The enslaved people who produced sugar before the Civil War did dangerous and grueling work.
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Before the Civil War, US activists sought to combat slavery through sugar boycotts. Instead, consumption grew.
An empty school classroom in Uganda.
School closures have immediate and long-term effects on students, both emotionally and economically. They will also have a ripple effect on a country and on income inequality.
Fishing in the Maldives.
Idyllic destinations have been seen a calamitous drop in income since the pandemic.
U.S. envoy resigned over “inhumane” treatment of Haitian migrants.
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The Biden administration has used a public health provision to deport thousands of Haitian migrants entering the US via Mexico.
Lionfish are now invading the western Atlantic Ocean, from North Carolina to Brazil.
The lionfish has few natural predators, and its venomous spines deter potential predators. But there may still be ways to naturally control the growth of this invader’s population.
Like many marine species, oysters are affected by nanoplastics that pollute the oceans.
Nanoplastics and arsenic can affect some of the most basic functions of oysters.
Natural disasters are not uncommon in Haiti; neither is political instability.
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Devastating quake came weeks after the assassination of Haiti’s president. A scholar of disaster preparedness explains the concept of ‘cascading crises’ and how other countries can help stabilize Haiti.
Tourism provides about one-fourth of all jobs in Jamaica.
The Caribbean has long been the gold standard for western tourism: but our image of the islands as paradises ripe for our enjoyment is harming their environment and people.
Mats of Sargassum seaweed off the coast of St. Martin in April 2018.
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Huge blooms of brown seaweed have fouled Florida and Caribbean beaches almost every year over the past decade. They originate in Africa and South America. and are fueled by human activities.
A rare unauthorized public gathering in Havana on July 11, 2021. Some demonstrators on the streets that day chanted ‘Down with the dictatorship.’
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Experts explain the recent history behind the rare public outpouring of anger in Cuba.
Haitian police patrol outside the presidential residence in Port-au-Prince on July 7, 2021, after President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated.
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Expert background on Haiti, where President Jovenel Moïse’s July 7 killing is the latest in the Caribbean nation’s long list of struggles.
Presidential guards patrol the entrance to the residence of late Haitian President Jovenel Moïse in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on July 7, 2021. Moïse was assassinated there early that morning.
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The assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse in his home outside Port-au-Prince ended a presidency that had plunged the already troubled nation deeper into crisis.
South Sea Islander children in Queensland, around 1902-05.
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Australia’s use of Pacific Islander workers in the late 19th century was part of a much bigger story of British sugar barons and the trans-Atlantic slave trade.
Protest signs on the ground before a march on March 28, 2021, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to denounce President Jovenel Moïse’s efforts to stay in office past his term.
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Haitian president Jovenel Moïse is accused of overstaying his term, embezzling funds and dismantling parliament. Protests are a hallmark of his presidency – but the language of them has changed.
Cuba’s Finaly Institute, which is developing three ‘Soberana’ vaccine candidates for COVID-19.
A transcript of episode 14 of The Conversation Weekly podcast, including how people make their life’s biggest decisions.
People visit fruit section of a grocery store on Guadeloupe, an island group in the southern Caribbean Sea.
Debt relief would improve Caribbean states’ response to global crises.
Stratford Hall in Westmoreland, Virginia, where enslaved cook and chocolatier Caesar lived and worked in the kitchen.
There’s a bittersweet history to chocolate in America. At one plantation museum in Virginia, the story of enslaved chocolatier Caesar shows the oppression that lay behind the elite’s culinary treat.
What route did the first settlers to colonize the islands of the Caribbean take?
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Did people settle these islands by traveling north from South America, or in the other direction? Reanalyzing data from artifacts discovered decades ago provides a definitive answer.
A yellow fever ward in Havana in 1899.
Will the COVID-19 pandemic change the global balance of power? It wouldn’t be the first time.
The Queen meets her representative in Barbados, Dame Sandra Mason, at Windsor Castle.
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Barbados is avoiding a referendum on whether to remove the Queen as head of state – is that a good idea?