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Indo-Caribbean Times 2007
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No 5 July 2007 Indo-Caribbean TIMESTIMES Canada may facescary summer More Guyana,Trinidad terror-ists sought bypolice and FBI Singer/ musicianRacquel Mahadeois a veteran at age12Page 11Arrival story 1972:Jai Ojah-MaharajPage 19 415 The WestwayEtobicoke ON(Martingrove & Westway)9025 Torbram RoadBrampton ON(Queen & Torbram) By Ram Jagessar SUMMER of 2007 has started up with anunprecedented surge of terrorist activityacross the world that threatens to make itone of the scariest on record.This time Caribbean people are verymuch involved, and face higher levels of suspicion and scrutiny where they live andwhen they travel. South Asians and MiddleEastern people, as well as people of Africandescent coming from the Caribbean arelikely to feel the pressure as well.Four events are coming together to makethis summer one to watch. The latest wasthe two attempted car bombings in Londonand the attempted suicide bombing of theGlasgow Airport in Scotland by the British based “medical terrorists.” At least one of the suspects is an Indian doctor and another is a Jordanian born brain surgeon. More at-tacks are expected in Britain, and alreadythe Muslim community in Scotland has been feeling a backlash. Indian communi-Afghan suicide bombers bound for Canada (left) and blazing suicide bomb vehicle at Glasgow Airport (ri gh t) ties are under suspicion as well.The shocking arrest of three Trinidadiansand one Guyanese on charges of plotting to bomb JFK Airport has thrown the spotlighton these countries as terrorist producing na-tions. More suspects are being sought, andalready Trinidadian and Guyanese trav-ellers are facing security scrutiny as never  before. Some South Asians coming toCanada have noted extra scrutiny on“brown people” by Canadian immigration.Canada, Britain and the United Stateshave taken careful note of the publicizedgraduation of 300 suicide bombers inAfghanistan. One group of bombers (see picture above) is said to be heading for Canada, and others are said to be ready to bring the war to the United States andBritain.Canadians will be reminded that we arenot free of terrorists when the pre-trials of the 17 Canadian terrorists begins thismonth. These young men, one of whom isthe son of a Trinidad born doctor, arecharged with planning to set off massive bombs in Toronto and to assassinate the prime minister.Canada’s firefights with Taleban fightersin Afghanistan has produced dozens of deaths of Canadian soldiers, and hundredsof Afghans. For the first time in many yearsCanada is engaged in a protracted and bit-ter war against people in their country. It’sinevitable that they would take the war toour country, just as they have already doneto Britain. Today’s graduated Afghanistansuicide bombers may be a public relationstrick, but others to follow may be more se-rious and less inclined to announce their  plans.One thing is sure.The security thatCaribbean people thought we had in NorthAmerica is no longer guaranteed. Both theAmerican and Canadian authorities say at-tacks at home are inevitable. It’s just as in-evitable that people like us will be blamedand we will face consequences.(See stories on Page 2, 6, 7 and 24) Writers shine at Guyana festival Promising Indo-Caribbean writers (from left) Janet Naidu,Shirely Najhram and Habeeb Alli of the PakaraimaGuyanese Canadian Writers and Artists Association posewith Scarborough MPP Bas Balkissoon (in dark suit).THERE is more to the plot to blow up fueltanks at New York’s JFK Airport than thearrest of one Trinidadidn and threeGuyanese suspects.Two officers of the Federal Bureau of In-vestigations (FBI) trained in counter-terror-ism now have a list of names, addresses and pictures of Trinidad and Tobago, and other Caribbean nationals, believed linked to the plot and other planned terrorist activitiesIn Guyana, authorities are widening thesearch for more locals who could havehelped in the plan to attack the U.S.SEE PAGE 2  CANADA AND THE WORLD Indo-Caribbean Times JULY 2007 Page 2 Backlash comesagainst Muslimsin Scotland POLICEsay there has been a backlashagainst Glasgow's Muslims in the wake of the attempted airport bombing, with at least24 attacks, ranging from graffiti on amosque to firebombings of businesses.In the row of shops, a Pakistani immigrantowns the only one that was targeted. ShafiqAhmed says vandals rammed a car into his One Stop Shop and set it on fire — an as-sault disturbingly reminiscent of the terror attack just days earlier on the airport of thisgritty but until now racially well-integratedScottish city.Soaping off soot with his family in hischarred convenience store, Ahmed is hop-ing that the attack