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Caribbean: In No One’s Backyard |Sir Ronald Sanders

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Former Jamaica Prime Minister P.J Patterson says “we of the Caribbean should never allow our strategy to be dictated or determined by anyone else”.

ST JOHN’S, Antigua, Monday March 25, 2019 – P.J. Patterson, the former Prime Minister of Jamaica, recently observed to an attentive audience in Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States, that: “We of the Caribbean should never allow our strategy to be dictated or determined by anyone else”, adding that “we live in no one’s backyard”.

Those words resound with a compelling freshness and significance today as the Caribbean is beset by forces that seek to divide and marginalize the region; to deprive it of a voice in global affairs that materially affect all its countries; and to treat the small, individual territories as nothing more than annoying complications.

Of course, leaders of Caribbean countries, particularly those that are members of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), contribute to their own marginalization and to the disregard shown to them by more powerful states or groups of states. In the conduct of their external relations, several governments, now and in the past, have pursued narrow, short-term interests, compromising their own sovereignty and weakening themselves and the entire Caribbean Community in international bargaining.

P.J. Patterson knows this well. He saw it first hand in several roles, including as minister of foreign affairs and foreign trade of Jamaica; as an opposition politician in Jamaica; and as Prime Minister. The tendency to eschew the strength of Caribbean-wide unity in favour of satisfying the self-interest of political parties has plagued the region to its detriment. 

Several Caribbean governments have preferred to treat other Caribbean governments as their competitors and adversaries in order to gain short-term gains. This behaviour has been obvious in tourism, particularly in the cruise ship business, in which Caribbean governments have failed to form an alliance to withstand dictation from large cruise companies.  The result has been that Caribbean countries earn a disproportionately smaller share of the earnings of the business. 

But, the predilection to reject the strength of unity or to bend to the will of external interests, in favour of opportunistic alliances with power blocs—countries or companies—is not limited to sectors such as tourism. They seem to be replicated across the board of non-domestic activity, resulting in insufficient trust in the CARICOM partnership.

P.J. Patterson spoke in Washington, DC at the launch of his book, My Political Journey, which chronicles his political life as a Jamaican politician, a Caribbean regionalist, and the role he played in fighting for respect for the Caribbean in the global community. It is a book that should be compulsory reading for all current political leaders in the Caribbean and every person who represents the interests of Caribbean nations in international bargaining.

In his book, Patterson states: “The assertion of our united voice as sovereign nations singing from the same hymn sheet is the only way for us to be heard in the global din”.

And he knows with authenticity, born of lived experience, of the truth of which he speaks. He was an integral participant in the most significant demonstration of unity by developing states at a significant crossroads of their fortunes.

Ironically, that event occurred when Britain decided to join the European Economic Community (now the European Union). Preferential trade access to the British market was disappearing for Britain’s former Commonwealth colonies in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP), as responsibility for trade with Britain passed from London to the EU headquarters in Brussels.

The unification of the ACP countries was fashioned in the Caribbean as a single unit to negotiate a trade and aid pact with Europe. The arrangement involved three regions, but one voice on each aspect of the negotiating pillars.

The Caribbean’s main spokespersons on behalf of the ACP group were Sir Shridath Ramphal and P.J. Patterson.

Many lessons arose for the Caribbean from those negotiations, not least that the unity of developing countries is a formidable force in bargaining with other countries and regions, much bigger and powerful than themselves.

It is no exaggeration to say that the Lomé Convention that emerged from those ACP-EEC negotiations continues to stand today as the most beneficial trade and development document ever signed by developing states. Its benefits, over more than four decades, should permanently flash warning lights to the Caribbean not to fracture their unity, and, instead, to maintain their solidarity.

Caribbean countries have a sparse box of tools from which to draw in advancing their national interests in international affairs. Fighting relentlessly for their sovereign rights is one vital tool they should never relinquish.  

Patterson states with no equivocation that: “While small and powerless states do not in fact receive equal treatment in the application of international law, we in the Caribbean who lack military power are nevertheless compelled to continue the search for that ideal in which the international system will uphold right over might and law over force”.

That is wisdom from an authentic voice speaking from Caribbean trenches in international battlegrounds that have not diminished. They have simply appeared in other forms, such as: in the EU blacklisting Caribbean countries in language that pretends cooperation but actions that manifest coercion; in the World Trade Organization where big countries deny justice to small ones; in the Organization of American States where after more than 50 years of membership, the Caribbean’s development and security aspirations still play second fiddle to the political agenda of other countries; and in the lip service paid to the adverse effects of climate change that point like a dagger at the heart of the Caribbean’s existence.

