An upcoming British edition of ‘Capitalism and Slavery’ makes news, but the Caribbean has always known the book’s worth

Pinning abolition to anything but humanitarianism challenged Britain’s playbookOriginally published on Global VoicesPhoto of Eric Williams’ ‘Capitalism and Slavery,’ the ninth printing of the British, Andre Deutsch, edition (dated 1990), by Nicholas Laughlin, used with permission. “Capitalism and Slavery,” the published form of Eric Williams’ doctoral dissertation, famously argues that the decline of the transatlantic … Continue reading “An upcoming British edition of ‘Capitalism and Slavery’ makes news, but the Caribbean has always known the book’s worth”

Tobago ditches ‘colonial’ dress code, waits for its sister isle, Trinidad, to catch up

‘Most of us just want to follow the rules but the system works against us’Originally published on Global VoicesImage compiled using free Canva elements. If you visit a government office in Trinidad and Tobago — as is the case in many Caribbean territories — you must adhere to a strict dress code. You may not … Continue reading “Tobago ditches ‘colonial’ dress code, waits for its sister isle, Trinidad, to catch up”

Trinidad and Tobago residents’ response to proposed amendments to fireworks legislation? Enforce existing laws

[Proposed legislation] ‘leaves us with no confidence that good will prevail’Originally published on Global VoicesFireworks; Photo by Nikki Pirch on Flickr, CC BY-NC 2.0. At certain times of the year in Trinidad and Tobago—including Divali, Christmas, and New Year’s—online spaces become filled with stories of traumatised infants and seniors, not to mention animals who go … Continue reading “Trinidad and Tobago residents’ response to proposed amendments to fireworks legislation? Enforce existing laws”

‘I chase bad men!’ How the late Andrew Jennings changed investigative sport journalism

Funny, mischievous, clever and confrontational, he was a man who understood his purposeOriginally published on Global VoicesInvestigative journalist Andrew Jennings on October 30, 2013, giving the presentation ‘Who wants to go to Qatar in 2022? Hands up!’ Photo by Thomas Søndergaard/Play the Game via Play the Game on Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. Trinidadian sports journalist … Continue reading “‘I chase bad men!’ How the late Andrew Jennings changed investigative sport journalism”

‘The king is passing’: Narrie Approo, Trinidad & Tobago’s oldest Black Indian masquerader, dies at 94

‘Mas is Dance and Fight’Originally published on Global VoicesOkenaga—Black Indian culture bearer Narrie Approo at Victoria Square, Port of Spain, Trinidad, in 2009, taken by Abigail Hadeed as part of her outdoor backdrop project, through which she documented masmakers like Approo and the costumes they made. Used with permission. To put on face paint and … Continue reading “‘The king is passing’: Narrie Approo, Trinidad & Tobago’s oldest Black Indian masquerader, dies at 94”

Trinidad and Tobago loses three musical treasures at the start of 2022

Excellence and innovativeness defined them allOriginally published on Global VoicesPhoto of Clifton Ryan (The Mighty Bomber), by Mark Lyndersay at lyndersaydigital.com, used with permission. Screenshot of Kenwrick Joseph (Kenny J), from the YouTube video of his soca parang hit ‘The Paint Brush.’ Photo of Clive “Zanda” Alexander by Joseph Yearwood, used with permission. The new … Continue reading “Trinidad and Tobago loses three musical treasures at the start of 2022”

In Trinidad and Tobago, baby, it’s cold outside

‘Temperature is relative’Originally published on Global VoicesAmbient temperature. Photo by Jeremiah Hoyet on Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0. Each new year in Trinidad and Tobago typically brings with it wonderful weather—bright, sunny days as the dry season draws closer, tempered by the tail end of cool, Christmas breezes—but from January 3 and beyond, temperatures dipped to … Continue reading “In Trinidad and Tobago, baby, it’s cold outside”

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”

St Lucia announces it will host a ‘vaxxed’ Carnival in 2022, but is it realistic?

Economic strategy, support for the creative sector, or vaccination tactic? Originally published on Global VoicesA Carnival costume in St. Lucia. Photo by Gary J. Wood on Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0. The decision of the St. Lucian government to stage a physical Carnival—dubbed “The Vaxxed Mas”—in 2022 is making Carnival enthusiasts sit up and pay attention. … Continue reading “St Lucia announces it will host a ‘vaxxed’ Carnival in 2022, but is it realistic?”

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?”

