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Jamaican Diaspora Enraged by Security Minister Rejection of Diaspora Expertise

Jamaica Diaspora Enraged by Security Minister Rejection of Diaspora Expertise Ambassador Curtis A. Ward No one will argue with the fact that, for many years, Jamaica has struggled to curb the ever-escalating crime and violence in the society. By some measure Jamaica has been seen as the crime capital of the hemisphere. Homicide rates climb year over year. Many of the homicides are attributable to gang violence. The US government consistently warns American travelers to stay away from certain...

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Haiti: The Decline after 1861

Haiti: The Decline after 1861 Franklin W. Knight, PhD (Editor’s Note: This is Part IV of IV of a four-part series recognizing Haiti and honoring this Caribbean country’s history-changing role in the hemisphere and the world. This series is written by noted historian Dr. Franklin W. Knight for The Ward Post) (22 June 2021) — Four inter-related factors explain the dramatic political and economic decline of Haiti during the later nineteenth century, a decline from which it never...

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Haiti: The Period of Strife, 1790-1860

  Haiti: The Period of Strife, 1790-1860 Franklin W. Knight, PhD (Editor’s Note: This is Part III of IV of a four-part series recognizing Haiti and honoring this Caribbean country’s history-changing role in the hemisphere and the world. This series is written by noted historian Dr. Franklin W. Knight for The Ward Post) (14 June 2021) — War in Saint-Domingue began in 1790 when the petits-blancs who controlled the Assembly of West Province independently wrote a constitution for the...

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Haiti: The Glory Years, 1760-1794

Haiti: The Glory Years, 1760-1794 Franklin W. Knight, PhD (Editor’s Note: This is Part II of IV of a four-part series recognizing Haiti and honoring this Caribbean country’s history-changing role in the hemisphere and the world. This series is written by noted historian Dr. Franklin W. Knight for The Ward Post) (12 June 2021) — Between 1760 and 1861, Haiti experienced a most remarkable history. This history can be divided into three distinct phases. The first phase was the French...

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US Supreme Court Decision Impacts Caribbean Diaspora TPS and Dreamers

US Supreme Court Decision Impacts Caribbean Diaspora TPS and Dreamers Ambassador Curtis A. Ward (09 June 2021) — The unanimous decision of the US Supreme Court denying adjustment of status to legal permanent resident (LPR) – green card – for certain TPS (Temporary Protected Status) beneficiaries, while a devastating blow particularly to long-term TPS beneficiaries, should not have come as a surprise. Immigration law generally, with few exceptions, precludes adjustment of status (AOS)...

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Remembering Haiti during Caribbean History Month

Remembering Haiti during Caribbean History Month Franklin W. Knight, PhD (Editor’s Note: This is Part I of IV of a four-part series recognizing Haiti and honoring this Caribbean country’s history-changing role in the hemisphere and the world. This series is written by noted historian Dr. Franklin W. Knight for The Ward Post) (05 June 2021) — In many parts of the USA the Caribbean is especially remembered during the month of June. Aspects of the intrinsic Caribbean contributions to...

#TheWardPost National Caribbean Heritage Month

A Proclamation on National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, 2021

A Proclamation on National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, 2021 JUNE 01, 2021 •  PRESIDENTIAL ACTIONS America’s diversity is and always has been the defining strength of our Nation — in every generation, our society, spirit, and shared ambitions have been refreshed by wave after wave of immigrants seeking out their American dream.  Throughout our history, Caribbean Americans have brought vibrant cultures, languages, traditions, and values that strengthen our country and add new...

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George Floyd’s murder – a catalyst for change

George Floyd’s murder – a catalyst for change Ambassador Curtis A. Ward (25 May 2021) — George Floyd’s tragic death at the hands of a murderous police officer was seen as a catalyst for change, not only in policing but advancing equity and inclusion, and diversity in social, economic, and political participation in all spheres of human interaction and existence. But at the time of this writing, a year after Floyd’s death, America and the global community still had a far way to go...

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Who wins the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

Who wins the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? Ambassador Curtis A. Ward (21 May 2021) – No one wins, but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will claim victory. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a means by which Netanyahu consolidates power in Israel. But it will be a Pyrrhic Victory. His continued pursuit of oppression and dispossession of the Palestinian people in and of their homeland is perpetuating a decades old crime against the Palestinian people – a crime against humanity...

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Conversation with the Hon. Mark Golding –  Jamaica’s Leader of Opposition

Conversation with the Hon. Mark Golding –  Jamaica’s Leader of Opposition Ambassador Curtis A. Ward (19 May 2021) — I had an opportunity recently to sit down (via Zoom) to have a conversation with the Hon. Mark Golding, MP, President of the People’s National Party (PNP), Jamaica’s oldest political party founded in September 1938. Mr. Golding, a member of the Jamaican Parliament, is the Leader of Opposition. He is a successful attorney-at-law and businessman who served as...