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Stories about Barbados

Elsa, the first major storm of 2021's hurricane season, sweeps across the Caribbean

With flash flooding, felled trees, and damage to homes and buildings, Elsa announces this year's hurricane season with unwelcome fanfare.

Barbados’ prime minister chastises musicians for violent lyrics; artists defend freedom of expression

Prime Minister Mia Mottley dismissed the “artistic license” defence by noting that some people in Barbadian society lack the maturity required to not interpret the musical message literally.

This open-source software is helping Barbados and Jamaica preserve their cultural heritage

The free Arches software helps cultural heritage organisations “respond to the critical and common challenges [...] around creating and maintaining modern inventory systems."

Caribbean denounces Trump’s decision to put Cuba back on terrorism list; hopes for a reversal with Biden

Some expect the Biden/Harris administration to re-establish a working relationship with the island; other Cuban commentators find that unlikely. Either way, CARICOM wants Cuba taken off the US' terrorism list.

From COVID-19 to Caribbean literature, this is what the region looked like in 2020

COVID-19 was at the top of the news cycle this year. In the Caribbean, the pandemic exacerbated already existing issues, but also allowed regional netizens to reimagine their collective future.

Google Doodle of economist and Nobel laureate Sir Arthur Lewis makes the Caribbean proud

The St Lucian-born economist, who became known for his “Lewis model” of economic development, was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics in 1979.

World AIDS Day 2020: How has the Caribbean dealt with HIV during COVID-19?

Threatened livelihoods, disruption in supply chains, and changes in health care delivery are all challenges which people living with HIV/AIDS in the region have had to grapple with under COVID-19.

Barbados removes statue of British naval officer Horatio Nelson for his role in the slave trade

"The point is not the destruction of ‘the past’, as if there was one monolithic uncontested past, but the renegotiation of which past the present holds up to its face."

The Caribbean's case for reparations: Part III

Reparatory justice can play an important role in dealing with challenges like disease, climate change and COVID-19, all of which pose existential threats to the region.

The Caribbean's case for reparations: Part II

"We transformed these broken colonies into functional democracies without any support […] and now we have this debt crisis because we were abandoned by those who plundered our wealth."

The Caribbean's case for reparations: Part I

"When a wrong has been committed, it must be repaired. If you recognise that colonization has been a source of massive crimes against humanity, then reparations are legitimate."

Citizenship by investment in the Caribbean: Economic boon or diplomatic minefield?

Citizenship by Investment, dubbed the “golden passport”, offers the wealthy a second citizenship at a time when visa and COVID-19 restrictions are becoming more onerous.

Barbados declares intent to recognise same-sex unions and remove British queen as head of state

The Cayman Islands recently made same-sex partnerships legal, but Barbados may become the first CARICOM member to do so. It will also replace the queen as head of state.

Former prime minister of Barbados, Owen Arthur, dies

"There is no economist working today in this region of the world who has not drawn on the wisdom, rigour and intellectual fearlessness of the [Right Honourable] Owen Seymour Arthur."

Since George Floyd's murder, black Barbadians are becoming more vocal about racism

Through their support of the Black Lives Matter movement, young activists are challenging the status quo.

Everton Weekes, last of the ‘Three Ws’ of Caribbean cricket, dies at age 95

"Everton Weekes was a great Barbados champion who epitomised living life to the full."

Amid Black Lives Matter protests, fresh calls to remove statuary that hijacks the Caribbean's historical narrative

BLM protests have inspired the denigration and defacement of symbols of black oppression. The Caribbean, with its long history of occupation, has its own symbols of oppression to reconsider.

Restarting Caribbean economies under threat of COVID-19

As a major source of foreign exchange and employment for most of the region, safely opening up borders to overseas visitors has become ever more pressing.

Is the Caribbean winning the fight against COVID-19?

Could the region be past the worst — or simply enjoying a quieter period before the much-feared second wave?

‘Born fi dead': The Caribbean looks at the George Floyd protests and sees itself

"This Minneapolis fight was Marcus Garvey’s fight; it was Martin’s fight; it was Malcolm’s fight; it was Marley’s fight. It’s a Caribbean fight and it’s a global fight."

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