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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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Mia Mottley

Mia Mottley Elected First Female Prime Minister of Barbados as Labour Party Wins Election

By News & Current Affairs

Mottley, 52, becomes Barbados’ eight Prime Minister and the fifth female head of government in the English speaking the Caribbean. The BLP attacked the current government on its policy of high taxation and focused on the cost of living during the campaign. By teleSUR — The Barbados Labour Party (BLP) has won the country’s 2018 General Elections claiming all 30 seats in the country’s House of Assembly and unseating the Democratic Labour Party (DLP),…

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Caribbean Regional Reparations a Step Closer

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

Barbados has made another step towards the goal of obtaining regional reparations. Barbados Government Information Service (BGIS) — This step comes as members of the island’s Reparations Task Force recently presented Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth, Stephen Lashley, with an official report on arguments in support of reparations, in his Ministry’s Conference Room at Sky Mall. After receiving the document, Lashley noted that he was very pleased to see…

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Grenada's Maurice Bishop (C) with Daniel Ortega from Nicaragua and Cuba's Fidel Castro

The Russian Revolution and the Caribbean

By Editors' Choice

By Earl Bousquet — The Russian Revolution did get support from the Caribbean, then called the “West Indies,” when it shook the world in 1917. History records that Marcus Mosiah Garvey, the Jamaican who led the largest organization of Black people in the Western hemisphere ever, quickly dispatched a letter from the United Negro Improvement Association, on behalf of its millions of members in the United States, the Caribbean and…

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