Caribbean Islands: Protests against IMF. Is the IMF the only salvation for Barbados?

June 13, 2017

English-speaking Caribbean countries share colonial pasts, a common sea, developing country status, and often financial difficulties. Financial troubles in this Caribbean sub-region have led Barbados, Belize, Grenada, Jamaica, the Commonwealth of Dominica, the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, and the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to seek loans from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Such IMF assistance has been contentious and has resulted in protests in five of these seven small…

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ISIS reaches the Caribbean.

November 12, 2015

ISTANBUL – Since its emergence in Syria and Iraq, the extremist group of Islamic State (ISIS) has been expanding to reach several countries including Egypt, Libya, Ethiopia, some of the former Soviet republics and recently the Caribbean Islands. Pro-ISIS activists have recently circulated a video under the banner “Those who Believe and Made the Hijra”, showing a man beside his three children calling on Muslims in the idyllic islands of Trinidad and Tobago to rebel.

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Why Caribbean History Matters

October 5, 2015

Over the years, I have had dozens of conversations on the question of whether Caribbean history “really matters” and for whom it matters. I’ve heard the region’s history dismissed due to the relative size of Caribbean societies, historians’ supposedly excessive preoccupation with slavery, and a questioning of what lessons can be learned from such allegedly dysfunctional societies.

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Is the Caribbean a paradise for renewable energy?

Caribbean energy
August 6, 2015

Derek’s one-door shop selling cakes, sweets and soft drinks in Barbados appears at first glance to be just like any other, until you lift your eyes upward. On the roof is an array of solar panels arranged in a less-than textbook design, but the aesthetics don’t matter. What’s important is that it produces usable energy. What motivated Derek to get into solar power? Was it a desire to be green…

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Blackness Without Borders: Global Caribbean Solidarity for Haitians

Haiti and Dominican Republic
July 19, 2015

Out of our homeland and in the global north, we have to be intentional about the way that we use our influence to impact countries in the global south. When I was in my first year of university I began actively studying all of the people and cultures that I learned nothing about in high school. Indigenous Studies, African, Caribbean and Latin American history. I had a particular interest in…

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Caribbean Community Fears Spread of Racist Immigration Policy

Sentilia Igsema, born in 1930 in the Dominican Republic to Haitian immigrants, with four generations of her family outside their home in the eastern Seibo province.
July 15, 2015

A Caribbean bloc committee pointed to Nazi Germany and Apartheid South Africa as examples of the violence and danger of xenophobia. The Caribbean Community’s committee said Monday the regional bloc should urge the Dominican Republic to put an end to its policies spurring the mass deportation of Haitians, in a move to prevent a humanitarian crisis in the region and avoid similar immigration policy spreading to other Caribbean nations. Caricom’s…

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Mexico to Assist 13 Caribbean Countries with In-Vitro Cloning of Tropical Plants

invitro cloning of plant
June 25, 2015

The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture, or IICA, announced on Monday an agreement under which Mexico will assist 13 Caribbean countries with in-vitro cloning of tropical plants. Technical personnel working in those 13 countries have been provided with new tools for the activity, according to a statement from IICA’s Caribbean headquarters in Trinidad. Based on the expertise they have just acquired, the participants are expected to prepare a protocol…

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