Caribbean Political Economy

The Veil: Oppression, Modesty or Identity? Mervyn Claxton

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At last month’s Frankfurt Book Fair, a flyer advertising a major publication on Black Africa  used the image of a completely veiled head and face, with only a small opening for the eyes and the immediate area around them.   I was astonished at the choice of such an image as a symbol for Black Africa…

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Sustainable Development and Female Empowerment in India – An Inspiration for Caricom? Mervyn Claxton

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The attached document is a commentary on the remarkable life story of Bunker Roy, a remarkable Indian social activist and sustainable development expert. A scion of an upper-class Indian family, who had an elitist education, Roy decided to “give something back” to the community when he graduated from university. He decided to spend five years, as an unskilled labourer, digging water wells for rural communities in the state of Rajasthan..

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Walter Rodney Papers Online

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Ten of Walter Rodney’s classic papers on imperialism, class struggle and the way forward for Africa and the Caribbean are now available online.

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Emancipation Day 2012: Let’s Get Free, Anthony N Morgan

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A message from the Canadian Caribbean Diaspora

History can enliven us with hope, reminding us that today’s seemingly insurmountable problems can be beaten if only we play our various parts to bring about a better world. It is with this in mind that, in the wake of Toronto’s recent spate of gun violence, I reflect on the significance of this day…

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Pan African Group Petition ICC on NATO War Crimes, Amadi Ajamu

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The Pan African Solidarity Hague Committee (PASHC), led by the December 12th Movement International Secretariat and the International Association Against Torture, delivered a petition to the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), in The Hague, Netherlands on June 18, 2012. The petition demands that they prosecute the US, Britain, France, Italy, Canada and NATO for war crimes and crimes against humanity…

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Germany’s genocide in Namibia, Pambazuka

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Webmaster’s note: Caribbean people are invited to follow and particopate in the debate initiated by Pambazuka News on “Unbearable silence, or How not to deal with your colonial past”.

On 22 March 2012, the German parliament will debate a motion to acknowledge its brutal 1904-08 genocide of the Nama and Herero peoples. Germany’s refusal thus far, and its less than even ‘diplomatic’ treatment in 2011 of the Namibian delegation at the first-ever return of the mortal remains of genocide victims, demands a reassessment of suppressed colonial histories and racism…

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Dudley Thompson, Quintessential Pan-Africanist, 1917-2012

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Dudley Thompson was the quintessential Pan Africanist and a lifetime fighter for reparation for Africans everywhere. He was a member of the Pan African movement from his early days at Oxford where he was a close associate of giants such as Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana, George Padmore of Trinidad and Tobago.

Tribute from P.J. Patterson

Tribute from the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce

Veneration and Struggle: Commemorating Frantz Fanon

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A special issue of the Journal of Pan-African Studies to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the death of the Martiniquan revolutionary and Pan-Africanist scholar, Frantz Fanon (1925-1961), available online.

CONTENTS● The 50th Anniversary of Fanon: Culture, Consciousness and Praxis, Kurt B. Young/Part 1: Philosophical and Theoretical Perspectives: ● Frantz Fanon: Existentialist, Dialectician, and Revolutionary, LaRose T. Parris/ Revisiting Fanon, From Theory to Practice: Democracy and Development in Africa, Guy Martin/● Hegel and Fanon on the Question of Mutual Recognition: A Comparative Analysis, Charles Villet/Part II Fanon as Praxis ● Fanon Now: Singularity and Solidarity, Anthony C. Alessandrini/● Reading Violence and Postcolonial Decolonization Through Fanon: The Case of Jamaica, Maziki Thame/● Freedom and Development in Historical Context: A Comparison of Gandhi and Fanon’s Approaches to Liberation, Neil Howard/Part III: Literary Reflections on Fanon● Remembering the Wretched: Narratives of Return as a Practice of Freedom,Andrea Queeley/● Fanon as Reader of African American Folklore, Paulette Richards/● Meditations on Fanon: A Review Essay on John Edgar Wideman’s Fanon: A Novel, Ricky Hill/Part IV Fanon and African Unity, ● Untrapping the Soul of Fanon: Culture, Consciousness and the Future of Pan-Africanism
Kurt B. Young

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THE CRIMES COMMITTED AGAINST LIBYA: CARIBBEAN PEOPLE’S RESOLUTION David Comissiong

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The system of international legal principles is the only mechanism that the smaller and less materially powerful nations of the world possess to protect them against the predatory intentions of large and powerful nations, and from the evil doctrine that “might makes right”. This resolution refers to the words of Article 2 (4) of the United Nations Charter, of UN Security Council,   Resolution 1973 of 17 March 2011 on Libya, and the United Nations General Assembly Declaration On Principles Of International Law – Resolution 2625 of 24th October 1970; and points to the actions of member states of NATO in Libya as constituting egregious breaches of the principles of international law deserving of international condemnation and investigation by the International Criminal Court.

