Caribbean Current Events   Skits: Background Info By Christine Lee & Lisa Vagnoni
Cuba: Cuban Missile Crisis <ul><li>October 14 th  – 28 th , 1962 </li></ul><ul><li>The most frightening clash of the Cold ...
Cuban Missile Launch Site
The Cabinet Room
Watch your classmates  perform the skit!
Focus / Questions <ul><li>Tensions with Communist countries </li></ul><ul><li>Soviet Union vs. United States </li></ul><ul...
Jamaica: Hurricane Gilbert <ul><li>September 12, 1988 </li></ul><ul><li>Tore directly through the island </li></ul><ul><li...
Hurricane Gilbert
Hurricane Gilbert’s Path
Jamaica: Hurricane Ivan <ul><li>September 11-12, 2004 </li></ul><ul><li>Caused severe wind and flood damage </li></ul><ul>...
Hurricane Ivan
Hurricane Ivan’s Path
Watch your classmates  perform the skit!
Focus / Questions <ul><li>Vulnerability of Caribbean islands to frequent natural disasters </li></ul><ul><li>How do natura...
The Bahamas: Urban Renewal Community Project <ul><li>Created Prime Minister & Police Commissioner; launched in 2002 </li><...
City Slums
Bahamian Police Help Out
Watch your classmates  perform the skit!
Focus / Questions <ul><li>Political and economic stability compared to other Caribbean countries, but very prone to social...
Dominican Rep: Parsley Massacre <ul><li>1937 Massacring of Haitians </li></ul><ul><li>Suffering from farmable land shortag...
Rafael Trujillo
Hispaniola
Watch your classmates  perform the skit!
Focus / Questions <ul><li>Continuing problem of immigration </li></ul><ul><li>Effects of dictatorship </li></ul><ul><li>Di...
Haiti: Aristide <ul><li>Feb 1990: elected president </li></ul><ul><li>Sept 1991: overthrown by a military coup; Aristide i...
Jean-Bertrand Aristide
Haitian Protests
Watch your classmates  perform the skit!
Focus / Questions <ul><li>Political instability </li></ul><ul><li>The divide between wealthy & poor </li></ul><ul><li>Why ...
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  1. 1. Caribbean Current Events Skits: Background Info By Christine Lee & Lisa Vagnoni
  2. 2. Cuba: Cuban Missile Crisis <ul><li>October 14 th – 28 th , 1962 </li></ul><ul><li>The most frightening clash of the Cold War </li></ul><ul><li>US spy airplanes detect Soviet nuclear missiles i n Cuba – in range to hit US </li></ul><ul><li>Oct 16: President JFK demands removal of the nuclear weapons </li></ul><ul><li>US blockade Soviet ships headed for Cuba </li></ul><ul><li>Confrontation ends when Soviets withdraw missile, and US promises not to invade Cuba </li></ul>
  3. 3. Cuban Missile Launch Site
  4. 4. The Cabinet Room
  5. 5. Watch your classmates perform the skit!
  6. 6. Focus / Questions <ul><li>Tensions with Communist countries </li></ul><ul><li>Soviet Union vs. United States </li></ul><ul><li>Universal impact of nuclear weapons </li></ul><ul><li>How do nuclear weapons affect the world today? </li></ul>
  7. 7. Jamaica: Hurricane Gilbert <ul><li>September 12, 1988 </li></ul><ul><li>Tore directly through the island </li></ul><ul><li>Caused inland flooding </li></ul><ul><li>Destroyed crops, buildings, roads </li></ul><ul><li>Hotels and clubs were left in shambles </li></ul><ul><li>Damaged half of entire water supply </li></ul><ul><li>Damage: $4 billion </li></ul><ul><li>Casualty: 45 people </li></ul><ul><li>Homeless: 500,000 people </li></ul>
  8. 8. Hurricane Gilbert
  9. 9. Hurricane Gilbert’s Path
  10. 10. Jamaica: Hurricane Ivan <ul><li>September 11-12, 2004 </li></ul><ul><li>Caused severe wind and flood damage </li></ul><ul><li>Looters roamed the streets of Kingston </li></ul><ul><li>Robbed emergency workers at gunpoint </li></ul><ul><li>Damage: $360 million </li></ul><ul><li>Casualty: 17 people </li></ul><ul><li>Homeless: 18,000 people </li></ul>
  11. 11. Hurricane Ivan
  12. 12. Hurricane Ivan’s Path
  13. 13. Watch your classmates perform the skit!
