Flying over the Grenadines is sublime, even when it's overcast and raining, like it was today. Flying over the fair isles with their luxuriant forested hills, the coral reefs and their eight shades of blue, the long golden beaches, often empty, is really special.
But as with much of the Caribbean, it's easy to forget that what today seems like paradise, was once hell on earth. Through the mist, as the tiny plane ducked and bobbed, fighting its way through rain and wind, I could make out two small, unremarkable looking islands. From St Vincent, the mainland, Balliceaux and Battowia look like two large, serrated red rocks lost at sea. Noone talks about them as viable holiday destinations, the seas around them do not yield those shades of blue, their high cliffs refuse to drop down to golden shores. They sit awry - unless you sit on the left hand side of the plane you may not even notice them at all. Besides who would want to pay them too much attention when, just next to them, lies Mustique, playground of royalty and the rich?
It was on Balliceaux that the British set-up one of the first concentration camps in history, consigning a population of Caribs, First Nation peoples from St Vincent, to despair and death, after quashing a rebellion led by Joseph Chattoyer.
This all took place in the late 18th , early 19th century - a revolutionary era as far as the Caribbean is concerned - where radicals, inspired by France's proclamation of Liberté, égalité, fraternité and by eachother, set out to achieve just that in their own societies. The era of Fedon in Grenada, Louverture and Dessalines in Haiti.
From this bleak, windswept island, the British transported the Caribs of St Vincent to Central America where today they are known as the Garifuna peoples. Hundreds of years later, their struggle for survival continues.
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We're throwing it back tonight with the 1956 hit of a calypso legend who was dubbed, 'Calypso King of the World!' The Mighty Sparrow's calypso, 'Jean & Dinah', was the first of eight wins in the Carnival Road March.
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Bishop’s ultimate goal was to create a self-sustaining society, which began to bear fruit through the expansion of agricultural produce, tourism and educational programs. Fearing the rise of another communist nation in the Caribbean, Bishop and Grenada were blacklisted by the Ronald Reagan administration and plans were made to destabilize Grenada by way of economic blocks. The US then created its propaganda claiming that the expansion of the airport, which Bishop sought to develop to increase the island’s economic output, was a military base for Soviet use. In 1983, a dispute took place among party leadership, which resulted in Bishop being placed under house arrest. His supporters freed him in protest and took him to a military base where they were later attacked by members of the People’s Revolutionary Army. Bishop, including civilians and members of his cabinet, were gunned down by firing squad. Their bodies were seized and burned in a pit. The location is still unknown to this day.
Although the revolution was short-lived, Bishop was able to transform an entire society, and restore hope and order to an oppressed people. In honor of him, we channel his fighting spirit and continue the mission of justice, empowerment and self-reliance for all oppressed people of the world. As popularly chanted, “Forward Ever. Backward Never!”
On 29 May 2009, Grenada's international airport (formerly Point Salines International Airport) was renamed Maurice Bishop International Airport. Speaking at the ceremony, St. Vincent and the GrenadinesPrime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves said: "This belated honour to an outstanding Caribbean son will bring closure to a chapter of denial in Grenada’s history." ▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃ #BlackWomenMatter#BlackMenMatter#BlackLivesMatter#blackunity#melanin#lovetheskinyourein#unconditionalselflove#Alkebulan#Africa#whitesupremacy#racism#Grenada#MauriceBishop ▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃
🇹🇹 BUSS UP SHOT • EC$17 🇹🇹
I’m super excited to show you this! How amazing does it look?! And it tastes just as good.
🍴A colleague brought this into the office for lunch the other day and I don’t think I’ve ever had such bad food envy! I cheekily tried a bite of each part and it all tasted so good!... here’s what it is...
🌱from top left to bottom right: Buss up shot/Paratha bread (bit like roti), potato, mango, pumpkin, eggplant, channa and kuchela (mango).
♻️ they serve it in paper take out boxes now! Love this! Can’t wait to make a visit to Andy’s Soup House in Woodland soon!
In 1979, Gairy created a plan to have Bishop and his followers murdered while he was off island. After receiving the news, at the strike of the night the decision was made to take over the island. Bishop and the New Jewel Movement led the revolution in the dawn of March 13, 1979. When they got into government, Bishop and the NJM restored the country’s coffers, which were depleted by Gairy’s administration and had less than $100. Bishop advocated for the poors’ rights, women’s rights and African liberation. He believed this could be achieved through mass education of the people, visionary leadership, self-reliance and economic interdependence among sovereign nations.
Bishop’s first plan of action was to develop the island’s infrastructure and give people jobs. He also initiated a massive literacy program in which illiteracy was dropped from 35% to 5%. Healthcare became free and unemployment dropped from 50% to 14%. Bishop also introduced a system of direct democracy, where citizens were able to voice their opinions on matters of the country, and even give input into the island’s budget. Under his administration, Grenada developed relations with Cuba, Libya, Soviet Union, Nicaragua and other socialist and anti-imperial states.
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Maurice Rupert Bishop (29 May 1944 – 19 October 1983) was a Grenadian revolutionary and the leader of the New Jewel Movement – popular efforts in the areas of socio-economic development, education, and Black liberation – that came to power during the 13 March 1979 revolution that removed Eric Gairy from office. Bishop headed the People's Revolutionary Government of Grenada from 1979 to 1983, when he was dismissed from his post and shot during the coup by Bernard Coard, leading to upheaval.
In 1979, Maurice Bishop and his party, The New Jewel Movement, orchestrated the only successful revolt in the English speaking Caribbean; also deemed the “peaceful revolution.” Maurice Bishop was a lawyer and the second Prime Minister of Grenada, and studied law at the London University. Since high school, he had an interest in politics, sociology and history. He was involved and headed several clubs, such as the student council, history group, discussion club and was editor of the Student Voice. This early engagement continued while he studied abroad, and upon finalizing his studies, he worked with several youth leaders to construct a two-year plan for the transforming of their island.
Grenada was a former colony of Britain and got its independence on February 7, 1974. For almost two decades, Grenada was governed by Eric Gairy, a trade union leader who gained prominence during a general strike in the early 1950s. Gairy shortly entered politics then later became known for corruption and sexual exploitation of women. Gairy created a private police known for abusing, murdering and terrorizing those who opposed his administration. They were responsible for murdering Bishop’s father in 1974, who was a retail shop owner. These acts fueled Bishop and many of his peers to step their campaigns against the oppressive government, and improve their organization and representation of the party island wide. ▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃ #BlackWomenMatter#BlackMenMatter#BlackLivesMatter#blackunity#melanin#lovetheskinyourein#unconditionalselflove#Alkebulan#Africa#whitesupremacy#racism#Grenada#MauriceBishop ▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃▃
Озеленять квартиру🏘, сажая цветы в горшки 🌸🌺☘️🌿🌱🍀🍃🌾или в ящики на балконе - это просто детский сад🐥. Вот в столице Гренады этот вопрос решают весьма смело - отведя для этого весь третий этаж)) поливается этот зелёный сад дождём прямо через дыры в крыше. И никаких проблем, а только красивый сад)) Вот только мне интересно - через годик и второй этаж летним садом автоматически заполнится??))) #aroundtheworld#olgalyubimova#grenada#garden
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