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?
African Americans for Justice in the Middle east and North Africa on Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people
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…
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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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…
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…
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…
(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…
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 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.
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…
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…
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….
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”…
Pankaj Mishra is an Indian author and writer of literary and political essays., From the, guardian.co.uk.
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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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…
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…
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.