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Sir Ronald Sanders

St Vincent on the UN Security Council: More valuable than coin

By | Commentaries/Opinions

By Sir Ronald Sanders — Make no mistake about it, the election of St Vincent and the Grenadines – one of the world’s smallest states – to a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is both an important and timely event. The election, primarily by the world’s developing states, has occurred when there is increased intolerance of small states by larger and powerful governments determined to enforce…

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Prof Verene Shepherd, Vice Chair CARICOM Reparations Commission, speaking at the press conference.

CARICOM Reparations Commission Expands List of Countries to be Targeted for Reparations

By | News & Current Affairs, Reparations

(Issued on behalf of the CARICOM Reparations Commission) This announcement was made by the Vice-Chair of the CARICOM Reparations Commission (CRC), Prof Verene Shepherd at a press conference held at the Regional Headquarters of The University of the West Indies (UWI) on June 10. She also revealed that the CRC was in the process of preparing a new round of letters of demand to be presented to additional countries identified…

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Wind Farm

Renewables to Become the Norm for the Caribbean

By | News & Current Affairs

By Desmond Brown, IPS — Jamaica and other Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are embracing renewable energy as part of their plans to become decarbonised in the coming decades. The Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness, has committed the island nation to transitioning to 50 percent renewable energy by 2030. “I believe that we can do better. Jamaica has sunshine all year round and strong winds in certain parts of…

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Maurice Bishop (1944-1983) - Maurice Rupert Bishop was a Grenadian revolutionary and the leader of New Jewel Movement – popular efforts in the areas of socio-economic development, education, and Black liberation – that came to power during the 13 March 1979 revolution that removed Eric Gairy from office

The Spirit of Maurice Bishop and the CARICOM Foreign Ministers Meeting in Grenada

By | Editors' Choice

By David Comissiong — In this 40th anniversary year of the 1979 Grenada Revolution, the fates smiled upon our Caribbean Community (CARICOM) when it was confirmed that the 22nd Regular Meeting of CARICOM’s Council For Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR) would be held in Grenada on the 13th and 14th of May 2019, thereby ensuring that the assembled Caribbean Foreign Ministers would find themselves in a space steeped in the spirit of Maurice…

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Former vice chancellor of the University of the West Indies (UWI)

Sir Alister Mcintyre, Former UWI Vice-Chancellor Has Died at 87

By | News & Current Affairs

THE region is mourning one of its foremost academics and statesmen. Former vice chancellor of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Sir Alister McIntyre, 87, passed away in Jamaica on Saturday. In an immediate response, vice-chancellor of the UWI, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, said Sir Alister’s death was “shocking.” “Larger than life in his long sojourn, it is difficult to embrace the finality of this existential fragility. The people…

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Prince Charles and Camilla Duchess of Cornwall with Mia Mottley, the prime minister of Barbados, 19 March 2019.

What if the Caribbean refused royal visits until reparations were paid?

By | Commentaries/Opinions, Reparations

Charles and Camilla are the latest to arrive and help whitewash the injustices of slavery and empire. By Nalini Mohabir, The Guardian — Once upon a time monarchs ruled by divine right, then later with charismatic authority. The future king Prince Charles (#NotMyPrince) has neither. Yet Caribbean governments are paying for Prince Charles and Camilla’s royal tour of the Caribbean which began on Sunday and continues for 12 days, to…

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When Franco Rosso’s “Babylon” premièred at Cannes, in 1980, it was hailed for its soulful depictions of a community largely invisible in British media.Photograph Courtesy Kino Lorber Repertory / Seventy-Seven

What “Babylon” Captured About Racism and Reggae

By | Editors' Choice

By Hua Hsu, The New Yorker — In June, 1948, the H.M.T. Empire Windrush docked in the Port of Tilbury, near London. Among its passengers were approximately eight hundred West Indian workers, mostly from Jamaica, who had come in response to England’s postwar labor shortage. Some planned to earn money and return home; others wondered what it would be like to stay. There was a lot of work to be…

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Toussaint Louverture led a slave rebellion that eventually overthrew French colonization in what was then Saint-Domingue and what became the independent nation of Haiti. The revolution had a profound effect on the United States on both sides of the slave debate.

Haiti Revolution’s impact on U.S. slavery to be discussed

By | Editors' Choice

Toussaint Louverture led a slave rebellion that eventually overthrew French colonization in what was then Saint-Domingue and what became the independent nation of Haiti. The revolution had a profound effect on the United States on both sides of the slave debate. Fayetteville State professor says both sides of the emancipation debate were affected. By Myron B. Pitts — In the late 1700s and early 1800s, Toussaint Louverture led a slave…

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CARICOM

CARICOM on Latest Developments in the Situation in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

By | News & Current Affairs

Statement by the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM on the Latest Developments in the Situation in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. By CARICOM — The following Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) – Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago; Foreign Ministers of Grenada and Suriname [1] ;, meeting by video-conference…

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David Comissiong

LEAD, CARICOM, LEAD !

By | Commentaries/Opinions

By David Comissiong Barbados Ambassador to Caricom — ARTICLE 6 of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas commits the 15 Member States of our Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to “enhanced coordination of Member States’ foreign and foreign economic policies” and to “the achievement of a greater measure of…… effectiveness in dealing with third States, groups of States and entities of any description.” Well, if our Caribbean Community (CARICOM) ever needed a unified…

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