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Bahamas holds elections amid COVID concerns

Nearly 200,000 people are registered to vote in general elections in The Bahamas on Thursday but the major concern among the citizenry appears not to be which of the two main parties will run the country for the next five ...

CARICOM: Africa must fight for reparations, establish urgent air links

The vagaries of the COVID-19 pandemic meant that they could not meet in person for the first CARICOM-Africa leaders’ summit on Tuesday.

Court sentences ex-dictator to 20 years in prison

A former military strongman in Suriname was on Monday sentenced to 20 years in prison for his leading role in a late December 1982 mass murder of 15 government opponents but the judging panel appeared to move to deliberately ease ...

Barbados inches towards a republic without Queen Elizabeth

From the beginning of December, a leading Caribbean Community nation will not only have dumped Britain’s Queen Elizabeth as its decades-old head of state, but will also revel in the fact that two gifted Black women are occupying the top ...

Blazing row over racism in Guyana; govt says not true

From the moment the Indo-dominated People’s Progressive Party (PPP) took office on Aug. 2 last year after being declared the winner of Guyana’s general elections, allegations about systematic racism against Guyanese of African origin have abounded in the Caribbean Community’s ...

Governments get pushback for vaccine mandates

Pushing hard to persuade enough citizens to be vaccinated to achieve herd immunity, some Caribbean governments are facing serious pushback from organized citizens groups, with fairly large numbers of citizens taking to the streets in protests demanding their right to ...

Ailing former Surinamese dictator to be sentenced end of month

He has been a significant if not controversial part of Suriname’s political landscape for more than 40 years, but it seems that the end is near for former military strongman, turned elected President Dési Bouterse, as a local court is ...

Caricom fights for reparations with help from Africa

With the Black Lives Matter movement growing in worldwide recognition, Caribbean Community nations are seeking to cash in on its influence and are tweaking their tactics to make European nations like Britain and France pay reparations for the brutal trans-Atlantic ...

Western nations insult Caricom, says PM

Beset by crisis after crisis in Haiti, the Caribbean Community’s most populous member state has in recent months apparently not been involved in regional affairs as it should be.

Caricom anxious to mediate in Haiti but situation unclear

The Caribbean Community, of which Haiti is a member, reiterated its offer Monday to play a major mediating role in the situation on the island when the political and constitutional situation becomes a bit clearer in the wake of last ...

Haitian President Jovenel Moïse killed, wife shot, in home attack

Early on July 7, unidentified gunmen stormed the private residence of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse, 53, killing him and injuring his wife, Martine Moïse, just hours after fellow Caribbean Community leaders had held a special session on escalating violence on ...

Haitians must get visas to enter Guyana; Cubans, Venezuelans get a free pass

For months now the Indo-dominated governing People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has been signaling its discomfort with the number of Haitians entering fellow Caribbean Community nation Guyana, contending that they are victims of a well-oiled international human smuggling ring involving several ...

Trinidad moves to open up; Bermuda, Antigua tighten

Of all the 15 nations in the Caribbean Community, Trinidad has been among the countries with some of the tightest COVID-19 restrictions with its airport and marine borders shuttered since March of last year.

COVID recovery, infections to dominate leaders’ summit

When Caribbean Community leaders meet virtually for their main annual summit early next month, much of their discussion time would likely be devoted to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, its debilitating pressures on economies and the continued struggle to ...

COVID-19 battles last week, floods this week in south Caribbean

In the past week, governments in the three large southern Caribbean Community nations have spent much of their time battling the COVID-19 pandemic with record numbers of deaths and infections popping up each day for the past month or so.

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