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What route did the first settlers to colonize the islands of the Caribbean take? M.M. Swee/Moment via Getty Images

Archaeologists determined the step-by-step path taken by the first people to settle the Caribbean islands

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.
Wind turbines are slowly replacing coal plants in Germany, an industrial powerhouse with a conservative government and a strong climate agenda. Reuters/Pawel Kopczynski

Market-based policies work to fight climate change, from India to Jamaica

Conservatives worldwide favor carbon pricing, cap-and-trade systems and other innovative environmental plans – just not in the United States.
Rastafarians celebrate after the South African Constitutional Court ruled that the personal use of marijuana is now legal. EFE-EPA/Kim Ludbrook

Marijuana use in South Africa: what next after landmark court ruling?

The legalisation of the private use of cannabis in South Africa is a victory for human rights. But, much more work needs to be done to make it practical.
Guitarist David Hinds at Reggae on the Rocks in Denver, Colorado. Photo by Rick Scuteri/Invision/AP

Reggae’s sacred roots and call to protest injustice

Reggae is the musical expression of Rastafari, a belief system of migrants to Jamaica. A popular song, 'Rivers of Babylon,' offers a window into their spirituality and longing for their homeland.
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Windrush generation: the history of unbelonging

People from the Windrush generation have been told recently that they do not belong in Britain, but they are no strangers to feelings of unbelonging, which feature strongly in their stories of early life in Britain.
Jamaica’s lotto scammers have gotten rich tricking American seniors and gamblers into thinking they’ve won the lotto, then demanding a modest ‘processing fee.’ Gene Blevins/Reuters

How lotto scammers defraud elderly Americans and fuel gang wars in Jamaica

Lotto scamming — a criminal enterprise largely targeting elderly Americans — is lucrative in western Jamaica, where it is thought to be behind 50 percent of all area murders last year.
A migrant worker picks peaches in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., in the summer of 2015. (Shutterstock)

The cruel trade-off at your local produce aisle

Every year, migrant workers come to Canada to pick the fruits and vegetables we take for granted. They aren't paid well and get none of the benefits they pay into. It's time to treat them fairly.
Marlon James, who this week became the first Jamaican to win the Man Booker Prize, represents a new generation of Caribbean novelists. Neil Hall/Reuters

A Brief History of Seven Killings heralds a new era in Jamaican writing

Marlon James won the Booker Prize this week with a book that focuses on the unrest and violence of 1970s Jamaica, a troubled chapter that continues to shape the island nation's present - and its future.

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