In all of this, Patterson has long and often advocated, “there needs to be a cohesive and effective strategic alliance among small developing countries”. Such an alliance must be cemented, solidified and fortified first among the countries of the Caribbean.

Then, and only then, will Caribbean countries establish the means for true independence and sovereignty, both politically and economically. Caribbean leaders of all political stripes have every right to engage governments of other countries in their economic interest. But, in doing so, they should be mindful that they have a responsibility to themselves and the people of the Caribbean to support each other first.

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Sir Ronald Sanders is Antigua and Barbuda’s Ambassador to the US and the OAS.  He is also a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies at the University of London and Massey College in the University of Toronto.

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Cash Flow Rinse Presents “Dancehall New Products” Mixtape 2021

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Enjoy a free and new dancehall mixtape brought to you by Cashflow Rinse, titled “Dancehall New Products” Mixtape.

A non stop dancehall mix that will keep you company for a whole hour featuring the hottest singles and artists making the rounds in Jamaica right now.

CashFlow new mixtape opens up with one of the hottest single of the season, Vybz Kartel and his student Tommy Lee, both incarcerated, performing the latest “Dark Ages’ and goes on with Intence, more Vybz Kartel, Sheneil Muir, Alkaline Top Prize, Romain Virgo, Konshens, more Sparta, Popcaan, Mavado, Chronic Law, Kranium, Skillibeng, Demarco’s newest You Me Love and many more  top artists and top  songs, check the full track list play the mix and turn it up.

Available for free stream and free download, get the latest anthems in dancehall music clicking on the download button posted below or download directly from the audio player.

2021 DANCEHALL NEW PRODUCTS MIXTAPE BY CASHFLOW RINSE

DANCEHALL NEW PRODUCTS MIX TRACK LIST

DWNLD NEW DANCEHALL PRODUCTS CASH FLOW RINSE MIX 2021


1.VYBZ KARTEL FT TOMMY LEE –
2.10TIK – ROLL DEEP
3.AGENT DI REALEST – OLD 38 [DUB]
4.MAESTRO DON – LOADED
5.INTENCE – NUTN
6.VYBZ KARTEL – EVERY HUSTLER
7.YAKASTA – AMBITIION
8.INTENCE – INTENCE VS TASHAWN
9.INTENCE – YAH NOW
10.ALKALINE – TOP PRIZE
11.LAVISCH – LIKKLE FAITH
12.JODY LEE – RIGHT NOW
13.JAE PRYNSE – CONFERENCE
14.J DON HEIGHTS – BOSS CHICK
15.VYBZ KARTEL – NO ONE CAN STOP IT
16.SHANEIL MUIR – TRUTH
17.KONSHENS – CANT STAY SOBER


18.ROMAIN VIRGO – POV
19.TOMMY LEE – WEH U WOULDA DO
20.INTENCE – HATERS
21/HYDAL – ONE MORE
22.CHRONIC LAW – COLD STORIES
23.MAVADO – NEVER GIVE UP
24.POPCAAN – RELEVANT
25.TEEJAY – RICH
26.RYGIN KING – DANCEHALL BADDEST THING
27.KRANIUM – OPTION
28.SKILLIBENG FT TOIAN – STOP THE TALKING
29.VYBZ KARTEL FT LISA HYPE – IRREPLACEABLE
30.POPCAAN – WINE ALL DAY


31.DEMARCO – YOU ME LOVE
32.VERSHON – BUS IT WIDE OPEN
33.DETERMINE – SEND IT BACK A YARD
34.JAHVILLANI – FREAKY BITCH
35.SUPRYZE – CALL IN
36.IBA MAHR – WHEN YOU’RE ALONE
37.TACO WARFARE – BANGING
38.RYTIKAL – LIVING
39.MAVADO – WE NAH LISTEN
40.CHRONIC LAW – 6IX EAGLE
41.PHANTOMM – GEEK [DUB]
42.Kevanii – Just Ballistic [DUB]
43.Prestige -JudgeMent[DUB]
44.ReniGad – Brave [DUB]
45.Kacique – Untamed [DUB]
46.JAH VINCI – BASIC
47.TEEJAY – YOUNG RICH
48.TEEJAY – YAAD MAN TING
49.TARUS RILEY – LIKE THAT


