Tag Archives: Caribbean

Cuban Govt Seeks Support For Same-Sex Marriage

Reuters reports: Cuba’s communist government is seeking to rally support for a new family code that would open the door to gay marriage and boost women’s rights, but experts and a recent survey suggest an upcoming referendum vote may not provide a rubber stamp. The new code would legalize same sex marriage and civil unions, allow such couples to adopt …

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Barbados Cuts Ties To UK Monarchy, Becomes Republic

The Associated Press reports: Barbados stopped pledging allegiance to Queen Elizabeth II on Tuesday as it shed another vestige of its colonial past and became a republic for the first time in history. Barbados didn’t need permission from the U.K. to become a republic, although the island will remain a member of the Commonwealth Realm. It’s an event that the …

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Haiti Struck By 7.2 Magnitude Quake, Major Damage

CNN reports: The US Geological Survey said it’s likely that casualties are “high” after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck near Haiti Saturday morning. “High casualties are probable and the disaster is likely widespread,” according to the USGS. Haiti’s Civil Protection told CNN there have been fatalities and damage. A tsunami threat that had been issued for the region has passed, according …

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Cuba Sees Largest Anti-Govt Protests In Decades

The New York Times reports: Shouting “Freedom” and other anti-government slogans, hundreds of Cubans took to the streets in cities around the country on Sunday to protest food and medicine shortages, in a remarkable eruption of discontent not seen in nearly 30 years. Hundreds of people marched through San Antonio de los Baños, southwest of Havana, with videos streaming live …

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Haiti Requests US Troops After Killing Of President

The New York Times reports: Haitian government officials took the extraordinary step of requesting that the United States send in troops to protect Haiti’s port, airport, gasoline reserves and other key infrastructure as the country has descended into turmoil in the wake of the brazen assassination of President Jovenel Moïse early Wednesday morning. Haiti has a history of unwanted American …

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Two Haitian-Americans Arrested In Killing Of President

The Associated Press reports: Two men believed to be Haitian Americans — one of them purportedly a former bodyguard at the Canadian Embassy in Port au Prince — have been arrested in connection with the assassination of Haiti’s president, a senior Haitian official said Thursday. Mathias Pierre, Haiti’s minister of elections, told The Associated Press that James Solages was among …

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Haitian Police Kill Four Assassination Suspects

CNN reports: Four suspects connected to the assassination of Haiti’s President Jovenel Moise [photo] were killed by police on Wednesday, and another two have been detained, Haiti’s ambassador to the United States said. Speaking to CNN en Español on Wednesday night, Ambassador Bocchit Edmond said the suspects were foreigners and Haitian National Police were in the process of determining their …

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Haitian President Assassinated At His Home [VIDEO]

NBC News reports: Haitian President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated after a group of unidentified people attacked his private residence, the country’s interim prime minister said in a statement Wednesday. First Lady Martine Moïse is hospitalized following the attack late Tuesday, interim Premier Claude Joseph said. Joseph condemned what he called a “hateful, inhumane and barbaric act,” adding that Haiti’s National …

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Raul Castro Steps Down As Cuba’s Leader At Age 89

The Wall Street Journal reports: Raúl Castro said Friday he was stepping down as chief of Cuba’s ruling Communist Party, leaving behind a demoralized country running on little except post-revolutionary fumes as it struggles with growing food shortages and rising discontent. Mr. Castro’s retirement announcement, which came during a four-day party congress in Havana, marks a generational change as the …

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Caribbean Volcano Erupts In New “Huge Explosion”

The Associated Press reports: La Soufriere volcano fired an enormous amount of ash and hot gas early Monday in the biggest explosive eruption yet since volcanic activity began on the eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent late last week, with officials worried about the lives of those who have refused to evacuate. Experts called it a “huge explosion” that generated …

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Caribbean Volcano Erupts, Thousands Evacuated

The New York Times reports: A volcano in the southern Caribbean that had been dormant for decades erupted on Friday, spewing clouds of ash and smoke miles into the sky.  The volcano, known as La Soufrière, on the northern tip of the main island of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, which began showing signs of renewed activity in late December, …

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7.7 Mag Quake Shakes Caribbean, Tsunami Warning

The Guardian reports: A powerful magnitude 7.7 earthquake has struck in the sea south of Cuba, triggering a tsunami warning for Cuba, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, but tsunami warnings were quickly issued. The quake also hit the Cayman Islands, leaving cracked roads and what appeared to be sewage spilling from …

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TRINIDAD: High Court Strikes Down Buggery Law

Erasing 76 Crimes reports: Trinidad’s High Court today ruled that the nation’s law against same-sex intimacy is unconstitutional. Justice Devindra Rampersad, who is presiding over the case, stated in his ruling: “The court declares that sections 13 and 16 of the [Sexual Offences Act] are unconstitutional, illegal, null, void, invalid and of no effect to the extent that these laws …

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TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO: Christians March For Buggery Law So God Doesn’t Send More Natural Disasters

Trinidad’s Newsday reports: Over 500 activists, mobilised by T&T Cause – a coalition of local evangelical churches – congregated in front the Parliament building yesterday. It was the starting point of their peaceful march to protest the possibility that the High Court may rule against the constitutionality of buggery laws – all in defense of preserving family values. The protest …

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TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO: Christians To Rally Against “Cancer” Of LGBT Rights Ahead Of Buggery Ruling

The Trinidad Express reports: People who identify themselves as gay, lesbian, homosexual or transgender should not have the same rights as “normal” people. That is the view expressed by the Christian non-governmental organisation, T&T Cause. The group is led by Bishop Keith Ramdass, Bishop Dr Victor Gill and Vernon De Leon and was formed “to resist the tide of immorality …

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Hurricane Maria Slams Into Puerto Rico [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: One of the strongest hurricanes to ever hit Puerto Rico pummeled the island Wednesday, tearing off roofs and sending doors flying from hinges as officials warned Hurricane Maria would decimate the power company’s crumbling infrastructure and force the government to rebuild dozens of communities. Maria, which has killed at least nine in the Caribbean, made landfall …

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Hurricane Maria Devastates Dominica At Category 5, Governor Of Puerto Rico Calls For Evacuations [VIDEO]

NBC News reports: Hurricane Maria left a trail of destruction as it hit the Caribbean island of Dominica as a Category 5 storm and then battered Guadeloupe with powerful winds early Tuesday. Forecasters warned that the storm could leave some parts of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands uninhabitable for months. NBC News meteorologist Bill Karins highlighted that Maria …

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Hurricane Maria Takes Aim At Battered Caribbean

CNN reports: Hurricane Maria is forecast to rapidly strengthen over the next two days as it takes aim at Caribbean islands devastated by Hurricane Irma just days ago. “Significant strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Maria is expected to become a dangerous major hurricane before it moves through the Leeward Islands,” according to the National Hurricane Center’s …

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BARBADOS: Government Nixes Same-Sex Marriage

Via Barbados Today: The Barbados Government “will not change the law” to allow for same-sex marriages, an adamant Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite has declared. However, Brathwaite warned the island had no room for discrimination on the basis of sexuality. “As a lawmaker, if Jane decides she wants to live with Janice, that is their business as far I am concerned. …

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Cayman Islands Reaffirms Same-Sex Marriage Ban To Stop The Satanic Confusion Of Homosexuality

Saying that he was acting on “Holy Bible evidence” about the “Satanic confusion” of homosexuality, Cayman Islands Rep. Anthony Eden has led the legislature of the popular cruise destination to unanimously reaffirm its ban on same-sex marriage. From the Cayman Compass: “To me, this is one of the most important motions for this House and the people of the Cayman …

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