Daily Archives: June 4, 2018

The Power of Timbuktu: Libraries in Exile – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

The Power of Timbuktu: Libraries in Exile

By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Canoes, carts, and camels. These were some of the methods used to save the manuscripts of Timbuktu. The story of Timbuktu is one of power in the written word and the struggles that it took to preserve it.

‘The ink of the scholar is more valuable than the blood of the martyr.’ This was a popular saying taken from the works of Ahmed Baba in 1603. Ahmed Baba was one of the most famous scholars in Timbuktu. This distant, mysterious and once powerful city has produced a rich stream of knowledge that continues to influence our thinking.

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Barbados: Parliamentary Democracy Under the Microscope: Agenda for Change

Barbados Underground

Submitted by Doc Martin

I resonate with commentators on this blog and elsewhere who see the 30-0 sweep wrought by BLP in the May 24 election as a blessing in disguise. But not necessarily for the same reasons!  For those who are willing to look, listen and learn from their mistakes and for those who have “come of age” politically, it is indeed a blessing. 
 
Even as this is being written, the post-election political situation continues to unravel with the so-called crossing of the floor by one of the successful BLP candidates in the May 24 election. This, together with the subtle (and not-so-subtle) retreat of the Prime Minister from some of the promises made in the election, as well as her feigned attempts to convince Barbadians that she is now getting to learn the true gravity of the debt situation, should cause Barbadians to sit up…

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