on his family businesswasn't racially motivated. After 30 peace-ful years in Scotland, the idea that somemay no longer welcome him and his Scot-tish-born children is simply too uncomfort-able. I haven't got words to describe it. I'mhoping it's not retaliation, Ahmed saidSunday, in a thick Glasgow accent. It's ashame to think you can't work with peopleand enjoy the company of people and in-stead have to worry. British police are still threading together the terror plot investigation, reaching out toIndia, Australia, Jordan, Iraq and to com-munities here in Scotland where Muslimsand non-Muslims have long lived in peacetogether — and where the majority are de-termined to keep it that way.Unlike in Muslim enclaves in northernEngland, Asian Muslims in Glasgow do notlive in complete isolation. White customersare common in the curry restaurants andethnic grocery stores. Glaswegians wearingthe colors of the local soccer team — Glas-gow Rangers — share the sidewalks withMuslim community elders clad in long tu-nics and matching baggy trousers tradition-ally worn in Pakistan.In the former industrial towns of northernEngland where much of Britain's Asian di-aspora is settled, the far right British Na-tional Party with its fiercely anti-Muslimrhetoric has made inroads. But in Glasgow- Scotland's most populous Muslim city -the BNP has hardly any presence despite re- peated efforts to foment racial division.Problems of unemployment, poverty, andalcohol and drug abuse are shared by thecommunity, not divided along racial lines.Two Muslims allegedly rammed a JeepCherokee packed with gas cylinders andgasoline into the terminal building of Glas-gow's airport on June 30. Bilal Abdullah, a27-year-old doctor born in Britain andraised in Iraq, was charged on Friday.Kafeel Ahmed, from Bangalore, India, was believed to be driving the jeep. Hospitalizedin critical condition with severe burns, hehas not been charged. Six others remainheld in custody over that plot and a failedcar bomb attack 24 hours earlier in Lon-don's theater district.In Glasgow, some Muslims fear that theywill now face the same unwelcomescrutiny, even alienation and violence, thatothers across the border in England havecomplained of since four British-born Mus-lims blew themselves up on trains and a busin London on July 7, 2005, killing 52 peo- ple and injuring more than 700.Senior officials have since urged Mus-lims to better integrate. Jack Straw, the jus-tice secretary and lord chancellor spoke outin October against the head-to-toeblack veils worn by some Muslim women. More Guyana,Trinidad terroristssought (From Page 1) Some of the Trinidad suspects are linked tothe Jamaat Al Muslimeen. FBI sources saidthat Interpol has been assisting in compil-ing some of the information for the FBI of-ficers. The list, it is said, details some of thesuspicious activities the suspects have beeninvolved in since last year.The information includes activities byone man who travelled to the Middle East,Pakistan, Venezuela and Cuba to solicitfunds to carry out alleged terrorist actsagainst the US Government.The travel records of the man has beendocumented on how many times he hastravelled out of Trinidad, the countries hehas visited, the people he met, and some of his international connections.The bank records of the man are also inthe possession of the FBI officers.Sources also revealed that the FBI offi-cers are not eager to share their informationwith local police officers. They however,have been utilising sparingly, the servicesof the TT police.Sources revealed that when GuyaneseAbdul Kadir, one of the four suspects in theJFK plot was arrested by Special Branch of-ficers at Piarco, none of the arresting offi-cers knew who he was. They were only toldthat he was wanted by the United States for extradition.In Guyana a businessman whose officewas allegedly used as a meeting room bythe JFK airport terror plot suspects is beingsought by the police and agents of the USFederal Bureau of investigation. Reportsare that the man might have fled into theinterior where he operates a business.One week after the arrests of former PNCR member of parliament AbdulKadir and Trinidadian Kareem Ibrahim in Port of Spain, US agents had travelled to George-town where they met US Ambassador toGuyana David Robinson, President BharratJagdeo and Acting Commissioner of PoliceHenry Greene. They also conducted an ex-tensive search at Kadir's Watooka, Lindenhome where they seized a number of itemsand allegedlyfound a 7.62 round of ammu-nition.At least six other Guyanese might have been directly involved or had knowledge of the plot to blow up pipelines and fuel stor-age tanks at the airport, according to the UScomplaint. Court documents did not namethese individuals, but authorities