Littérature et indignation : vous avez dit « swiftien » ?

Négriers jetant par-dessus bord les morts et les mourants – un typhon approche, 1840. Musée des Beaux-Arts de Boston. Wikipédia. Il en va des polémistes comme de la langue d’Esope. Ils sont la pire des choses, quand ils portent le venin dans la plume. A contrario, quand l’humeur belliqueuse qu’ils affichent dans leurs écrits – … Continue reading “Littérature et indignation : vous avez dit « swiftien » ?”

Bahamian-American actor Sidney Poitier, whose representation of Black people in film helped change racist perceptions, dies at 94

‘This gentleman knew how to walk tall’Originally published on Global VoicesSidney Poitier at the 38th Charlie Chaplin Award gala, held at the Alice Tully Hall at the Lincoln Center in New York City on May 2, 2011. Photo by Tamara Dunn on Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. Hollywood royalty and elder statesman of the silver screen, … Continue reading “Bahamian-American actor Sidney Poitier, whose representation of Black people in film helped change racist perceptions, dies at 94”

Out of darkness, hope: A New Year chat with Jamaican artist Richard Nattoo

‘I’ve always been interested in exploring the human mind in my art’Originally published on Global VoicesArtist Richard Nattoo. Photo courtesy the artist, used with permission. Jamaican artist Richard Nattoo is unapologetic about his need to keep exploring different genres and collecting new ideas and inspirations. He keeps moving, no matter where his subject matter takes … Continue reading “Out of darkness, hope: A New Year chat with Jamaican artist Richard Nattoo”

Earth’s final frontier: China and the deep-sea gold rush set to cause environmental catastrophe

Scientists say that a highly controversial deep-sea “gold rush” risks potentially devastating consequences for marine ecosystems, biodiversity, coastal communities and climate change. The deep seabed is Earth’s final frontier but this mostly unexplored, dark and pristine abyss is threatened by highly destructive deep-sea mining which could be at full throttle within months. File Photo: Pexels.com“Most, … Continue reading “Earth’s final frontier: China and the deep-sea gold rush set to cause environmental catastrophe”

Barbados prime minister calls a snap election, the first poll for the island as a republic

Two main political parties, led by women, will meet at the pollsOriginally published on Global VoicesBarbados prime minister, Mia Mottley, speaking at the 16th Raúl Prebisch Lecture in Geneva, Switzerland on September 10, 2019. Photo on Flickr by Timothy Sullivan, UNCTAD, (CC BY-SA 2.0) For the first time in the island’s history, women leaders will … Continue reading “Barbados prime minister calls a snap election, the first poll for the island as a republic”

Hécatombe dans le sport : 300 cas étudiés par un ancien membre de la CIA en 2021

Un ancien membre de la CIA a étudié (voir la liste ci-dessous) les cas dans lesquels de jeunes athlètes en forme ont subi une mort ou un arrêt cardiaque, souvent directement sur le terrain.  Il y a eu hausse très nette de ces incidents en 2021 . Cet analyste indépendant formé par la CIA, a procédé à un … Continue reading “Hécatombe dans le sport : 300 cas étudiés par un ancien membre de la CIA en 2021”

2021 in review, from a Caribbean point of view

Concerns about the environment and gender-based violence rivalled fears of the pandemicOriginally published on Global VoicesCaribbean sunset image by Arthur T. LaBar on Flickr, CC BY-NC 2.0, adapted with free Canva graphic elements. Like the rest of the globe, this year saw Caribbean nations focused on dealing with the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic, against … Continue reading “2021 in review, from a Caribbean point of view”

In photos: Could the mountains of the Caribbean be an opportunity for sustainable tourism?

December 11 is International Mountain DayOriginally published on Global VoicesBlue Mountain peaks, Jamaica, one of the best known mountain ranges in the Caribbean. Photo by Devin Crain on Flickr, CC BY-NC 2.0. If you live in the Caribbean, you might often find yourself climbing uphill—and, of course, down again. While many who visit the region … Continue reading “In photos: Could the mountains of the Caribbean be an opportunity for sustainable tourism?”

