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September 2021 Africa-CARICOM Summit Communique

By Editors' Choice

History was made on September 7th 2021, when the inaugural Africa-CARICOM Summit was held virtually under the theme ‘Unity Across Continents and Oceans: Opportunities for Deepening Integration’. The meeting, which was delayed a year due to the pandemic, aimed at ‘Promoting closer collaboration between Africa Diaspora, People of African Descent and the Caribbean and Pacific region and institutions.’ Communique

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Professor Verene Shepherd and British-Jamaican Lord Anthony Gifford

Reparation is crucial in a divided world – Lord Anthony Gifford

By Reparations

By The Jamaica Gleaner and UWI’s Centre for Reparation Research — In this week’s Reparation Conversations, a collaborative initiative between The Jamaica Gleaner and The UWI’s Centre for Reparation Research, we bring you the second of a two-part interview which the director of the UWI’s Centre for Reparation Research (CRR), Professor Verene Shepherd (VS), conducted with British-Jamaican Lord Anthony Gifford (AG). Gifford is a former barrister and QC in London…

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The first Africa/CARICOM Summit was a truly historical event.

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Don Rojas — It was an idea whose time had come. On Tuesday, September 5 this idea took material form at the first Africa/CARICOM Summit conducted virtually and broadcast to the world via the Web and social media. Participants at the historical event included heads of State and Government of the Caribbean Community and the African Union, chairs of Caricom and the African Union Commission, the Africa Regional Economic…

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Prime Minister Mia Mottley and Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta holding hands before he left the island after a three-day official visit in 2019.

First CARICOM/Africa Summit in September

By News & Current Affairs

Bridgetown, Barbados – The first ever Caribbean Community (CARICOM)-African Summit will take place virtually on September 7. Informed CARICOM sources, confirming the date, told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) that “what is now being finalised is the agenda” for the summit. The sources said that among the speakers at the opening ceremony, scheduled for 8.00 am (Eastern Caribbean time) will be CARICOM chairman and Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston…

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New York Governor Kathy Hochul appears with her choice for Lieutenant Governor, Democratic New York State Senator Brian Benjamin

Hochul picks Caribbean American state senator as lieutenant governor

By News & Current Affairs

By Nelson A. King, Caribbean Life — Newly-installed New York Governor, Kathy Hochul announced on Thursday the selection of Caribbean American New York State Sen. Brian Benjamin for lieutenant governor. Benjamin, 44, the son of a Guyanese mother and Jamaican father, previously served as the New York State Senator for District 30 – which encompasses Harlem, East Harlem and the Upper West Side in Manhattan. He was the chairman of…

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A nurse asks a family to get vaccination at a vaccination center amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Havana, Cuba, June 17, 2021.

Coronavirus surge pushes Cuba’s healthcare system to brink

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), News & Current Affairs

By Sarah Marsh, Reuters — Cuba is bringing back hundreds of doctors working abroad and converting hotels into isolation centers and hospitals in order to battle a COVID-19 crisis that is overwhelming healthcare and mortuary services in parts of the Caribbean island. The country, which managed to contain infections for most of last year, is now facing one of the worst outbreaks worldwide, fueled by the spread of the more-infectious…

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The US Government donates 5.5 Million Pfizer Vaccines to CARICOM

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), News & Current Affairs

The US Government has gifted the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) with 5.5 million doses of Pfizer vaccines. This is the culmination of efforts initiated by the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr the Honourable Keith Rowley, who as Chair of CARICOM, wrote to President Joseph Biden of the United States earlier this year requesting a supply of vaccines for the Community. President Biden subsequently announced that the US was donating…

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Gaston Browne Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda

Covid Divides CARICOM

By News & Current Affairs

By Bert Wilkinson — A serious war of two worlds is emerging in the 15-nation Caribbean community with one demanding mass vaccinations of citizens to achieve herd immunity and the other stoutly and resolutely resisting any central authority efforts to force them to take COVID-19 vaccinations. In the past week, authorities in St. Vincent, Antigua, Barbados and Guyana have been forced to take drastic action to either stem very militant…

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Dr. Ralph Gonsalves

Rise again, Dr Ralph, says Beckles

By Commentaries/Opinions

The University of the West Indies expresses its dismay and disappointment in the development in Kingstown, Saint Vincent, that resulted in physical injury to the nation’s honourable and distinguished prime minister, Dr Ralph Gonsalves. The event that featured the hurling of a missile intended to injure Dr Gonsalves constituted an act of hooliganism against his personhood and of vandalism against the collective nationhood. The university community condemns the dastardly action…

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Caricom leaders celebrate and stress the significance of Emancipation Day

By News & Current Affairs

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Leaders across the Caribbean Community (Caricom) are on Sunday observing Emancipation Day by reminding people to focus on the significance of what took place 183 years ago on August 1, 1838. In his message to Jamaicans, Prime Minister Andrew Holness said that Jamaicans “must never overlook or underplay the role that our forebears played in resisting and rebelling against slavery.” “Today, we celebrate, as our forebears…

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A view of Cuban and U.S. flags beside the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba, December 15, 2020.

Latin America’s resurgent left and Caribbean spurn U.S. policy on Cuba

By News & Current Affairs

By Sarah Marsh, Reuters — The United States doubled down on its tough stance and sanctions on Cuba after historic protests in the Communist-run island last month and said it would seek to support protesters. But many countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, a region which is still scarred by Washington’s backing of coups during the Cold War and has shifted leftwards in recent years, are asking it to…

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Caricom fights for reparations with help from Africa

By Reparations

By Bert Wilkinson, Amsterdam News — With the Black Lives Matter movement growing in worldwide recognition, Caribbean Community nations are seeking to cash in on its influence and are tweaking their tactics to make European nations like Britain and France pay reparations for the brutal trans-Atlantic slave trade that had costs the lives of millions of Africans. In recent weeks, leaders have decided to not only pursue legal battles with…

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