One hundred years ago, World War I began when the Austro-Hungarian Empire invaded Serbia in retaliation for the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand on June 28. In a matter of weeks, Germany invaded France and neutral Luxembourg and Belgium, Austria-Hungary and Russia attacked each other, and Russia invaded Germany. Both sides believed the war would be over by the end of the year, but, of course, it lasted for another four years. By its end, some 16 million people had been killed and the maps of Europe and the Middle East were redrawn. Sadly, because of the short-sightedness of the victors, the settlement of the war sowed the seeds for World War II, an even deadlier, ghastlier war, and the redrawn borders didn't usually take ethnic and religious differences into account, setting the stage for many conflicts that continue to rage today.
This book is the English translation of Afrodescendientes en el Istmo de Panamá 1501 – 2012, which was published two years ago. Enrique Williams,a Panamanian graduate of York University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, will be the featured speaker and will offer an analysis of the importance of the issues dealt with in People of African Ancestry in Panama 1501 -2012. Following the formal presentation, there will be a “PanaBajan” intercultural exchange, to welcome the Barbadians and other visitors to Panama for the celebration of the Centennial of the Panama Canal. Carlos “Curly” Chambers’ group will provide live music.
While the United States claims to be the most powerful nation on Earth, China openly brands itself with the same prestige. This battle for world domination is by no means new, but a powerful and thought-provoking novel by Ian D. MacDonald makes it all the more vivid as the confrontation becomes militarized. ‘Massive Retaliation’ capitalizes on the author’s deep and passionate knowledge for the Caribbean. The narrative depicts China’s attempts to lease a former British military base on the island of St. Matts, putting itself in direct violation of the real-world 1823 Monroe Doctrine. Nagasaki could quickly become the United States second-to-last nuclear bomb drop…
Like many Jamaican women, Robin Lim Lumsden loves to cook. She has been entertaining small and large groups for decades at her lush, tropical retreat called 'Belcour' in Maryland, St. Andrew. Over the years, she has lovingly preserved her favorite recipes that were passed down from her multicultural ancestors- Jamaican, French and Chinese- and she has showcased them in a dazzling new 270 page hardcover called Belcour.
Carla ‘Babbzy’ Babb is a Canadian born to Bajan parents and is most popularly known for her #1 Caribbean blog website in which she shares news about artists, and the salacious goings on of public figures based in the Caribbean.   As of July, Babbzy is also known in the world of skin care and beauty for being an author because of her book, The Black People’s Guide to Perfect + Blemish Free Skin.
Major Miguel “Tito” Reece (USAF-Ret.) has recently published the book titled The Disabled Veteran’s Story,which outlines the struggles and sacrifices of veterans and their families for the world's freedom. One story includes the bureaucratic journey of a Panamanian and another story of how Panamanians volunteered for the draft as a way out from the Silver Cities (La Boca, Red Tank, Paraiso, Gamboa, and Rainbow City), reflecting true compelling stories of the politics within the Canal Zone in the early days.
Title: The Roving Tree Author: Elsie Augustave Reviewed by: Marie Gregory Publisher: Akashic Books/Open Lens Many writers from Africa, the West Indies and other parts of the world find their true voices when free to depict their homelands from a distance. Elsie Augustave’s “The Roving Tree” is no exception.
The writer of this novel, Elsie Augustine, was born in Haiti. She graduated from Middlebury College and Howard University, gained a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Senegal and France and choreographed a major production for the National Dance Theatre of Zaire. All of this leads one to think that The Roving Tree is partly autobiographical. It is perhaps unusual to read a novel by a Haitian author even though this may be classified as Haitian/American.
Author Thomas Barr has spent over a decade working in government. Now he taps that experience in the first of a planned series of fiction books which portray Miami’s political, business and entertainment cultures. The book is entitled “Overlords Karma: Miami’s Urban Chronicles Volume I” and is a biopic of the life of former Miami Overtown Commissioner Art Teele. Thomas drew from his years of experience as a Miami resident when writing this book. “Many African American politicians such as Detroit’s former mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, 43, and of recent Charlotte North Carolina Mayor Patrick Cannon, 47, fall prey to the lure of money and power,” the author said. “One must always remember where they came from and not fall prey to disillusionment.”
Title: Power GameAuthor: Perry HenzellReviewed by: Marie Gregory Mention the name Perry Henzell and the film “The Harder They Come” probably springs to mind. Born in Annotto Bay, St. Mary, Henzell was versed in the nuances of Jamaican society. By the time he wrote “Power Game”, he had seen Jamaica survive the upheaval of the 1970s and the rejection of the democratic socialism experiment. The book, first published in 1982, can be read and enjoyed today by everyone.
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