Jamaica – Santiago de Cuba Welcomes Solidarity from Neighbour

Jamaica´s solidarity gesture follows similar support provided by China, Russia, Mexico, and Nicaragua. |As Cuba faces a severe outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2021 after it managed to contain it during 2020, the U.S. blockade against the island has toughened, hindering Cuba's ability to access materials to tackle the crisis well as food and other supplies.

Emancipation Day 2021- Two Readings from the History of Slavery

On August 1, 1838, enslaved African people across the Caribbean and the British Empire were freed. Freedom was an end-point, but we must not forget the beginning point. The British had been in the region since 1623, and African arrival is traceable to 1627 in Barbados. On August 20, 1619, 20 Africans from Angola were brought by the Portuguese to Virginia, then a British colony, and sold to colonists as slaves. This was African arrival in America. It is no coincidence that African slavery in the Caribbean and the United States took root at about the same time, and that there was symbiosis between slavery here and there. Black Stalin eloquently summarises this as De Same Ship.