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Rev up Africa-CARICOM cooperation

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Jamaica Gleaner — Africa and Caribbean leaders touched on many of the relevant issues during their virtual summit earlier this month. But given the urgency of many of the global developments with which they have to contend, the leaders were not sufficiently specific, and robust, about those on which they intend to develop joint initiatives. There was not the sense of urgency for which we had hoped. That, we…

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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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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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CARICOM must not fail Haiti

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Stabroek News — There are those who might argue that fate could have at least held off on Haiti’s latest tragedy, the country’s devastating earthquake and its horrendous consequences of a few days ago until the pain and the sense of loss that must still persist over the recent horrendous assassination of the country’s President, Jovenel Moise had been afforded a more extended period. Helping Hands for Haiti: The…

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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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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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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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OAS Council meeting postponed after Caricom countries threaten boycott

By News & Current Affairs

WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) — The Organisation of American States (OAS) Wednesday announced it had postponed its debate on the “current situation” in Cuba after several Caribbean Community (Caricom) countries had raised concerns about the procedure used to convene the special meeting. A brief statement on the OAS website said that the “Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) postponed the special virtual meeting scheduled for today to…

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The Global Reparations Movement: The Greatest Political Tide of the 21st Century

By Reparations

Statement by the CARICOM Reparations Commission (CRC) — The CARICOM Reparations Commission (CRC) welcomes recent developments in the movement for reparatory justice, especially in the Caribbean and across the United States, and the wide media coverage of the movement in the aftermath of the globalization of the Black Lives Matter campaign. Rastafari, civil society organizations, and prominent public figures in the Caribbean like Hon. Michael Lester “Mike” Henry and Hon….

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