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Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015

US congratulates St. Lucia, Guyana on anniversaries

St Lucia: The United States has extended congratulations to St. Lucia and Guyana on their respective independence anniversary celebrations. Comment.

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015

US postpones immigrant plan

National: A day before hundreds of thousands of illegal Caribbean and immigrants were to begin applying for work permits and legal protection, the United States has jettisoned sweeping executive actions on immigration indefinitely. Comment.

Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015

Jamaican-born heads Military Intelligence Agency

Jamaica: The title and name Lieut. Gen. Vincent R. Stewart may not resound with military familiarity the way US Army General Colin Powell did when the latter decided policy as national security advisor and chairman of joint chief of staff. Comment.

Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015

Caribbean agrees to new energy security

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean countries have agreed to new energy security with the United States and other international partners. In a joint statement issued at the end of an extraordinary Energy Security Summit, organized by the White House, delegates stated their “commitment to support the Caribbean’s transformation of the energy systems of Caribbean states, to share lessons learned through new and expanded regional information networks, [and] to report progress in relevant fora.” Comment.

Friday, Jan. 23, 2015

Caribbean pols remember MLK

Brooklyn: The Caribbean community and elected officials on Monday joined the nation in celebrating the birthday of slain civil rights leader the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Comment.

Keystone Pipeline: Foreign profits, American risk

National: Media coverage of the Keystone XL pipeline is coalescing around a single narrative. It goes like this: environmentalists oppose the pipeline because of climate change concerns, and U.S. construction companies support the pipeline because it creates jobs. Environmentalists warn that tar sands crude oil has three times the global warming potential of conventional crude. Oil industry interests shrug and say Canadian companies will continue to extract tar sands, with or without the pipeline. Pipeline opponents then counter: fewer than 50 permanent jobs will be needed to staff the pipeline, a few thousand temporary construction jobs to build it. But this rendering of the debate misses the larger picture. Comment.

Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015

Obama urges Congress to lift embargo on Cuba

Cuba: Stating that he believes in a “smarter kind of American leadership,” United States President Barack Obama on Tuesday night called on Congress to lift the half-century-old trade and economic embargo against Cuba. Comment.

King reigns in Kings County

Brooklyn: A full day’s program dedicated to the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. invited guests to “Come Share the Dream” at Brooklyn Academy of Music where film, music, dance and a plethora of speakers paid tribute to his legacy on the holiday named in his honor. Comment.

Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015

Cuba and the United States – A new era?

Cuba: HAVANA, Jan 16 2015 (IPS) - On Dec. 17, by freeing the five Cuban anti-terrorists who spent over 16 years in U.S. prisons, President Barack Obama repaired a longstanding injustice while changing the course of history. Comment.

Monday, Jan. 19, 2015

Clarke appointed to House Energy and Commerce Committee

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke has been selection by the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee to become a member of the prestigious Energy and Commerce Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. Comment.

Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015

US to host first Caribbean Energy Security Summit

Trinidad and Tobago: The White House says Vice President Joseph Biden will host the first ever Caribbean Energy Security Summit in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 26, 2015. Comment.

Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015

We have so much to learn from Cuba

Cuba: WHITE PLAINS, New York, Dec 30 2014 (IPS) - Earlier this month, President Barack Obama announced the restoration of diplomatic relations with Cuba after more than five decades of a misguided policy which my uncle, John F. Kennedy, and my father, Robert F. Kennedy, had been responsible for enforcing after the U.S. embargo against the country was first implemented in October 1960 by the Eisenhower administration. Comments (1).
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