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A woman wears a mask as a precaution against the spread of the new coronavirus at the Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, Cuba,

How Cuba is Leading the World in the Fight Against Coronavirus

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

As Cuba sends doctors around the world to fight coronavirus, a Cuban antiviral drug is helping stem the tide of the outbreak. By Alan Macleod, MPN News — While the United States government is complicating efforts to treat coronavirus across the world and is using the pandemic to increase pressure on countries already struggling under U.S. sanctions, including Iran, Syria, and Venezuela, the small island of Cuba, itself a target of Washington’s ire, is leading the…

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CARICOM says ‘it is clear there are forces that do not want to see the votes recounted’

By News & Current Affairs

-warns that any gov’t sworn in without a credible vote count would lack legitimacy. Reported by Stabroek News — CARICOM today expressed regret at the forced withdrawal of a mission to recount votes at the March 2nd general elections and it said that it is clear that there are forces here who do not want the votes recounted for whatever reason. A statement issued by CARICOM follows: The Caribbean Community…

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The MSC Meraviglia docked off Cozumel, Mexico, last month after Jamaica and the Cayman Islands barred it from entering over concerns of a crew member with flu-like symptoms.

Far from the coronavirus epicenter, Caribbean tourism starts to get sick

By News & Current Affairs

Cruise passenger numbers are down and hotel guest numbers have begun to dip. The islands are bracing for worse. By Kate Chappell, Anthony Faiola and Jasper Ward, Washington Post Ocho Rios, Jamaica — A Bob Marley tune played as the scent of jerk chicken wafted through a half-empty market in this normally bustling port town. A few dozen tourists milled about — far fewer than normal but more than last week,…

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Haitian President Jovenel Moise

Haiti’s vicious cycle of political and humanitarian crises

By News & Current Affairs

Haitian President Jovenel Moise has quickly attracted public anger, as demonstrations demanding his resignation have proliferated across the island. Port-au-Prince (AFP) — Haiti finally has a new government, but without a parliament capable of giving it legitimacy and without electoral prospects, the country remains paralyzed by a political crisis with potentially devastating social, economic and security consequences. It’s been more than a year since the Caribbean nation has been…

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Harry Belafonte

Harry Belafonte Turns 93!

By News & Current Affairs

Harry Belafonte the Entertainer, Civil Rights activist, international Human Rights Icon turn 93 on March 1st. Still active in the struggle for freedom and justice, he celebrated his birthday with a fundraiser at Apollo Theater. In attendance were hip-hop poet and Academy award winner Common, percussionist Sheila E., Grammy winner Maxwell, Gael Faye, John Forte, Talib Kweli, Thelma Plum, Yemen Blues Impact Repertory Theatre, Resistance Revival Chorus and Trinidad &…

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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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The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby, addresses the General Synod at Church House in London.

Church of England to apologize for being ‘deeply institutionally racist’

By News & Current Affairs

By Ivana Kottasová, CNN — The Church of England has decided to apologize for racism experienced by “countless black, Asian and minority ethnic people” over the past 70 years. The Church said in a statement that the General Synod, its legislative body, voted on last Tuesday to issue an official apology and commission an outside expert to prepare a report on racism, race and ethnicity in the church. Speaking at the synod,…

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Reggae brothers … from left: Ky-Mani, Damian and Julian Marley perform at Marley 75 in Kingston, Jamaica.

Bob Marley at 75: how a ghetto reggae star rebranded Jamaica

By Editors' Choice

Seeing fans and family gather in Kingston to celebrate the late musician’s 75th birthday, music writer Vivien Goldman reflects on his indelible legacy. By Vivien Goldman, The Guardian — At 7am on 6 February, on what would have been Bob Marley’s 75th birthday, the abeng conch shell blows at his old home at uptown Kingston’s 56 Hope Road – now the Bob Marley museum – as it did in the days…

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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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Modesta Irizarry, a community leader, in Loíza, Puerto Rico

In the Afro-Caribbean heart of Puerto Rico, locals fight erosion, government indifference

By News & Current Affairs

Loíza, Puerto Rico, is filled with palm trees, unassuming bars, bomba music, beautiful beaches — and strong-willed locals who refuse to be forgotten. LOÍZA, Puerto Rico — The waves crashed loudly on the collapsed ruins of the Paseo del Atlántico, a walkway that once partially protected residents here from the volatile ocean. Erosion along this northernmost coast of Puerto Rico, nearly 20 miles east of San Juan, precipitated the promenade’s destruction…

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