Tag: United States of America

Cuba Marks Six Decades Under United States Sanctions

HAVANA — Cuba today marks 60 years under a U.S. economic blockade that has deeply affected the communist nation’s fortunes and shows no signs of being lifted. Decreed by U.S. president John F. Kennedy on February 3, 1962, the embargo on all bilateral trade came into effect four days later. Its purpose, said Kennedy’s executive […]

Analysis: As Haiti Investigation Stalls, U.S. Probes President’s Killing

PORT-AU-PRINCE — The United States is becoming increasingly involved in the investigation of Haitian President Jovenel Moise’s murder, with key suspects facing the prospect of trial in U.S. courts, as a probe by the Caribbean nation’s authorities stalls. Congress last week ordered the U.S. State Department to produce a report about the July 7 assassination, […]

Since COVID-19 Killed Caribbean Economy, U.S. Should Give Debt Relief, Browne Says

SAINT JOHN’S — The COVID-19 pandemic has decimated economies across the tourism-dependent Caribbean costing losses as high as 20 percent in some countries in just one year, the prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda and current chairman of the 15-member Caribbean Community said this weekend. “Our biggest issue is funding at this point,” Gaston Browne […]

St. Lucia’s New Prime Minister Wants U.S. ‘Climate Cash’ To Pay For Stinky Seaweed

CASTRIES — St. Lucia’s new prime minister, Philip Pierre, has urged the United States and other rich nations to ramp up climate finance and disburse funds more quickly to vulnerable Caribbean nation states, as “fast and furious” hurricanes become the new normal. The tiny eastern Caribbean nation of St. Lucia and other island states in […]

United States To Deliver Nearly 837K Pfizer Vaccines To The Caribbean

SAN JUAN — The U.S. government said today that it will deliver nearly 837,000 Pfizer vaccines to Caribbean nations as the region with limited resources struggles with a spike in COVID-19 cases amid violent anti-vaccine protests. The Bahamas will receive 397,000 doses followed by Trinidad and Tobago with more than 305,000 doses. Barbados will receive […]

Honduras Gets 1.5 Million Doses of Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine From U.S.

TEGUCIGALPA — Honduras will receive 1.5 million doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine from the United States today as part of an initial delivery of doses through the COVAX international vaccine-sharing program, White House officials told Reuters. The shipment is part of 80 million U.S. doses that President Joe Biden has pledged to share with […]

Will Caribbean Exchange Dollar Diplomacy For Renminbi Rebates? Expert Analysis

Can the Caribbean avoid being caught up in the accelerating east-west struggle for global influence? Is the region likely to find itself in a bidding war, “dancing to the rhythm of dollar diplomacy,” as Jamaica’s former Prime Minister Bruce Golding has suggested? Reading the communiqué from the recently held G7 summit, it is hard to […]

China Playing Long Game In The Caribbean Knowing It Is Vital To U.S. Strategic Interests

BRIDGETOWN — The Caribbean is vital to the strategic interests of the United States. It is the U.S. “front door” for maritime logistics, finance and tourism and generations of immigrants from the Caribbean that have helped shape U.S. society and culture Given the strategic position of the Caribbean it is not surprising that China is […]

Governor Bryan Asks President Biden How USVI Can Assist U.S. Aid Efforts To India

CHRISTIANSTED — Governor Albert Bryan sent a letter to President Biden pledging the territory’s assistance in the U.S. Government’s efforts to help the people of India, who are suffering through an extreme surge of the COVID-19 virus that has resulted in more than 20 million cases and has inundated the Indian health care system and created […]

United States Is Rebuilding A Relationship With The Caribbean Region: OP-ED

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 of partnership with the region […]