China and the Caribbean

A Lesson from History?
China has been steadily increasing its economic involvement in the Caribbean region. Is this a positive or a negative development? Is this imperialism? We feel that there is a need to start a discussion on these developments. Dennis Bartholomew will start that discussion at the meeting, but we shall welcome your views.

CLS Meeting, Sunday November 5th at 12 noon till 2pm

Islington Pensioners Forum
1A Providence Court,
Providence Place,
London N1 0RN

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. Since independence1962, Jamaica has achieved a … Read on ...

STOP BAUXITE MINING IN THE COCKPIT COUNTRY!

Jamaica’s Cockpit Country is under immediate threat from bauxite mining, which would remove forest cover, block and pollute waterways, displace residents, threaten agricultural livelihoods, compromise air quality and threaten the health and well-being of thousands of Jamaican citizens.

The Cockpit Country is an irreplaceable region of limestone forest supporting a unique flora and fauna. In addition, and importantly, it is the major aquifer for rivers rising and flowing both to the north and southern coasts of the island. These rivers are associated with extensive cave systems which would also be lost or damaged by the proposed mining activities. In many cases knowledge of the underground connections of these river caves is fragmentary, thus making the impacts of mining activities on … 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…