It’s getting worse for Haitian migrants in the Bahamas

December 19, 2019

Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis is no friend of undocumented Haitians. Not long after the Category 5 Hurricane Dorian destroyed Haitian settlements in the Abaco Islands, he proclaimed that “illegals … can leave voluntarily … or they will be forced to leave.” Undocumented underclass Haitian migrants to the Bahamas, many of them undocumented, do the […]

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Coffee bean prices have collapsed, and it’s a humanitarian crisis

November 13, 2019

Small farmers are losing their shirts over the latest coffee-bean bust. Put in hard numbers, that’s about 100 million people — both farmers and their dependents — in 40 countries across the tropics who have seen their incomes cut by two-thirds in this decade. The reduction in coffee-bean prices is due to several factors, including […]

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Refugees from the last British colony want to go home

November 12, 2019

Exiled for more than 50 years, Chagossians may yet return to their island home. The British government first removed all 2,000 residents of the Chagos Archipelago, then leasing the newly renamed British Indian Ocean Territory to the United States, which installed its Diego Garcia military base. They had been part of Mauritius, but, the latter […]

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Soon it will be hot enough to move to Duluth

October 28, 2019

On the shores of Lake Superior, the northern Minnesota city of Duluth is too cold to ever fulfill its dream of growing to the size of Chicago. But that was before climate change. According to a Harvard study, Duluth is one of a handful of northern American cities — Buffalo, New York, is another — […]

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The Rohingya have nowhere to go

October 2, 2019

Research and writing by Mark Bonta and Rebekah Hanzas Fleeing genocidal violence in Myanmar, the Rohingya, a Muslim ethinc group, have become a stateless people, severed from their roots and with no home to call their own. Despite living in Myanmar for generations, authorities there have denied them citizenship, calling them illegal migrants from South […]

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Dorian hit Bahamas poor hardest

September 16, 2019

Do natural disasters discriminate by social class and ethnic background? Judging by the tragedy still unfolding in the demolished shantytown of Mudd, on Abaco island in the Bahamas, the answer is a resounding “Yes.” Residents who remain after Hurricane Dorian speak of at least 1,000 dead, many of these Haitians immigrants, who have long suffered […]

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