‘This monster machine is built for profit: nothing else’ – activists scale vast deep sea mining vessel as governments meet to discuss fate of seafloor

Rotterdam, The Netherlands – As world governments gather to discuss whether to allow deep sea mining to go ahead, Greenpeace activists have scaled a vast 228m deep sea mining vessel in Rotterdam port preparing for mining trials next year.  Twenty activists from Greenpeace Netherlands, Greenpeace Germany and Greenpeace Switzerland approached the towering vessel, starkly named Hidden … Continue reading “‘This monster machine is built for profit: nothing else’ – activists scale vast deep sea mining vessel as governments meet to discuss fate of seafloor”

‘Unmatched’ and ‘irreplaceable’: Jamaica’s iconic bassist, Robbie Shakespeare, has died

‘He was a giant not only in Jamaica but in the world of modern music’Originally published on Global VoicesRobbie Shakespeare performing at Australia’s Byron Bay Bluesfest in 2014. Photo by Beaver on the Beats on Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. Reggae music would be nothing without its bass line—and on December 8, one of the genre’s … Continue reading “‘Unmatched’ and ‘irreplaceable’: Jamaica’s iconic bassist, Robbie Shakespeare, has died”

‘How juveniles are railroaded by the criminal justice system’

In 2014, at the age of 15, Prakash Churaman was arrested at his home at 6AM without a warrant. After driving him around for a few hours, police brought Churaman to the 113th Precinct and, as Churaman and his attorney maintain, coerced a confession out of him for a crime he did not commit. As … Continue reading “‘How juveniles are railroaded by the criminal justice system’”

High infection, low vaccination—could mandatory COVID-19 vaccines be the answer for Caribbean nations?

Do rights trump collective responsibility or the other way round? Originally published on Global VoicesVaccine mandate: Photo by The Focal Project on Flickr, CC BY-NC 2.0. As the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus appears poised to create a new wave of the pandemic, several Caribbean nations are already grappling with soaring numbers from the … Continue reading “High infection, low vaccination—could mandatory COVID-19 vaccines be the answer for Caribbean nations?”

Colonial prejudices and vaccine nationalism drive COVID-19 African travel bans

Don’t single out Africa. The virus is also in the West.Originally published on Global VoicesA mother getting vaccinated in South Africa. Image by USAID/South Africa, taken on September 3, 2021 (CC BY-NC 2.0). On November 25, South African health minister Joe Phaahla announced the detection of a new COVID-19 variant in the country’s Gauteng province. … Continue reading “Colonial prejudices and vaccine nationalism drive COVID-19 African travel bans”

Artist Jasmine Thomas-Girvan taps into the ‘eternal connections’ of Black Caribbean ancestry

‘The real battle is within’Originally published on Global VoicesAn art enthusiast takes in a piece in Jasmine Thomas-Girvan’s Turntable Series, during her solo exhibition at at Kunstintuut Melly in The Netherlands, October 2021. Photo by Aad Hoogendoorn, courtesy Kunstinstituut Melly, used with permission. The lush, tree-filled backyard of Jamacian-born, Trinidad-based artist Jasmine Thomas-Girvan‘s urban childhood … Continue reading “Artist Jasmine Thomas-Girvan taps into the ‘eternal connections’ of Black Caribbean ancestry”

Jamaicans mourn the passing of human rights defender Nancy Anderson, who worked to assist the island’s most vulnerable citizens

She made her mark as a compassionate, determined human rights advocateOriginally published on Global VoicesJamaican Shanique Myrie at the Caribbean Court of Justice, with her attorney Nancy Anderson in the background. Anderson represented Myrie in this high-profile human rights abuse case, which she won. Photo by the Jamaica Gleaner, used with permission. United States-born human … Continue reading “Jamaicans mourn the passing of human rights defender Nancy Anderson, who worked to assist the island’s most vulnerable citizens”

Pourquoi la Barbade s’affranchit de la couronne britannique

Indépendante depuis plus d’un demi-siècle, l’île caribéenne de la  Barbade est officiellement devenue mardi une République, un changement de statut symbolique qui traduit la volonté des nouvelles générations de faire table rase du passé colonial. Cela n’était pas arrivé depuis trente ans. La petite île de la Barbade, la plus orientale des Petites Antilles, s’est … Continue reading “Pourquoi la Barbade s’affranchit de la couronne britannique”

