Arbitrary use of force in Syria

By Carlton Joseph On Friday night, the United States, England and France coordinated military strikes against two alleged chemical weapons storage facilities and a research center in Syria. In his usual cavalier manner, Trump hailed the military strikes a success. In a tweet Saturday morning, he said :“A perfectly executed strike last night. Thank you […]

Jamaican poet laureate receives literature award

Jamaican poet laureate receives literature award

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Poet Laureate Lorna Goodison was among a sterling group of writers announced by Yale University on Wednesday as being the 2018 recipients of the Windham-Campbell Prizes. The eight recipients, honoured for their literary achievement or promise, will receive a US$165,000 individual prize to support their writing. “This wonderful award will allow me […]

Hundreds rally in support for Trinidadian activist who faces deportation

Hundreds rally in support for Trinidadian activist who faces deportation

NEW YORK  – Hundreds of  protestors on Saturday rallied in lower Manhattan in support for Trinidadian immigrant rights activist Ravi Ragbir who faces deportation. Ragbir, 53, whose detention sparked several protests last month, will be able to stay in the United States for the time being, according to a court order issued in New York […]

Recalling the Orangeburg Massacre

Recalling the Orangeburg Massacre

By Kenneth Jeffers   February 8 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the Orangeburg massacre, the shooting of protesters by highway patrol officers on the campus of South Carolina State University.  About 200 protesters had previously demonstrated against racial segregation at a local bowling alley. Trinidad-born Kenneth Jeffers,  retired manager of the City of Toronto’s […]

America’s Ronald K. Brown dancers in full flame

America’s Ronald K. Brown dancers in full flame

By Stephen Weir Ronald K. Brown is one class act.  The 51-year old American dancer and choreographer slipped into downtown Toronto over the weekend without fanfare, notice, and unfortunately ticket sales. His seven-member troupe put on last Friday’s night blistering performance at Harbourfront’s Fleck Theatre, even though they were dancing in front of a near […]

Venezuela prefers bilateral negotiations with Guyana over border dispute

Venezuela prefers bilateral negotiations with Guyana over border dispute

  CARACAS – The decision by United Nations Secretary General to refer Guyana’s century-old border dispute with Venezuela to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) is not sitting well with its neighbour. In fact, Venezuela has rejected the move. Instead, it prefers bilateral negotiations with Guyana to try to reach a resolution. “The Government of […]

Trump signs order to keep Guantanamo Bay prison open

Trump signs order to keep Guantanamo Bay prison open

WASHINGTON – United States President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to keep America’s detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, open. He signed it just before presenting his first State of the Union Address last week, saying that the US must “continue to have all necessary power to detain terrorists, wherever we chase them […]

Ninth Grammy for Rihanna

Ninth Grammy for Rihanna

Barbadian superstar Rihanna (Robyn Rihanna Fenty) has  won yet another Grammy. At the 60th annual Grammy Awards show at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Sunday night, Rihanna, who had previously won eight Grammys, copped the award for best rap/sung performance for her collaboration with Kendrick Lamar on Royalty off his album Damn.  Later in the […]

Haitian Ambassador invites Trump to visit Haiti

Haitian Ambassador invites Trump to visit Haiti

WASHINGTON  – An invitation has been extended to US President Donald Trump to visit Haiti following reports that he made a derogatory comment about the French-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member state. The invitation came from Haiti’s ambassador to the US, Paul Altidor, who was speaking with CNN last week. According to Altidor, the words reportedly said […]

CARICOM slams Trump’s remarks

CARICOM slams Trump’s remarks

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has said that it is deeply disturbed by the use of derogatory and repulsive language reportedly used by U.S. President Donald Trump in referring to Haiti, one of its member states, and other developing countries. A statement from the Secretariat at the weekend said the grouping “condemns in the strongest terms, […]

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