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One commodity would be reaped by another: by slaves ... The economy in the Caribbean wasn’t just a side-show to Empire, it was the Empire. Three and a half million slaves were transported in British ships alone. Simon Schama, A History of Britain: The Wrong Empire, BBC 2000
A sleek super-charged speedboat streaks across the Caribbean on a tropical night. A staggering two tons ... of pure Colombian cocaine is crammed in the hull. Inside Cocaine Wars II: Drug Speedboats, National Geographic 2013
At least eight out of ten boats make it through. ibid.
I’m on a journey around the Caribbean Sea with its thousands of beautiful islands. Caribbean with Simon Reeve, BBC 2015
A vast area with a rich and brutal history. ibid.
The international [drugs] trade is increasingly shifting to the Caribbean islands. ibid.
I was just off the coast of the beautiful island of Barbados at the eastern edge of the Caribbean with glorious beaches and fabulous villas, it’s the Caribbean of the rich and famous … What’s become the Platinum Coast. Caribbean with Simon Reeve II
St Vincent: It’s part of a chain of islands with a population of around 100,000 which have only been an independent nation since 1979. ibid.
The marijuana plantations aren’t exactly hard to find. ibid.
Venezuela: the longest Caribbean sea coastline of any nation. ibid.
The community at Monkey Point have a reputation as some of the best seafarers in the area. Caribbean with Simon Reeve III
Nicaragua’s the second-poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. ibid.
Across Honduras there’s almost one murder ever hour. ibid.
There are thought to be 300,000 gang members in Central America. MS-13 is the biggest gang. ibid.
The Brain Drain – and it’s a huge problem across the Caribbean. ibid.
Jamaica is emerging as a rare success story in the battle against crime in the Caribbean. ibid.
This is Antigua ... ‘I detest this country’ [Nelson] ... Who is buried here on the Antiguan coastline and why? Sam Willis, Nelson’s Caribbean Hell-Hole, Yesterday 2015
This magnificent harbour was a cesspit ... Life on those ships must have been unbearable. ibid.
The island was wholly given over to the brutal business of industrial scale sugar cultivation ... The hundreds of thousands of slaves who were sent here from west Africa. ibid.
They’re going back in time through fifty years of black British history, starting in 1948 they’ll discover how past-war Caribbean immigration changed the way we all live. Back in Time for Brixton, BBC 2016
How it all started in one London suburb: Brixton … the ‘Windrush generation’. ibid.
Families needed to find somewhere to live; this was easier said than done. ibid.
Lambeth had one of the fastest changing populations in the country. ibid.
1956 was the year of peak immigration from the West Indies to Britain: over 26,000 would make the journey that year. ibid.
We may be shivering. But there’s one bit of Britain where things are very different: the Cayman Islands. It’s a Caribbean paradise of sun, sea and cocktails, but there’s something else going on: big money. It’s one of the most secretive places on Earth. And for one very good reason: Cayman is a tax haven. Jacques Peretti, Britain’s Trillion Pound Paradise: Inside Cayman, BBC 2016
But on the Cayman Islands no-one pays a penny. ibid.
It’s a British overseas territory. ibid.
Fish fingers: eleven dollars … This island doesn’t necessarily work so well for ordinary people. ibid.
The average four-bed on Cayman: nearly two-million pounds. ibid.
It’s competing with tax havens around the world. ibid.
Cayman is an island of great inequality. ibid.
That is a fine aggressive nasty delivery. Fire in Babylon, commentary, 2010
The West Indians are a very very formidable bowling team. ibid. Richie Benaud
A civil rights struggle that had gone on for a hundred years. ibid. West Indian
The name they had at that time was Calypso Cricketers. ibid.
I wanted to have a different team with different thinking. ibid. Clive Lloyd
1976 v England: People turned up in their droves and one section of the ground was just all West Indians and having a ball. ibid. Michael Holding
Promotional shoot Fyre festival the Bahamas: The biggest event in a decade, I promise you. Fyre: The Greatest Party that Never Happened, co-founder, Netflix 2019
Now the event’s co-founder is facing up to 20 years in prison. ibid. news
A small island in the Bahamas? It was probably the most difficult place you could do it. ibid. promotional associate
They booked the festival during the busiest weekend in the year. ibid. dude
Billy McFarland was sentenced to six years in federal prison and agreed to a lifetime ban on serving as a corporate officer or director. ibid.
So when an opportunity presents itself to get out of your parents’ basement and go be part of something that’s culturally relevant, you’re going to absolutely jump at that. Fyre Fraud, opening scene, Hulu 2019
The whole thing is wrapped in sex appeal. ibid. dude
It’s an absolute circus. I don’t know what’s going on. ibid. lass
People like to see rich millennials get scammed. ibid. sceptic
So Billy goes island shopping. ibid. dude
An impossible thing to do. ibid. sensible dude
Those villas do not exist. ibid. observant dude
In 2014 black British citizens legally settled in the UK since they were children were told by the government to prove they have the right to be here. They faced deportation back to countries they could barely remember. They lost jobs, homes, savings and much more. It became known as the Windrush Scandal and it shocked the nation. But another story went untold: the story of seventy years of political panic, bad faith and racial prejudice in the corridors of power. David Olusoga, The Unwanted: The Secret Windrush Files, BBC 2019
Sarah, Anthony and Judy are all victims of the so-called Hostile Environment, a crackdown on illegal immigration first introduced in 2014 … Now the authorities required proof of their right to be here and an extensive documentary records for the whole of their lives in the UK. ibid.
The Empire Windrush was a converted German troops ship commandeered after the war. ibid.
As it headed to British the Windrush became a serious embarrassment, and even in the words of prime minister Clement Attlee ‘an incursion’. ibid.
By its own estimate the government required an extra 1.3 million workers to help rebuild a country shattered by five years of war. ibid.
At its most extreme, it was government policy to give preference to men who had fought against Britain over men who were veterans of British forces and all because those veterans were black. ibid.
Churchill is reported to have said that immigration was the most important subject facing the country but complained that he couldn’t get his ministers to take any notice. ibid.
Many of the second wave of migrants travelled by air … The government machine now had the new arrivals firmly in its sights. ibid.
The children of the Windrush Generation who not for the last time would pay the highest price. ibid.
Prime Minister Winston Churchill had surprised cabinet colleagues by suggesting the Conservatives fight the next election on the slogan, Keep England White. ibid.