How Ottawa Is Helping Wealthy Corporations Grab Guyana’s Oil

The Canadian government openly promotes oil interests in Guyana. They recently announced that their Trade Commissioner Service “laid the groundwork for approximately 20 partnerships between Canadian and Guyanese private sector organizations in the oil and gas sector.”

Haiti: Unions Call Protests for February 1st

Since Monday, protests have increased when people hit the streets against a referendum promoted by Moise, who seeks to extend his mandate until 2022.  According to the opposition, Haiti's President Jovenel Moise ordered security forces to mobilize ahead of protests on February 7, when his mandate expires. Since Monday, protests have only increased when people hit … Continue reading Haiti: Unions Call Protests for February 1st

Tobago Elections 2021

With the incumbent People's National Movement [PNM] and Progressive Patriotic Democrats [PDP] deadlocked at 6 constituencies each after Monday's Tobago House of Assembly elections the people of the island remain as bystanders watching the politicians decide the direction of the country over the next four years. Tobago Writers Guild member Victor Laptiste in his poem shares his observations of the elections landscape.

Pfizer and the Sovereign: Cuba’s COVID19 vaccine offers an interesting counterpoint to the Pfizer roll-out in the US

As of this writing, there are six approved vaccines and over 50 candidates in development. In the UK, the NHS recently started administering the Pfizer BioNTech mRNA vaccine, and the US followed suit one week later. COVID19 vaccine development has reinvigorated a certain type of vaccine nationalism not seen for decades. Each vaccine or candidate gets a particular pedigree, narrative and aura of trustworthiness according to its origins. The vaccines and candidates are a mix of private-sector developed or public/private partnership, with only a few candidates from universities or the public sector (WHO, 2020). In Cuba’s state-run socialist biopharmaceutical system, their new COVID19 vaccine, called Soberana or “The Sovereign,” is effortlessly enfolded into a long-standing national narrative of vaccine prowess.

Dutch Exhibition Offers New Insight Into Resistance of Enslaved People

Berbice, now part of Guyana, was a Dutch colony for two centuries, and in 1763 approximately 350 white Europeans were keeping an estimated 4,000 slaves on coffee, cotton and sugar plantations in increasingly barbaric conditions, even by the cruel standards of the time. “The history of the Berbice uprising is important as it shows that our colonial past is laced with histories of revolt and resistance.".Cuffy’s story, among others highlighted “the kind of heroism that has not easily penetrated the history books: black, enslaved, and fighting to the bitter end for their own freedom.”

Press Briefing on Haiti – Office Of The High Commissioner on Human Rights [UNHCR]|

The human rights violations by Haitian law enforcement officials and the human rights abuses by gang members during the social unrest of 2018-2019, are documented in a report by the Human Rights Service of the UN Integrated Office in Haiti and the UN Human Rights Office. The report shows a pattern of human rights violations and abuses followed by near lack of accountability. In addition, it documents violations to the rights of peaceful assembly and freedom of expression. The report also documents the impacts of the demonstrations and barricades erected, especially in 2019, on the daily lives of the Haitian people. More specifically, it addresses the restrictions on their liberty of movement, their access to health care, including sexual and reproductive health, their access to education, and their right to food. It also highlights the impact of barricades in the prison population.

Nationality Law Change Could See Barbados Grant Citizenship to Descendants Of Settlers in Liberia

The Bajan plan hopes to boost its population, currently 290,000, by availing multi-generational diaspora descendants citizenship of the island. The change would mean that, providing they can prove it, descendants of the Island who settled in Liberia beginning in April 1865 and after could be in line for citizenship of Barbados.

Trump-Pompeo Parting Shots Hurt the Caribbean

In relation to Cuba - from which every Caribbean country has sought and received - vital help through the provision of medical personnel, the U.S. asks questions which are entirely the business of a sovereign State, or the business of sovereign States which have entered contracts. The questions intrude glaringly on State rights. Were the same questions put to the government of the U.S., it would quite rightly firmly reject the very audacity of asking them.