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Dominica grapples with grim aftermath of Tropical Storm Erika

HIGHLIGHT - Tropical Storm Erika has brought devastation to Dominica in a way that seemingly had not been anticipated by the island’s government or emergency planners, after a sudden shift in the storm's path.

By midday on Thursday, intense rains associated with the storm caused rivers to burst their banks, triggering intense flooding and mudslides that killed at least four people. Twenty others remain missing, but a final toll is not expected until full communication facilities are restored.

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Despite a drop in fuel costs, both the airlines and regional governments are keen to keep up revenues – to the detriment of the tourism market

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New risk models show a potentially large earthquake in Caribbean subduction zones would be capable of generating catastrophic tsunamis

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Wielding handguns and a grenade, three prisoners broke free from Port of Spain prison in a dramatic episode that left one dead, two unapprehended, and a police officer murdered

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Despite Haiti being forced to pay billions in reparations to former slave-owners in France in exchange for its own independence, the French president has a different concept of what constitutes “moral debt”

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Mainstream narratives around the United States’ new relations with Cuba often omit a history of US-sponsored terrorism, and the role of the Cuban Five in mounting a response

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Whilst Caribbean countries are not alone in restricting dual citizens from holding elected office, these laws have a much more pronounced effect here for a simple reason

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An IMF-influenced austerity budget that prioritises debt pay-down over capital expenditure is exerting negative social impacts in Jamaica, mitigated only by politically unsustainable support from China and Venezuela

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Co-Ops are proving to be a successful alternative to full capitalist reform in Cuba’s economy, but challenges remain

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An Exxon Mobil oil discovery off the coast of Guyana could have unearthed 700 million barrels of oil worth up to US$40bil – or twelve times the country’s GDP – government sources claim

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A look at the PPP/C Government’s track records, election campaigns and the campaign promises of the APNU+AFC alliance contesting the polls

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In 1972, the leaders of Guyana, Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago put themselves and their countries at risk for a principle in which they believed

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St. Lucian Prime Minister says that CARICOM is being held hostage by member countries unwilling to commit, in a wide ranging critique of the regional institution

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Unpopular at home amid economic hardships, the Maduro regime has made a clearly illegal claim to Guyana’s territorial waters

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Western countries, firms and NGOs have benefited significantly from Haiti’s underdevelopment, but nobody is talking about it

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President Obama’s moves in Latin America have already made history, but his Caribbean policies give governments in the region less to rejoice about

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Teen businessman-in-the-making he is not. Warren Cassell is already a mogul.

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A regional LGBT lobby has criticized a Jamaican evangelical group’s petition against LGBT equality in the Caribbean, following a US Supreme Court decision on marriage equality

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At the time, it was called “America’s least successful experiment in imperialism.” But one hundred years later, it now seems to be one of America’s most enduring.

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Why were HIV-infected Cubans, including those with an aggressive viral strain, still treatment naive during a medical study?

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US Vice-President Joe Biden said that Caribbean energy is “equal to anything else America is doing around the world”, and it has a lot to with PetroCaribe

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Media and political rhetoric that fuel islamophobia as a response to terrorism in the West are counter-intuitive, and contribute to a vicious cycle of radicalisation

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A regional LGBT lobby has criticized a Jamaican evangelical group’s petition against LGBT equality in the Caribbean, following a US Supreme Court decision on marriage equality

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We interview one of the Caribbean’s leading gay activists and one of the leading Christian lobbies on the removal of regional anti-gay laws

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American LGBT advocates are making inroads in Cuba, with the support of Raul Castro’s daughter who is helping to change her family’s legacy on LGBT rights

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