Category Archives: Carribean

September 5, 2022

Report: Cubans Held 11 Anti-Communism Protests a Day in August

Cubans carried out 361 protests against the communist Castro regime and its puppet-president Miguel Díaz-Canel in August, according to statistical information published by the Cuban Observatory of Conflict on Thursday. 

With an average 11 protests per day, August 2022 had the most registered protests in Cuba since the July 2021 protests.

The Observatory, a civil society organization, documented 2,074 protests against the communist regime during the first eight months of 2022. The Observatory’s data also show that Cubans’ protests consistently grew in size and number between January and June 2020, which exponentially exploded into the historical nationwide wave of protests of July 2021, when over 187,000 Cubans participated in at least 584 protests nationwide.

While historically significant, the July 2021 protests were not the first major event against the Castro regime. Cuban dissidents have protested in large numbers against the Castro regime – which was installed in the 1959 coup and never received an electoral mandate – for decades. In 1994, for example, a protest now known as the Maleconazo attracted thousands of unarmed Cubans demanding freedom and protesting against communist dictator Fidel Castro. The island nation’s communist regime retaliated by arresting, beating, and shooting protesters. 

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August 11, 2022

National Geographic Wild Islands Caribbean (Video)

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July 17, 2022

How Haiti, the first self-governing black nation, was transformed from a paradise into a wilderness (Video)

In 1804, the former French colony of Saint Domingue became independent and was renamed Haiti. How did that work out? Some have drawn parallels with Zimbabwe and South Africa.

December 26, 2021

Puerto Rico Power Grid (Video)

Puerto Rico has dealt with its share of disasters in recent years. You may know its entire energy grid also qualifies as something of a disaster. Now, despite billions of U.S. tax dollars, there’s concern the system is on the verge of a total collapse, prompting the U.S. territory to declare a state of emergency.

Hurricanes Maria and Irma destroyed most of Puerto Rico’s power system in 2017. But it wasn’t much to begin with.

Manuel Laboy: Maria was essentially a huge wake up call.

Manuel Laboy heads up the island’s Central Office for Recovery, Reconstruction and Resiliency.

Sharyl: You’ve had many hurricanes before, but that was the one that seemed to really trigger this realization that we’d better fix all of this.

Laboy: So it is kind of a blessing in disguise, certainly. The silver lining opportunity is that we went through a very, very tough time. It cost us a lot, including lives, and moving forward, looking forward, now we have the chance to address something that we knew that 20 years ago, 30 years ago, it’s something that we needed to address.

With Puerto Rico in bankruptcy, a financial oversight board approved hiring an American-Canadian consortium called LUMA Energy to deliver on the island’s energy makeover. The company took the reins June 1st.

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December 9, 2021

No-Go Zones – World’s Toughest Places | Jamaica | Free Documentary

Jamaica: On the surface, it’s a tropical island paradise in the Caribbean. But, in spite of all the tranquility, Jamaica has one of the highest murder rates in the world. The reason: Ghettos! And the worst of all of them: Mountain View. Anyone who sets foot here risks their life. Deadly gun battles and gang wars are just part of the daily routine. The many small communities here are in a state of constant war.

January 6, 2021

Could You Live In This Country? – Cuba (Video)

Most of us have access to the basic essentials in life. We take being able to use an ATM for granted, that the trains won’t run out of petrol and be cancelled or that milk will be available in a shop when you visit. But the people of Cuba are not so lucky. They live under a different system and to be honest, it’s not working out well for them…So tell me, could you handle live under that system?

January 16, 2018

More than 100 UN peacekeepers ran a child sex ring in Haiti. None were ever jailed

“Imagine if the UN was going to the United States and raping children and bringing cholera,” said one lawyer in Haiti, where UN peacekeepers face hundreds of allegations of child sex crimes.

In the ruins of a tropical hideaway where jetsetters once sipped rum under the Caribbean sun, the abandoned children tried to make a life for themselves. They begged and scavenged for food, but they never could scrape together enough to beat back the hunger, until the UN peacekeepers moved in a few blocks away.

The men who came from a faraway place and spoke a strange language offered the Haitian children cookies and other snacks. Sometimes they gave them a few dollars. But the price was high: The Sri Lankan peacekeepers wanted sex from girls and boys as young as 12.

“I did not even have breasts,” said a girl, known as V01 — Victim No. 1. She told UN investigators that over the next three years, from ages 12 to 15, she had sex with nearly 50 peacekeepers, including a “Commandant” who gave her 75 cents. Sometimes she slept in UN trucks on the base next to the decaying resort, whose once-glamorous buildings were being overtaken by jungle.

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January 13, 2018

DML on location: Islanders don’t want the illegal Haitians (Video)

In the video clip, I ask a local islander how he feels about the illegal immigration taking place in his home island. He says he hates it. He doesn’t want the Haitians to enter because he says “they destroy the place, they live in huts and work for peanuts — making it near impossible for legal workers to earn a fair wage.”

I can’t get into specifics, and I will not divulge my location, but in short I have been filming this week for “They Come to America 4.” Believe it or not, the location I decided to film is getting crushed by Haitian illegal immigrants who are destroying what was once a paradise island.

“There are more illegal Haitians than there are native islanders here,” a local told me during my travels in uncovering how illegal immigration takes shape in other areas not far from the USA.

The focus of my investigation was how Haitians are fleeing Haiti and taking advantage of immigration systems that are lax, e.g. the USA. I had no idea when focusing on this aspect of immigration that President Trump would have made the statements he did about Haiti this week. Let me say this, the islanders I am speaking to say Trump is spot on correct.

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January 12, 2018

Puerto Rico Orders Probe of Power Gear Stockpiled During Rebuild Effort

Gov. Ricardo Rosselló asks local Justice Department to investigate whether there was criminal intent to deprive island of critical power grid supplies.

Puerto Rico’s governor asked justice officials to investigate allegations that critical power grid supplies were stockpiled instead of put to use rebuilding the U.S. territory’s infrastructure following a devastating recent hurricane.

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October 19, 2017

FBI Investigates Puerto Rican Officials Distributing FEMA Aid Based On ‘Loyalty’ (Video)

The FBI San Juan Field Office announced Oct. 13 it had received “numerous” complaints that FEMA aid packages were mishandled and fraudulently distributed. The agency is investigating charges in six of the island’s 78 municipalities.

The FBI is investigating allegations that Puerto Rican officials are passing out Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) supplies based on “political loyalty,” according to Congressional letters sent to the head of each department.

Three GOP representatives and Rep. Jenniffer González-Colón of Puerto Rico sent letters Tuesday to FBI Director Christopher Wray and FEMA Administrator William Long requesting a briefing on Puerto Rican aid and recovery efforts by Oct. 23.

“With so many residents still in grave need of basic supplies, it is essential that assistance from the federal government is provided in the most efficient and effective manner possible,” the letters said. “The public’s confidence in the integrity of FEMA’s distribution of emergency supplies is also imperative.”

“Allegations that local elected officials are distributing life-sustaining FEMA emergency supplies based on political loyalty is deeply disturbing,” the representatives added. “Any persons misappropriating FEMA emergency supplies should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

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