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

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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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New letters from US Members of Congress question austerity policies in Jamaica and Greece that have resulted in unsustainable debt burdens

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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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Despite apparent moves by CARICOM to regionally isolate the Dominican Republic, the country is poised to be an economic powerhouse in the region, at CARICOM’s loss

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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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Critics of an EU tax-haven blacklist say the organisation is playing dice with small states’ reputations, while ignoring European tax avoidance hubs

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

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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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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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There is a need for the region and those beyond to form a balanced judgement to determine how best to relate to Russia in the Caribbean, as Moscow’s diplomatic advances continue.

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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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On the tenth anniversary of the CCJ, there is still piecemeal adoption across the region of the Court as a final Court of Appeal

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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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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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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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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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We spoke to J-FLAG for its take on the Human Rights Watch report ‘Not Safe at Home’, and gay men’s access to healthcare in Jamaica

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Fearing violent reprisals, Jamaican gay Javed Jaghai has dropped a constitutional challenge to Jamaica’s sodomy law which criminalises sex between men

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While reestablishing ties between Cuba and the U.S. seems to be easy with fast progress, in reality it is a complex and challenging process.

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As Cuba negotiates relations with the U.S., the internet may become the issue that culturally and politically defines the country’s identity.

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