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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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The Jamaican Parishes of St Thomas and St Mary Paid a Heavy Price for Freedom

By Reparations

By Prof. Verene Shepherd (Centre for Reparation Research) and Ahmed Reid (City University of New York) — In a New York Times article by Stephen Castle of December 27, 2014, ironically the anniversary of the outbreak of the war led by Samuel Sharpe that hastened legislative Emancipation by the British, we learned that after a financial crash in 1720, called the South Sea Bubble, the British government was forced to undertake…

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The Cameron Deception: The UK Refuses To Apologize For Slavery While Paying Off Debts Up To 2015

The Cameron Deception: The UK Refuses To Apologize For Slavery While Paying Off Debts Up To 2015

By Reparations

On September 30, 2015 when Prime Minister David Cameron of Great Britain & Northern Ireland addressed the Jamaican Parliament and told the people of the island and region that slavery was a long time ago and that it was time black people ‘get over it’, he was not speaking the truth. He was speaking the greatest falsehood of the modern era in respect of the crime of British slavery. He…

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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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