  14. 14. Focus / Questions <ul><li>Vulnerability of Caribbean islands to frequent natural disasters </li></ul><ul><li>How do natural disasters affect the economy of Caribbean countries? </li></ul><ul><li>How can these Caribbean islands prepare for future natural disasters? </li></ul>
  15. 15. The Bahamas: Urban Renewal Community Project <ul><li>Created Prime Minister & Police Commissioner; launched in 2002 </li></ul><ul><li>Attacks problems in inner-city communities </li></ul><ul><li>Crime, poor housing, unemployment, illiteracy, homeless, HIV/AIDS </li></ul><ul><li>Removed abandoned vehicles & buildings, dismantled street drug peddling groups, arrested a number of criminals </li></ul><ul><li>Community-based partnership & problem solving approach improved quality of life </li></ul><ul><li>Tackled the root causes of crime & violence </li></ul>
  16. 16. City Slums
  17. 17. Bahamian Police Help Out
  18. 18. Watch your classmates perform the skit!
  19. 19. Focus / Questions <ul><li>Political and economic stability compared to other Caribbean countries, but very prone to social problems </li></ul><ul><li>How do the Caribbean nations contrast with their common façade (i.e. on travel brochures)? </li></ul>
  20. 20. Dominican Rep: Parsley Massacre <ul><li>1937 Massacring of Haitians </li></ul><ul><li>Suffering from farmable land shortages, Haitians migrated into DR </li></ul><ul><li>DR dictator, Rafael Trujillo (ruled 1930-61) ordered his army to wipe out the Haitian population in the borderlands of DR </li></ul><ul><li>Resulted in death of 19-20,000 Haitians </li></ul><ul><li>Lasted five days: Oct 2 nd – 8 th , 1937 </li></ul><ul><li>Today: about a million illegal Haitian immigrants live in DR </li></ul>
  21. 21. Rafael Trujillo
  22. 22. Hispaniola
  23. 23. Watch your classmates perform the skit!
  24. 24. Focus / Questions <ul><li>Continuing problem of immigration </li></ul><ul><li>Effects of dictatorship </li></ul><ul><li>Dictatorship is in Cuba & was in Haiti </li></ul><ul><li>What are the effects of illegal immigration in the country (DR)? </li></ul><ul><li>What kind of problems can be seen in the country of emigration (Haiti)? </li></ul>
  25. 25. Haiti: Aristide <ul><li>Feb 1990: elected president </li></ul><ul><li>Sept 1991: overthrown by a military coup; Aristide is forced into exile </li></ul><ul><li>1991-94: Cédras regime </li></ul><ul><li>Oct 1994: returns to finish his term in office; wins the support of lower classes, but unpopular among upper classes </li></ul><ul><li>Feb 2001: elected president again, but economy suffers with social discords </li></ul><ul><li>Feb 2004: exiled again to S. Africa </li></ul>
  26. 26. Jean-Bertrand Aristide
  27. 27. Haitian Protests
  28. 28. Watch your classmates perform the skit!
  29. 29. Focus / Questions <ul><li>Political instability </li></ul><ul><li>The divide between wealthy & poor </li></ul><ul><li>Why do countries that gained independence much earlier suffer more from political instability and severe economic problems than the countries that gained independence much later? </li></ul>

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