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PARCOE: response on reparations

We wish to clarify that we have not advocated that governments should not be involved in the cause to secure and effect reparations, we simply highlighted some concerns of what we referred to as a “top down” approach and so wish to provide further insight as to how we suggest the CARICOM reparations endeavours can be strengthened..

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Culture, Food and Identity (2)Mervyn ClaxtonFood aid from the North, which often takes the form of foods that cannot be grown locally in the tropical climate of countries in the South, has helped promote the view among peoples of the South that traditional foods like cassava, yam, quinoa and other staple foods are for poor people. That view is not unrelated to the fact that the importance of such traditional foods, relative to cereals grown in the North, has decreased worldwide.Read this article

Santa Rosa International First Peoples Conference 2013

Since the arrival of the European colonizers and subsequent peoples from various countries and continents, the cultural heritage of the First Peoples has undergone catastrophic changes. Over the last five hundred years, the First Peoples’ Nations across the Caribbean have met with immeasurable hardships and much of their cultural heritage is on the verge of extinction.

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Jamaica logistics hub – a high level course

Barry Wade

The Government has designed and is now offering a high level course in how not to go about establishing a logistics hub in Jamaica.  The course is intended for all citizens, but really only those who can think and act logically which, they suppose, rules out most Jamaicans like those who can’t read or reason out things for themselves, or environmentalists (tree huggers?), environmental scientists (the professionals), or fisherfolk, or camp followers of no political party, or anybody else for that matter.

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T&T: Why proportional representation?Constitution Reform ForumThe Constitution Reform Forum of Trinidad and Tobago views with great concern the announcement made by the Prime Minister that government will be bringing a bill to Parliament to amend the Municipal Corporations Act in order to introduce a system of proportional representation for the appointment of aldermen.

Experts reject proposed site for Chinese Logistics Hub in Jamaica“The entire Portland Bight Protected Area (including the Goat Islands) is totally unsuitable for the proposed Chinese logistics hub. If Jamaica needs this project, Jamaica needs to find a different site.”Read this article
What you should know about Syria: 13 questions answered
William Polk America will likely find itself saddled with another long-term, very expensive and perhaps unwinnable war.   We need to remind ourselves what Afghanistan did – bankrupting the Soviet Union  – and what Iraq cost … about 4,500 American dead, over 100,000 wounded, many of whom will never recover, and perhaps $6 trillion.Can we afford to repeat those mistakes?

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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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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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Mr Warner’s baggage, Clarence Rambharat

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From the Trinidad Express, June 25, 2012

Disingenuously masked as a reconfiguration of the Cabinet and State boards, this is the firing of John Sandy and Jack Warner’s redemption or demise. Warner’s baggage deserved closer examination before handing him unrestricted access to private lives and public institutions. In failing to do so the PM’s judgment must be questioned. ..

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A Caribbean Integration Party and New Federalism, Jon

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Responding to Tennyson Joseph’s paper and comments, this contributor argues that a Caribbean Integration Party should take the form of a social movement. He goes on to outline a radically different structure for a new West Indian federation to make it both representative and effective.

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Grantley Adams–A Critical View, David Commisiong

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A re-assessment of the role played by one of the leaders of Barbados’s labour and nationalist movements, who was the first and only Prime Minister of the short-lived West Indies Federation.

This year – 2012 – is the 75th anniversary of the 1937 ‘Peoples Rebellion’ that played such an important role in smashing the old racist colonial system, and ushering in trends that led to the Barbadian society of today…

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Towards a New Democracy and a New Independence, Tennyson Joseph

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Tennyson Joseph, who teaches Political Science at the UWI in Barbados, has outlined a programme for “the Second Independence Revolution”,   in an address to the Common Sense Convois of the Lloyd Best Institute of the West Indies held recently.

It is now fifty years since the first English-Speaking Caribbean states attained independence. To many of us, these have been fifty years of marking time, trial and error, false starts, and dashed expectations, with some successes but more disappointments…

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Will the Real Revolutionaries Please Stand Up? David Comissiong

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If there had been a CNN, a Fox News or a BBC three hundred and fifty years ago – in 1652 – Barbados would have been the leading international news story of the day! All over the world, people would have been talking about the remarkable news of the signing of the Charter of Barbados ..

