Nobel Laureates, National Heroes, Freedom Fighters and Saint Lucians Worth Honouring

Introduction of annual Emancipation Month observances came off to a good start last year, with Saint Lucians at home and abroad learning a bit more about the valiant struggles, fights and battles our enslaved forebears fought before, during and after Emancipation and for Reparations for Slavery and Native Genocide.

Tobago – Post-Emancipation Crime and Punishment

When voluntary servitude, aka apprenticeship, replaced involuntary servitude, aka chattel slavery, the planters and erstwhile slave-owners devised schemes to ensure their wealth and profits were protected. In such an environment various methods of criminalising people were perfected, as well as the judicial and practical infrastructure to do so. Academic Dr Rita Pemberton explores further.

French Colonialism in the Caribbean – Time To End It

Martinique and Guadeloupe are “overseas departments” of France in the Caribbean. Both are former colonies where slavery was abolished by the French National Convention in 1794, then reinstituted by Napoleon and the white colonists in 1802. It wasn’t until 1848 that slavery officially ended. Close to 100 years later, on March 19, 1946, the countries officially became part of France, with the right to vote and be represented in the French Parliament. On paper, this looks like equality; in practice, we can and should look to ongoing inequities in treatment of these predominantly Black “citizens” of France. 

Guadeloupe and Martinique – Controversial Judicial Decision

The dismissal decision in the chlordecone case tends to show that the "judicial truth" is not the truth. Do the judges live so much in an alternative reality that they are forced to twist the facts and the law to arrive at this paradoxical situation: to recognize that we are facing a "health scandal", and to do everything possible to achieve to the conclusion that there is neither guilty nor responsible. Not only does this decision prove to be contemptuous with regard to the faculties of understanding of the West Indians, but even more so it prolongs a dehumanizing contempt within societies marked by still sharp colonial fractures. This decision, once again lowering the dignities of the West Indians, adds insult to injury.

The U.S. government must end its illegal and criminal blockade of the people of Cuba!

Statement of the Caribbean Network for Solidarity with Cuba in advance of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) plenary meeting to debate the item titled, “Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba”.

Cuba – World Rejects United States Intensification of Genocidal Blockade

Transcription of the remarks made by Mr. Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba, at the presentation, to the national and foreign media, of the updated national report by virtue of resolution 75/289 of the United Nations General Assembly entitled “Necessity of Ending the Economic, Commercial and Financial Embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba”