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Manning Challenges Chavez’s Petro Caribe?

Old guard Caribbean integrationists will be pleased at the news that Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister, Patrick Manning has pledged to put his country’s petroleum dollars into a regional development fund, a promise that likely signals his intention to challenge Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez’s Petro Caribe initiative that has put a wedge in Caribbean Community (CARICOM) …

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Mark Lee

About Mark Lee

Editor, author and writer with career spanning print, radio, television and new media.

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Forecasting a Hot Summer

It’s shaping up to be a summer of Caribbean hot hits from VP Records with releases from top reggae, dance hall and soca artists from the region. Queen Ifrica and Sean Paul lead the list of artists with new releases while Tanto Metro and Devonte, Vybz Kartel and Bushman feature on compilations of evergreen hits. …

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Mark Lee

About Mark Lee

Editor, author and writer with career spanning print, radio, television and new media.

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Reparations Commission Launched in Jamaica

A National Commission on Reparations for slavery has been launched (May 14) by Jamaica’s Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Olivia “Babsy” Grange. Minister Grange announced that the job of the Commission will be to: receive submissions, hear testimonies, evaluate research and studies; engage in dialogue with relevant interest groups and legal academic experts; and …

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Mark Lee

About Mark Lee

Editor, author and writer with career spanning print, radio, television and new media.

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Mainstream Media Cannot Afford to Fail

With the global downturn, many organisations worldwide are taking one, or a combination of the following five actions – reducing the size of their staff, reducing the income of staff, mandating that staff work a four day-week instead of the regular five-day week, work a five-day week for a four-day pay or simply close business …

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About Joshua Spencer

Joshua Spencer is an educator, author and poet. He writes out of Toronto Canada

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Abuse of Young Women Fuels the HIV Epidemic in Jamaica

Tishanna * – diagnosed as HIV positive at age 21 – never knew her father. What she does know is that her great need for love and the abuse meted out by relatives while she was still a small child, has derailed her dreams and changed her life forever. Tishanna, now 25, was sexually, physically …

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V-DAY: Vaginas Against Violence

The international V-DAY 2009 campaign is on in Jamaica. Between March 18 and April 3, V-DAY KINGSTON 2009 a team of talented and committed women and men will be donating their time and talent to the V-DAY Kingston offering spearheaded by organizer/director fabian thomas. V-DAY KINGSTON 2009 will include four events: A soft Launch that …

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A Verdict for West Portland Voters

Contrary to popular sentiments, Abe Dabdoub is to be commended for vigorously pursuing justice, for perceived wrongs, through legitimate means. If more Jamaicans followed his example, ours would be a better and more peaceful country. Mr. Dabdoub is a victim – “a prophet hath honour, save in his own country”. History will be kind to …

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UPP Creates History in Taking Antigua Election

Following Thursday’s election marred by a late start at some polling stations, Baldwin Spencer was sworn in Friday morning as Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda by Governor General Dame Louis Lake-Tack after his United Progressive Party created history by being the first two term government outside of the Antigua Labour party. On Friday morning …

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Anansi, Miss Lou and the Raw Chaw Argument

Rigidly upstanding citizens are quite upset with me because I’ve brought the uncomfortable issue of language into the conversation about dancehall culture and public morality. I’ve been accused of ‘anancyism’ for diverting attention from the ‘real’ issue:  the need to clean up raw chaw dancehall lyrics on the public airwaves. Because I choose to pay …

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