Caribbean


Moving the OECS & Belize deep into the CSME

By: Rickey Singh on Sunday, June 06, 2010 TRADE and economic disadvantages being experienced by the Less Developed Countries (LDCs) of the Caribbean Community pose a critical challenge to their full integration in Caricom’s Single Market and Economy (CSME). These are largely countries of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and Belize. According to the findings of a just-completed major study, the creation of a Regional Stabilisation Programme (RSP) must be treated as an urgent priority. Caricom’s Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) will shortly discuss the findings and recommendations of the study, viewed as a very serious […]


Commonwealth Caribbean Economic Integration

LIMITED OFFICIAL USE PAGE 01 STATE 099857 44 ORIGIN ARA-17 INFO OCT-01 ADP-00 AID-20 CIAE-00 COME-00 EB-11 FRB-02 INR-10 NSAE-00 RSC-01 TRSE-00 XMB-07 OPIC-12 CIEP-02 LAB-06 SIL-01 OMB-01 L-03 TAR-02 /096 R DRAFTED BY ARA/ CAR/ J: WPKELLY/ PWHILBURN, JR.: JANET 5/24/73 EXT-23447 APPROVED BY ARA/ CAR: JRBURKE ARA/ CAR: PFCANNEY ARA/ ECP: JLANDBERG ARA/ CAR: WBWHEELER ARA/ CEN: SLIPPE ——————— 026226 R 241617 Z MAY 73 FM SECSTATE WASHDC TO AMCONSUL BELIZE AMEMBASSY BRIDGETOWN AMEMBASSY GEORGETOWN AMEMBASSY KINGSTON AMCONSUL NASSAU AMEMBASSY PORT OF SPAIN LIMITED OFFICIAL USE STATE 099857 E. O. 11652 N/ A TAGS: EGEN, EEC, BB, BH, […]


The Caribbean is America’s Balkans for Jihadist Migrant Flow

by Wayne MADSEN | 25.11.2015 | 00:00 Just as the Balkans have served as Europe’s «soft underbelly» for the largest mass migration of refugees since World War II, the Caribbean, coupled with Central America, is proving to be America’s own «Balkans» when it comes to Syrian and other migrants flowing into the United States. In the cases of both Europe and America, the flows of migrants, including non-vetted military draft-age men from Syria, Iraq, and other Muslim countries, is being facilitated by the huge network of non-governmental and quasi-governmental organizations influenced by and linked to the international hedge fund tycoon […]


The Clayton-Bulwer Treaty 1

Convention Between the United States of America and Her Britannic Majesty; April 19, 1850 One of the more peculiar diplomatic documents in the history of inter-American relations: in it, the US and Britain agreed to avoid unilaterally annexing or fortifying any canal across the Central American isthmus. That Nicaragua, the ostensible object of these negotiations, was not invited says something about the diplomacy of the era. THE United States of America and her Britannic Majesty, being desirous of consolidating the relations of amity which so happily subsist between them, by setting forth and fixing in a convention their views and […]


In Mexico, Crime Is Bigger Than a Crime Boss

Summary The July 11 escape of the notorious Sinaloa crime boss, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera, from a maximum-security prison in Mexico has drawn considerable Mexican and international media attention. While the brazen and elaborate nature of the escape will add to the lore already surrounding Guzman, the escape itself carries little significance for organized crime in Mexico — though it will place a momentary strain on coordination between U.S. and Mexican law enforcement. The forces that drive the evolution of organized crime and their impact on society in Mexico are simply greater than any single crime boss. Analysis Mexico’s […]


From resistance to rebellion

Asian and Afro-Caribbean struggles in Britain This article is taken from the author’s book, Race, Class and the State, to be published next spring by Pluto Press. Copyright © 2015 by Institute of Race Relations On 25 June 1940 Udham Singh was hanged. At a meeting of the Royal Asiatic Society and the East India Association at Caxton Hall, Lon- don, he had shot dead Sir Michael O’Dwyer, who (as the Lieutenant Governor of the Punjab) had presided over the massacre of unarmed peasants and workers at Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar, in 1919. Udham was a skilled electrician, an active trade […]


The 'Grexit' Issue and the Problem of Free Trade

By George Friedman The Greek crisis is moving toward a climax. The issue is actually quite simple. The Greek government owes a great deal of money to European institutions and the International Monetary Fund. It has accumulated this debt over time, but it has become increasingly difficult for Greece to meet its payments. If Greece doesn’t meet these payments, the IMF and European institutions have said they will not extend any more loans to Greece. Greece must make a calculation. If it pays the loans on time and receives additional funding, will it be better off than not paying the […]


PetroCaribe Loans Act 2015 2

BILL for AN ACT to make special provisions for borrowing money from Alba Petrocaribe (Belize Energy) Limited; and to provide for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto. (Gazetted ………………., 2015). WHEREAS: (a) in June 2005, the Republic of Venezuela and several Caribbean countries (including Belize) entered into an Energy Cooperation Agreement providing for the establishment of PETROCARIBE; (b) in furtherance of the said Energy Cooperation Agreement, Venezuela and Belize entered into a bilateral Energy Cooperation Agreement in September 2005; (c) pursuant to Article 1 of the said bilateral Energy Cooperation Agreement, Venezuela agreed to supply to Belize crude oil, refined […]


Crime and Society

By: Dr. Robert Winslow Belize is a parliamentary democracy with a constitution enacted in 1981 upon independence from the United Kingdom. Numerous ruins indicate that for hundreds of years Belize was heavily populated by the Maya Indians, whose relatively advanced civilization reached its height between A.D. 250 and 900. Eventually the civilization declined leaving behind small groups whose offspring still exist in Belize contributing positively to the culturally diverse population. In 1502, Columbus sailed through parts of the Caribbean, but did not actually visit the area later known as British Honduras. The first reference to European settlement in the colony […]


NTUCB remains strong against BSI ASR BSCFA – Press Release

National Trade Union Congress of Belize expresses refusal to buckle to name calling re-affirmation their support for the BSCFA and a plea to BSCFA members to remain united. Press Release (For Immediate Release) January 08, 2015 The National Trade Union Congress of Belize; makes an impassioned plea to the members of the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association, to remain united. There is no way you can come through on the most beneficial end of this matter; if you now fall prey to the plot that has been skillfully weaved and orchestrated to break you up. Whilst this Congress is being […]