Mark Wilson

They’re caught between two storms. Haitians living in the Bahamas took the hardest knock from Hurricane Dorian last month. They’re now homeless, jobless, despised; and threatened with deportation to a homeland which has for the past four weeks been turned upside down by civil unrest.

Guyana’s oil revenue should start to flow any minute now. ExxonMobil’s floating production, storage and offloading vessel has been offshore since August. There’s talk of oil before the end of this year, and first cash as early as February.

Jamaica this month successfully completed its IMF reform programme. Says the Fund: “Unemployment is at an all-time low of 7.8 per cent, taxes have been reduced, business confidence is high, inflation and the external current account deficits are low, and the level of foreign currency reserves is comfortable.” That all sounds good.

“ME and my six grandchildren and my son, we are in the ceiling … Can someone please come and rescue us? … The water is rising fast.” There was fear—and courage too—on the island of Grand Bahama. On Monday Hurricane winds whipped the rising waters of a 23-foot storm surge.

It’s a “constitutional outrage,” says Britain’s Speaker, John Bercow. It’s “an intolerable attempt to silence parliament,” says the staid Financial Times.

Jamaica’s culture minister Olivia Grange said last month she wants her country’s cultural relics returned by the British Museum. They include a Bird Man made by Taino Amerindians before Columbus, and a wooden figure of the Boinayel or Rain Giver, also from Taino times.

Around Emancipation Day, I’m struck by two contrasting views on Haiti.

First, there’s huge respect for the historic Haiti where Toussaint L’Ouverture led a slave revolt against the French to victory in 1804.

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