Jamaica officially recognises the life and legacy of iconic wartime nurse, Mary Seacole

‘It’s exciting and gratifying to have [her] life and legacy be given national recognition’Originally published on Global VoicesMary Seacole Memorial by Martin Jennings, 2016, outside St Thomas’ Hospital, London. Seacole (1805–1881) was a Jamaican nurse who helped treat the wounded and save lives in the Crimean War (1853–1856). The memorial is believed to be the … Continue reading “Jamaica officially recognises the life and legacy of iconic wartime nurse, Mary Seacole”

Could Jamaica’s ‘wickedest city’ become a UNESCO World Heritage Site?

‘Port Royal literally sank into the harbour in a matter of minutes’Originally published on Global VoicesPort Royal from Kingston Harbour, Jamaica, ca.1875-ca.1940. Photo by unknown author via Wikimedia Commons, public domain. Jamaica is on a mission to get “the wickedest city on earth”—the sunken city of Port Royal—listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a … Continue reading “Could Jamaica’s ‘wickedest city’ become a UNESCO World Heritage Site?”

Once more, Jamaicans debate whether states of emergency are an effective crime-fighting tool or a band aid

‘We need a mindset change to tackle violence. Not just SoE’Originally published on Global VoicesJamaican police patrol a community affected by a state of emergency on May 27, 2010. Photo by the BBC World Service on Flickr, CC BY-NC 2.0. On the morning of Sunday, November 14, Jamaicans were surprised with the news that Prime … Continue reading “Once more, Jamaicans debate whether states of emergency are an effective crime-fighting tool or a band aid”

Take a hike! Some of the Caribbean’s most scenic trails in photos

From brilliant beaches to the heights of the Blue Mountains, Caribbean trails are breathtakingOriginally published on Global VoicesHikers stopping to look at the view on Jamaica’s famous Blue Mountain Trail. Photo by Junior Carson, used with permission. The United States enjoys hiking so much that it dedicated an entire day to it: National Hiking Day, … Continue reading “Take a hike! Some of the Caribbean’s most scenic trails in photos”

Un suspect-clé dans l’assassinat du président haïtien détenu en Jamaïque

Même le gratin hollywoodien n’aurait pu scénariser ça Publié à l’origine sur Global Voices en FrançaisVersions grunge des drapeaux haïtien et jamaïcain par Nicolas Raymond sur Flickr, CC BY 2.0 [Sauf indication contraire tous les liens mènent vers des sites en anglais] Le 21 octobre, la nouvelle a éclaté en Jamaïque que Mario Antonio Palacios Palacios, un … Continue reading “Un suspect-clé dans l’assassinat du président haïtien détenu en Jamaïque”

Barbados prime minister Mia Mottley’s defence of Small Island Developing States at COP26 makes her a regional rock star

‘Caribbean people have NEVER been more proud’Originally published on Global VoicesMia Mottley, prime minister of Barbados, speaking at the 16th Raúl Prebisch Lecture in Geneva, Switzerland, September 10, 2019. Photo by Timothy Sullivan, via UNCTAD on Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0. Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Mottley’s representation of and advocacy for the Caribbean region at … Continue reading “Barbados prime minister Mia Mottley’s defence of Small Island Developing States at COP26 makes her a regional rock star”

‘Loss and Damage’ are critical issues for fragile Caribbean states at COP26

Vulnerable developing countries are disproportionately affected by climate changeOriginally published on Global VoicesWeise Road in the Bull Bay area of Jamaica, in October 2020 after heavy rains caused the nearby Chalky River to overflow, causing the road to break away. Photo credit: The Ministry of Housing, Urban Renewal, Environment and Climate Change, used with permission. … Continue reading “‘Loss and Damage’ are critical issues for fragile Caribbean states at COP26”

Connaissez-vous le vrai James Bond ?

