When Caribbean Community leaders meet for their main annual summit in Guyana in two weeks, one of the agenda issues will include a discussion on how the region will deal with medical marijuana and decriminalization of the narcotic for personal use across the single trading bloc of nations.
The simmering years-old row between Jamaica and Trinidad over an alleged Trinidadian bias against Jamaican nationals traveling to Trinidad is to be addressed at the highest level, with a planned visit by Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago Keith Rowley to Jamaica in the coming months.
Facing perhaps its worst ever political and economic crisis, despite being the world’s fith oil producer, Venezuela has turned to its Caribbean neighbors for help as President Nicolas Maduro struggles to hold on to power.
Jamaica’s government has formally written to the 15-nation Caribbean Community demanding an extensive discussion of whether Trinidad, is obeying rules regarding the free movement of people within the region.
The first Caribbean case of the Zika virus in pregnant women has been confirmed in Barbados, where three women are currently seeking treatment as the virus continues to storm the region.
On Carnival day back in 2002, four inmates awaiting trial for various felony offenses broke out of a maximum-security prison in Guyana’s capital, formed a gang that traded deadly rifle fire with police, staged a serious of armed robberies and killed several people at the start of a murderous six-year period that ended in 2008
The agreements that nearly 200 countries signed in Paris to mitigate the effects of climate change last month have been well publicized, but the 15 members of the bloc of Caribbean Community countries are taking some of the credit regarding limiting increases in global temperatures to acceptable levels.
Tiny, idyllic Barbados, a place where British tourists have persistently said they are most comfortable visiting in the entire hemisphere, now says that it plans to dump Queen Elizabeth as the island’s head of state—just in time for the country’s 50th independence anniversary next year.
One by one, governments in the 15-nation Caribbean Community are beginning to complain about having a full blown or creeping economic recession.
Leaders from more than 50 former British colonies in the past week voted to give the Commonwealth grouping of nations its first female secretary general.