Afterlives of Empire in the Caribbean

The realities facing the Caribbean today evoke the major dilemmas of our time: the climate crisis, extractive capitalism, displacement, migration, and struggles for decolonization, reparations, and self-determination. This issue of the NACLA Report seeks to address those big questions head-on. They consider how capitalist extraction through mining, drilling, and debt production are shaping island and mainland futures, how climate change is making and remaking the natural environment and people’s lives, and how resistance to these and other harmful dynamics in the region is ever in the foreground. Many of the articles in this issue remind us that the Caribbean is not simply empire’s playground, but rather a space where people have created and continue to create powerful, beautiful, vibrant, and at times devastating histories and presents.

Read the full editor's introduction.

Cover artwork by Nneka Jones