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Ease up on Venezuela, CARICOM urges US

By News & Current Affairs

By Edmond Campbell— The leadership of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is urging the Joe Biden administration to carry out a “dispassionate early review” of the United States’ scorched policy towards Venezuela, with a view to lifting draconian sanctions that have contributed to an economic and humanitarian crisis in that country. Under the Donald Trump administration, the United States imposed tough sanctions on the South American country as it increased pressure…

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An Open Letter to the Heads of Government of CARICOM

By Commentaries/Opinions

Continuing to Defend our Sovereignty and Strengthening Unity and Integration is one of CARICOM’S Crucial Tasks Honourable Heads of Government, The Assembly of Caribbean People (ACP) is a process of bringing Caribbean people together across the lines of division created by our shared history of colonialism. The Assembly process is into its 29th year with a Preparatory Conference being held in 1992 and the First Assembly in 1994. The Eighth…

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Caricom-Cuba summit underway amid efforts to further strengthen relationship

By News & Current Affairs

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — Caribbean Community (Caricom) and Cuban leaders began their seventh summit here on Tuesday, confident of improving upon the bonds that have thrived for more than four decades. “Forty-eight years ago, the foundation was laid for the building of a strong and mutually beneficial relationship. This has been formally underpinned since then by instruments such as technical cooperation agreements and memoranda of understanding,” Caricom Secretary General Irwin LaRocque told the opening of…

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Caricom interested in closer cooperation with Cuba

By News & Current Affairs

HAVANA, Cuba, Dec 10 (ACN) Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, expressed the interest of the Caribbean States Community (CARICOM) in strengthening cooperation with Cuba. Browne identified health, human resource development, construction, and sports as areas of common interest, among other sectors. The head of government said that the cooperation ‘has effectively contributed to the growth of the well-being of the peoples of the Community. In this regard,…

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PuLSE Announces Major Lecture Series on Caribbean Influence on American politics

By Reparations

By Don Rojas— PuLSE Announces Major Lecture Series on Caribbean Influence on American politics The PuLSE Institute, an independent anti-poverty think tank headquartered in Detroit, has announced the launch of a major lecture series beginning in January 2021 to focus on the contributions of the Caribbean world to U.S. politics and to examine the quest for reparatory justice and anti-poverty policies. The concept originated from the strong interest that was…

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CARICOM’s economic recovery and transformation – Need for serious collaboration and coordination

By News & Current Affairs

By: Kendol Morgan— G20 Summit Declaration: We remain determined to support all developing and least developed countries as they face the intertwined health, economic, and social effects of COVID-19, recognising the specific challenges in Africa and small-island developing states. Many of us remain fascinated by the ongoing crisis of democracy and governance which is taking place in the USA as COVID-19 is increasing there unchecked. President-elect Joe Biden has named his…

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The Haitian people: sadly and badly in need of a champion

By Commentaries/Opinions

By: Sir Ronald Sanders— Human rights and constitutional violations in Haiti have been ignored for too long by the Organisation of American States (OAS). The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has also avoided dealing with incendiary political issues in Haiti. Meanwhile, more suffering is being piled on the poor people of Haiti whose body count from malnutrition and organised violence continues to grow.  Against this background, it is not surprising that Haitians…

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Addressing disparities of human development

By Editors' Choice

By: Dr. Ahmed Reid— In the second of the guest column, ‘Reparation Time’ in collaboration with The Centre for Reparation Research (CRR) at The University of the West Indies. CRR’s first Research Fellow, Dr Ahmed Reid, highlights the disparities and the large deficits that currently exist between Caribbean countries and former colonial powers of Europe as a context for the demand for reparation for development. The United Nations Development Programme’s Human Development Index (HDI) is…

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The Road Ahead: A Caribbean Case for Reparations

By Reparations, Video/Audio

Streamed November 5, 2020 — In the second panel discussion on the topic of Reparations, hosts Frederick Morton Jr and Hugh Riley, discuss the Caribbean Case and CARICOM’s 10 point plan. This is the Road Ahead. Featuring Panelist: Hon. Cozier Frederick, Minister for Environment, Rural Modernization & Kalinago Upliftment, Dominica. Prof. Verene Shepherd, VC of the UN Committee, Dir of the Centre of Reparations Research. Dorbrene O’Marde VC of the…

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The Caribbean’s case for reparations: Part 3

By Reparations

This is the third article in a series that highlights the question of slavery reparations in the Caribbean. (The first is here; the second is here.) It is based around issues discussed in the NGC Bocas Lit Fest’s live stream event, “The Case for Reparations,” which featured an in-depth conversation with Sir Hilary Beckles, chair of the CARICOM Reparations Commission. COVID-19 has revealed “horrendous legacies” of inequity By Janine Mendes-Franco — Five hundred and twenty-eight…

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The Caribbean’s case for reparations: Part 2

By Reparations

This is the second article in a series that highlights the question of slavery reparations in the Caribbean. (See Part 1 here.) It is based around issues discussed in the NGC Bocas Lit Fest’s live stream event, “The Case for Reparations,” which featured an in-depth conversation with Sir Hilary Beckles, chair of the CARICOM Reparations Commission. *** Reparatory justice: ‘The greatest political movement of the 21st century’ By Janine Mendes-Franco — In commemoration…

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Screenshot of the Facebook live stream of Bocas Lit Fest’s “The Case for Reparations,” a conversation with Sir Hilary Beckles (right), chaired by Andy Knight, which took place on October 11, 2020.

Beckles Calls for $50 billion Reparations Fund

By Reparations

By George Alleyne — The CARICOM Reparations Committee wants $50 billion as money for an Investment Development Fund donated as a starting point by entities that profited from slavery, and apologised for their role, to begin the Caribbean growth process, and to be managed both regionally and globally. The initial money from this Fund is not intended to be passed on to individuals but, with approval of the regional and global management committee, go towards capital outlay for much…

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