50.MOYANN FT SHENSEEA – NO LIMIT
51.GOVANA – BEST FRIEND
52.CHRONIC LAW – WATCH MAN
53.LIA CARIBE – UPPIE
54.VYBZ KARTEL – BEAUTIFUL HUMAN
55.SHANEIL MUIR – STOP IT
56.CHARLY BLACK – IT A WORK
57.CHAM – LOCK DOWN
58.JAH VINCI – POPUAR DEMAND
59.DEJOUR – DREAM
60.TEEJAY – WATER TRUCK
61.MAESTRO DON FT DYANI – SENRITA
62.KONSHENS FT SPICE – PAY FOR IT
63.LINCOLN 3DOT – VIBES
64.RUPTION – FROM THAT PLACE [DUB]
65.GOVANA – BIG DREAMS
66.MAVADO FT I VOLTAGE – NEVER GO WIN

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Shenseea Stefflon Don “Rebel” Remix Good Good Productions 2021

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Always trending Jamaican female superstar Shenseea joined forces with Stefflon Don and Zum of Good Good Productions in “Rebel Remix”

Shenseea a rebel herself released a soundtrack for all the boss ladies out there that cant be troubled with the nonsense!

This track is a good vibes dancehall anthem for strong woman everywhere and the remix is going really strong receiving a lot of good feedback and over all great views and replays.

Shenseea, real name Chinsea Lee, gained recognition after remixing popular Vybz Kartel’s song “Loodi” and performing on a side stage at Reggae Sumfest in 2015, she went back and took the main stage in 2017.

Her notoriety has been growing non stop in the last few years, she has been busy since her debut, despite her young age she already toured internationally  and holds multiple corporate sponsorship deals with companies such as Telecom, Firm Flow, Boom and even a Pepsi-Cola JA sponsorship.

In 2016, this young female artist  won “Young Hot and Hype Artiste” at the Youth View Awards; Break Out Celebrity of 2016, and Collaboration of The Year for her song “Loodi” with  which has been her most successful track to date and the single that launched her stellar career.

Since her rise to fame, she has been signed to her team Romeich Entertainment.

Listen to Shenseaa and rebel gal Stefflon Don Rebel Remix below, the single is paired with a cool animation video.

Shenseea, Stefflon Don “Rebel Remix” (Official Animation)

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Watch Likkle Addi ‘ Style’ Official Music Video Short Boss Muzik Vybz Kartel Muzik 2021

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Produced by Short Boss and Vybz Kartel Muzik. This track is a party tune to the maximum, inspiring every party goer to come through dressed in style and live life to the fullest!

Likkle Addi has been working non stop and releasing new music, getting better with every release.

The single is going incredible well and the music video that just dropped is going quickly viral, thanks to the party vibe and great visuals as well as the nice delivery.

Likkle Addi is becoming popular in no time, following his popular father music footsteps and with his mother following very closely every step of the projects he is involved too. In the new song, now paired with the viral music video Likkle Addi talks about his camp, UTG Uptown Greatness and how big they are getting.

Watch the music video and check. the full lyrics posted below. Available in all major music platforms get Likkle Addi’s new hit single ‘Style’ clicking on the banners posted on this page.

Likkle Addi ‘STYLE’ (Official Music Video)


UTG
Everybody like we style
UTG
Style mek everybody wah be with us

Uptown Gaza
We ah lead now
Bere hot song, money we ah pree yow
Doh laugh when ‘e (…..) out


Just mi cologne mek yuh gyal wah gimi –
Norbrook, why pree? Yeah mi reach out
Likkle Vybz and Likkle Addi dem ah speak bout
Drop a pic pon di gram
Bay gyal ah mad
Portmore, yeah di wul’ a Boston

Style mek everybody wah be with us
Money deyya nuff
Gyal (…..) to di style
And we nuh give a (we nuh give a)
Life too short so we live it up
Stylе mek everybody wah bе with us
Money deyya nuff
Gyal (…..) to di style
And we nuh give a (we nuh give a)
Life too short so we live it up

Music choose mi
Mi never choose it

Ina mi DNA, from a tender age mi prove it
Dancehall, yeah mi come yasso fi rule things
Who him? Likkle Addi, yeh, di new king
Money up, life ah shine like mi jewelry
UTG, been ah win we nuh di losing
Eyes pon di prize
Dah star ah shooting
Go fi more money never sekkle wid a few mill

Style mek everybody wah be with us
Money deyya nuff
Gyal (…..) to di style
And we nuh give a (we nuh give a)
Life too short so we live it up
Style mek everybody wah be with us
Money deyya nuff
Gyal (…..) to di style
And we nuh give a (we nuh give a)
Life too short so we live it up

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“Rising Point Riddim” Mix Sizzla, Busy Signal, Gyptian, Jah Cure Teejay Extended Play Records 2021

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Produced by Extended Play Records and Don’t Snooze Productions this new reggae & dancehall jam is packed with incredible tunes and an incredible line up of top Jamaican stars.

