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Will the decision by several U.S. cruise lines to home port in the Caribbean this summer become a permanent fixture, or is it just a temporary workaround? The widespread suspicion that it is the latter, was succinctly voiced in one recent online posting on Tribune242’s website in The Bahamas: “These

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Perhaps the most important aspect of the short statement issued in Washington after a first two-hour meeting last week between Antony Blinken, the new U.S. Secretary of State and his CARICOM counterparts was its emphasis on inclusivity. In contrast to the failure of the Trump Administration to demonstrate any sense

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Last month Britain published two significant post-Brexit policy documents setting out its future thinking on foreign policy, defense, security, and development. Both referenced in general terms the importance to the U.K. of its 14 Overseas Territories located around the world. The relationship was encapsulated in the suggestion that shared interests

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There is an old saying that you wait ages for a London bus and then two — or even three — come along at once. It is not an expression, as far as I am aware, that has ever been applied to policy statements affecting U.K.-Caribbean relations. However, in the

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When the economies of the Caribbean and Central America finally exit the pandemic, most will be in crisis. As a recent [International Monetary Fund] IMF review of The Bahamas put it, recovery to pre-pandemic levels “will likely take years” and the “downside risks loom large.” The same prognosis is expected

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Last year was a disaster for Caribbean tourism. Estimates suggest that visitor arrivals to the region fell by 75 percent in the last three quarters of 2020 causing overall Caribbean economic growth for the year to contract by 6.2 percent. Despite this, industry professionals now express cautious optimism that by

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It is hard to know what the future holds for Venezuela, its opposition leader Juan Guaidó, or the present U.S.-led policy that emphasizes sanctions and isolation. Last week, as was wholly predictable, President Maduro’s United Socialist Party of Venezuela, and allied parties, took 67 percent of seats in the National

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It is easy to share the excitement felt across the Caribbean at President-Elect Joe Biden’s victory in the U.S. polls. However, a calmer voice within suggests that while the outcome will bring some short-term big-picture policy gains for the region, the extreme political polarization the election highlighted does not bode

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Speaking recently at Bocas Lit Fest, Jamaica’s former Prime Minister P.J. Patterson, observed that in recent years there had been a “deliberate attempt” to split the Caribbean. After referencing the EU’s divisive action in relation to the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of Nations (the ACP), he went on to

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As CARICOM trade ministers meet to discuss the future of Caribbean sugar, David Jessop (Caribbean Council) argues that successful protection of the industry will require that the four exporting countries, their fractious sugar industries, and food and drink manufacturers jointly recognize the long-term benefits that could flow from integration. GEORGETOWN — Among the

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