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Understanding the Greek debt crisis

A while back I noted that we should be looking at Greece for where not to end up in the future, seeing that G.O.B. keeps borrowing more and more every day that goes by; adding more and more debt on the shoulders of every Belizean that will have to be paid for by many future generations. I want to share these videos with you all so you can understand what’s going on in Greece and better look at what’s happening in Belize and hopefully stand up and fight for the future of Belize. After all, our children and their children […]


The truth of why Europe wants Greece to suffer

Another reason why Belize should be paying attention to what is going on in Greece and start to make changes before we get to the same place. The truth about the never-ending financial crisis & the cult of extreme austerity Greece’s financial nightmare has lasted five years now. There’s no sign of real relief—for a very specific reason   For someone who writes about economics, the situation in Greece offers two enticing elements: the ability to spin out moments of high drama, and the probability it will endlessly repeat forever. We’ve experienced five years (really, here’s one of my first […]


Belize’s Failure: U.S. Proxy or Corrupt Leadership?

By: Hubert Pipersburgh on September 29, 2011 As a peripheral economy it is difficult for countries such as Belize. The U.S. cast a huge shadow. Few leaders in the region have been able to plot an autonomous course.  The late Michael Manley of Jamaica with his non-aligned movement during the cold war tried, Belize was a member of that group under the Premiership of George Cadle Price. With the exception of Cuba, Grenada under the Late Maurice Bishop and his New Jewel Movement attempted a course that did not rely on the U.S. patronage he was promptly assassinated in cold blood […]


Want to know the future of Belize? See Greece

Pay attention to what’s happening in Greece. We’ve posted about this before and things di geh dread as we say in Belize. Greece is slowly being led to slaughter house and Belize is going to the same place, Greece is at the door, Belize is making it’s way down the chute. Greece’s economy will be locked down with capital controls if it can’t find a deal by the weekend European governments are ready to push for capital controls in Greece would mean a severe lockdown on flows of cash … strict limits on the amount that could be withdrawn from […]


Europe Rediscovers Nationalism

Analysis In his latest novel, French writer Michel Houellebecq presents a controversial situation: The year is 2022, and France has become an Islamicized country where universities have to teach the Koran, women have to wear the veil and polygamy is legal. The book, which created a stir in France, went on sale Jan. 7. That day, a group of terrorists killed 12 people at the headquarters of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Also on Jan. 7, German Chancellor Angela Merkel met British Prime Minister David Cameron in London. Although the formal reason for the meeting was to discuss the upcoming […]


The Origins and Implications of the Scottish Referendum 1

By George Friedman The idea of Scottish independence has moved from the implausible to the very possible. Whether or not it actually happens, the idea that the union of England and Scotland, which has existed for more than 300 years, could be dissolved has enormous implications in its own right, and significant implications for Europe and even for global stability. The United Kingdom was the center of gravity of the international system from the end of the Napoleonic Wars until World War II. It crafted an imperial structure that shaped not only the international system but also the internal political […]


How the U.S. State Department Promotes GMO Global Agenda 2

Biotech Ambassadors by Food & Water Watch In the last decade, the United States has pursued foreign policy objectives on food and agriculture that benefit a few big seed companies. This commonly takes the form of the U.S. State Department exercising its diplomatic prestige and bully pulpit to pressure foreign governments to adopt policies favored by the agricultural biotechnology companies. Food & Water Watch’s comprehensive analysis of State Department diplomatic cables reveals a concerted strategy to promote agricultural biotechnology overseas, compel countries to import biotech crops and foods that they do not want, and lobby foreign governments — especially in […]


NAFTA and the Future of Canada, Mexico and the United States

By Marc Lanthemann The 20th anniversary of NAFTA’s implementation on Jan. 1 has revived some of the perennial arguments that have surrounded the bloc since its inception. The general consensus has been that the trade deal was a mixed bag, a generally positive yet disappointing economic experiment. That consensus may not be wrong. The history of the North American Free Trade Agreement as an institution has been one of piecemeal, often reluctant, integration of three countries with a long tradition of protectionism and fierce defense of economic national sovereignty. While NAFTA was a boon for certain sectors of the economy, […]


EU Blacklists Belizean Seafood

In a move to eradicate illegal fishing, the EU has blacklisted Belize from exporting it’s produce to the world’s most valuable seafood market as of Monday May 13, the ban will require ALL EU states to stop importing seafood from Belize and the EU vessels are required to stay out of their waters. The ban includes Belize, Cambodia and Guinea. This comes after being warned back in 2012 to take action against illegal fishing or face the consequences. [pullquote]“I want EU citizens to know that the fish they consume is sustainable, wherever it comes from. – EU’s Fisheries Commissioner Maria […]


How EU and US Economic Policies spell bitter end for Caribbean Sugar

This article was originally posted by the Council on Hemispheric Affairs on June 24, 2005. We thought you may be interested in reading it. Notice how the Caribbean nations have been affected by this and add it in to what we’ve been saying all along that things are all part of a larger goal. CALLOUSNESS REDEFINED: HOW EU AND U.S. ECONOMIC POLICIES SPELL A BITTER END FOR THE CARIBBEAN’S SUGAR INDUSTRY Yesterday, the European Union’s (EU) agriculture commissioner, Mariann Fischer Boel, revealed the specific provisions of the plan originally proposed last July to cut the preferential price the EU pays […]


Ractopamine

The FDA ruled that ractopamine was safe and approved it for pigs in 1999, for cattle in 2003 and turkeys in 2008. As with many drugs, the approval process relied on safety studies conducted by the drug-maker — studies that lie at the heart of the current trade dispute. The drug, ractopamine hydrochloride, is fed to pigs and other animals right up until slaughter and minute traces have been found in meat. ref Pharmacologically, it is a beta-adrenergic agonist. It is the active ingredient in products known as Paylean for swine and Optaflexx for cattle, developed by Elanco Animal Health, […]