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”

L’Amérique latine cordiale mais ferme face à M. Barack Obama

Moment exceptionnel que ce cinquième Sommet des Amériques qui, réunissant trente-quatre nations (tous les pays de la région sauf Cuba), s’est tenu les 18 et 19 avril à Port-of-Spain, dans l’île de Trinité-et-Tobago. Après la rencontre de Mar del Plata (Argentine), en novembre 2005, au cours de laquelle des milliers de manifestants conspuèrent M. George … Continue reading “L’Amérique latine cordiale mais ferme face à M. Barack Obama”

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”

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”

Mort de Brandy Rodriguez, intrépide défenseure de la communauté trinidadienne LGBTQ+

Son combat pour les droits des transexuel·les ne s’oubliera pas.Publié à l’origine sur Global Voices en FrançaisCapture d’écran de la militante trinidadienne LGBTQ+ Brandy Rodriguez, issue d’une vidéo YouTube à l’occasion de la Journée internationale pour les droits des femmes, via la chaîne de Soyini Nneka. [Tous les liens renvoient vers des articles en anglais, ndt.] … Continue reading “Mort de Brandy Rodriguez, intrépide défenseure de la communauté trinidadienne LGBTQ+”

Les multiples costumes de Daniel Ortega, un caudillo pas prêt à quitter la scène

Le 7 novembre 2021 se joue au Nicaragua une fiction électorale écrite, jouée et mise en scène par le président Daniel Ortega et sa femme et vice-présidente Rosario Murillo, déjà grands amateurs du cumul des fonctions ! Amenés sur le devant de la scène avec le soutien du FMI et de la Banque mondiale, entre autres … Continue reading “Les multiples costumes de Daniel Ortega, un caudillo pas prêt à quitter la scène”

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”

Caribbean negotiators should seek solutions and support at COP26

Climate change is an “existential threat” to the regionOriginally published on Global VoicesSignage at the COP26 conference taking place in Glasgow, Scotland, October 31-November 12, 2021. Photo courtesy Valery Fils-Aime, used with permission. Small Island Developing States (SIDS) of the Caribbean headed to the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) with a shared objective—to … Continue reading “Caribbean negotiators should seek solutions and support at COP26”

Brandy Rodriguez, ‘fearless’ advocate for Trinidad and Tobago’s LGBTQ+ community, dies

‘Her fight for Trans rights and her indomitable spirit will never be forgotten’Originally published on Global VoicesScreenshot of Trinbagonian LGBTQ+ activist Brandy Rodriguez taken from a YouTube video profile of her for International Women’s Day, via Soyini Nneka’s channel. Brandy Rodriguez, one of Trinidad and Tobago’s most outspoken transgender and LGBTQ+ activists, has died. Friends … Continue reading “Brandy Rodriguez, ‘fearless’ advocate for Trinidad and Tobago’s LGBTQ+ community, dies”

Chaotic attempt to remove Trinidad & Tobago’s president demonstrates how ‘the country was the real loser’

‘Party interest supersedes National interest’Originally published on Global VoicesThe screenshot of the Extraordinary Sitting of Trinidad and Tobago’s House of Representatives on October 21, 2021, is taken from a YouTube video posted on the ParlView channel. The polarised political tenor of Trinidad and Tobago has been playing out in various ways over the past few … Continue reading “Chaotic attempt to remove Trinidad & Tobago’s president demonstrates how ‘the country was the real loser’”

Yasin Abu Bakr, leader of Trinidad & Tobago’s attempted Islamist coup, dies 31 years after failed insurrection

‘We thought it could never happen here’Originally published on Global VoicesScreenshot of Yasin Abu Bakr, leader of the Trinidad and Tobago-based Jamaat al Muslimeen organisation, taken from the YouTube video “The Man Who Tried to Overthrow the Trinidad Government: Interview with Abu Bakr”, from the Vice News channel. Yasin Abu Bakr, who led a failed … Continue reading “Yasin Abu Bakr, leader of Trinidad & Tobago’s attempted Islamist coup, dies 31 years after failed insurrection”

Peter Telfer, the Trinidadian percussionist who made African drumming a church staple, goes to his Creator

‘Peter’s mission was clear and he never relented; is he fault we could do de ting now’Originally published on Global VoicesTrinbagonian musician Peter Telfer, who died on October 15, 2021. Screenshot taken from the music video for Kutunza Uhuru (Cherish Freedom) by Mawasi Experience on YouTube, from the album of the same name. Video by … Continue reading “Peter Telfer, the Trinidadian percussionist who made African drumming a church staple, goes to his Creator”

The COVID-19 scandal Tucker Carlson doesn’t want you to know about

America’s most popular TV host, Tucker Carlson, continues to share baselessCOVID-19 conspiracy theories with his millions of Fox News viewers whilecomparing vaccine mandates to authoritarian overreach. In reality, though, Carlson’s pushing of debunked conspiracy theories obscures the real scandal: America’s high rate of vaccine hesitancy, combined with the hoarding of COVID-19 vaccines by wealthy countries … Continue reading “The COVID-19 scandal Tucker Carlson doesn’t want you to know about”

Could Miami show Trinidad and Tobago how to safely pull off Carnival in a pandemic?

