Caribbean Political Economy

War Crimes In Gaza And The Zionist Fifth Column In America, James Petras

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Israel holds ‘world records’ in the number of towns and villages ethnically cleansed (over 500 and counting); number of refugees deported (4 million and counting); number of homes demolished (60 thousand and continuing); and has imprisoned more civilians per capita than any other country (250,000 and growing). Israel is the country with the highest number of protective US Security Council vetoes (over 100) preventing the world body from condemning Israeli war crimes…How do we explain the US governments’ sustained complicity with Israeli war crimes in the face of worldwide reprobation?

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The New Obama Doctrine: From Gaza to Goma Vijay Prashad

Israeli minister vows Palestinian ‘Holocaust‘ Daily Telegraph

African Americans for Justice in the Middle east and North Africa on Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people

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Sandy, A Poem by Keith Ellis

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I’m Sandy, too morally blank to be ashamed.

Born in Central American jungle heat,

sucking moisture from trees long nurtured

by the bloodied victims of protected tyrants…

 

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The Obama Ground Operation 2012, Horace Campbell

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How a fusion of information technology and grassroots organising won the fierce battle for White House

Obama won re-election thanks to the amazing organisational capability of his campaign team and the massive outpouring of a new political coalition in America inspired by the new energy of the Occupy Wall Street Movement of the past two years…

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Climate Change and Hurricane/SS Sandy, Norman Girvan

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The reality of climate change has been brought into the heartland of the United States. For us in the Caribbean, it is becoming a life and death matter. But are the correct lessons being drawn? Negotiations on reducing global greenhouse gas emissions continue to falter.  And the issue doesn’t feature in the US presidential election.

Sandy’s significance for Jamaica     Jamaica Environment Trust

Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math Bill McKibben

Sandy’s warning for us all Trinidad Express Editorial

Is Sandy  a taste of things to come?  CNN report on climate change and Sandy

We are all from New Orleans now Mike Tidwell The Nation

Climate Talks End After Slow Progress South Centre 28 May 2012

Are Caribbean Countries Facing Existential Threats? Norman Girvan

Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre

Caribbean should brace for economic slowdown after Hurricane Sandy Trinidad Guardian

 

 

Colonised and Coloniser, Empire’s poison affects us all, George Monbiot

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Ideas that underpinned Britain’s imperial project led not only to torture in Kenya, but war and catastrophe in Europe.

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Libyan Humiliation a Driving Force for Anti-Americanism, Vijay Prashad

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From Pambazuka News

American ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens and three officials were killed when a mob attacked the US consulate in Benghazi on 12 September. The protest arguably emerged out of a long-standing sense of humiliation and anger at the West…

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Obama’s Fatal Dilemma, Mervyn Claxton

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Mervyn Claxton argues that the soft power of Barack Obama’s ‘Transformative Presidency” was,   wrecked on the hard rock of American political realities.

In her November 2008 article in the Guardian (UK), “The New Cicero”, http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/nov/26/barack-obama-usa1 Charlotte Higgins, a journalist with a background in classical studies, drew attention to Obama’s great oratorical skill, comparing it with that of the famous Roman writer and Senator, Cicero…

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Yet to Fulfill Vision of Williams, Erica Willliams-Connell

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Address delivered by the daughter of Dr Eric Williams at the Trinidad and Tobago 50th Anniversary Independence Gala in Toronto on 25 August 2012, in which she speaks bluntly about the failure to fulfill her father’s vision in race relations, clean government, Caribbean integration and other critical areas.

You’ve heard all about the successes, so allow me to give a broad overview of a few other parameters, which might well be considered the bases of development, for without them, the country might as well be lost. Trinidad and Tobago is both a multiethnic and multi-religious society…

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On Being a State But Not a Nation, Michael Harris

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(In 1962),   What Dr Williams was in fact saying is that, now that we were an independent state, we had to begin the process of building a nation; that is, forging for ourselves, out of our diverse ethnic, religious, and linguistic backgrounds, and rising above the different ways in which we came to be part of the land; a common culture and a common vision of our identity as a people.

