Caribbean Nations to Seek Reparations, Putting Price on Damage of Slavery

LONDON — In a 2008 biography he wrote of an antislavery campaigner, Britain’s foreign secretary, William Hague, described the trade in human beings as an indefensible barbarity, “brutal, mercenary and inhumane from its beginning to its end.” Fourteen Caribbean countries that once sustained that slave economy now want Mr. Hague …

Why are so many middle-class children speaking in Jamaican patois? A father of an 11-year-old girl laments a baffling trend

Nick Harding worries about the new “linguistic affectation” that England’s young people have adopted—a hybrid of accents incorporating “Jamaican patois, American west coast and London.” He wonders why so many English children are speaking a version of what academics call ‘Multicultural Youth English’, or MYE—a mix of South Londonese and …

‘Ark of Return’: Telling the stories of 15 million slaves in a UN permanent memorial

Judges, Rodney Leon and the “Ark of Return,” the winning design for the Permanent Memorial in Honour of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Photo: DPI 23 September 2013 – A Manhattan-based architect of Haitian descent was today announced as the winner of an international competition to …

Blood money

LAST month Rodney Leon, a Haitian-American architect, won a competition for a memorial to victims of the slave trade. His white marble “Ark of Return”, shaped somewhat like a paper boat, will stand outside the UN headquarters in New York. Inside the building, some Caribbean leaders have used their annual …

For Orquesta Buena Vista, the ‘son’ also rises

Alejandro Perez WE BE CLUBBIN’: Barbarito Torres, Eliades Ochoa, Omara Portuondo, Manuel “Guajiro” Mirabal, and Jesus “Aguaje” Ramos of Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club When Cuban guitarist Eliades Ochoa convened with a group of seasoned Cuban musicians and American guitarist Ry Cooder to record an album of Cuban son music …

US says ‘No’ to Fly Jamaica, Caribbean Airlines direct GEO-NY flights

              Chief Executive Officer of Fly Jamaica, Capt. Ronald Reece The United States Department of Transportation (Dot) has denied requests Caribbean Airlines and Fly Jamaica to fly direct from Georgetown to New York, saying the carriers did not provide compelling evidence that doing so …

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