Text of Caribbean People’s Resolution

Editorial: What now after Libya’s new rule? Barbados Nation

Libya’s Liberation Front Organizing in the Sahel Franklin Lamb, CounterPunch

AFTER GADDAFI: INTERVENTION AND IMPERIALISM IN AFRICA; Pambazuka News

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The execution of Gaddafi and the attempted humiliation of Africa Horace Campbell

The top ten myths in the war against Libya Maximilian C. Forte

How the West won LibyaPepe Escobar

NATO murdered Gaddafi Demba Moussa Dembélé

Musings on the death of Gaddafi Sokari Ekine

Geostrategic analysis of the US and NATO murder of Moammar Gaddafi, Bil Van Auken

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Oil, countering of Russian and Chinese influence, access to African resources, and the targeting of troublesome leaders and regimes, lie behind the Western-sponsored overthrow of the Libyan regime and murder of its leader. Syria, Iran and Venezuela are in the Western sights, and even Russia and China could be targets of imperial belligerence.

The savage killing Thursday of deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi served to underscore the criminal character of the war that has been prosecuted by the US and NATO over the past eight months. The assassination follows NATO’s more than month-long siege of Sirte, (which left) virtually every building smashed, with untold numbers of civilians dead, wounded and stricken by disease, as they were deprived of food, water, medical care and other basic necessities…

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Statement on the death of Gaddafi, David Comissiong

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With every passing day the concepts of international morality and the rule of international law are being murdered in Libya! And so, if it turns out to be true that the British, French and American forces of NATO have finally succeeded in assassinating Libya’s Muammar Gadaffi – just as they have murdered thousands of his fellow citizens – this may well turn out to be the final nail in the coffin of the system of “international law”…

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Death of Gaddafi, Horace Campbell

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Gaddafi’s killing – with all the hallmarks of a ‘coordinated assassination’ – marks ‘one more episode in this NATO war in Libya and North Africa’, writes Horace Campbell. The ‘remilitarisation of Africa and new deployment of Africom is a new stage of African politics,’ says Campbell…

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State of the African Nation–2, Rubadiri Victor

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In my last column I put the current state of the African nation in perspective by observing the creation of the modern world 500 years ago with European military conquest which spread across the planet leaving hundreds of millions dead. Those imperial invasions entrenched a system of apartheid of white over brown over black, all over the world…

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Ecological Architecture in the Global South: the Eastgate Centre of Harare, Mervyn Claxton

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Urban architecture and construction is an area which cries out for the application of indigenous values and traditions–the Eastgate Centre and the designs of the Egyptian architect, Hassan Fathy, are stunning examples of sustainable, ecological architecture that required no air-conditioning and which were inspired by the local environment and by indigenous cultural traditions. Those successful examples should inspire Caricom countries to seek their own climate-compatible ecological solutions to the problems of habitat…

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‘Blackface Incident’: Apology and Remedial Action, Anthony Morgan

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Apology From HEC Montreal

Apology acceptance from Anthony Morgan

Wangari Maathai: Reclaiming the Earth, Horace Campbell

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‘The best tribute we can pay to this great woman of Africa is to continue to organise so that we can gain higher levels of spiritual awareness and build the shared values for peace and social justice across the planet,’..

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Transatlantic Slave Trade: Call for Apology and Reparation, Verene Shepherd

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Statement By Prof. Verene A. Shepherd, Member of the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent, at the High-Level Meeting to Commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the Adoption of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action, held at the United Nations, New York, 22nd September 2011. Prof. Shepherd,  declared that,  ”slavery and the transatlantic trade in enslaved Africans were crimes against humanity…(we) call on states that sanctioned this crime against humanity to take immediate steps, first to apologize unreservedly and not resort to linguistic obfuscation that mimics apologies; and secondly to negotiate with the representatives of victims, a respectful reparation package, based on their contribution to European development”

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If anyone wants to watch the video of Verene’s address, please try the link below. Verene is the first speaker after the two co-chairs make their opening remarks. If you want to jump to Verene’s speech, click about half-an-inch down the video progress bar.

http://www.unmultimedia.org/tv/webcast/2011/09/round-table-2-high-level-meeting-on-the-durban-declaration-and-programme-of-action.html

‘Blackface’ Incident in Montreal, Anthony Morgan

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Anthony Morgan writes of his response to an incident on a Montreal university campus that shows the persistence of racial stereotyping. First publiished in Alissa Trotz’s In The Diaspora column in Stabroek News.

I am a 25 year old Jamaican, born and raised in Canada and currently in my final year of law school at McGill University in Montreal.,   I would like to express my sincerest thanks to Dr. Alissa Trotz for having invited me to write this column. (I wish to) explain how my identity as a Diaspora Citizen has affected my reaction to a very intolerable incident I experienced on a Montreal university campus on September 14th, 2011…

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Opinion: Blackface incident shows racism is alive and well in Canada, Charmaine Nelson

Usain Bolt’s Publicist’s Letter to HEC Montreal

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State of the African nation, Rubadiri Victor

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The State of Emergency in Trinidad and Tobago is uncovering a lot of this country’s unfinished business. What was in darkness is coming to light. The clampdown on hotspot communities has prompted debates on the state of African communities and young black males. Some make snide remarks that African people world-over are hotspots…

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State of Emergency: Dangerous Seductions and an Enveloping Power Vacuum Sunity Maharaj

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