‘Hoping that it wasn’t a super spreader’Originally published on Global VoicesMiami Broward Carnival 2014. Photo by Kwan Wallace on Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0. Miami Carnival, a popular community event that is primarily fashioned after Trinidad and Tobago’s annual Carnival celebrations, took place during the week of October 2-10. Many Trinbagonian performers, promoters, musicians and masqueraders … Continue reading “Could Miami show Trinidad and Tobago how to safely pull off Carnival in a pandemic?”

Stay-at-home orders accompanied by rise in domestic violence in Trinidad & Tobago

“As with any crisis, women remain particularly vulnerable…”Trinidad and Tobago’s Commissioner of Police, Gary Griffith, speaking at the launch of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service’s Gender-Based Violence Unit on January 21, 2020. Screenshot taken from a YouTube video of the event uploaded on the TTPoliceService channel. Check out Global Voices’ special coverage of the … Continue reading “Stay-at-home orders accompanied by rise in domestic violence in Trinidad & Tobago”

‘Export restrictions’ prevent US ventilators from reaching Barbados — but citizens question tactics

Several countries have accused the US of not playing fairCOVID-19 masks; image by Prachatai on Flickr; CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, countries face a growing need to access critical medical supplies like test kits, personal protective equipment and ventilators — much of which has to be imported. The rush to … Continue reading “‘Export restrictions’ prevent US ventilators from reaching Barbados — but citizens question tactics”

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”

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’”

Guinée, la vie est belle pour Teodorin Obiang

Notre confrère Helvétique Le Temps, dans un article ci-joint, nous informe que Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mangue, appelé communément Teodorin ou Teddy, n’a que faire des décisions de justice, notamment celle venant de Suisse. Le 29 septembre 2019, ses 25 bolides, qui avaient été saisis, furent vendues aux enchères à Genève pour 23,4 millions d’euros. L’acheteur … Continue reading “Guinée, la vie est belle pour Teodorin Obiang”

When Two Judges Knocked Down Sentences to Protect Immigrants From Deportation, Amy Klobuchar’s Office Appealed and Won

Between June 1, 1997, and October 31, 1998, Elsayed Salim and his wife dutifully filled out paperwork they needed to file with the state to receive financial support and food stamps for their family. Salim didn’t realize, he later said, citing a language barrier, that income from a second side job also needed to be … Continue reading “When Two Judges Knocked Down Sentences to Protect Immigrants From Deportation, Amy Klobuchar’s Office Appealed and Won”

Cambridge Analytica: a Salesgirl’s Report

Photograph Source: Book Catalog – CC BY 2.0 Much has been written about the murky world of the UK PR firm Cambridge Analytica – a company acting by stealth which furnished the propaganda behind successes like the election of Donald Trump along with the British vote for Brexit. One of the faces that Alexander Nix, … Continue reading “Cambridge Analytica: a Salesgirl’s Report”

La France ajoute cinq Etats et deux territoires d’outre-mer à sa liste noire des paradis fiscaux

Par un arrêté ministériel daté du 6 janvier, la France a mis à jour sa liste des Etats et territoires non coopératifs en matière fiscale. Celle-ci compte désormais 13 Etats ou territoires. Parmi les sept nouveaux entrants on compte le Sultanat d’Oman, les îles Fidji, les îles Samoa, Trinité-et-Tobago, le Vanuatu, et deux territoires non-incorporés … Continue reading “La France ajoute cinq Etats et deux territoires d’outre-mer à sa liste noire des paradis fiscaux”

Germany to import nurses from Ghana

London, Nov. 6, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Germany is considering the importation of trained nurses from Ghana to help in the provision of proper healthcare in that country. Dietnar Brockes, Chairman of the Committee for European and International Affairs, State Parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia, Federal State of Germany, made the disclosure in Kumasi when he led a delegation … Continue reading “Germany to import nurses from Ghana”

Comment l’Europe a tué Casablanca finance city

Le Maroc a fini par se plier aux conditions de l’Union européenne en matière de fiscalité là où l’on était en droit d’attendre un acte de résistance à ce qui ressemble à un diktat. La marche-arrière du Maroc  transparait clairement dans certaines dispositions du projet de loi de Finances présenté dans la  soirée du lundi … Continue reading “Comment l’Europe a tué Casablanca finance city”

