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Julian Marley, son of late reggae icon Bob Marley, celebrates his father's 69th birthday at the National Stadium in Kingston, 2014.

UNESCO Adds Reggae Music to Global Cultural Heritage List

By | News & Current Affairs

Reggae was often championed as a music of the oppressed, with lyrics addressing sociopolitical issues, imprisonment and inequality. By TeleSUR — Reggae music – whose calm, lilting grooves found international fame thanks to artists like Bob Marley – has won a coveted spot on the United Nations’ list of global cultural treasures. UNESCO, the world body’s cultural and scientific agency, added the genre that originated in Jamaica to its collection of “intangible…

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Let the Reparations Begin

By | Commentaries/Opinions, Reparations

By The Daily Observer — In a surprising bit of news, we learned that the the University of the West Indies (UWI) will receive £200 million in cash and kind from the University of Glasgow in the United Kingdom in what has been described as reparation payments. That is almost EC $695 million!!! This must be great news to the reparation movement, whether they believe that it is sufficient or not,…

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Vice Chancellor of The University of the West Indies (UWI) Sir Hilary Beckles

Glasgow University To Pay Reparations For £200m Extracted From Region

By | Reparations

The Jamaica Gleaner — Vice Chancellor of The University of the West Indies (UWI) Sir Hilary Beckles has reported that The University of Glasgow in the United Kingdom (UK) is planning to pay reparations for £200 million (approximately J$34 billion) taken from the Caribbean. According to Beckles, who recently returned from the UK, “The University of Glasgow has recognised that Jamaican slave owners had adopted the University of Glasgow as…

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Reparations — Reparatory Justice

High schools to debate reparation

By | News & Current Affairs, Reparations

By The Jamaica Observer — The African Caribbean Institute of Jamaica/Jamaica Memory Bank (ACIJ/JMB), in collaboration with the National Council on Reparation will be staging a debate competition under the theme ‘From Enslavement to Reparation’, as part of its year-long series of activities on reparation. The competition, which kicks off this Tuesday, October 2 at 10:00 am at the Institute of Jamaica lecture hall, 10 – 16 East Street, Kingston,…

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Mia Mottley

Centre for Reparation Research Congratulates PM Mottley of Barbados

By | Reparations

CRR Expresses Commitment to Work with her on Reparations Matters By Centre for Reparation Research — St. Andrew, Jamaica. The Centre for Reparation Research (“CRR”) congratulates Prime Minister Mia Mottley of Barbados on her assumption of the leadership of CARICOM’s Prime Ministerial Sub-Committee on Reparations. The Prime Ministerial Sub-Committee acts as a conduit between the CARICOM Reparations Commission (“CRC”), established in 2013 at the Heads of Government of CARICOM Conference…

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Jamaica's Prime Minister Andrew Holness (fourth left) strikes up a conversation with (from left) St Lucia's Prime Minister Allan Chastinet, Barbados' Prime Minister Mia Mottley and Grenada's Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell before the start of Friday night's press conference. (Photo: Anthony Lewis)

Mottley: Caricom meeting was ‘action, not a bag a words’

By | News & Current Affairs

By Horace Hines, Jamaica Observer — MONTEGO BAY, St James — Caribbean Community (Caricom) heads of government are in agreement that the just-concluded 39th Regular Meeting held in Jamaica was not a talk shop, but harvested significant advances of integration in the region. The conference was held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre from July 4 to 6. “Action, not a bag a words,” was how Barbados Prime Minister…

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Bert Samuels And Anthony Gifford

Reparation Phase Two: What Are The Damages?

By | Reparations

Bert Samuels And Anthony Gifford, The Gleaner — In the years in which reparation advocates have been active in the campaign for reparation for native genocide, African enslavement and post-colonial harm, some remarkable advances have been made. The Jamaican Parliament has passed a historic bipartisan motion calling for reparation to be made to Jamaica by the United Kingdom for the crimes against humanity which were committed. Reparation committees and councils…

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Photo: Mark Bell Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange (at podium), speaks at Reparation Youth Conference, held at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown, Kingston, on Friday (May 25). Seated (from left) are: Co-Chair, National Council on Reparations in Jamaica, Professor Verene Shepherd and Nigerian High Commissioner to Jamaica, Her Excellency Janet Olisa. In the background is Charge D’Affaires at the South African High Commission, Mr. Phillip Riley.

Culture Minister Calls on Young Persons to Get More Involved with the Reparation Movement

By | Reparations

By Ainsworth Morris — Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, has called on the nation’s youth to get more involved in the activities of the National Council on Reparations in Jamaica. Speaking at a Reparation Youth Conference, hosted by the Council and ‘Talk Up Yout’ at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston on May 25, the Minister said the Movement needs the support of the…

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Eluard Luchell McDaniels, Spanish Civil. War Volunteer, Batea, Spain, May 1938. Image Courtesy of the Tamiment Library, New York University

African American Anti-Fascists in the Spanish Civil War

By | Editors' Choice

Anti-fascist volunteer Canute Frankson explained his motivation in a letter home in 1937: “We will build us a new society—a society of peace and plenty. There will be no color line, no jim crow trains, no lynching. That is why, my dear, I’m here in Spain.” By Peter Carroll, BlackPast.org — Approximately 90 African Americans fought in Spain during the civil war that engulfed that nation between 1936 and 1939.…

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Ambassador Dudley Thompson

The UWI to Receive Ambassador Dudley Thompson’s Papers

By | Reparations

A prized collection of papers belonging to the late Jamaican Pan-Africanist, politician and diplomat, Ambassador Dudley Thompson, will be donated to The University of the West Indies (The UWI) at a ceremony on March 14, 2018 at the University’s Regional Headquarters in Jamaica. The presentation will be made by Mrs. Cecile Eistrup-Thompson, widow of Ambassador Thompson. The collection will initially be housed at The UWI Mona Campus Library, and featured…

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