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Did the surge of water from Macal River dams cause loss of three lives?

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Note on article
It's been sad to note the loss of several young persons due to drowning over the past couple of weeks in the Twin Towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena. 
In this piece, George and Candy Gonzalez raise important questions that I believe have been at the back of many person's minds, especially in the community. 
One is puzzled as to why so many persons have drowned so often in the Town's *stream*. 
Rather than making a highly distasteful argument against the Dam Operatives, which they deserve, they suggest simple but effective recommendations that the Operatives should make to sensitize the community about when water is released from the dams. 
This is an critical issue that NGO's and CSO's need to push for. Perhaps, an online lobbying on social network's can be a start.
-Rolando
Did the surge of water from Macal River dams cause loss of three lives?
by George and Candy Gonzalez
It is sad that it takes dead bodies to bring attention to the potential for dis…

I Mi Gawn Da Malanti: Reflections from a field-trip at Gales Point Manatee

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Introduction In March of 2011, I was a part of a field-trip to Gales Point Manatee along with colleagues from “Colonialism and Resistance in the Caribbean” (a history course at the University of Belize, then lectured by Ritamae Hyde). 

The field-trip gave us the opportunity to observe and experience the lifestyles of a community that was established by African freedom seekers in Belize - the ‘rebels’ to slavery.

Even though I had visited the village before (during primary school), I was not aware of the historical significance of the community. In fact, I do not remember ever being told that it was established by ‘runaways’. We had gone there to see the endangered manatees, which we never got to see.
Historical connections We now know that slavery in Belize was not a family affair, a perspective popularized by Emory King (refer to Iyo: 2000, 2012; Bolland: 2003).
In Belize, resistance to enslavement came in various forms. For example, there were armed revolts (1765, 1768, 1773, 1820), aban…

Response to "Kerosene and Water", Fiji's Racisms

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There are many discussions on the issues of race, ethnicity, and nationalism in Fiji. Many politicians, activists, and scholars are concerned about the cultural differences and social relations between the two demographically numerous ‘ethnic groups’ - the iTaukei and the Indo-Fijians. This is especially so because of the series of coup d’├ętats (1987, 2000, 2006) which have occurred since Fiji’s independence in 1970.
We are now observing more discussions on these issues as the nation-state prepares for elections in September, 2014. Indeed, my own work is caught up into the discourse by seeking to (re)present perspectives and experiences from ‘Part Indian-Fijians’.  
The below is actually a response to an article (click here for article) by one of Fiji’s brilliant and ardent scholar Wadan Narsey:
On MIDA’s Hate Speech Announcement:

I uphold the positives of their “hate speech” statement. Whereas I am sure Ashwin Raj is conscious of the fact that claiming ‘hate speech’ tends to politicize…

Ethnic and National Identification in Fiji Sociology Seminar

In this presentation, I discussed some key components of a sociological research on identification. It is a work in progress towards a degree in sociology, at the University of the South Pacific.

Project title: Exploring ethnic and national identification: An interpretive inquiry among persons of iTaukei and Indo-Fijian descent

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Summary: 

This is a research design of an explorative study to be conducted in Fiji on 'mixed race' persons of iTaukei and Indo-Fijian parentage. The study seeks to render an interpretive understanding of 'mixed race' ethnic and national identification based on interviews with participants in Suva, Fiji. The research questions are (a) how do persons of mixed parentage (iTaukei and Indo-Fijian) identify themselves with an ethnic label or labels? (b) what are the perspectives on the institutionalization of the term "Fijian" as a national identity label? (c) what do such experiences tells us about the racialization and politicization of eth…