Dans le dernier JamesBond, le héros s’est retiré en Jamaïque. AllocinéJames Bond parcourt notre planète depuis bientôt 70 ans. Depuis la publication du premier roman de Ian Fleming Casino Royale (1953) jusqu’à Mourir peut attendre sorti aujourd’hui en version 3D, l’agent secret le plus reconnaissable du monde fait à chaque sortie l’objet de débats auprès des … Continue reading “Connaissez-vous le vrai James Bond ?”

Controversial Jamaican pastor dies in car crash on the way to being charged for ‘cult’ deaths

‘Is when Jamaicans became so gullible?’Originally published on Global VoicesKevin Smith, leader of Pathways International Kingdom Restoration Ministries in Jamaica, where two congregants were murdered on October 17. Smith was killed in a car crash on his way to being charged for the deaths. Screenshot taken from the YouTube video ‘A Profile on Alleged Cult … Continue reading “Controversial Jamaican pastor dies in car crash on the way to being charged for ‘cult’ deaths”

Key suspect in Haitian president’s assassination held in Jamaica on immigration charges

‘Not even the best of the best in Hollywood could script [this]’Originally published on Global VoicesGrunge versions of the Haitian and Jamaican flags by Nicolas Raymond on Flickr, CC BY 2.0. On October 21, news broke in Jamaica that Mario Antonio Palacios Palacios, a Colombian national wanted in connection with the assassination of Haitian President … Continue reading “Key suspect in Haitian president’s assassination held in Jamaica on immigration charges”

‘Self governance is self love’: Barbados elects first local head of state on journey to becoming a republic

‘[In] the year 2021, decolonization is still a word that has to exist’Originally published on Global VoicesDame Sandra Mason, president-elect of Barbados. Screenshot taken from the YouTube video ‘Profiles in Excellence – Her Excellency Dame Sandra Mason, GCMG, D.A., Q.C.’, via the We Gatherin’ Barbados YouTube channel. Making good on its intention, declared just over … Continue reading “‘Self governance is self love’: Barbados elects first local head of state on journey to becoming a republic”

How Dave Chappelle’s new comedy special went over in the Caribbean

‘I laughed soo loud..and cringed so hard’Originally published on Global VoicesPosters advertising a Dave Chappelle comedy special on Netflix. Photo taken near 7th Ave. in New York City, April 4, 2017, by Brecht Bug on Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. U.S. comedian Dave Chappelle, who has earned the moniker the “Greatest of All Time” (GOAT) for … Continue reading “How Dave Chappelle’s new comedy special went over in the Caribbean”

On National Heroes Day, Jamaicans at home and abroad pay their respects to ‘son of the soil,’ General Colin Powell

‘He had some tough moments around our wars, but was a fundamentally good and decent man’Originally published on Global VoicesGeneral Colin Powell, after reading the Gettysburg Address at the grand reopening of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Photo by Scott Ableman on Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. On National Heroes Day, Jamaicans awoke to … Continue reading “On National Heroes Day, Jamaicans at home and abroad pay their respects to ‘son of the soil,’ General Colin Powell”

The death of a reputed gangster exposes fault lines in Jamaican society

‘How did a decent Christian young man evolve into ‘Dog Paw’?’Originally published on Global VoicesBarbed wire around a prison wall in Jamaica. Photo by Christina Xu on Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0. At about 2:00 p.m. on the afternoon of October 11, shots rang out in Elletson Flats, St. Andrew—a relatively quiet residential area on the … Continue reading “The death of a reputed gangster exposes fault lines in Jamaican society”

“Burials Are Cheaper Than Deportations”: Virus Unleashes Terror in a Troubled ICE Detention Center

Tensions were building inside the Alabama jail. A group of new detainees had just been dropped off at the Etowah County Detention Center in downtown Gadsden, and one of the men appeared sick. Word was spreading that he and the others had been exposed to the coronavirus. Detainees demanded that the new arrivals be quarantined. … Continue reading ““Burials Are Cheaper Than Deportations”: Virus Unleashes Terror in a Troubled ICE Detention Center”

Will the rejection of this Jamaican dancehall star’s murder appeal make him ‘even more of a martyr’?

