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Slaves in Brazil

Slavery in Brazil

Slavery, A Modern-Age Slur on a Country Thriving in Prosperity. Reports of Brazil as a nation thriving with a strong economy growing healthily, cause both envy and intrigue to hang over the many countries, who far from managing to pull themselves out of recession, are plunging further into economic breakdown. Although this rosy picture of Brazil, which has been colorfully filling our television screens on recent news bulletins, is far from representative of the whole picture. In reality, slums slur the cities borders and slavery maims the rural areas. Why…

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Caribbean Kids

High Cost of Youth Risky Behavior

Many Caribbean youth are doing reasonably well. They live in loving and caring families, attend school and are involved in various social activities in their communities. The health and well-being of children and youth in the Caribbean is, and has been, the center of attention of many studies, meetings and policy directives set at the regional, sub regional and national levels. Programs have been put in place to address the basic needs of young children in the areas of health and education and to provide guidance and directives to youth…

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Human Resources Key to Economic Progress

The quality of human resources has a strong influence on the ability of societies, enterprises and governments to properly identify and analyse problems, to realistically and imaginatively envisage the future and to craft plans for achieving goals and objectives. The ingredients of high quality human resources are expert knowledge and skills, capacity for knowledge acquisition, analytical capacity, ability to communicate and creative adaptive responsibilities. All of these are necessary in the evolving socio-economic development situation of Caribbean countries. All impinge upon the ability of the Caribbean to remain internationally competitive…

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Haiti Development

Haiti’s Tortuous Development

Long before the January 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the country had been plagued with problems. Haiti, with some eight million people, is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, and has been so for quite some time. It is also of the Caribbean Community’s (CARICOM) most densely populated countries, with 306 people per square kilometer in 2003. The earthquake measuring 7.3 on the Richter Scale hit Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas. It is estimated that 3 million people have been affected by the disaster making an already vulnerable…

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Haiti Care

Haiti AIDS Patients Care Continues

Since the January 12, 2010 earthquake, the Haitian Group for Studies in Karposi’s Sarcoma and Opportunistic Infections (GHESKIO) in addition to supporting a field surgical hospital and a refugee camp for thousands of earthquake victims, it is providing humanitarian assistance and emergency care to those affected by the disaster as well as life saving medications to Persons Living with HIV and AIDS (PLHA) and tuberculosis. Even in the chaos left by the earthquake, hundreds of people make their monthly visits to Port-au-Prince’s GHESKIO clinic for AIDS treatment. Located in the…

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Holistic Approach to HIV/AIDS Vulnerable Groups

The scale of the HIV and AIDS epidemic exceeded expectations since it was identified 20 years ago. Globally, an estimated 36 million people are currently living with HIV, and some 20 million people have already died, with the worst of the epidemic centered on sub-Saharan Africa. But just as the spread of HIV has been greater than predicted, so too has been its impact on social capital, population structure and economic growth. Responding to AIDS on a scale commensurate with the epidemic is a global imperative, and the tools for…

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Caribbean Media Combat HIV/AIDS

It is widely accepted that one of the most effective ways to respond positively to HIV/AIDS and ensure behavior change is through the acceptance and dissemination of accurate information. It is also widely accepted that the broadcast industry is poised to be the leader in this exercise through the power of its reach and influence. To this end, the Caribbean broadcasters now have at their fingertips an online interactive tool to aid them in HIV/AIDS research as well as to empower them to produce accurate and innovative HIV/AIDS programming. This…

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Haiti Earthquake

UN Doctors Abandon Haiti Victims

CNN reported yesterday that the United Nations ordered all its doctors, nurses and all other UN staff to leave their emergency care duty stations in Port au Prince, one of the hardest hit areas by Haiti's earthquake, that UN decision lead to abandoning thousands of the earthquake victims including countless numbers of the critically wounded and numerous victims who had major surgeries. Instead of mobilizing the United Nations Blue Helmets, the UN uniformed forces, to provide security in and around the emergency care stations, the United Nations cited security concerns…

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Caribbean Strides to Prevent HIV/AIDS

Lorna Hamilton Henry is an HIV and AIDS activist in the Caribbean. She is also very open about her HIV status and advocates for and behalf of all persons living with HIV. Lorna is also the mother of two healthy children, but as she reminds everyone, an HIV mother giving birth in the Caribbean is treated much differently than expectant mothers who are not living with the disease. Lorna speaks openly of her life and as a mother living with the disease as she hopes that in so doing others…

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Haiti Earthquake 2010

UN Haiti Relief, Recovery, Development

Calling for UN Immediate Relief and Recovery for Haiti. What is there to say about this tragedy? What to do? How to get there? As a Caribbean national having grown up in New York, I have always been around Haitians; they were my next door neighbors, renting from the old Jewish lady with mezuzahs on her doorways, as existed on my home. I have moved through life with Haitians. I had a boyfriend from Haiti; we met as we both launched careers as international development professionals heading to Africa on…

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Women Activisim

Women Activism in Emerging Economies

In Trinidad, 2009, two books were written regarding a nascent activist movement against the plan of the government for smelter in southern lands, untouched forest since the time of Columbus. Both books were written by men, activists in this Anti-Smelter movement. One book was written by humanities lecturer Dr. Wayne Kublalsingh. The other was written by an Orisha, indigenous African religion from Nigeria, Yoruba State, adherent, Burton Sankerali. Wayne’s book spoke about his philosophy on national development. For Wayne did not just oppose what the government was doing in its…