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Mia Mottley

Caricom heads have the answers… but can they deliver?

By Commentaries/Opinions

By David Jessop — One of the more interesting aspects of the recently ended Heads of Government meeting was the positive tone of the remarks made by Caricom’s interim chair and Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Mottley. At a notably upbeat press conference at the summit’s end, she went out of her way to indicate that many of the initiatives announced were intended to deliver outcomes that directly benefit Caricom…

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Kamau Brathwaite

Sir Hilary Beckles hails ‘abeng man’ Kamau

By Commentaries/Opinions

The following statement was issued by the Vice-Chancellor of The UWI, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, on the passing of Barbadian poet and academic, Kamau Brathwaite, who passed away on Wednesday at age 89. We came to know and love Kamau Brathwaite as the keeper of the ‘abeng’, the African inspired use of the conch shell to spread manifesto messages among mountain maroons and their fellow forest freedom fighters. The ‘abeng…

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Kamau Brathwaite

Literary Great Kamau Brathwaite Passes Away at 89

By News & Current Affairs

The numerous stellar awards for his work are testament to the global acclaim and respect earned for decades of exceptional literary craftsmanship. By teleSUR — The literary great and world-renowned poet, the Honorable Kamau Brathwaite, passed away on Tuesday, February 4th, just four months shy of his 90th birthday. Known for his brilliant prose and historical knowledge, Brathwaite became one of the leading voices in the Caribbean, as his works…

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From left, Chair of the House Committee on Financial Affairs, Maxine Waters and Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister, Gaston Browne.

US banks and US House Committee meet with CARICOM heads

By News & Current Affairs

By Antigua Observer — Prime Minister Gaston Browne, as The CARICOM lead Head of Government on Financial matters, has gotten assurances from Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Chairperson for the US House Committee on Financial Affairs, that the House Committee, “to take actions that may be necessary to preserve the mutual interests of the U.S. and the Caribbean.” Representatives of the government of the 15-nation Caribbean Community (CARICOM) had a fully attended…

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Ghana, Barbados sign agreement to establish sister Port relationship

Ghana, Barbados sign agreement to establish sister Port relationship

By News & Current Affairs

On Friday, November 15, 2019, Ghana and Barbados signed an agreement to establish a sister-port relationship between the Tema and Bridgetown, to facilitate the expansion of trade between the two countries, especially trade transiting through Barbados from Ghana and onward to other Caribbean and Latin America destination ports. The agreement was signed at the Jubilee House, when the Prime Minister of Barbados, Her Excellency Mia Mottley, paid a courtesy call…

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David Comissiong

Ambassador David Comissiong’s most recent Address on Reparations

By Editors' Choice, Reparations

Address by Ambassador David Comissiong to the West and Central Africa Conference on the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent Organized by the United Nations Commission for Human Rights and the African Union Dakar, Senegal (23-24 October, 2019). In 1834, after 225 years of relentless rebellion by our enslaved ancestors, slavery was abolished throughout the British Empire: and the methodology devised by the British Government for the…

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Sir Hilary Beckles, Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies.

Fourth UWI landed campus set for Antigua

By News & Current Affairs

By Joshua St. Aimee, St. Lucia Star — At a press conference in Saint Lucia last October, Sir Hilary Beckles, Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies (UWI), revealed that the government of Antigua and Barbuda had agreed to work with the University in the hope of establishing a landed campus in the country. The University currently operates landed campuses in Mona, Jamaica; Cave Hill, Barbados; and St….

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A bronze sculpture representing an African couple and their child in Rock Hall Freedom Village in Barbados

Slavery Was Part of Barbados Life for Centuries. But Its History Can Be Hard to Find.

By Reparations

There are important monuments, plaques and sites on the island. It requires effort to see many of them. Will that change? By Jon Hurdle, The New York Times — A slender bronze sculpture representing an African couple and their child dominates a modest concrete plaza above a colorful jumble of houses in Rock Hall Freedom Village, Barbados, about a half-hour’s drive north of the island’s capital, Bridgetown. A few feet away, a granite…

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Mia Mottley

Centre for Reparation Research Congratulates PM Mottley of Barbados

By Reparations

CRR Expresses Commitment to Work with her on Reparations Matters By Centre for Reparation Research — St. Andrew, Jamaica. The Centre for Reparation Research (“CRR”) congratulates Prime Minister Mia Mottley of Barbados on her assumption of the leadership of CARICOM’s Prime Ministerial Sub-Committee on Reparations. The Prime Ministerial Sub-Committee acts as a conduit between the CARICOM Reparations Commission (“CRC”), established in 2013 at the Heads of Government of CARICOM Conference…

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