• Sustainable tourism in the Caribbean

    The Caribbean is often associated with tantalising images of captivating, blue waters lapping on white, sandy shores; lush, green forests encapsulating villages; and birds freely soaring through azure skies. Consisting of over seven thousand islands, islets, reefs, and cays framed by the Gulf of Mexico, North, South, and Central...
  • How to fight a bully

    Blood pumping, sweat dripping, fists tightening. The cheering of my supporters keeps the adrenaline bubbling inside me, even after my knuckles collide with the left side of my opponent’s cheek. The knife in my back pocket tempts me as my determination to impress my classmates increase with each passing...
  • The Caribbean community honours Castro

    On 26 July 1953, approximately 160 young men stormed the Moncada barracks in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba in a revolt against then dictator Fulgencio Batista. The revolt, spearheaded by a 26-year-old lawyer, Fidel Castro, did not succeed at first. However, it marked the beginning of almost six years of...
  • The weakest link

    A Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) report warns the Caribbean to prepare for increased drought due to climate change. The Caribbean accounts for seven of the world’s top thirty-six water-stressed countries and FAO defines countries like Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda, and St. Kitts and Nevis...
  • The evolution of calypso and birth of soca music

    In the first of this three-part series dedicated to Calypso History Month, we learned that calypso is a genre of music which has played a very important role in the processes of confrontation, revolution, and revival in the Caribbean, as well as the invention and establishment of the Caribbean...
  • The rise of calypso women

    “ They want to see your whole anatomy, they want to see what you doctor never see. They want to do what you husband never do, still you ain’t know if these scamps will hire you. Well if is all this humiliation to get a job these days as a...
  • From the sugar fields to the carnival

    “…all Caribbeans know, more or less intuitively that in the final analysis, the only sure possession the undertow of history has left them is their paradoxical culture.” – Antonio Benitez Rojo Out of the ashes, we rise. Darkness will always make way for the dawn, and just as mother...
  • An open letter to racists

    “The trouble around difference is really about privilege & power-the existence of privilege & the lopsided distribution of power that keeps it going. The trouble is rooted in a legacy that we all inherited, and while we’re here it belongs to us. It isn’t our fault. It wasn’t caused...
  • Olympics fever

    “Wi girl dem run like Merlene Ottey, wi boys  dem run like Donald Quarrie- wi drink fish tea and wi feel irie”. This line taken from a popular cheer sung by children at Sports Day events across Jamaica embodies the pride of Jamaicans and our passion for athletics which...
  • Puerto Rico: a colony or country?

    It appears that the legacy of colonialism has not been completely exorcised from Caribbean society. Puerto Rico has been under the rule of the United States (US) since 1898, and today, Puerto Ricans are rising up against what many consider a blatant attempt at neo-colonialism and furtherance of systemic...
  • Hypocrisy and homophobia

    In 2006, Time Magazine called Jamaica ‘the most homophobic place on Earth’. Violence and hate crimes targeting members of the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) community along with harsh anti-gay sentiments in Jamaican dancehall music  had earned the country that title. The country is among several in the...
  • Brexit and the Caribbean: a case of dependency

    From Belize in the north to Trinidad and Tobago in the south, and the array of beautiful island nations between, Caribbean people share a crucial characteristic which has shaped the Caribbean identity existing today – a tumultuous history of slavery and indentureship. African slavery and European colonisation in the...
  • Dancehall: Dream or Nightmare?

    At any time of day, from just about every street corner, bus or car, the loud pulsating beats can be heard around Jamaica. The hypnotic beats and unwieldy lyrics reverberate with the intensity of the people with whom it has long become synonymous. Dancehall music is a genre of...
  • The Quandary of Child Marriage in the Caribbean

    “If you educate your girls you will have everything in the future” were the words issued by Theresa Kachindamoto, senior chief in the Dedza District in Central Malawi. Theresa successfully annulled 850 child marriages in Malawi in the past three years, saving girls as young as twelve years old...
  • Sun, Sea and Sex Slaves

    Human trafficking, often called modern day slavery, is a serious violation of human rights which affects almost every country in the world to varying degrees. More than 130 countries are affected by human trafficking, including in the Caribbean. High rates of poverty in some Caribbean countries coupled with demands...
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