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Unravelling the Great Dictator, Rafael Trujillo

In The Feast of the Goat, Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa takes on Rafael Trujillo, one of the Caribbean’s most notorious dictators. James Ferguson explains why this novel, published in 2000, has already become a classic.

Illustration by Rohan Mitchell

The shot at the mercy gate

Juan Pablo Duarte’s progressive vision for the Dominican Republic sparked the February 1844 insurrection. But, as James Ferguson recounts, it was quickly thwarted by the forces of history.

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The taste of home: Christmas recipes from the Dominican Republic

In the Dominican Republic, Christmas is time for a feast. But how do you recreate the taste of home when you’re far away? Clara Gonzalez gets creative.

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Massacre River of blood

James Ferguson recalls the 1937 tragedy of the Massacre River, a bloody day in the histories of Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

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The Caribbean at the 2012 Olympic games

Kwame Laurence looks at the Caribbean athletes heading for the London Olympic Games, identifies the ones to watch, and weighs their chances of success.

Illustration by James Hackett

Rafael Trujillo: boss of a banana republic

The rule of Rafael Trujillo was a dark time for the Dominican Republic. James Ferguson remembers the man who called himself “The Benefactor”.

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Island Beat (March/April 1996)

People events in the news around the islands .

Not just another manic Monday. Photograph by Mark Lyndersay

Happenings – March/April 2011

A round-up of current and coming events on the Caribbean calendar.

The late queen of salsa, Celia Cruz. Photograph courtesy Mary Kent

The Latin Music Hotlist

The Hispanic Caribbean boasts a dizzying diverse musical scene, with sounds ranging from son to jibaro, bomba to salsa, cumbia to reggaeton....

Jamaica`s Cockpit Country is home to globally-important biodiversity but could be devastated by bauxite mining. Photograph courtesy Birdlife International/Susan Koenig

Caribbean birds: on a wing and a prayer

Bird life in the Caribbean seems to be flourishing, but some species are threatened. James Fuller goes birdwatching in search of them.

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