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Most of the islands of the Caribbean have long histories of herpetological exploration and discovery, and even longer histories of human-mediated environmental degradation. Collectively, they constitute a major biodiversity hotspot – a region rich in endemic species that are threatened with extinction. This two-volume series documents the existing status of herpetofaunas (including sea turtles) of the Caribbean, and highlights conservation needs and efforts. Previous contributions to West Indian herpetology have focused on taxonomy, ecology and evolution, particularly of lizards. This series provides a unique and timely review of the status and conservation of all groups of amphibians and reptiles in the region. This volume introduces the issues particularly affecting Caribbean herpetofaunas, and gives an overview of evolutionary and taxonomic patterns influencing their conservation. Chapters focus on groups that have been relatively neglected in the Caribbean: amphibians and snakes. A major chapter describes the problem of invasive species of amphibians and reptiles in the West Indies. Three chapters then deal with islands of the Wider Caribbean that share many of the same problems but fall outside the West Indies biogeographic region: the Atlantic islands of the Bermuda group; the Dutch continental shelf islands of Aruba, Curaçao and Bonaire, and the Neotropical islands of Trinidad and Tobago. The book will be useful to biologists and conservationists working in or visiting the Caribbean, and internationally as a summary of the current situation in this diverse and important region.

In “The Caribbean Imaginary in ‘Encancaranublado,’” Diana Vélez argues that the Caribbean is a space that can be theorized productively within the diaspora and borderland paradigms ( 1994 , 828). This chapter proposes that hospitality can also offer an apt theoretical framework to analyze the

In: The Poetics and Politics of Hospitality in U.S. Literature and Culture

serious crimes facing the world. One of the great modern ironies of international criminal justice, however, is that the original proposal that gave rise to the icc was for a court of a very different nature. In 1989 a coalition of Caribbean states led by Trinidad and Tobago proposed to the General

In: Nordic Journal of International Law
Author: Shelene Gomes

From the middle of the 20th century Rastafari and non-Rastafari peoples alike arrived in Shashamene, Ethiopia from the Caribbean, North America and Europe. This migration was regarded as repatriation, a return home. The chapter will focus on the movement of Caribbean peoples, mainly of African and mixed ancestry, analysing their move as a diaspora experience thereby interrogating key concepts such as belonging, rooted-ness, home and host. Repatriates perceive themselves as belonging to an African diaspora as the descendants of slaves forcibly removed from Africa. Consequently, they identify as ‘Ethiopians’, ‘natives’ who have ‘returned home’ to their ancestral place of origin. In another way they are part of a Caribbean diaspora since they have literally moved from the Caribbean and their ‘shared cultural expressions, social conduct and popular attitudes’1 have resulted from an upbringing in the Caribbean, where Rastafarianism emerged, details which repatriates readily acknowledge. This simultaneous connection to the Caribbean and belonging to Ethiopia, and to Africa, questions and supports notions of rooted-ness. Repatriates’ complexity of attachment to and influence from multiple sites therefore has the conceptual potential to revise political and cultural notions of belonging.

In: Diasporas: Revisiting and Discovering