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A mural of reggae icon Bob Marley

As the world celebrates Bob Marley Day, reggae is changing and so are its fans

By News & Current Affairs

By Emma Lewis — Reggae icon Bob (Robert Nesta) Marley was born on February 6, 1945; his birthday is now celebrated around the world as Bob Marley Day. This year, he would have turned 73 years old. Marley’s hometown of Kingston, Jamaica, is now recognised by UNESCO as a Creative City of Music. As the anointed birthplace of reggae music, music-lovers from all over the world make the pilgrimage to the Bob Marley Museum in uptown Kingston, the site of Marley’s former home. Visitors also head downtown to tour Tuff Gong Studios, founded by Marley in 1965, and the “Culture Yard” in Trench Town, where Marley grew up, learned to play guitar and formed his band, the Wailers.

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A statue commemorating the struggle against slavery at Jamaica’s Emancipation Park in Kingston.

Old Plantation, New Slave Masters: Short Reflection on Independent Jamaica

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Tina Renier — “The presence of a group of African sell-outs is a part of the definition of underdevelopment.”- Walter Rodney Last year, Professor Rupert Lewis, a prominent Caribbean intellectual, was invited to provide a teach-in session on anti-establishment strategies in the 1960s and 1970s at the University of the West Indies, Mona in Jamaica. In the introduction of his presentation, he posed a crucial question to the participants:…

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Students Learn About Reparations During Youth Baton Relays

Students Learn About Reparations During Youth Baton Relays

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

By Douglas Mcintosh — Students across the region are learning about the ills of slavery and the issues surrounding reparations through the CARICOM Reparations Youth Baton Relays. The relays have been staged in Barbados, Guyana, Suriname and St. Lucia, as well as in Antigua and Barbuda. The exchange of the baton from Antigua to Jamaica took place on October 10. The Jamaica leg was spearheaded by the National Council on Reparation (NCR), which falls under the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, in collaboration with the CARICOM Secretariat.

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A man drains water from his house flooded after the passage of Hurricane Dennis in the city of Kigston, Jamaica

Revisiting ‘Development As Freedom’ in a Time of Neo-liberal Hegemony.

By Commentaries/Opinions

By: Tina Renier — Poor economic opportunities and poverty create a ripple effect of other social problems such as crime and violence. A well-renowned Jamaican reggae singer, Bob Marley once sang, “many more will have to suffer… many more will have to die… don’t ask me why”. ‘Natural Mystic’ is not just a grand spectacle of entertainment. ‘Natural Mystic’ symbolically describes a contemporary world that is plagued by war, disease…

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Claudia Gardner Mayor of Montego Bay and Chairman of the St. James Municipal Corporation, Councillor Homer Davis (left), accepts the Flames of Freedom Emancipation Torch from Javon Mendis of Maroon Town, during the Western Jamaica Leg of the CARICOM Reparations Youth Baton Relay and Rally, which took place in Sam Sharpe Square on December 27.

Reparations Youth Baton Relay and Rally in Montego Bay, Jamaica

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

Claudia Gardner Mayor of Montego Bay and Chairman of the St. James Municipal Corporation, Councillor Homer Davis (left), accepts the Flames of Freedom Emancipation Torch from Javon Mendis of Maroon Town, during the Western Jamaica Leg of the CARICOM Reparations Youth Baton Relay and Rally, which took place in Sam Sharpe Square on December 27. By Claudia Gardner — Scores of Montegonians turned out for the Western Jamaica Leg of…

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Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Pearnel Charles (left), accepts the relay torch from Karim Murray (fourth right) a participant in the Reparations Youth Baton Relay and Rally. Others observing (from second left) are Deputy Clerk of the Houses of Parliament, Valrie Curtis; President of the Senate, Tom Tavares-Finson; Clerk to the Houses of Parliament, Heather Cooke; and other participants in the relay. The Reparations Youth Baton Relay and Rally is a CARICOM project aimed at building awareness among young people across the region about the issues surrounding the reparations movement and agenda.

Jamaicans Deserve Compensation for Indignities of Slavery – Charles

By News & Current Affairs

By Latonya Linton, Jamaica Information Service — Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Pearnel Charles, says that compensation should be awarded for the many indignities heaped on the country’s ancestors during the period of slavery. He made the remarks during the Reparations Youth Baton Relay and Rally at Gordon House on November 21. Mr. Charles argued that the British Government felt that it was just to compensate the planters, who…

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Grenada's Maurice Bishop (C) with Daniel Ortega from Nicaragua and Cuba's Fidel Castro

The Russian Revolution and the Caribbean

By Editors' Choice

By Earl Bousquet — The Russian Revolution did get support from the Caribbean, then called the “West Indies,” when it shook the world in 1917. History records that Marcus Mosiah Garvey, the Jamaican who led the largest organization of Black people in the Western hemisphere ever, quickly dispatched a letter from the United Negro Improvement Association, on behalf of its millions of members in the United States, the Caribbean and…

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