Kepone In Guadeloupe and Martinique: The Injustices In France’s Overseas Departments Are Coming To Light

With soil, waterways, livestock and agricultural stocks poisoned, thousands of people have been physically affected. An estimated 95 percent of Guadeloupeans and 92 percent of Martiniquans have been exposed to the pesticide, and the departments had the highest rates of prostate cancer in the world in 2018. A parliamentary committee of inquiry led by Martiniquan member of Parliament Serge Letchimy has demonstrated that the contamination could affect children’s brain development and increase the risk of premature births. According to the document, the state has been aware of the potential danger of chlordecone since 1969.

The Caribbean islands poisoned by a carcinogenic pesticide

"First we were enslaved. Then we were poisoned." That's how many on Martinique see the history of their French Caribbean island that, to tourists, means sun, rum, and palm-fringed beaches. Slavery was abolished in 1848. But today the islanders are victims again - of a toxic pesticide called chlordecone that's poisoned the soil and water and been linked to unusually high rates of prostate cancer.

Martinique Records 28,000 Cases Of Dengue, 12 Deaths

As the the world remains fixated with Covid 19, other significant public health threats are being overlooked. The ongoing dengue fever outbreak in the Caribbean is one such. The devastating effect this is having on people's health is a further sign of the failure of those in power, which in Martinique's case is France's colonial authorities, to provide people with a modern health care system.

Steve Gadet : « Pour ma part, je préfère dix jeunes debout derrière leurs idées que 100 fatalistes »

Tribune par Steve Gadet, écrivain et  Maître de Conférence à Université des Antilles : Quand ça se passe en Afrique du Sud, vous comprenez, vous applaudissez. Quand ça se passe aux Etats-Unis, vous comprenez, vous applaudissez, vous écrivez. Quand ça se passe chez nous, ça vous semble vide de sens, vous récriminez. L’indignation de ces … Continue reading Steve Gadet : « Pour ma part, je préfère dix jeunes debout derrière leurs idées que 100 fatalistes »

Destruction des statues de Schoelcher : « Nous assumons pleinement notre acte »

Polly Miette Deux militantes martiniquaises ont revendiqué samedi dans une vidéo postée sur les réseaux sociaux (à voir en fin d’article) avoir participé à la destruction des deux statues de Victor Schoelcher le 22 mai, jour du 172éme anniversaire de l’abolition de l’esclavage en Martinique. « Ceci est un message à la gendarmerie de la … Continue reading Destruction des statues de Schoelcher : « Nous assumons pleinement notre acte »