NGO crimes go far beyond Oxfam

In 2008 some of us had written to Barbara Stocking, then Oxfam chief executive, objecting to a report that it sponsored, Rule of Rapists in Haiti, which labelled Haitians as rapists while hiding rapes by occupying UN forces. The year before, 114 soldiers had been sent home for raping women and girls, some as young as 11. No one was prosecuted. We wrote: “NGOs like Oxfam have known about rapes by UN forces, as well as by aid and charity workers, for decades. It’s the pressure of victims, women and [children] in the most impoverished communities, who had the courage to speak out that finally won … public acknowledgement.” There was no reply.… Read on ...

DECLARATION OF THE PEOPLE OF THE CARIBBEAN

( A Declaration that was authored by the Pan-Africanist and Socialist popular forces of the Caribbean nation of Barbados at Bridgetown, Barbados on Saturday 13th January 2018, and  submitted to the people and civil society organizations of the Caribbean for their endorsement and adoption)
U S PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP HAS BEEN DECLARED  “PERSONA NON GRATA”  IN THE CARIBBEAN
We, the under-signed representatives of the sovereign people of the Caribbean, hereby declare that President Donald Trump of the United States of America is “Persona Non Grata” in our Caribbean region !
We further declare that as a “Persona Non Grata” President Donald Trump is NOT welcome in any territory of the Caribbean, and we hereby affirm that we – the Caribbean people – will vehemently protest against and take whatever measures are necessary to prevent President Donald Trump’s entry into any portion of the sovereign territory of our Caribbean region.… Read on ...

China and the Caribbean – Lesson from History?

Developing Answers Through Dialogue

The Peoples Republic China (PRC) has over the last decade steadily increased its economic involvement across the globe and in the Caribbean region. Caribbean Labour Solidarity asks whether this a positive or a negative development or is it colonialism or imperialism in a new guise. CLS feels that there is a need to start a discussion on these developments.

Participants are asked to contribute to the discussion in order to develop answers through dialogue.

On this short paper I will examine the background to China’s new found role in international development; the part it plays in the economic structures of the Caribbean; examples of what it has done; criticism and critiques of China and the regional governments; China’s response to local and international criticism; and the role of CLS in this discussion.… Read on ...

No justice, no peace – will ZOSO have any long-term effect?

In a 2016 update, INDECOM boss, Terrence Williams, usefully invokes Peter Tosh – “I don’t want no peace; I want equal rights and justice” . Rather than an ephemeral “peace” that comes from oppressive and arbitrary state agents, the solution to crime must be justice, says Williams. But what hope when ‘the Ministry of Justice has for 2016-17 been allocated just over $6 billion. The Ministry of National Security received almost 10 times that amount’.

ZOSO may lead temporarily to more a peaceful Mount Salem in St. James as the guns move elsewhere, but the root of the problem will remain, that is injustice in its wider social and economic (not just legal) sense.… Read on ...

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Needs Help, but not like Haiti in 2010
Haiti Support Group Chair Antony Stewart has written an article on why Haiti 2010 is not the intervention model you want for Puerto Rico.
read it here…
and
200 Academics Speak Out for Puerto Rico
The destruction brought by Hurricane Maria has exposed the profound colonial condition of Puerto Rico
read on …
and
Stand with Puerto Rico – Not the Banks
As a humanitarian crisis unfolds in America, we must finally begin to put people before profit.
more…Read on ...

‘1.5°C to stay alive’: climate change, imperialism and justice for the Caribbean

In the wake of the two recent hurricanes that have devastated parts of the Caribbean, Leon Sealey-Huggins of Warwick University has published an excellent article in Third World Quarterly. In the wake of the two recent hurricanes that have devastated parts of the Caribbean, Leon Sealey-Huggins of Warwick University has published an excellent article in Third World Quarterly. “What has happened this year has been terrible to watch,” says Dr Sealey-Huggins, “and what is of immediate concern now is the clear-up operation. There is a need for fast and direct help and support from the world. But it is also crucial that we take time now to set this in a wider historical and political context and listen to the Caribbean region – otherwise these kind of events will just keep happening in same, or worse, pattern of repeats,” he states.… Read on ...