in George-town and the US knew who they were.Jagdeo had subsequently told a media con-ference that other Guyanese were beinglooked at.In the US court document, the six per-sons are referred to as individuals A, B, C,E, F and G. Those individuals, the US gov-ernment informant and Russell Defreitaswho is said to be the mastermind of the plotmet collectively and separately at other times in Guyana around mid August lastyear. Defreitas and the informant had stayedin Guyana for an extended period, accord-ing to the document. Individual E, who thedocument suggests is a businessman withan office in Georgetown, had told the in-formant during a conversation that hehelped brothers who had a basic knowl-edge of Islam to perform Jihad (holy war). He said that he takes care of the individu-als basic needs while they are performingtheir jihad duties, the document stated. It isthis individual 'E', according to reports, whothe police have been trying to track down. AFTERBEFORE Radical Islam amongthreats to Caribbeanmaritime security,says US report -CORRUPTIONand the rise of radical Is-lamic groups in the Caribbean region wereamong several concerns raised in a recentUS Government Accountability Report, as possible threats to maritime security in theCaribbean Basin.Guyana and Trinidad & Tobago werementioned in the US report, which was re-leased on July 6 as the home countries of the individuals involved in the recent JFK International Airport terrorist plot. The re- port stated that Trinidad and Tobago ishome to the terrorist Muslim extremistgroup Jamaat al-Muslimeen while other groups such as Hezbollah, have a presencein countries neighbouring the CaribbeanBasin, such as Venezuela and Colombia.The JFK terror suspects were named ashaving possible links to the Jamaat al-Mus-limeen. GOPIO CHAPTER INITIATED INST. VINCENT A CHAPTERof Global Organization for People of Indian Origin has been initiatedin St. Vincent's in the Caribbean, the is-land nation with a population of 118,000of which approximately 6% are of IndianOrigin. This chapter formulation resultedfrom initiatives made in 2006 with St.Vincent and the Grenadines Indian Her-itage Foundation (SVGIHF). That wasfollowed by the visit of GOPIO Interna-tional delegation and Minister Vayalar Ravi of Government of India Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) to com-memorate the 146th anniversary of the In-dian Arrival in St. Vincent.GOPIO of St. Vincent's executive iscomprised of: President: Mr. ElmoreGaymes; Vice President: Mr. BransonThomas; Secretary: Ms. Jannis Deane;Treasurer: Mrs. Cheryl Rodriguez. Its ob- jectives include researching and preserv-ing the Indian heritage and customs.  COMMUNITY NEWS Indo-Caribbean Times JULY 2007Page 3  Kenneth Persaud of the IDS  MODERN Guyana needs to abandon racialstereotyping and cultivate democratic civicstructures .Guyana is in deep trouble; it’s wobbling precariously along! So said Kenneth Per-saud in an address to a predominantlyGuyanese-Canadian audience at a Toronto public meeting last week.Speaking on behalf of the Institute for Democratic Stability (IDS) of which he isDirector, Persaud said that every commen-tator on the Guyana reality has recognizedthat race/ethnic relations pose the major  problem facing the democratic stability of the nation. “It’s a national problem. It af-fects the nation as a whole. To solve it de-mands a holistic approach. Acomprehensive program. No piece meal bandage will do any body any good”. Butwhile this is true, he says, no one offers arealistic method to solving that ongoing problem.On the other hand, he says, researchshows that the people at large are eager toextricate themselves from their predicament but cannot do so with the consistent, over- powering conditioning from the power elite. Contrary to popular thinking these power elites are found not only in the polit-ical structures but also in every other or-ganization, state and private, withinsociety”, Persaud noted.To reverse this debilitating malady Per-saud states, with a certain conviction, thatIDS is proposing a suitable framework through which civil society can, with col-lective vigor, organize its strength to facethis major national problem. “And race,like religion or ideology, are attributes of strength, not weaknesses … but, an educa-tional infrastructure, one directed to focuson a new vision, a new reality within soci-ety, is necessary”, Persaud argues.A successful educator himself, Persaud proposes a civic stream into the curriculumof the educational institutions and an out-reach component to the wider society, the purpose of which is to invalidate the nar-row focus of the racial/ethnic stereotypinginto one of a genuine, Guyanese social/civicculture. Citing examples, Persaud statesthat