Caribbean governments are stepping up the pressure on Europe to pay reparations for the brutal transatlantic slave trade, adding Norway and Sweden to the list of countries they have identified as culpable players.
Last week, U.S. oil giant ExxonMobil announced yet another major oil field find off Guyana, saying that it continues to be confounded and encouraged by the large amount of high-quality crude it has discovered in the past two years.
Sent to the opposition benches in 2012 after three consecutive terms in office plagued by infighting and allegations of arrogance.
At the just concluded meeting of Caribbean Community leaders in Grenada, the question of making European nations that had participated in the transatlantic slave trade compensate the region for the genocide was discussed at length, but officials are tightlipped about exactly what some European governments have indicated in their replies for demands for reparations from the Caribbean.
It has barely been 17 months since riots and fires at Guyana’s main prison killed 17 prisoners after inmates set fire to mattresses to protest poor food, overcrowding and inordinate delays in trials for those on remand, but as the week began, local authorities are again grappling with a major mutiny at the facility.
A court in Suriname has recommended a prison sentence of 20 years for Suriname’s head of state, Desi Bouterse
Caribbean leaders head to the Eastern Caribbean spice isle of Grenada next week for their main annual summit
While all of the major airlines in the Caribbean are losing money and carrying debts totaling more than $50 million annually, a small upstart airline, now in its fourth year of operation, is moving to expand and open new routes.
Trinidad’s parliament has outlawed child marriages, with most of the 41 members of the Assembly voting to fix the legal age of matrimony at 18.
They had practically shut down the country for more than a month, protesting what they called a high level of abject neglect from France, the poor state of infrastructure and the widening disparities between the quality of life for whites and those for Blacks and others.