Politics


New British Defence Attaché strengthens the UK’s defence relationship with the Guatemalan army

This is who we are looking at to defend Belize. Well, sorry to burst your bubble people, they are in bed with the enemy. From:British Embassy Guatemala City First published:18 April 2016 Part of:Guatemala Colonel David Strawbridge MBE, a serving officer in the British Army, paid a three day visit to Guatemala to initiate his new role as the UK’s Defence Attaché to Guatemala. He assumes the role with over 34 years of military experience including time spent in operational theatres such as Northern Ireland, Kosovo and Iraq as well as peacekeeping in Africa. During this initial visit, Colonel Strawbridge […]


The struggle for Maya land, oil, and gold

by Robin Llewellyn 11 July 2012 After two very recent attacks on Maya community leaders in Guatemala, the challenges faced by the lawyers applying domestic law and international indigenous rights legislation to these conflicts are revealing, as legal concepts are reinterpreted by governments in indigenous communities across the Maya region of Central America. On the night of 12 June two men broke into the home of José Tavico Tzunun in Santa Cruz del Qiché, Western Guatemala, and murdered him. Tzunun was a member of the K’iche’ Peoples Council in Defense of Life, Mother Nature, Earth, and Indigenous Territory. He helped […]


OAS to Host Forum on Migration and Development in the Americas

May 5, 2016 The Organization of American States (OAS) will hold this Friday, May 6 the Forum “Migration and Development in the Americas: towards the implementation of the 2030 Agenda” with the participation of foreign ministers, experts and senior officials working on the issue in the hemisphere. The inaugural session will feature the participation of the Vice President and Foreign Minister of Panama, Isabel De Saint Malo de Alvarado; the OAS Secretary General, Luis Almagro; the Executive Director of the Young American Business Trust (YABT), Valerie Lorena and the President of the Committee on Migration Issues (CAM), Daniel Cámara. WHAT: […]


What Guatemala does not want the world to see

While the Government of Guatemala burns through the budget on lavish lifestyles, keeping an unfounded claim on our independent nation of Belize, swarms of families live below extreme poverty and live their lives in the garbage dumps. Guatemala would do good with starting to address the basic human rights of their citizens before they look for more expenditures elsewhere but then again, the Oligarchy does not suffer so they do not care. Video by Primer Impacto


OAS Secretary General Almagro Met with Foreign Ministers of Belize and Guatemala

May 4, 2016 The Secretary General of the Organization of American States, Luis Almagro, met today with the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Belize and Guatemala in reference to the recent incidents in the Belize-Guatemala Adjacency Zone and the Sarstoon River. To this end, Secretary Almagro confirmed the imminent deployment of a group of experts to conduct an independent investigation into the circumstances which resulted in the death of a Guatemala minor, following an incident with the Belizean security forces in the Adjacency Zone. Recalling Annex C of the Confidence Building Measures in force on the Guidelines for Public Statements, […]


Not even the US trusts the decisions of the ICJ

Belize is being shoved to go to the ICJ by the US OAS branch but when they had to get a ruling at the ICJ they basically said, “Oh hell no, this court is bullshit.” The United States and the ICJ The United States has long had an uneasy relationship with the International Court of Justice, which primarily arbitrates legal disputes among UN member nations that recognize its jurisdiction. The United States withdrew from the court’s compulsory jurisdiction in 1986 after the court ruled it owed Nicaragua war reparations. The United States also disagreed with the court’s stance that it […]


United States vs Hertular

UNITED STATES v. HERTULAR UNITED STATES of America, Appellee, v. Robert HERTULAR, Defendant-Appellant. 07-1453-cr. Docket No. Argued: June 19, 2008. — April 06, 2009 Before: STRAUB, RAGGI, Circuit Judges, and SESSIONS, District Judge. 1 Anirudh Bansal, Assistant United States Attorney (Jesse M. Furman, Katherine Polk Failla, Assistant United States Attorneys, of counsel), for Michael J. Garcia, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, New York, New York, for Appellee.Avrom Robin (Ira D. London, of counsel), Law Office of Ira D. London, New York, New York, for Defendant-Appellant. In a pro se submission, Hertular raises myriad other challenges. Through […]