Vybz Kartel: Victim? Brilliant lyricist? Dangerous influence?Screenshot of Vybz Kartel taken from the official YouTube video of his song “World Government”. On the morning of April 3, 2020, the constant flow of news about COVID-19 took a slight pause — at least in Jamaica — as the local appeal court handed down judgment on the … Continue reading “Will the rejection of this Jamaican dancehall star’s murder appeal make him ‘even more of a martyr’?”

Caribbean cooking in the time of COVID-19

A Caribbean diaspora blogger on lockdown tries some culinary favouritesChanna (ckickpeas), beans, and “roti” (a Trinidadian hybrid of a soft naan bread). Photo by Isle Chile, used with permission. Each Caribbean territory has its own individual customs, quirks, and cultural and social traditions. Naturally, this extends to cuisine. Jamaica, for instance, is known for its … Continue reading “Caribbean cooking in the time of COVID-19”

“The Soul Syndicate members dem, dem are all icons”: an Interview with Tony Chin

Writer Stephen Cooper with Soul Syndicate legends Tony Chin, Fully Fullwood, and Santa Davis, backstage at the Dub Club in Los Angeles. Photo courtesy of Stephen A. Cooper. On February 26, before coronavirus disrupted normal rhythms of life all over the world, I spoke for twenty minutes with my friend, legendary guitarist Tony Chin, at the … Continue reading ““The Soul Syndicate members dem, dem are all icons”: an Interview with Tony Chin”

Cuba face au coronavirus, dans l’île et dans le monde

Cuba est un archipel de presque 12 millions d’habitants, niché au sein d’un espace géopolitique complexe. À l’occasion de la crise du Covid-19, le petit pays caribéen, souvent présenté comme celui du « régime castriste » – y compris depuis la mort de Fidel Castro en novembre 2016 et la fin de la présidence de Raul Castro en … Continue reading “Cuba face au coronavirus, dans l’île et dans le monde”

April Fool’s Day, COVID-19 and Trinidad and Tobago’s ‘recalcitrant minority’

My brothers and I responded: ‘Damn.’ We know the historical weight of the term. Image of Dr. Eric Williams by Joop van Bilsen / Anefo – http://proxy.handle.net/10648/aa1a0844-d0b4-102d-bcf8-003048976d84, CC0, Link. Screenshot from Dictionary.com. Remixed by Georgia Popplewell. The original version of this piece was published on the author’s blog. You might be shocked to learn how … Continue reading “April Fool’s Day, COVID-19 and Trinidad and Tobago’s ‘recalcitrant minority’”

3M Faces Pressure to Prevent Price Gouging Among Distributors of Its N95 Masks

As the black market trade of its N95 respirator masks has continued to swell, pressure is mounting on 3M, which manufactures the masks and other protective gear, to crack down on price gouging among its distributors. Tuesday, amid widespread reports that vendors of medical supplies are wildly overcharging for the desperately needed protective devices, the … Continue reading “3M Faces Pressure to Prevent Price Gouging Among Distributors of Its N95 Masks”

Manu Dibango, star planétaire, terrassé par le Covid-19

Emmanuel N’Djoké Dibango, dit Manu Dibango figure emblématique de l’afro-jazz est décédé ce mardi 23 mars 2020 des suites du Covid-19 à l’âge de 86 ans dans un hôpital de la région parisienne. L’artiste franco-camerounais est le premier artiste de renommée mondiale à être victime du Coronavirus. L’auteur du mythique « Soul Makossa » (1972) qui a fait danser … Continue reading “Manu Dibango, star planétaire, terrassé par le Covid-19”

“Humanitarian Solidarity”: Even Under U.S. Sanctions, Cuba Sends Doctor Brigade to Italy and More

As Italy’s death toll soars past 6,000, Cuba has sent medical brigades to combat COVID-19. Cuba has also deployed doctors to Venezuela, Nicaragua, Jamaica, Suriname and Grenada. “The arrival of a medical brigade from Cuba to Italy is pretty historic. You have a leading European nation accepting support in the form of a medical team … Continue reading ““Humanitarian Solidarity”: Even Under U.S. Sanctions, Cuba Sends Doctor Brigade to Italy and More”

The Cruise Industry Pressured Caribbean Islands to Allow Tourists Onto Their Shores Despite Coronavirus Concerns