Guyanese history has demonstratedthat national problems faced nationally pays great rewards to all. Perhaps some people will remember as he recalls theTrade Winds ballad, ‘Not one blade of grass, not one cuirass…not one jamoon, notone sakiwinki…’, when the patriotism of asocially fractured nation was on test.For the past half century members of thisOrganization, Institute for Democratic Sta- bility, in one form or the other, have beeninvolved in the affairs of Guyana and havewitnessed the rise and fall of its fortunes.At this time, however, they feel they need toinject a new understanding to the nature of Guyana’s problems and provide solutionsfor the country’s advancement.In this regard the Institute makes concrete proposals for the civic component of the ed-ucational curriculum. It includes the use of stories with a moral content at the entry lev-els of schools into a critical study of democ-racy, with practical internships, as students progress through university. Incidentally,advanced studies of race will expose thedistorted babble by ‘intellectualized spin-ners’ and by selfish power brokers. Teacher Training, too, needs to be reoriented to meetthe new challenges fit for a forward look-ing reality.All across the world there is a consciouseffort to involve more of civic society in thegoverning process. Using practical exam- ples from various countries, Persaud out-lines a comprehensive outreach project tomeet the needs of the wider society. “Withthe understanding that reciprocal relationsat work or play favors success, societies ad-vance … people who are not merely pas-sive observers but active players enhancethe achievement of all”, Persaud observed.The distinguished educator, a graduate of York University here in Canada, was also aLecturer at University of Guyana and for-mer Principal and Founder of the famous but now defunct Guyana Progressive Col-lege in Georgetown. Involved in Guyana’s political/social development as educator,writer and activist, Persaud is passionate inhis quest to see Guyana overcome its deep-rooted racial obscenities.He visited Toronto as part of lecture se-ries to make people aware of the solutionsfor Guyana’s predicament. He has pre-sented his program in New York andFlorida so far and has found a keen senseof urgency among audiences in the dias- pora. He is on his way to Vancouver on theWest Coast where he has been invited bysome of his former students.TORONTO based couple Sheik Khan andhis wife Neisha Khan have donated $1000US worth of textbooks to the Central Is-lamic Organisation of Guyana (CIOG) for use at its academies. They hope the bookswill help the CIOG to help it meet the chal-lenges of in making education accessible tounderprivileged children.The CIOG has built schools at AnnaRegina, Essequibo; Meten-Meer-Zorg,West Coast Demerara; Enmore, East CoastDemerara and New Amsterdam, Berbice.Students enjoy library and computer facili-ties, an auditorium and canteen and a wellkept playground. The CIOG said in keep-ing with its motto 'Reaching the Unreached'the schools are open to students from all re-ligious persuasions.In the picture above, students at one of theCIOG schools display some of the booksdonated by the Khans. ScarboroughVillage HoldsSecond AnnualFestival TWO SUMMERSago, few people thoughtScarborough Village was a friendly andsafe place to live. The neighbourhood, lo-cated around Markham Rd and EglintonAve E., had a reputation for crime and un-employment. Residents often felt confinedto their homes, unable to enjoy the summer months because of limited public space andactivities for children and youth. MelindaRooke, a businesswoman in the area, says,“We knew we needed to begin to addressissues in our area and bring out all the skillsand talents in the neighbourhood to make ita better place.”This summer is a different picture. Withthe help of the United Way of Greater Toronto and the City of Toronto, residents began to organize. The Scarborough Vil-lage Neighbourhood Association wasformed. “People began to see we could do positive things together,” says Sutha Ratna,manager of the local Tim Hortons. Newlanguage classes were organized with theToronto District School Board. A CricketClub was formed. New clubs such as theSouth Asian Women’s Group and the Ben-gali Social Club got together. Money wasraised for a new playground for the chil-dren. “We began talking to each other andseeing we could contribute to making thisa lively, health place to live,” says resident Nayla Rahman.On July 14, Scarborough Village will gettogether for its second annual summer fes-tival to celebrate its successes. Held inScarborough Village Park next to Cedar Drive Public School, organizers expectabout 3,000 people to attend. Organizersare very excited by the day’s agenda.