Issues


The Enemy Within; Selective Governance Practises, Belize’s Greatest Security Threat

Our Esteemed brother Paco Smith wrote up a great research paper on the inaccuracies of what is being sold as the greatest threat to Belize as a nation and people, meaning that our largest threat is not an external boogey man but rather a more familiar one, the real boogey man being our own governance and those that work together with them in the shadows. Shared with full consent from Paco Smith Abstract Threats to Belize’s security are often conceptualised and cast as emanating from external elements. Indeed, with the looming existential threat of Guatemala and its unfounded claim to […]


The Hypocrisy of Guns, Crime and Abuse in Belize

This article contains multiple pages, look for the page lists after the Related Articles section. While I agree that guns should be something controlled, I also believe that there should be a freedom for people to own guns and that it should be applicable to all citizens, not just some with a few special people able to have their way. In Belize there is a tendency that people tied to the ruling Government of the day get to have special privileges and can be above the law just like the politicians if they are close enough or have connections to […]


Draft General Treaty of Settlement of Land and Maritime Boundaries

SECRET Draft General Treaty of Settlement of Land and Maritime Boundaries and Related Matters between Belize and Guatemala Preamble The Government of Belize and the Government of Republic of Guatemala: Being sovereign equal and independent states, members of the United Nations and the community of States, are firmly committed to the contribution of peace among nations; Having in mind the principles of international law embodied in the Charter of the United Nations, such as the principles of the equal right and self-determination of the peoples, of the sovereign equality and independence of all States, of non-interference in the domestic affairs […]


Patient File #107

Found this on Reddit and thought I’d share. Therapists have a lot on their plate on a daily basis and they have to work in a broken system that doesn’t understand the need to address the underlying problems and provide proper methods of helping and curing instead of masking. Those at the level where the struggle really happens and where the first line of defense lies, face the ever easy task of getting blamed for the failures of the other layers of the system and this case is a good example of that, other will only go so far before […]


Left Behind – Missing Parents – pt 2

China Daily had an article about this that included the following graphic that depicts exactly the issue: The Impact of Migration on Children in the Caribbean UNICEF Office for Barbados and Eastern Caribbean Caroline Bakker, Martina Elings-Pels and Michele Reis Executive summary Caribbean societies have a high degree of mobility, exporting the largest proportion of its constituent population in percentage terms, in the world.(1)Reis, 2008, Country Assessment report: Dominica, UNICEF Internal Document In many English speaking Caribbean Small Island Developing States (SIDS), the number of migrants per population outnumbers by ten the world’s average figure. Over the past four decades, […]


Left Behind – Missing Parents – pt 1

China Daily had an article about this that included the following graphic that depicts exactly the issue: Children without parental care in the Caribbean Systems of protection Patricia Lim Ah Ken November 2007 ABSTRACT Long term residential institutional is detrimental to children’s well being, this is a proven fact. Studies conducted globally have confirmed the damages that children placed in residential institutional care sustain. Although the actual numbers of children who reside in institutions fluctuates regularly, the figures gathered at any one time are still alarming, for example there are an estimated one million children in institutional care across Europe(1)Browne, […]


S.E.C. Brent Borland et al

Case 1:18-cv-04352-PKC Document 5 Filed 05/16/18 Benjamin J. Hanauer (pending pro hac vice) Timothy S. Leiman (pending pro hac vice) Andrew P. O’Brien (pending pro hac vice) Charles J. Kerstetter (pending pro hac vice) Alyssa Qualls United States Securities and Exchange Commission Chicago Regional Office 175 West Jackson Blvd., Suite 1450 Chicago, IL 60604 (312) 353-7390 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK Plaintiff United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC” or “Commission”) alleges as follows: 1. This case centers on a fraudulent scheme perpetrated by Defendant Brent Borland through two entities that he owned and controlled: […]


Is the ICJ Biased?

by Eric A. Posner and Miguel F. P. de Figueiredo ERIC A. POSNER is Kirkland and Ellis Professor of Law, University of Chicago. MIGUEL F. P. DE FIGUEIREDO is a Ph.D. student in political science at the University of California at Berkeley. We thank Fay Booker, Jacob Cogan, Sean Farhang, Andrew Guzman, Larry Helfer, Richard Hynes, Matt Jarvis, Anup Malani, Andrew Martin, Simeon Nichter, Abdul Noury, Keith Smith, Duncan Snidal, Laura Stoker, Erik Voeten, Greg Wawro, John Yoo; participants at seminars at the University of Chicago, Washington University in St. Louis, Columbia University, and the University of California, Berkeley, Law […]


Belize Restoring Its Damaged Ocean

By Tik Root – Originally published on April 11, 2018 on National Geographic The Astrum helicopter company launches from a base less than five miles from where Belize City meets the Caribbean. In the backseat, to my left, is Belizean Senator Valerie Woods. Across from us are two representatives from international ocean protection organization Oceana, which organized the flight. The country’s minister of state, Carla Barnett, climbs into the front seat. “I haven’t been in a helicopter for a long time,” she mutters, pulling on her headset. The doors shut, and we’re off. As we rise above the trees, Belize […]


Noise Abatement in Belize

NOISE ABATEMENT Unreasonable noise emissions on premises. 37. (1) A person who on any premises uses or causes or allows to be used any equipment in such a way as to cause or allow it to emit unreasonable noise from those premises commits an offence. (2) A prosecution for an alleged offence under subregulation (1) may be instituted only by – (a) any three or more persons, each of whom is the occupier of the premises and claims to be directly affected by that alleged offence; (b) an authorized person; or (c) a police officer. Installation of equipment emitting unreasonable […]


Background and Study of the Special Agreement to the ICJ

BACKGROUND AND STUDY OF THE SPECIAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN GUATEMALA AND BELIZE TO SUBMIT GUATEMALA’S TERRITORIAL, INSULAR AND MARITIME CLAIM TO THE INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE. By Gustavo Adolfo Orellana Portillo To the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Guatemala, especially the Belize Commission. To my parents Oscar Rigoberto Orellana Cordón (+) Octavila Portillo Chacón de Orellana (+) To my wife Lilián Lisseth Lacs Palomo de Orellana To my children Oscar Gustavo and Laura Paulina PROLOGUE On December 8, 2008, the Special Agreement between Guatemala and Belize to submit Guatemala’s territorial, insular and maritime differendum to the International Court of Justice was […]


Start by getting rid of the term ‘gang’

This is something I wholeheartedly agree with. “On Friday, my constituent Zac Olumegbon was murdered in a planned attack close to his school. He was just 15, and I know that the thoughts of the entire House will be with his family at this very difficult time. He was the 13th teenager to lose a life needlessly in our capital city. Can the Prime Minister tell me, the rest of the House and the country what his government is doing, and will be doing, to stop this happening in our communities?” That was the first question I ever asked at […]