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Caricom and U.S. to meet on trade

An umbrella body overseeing trade and aid relations between the U.S. and the Caribbean will convene in the Bahamas this week for its annual review meeting, which will include updates on a simmering international gaming row between the U.S. and Antigua, the Guyana-based trade bloc said.

Farrakhan pushes reparations

Nation of Islam Leader Louis Farrakhan flew to Jamaica last week to celebrate the 19th anniversary of his Million Man March on the U.S. Capitol in 1995.

The Ebola threat and the Caribbean

Some Caribbean community governments are preparing for the possibility of an outbreak of the Ebola virus, knowing full well that a single confirmed case in the region could significantly affect its lifeline tourism industry.

Caribbean Muslims and ISIS

Islamic leadership groups in Trinidad are to meet this week to discuss and assess reports that dozens of local Muslim activists have left the prosperous twin-island republic with Tobago for the Middle East to fight with the Islamic State, with some reportedly earning up to $1,000 a day for their services.

Race for top post in ACP brings internal row

Caribbean governments have nominated three prominent professionals to lead a 79-nation, Brussels-based group of former European colonies, but some member states are very upset that those shortlisted come from countries that they say have traditionally dominated the top positions of umbrella regional and international organizations.

Jamaica Calculates Its Reparations Money

“It also does not include the trauma and pain of the ‘Middle Passage’ journey, punishment, death through execution and the sexploitation which were daily features of the plantation society, both during and after slavery,” said the commission boss, Verene Shepherd. “And it excludes the cost of repatriation. There is no doubt that the punishment meted out to the enslaved people was severe, and this level of suffering must be accounted for in any demand for repair and restorative justice.”

Aussie firm vows not to bribe officials

When general elections are held in the Caribbean trade bloc headquarter nation of Guyana later this year or early in the next, the issue of runaway corruption is likely to take center stage.

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China’s Caribbean plan

If there were any doubts that China has its eyes on Latin America and the Caribbean, just look at the latest statements emanating from Beijing about its plans to assist the Caribbean trade bloc.

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Trinidad general elections heat up

Two key, hotbed political issues are dominating the news in Trinidad this week

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Opponents rally against bill designed to keep Hindu government in power

The Trinidad Senate is set to debate a controversial bill this week that the Lower House has already passed, which some say is designed to ensure that the Indo-led People’s Partnership maintains power at general elections due by the last quarter of next year.

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