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Academic and imam from the Nation of Islam,
David Muhammad, says it is highly unlikely that
Jamaica and the rest of the Caribbean will face
an attack from persons loyal to Islamic State of
Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
According to Muhammad, the probability of
Jamaicans and Trinidadians dying from local crime
and violence is more real than an ISIS attack.
"Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica have alarm-
ingly high murder rates that create a huge threat
when compared to the threat of terrorism within
in our society.
"However, both societies face real mathematical
probabilities where the likelihood of dying by a ter-
rorist attack is still much less than anyone... dying
by drowning at the beach, a car accident or even
dying from food poisoning," added Muhammad.
He charged that the hysteria in the region
about a possible ISIS attack was being fuelled
by a "racist narrative" and a "political
bandwagonist approach" which saw
countries being requested to put money
and resources into something that is
unlikely to affect them in the way the
region is affected by the drug trade or
trafficking in guns.
"If our political authorities were to
invest just a fraction of the money that
is being invested in anti-terrorism cam-
paigns in stopping the drug trade and
illegal arms and ammunition, we would
be a society far better off," said Muhammad,
who was in Jamaica for the weekend launch
of his book, Black Studies, the ten-chapter his-
torical presentation on the Caribbean black expe-
Two weeks ago, after the deadly attack in Paris,
France, for which ISIS claimed responsibility, former
Deputy Commissioner of Police Mark Shields
warned Jamaicans against thinking that a similar
attack could not happen there.
According to Shields, Jamaica could be considered
a "soft target" for terrorists and Jamaicans should
not underestimate the threat posed by the militant
The former British cop, who served as Jamaica s
crime chief, warned that the United States and
French embassies, along with the British High Com-
mission, could make attractive targets for would-
He recommended that local law-enforcement
authorities raised the level of public awareness about
terrorism. But Muhammad said the threat of ter-
rorism to the region was completely different.
"So-called Islamic terrorism is extremely different
from what is being portrayed and represented to
us. It is estimated that ISIS has approximately
50,000 fighters. The Muslim population worldwide
is more than 1.5 billion worldwide. If you divide 1.5
billion by 50,000, the percentage is so small that,
even if you were to consume that percentage of a
deadly lethal poison in a glass of water, it wouldn t
kill you anyway," he added.
"We are not responding to the truth of the sit-
uation. Instead, we are responding to the hysteria,
paranoia, emotion, and propaganda of the situation.
It is also being fuelled by, in my view, a very racist,
hypocritical kind of narrative to keep immigrants
out of some countries," stated Muhammad.
He charged that the world s response to terrorist
acts against Nigerians, where more than 2,000 per-
sons were killed, underlines the racist response to
terrorism. ---Jamaica Gleaner
More to fear
The road to the international Miss World Pageant
in China has been a long and winding one for
local representative Kimberly Farah Singh.
Nonetheless, Singh departed T&T last Sat-
urday, bound for Sanya, China, where she is
ready to be one of the 117 contestants com-
peting for the international crown at the
65th pageant on December 19.
Writing on her Facebook page, the 21-
year-old Tabaquite woman said she was
a bit alarmed by the prospects of having
to travel alone but her fears were cast aside
as she was able to travel with Minister in
the Ministry of Education Dr Lovell Francis
and his entourage to London.
"I felt safe and comfortable. I arrived
safely and I spent the long layover with
my family. I leave for China in a bit and
I feel so happy that I am one step closer
to Sanya, 6,033 miles to be accurate.
"I pray that there are no delays as I have
a lot of catching up to do when I finally
arrive at Miss World. I am so grateful for this oppor-
tunity to represent our country," she wrote in her latest
When she was crowned Miss World TT at a pageant
at the Southern
Academy for the
Performing Arts on
July 25, Singh
thought it would
have been easy
However, a few
months into her
new role, she
butted heads with
dethroned for an
alleged breach of
replaced by the first
her firing and the
matter was referred
Ernest Koylass, SC,
ruled that while
Singh did breach
specific terms of
the pageant, it was not enough to warrant her termi-
nation as Miss World T&T and ordered that she be
Singh was initially scheduled to leave one week ago.
However, the flight was pushed back to last Thursday
but due to visa and other constraints for her journey
to China, she suffered a further setback only being
able to travel last Saturday.
In another post, Singh said based on her personal
experiences she had decided to take a stand against
bullying for her Beauty with a Purpose challenge. She
pledged to do everything in her power to break the
cycle of bullying.
In a statement to the media, Sahatoo-Manoo wished
her success and invited all of T&T "to support our
delegate and wish her well."
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Miss World T&T
Kimberly Farah Singh
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