Caribbean & International

Two Cuban dissidents stand in local municipal vote

(BBC)  For the first time in Cuba, at least two government opponents will be standing on Sunday in municipal elections. Hildebrando Chaviano is an independent journalist and lawyer, and Yuniel Lopez a member of an outlawed political party, the Independent and Democratic Cuba Party. The two men are standing for places on local councils in […]

Three students and man executed in Jamaica

Three students and a 35-year-old Clarendon man were on Wednesday night shot dead in the Monymusk Housing Scheme, Hayes in the parish. The police have identified them as: 14-year-old Raymond Givens, a student of the Bustamante High School; Ricardo Brisco, also 14 years old, of Garvey Maceo; and 15-year-old Alex Turner of Central High. Turner was […]

Tough road ahead as US and Cubs mend ties

(WSJ) Aides to U.S. President Barack Obama faced a problem rare in six years of meetings with foreign leaders when they secretly prepared for his momentous encounter with Cuban President Raúl Castro. The standard backdrop—the flag of each nation—wasn’t permitted. The lack of formal diplomatic ties between the U.S. and Cuba preclude it, leaving the […]

Brazilians protest against government corruption

(BBC) Hundreds of thousands of people have joined peaceful demonstrations across Brazil against government corruption. Crowds were generally smaller than in March when more than 1.5 million people turned out. They allege involvement of the governing Worker’s Party in bribery at the state oil firm Petrobas. President Dilma Rousseff denies involvement and has been exonerated in an […]

Obama unveils US government plan for Caribbean youths

(KINGSTON) –Bringing his message of engagement over isolation to the English-speaking Caribbean, U.S. President Barack Obama wrapped up a meeting in Jamaica on Thursday stressing his administration’s commitment to the region and announcing energy and education initiatives. “We are not just nations, we’re also neighbors,” Obama said at a youth town hall before heading to […]

Caribbean region being urged to support cash strapped CDEMA

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — The Barbados-based Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency’s (CDEMA) moved into a new US$4-million headquarters on Thursday despite a warning from the host country that the regional institution is “bleeding” and having difficulties in paying its day-to-day bills. Barbados Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite, speaking at the ceremony to mark the occasion, called […]

Guyana’s Ambassador to Suriname assaulted by Surinamese Police

The Government of Guyana wants a full and thorough investigation into the assault of the Guyana Ambassador to Suriname, Keith George on Guyana embassy grounds in Paramaribo. The incident took place last Wednesday and reportedly occurred as the Ambassador was blocking the arrest of one of his drivers on embassy grounds in keeping with the […]