what they so eagerly took from you, it is a short distance for them to make the person owed into some kind of unworthy individual. That justification of convenience serves to relieve the person who owes from the burden of his responsibility to pay.

Of course, it is faulty thinking. A debt is a debt, and the person owing has a responsibility to square the circle. Running from that responsibility is not the right answer. In fact, it is dishonorable.

And, you’d better not tell the person you owe to get over it. Or, as England’s Prime Minister, David Cameron, said before Jamaica’s Parliament recently in response to the growing call for reparations and apology for Britain’s role in the transatlantic slave trade, “Move on.”

That is not going to work.

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Originally posted on The Nigerian Storyteller:

“No one will tell you but it’s louder than a whisper”

The men at the gate who chorus greetings when you pass by

The men smoking under the lime tree, the sour smell mixing with your name.

Chioma with the squeaky voice who keeps the office clean

They all believe it and no one will say a word

Maybe they don’t think you’d understand it

They say it’s the madness, it runs in your family like the dark on your skin

Your grandmother at 68 danced out of her husband’s house.

In exasperation, smiling with her wrappa loose under her breast

They said the madness made her leave

She argued it was the madness that kept her there so long

Let’s not talk about your mother

You know your mother

Let’s talk about the words you keep whispering to yourself when no one else is listening

The journal by your…

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Beware toxic characters posing as politicians


Whatever Stephen Harper, the current Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) leader, and his top guns may be like in private or one-to-one, many of us may never know. What Harper and others among the CPC leader’s close circle of political party mates regularly present as in public is the kind of personality I for one would not care to be near.

These people can be characterized in their public presentation as regularly negative, condescending, dismissive and exuding a vibration of hostility. Their rhetoric is flavoured with double-speak, suspicion and fear.

This stuff appeals considerably to the reptilian brain in coded terminology that readily connects with a responsive demographic typically resistant to change and suspicious and fearful of people who appear to be not like them. That base would perhaps resonate to terms like “old stock Canadian” as spoken by Harper during a recent candidates debate as he made reference to requirements for allowing refugees into this country.

There is a simpler term these days for individuals who regularly present this way: toxic.

These individuals are everywhere. Being in close proximity to this toxic human energy can compare to being within smelling range of a person who over a long period gives no attention to his or her personal hygiene. Similarly, toxic individuals are lax in their emotional hygiene. In short, their attitudes stink.

The Harper government has had almost a decade to do good on behalf of a significant portion of this country where 24 per cent of the Canadian population – including half of Albertans – now lives from pay cheque to pay cheque.

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The good and bad of an otherwise great summer 2015


We are gathered here today to mourn the passing of the summer of 2015. The demarcation line for maximum daylight has now been crossed. It occurred sometime before dawn yesterday. As we bid farewell to temperatures soaring to 30 degrees Celsius for another year, it is fitting that we reflect on the warm glow that was the summer of 2015, although it was not without moments that left us either enthralled or appalled.

It was, for instance, the summer that the egotistical act by an American dentist of killing a lion in Zimbabwe – that would be Cecil – received more global emotion and compassion than the plight of more than 1.5 million South Sudanese refugees experiencing internal displacement.

At the same time, this was the summer that the photograph of the lifeless body of a three-year-old Syrian boy that had washed up on the Turkey seashore galvanized the world and brought home the horror of Syrians fleeing warfare in their homeland.

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Pat Watson is the author of the e-book, In Through A Coloured Lens.