Fifty years after we became an independent state we are not, yet, a nation…

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The Colonisation of Independence, Lloyd Best

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What we in the English-speaking Caribbean refer to as ‘ Independence’ is, above all, the act of making a Constitution and enshrining it in law. We’ve scarcely experienced Independence as a creative process….

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The Myth of Independence, Louis Lindsay

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First published in 1975, this seminal paper by Louis Lindsay was republished in 2005 with commentaries by several scholars. It is published here on the occasion of the SALISES 50-50 Conference to mark the 50th anniversaries of the Independence of Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago

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Jacques Rogge’s legendary small-mindedness about Usain Bolt, Dan Wetzel

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The International Olympic Committee sits on $1.6 billion in assets and pays all of its President’s expenses at an estate in Switzerland. Yet given the chance to express an ounce of gratitude, to act like an excited fan the way the rest of the world is, to give a nod of respect for a guy who just did what no man ever has in a manner no man could ever imagine, Jacques Rogge just couldn’t help but act small.

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Suriname wants to breed top sporters in Sports Academy, DevSur

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PARAMARIBO-The Caribbean Sports Academy Government envisions, is a state-of-the-art facility that will be set up in a remote part of the country…

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Caricom Regional Sports Academy launched in March 2012

Wanted: A Single Caribbean Sports Academy to ensure future World Champions, Sir Ronald Sanders

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On the basis of the size of populations and medals won, the tiny Caribbean island of Grenada would be ranked in first place in the 2012 Olympic Games in London with another Caribbean island, Jamaica, in second place – though with a larger number of medals. Officially, Jamaica is ranked at 24 and Grenada at 49…

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A Single Caribbean Sports Academy–Part 2

Tiny nations lead in alternative medal count, Nick Perry

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Forget about the Olympic medal race between the United States and China. The real action is happening in places like Jamaica, New Zealand and the tiny island nation of Grenada….

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Statistical tables:,   medal count in relation to population

The ruins of empire: Asia’s emergence from western imperialism, Pankaj Mishra

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The British empire, George Orwell wrote, was “despotism with theft as its final object”. So what has made imperialism an intellectual fashion in our own time, reopening hoary disputes about whether it was good or bad? After five years as a colonial policeman in Burma, where he found himself shooting an elephant to affirm the white man’s right to rule, Orwell was convinced that the imperial relationship was that of “slave and master”…

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Pankaj Mishra is an Indian author and writer of literary and political essays.,   From the,  guardian.co.uk.

London–City of Plunder, David Comissiong

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A timely reminder of the bloody crimes that lie behind the impressive monuments of the city of London.

In a few days time, the English organizers of the Olympic Games will roll out the red carpet for a multitude of visitors from all over the world, and will seek to dazzle and impress them with the fabulous sights of the city of London…we would admonish them to ask some hard and piercing questions about the source of the wealth that is behind these wonderful edifices!

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Sustainable Development as an Answer to Economic and Financial Crises, Yilmaz Akyüz

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Speech by the Chief Economist of the South Centre to the Rio + 20 Conference, 16 June 2012

As seen over and again during recurrent financial crises in both developing and advanced economies (DEs and AEs), including the recent global crisis originating in the US and Europe, financial instability and boom-bust cycles undermine all three ingredients of sustainable development – economic development, social development and environmental protection…

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Trinidad and Tobago NWU Condemns Destruction of the Re-Route Camp

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The National Workers Union (NWU) condemns in the most forceful terms the outrage committed by the armed forces, led by Ministers Warner and Partap in destroying the camp of the Re-Route Movement in Debe…

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Concerned Caribbean Feminists Dismayed at Dismissal of Verna St. Rose Greaves from T&T Government

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To Editors, Caribbean News media: We ask you to publish the attached letter on the dismissal of Minister of Gender, Youth and Child Development, Verna St. Rose Greaves. The letter, which bares my signature, demonstrates the collective concerns of a group of concerned Caribbean Feminists located in the region and North America.

With thanks,
Guidance,
Margaret D,.Gill

Caribbean Feminists Letter

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