Voicing over “Rising Point Riddim” are veteran Jamaican superstars like Sizzla Kalonji, Busy Signal, Gyptian, Teejay, Jah Cure and many more recording artists.

This a catchy and melodic riddim with a song for everybody, bringing a warm, uplifting and positive vibe with it.

Check the full track listing, play the full “Rising Point Riddim” mix and support artists and producer purchasing your favorite song or the whole riddim clicking on the banners on this page.

Available for a limited amount of time the promo download posted after the audio mix, clicking on the button below.

Rising Point Riddim Mix Jah Cure,Busy Signal,Gyptian,Sizzla,Teejay & More

DWNLD RISING POINT RIDDIM PROMO

Rising Point Riddim Track List


Jah Cure – No Perfect Love
Busy Signal – Case
JDon Heights/Don’t Snooze Productions – Your Mines
Gyptian – Dry Your Tears
Press Kay – Toxic Love
Roxxie – Perpetual Love
Sizzla – Nah Sell Mi Soul
Teejay – Serious Times
Don Tippa – Today
Classical Eska/Extended Play Records – Tears of Joy

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Listen To Jamaican Artist Gyptian “Blessing” Konsequence Muzik 2021

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Listen to a new song from Jamaican reggae dancehall superstar Gyptian.

Titled “Blessing” and produced by Konsequence Muzik, Gyptian‘s new single is a sweet and positive anthem where the artist gives thanks for life.

The Jamaican artist, real name Windel Beneto Edwards, gives thanks for the air is breathing and what he was able to achieve with his music and much more.

Play Gyptian new anthem for 2021 Blessing and check the full lyrics to sing along posted after the official audio.

Fans of Gyptian check out also Rising Point Riddim, featuring another super good new Gyptian song, clicking here.

Blessing is available in all major music digital platforms, get it clicking on the banners posted on this page.

Gyptian – Blessing (Official Audio)

Gytian Blessing Lyrics


Konsequence Muzik
We next
Yea
Yea
Hey
Yea
These are the better days
Of my ways
Give thanks for the break of day
And for the air I breathe
Fi dem me seh yuh cahh pay
These are the brighter ways
Of my days
Give thanks for the life today
Glad I’m living today
Fi dem me cahh pay
Man a come from far
A nuh near yah suh no
Hold on tight pan life
And nah let go no
Nuff a feel pain and pressure
And nah stress out no
And even if yuh want help
But just don’t know
These are the better days
Of my ways
Give thanks for the break of day
Give thanks for the breathe I take
Fi dem me seh yuh cahh pay
These are the brighter days
Of my ways
Give thanks for my life today
Most of break a day

Oh
Latest style up inna me closet
Brand new 2020 Maserati
Kill dem dead
Killing everybody
If yuh wah learn
Den follow Gypy
Naturally
De gyal dem around me happy
Style original
And dem catchy catchy
Nuff people me hear a round de copy copy
Inna me style and me melodies yes
These are the brighter days
Of my ways
Give thanks at the break of day
Fi that me seh me give praise
Fi dem me cahh pay
No way
These are the better days
Of my ways
Give thanks for the break of day
And for the air I breathe
Fi dem me seh yuh cahh pay
These are the brighter ways
Of my days
Give thanks for the life today
Glad I’m living today
Fi dem me cahh pay
Man a come from far
A nuh near yah suh no
Hold on tight pan life
And nah let go no
Nuff a feel pain and pressure
And nah stress out no
And even if yuh want help
But just don’t know
These are the better days
Of my ways
Give thanks for the break of day
Give thanks for the breath I take
Fi dem me seh yuh cahh pay
These are the brighter days
Of my ways
Give thanks for my life today
Most of break a day

Oh
Latest style up inna me closet
Brand new 2020 Maserati
Kill dem dead
Killing everybody
If yuh wah learn
Den follow Gypy
Naturally
De gyal dem around me happy
Style original
And dem catchy catchy
Nuff people me hear a round de copy copy
Inna me style and me melodies, yeah yeah

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