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Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016

Nat Turner’s mental and military motivations

Viewpoints: Nate Parker’s movie “The Birth of a Nation” has revived the question: What caused Nat Turner’s 1831 uprising? Turner, first of all, was not a deranged misfit who acted outside of a historical context of previous African freedom fighter Comment

Monday, Oct. 24, 2016

Privatization the problem, rarely the solution

Viewpoints: KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Oct. 20, 2016 (IPS) - Privatization has been one of the pillars of the counter-revolution against development economics and government activism from the 1980s. Comment

Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016

Corporations dodge billions in taxes through offshore tax havens

Viewpoints: European regulators’ recent finding that Apple avoided billions of dollars in taxes by stashing its profits in Ireland, a known tax haven, put the tech giant in an unwelcome spotlight. But Apple’s tax dodging is just the tip of a huge iceberg of offshore corporate tax avoidance. Comment

We can eliminate hunger and poverty quickly with greater commitment

Viewpoints: KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Oct. 17, 2016 (IPS) - Why do people go hungry? Mainly because they do not have the means to get enough food, whether by producing it themselves or by purchasing it. Comment

Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016

Wage and fiscal policies for economic recovery

Viewpoints: SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Oct. 5, 2016 (IPS) — The new United States census data released in late September show that 3.5 million people in the US climbed out of poverty, as the tepid economic recovery continues. Comment

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Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016

Secrecy, democracy and the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Viewpoints: The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has received heightened attention in this campaign season, including for the lack of transparency in its negotiating process. Comment

Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016

Industrialization for a sustainable future

Environment: LI Yong is director general of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) VIENNA, Sep 30 2016 (IPS) - World leaders are recognizing the crucial role of industrialization in eliminating absolute poverty and promoting sustainable development. Comment

Monday, Sept. 26, 2016

No one is indispensable in a democracy

Viewpoints: SAN JOSÉ, Sept. 20, 2016 (IPS) - I have put a great deal of thought into whether or not to return to politics. Groups from different political parties, and without party affiliation, have expressed their concern over the current situation in the country and have offered me their support. And the opinion polls indicate that I would have a chance at a third presidential term. Comment

Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016

First: Debate Democracy

Viewpoints: Twenty-one times during the presidential primaries, candidates took the stage to debate issues important to the American people. Comment

Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016

Vincentians should come out and play mas

Arts & Theater: To The Editor: I read the article headlined “Vincentians jump for education” by Nelson A. King in your newspaper and I chuckled a little bit. Why? Because I hear and and have heard for 46 years the same lofty wishing and hoping by Vincentians in USA about the presence of a Vincy band on the parkway. It’s all empty wishing and hoping. Comment

Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016

Grenada’s PM condems Coach Simmons’ firing

Grenada: Disappointingly once again, and to the detriment of West Indies cricket, I have noted the bizarre action of the West Indies Cricket Board to fire coach Phillip Simmons, just over a year and a half after his initial appointment, and just two days before the team leaves the region on a tough assignment. Comment

Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016

Their campaign downplays the factual

Viewpoints: During his time engaged in trying to get the better of Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee, Bernie Sanders clipped in response to one of the assigned reporters, “Could we please forget the stupid emails and concentrate on the issues?” Comment

Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016

Canceling J’Ouvert celebration isn’t the answer

Viewpoints: As we still mourn the deaths of 17-year-old Tyreke Borel and 22-year-old Tiarah Poyau who were shot and killed last week during J’Ouvert, the early morning celebration that precedes the West Indian Day Carnival in Brooklyn, N.Y., many have used the tragic events to hold fast to uninformed positions in regards to the future of the event. Comment

Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016

J’Ouvert, gun violence, and the need to heal

Viewpoints: As the father of two young children I cannot fathom the heartbreak I would feel if I lost either of them to gun violence, but on Monday morning two families went through that very situation. Comment

Africa may become the next China

Africa: Traditionally, Africans remained offline and uninvolved in the digital world. This has made it virtually impossible for many companies to directly communicate with African markets. Consequently, companies have avoided the continent altogether. Comment

Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016

Unlocking the potential of minority-owned business

Viewpoints: African-American-owned businesses are the backbone of their communities, major contributors to our growing economy, and sources of innovation and thought leadership — not just in their industries but throughout our society. They also provide economic opportunity and stability to struggling minority communities. The problem is there are simply not enough of them. Comment

Taking care of our caregivers

Viewpoints: To the Editor: Last week, Mayor de Blasio signed into law two bills that take important strides toward supporting both paid caregivers and unpaid family caregivers in an aging New York City. Comment

Monday, Sept. 5, 2016

Worker ownership can be a pathway to prosperity

Viewpoints: Labor Day is a time for us to celebrate the workers who make our economy grow — the people without whom businesses could not survive and thrive. Comment

Friday, Sept. 2, 2016

About standing tall against bigotry

Viewpoints: Given that there was no shortage of Republican voices screaming that they had blown it big time in their selection of a candidate this year, one may have hoped for more of a sense among them of watching the flames burn. Comment

Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016

The UN must be at the forefront of the fight for Civic Rights

Viewpoints: BERLIN, Aug 22, 2016 (IPS) - The United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 provides the foundation for citizens’ rights to participate in shaping their communities. Comment

Caribbean heritage is a source of great pride

Jamaica: On Jan. 22, 1967, I arrived at Kennedy Airport, to begin the journey to my new home in Brooklyn, New York. Most of my memories of that winter day have faded, but there are a few that linger: walking down the stairs from the airplane onto the tarmac; holding my brother’s hand tightly as we walked toward the lights of the TWA terminal, shivering, my face and my fingers feeling like icicles; and seeing my breath in the cold, dark night air. Comment

Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016

A long-standing TT protest voice

Viewpoints: Indeed, there could be precious little by way of rejection or dispute in response to the news that followed the death in Trinidad earlier this month of Makandal Daaga. Comment

Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016

Twenty-five years after Crown Heights Riots

Viewpoints: Twenty-five years ago, I watched as the streets of Crown Heights erupted in unrest — cars flipped, businesses burned, rocks thrown, and voices raised in anger following the tragic deaths of seven-year-old Gavin Cato, hit and killed by a car, and the stabbing death of college student Yankel Rosenbaum. Comment