Case study of Agricultural Policies in Belize 2

REPORT PREPARED FOR THE CARICOM SECRETARIAT CONSULTING TEAM (CORE): SINGH, R.H. (PH.D.) RANKINE, L.B. (PH.D.) SEEPERSAD, G. (M.SC.) THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS AND EXTENSION THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES ST. AUGUSTINE, TRINIDAD W.I. DECEMBER 2005 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Purpose & Scope of the Review This Report provides an analytical review of the major policy provisions for the agricultural sector in Belize. The focus is on the appropriateness of the policy mix in facilitating transformation of the sector into one characterized by higher levels of efficiency and competitiveness. The review is conducted within the context of the challenges confronting agriculture […]


Now the Sarstoon has become Guatemala’s 2

by Thérèse Belisle Nweke … A Belizean in Nigeria on the Annexation of the Sarstoon ” All your friends are false; all your enemies are real” – Mexican proverb The subterfuge, excuses and unimpressive attempts to conceal the truth have ended. The Sarstoon is no longer Belize’s, but is now a part of the Republic of Guatemala. This, the redoubtable Wil Maheia recently proved when as head of the Belize Territorial Volunteers (BTV), he and 19 other Belizeans were arbitrarily prevented by armed Guatemalan military personnel from entering the Sarstoon river, on their way to the Gracias a Dios border […]


Integrating the Caribbean and Central America

In continuing with what I’ve been talking about for several years now as to how things are being integrated into districts and all that. Earlier posts talk about the over all picture, others talk about the regional CARICOM and SICA stuff and some other angle. This one speaks more into that. Time to wake up Belizeans. THE TIME TO SAVE YOUR COUNTRY IS BEFORE YOU LOSE IT! – Philip Stanley Wilberforce Goldson This was originally posted on Caribbean Journal By Alberto Duran and Noemi Areli Sanchez The Central American Integration System (SICA) was formed in 1991 and is a regional […]


The Georgetown Accord

THE GOVERNMENTS OF THE COMMONWEALTH CARIBBEAN COUNTRIES THROUGH THEIR HEADS OF DELEGATIONS TO THE EIGHTH CONFERENCE OF HEADS OF GOVERNMENT OF COMMONWEALTH CARIBBEAN COUNTRIES ASSEMBLED IN GEORGETOWN, GUYANA, FROM 9TH TO 12TH APRIL, 1973 – DETERMINED to consolidate and strengthen the bonds of unity which have historically existed among their peoples; SHARING a common determination to fulfil within the shortest possible time the hopes and aspirations of the people of the Caribbean Territories for industrial and agricultural development, full employment and improved living standards; CONSCIOUS that these goals can most rapidly be attained by the optimum use of available human […]


The Georgetown Agreement 2003

Brussels, 28 November 2003 ACP/27/005/00 Rev.16 Legal Service/NJB/mgf [Final Version] THE GEORGETOWN AGREEMENT As amended by Decision No.1/LXXVIII/03 of the 78th Session of the Council of Ministers, Brussels, 27 and 28 November 2003 PREAMBLE THE GOVERNMENTS OF THE AFRICAN, CARIBBEAN AND PACIFIC STATES, hereinafter referred to as “the ACP States”; DESIROUS OF CONTRIBUTING through continuous and concerted endeavours to the reinforcement of the process of solidarity of developing countries; HAVING REGARD to the ACP-EEC Lomé Conventions and the ACP-EC Partnership Agreement signed on 23 June 2000 in Cotonou, hereinafter referred to as the ACP-EC Partnership Agreements; HAVING REGARD in particular […]