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Shadow players: ecotourism development, corruption and state politics in Belize

As published: Third World Quarterly, Vol 21, No 3, pp 549–565, 2000 by Rosaleen Duffy Rosaleen Duffy is at the Department of Politics and International Relations, Lancaster University, Lancaster LA1 4YL, UK. Abstract This article examines the way that developing societies have been increasingly incorporated into global networks, and the effect that this has had on the states themselves. The notion of a shadow state is used here to inform the ways that the state has been modified by the global networks represented by ecotourism development on the one hand and drug trafficking (and associated offshore banking sectors) on the […]


Belize: Are We in a State of Insecurity or are We an Insecure State?

Belizeans and true friends of Belize, Following a series of recent, unfortunate occurrences in our beloved nation, I am compelled to put for the above-listed query. Where do I begin? As in all things, I guess it is best to lay the foundation and then build from there. To those who have kept tabs on what appears that only a few seem to recognise as Belize’s greatest existential threat, the nation of Guatemala’s unfounded claim to our sovereign territory, the first portion of my contribution will come as no surprise. In essence, successive administrations have taken a submissive and minimalist […]


How many Belizeans does it take to screw in a lightbulb

A WikiLeaks cable shows that even when getting donations, GOB finds ways to generate income. Reference ID Created Classification Origin 06BELIZE968 2006-11-01 13:32 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Belmopan VZCZCXRO6536 RR RUEHGR DE RUEHBE #0968 3051332 ZNR UUUUU ZZH R 011332Z NOV 06 CCY ZDK FM AMEMBASSY BELIZE TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 0661 INFO RUEHZA/WHA CENTRAL AMERICAN COLLECTIVE RUCNCOM/EC CARICOM COLLECTIVE RUEHUB/USINT HAVANA UNCLAS BELIZE 000968 SIPDIS C O R R E C T E D C O P Y //REMOVED ALL NOFORN CAPTIONS// SENSITIVE SIPDIS DEPT FOR WHA/CEN (MACK) E.O. 12958: N/A TAGS: PGOV PREL BH SUBJECT: HOW MANY BELIZEANS […]


(ACP-EU) – Resolution on the question of Belize 3

Joint Assembly of the Convention concluded between the African, Caribbean and Pacific States and the European Community (ACP-EU) – Resolution on the question of Belize RESOLUTION(1) on the question of Belize The ACP-EU Joint Assembly, – meeting in Abuja (Nigeria) from 20-23 March 2000, – having considered the question of Belize, A. recalling United Nations General Assembly Resolution 35/20 of 11 November 1980, which reaffirmed the inalienable right of the people of Belize to self-determination, independence and territorial integrity and called on all parties concerned to respect that right, B. welcoming the fact that in 1991 the Republic of Guatemala […]