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“Haiti is a Land of Opportunity”

Above: Jose Agustin Aguerre (Photo: CJ) By Alexander Britell “Haiti is a land of opportunity.” It’s that phrase which Jose Agustin Aguerre, the manager of the Haiti Country Department for the Inter-American Development Bank, hopes becomes the new paradigm for […]

Interview with Jean Lowrie-Chin

By Alexander Britell Jean Lowrie-Chin is one of Jamaica’s leading media experts, having founded public relations firm PROComm and created the Jamaica Gleaner’s Flair magazine. Lowrie Chin is also a veteran political analyst, having been a columnist for the Jamaica […]

Japan Grants $15 Million for Green Energy in Small Island States

Above: foreground, Naoko Ishii and Karl Hood By the Caribbean Journal staff The government of Japan has announced a $15 million grant to support clean energy efforts by Small Island States. The money targets the SIDS-DOCK partnership, an initiative launched […]

Durandis: Haiti’s Aid-Industrial Complex

Above: a home in Leogane By Ilio Durandis Even before the disastrous earthquake that rocked Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010, the country suffered immensely from the symptoms of its Aid Industrial Complex (AIC). The term Republic of NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations) […]

Should Spanish Language Instruction Be Compulsory in Jamaican Schools?

By the Caribbean Journal staff Spanish Ambassador to Jamaica Celsa Nuno has issued an appeal for Jamaica’s Ministry of Education to make Spanish compulsory at all levels of the education system. Nuno, who is also the president of the Spanish-Jamaica […]

World Bank Plans Haiti Strategy

Above: a factory in Haiti (WB Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff The World Bank’s strategy in Haiti in 2012 will focus on disaster management, infrastructure, education and jobs, the organization announced. The 2012 Haiti Interim Strategy Note programs $255 […]

St Lucia’s Arnold Henry on Life, Basketball and His New Book

By Alexander Britell After an extremely difficult childhood growing up in Castries, St Lucia, Arnold Henry became the first St Lucian to receive a Division 1 Men’s College Basketball scholarship in the United States as a freshman at the University […]

UN: Significant Advances in Haiti

Above: Nigel Fisher (UN Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff There have been significant advances in Haiti in the areas of education, health, job creation and infrastructure, among others, according to Nigel Fisher, deputy special representative of UN Secretary General […]

Interview with Yele Haiti CEO Derek Johnson

Above: graduates from the charity’s vocational training programme in July By Alexander Britell Yele Haiti, which was founded by Haitian-American singer Wyclef Jean, Jerry Duplessis and Hugh Locke in 2005, had a large hand in the recovery efforts in Haiti […]

IDB Donates $50M for Haitian Education

Above: Henriette Moisset, Director of the Celie Lilavois School, helps a student with a speech to mark the inauguration of the new school buildings last year in Port-au-Prince. (UN Photo/Marco Dormino) By the Caribbean Journal staff The Inter-American Development Bank […]

Ilio Durandis: Volunteering in Leogane

Above: forests in Haiti (UN Photo/Logan Abassi) By Ilio Durandis CJ Contributor On Sunday, Nov. 6, more than 400 volunteers boarded two Delta Airlines charter flights en route to Haiti to take part in a Habitat for Humanity (HFH) construction […]

Ron Daniels Talks Haiti

Above: the Sans Souci Palace in Haiti (UN Photo/Victoria Hazou) By Alexander Britell Dr Ron Daniels is the President of the Institute of the Black World and the Founder of the Haiti Support Project, an organization that has been working […]

Talking Reggae with I Wayne

Jamaican native I Wayne has taken a versatile path to the top of reggae, mastering both reggae and dancehall rhythms, and sometimes a fusion of the two. His newest album, Life Teachings, debuted at #5 on the Billboard Reggae Chart. […]

Singer Belo on Social Conscience and Rebuilding Haiti through Music

By Alexander Britell (Photos: CJ) Since his first album, Lakou Trankil, in 2005, Haitian singer Belo has seen his star soar, finding a global following for his mix of  traditional Haitian, jazz and reggae styles. Belo, whose real name is […]

St Kitts Passes New Evidence Act

Above: the Lee Llewellyn Moore Judicial and Legal Service Complex By the Caribbean Journal staff St Kitts and Nevis lawmakers have replaced the federation’s 135-year-old Evidence Act, an original British statute. The new law, which passed the National Assembly unanimously, […]

Ilio Durandis: Haiti Does Need an Army

Above: a UN training exercise in Haiti (UN Photo/Victoria Hazou) By Ilio Durandis Haiti’s army was disbanded in 1995, shortly after the first return from exile of President Jean Bertrand Aristide. Ever since, the reinstating of the army has been […]

Disabled in a Handicapped Country

By James English All photos by James English PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Sainte Marie is a neighborhood located on the side of a steep hill in southern Port-au-Prince.  The area was heavily damaged during the earthquake of January 12, 2010, and […]

Author Maggie Harris on “Kiskadee Girl”

Author Maggie Harris, whose 1999 poetry collection, “Limbolands,” won the Guyana Prize for Literature, has returned to the place of her childhood with “Kiskadee Girl,” published by Kingston University Press, a memoir of her time growing up in Guyana. Caribbean […]

Report: 20 Months after the Earthquake, a Continued Struggle for Haiti’s Women

Above: a woman in Haiti after the earthquake (UN Photo: Marco Dormino) By the Caribbean Journal staff Women and girls continue to suffer in Haiti, 20 months after the earthquake that shook the country, according to a report by international […]

Trinidad Makes 147 More Arrests in Ongoing State of Emergency

Above: Trinidad PM Kamla Persad-Bissessar (FP) Trinidad’s State of Emergency continued today, with Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar announcing that 147 more people had been arrested, 75 of whom were involved with gang activity and eight of whom were related to […]

Guyana Gives Aid for Africa Famine Relief

Above: refugees in Somalia (UN Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff Guyanese President Bharrat Jagdeo announced his government would grant $100,000 in relief for those suffering from the famine in the Horn of Africa. “It is impossible not to be […]

Clinton Bush Grant for Haiti Microfinance

(Photo: Clinton Bush Haiti Fund) By the Caribbean Journal staff The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund has granted $850,000 to Fonds Haitien d’Aide a la Femme, a microfinance institution created and led by women. The grant will help hire and train […]

In Nevis, a Sanctuary for Sea Turtles

Above: Lemuel Pemberton’s Nevis Turtle Group has monitored more than 150 sea turtles since 2003. (Photo: Nevis Turtle Group) By Alexander Britell NEVIS– They may arrive at midnight, or not at all. But when Nevis’ most unpredictable visitors show up […]

Guadeloupe, Barbados Talk Culture

Barbados Minister of Education Ronald Jones recently met with the Mayor of Lamentin, Guadeloupe to discuss ongoing programs of cultural cross-fertilisation between the two countries. Mayor Jose Toribio, who is also on the general council of Guadeloupe, which is a […]

Anxiety as Banton Sentencing Nears

Reggae star Buju Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie, is set to be sentenced on Thursday in Federal Court on his drug-related conviction from February, and anxiety is growing among those closest to him. “I just hope the judge […]

The Two-Passport Problem

A Caribbean Journal Editorial For decades, Caribbean citizens have been making their way off their own islands in search of prosperity abroad — whether that be in the United States, Europe or South America. These men and women typically send […]

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