Vol. 1 No. 39, 2013 View this email in your browser

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Exploding The Myth Of African Responsibility For Slavery (Part 1)

David Comissiong

Now that our Caribbean governments have launched a serious effort to secure the payment of Reparations for the tremendous damage inflicted on the people of Africa and the African Diaspora during the centuries of European orchestrated slave trade and enslavement, a number of “fifth columnists” have crept out of the proverbial woodwork and are seeking to confuse the issue with allegations that our African ancestors not only collaborated with the European enslavers, but were so accepting of the slave trade that they refused or neglected to resist it.

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Ending Guatemala’s claim to Belize

Assad Shoman

The Guatemalan claim to our territory could have been ended, and not only in the 19th century, when, most famously, Britain refused to pay a paltry sum of £50,000 that would have spared us all the troubles we’ve had, but also at least twice since independence. But here we are, more than thirty years later, still burdened by a claim that just won’t go away.

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Health Consequences of Food Production: A Feminist Perspective 

Cherise Charleswell

Globally, women and girls are actively and directly involved in the processing, packaging, and distribution of food, and these activities expose them to a number of health consequences; including those found in the environment. Thus, this paper will take an analytical approach that expands beyond the tendency to consider humanity in gender undifferentiated terms

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Black Radical Thought: Pedagogy and praxis

Scholars, educators and activists from across the Caribbean and further afield will be arriving in Kingston this week to participate in a conference to honour University of the West Indies Professor, Rupert Lewis.

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Pan-Caribbean Civil Society Reparations Network
It should also be noted that in addition to the governmental deliberation and decisions, the representatives of civil society organizations held their own caucus and made the historic decision to establish a Pan-Caribbean Civil Society Reparations Network.  The network was mandated to mobilize the Caribbean people in support of the quest for reparations, and to collaborate with and support the work of the National Reparations Committees and the CARICOM Regional Commission.

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Culture, Trade and Globalization (1)
I do not know if coffee and sugar are essential to the happiness of Europe, but I know well that these two products have accounted for the unhappiness of two great regions of the world: America has been depopulated so as to have land on which to plant the

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Stark Warning on Climate Change
Meena Raman

Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, and since the 1950s, many of the observed changes are unprecedented over decades to millennia. The atmosphere and ocean have warmed, the amounts of snow and ice have diminished, sea level has risen, and the concentrations of

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