“There will be 20 acts on stage,” saysVathany Uthayasundaram, “as well as foodand fun activities for children and the wholefamily.”“There has been tremendous co-opera-tion from all parts of the community pullingthis together,” says staff person LaraMcLachlan at Action for NeighbourhoodChange. “Everyone from residents, socialagencies, the police, the City and theSchool Board have been great.”A key feature of this year’s festival is the participation of youth. “We wanted to show people we are a part of making this com-munity better,” says Jacek Otreba, a youthorganizer for the celebration. “We’ve beenactive in bringing young people together and the entertainment will have a very pos-itive message for youth across Toronto.”The July 14th Summer Festival will beheld from 11:00 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Scarbor-ough Village Park next to Cedar Drive Pub-lic School (21 Gatesview Ave.). For moreinformation, contact:Lara McLachlanAction for Neighbourhood Change staff 416 261-0150Vathany UthayasundaramYouthlink staff/ Festival Planning commit-tee416 967-1773 Ext. 241Jacek OtrebaYouth Festival Coordinator/SVNA member 416 265-3043 Institute for Democratic Stability says Guyana is in deeptrouble and must movebeyond racial andethnic stereotypestowards true democ racy Toronto coupledonates books toGuyana schools Trinidad novel to be made into film“Diaspora Saga” INDO-CARIBBEANCultural Council of  New York (ICC-NY) and celebrates thesuccesses and achievements of two out-standing Indo-Caribbean PIOs. Author andscreen-writer, Jang Bahadur Bhagiratee, born in Trinidad of Indian parents, versedin Hindi and Philosophy, is preparing to produce a film, THE DIASPORANSAGA, based on his novel ChaloChinidad. According to Jang, The Filmwill be a love story based, filmed within thesettings of the lives of our ancestors. It willhave historical relevance to countries suchas Trinidad, Guyana, Suriname, Mauritius,Fiji, India and South Africa. The authentic-ity of the history will be fully enacted butwith a blend of romance, traditional folk songs, and music .Consultant Dr. Ashford Maharaj, writingin support of the film stated that, The prospective film seeks to portray the life of a successful indentured immigrant fromBritish India who made it real big in BritishWest Indies . Roopnarayan Prashad, Gen-eral Secretary of ICC-NY, will serve as anAssociate Producer to represent the interestand legacy of Indo-Caribbean PIOs.Dr. Taj Rajkumar continues his life-longefforts as an advocate to improve the Indo-Caribbean community in the New York Tri-state region. He was elected as aDemocratic State Committee Member for District 31 in New York State in 2004, thefirst Indo-Caribbean elected to this office.He currently is one of District 31 electeddistrict leaders.  Indo-C   ar    ibb   ean Timesis pub-lished monthly in Toronto byIndo-Caribbean Times Ltd.Editor/   Publi   sher:Ram Jagessar Editorial Commit   te   e:Reynold Ramdial, Gulcharan Mo-habir, Lloyd Harradan, SandyKissoonsingh, Roop Misir, DeorajNarine, Jiantee Jagessar,KrishnaNankissoor, Rudy LochanOffice: 17 Gaiety Drive,Toronto ON Canada M1H 1B9Tel:416-289-3898Fax:416-289-0528E-Mail: ictimes@rogers.com:www.indocaribbeantimes.comOpinions given in this newspaper are those of the authors and donot necessarily reflect the viewsof the Indo-Caribbean Times.We welcome letters, e-mails andcomments on matters relevant toIndo-Caribbeans. All contentmust comply with the require-ments of Canadian law By Clevon Raphael, Trinidad GuardianI read where the Trinbago Unified Calyp-sonians Organisation (Tuco) is planning todo some kind of research into why Indo-Trinis were no longer patronising calypsotents in the large numbers they previouslydid.Firstly, I am stunned that anyone in his or her right mind would need a second thoughtto come up with the answer as to why our East Indian brothers and sisters have de-cided to make kaiso tents a no-go zone.Tuco president Michael Leggerton (Pro-tector) doesn’t have to pay passage to findout. Simply ask Cro Cro, Sugar Aloes and,to a lesser extent, Pink Panther.Where were you all this time, Protector,when Aloes and Cro Cro were lambastingBasdeo Panday (even when he was PrimeMinister), his wife and other UNC Indiansover the relatively recent years?You mean to say, Protector, you were notlistening to the radio, you were not readingthe newspapers when “those people” werecomplaining about the disrespect and hurtthey were feeling, inflicted on them throughunfair and biased “political commentaries”night after night?I read many letters to the editor fromIndo-Trinis who called for boycotting of thetents if that verbal onslaught of leadingmembers of their ethnicity did not stop.I took a principled stand not to attend