Vol. 1 No. 41, 2013 View this email in your browser

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The Caribbean Diaspora

Alissa Trotz

Rather than take diaspora as a given, I want to explore how the idea of diaspora is being put to work by regional bureaucrats and state representatives. Who are the imagined subjects of such appeals, and what is the content of this summoning of a Caribbean extra-territorial population? Precisely because this relationship seems incipient, I imagine these encounters as alive with possibilities and challenges. It is in that spirit that I offer these tentative observations.

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US-Venezuela relations: Imperialism and anti-Imperialism

James Petras     

With virtually no collaborators of consequence, Washington turned toward the ‘outside’ destabilization strategy using its only loyal regional client, the death squad narco-President Alvaro Uribe of Colombia. Bogota granted Washington the use of seven military bases, numerous airfields and the establishment of Special Forces missions- preparatory for cross border intrusions.

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The Moral case for Reparations for Slavery

Sir Ronald Sanders

The Caribbean governments are targeting the governments of Britain, France and the Netherlands even though the initiator of the Atlantic slave trade was Portugal followed closely by Spain.

Indeed, while Britain passed legislation to end the slave trade in 1807 – almost three hundred years after it started – and to abolish slavery in 1838, the Spanish and Portuguese kept their trade alive, exploiting African slave labour for their economic benefit until the second half of the 19th Century.

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Are you Haitian?

Myriam J. A. Chancy

The implications of the ruling of September 23 by the Constitutional Tribunal of the Dominican Republic, stripping citizenship from the offspring of non-resident Haitians born in the Dominican Republic, where nationality is conferred “jus soli,” by place of birth, are only beginning to be understood by the international community with the OAS, Amnesty International, and the governments of Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, openly condemning the violation of human rights it represents.

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Organically exporting
Mervyn Claxton 

The region’s middle-income status would make grant aid particularly difficult to obtain. Concessionary financing might be more accessible but it would increase already high national/regional debt levels, albeit at a slower rate. But even that slower rate of increase might be unsustainable. Patrick Kendall, Senior Economist at the Caribbean Development Bank, has stated that the national debt of many Caricom countries are close to, or exceed, 100% of their GDP.

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