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Stories about Caribbean

Post-COP26, a Caribbean view on climate injustice and ‘1.5 to stay alive’

What has the Caribbean, on the frontline of the climate crisis, gained now that COP26 is over? We speak with Yves Renard of Panos Caribbean, who shares some fascinating insights.

Popular, yet banned, songs in Cuba

"Listening to the song for the first time was a discovery for me at a time when food was scarce in my house."

As shorebird populations drastically decline in the French Caribbean, hunting traditions persist

The colonial era practice is still popular in Martinique and Guadeloupe, and also takes place in French Guiana, Suriname and, to a lesser extent, Barbados.

Jamaicans mourn the passing of human rights defender Nancy Anderson, who worked to assist the island's most vulnerable citizens

As "a very proud advocate for human rights," one of Anderson’s key achievements was to help make legal services more widely available to the poor in Jamaica.

Barbados forges a digital path by becoming the first country to establish an embassy in the metaverse

While operational specifics are still unclear, Michael J. Casey, Chief Content Officer at CoinDesk, which broke the story, says the Barbados government's move has the potential to be "quite disruptive."

Jamaica officially recognises the life and legacy of iconic wartime nurse, Mary Seacole

"[Especially during the] COVID-19 outbreak, when healthcare professionals have been similarly challenged by a pandemic, it is an appropriate time to mark her birth, life, legacy and example.”

Could Jamaica's ‘wickedest city’ become a UNESCO World Heritage Site?

Jamaica hopes to get World Heritage status for Port Royal, one of only three sunken sites in the world and the only one in the Western hemisphere.

Once more, Jamaicans debate whether states of emergency are an effective crime-fighting tool or a band aid

The murder rate in some communities in Jamaica has increased between 16 and 57 per cent in 2021, with the country recording 1,240 murders so far this year.

Take a hike! Some of the Caribbean's most scenic trails in photos

Many Caribbean people are avid hikers—these photos will show you why.

Barbados prime minister Mia Mottley's defence of Small Island Developing States at COP26 makes her a regional rock star

"How does Barbados feel about [Prime Minister] Mia Mottley? Because the rest of the Caribbean feels as though y’all won the lottery in the PM dept."

‘My people, from above and afar': Havana in photos

The photos were influenced by the story of "a BEFORE and an AFTER."

The best of both worlds? Guyana wants to be a low-carbon oil producer

The South American nation believes it is time to make its citizens rich, and thinks it can do so while keeping the forests intact and pursuing a prolific oil industry.

Caribbean negotiators should seek solutions and support at COP26

“If you don’t have a proper system to transparently account for [certain measures], you can’t really tell whether you’re making it to carbon neutrality by 2050.”

‘Loss and Damage’ are critical issues for fragile Caribbean states at COP26

"It’s important for high emitting, major polluters to commit to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. That is what is driving the extremes of climate change. Meanwhile, we have to adapt."

Brandy Rodriguez, ‘fearless’ advocate for Trinidad and Tobago's LGBTQ+ community, dies

'Her work has assisted with the reduction of exclusion, discrimination, and violence of marginalized groups – especially Trans-Women.'

Chaotic attempt to remove Trinidad & Tobago's president demonstrates how ‘the country was the real loser’

Trinidad and Tobago's landscape of tribal politics recently culminated in a motion—which ultimately failed—to remove the country’s sitting president from office.

Controversial Jamaican pastor dies in car crash on the way to being charged for ‘cult’ deaths

Following the bizarre deaths of two congregants and a car crash that claimed the life of the sect's leader, Jamaicans are incredulous over how such "churches" are allowed to operate.

Yasin Abu Bakr, leader of Trinidad & Tobago's attempted Islamist coup, dies 31 years after failed insurrection

"Have you lot praising this ‘community leader’ ever thought about not only the people killed but the people living on after being traumatized?"

Key suspect in Haitian president’s assassination held in Jamaica on immigration charges

Details are still coming to light, but the suspect, Colombian national Mario Antonio Palacios Palacios, was arrested in central Jamaica, and was being held on immigration charges.

‘Self governance is self love': Barbados elects first local head of state on journey to becoming a republic

"We have a good relationship with the British monarchy. Long may it continue, as equals. Congratulations to our incoming President Dame Sandra Mason."

About our Caribbean coverage

Janine Mendes Franco is the Caribbean editor. Email her story ideas or volunteer to write.


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