per-formances of those bards if they continuedto string together crude verses to vilifysomeone who did not share their politicalallegiance.So while these politically-inspired ca-lypsonians went along their merry way pleasing their political masters, in a manner completely out of sync with authentic po-litical commentary, the East Indians suf-fered in silence, the majority of them.It was not surprising then that thisreached the stage where they decided thatenough was enough and hit the calypsoni-ans where it would hurt the most - in their  pockets.And when one thinks that Indo-Triniswere responsible for assisting in the devel-opment of the art form to a very large ex-tent, their pain was even more excruciating.I wonder if Aloes or Cro Cro are aware of the part played by East Indians in puttingcalypso where it is today? Ungratefulness,they say, is worse than witchcraft.An important fact that is forgotten bythose calypsonians who are singing for their supper (politically) is that East Indians are   more supportive of their own people thanAfro-Trinis are of their kith and kin.I am not saying this is so in every case butit is a fact that all the other ethic groups inthis country rally around their own in timesof adversity more easily than Afro-Trinis.So when the East Indians saw the merci-less blows being meted out to one of their own they took copious note.It was not a question of politics here; itwas simply rallying around someone who,whether or not you like his politics, hasdone a lot for East Indians in particular andthe country in general.I don’t know what made people like theabove-mentioned calypsonians and tentmanagers believe that they could go on andon with their politically-rabid tongues with-out expecting some kind of retaliation bythe aggrieved.If Protector is really serious about get-ting East Indians back to the tents he couldstart by knocking some commonsense intothe kaisonians who allow their political benefactors to cloud their sense of honestyand fairplay.If I were an East Indian I would have de-manded personal apologies from thosesingers before going back to patronise their tent. COMMENTARY: East Indians boycott calypso tents in Trinidad Indians should demand apology before a return COMMENTARY Indo-Caribbean Times JULY 2007 Page 4 THERE are 143 peoplenamed Shaikh Mohammedliving in Ontario whogoing to be very unhappythat Canada is introducingan American style no-flylist very soon. You see,Shaikh Mohammed is thename of a known Al Quaeda terrorist, aname that is fairly certain to be on theCanadian no-fly list. When any of thoseShaikh Mohammeds tries to get on an air- plane he will be told he cannot fly, but no- body will tell him why.That alone is reason enough to fear thecoming no fly list, and enough evidencethat the list will not work as planned to ex-clude from flying persons who could be adanger to the security of an airplane. Whatthe list will probably do is punish a stadiumload of innocent people whose only crimeis sharing the same name as suspected or convicted terrorists.My old Trini friend, Hassan Mohammedfrom Montreal, will be in trouble and sowill my former student Guyanese Mo-hammed Rasheed and anybody namedAbdel Karim. You guessed it- these are thenames of known terrorists from Iraq, Pak-istan or Palestine. Canada has hundreds of  people with names like Khan, Ali, Hussein,Sharif and Yusuf. I once taught in a Muslimschool in Trinidad and know for a fact thatthese are common names of Indo-Caribbean Muslims, as well as Muslims allover the world.The Muslim angle is not the end of theexpected confusion from the 1,000 or sonames to be on the no-fly list. The name of Robert Johnson, convicted of trying to bomb the Vishnu Mandir in Toronto, is onthe American no fly list of 44,000 names,and will likely be on the Canadian list too.Several American Robert Johnsons who arenot 63 year old black men are still beingharassed when they try to board an airplane.Susan Becker, an alias used by a Bader Meinhof terrorist named Susan Albrecht, ison the American list and should make it onthe Canadian one too. Any Canadian namedSusan Becker is likely to be denied permis-sion to fly in a Canadian airplane.Owners of Hindu names like Lakhanwill have to watch themselves. Airline andimmigration people who have been warnedto look out for security threats named Khanmay not know the difference between Khanand Lakhan or between Karim and Karan.You shouldn’t have to ask what all of thishas to do with us Indo-Caribbeans living inCanada or travelling to Canada. It’s staringyou in the face. The majority of people onthe Canadian no fly list are likely to be brown skinned, Middle Eastern or SouthAsian in appearance, with names to suit.That profile covers most of us Indo-Caribbeans. Flying while brown