Indigenous Geographies and Caribbean Feminisms

By Gabrielle Hosein Gabrielle Jamela Hosein is a feminist, activist, poet and Director of the Institute for Gender and Development Studies at the University of the West Indies, St.

For Derek Walcott

1930-2017 By Kwame Dawes Kwame Dawes is the author of twenty books of poetry and numerous other books of fiction, criticism, and essays.

International Women’s Day in the Caribbean: Marching in Solidarity with #LifeinLeggings to End Violence Against Women and Girls

Compiled by D. Alissa Trotz Alissa Trotz is Editor of the In the Diaspora Column In November 2016, two Barbadian women, Ronelle King and Allyson Benn started what has now become known as the #LifeInLeggings movement, where survivors of various manifestations of violence against women shared their personal experiences, putting a public spotlight on sexual abuse, sexual harassment and other forms of sexual violence throughout the Caribbean.

Self esteem and coping skills

By The Caribbean Voice   The Caribbean Voice is a New York-based NGO that has been involved in social activism since its launch in 1998.

International Mother Language Day

By Dhanaiswary Jaganauth University of Guyana (Dhanaiswary Jaganauth is a member of the Informal working group for language policy and language rights) In 1999, UNESCO proclaimed February 21 as International Mother Language Day.

Islamophobia in Quebec wasn’t created overnight​

Sabrien Amrov is a PhD student in Human Geography at the University of Toronto in Canada The murder of six Muslims at an Islamic Center in Quebec City, Canada, on Sunday January 29th has generated great public outcry.

Migrant workers: Unfree labour in the 21st Century

Aziz Choudry Aziz Choudry is associate professor and Canada Research Chair in Social Movement Learning and Knowledge Production in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education, McGill University, Montreal, and visiting professor at the Centre for Education Rights and Transformation in the University of Johannesburg’s Faculty of Education.

Talking to and with Youth

By The Caribbean Voice The Caribbean Voice is a New York-based NGO that has been involved in social activism since its launch in 1998.

Yo Soy Fidel: A reflection

I arrived in Havana, Cuba, on the evening of Sunday, December 4. Earlier that day Fidel Castro’s ashes had been privately interred at Santa Ifigenia cemetery in Santiago de Cuba.

Fidel Castro, Cuba, and our Caribbean Dream

By D Alissa Trotz Alissa Trotz is Editor of the In the Diaspora Column I was up at 12.34 am on Sunday morning when I received word that Fidel Castro, 90 years old, had died in Havana.

A Haitian Psychomachia

By Matthew J. Smith Matthew J. Smith is Professor of Caribbean History, UWI-Mona.

Hurricane Matthew in Haiti: Looking Beyond the Disaster Narrative

By Mark Schuller This column was first published on Common Dreams ( on Wednesday October 5th, 2016 Mark Schuller is Associate Professor of at Northern Illinois University and affiliate at the Faculté d’Ethnologie, l’Université d’État d’Haïti.

Encounters with Mittelholzer

By Samuel Braithwaite   Samuel Brathwaite is a lecturer in the Department of Economics, the University of the West Indies, Mona   Introduction In May of this year, I was asked by Prof.

The squandering of riches or the successful shaping of self?

By George Mentore   George Mentore teaches anthropology at the University of Virginia   I have three broad questions to discuss, each arising from the recent attempt by the Government of Guyana to relocate the Walter Roth Museum — an administrative effort which, I have to say, appears far more reflective of engorged political muscles unaware of the consequences of its ponderous movements, than the rational choice of a well-informed leadership.

CARICOM must not retreat

  By Wendy Grenade   Dr. Wendy C. Grenade is a Grenadian who is a Lecturer in Political Science and the Deputy Dean (Outreach), Faculty of Social Sciences, the University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill Campus.

Why I will never celebrate Indian Arrival Day

By Rajiv Mohabir   Rajiv Mohabir, author of The Taxidermist’s Cut, is an award winning poet and translator who currently teaches poetry and composition at the University of Hawai’i where he is pursuing his PhD in English.

You are so Beautiful to me Muhammad Ali

By Nesha Zahoratul Haniff   Nesha Zahoratul Haniff is professor in the Departments of Afroamerican and African Studies, and Women’s Studies, University of Michigan.

The Timehri Film Festival

By Vidyaratha Kissoon Vidyaratha Kissoon escaped from the yawning jaguar but wrote this column because so much of what was published about events in May 2016 was negative (The  first Timehri Film Festival was held at Moray House Trust, in Georgetown from 18 to 20 May, 2016.

Memories of Independence

Alissa Trotz teaches at the University of Toronto and is the editor of the In the Diaspora column How many times have we seen the coat of arms without really understanding what it stands for?

Depression – The Silent Killer

By The Caribbean Voice & CADVA with contributions by Clinical psychologist, Dr. Nathilee Caldeira)   For the average onlooker, it often takes a giant leap of perception and intuition to begin to understand the maze of darkness for which suicide seems a welcoming beam of light for someone suffering from depression.

A public good: Great expectations

By Cynthia Barrow-Giles   Cynthia Barrow-Giles is Senior Lecturer in Political Science at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados.

Who are we away from ‘home’? A View of Diaspora Identity

By Lear Matthews (A version of this article was first published in the March, 2016 edition of the Guyana Cultural Association Magazine) Participants in Guyana’s Golden Jubilee Symposium Series will explore four interrelated questions: Who are we?

Lahore Diary

By Jamila Ali Jamila Ali, a friend of the Caribbean, lives with her family in Lahore, Pakistan.