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Sir Hilary Beckles (third from left) said “the colonial mess left behind... has overwhelmed the efforts... to achieve sustainable economic development”. Photo: Earl Bousquet

Who Best to Clean up the Colonial Mess in the Caribbean?

By Reparations

By Earl Bousquet — The global movement for Reparations for Slavery and Native Genocide from Europe and North America gathered in Jamaica between Oct. 10 and 12 for a series of activities that have given much traction to the tri-continental movement. In part two of this special series, Caribbean journalist Earl Bousquet examines onging efforts to “clean up the colonial mess.”

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Residents of St. Croix make their way around and under obstacles blocking a main road nearly a week after Hurricane Maria raked the US Virgin Islands.

The 2017 Hurricanes Didn’t Just Hit Puerto Rico — They Hit the Caribbean

By Commentaries/Opinions

Puerto Rico is getting the coverage it deserves, but an entire region has been upended by natural disasters this hurricane season. By Gabriela Thorne — When Hurricane Irma swept through the Caribbean in early September, the focus was not the damage wrought on the islands but on the fact that it would soon hit Florida. Then came Jose. Then came Maria. In the span a few of weeks, the Caribbean was devastated by three hurricanes…

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Hurricanes Make the Need to Dismantle Colonial Economics in the Caribbean Increasingly Urgent

Hurricanes Make the Need to Dismantle Colonial Economics in the Caribbean Increasingly Urgent

By Editors' Choice

By Nikolaos Karagiannis and C.J. Polychroniou, Truthout — Hurricanes have always been a part of life in the Caribbean. The destruction they cause and inhabitants’ subsequent recovery have been observed throughout human history. What is alarming now, however, is the apparent increased frequency and intensity of hurricanes due to climate change. For the Caribbean territories, the climate change challenges are even more severe than they are for most other places around…

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Mosquitos, Rats, And No Clean Water: This Letter Reveals the Grim Struggle to Survive After Hurricane Maria

Mosquitos, Rats, And No Clean Water: This Letter Reveals the Grim Struggle to Survive After Hurricane Maria

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Santhia Rodriguez, Daily Beast — I call these my hurricane diaries. We got shelter inside the refinery where we work after harassing one of the big bosses. But it’s only for two weeks, to give us time to look for a generator (inside the plant everything works). They give us one warm meal per day and one gas tank a week. I told [my partner] Danny one of us…

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AFUWI Hurricane Relief Fund

AFUWI Hurricane Relief Fund

By Editors' Choice

Show Your Support By Donating In light of the phenomenal damage caused to the Caribbean during the 2017 hurricane season, we are all called to act and to alleviate the immense human suffering which has resulted from this occurrence. Many persons have lost their lives, homes and businesses along with all their other possessions. Communities have been decimated and life as they knew it will never be the same. We…

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The University of the West Indies (The UWI)

Statement from Sir Hilary Beckles — Irma-Maria: A Reparations Requiem for Caribbean Poverty.

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

Regional Headquarters, Jamaica. September 23, 2017.  Vice-Chancellor of The University of the West Indies (The UWI), Professor Sir Hilary Beckles issues the following statement on the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria: “Hurricane Irma’s fury preceded Maria’s by a deadly Caribbean second. Together they constitute the familiar sound of death and destruction reminiscent of a colonial past that clings to the present and is determined to possess and own the Caribbean future.

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Professor Verene Shepherd

Prof. Verene Shepherd’s speech at the Congressional Black Caucus Forum in Washington, DC

By Commentaries/Opinions, Reparations

What Is in Your Backpack? We Who Believe in Freedom Cannot Rest Verene A. Shepherd, Social Historian 47th Congressional Black Caucus Reparations Issue Forum Friday, September 22nd, 3:00 – 5:00 PM Washington, D.C. Congressman John Conyers, Dr. Ron Daniels, fellow panelists, brothers and sisters all, warm greetings from the Caribbean! We have been battered by the raging storms, but we will rise again; and those who left the region infrastructurally weak…

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Man stands in a ruined building after Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti. (photo: CNN)

In the Caribbean, Colonialism and Inequality Mean Hurricanes Hit Harder

By News & Current Affairs

By The Conversation — Hurricane Maria, the 15th tropical depression this season, is now battering the Caribbean, just two weeks after Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc in the region. The devastation in Dominica is “mind-boggling,” wrote the country’s prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, on Facebook just after midnight on September 19. The next day, in Puerto Rico, NPR reported via member station WRTU in San Juan that “Most of the island is without power…or water.” Among the Caribbean…

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Damaged by Hurricanes and "Vulture" Capitalism, Caribbean Islands Plead for Debt Relief

Damaged by Hurricanes and “Vulture” Capitalism, Caribbean Islands Plead for Debt Relief

By Editors' Choice

By Mike Ludwig, Truthout — Last week, just days after Hurricane Irma thrashed through the Caribbean with record-high winds, the Catholic bishop of the island nation of Dominica sent a letter to the managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Bishop Gabriel Malzaire pleaded with the IMF to temporarily delay debt payments from Antigua and Barbuda and other islands left in ruins by the storm. “The few dozen small…

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NAACP Files Lawsuit in Defense of DACA Eligible People of Color

By News & Current Affairs

Cancellation Impacts Thousands of African and Caribbean Origins BALTIMORE – The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the country’s original civil rights organization, today filed a lawsuit against President Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Homeland Secretary Elaine Duke, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security, in defense of people of color eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals…

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