Géopolitique des Caraïbes du XXIème siècle 4/4

Par Andrew Korybko − Le 2 août 2017 − Source geopolitica.ru Il importe, en s’employant à prédire les contours de toute revitalisation de la Fédération des Indes occidentales, de garder en tête que cette entité supposée comprendra probablement trois parties primaires constituant un « Bloc Atlantique », l’OÉCO, et la Jamaïque, ce qui constituera fondamentalement une intégration … Continue reading “Géopolitique des Caraïbes du XXIème siècle 4/4”

Géopolitique des Caraïbes du XXIème siècle 3/4

Par Andrew Korybko −Le 24 juillet 2017 − Source geopolitica.ru Le troisième chapitre de notre recherche va se pencher sur les organisations d’intégration régionale qui opèrent dans les Caraïbes, et le dernier chapitre de cette série d’articles conclura par une proposition d’anticipation sur le cadre que la Fédération des Indes Occidentales, organisation qui échoua dans … Continue reading “Géopolitique des Caraïbes du XXIème siècle 3/4”

Géopolitique des Caraïbes du XXIème siècle 2/4

Par Andrew Korybko − Le 18 juillet 2017 − Source geopolitica.ru À présent que les fondamentaux géographiques et stratégiques des Caraïbes sont connus, nous pouvons développer un peu plus la place des îles/pays de la région dans le grand jeu. Cet article fait partie d’une série de quatre. Lire d’abord la première partie. Les îles Lucayes … Continue reading “Géopolitique des Caraïbes du XXIème siècle 2/4”

Géopolitique des Caraïbes du XXIème siècle 1/4

Par Andrew Korybko − Le 12 juillet 2017 − Source geopolitica.ru On pense généralement à la Mer des Caraïbes comme à un « lac étasunien » séparant les deux continents américains, et cette zone a de fait subi en pratique l’influence exclusive de Washington depuis le début du XXème siècle. Cuba constitue bien sûr l’exception à cette … Continue reading “Géopolitique des Caraïbes du XXIème siècle 1/4”

Akufo-Addo’s stocks reach top gear ahead of election, secures job for 375 Ghanaian nurses in Barbados

London, June 16, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Ghana President, Nana Addo Akufo-Addo’s rising popularity ahead next general election has continued unabated with many populist programmes While his team and teeming supporters are still basking in the glory that the secured the release of a Ghanaian prison in Trinidad and Tobago few days ago, the charming president has scored … Continue reading “Akufo-Addo’s stocks reach top gear ahead of election, secures job for 375 Ghanaian nurses in Barbados”

Two lucky Nigerians to be released from Trinidad Prison after plea from Ghana president, Akufo-Addo

London, June 15, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Two Nigerians jailed for immigration offences in the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago are to be pardoned and released after the intervention of visiting Ghanaian President  Akufo-Addo President Akuffo-Addo who was on a five day state visit to the country had brokered a deal with the Prime Minister of Trinidad … Continue reading “Two lucky Nigerians to be released from Trinidad Prison after plea from Ghana president, Akufo-Addo”

Harappa to Japan: The Story of Curry & How It Got Its Name

As a Bengali who grew up in Goa, fish curry is not just a dish; it is a sentiment. Whether it was Bengal’s maacher jhol or Goa’s xitt codi, I grew up savouring fish curry as my staple lunch for years. And even when I left my hometown for college, the distinct flavour of these … Continue reading “Harappa to Japan: The Story of Curry & How It Got Its Name”

L’Amérique latine cordiale mais ferme face à M. Barack Obama

Moment exceptionnel que ce cinquième Sommet des Amériques qui, réunissant trente-quatre nations (tous les pays de la région sauf Cuba), s’est tenu les 18 et 19 avril à Port-of-Spain, dans l’île de Trinité-et-Tobago. Après la rencontre de Mar del Plata (Argentine), en novembre 2005, au cours de laquelle des milliers de manifestants conspuèrent M. George … Continue reading “L’Amérique latine cordiale mais ferme face à M. Barack Obama”

In the Caribbean, colonialism and inequality mean hurricanes hit harder

A satellite image of Hurricane Irma spiraling through the Caribbean. NOAA/APHurricane Maria, the 15th tropical depression this season, is now battering the Caribbean, just two weeks after Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc in the region. The devastation in Dominica is “mind-boggling,” wrote the country’s prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, on Facebook just after midnight on September 19. … Continue reading “In the Caribbean, colonialism and inequality mean hurricanes hit harder”