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8 Steps to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) by Ismail Omar Shabazz

A Foreword by Bilal Morris The expose featured in this Black History Month, gives a special sense of tribute and respect to one of Belize's best historians and thinker, the legendary Ismail Omar Shabazz. A former member of the United Black Association for Development (UBAD), Shabazz has remained an ardent Belizean nationalist and Muslim who has championed Belizeans causes for the last 50 years.
The founder of the Belize Rural Economic Development of Agriculture through Alliance (BREDAA), Shabazz has chronicled the best in Belizean history and is part of history himself. As an advocate for change in Belize and for the liberation of black people in Belize, Shabazz has garnered the respect from Belizean government officials both past and present.
The featured article, The Belize Guatemalan Dispute: 8 Steps To The ICJ, Shabazz has chronicled a series of important historical events that has led up the present crisis in the Belize/Guatemalan Dispute, and The Guatemalan Claim that studen…

The facts about East Indians: Articulating the East Indian Identity

The below letter is very interesting for one to gain a gist of the East Indian experience in Belize. In my view, the East Indians in Belize can be said to have begun to take new measures to (re)articulate their ethnic and cultural identity in Belize. One can note this in the increasing number of East Indian groups and culturalorganizationswithin the last decade. These are interesting developments; within the next decade more cultural groups are likely to develop measures to document their cultural identities. This attempt to revise our spaces within the historical and national narrative is not simply an academic enterprise but a political one which calls upon the State for adequate representation and redistribution of resources.
We are likely to see the various cultural groups establish national cultural councils. I say this because theNational Institute of Culture and History (NICH)policy is to distribute funds to national councils. The rationale is that this facilitates the processe…