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Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017

Crime poses threat to CARICOM

Caribbean: Crime, security and economic development were high on the agenda of the recent two-day 24th CARICOM intersessional summit in Georgetown, Guyana recently. Comment

St. Vincent PM publishes essays on ‘Our Caribbean and Global Insecurity’

Books: St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr. Ralph E. Gonsalves, perhaps, did not realize – or had a premonition, or envisaged – that global kinetics would change rapidly under a new United States administration, led by President Donald Trump. Comment

Friday, Feb. 24, 2017

Barbados Central Bank governor fired

Barbados: Barbados Finance Minister Chris Sinckler today fired the Governor of the Central Bank, Delisle Worrell, following a legal battle, that extended over some two weeks, over whether the politician has the authority to dismiss the top public servant. Comment

CARICOM reparations sub-committee to meet soon

Caribbean: A prime ministerial sub-committee pushing Europe to pay reparations for the TransAtlantic slave trade is to meet in the coming weeks to discuss replies to payment demand letters from the Caribbean a top officials said. Comment

Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017


Trinidad and Tobago: The Caribbean Community nation responsible for crime and security in the bloc has ironically been in global news for all the wrong reasons this week with issues from President Trump’s telephone conversation with Prime Minister Keith Rowley to fears about locals becoming ISIS fighters making international headlines. Comment

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Mass funeral held for 20 Haitians who died in dismal prison

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) – Relatives wailed in grief or stared stoically as flowers were placed on 20 caskets at a mass funeral for the latest group of inmates who died miserably in Haiti’s largest prison, most without ever having been convicted of any crime. Comment

Fake news gets Barbados PM

Barbados: Amidst warnings of fake news spun across social media, it is reasonable to expect that heads of state would not be caught in this fraud — but apparently not so for Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart. Comment

Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017

American entrepreneurs head to Caribbean for exchange program

National: The United States Department of State says 34 Young Leaders of the Americans Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellowship hosts from businesses and civil society organizations across the US have been selected to participate in the Reverse Exchange program, a new component of YLAI. Comment

Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017

Regional security agency to aid govenments

Caribbean: A Trinidad-based umbrella regional security agency is to help governments to properly scrutinize the backgrounds of foreigners applying to become citizens of a string of Caribbean nations, which have schemes offering passports and citizenship to expatriates in exchange for investment dollars. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua The Antigua and Barbuda government is considering recalling all diplomatic passports. Comment

Caribbean bankers support FACTA

National: Caribbean countries that have not enacted the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) inter-governmental agreements (IGA’s) with the United States must do so expeditiously. Comment

New diplomatic passport policy

Antigua: The Antigua and Barbuda government will soon be implementing a new diplomatic passport policy to increase the level of transparency, accountability and legitimacy of diplomatic appointments. Comment

Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017


Guyana: Caribbean Community leaders begin two days of talks at their half-yearly summit in Guyana this week with the recent election of Donald Trump to the presidency of the United States, Brexit and a string of other international issues on their agenda. Comment

New SVG airport opens with much fanfare

St Vincent: Amid much fanfare and streams of “tears of joy,” a new US$259 million international airport was officially opened Monday in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Comment

Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017

US, EU food standards major hurdle for Caribbean exporters

Caribbean: PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Feb 7 2017 (IPS) - As CARICOM countries struggle to move away from their traditional reliance on a single industry or major crop in the face of growing economic uncertainty worldwide, they are finding it increasingly difficult to enter markets in the EU and North America with new types of food products. Comment

Africa’s first sledders pursue Winter Olympic goal

Jamaica: Three persevering women are bound to make history as the first from the African continent to compete in the challenging and icy Winter Olympics in Pyeochang, South Korea. Comment

JA’s first female PM opts out from leadership

Jamaica: Jamaica’s most foremost female leader and current principal voice of the opposition People’s National Party said April 1 is the deadline date she has agreed to exit her prestigious political positions. Comment

Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017

Clarke urges Congress to help Haitian nationals

Haiti: Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke, on Thursday, Feb. 9, urged her colleagues in Congress to work together to aid the people of Haiti at this crucial time, in a bill she drafted to expand the Temporary Protection Status (TPS) program to include all Haitian nationals who were in the United States prior to Nov. 4, 2016. Comment

Jovenel Moise sworn in as Haiti’s new president

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ Jovenel Moise was sworn in Tuesday as Haiti’s president for the next five years after a bruising two-year election cycle, inheriting a chronically struggling economy and a deeply divided society. Comment