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Posted by fourtwentyplenty 
Rastas want reparations
September 07, 2004 06:09PM
Rastas want J$7.9 trillion in reparation

STEVEN JACKSON, Observer staff reporter Tuesday, September 07, 2004

A consortium of Rastafarian Houses and organisations are formally demanding that European nations, especially the United Kingdom, pay Rastafarians £72.5 billion (J$7.9 trillion) so they can be repatriated and resettled in Africa. This will supply the resources needed to allow up to 500,000 Rastafarians to settle in the motherland.

The invoice includes:

. a 10-year stipend for 500,000 persons, totalling £5 billion;

. five jet airplanes at £1.5 billion;

. two cruise ships at £1.0 billion;

. five merchant ships at £2.5 billion;

. establishing five hospitality centres in Africa at £5 billion;

. purchase of tractors and farm equipment, communication satellites, solar power equipment, computers and cultural products totalling £10 billion;

. establishing five multi-purpose hospitals at £5 billion;

. sustainable project funding repairing, agriculture, health, culture, housing, economic, education, and museums totalling £40 billion; and

. other expenses totalling £2.5 billion.

The request is one form of reparation for the atrocities meted out to Blacks who were enslaved by Europeans for over 300 years. The petition is the "first time that an invoice has been done on behalf of the Rastafari", according to Barbara Makeda Blake-Hannah, co-ordinator of the Jamaica Reparation Movement (JaRM).

She was speaking with the Observer at last Saturday's conference on Slavery, the Haitian Revolution and Reparation. It was staged by Unesco and Blake-Hannah was a presenter.

The Rastafarian houses involved in the petition are David House, Nyahabinghi, 12 Tribe, Boboshanti - Ethiopian Black International Congress, and Ethiopian World Federation.

The organisations include the Jamaica Reparations Movement, Ethiopian Orthodox Church and the United Negro Improvement Association (UNIA).

"It is purely for Rastafarian repatriation. But we are not saying that others cannot do their own form of reparations," said Blake-Hannah who maintained that the sum requested was not overly ambitious as the 2000 Ghanian conference on reparations had placed total reparations to all the descendants of Africans who were brought unwillingly to the Caribbean, North America or South America "in the region of US$770 trillion".

The consortium which calls itself the Rastafarian Nation in Jamaica (RNIJ) wants its case taken to the United Nations International Court at the Hague. But first, the Government of Jamaica would have to raise the case on RNIJ's behalf. The Hague settles legal disputes submitted to it by states. The idea of the Jamaican Government raising the issue is not far-fetched. The issue was raised by Opposition Member of Parliament Mike Henry in July and there are plans to have it debated in Parliament.

"Peter Phillips, leader of government business and minister of security(a former Rastafarian) had also indicated that the Government side supports a debate on reparations," said Blake-Hannah. "We would submit the petition immediately prior to the debate."

The RNIJ wants the UNHRC to establish a reparations fund supervised by persons appointed by UNHRC with the approval of RNIJ to administrate the distribution of funds received as a result of this petition.

The RNIJ pledges to contribute 10 per cent of all reparations payments received to five African nations that invite the resettlement of Rastafari in their countries for the benefit of African development.

"The RNIJ mandates the Government of Jamaica to place this invoice before the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) and the United Nations International Court at the Hague," said the document which was revealed Barbara by Blake-Hannah.



Link: Rastas want J$7.9 trillion in reparation
URL:
[www.jamaicaobserver.com]



fourtwentyplenty
Re: Rastas want reparations
September 07, 2004 06:18PM
They've been smoking too much of Jah herb.
jbwelda
Re: Rastas want reparations
September 07, 2004 06:24PM
i dont see any money put aside for that, bun. i think that gives it away as a hoax.

one love
jah bill
Re: Rastas want reparations
September 07, 2004 06:45PM
The money's there, JB. Reead more carefully:

" . purchase of tractors and farm equipment, communication satellites, solar power equipment, computers and cultural products totalling £10 billion;"

Cultural products, seen?

I wonder what the Africans would think about this...

One love,

Rootz
jbwelda
Re: Rastas want reparations
September 07, 2004 06:49PM
yes rootz, i missed that.

one love
jah bill
Re: Rastas want reparations
September 07, 2004 06:57PM
$10 billion in weed and 5 jet airplanes. oh i wanna be there when they take off. this sounds like a list of things i needed for a friends 41st birthday party.
Re: Rastas want reparations
September 07, 2004 07:41PM
dis iz really to much if dem tink dem even gonna get a million much less a trillion. it'z nah called babywrong for nothing. i* guezz it's a positive thought dat counts here. -RASpects+
jbwelda
Re: Rastas want reparations
September 07, 2004 07:47PM
heres a hint for future negotiations jahmeek: ask for the sky and settle for the ground. otherwise you will ask for the ground and end up in a mud hole.

one love
jah bill
Re: Rastas want reparations
September 07, 2004 08:27PM
still seemz better than stepping in wet cement* -RASpects+
jbwelda
Re: Rastas want reparations
September 07, 2004 09:25PM
jahmeek i have to give you this: you get in some good ones from time to time.

one love
jah bill
Re: Rastas want reparations
September 07, 2004 09:27PM
For comparison: Nigeria, with 130 million people, received total of 314 million USD in official development assistance in 2002. Here we have 0.5 million people asking for 128,5 billion USD... The whole Africa got about 22.3 billion USD in 2002. So they're asking for about Africa's five year's total development assistance's worth. No problem guys, you accept check?

This is not asking for sky, this is asking for moon, sun and the stars as well. With home delivery.

One love,

Rootz
Re: Rastas want reparations
September 07, 2004 11:25PM
giv+thanx jah bill> like that prezident brown song goez"encouragement" -nuff RASpects+
jjlab3
Re: Rastas want reparations
September 08, 2004 12:34AM
Reminds me of the Chapelle show episode when all all of the black folks got reparations.

I'm rich, Biatchhhh.
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