Sam Duncombe, head of the Bahamian environmental organization reEarth, looked on with concern Thursday as island authorities debated whether to allow passengers to disembark from Fred Olsen Cruise Lines’ Braemar, the latest ship hit by the novel coronavirus. Duncombe is a longtime critic of the cruise industry and has led the fight against Disney’s plan … Continue reading “The Cruise Industry Pressured Caribbean Islands to Allow Tourists Onto Their Shores Despite Coronavirus Concerns”

Boas’s Constructors: The Project to Remove the Stranglehold on ‘Culture’

“‎The struggle of maturity is to recover the seriousness of a child at play.” – Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil I remember fondly now the early days of my anthropology studies as an undergrad, talking bones in class, smoking bones after. Studying cultures, living it.  Talking with my professor about Julian Jaynes’s crazy theory … Continue reading “Boas’s Constructors: The Project to Remove the Stranglehold on ‘Culture’”

Il est temps d’abolir les prisons pour les débiteurs souverains en Afrique

Dans un appel radical à la réforme de l’approche pro-créanciers et anti-croissance du Fmi à l’égard des pays endettés d’Afrique, Ndongo Sylla et Peter Doyle soutiennent que le continent africain a un choix à faire. Il faut empêcher les créanciers, qui font appel au Fmi, de forcer des pertes de production dévastatrices résultant d’excédents budgétaires … Continue reading “Il est temps d’abolir les prisons pour les débiteurs souverains en Afrique”

L’Atelier – Mars 2020

Le printemps pointe enfin son nez ! Et la programmation du mois de mars à l’Atelier apparaît entre un orage de grêle et le vol d’une hirondelle. Venez nous (re-)rencontrer, partager un moment convivial, manger, échanger, danser, penser avec nous et élargir nos horizons… Notre première ouverture du mois aura lieu samedi 14 mars : … Continue reading “L’Atelier – Mars 2020”

Black history month au Sénégal : Des hommages à Bob Marley au programme

Cette année, le Sénégal va célébrer le Black history month, (le Mois de l’histoire du peuple noir) par un hommage au roi du reggae, Bob Marley, dont on fêtera les 75 ans de la naissance. Pour marquer le coup, une conférence et des projections sont prévues par l’organisateur de cet évènement, le journaliste Alioune Diop. … Continue reading “Black history month au Sénégal : Des hommages à Bob Marley au programme”

Marx, Lincoln and Project 1619

Branding Slaves, from William O. Blake’s The History of Slavery and the Slave Trade. It must have enraged the historians who signed Sean Wilentz’s open letter to the New York Times and their World Socialist Web Site (WSWS) allies to see Abraham Lincoln knocked off his pedestal. How insolent for Nikole Hannah-Jones to write in … Continue reading “Marx, Lincoln and Project 1619”

Lesotho, the tiny African country living on Cannabis

London, Feb. 14, 2020-(AltAfrica)-Kekeletso Lekaota spends her work days nurturing rows of cannabis plants for harvest. Pruning a few yellowed leaves from stems with thick, flowering heads, she says the job requires a soft touch and delicate hands. Kekeletso Lekaota stands amongst the cannabis plants growing in a greenhouse at MG Health Ltd in Lesotho. … Continue reading “Lesotho, the tiny African country living on Cannabis”

De « Nouvelles routes de la soie » durables, un défi impossible ?

Construction de la nouvelle route de la soie au Pakistan, 2014. ShutterstockAprès le retrait des États-Unis de l’accord de Paris sur le climat, tous les regards se tournent vers la Chine, deuxième économie mondiale et premier pays émetteur de CO2. La Chine se veut très active en matière de conservation de la biodiversité et de … Continue reading “De « Nouvelles routes de la soie » durables, un défi impossible ?”

The Game is Rigged

Let’s not beat around the bush. The game is rigged. The fix is in. I’m not just talking about the neofascistic Donald Trump, the Republican Party, the Republican-controlled United States Senate and the fake-impeachment trial that body just concluded. I’m talking about their neoliberal enablers, the Democrats too. Certain Depressing Things Explained The deeply conservative … Continue reading “The Game is Rigged”