Caribbean Political Economy

Caribbean Contradictions: Dominican Republic Immgration Policy and Persons of Haitian Descent, Peter Jordens

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The ambassador of the Dominican Republic to the OAS has defended his government’s immigraton policy in a recent letter to The Economist magazine:(but) but the Ambassador betrays himself in the second paragraph of his letter by (focusing on) “persons born within Dominican territory of Haitian parents”….


Caribbean Diplomacy For A World in Flux, Norman Girvan

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Presentation At Training Workshop For Officials Of The Foreign Ministries Of CARICOM States Organised By The Institute Of International Relations, UWI, With Support From The Government of Australia, on August 22, 2011

The world of today is infinitely more complex and volatile than the world in which most CARICOM countries attained statehood. Accordingly, the challenges to diplomacy are infinitely more complex and fast changing. But have our thinking, institutions and diplomatic practice kept pace?


IMF says pace of expansion in the region begins to moderate CaricomNews Sept 24 2011

World Bank says region’s long-term growth requires more than current China links (sept 24 2011)

Burning Britain, Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed

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The economic conditions driving the riots

The rioting, looting and plunder that started in Tottenham on Saturday has now spread like wildfire throughout the capital. Shops were broken into, properties vandalized, and flats and vehicles set alight by gangs of mostly young men in Croydon, Clapham, Brixton, Hackney, Camden, Lewisham, Peckham, Newham, East Ham, Ilford, Enfield, Woolwich, Ealing, and Colliers Wood. Trouble was also reported in Birmingham, Bristol, Liverpool, and Nottingham…


Caribbean People’s Integration Petition

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The Caribbean Movement for Civil Empowerment (CMCE), a new people-centred organisation established to advance meaningful regional integration in the Caribbean is embarking on a drive to have our Caribbean leaders listen to us citizens and promote true democracy driven by us the people. The most effective way for Caribbean societies to survive the onslaught of the new era in which we live is to forge closer and stronger linkages. We therefore need progressive and genuine action on the part of our leaders.

Caribbean leaders meet in St. Kitts/Nevis from 1-4 July. We can’t afford to let the Caribbean Community fade away into oblivion. Let your voice be heard. Be counted!
Caribbean Movement for Civil Empowerment

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The PetroCaribe WikiLeaks Files: How the U.S. Embassy and Oil Companies Fought Against a deal That Would Benefit Haiti’s Poor, Dan Coughlin and Kim Ives

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Leaked US Embassy cables show how ‘Washington and its allies, including Big Oil majors like ExxonMobil and Chevron, maneuvered aggressively behind the scenes to scuttle the PetroCaribe deal’ between Haiti and Venzuela, which would save Haiti $100 million a year and provide financing for providing basic goods and services for 10 million Haitians.

Go to Nation article on the PetroCaribe cables

‘America’s Dudus’: Luis Posada and the U.S.’s Double Standards, Rickey Singh

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WHILE Jamaica’s security forces intensify their hunt for most wanted reputed dealer in illicit drugs and guns, Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke, for extradition to the USA, Venezuela has chosen to increase its pressure for Washington to extradite to Caracas a most wanted terrorist….

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Haiti: Self-Help The Basis Of Viable Alternative, Charles Arthur

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One of the most remarkable aspects of the post-earthquake situation has been the resilience and courage of the survivors. In the greater Port-au-Prince area, people have organized themselves in the face of incredible odds…

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An Alternative Proposal for Showing Regional Solidarity with Haiti, Mervyn Claxton


I shall begin by explaining the reason why I do not support the idea of a petition demanding France to repay the indemnity ($21 billion at current prices) it extorted from Haiti in the 19th century as the price of French recognition of Haitiian independence. Firstly, such a petition is not at all new….

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The Truth of What Happened at the Copenhagen Summit, Fidel Castro

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Until very recently, the discussion revolved around the kind of society we would have. Today, the discussion centers on whether human society will survive.

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Clarification on ‘Illegal Migrants’, George Brathwaite

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George Brathwaite is a PhD Candidate in International Politics at the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology; Newcastle University, UK.

On May 24 2009, I was part of a Sunday Brass Tacks panel discussing the problem of migration as it relates to Barbados. At that time, I proposed that for several reasons it was more appropriate to be clear on the terms we use when making reference to those persons normally viewed as ‘illegal migrants’. Today I stand by those arguments knowing that such arguments are in keeping with international best practices and cursory distinctions. There is increasing attention placed on issues of migration (i.e. legal and illegal) because it is a complex phenomenon that straddles several spheres of cultural, social, economic, political, and geopolitical domains among others…

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And be sure to read Moral, Ethical and Legal Considerations Surrounding Intra-Caribbean Migration, George C Brathwaite


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From the Jamaica Gleaner, 22/02/08

For a number of years in the late 1990s, rice producers in Guyana and Suriname were lobbying in Europe to try to achieve language in the Cotonou Convention that would ensure greater access for exports of Caribbean rice to the European Union (EU)…

Go to article in the Jamaica Gleaner