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Guyanese Strategic Culture, Ivelaw Griffith

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This Report (a) offers historical, socio-cultural, economic, and other contours of the Origins of Guyana’s strategic culture, (b) probes the values and beliefs of its Keepers, (c) examines territorial disputes, drugs, and crime as core enduring rivalries and emerging Challenges, and (d) discusses the November 2011 elections and deficits in capabilities as key aspects of Continuity and Change…

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Portia’s Inaugural Address

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Jobs, transparency, inclusiveness, respectfulness, full accession to the Caribbean Court of Justice and Jamaica to become a Republic are among the commitments made by Jamaica’s new Prime Minister in her inaugural address on January 5, 2012.

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Shaggy performs at Jamaica House for Portia

The Way Forward for the Caribbean, Michael Witter

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Also published in Stabroek News 2 January 2012

The generation of young Caribbean adults who did not live under colonialism, nor the dictatorships of Batista and Duvalier, must play a leading role in the re-thinking of our region and its identity. It must be a collective reflection on many levels: regionally, nationally,,   locally, and across generations…

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Radical Solutions: If I Were a Young Man..,Michael Witter

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One of the journalists posing questions to the two panels of young politicians in the first debate of the Jamaican election pursued all six young leaders for radical solutions, in vain. I still hope that this emergent generation of politicians represented by both panelists has some radical ideas, but that we did not get them …

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Save Guyana: History summons its leaders to higher purpose, Sir Ronald Sanders

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Good sense should prevail in this very troubled situation and Ramotar should make every effort to talk to the leaders of the two main opposition parties to form a government of national unity. It would be the best thing for Guyana…

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Guns, Drugs and Secrets in Trinidad and Tobago: Channel 4 Documentary

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A Channel 4 (UK) Unreported World Documentary. An earlier headline erroneously attributed this report to the BBC

Trinidad has become the murder capital of the Caribbean. While half a million tourists soak up the carnival atmosphere every year, the government has introduced a state of emergency to try to stop the gang violence that results in a murder on average every 17 hours. ..

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Commemorating Dr Eric E Williams at 100, Peter Jordens

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This booklet, illustrated with photographs, presents 41 articles that appeared online in 2011, containing news and commentary by several authors on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the birth and the 30th anniversary of the death of Dr Eric Eustace Williams (1911-1981), noted Trinbagonian and Caribbean visionary, leader, statesman, prime minister, scholar, and teacher. It was compiled as a tribute to Dr Williams by Peter Jordens, economist and scholar of Caribbean affairs from Curacao.

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Occupy Wall Street Coming to Jamaica, Lloyd D’Aguilar

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The Marcus Garvey People’s Political Party (MGPPP) is calling for a demonstration in front of the Bank of Jamaica on Thursday at 1 PM to express sentiments similar to those being made in America by the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement or the 99% Movement and which has now spread to many other countries especially in Europe…

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‘Occupy Jamaica’-Heart to Heart, Betty Ann Blaine

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T started off with fewer than 2,000 young people about four weeks ago, and in a flash it has mushroomed into a global movement. “Occupy Wall Street” is now “Occupy Together” as the common chords of injustice, greed and exploitation have found resonance with people all over the world…

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MI5 files reveal details of 1953 coup that overthrew British Guiana’s leaders

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From The Guardian

Secret documents declassified on Friday (October 14 2011) by MI5 reveal in detail how in 1953 the UK under prime minister Winston Churchill overthrew the elected government of British Guiana – now Guyana – because he feared its leftwing leader and his American wife would lead the British colony into the arms of the Soviet Union. The documents reveal how British spies kept up intense scrutiny on Cheddi Jagan and his wife Janet, who together founded the People’s Progressive party (PPP) to campaign for workers’ rights and independence from British rule for the sugar-producing colony in northern South America…

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‘Born in Treachery’: Imperial Intrigue and the Origins of Independent Guyana, BBC

Declassified Colonial Office documents reveal the extent of British duplicity, American hypocrisy and the naivety of a militantly anti-colonial leader who nevertheless trusted in British justice; in bringing British Guiana to ‘Independence’ in 1966. This textbook lesson in imperial intrigue and machination should be required listening for every Caribbean student.

See also The ‘New Frontier’ of Empire in the Caribbean: The Transfer of Power in British Guiana, 1981-1964, by Cary Fraser

Of Corporate Gangs and Gang Leaders–2, Cecil Paul

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The politico/business elite’s parasitic and corrupted modus operandi is an impediment to both national and Caricom development.Trinbago’s ruling elites of parasitic corporate leaders and politicians have demonstrated by their actions and relationships over the last 20 years that all our political parties are inter-woven into a corrupted web of mutual money interests with major business elites…

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