is likely to become even more dangerous than it isnow.The recent arrests of four Trinidadiansand Guyanese for planning attacks on JFK Airport in New York has not done much for our reputation in North America. When thetrials of the 18 homegrown Canadian ter-rorists begins shortly, our image is going totake another hit. Most of those 18 accusedlook very much like us and there is actuallyone with Trinidad connections. Trinidadand Guyana are acquiring the reputation of countries that produce terrorists. The air-lines and the Canadian security forces arenot going to be keen to have any suspiciousIndo-Caribbeans on their airplanes, in ad-dition to the Robert Johnsons or SusanBeckers.We should know there is not muchchance of stopping the Canadian no-fly list.This is coming for certain, and it is easy tosee the reasoning behind it. Countries havethe right to protect their property, airplanesand citizens from lunatics intent on blow-ing up those objects and people. If there areknown and named terrorists it is only sen-sible to keep them off our airplanes and our soil.We may have more luck in convincingthe Canadian authorities to operate the no-fly list in a more intelligent and sensitivemanner than the clumsy Americans. Wehave to educate our security people to seethat just throwing a name on the list is notenough when hundreds or thousands of in-nocent Canadians and visitors may have thesame name. Identifying the person as 63year old black man Robert Johnson, or Khalid Shaikh Mohammed as a middleaged Arab with a black moustache rottingin Guantanamo would go a long way to-wards making this list workable.The way the Canadian authorities plan touse the list is not reassuring. You will onlyknow you are on the list when you turn upat the airport ready to fly. Then you willhave to convince the immigration officer that you are not the terrorist on the list. Wedon’t know how much information on per-sons on the list is available. The Americanlist seems to have no more than the namesof several people their monstrous list.Wouldn’t it be better if you got the badnews when you bought your airline ticket?That way you could avoid embarassing andcostly confusion at the airport. That wouldmean letting travel agents see the list, butit’s better than throwing the traveller at themercy of an unknown no fly list.I have serious reservations about thevalue of the list in keeping security risksand terrorists from doing a 9-11 with one of our domestic and international flights.They know about the new security arrange-ments and would be really foolish to at-tempt any hijacking. That’s why there have been so few attempts to commandeer air-lines.Also, why would any terrorist try to travelunder his own name when he knew or sus- pected he was on the no-fly list? He’s alawbreaker, and would have no reservationsabout getting a fake ID.The only people who will blissfully go upto the airport carrying a name on the no-flylist will be innocent ones like my friendHassan Mohammed.. From the editor’s desk  Canada’s scary no fly list coming to get you LETTER TOTHE EDITOR No reply tooffers to returnhome to Guyana Dear Editor,I closely follow events in Guyana via theinternet. I happen to be one of those wholeft Guyana many years ago for greener northern pastures. I have worked hard, rosethrough the ranks despite the many obsta-cles we foreigners in the US are made toface and I have achieved well. Now, in my middle age , the desire to give something back to the country I love so much isstronger than ever. Although I am now fullyeligible for retirement I am still employedin a very secure, well-paying government job which has no upper age limit and a good pension which will follow me for the restof my natural life wherever I choose to live.On at least three occasions I offered myknowledge and skills gained through yearsof extensive supervisory and managerialtraining to certain high level Guyanese gov-ernment officials. To this day I have not re-ceived as much as an acknowledgementfrom any of those individuals. At the sametime, I cannot forget what one letter-writer alleged not too long ago about the cynicalthinking existing in the Guyana of today.That writer said, in effect, about us over-seas-based Guyanese, Give us your remit-tances but shut up! We don't need your advice . So much for encouragement for those of us who still wish to return and con-tribute to genuine development. It might beadded that this is no less than all the rest of us want either. Maybe ordinary hardworking strugglingGuyanese in Guyana do indeed need our knowledge, skills and experience; maybethey even want us to move back home. Butsome in authority certainly don't.Yours faithfully,J Fraser   Ram Jagessar 
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