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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 […]


UnHappy Birthday Belize

I wanted to wait for the festivities to simmer down before I put my thoughts out to my fellow Belizeans. I do not know how you will receive my speech or how it will be scrutinized, but these are my heartfelt convictions. I heard some of the speeches and for the most part heard a lot of pretty flowers, shiny gems and smelt nice perfume that all masked the reality that our nation faces today, 33 years and a couple days old. I won’t go into the pretties too much, you know that is not me. My idea is to […]


Essentiality for Freedom of the Press

I found this article and though it was important to share. I share the same sentiment that our press MUST have the right and freedom to not only write freely about issues on all levels but also to be free from the fear of prosecution and victimization from those in office. This will be a long one but a must read, especially for those in the Media. Originally published in The Nassau Guardian on November 08, 2012 by Alfred Sears, an attorney, former member of Parliament and former attorney general of The Bahamas. In a democratic society there is no […]


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 […]


Alleged Belize meetings with Hamas

A WikiLeaks Cable shows Belize meeting with Hamas. Reference ID Created Classification Origin 06BELIZE272 2006-03-24 12:34 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Belmopan VZCZCXYZ0013 OO RUEHWEBDE RUEHBE #0272 0831234 ZNR UUUUU ZZH O 241234Z MAR 06 FM AMEMBASSY BELIZE TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 9840 INFO RUEHME/AMEMBASSY MEXICO 2489 RUEHLB/AMEMBASSY BEIRUT 0032 UNCLAS BELIZE 000272 SIPDIS SENSITIVE SIPDIS DEPT FOR WHA/CEN – JASON MACK E.O. 12958: N/A TAGS: PREL BH SUBJECT: BELIZE: MESSAGE ON HOST COUNTRY MEETINGS WITH HAMAS REF: STATE 27174 ¶1. (SBU) Per reftel PolOff delivered demarche to Ministry of Foreign Affairs, U.S. Desk Officer Gianni Avila with a copy […]


Belize Political Assessment

Originally Released on 2013-02-13 00:00 GMT The Government of Belize (GOB) welcomes Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) although the investment climate has cooled over the past year. There is a number of disputes between U.S. and other foreign investors and various GOB agencies as well as new legislation that hampers the ability of investors to seek arbitration to resolve disputes. (DOS) The Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) was established to serve as a one-stop-shop for export and investment assistance but bureaucratic red tape may still be encountered when seeking government fiscal incentives. (DOS) Government investment incentives include: Fiscal Incentives […]


Belize Guatemala Dispute

The Belizean-Guatemalan territorial dispute is an unresolved bi-national territorial dispute between the states of Belize and Guatemala, neighbors in Central America. Belize or Belizean-controlled territory has been claimed in whole or in part by Guatemala since 1940. Early colonial era The present dispute originates with imperial Spain’s claim to all “New World” territories west of the line established in the Treaty of Tordesillas in 1494. England, like other emerging powers of the late 15th century, did not recognize the treaty that divided the world between Spain and Portugal. After the native Mayans had ejected Spanish conquistadors and missionaries from Tipu and surrounding […]


Warning: Clearing of Western Border

Press Release by Government of Belize Belmopan, 25th February, 2013. The Government of Belize, in discharge of its duty to ensure the safety and security of all persons in our country, hereby advises all members of the public that any attempt on their part to clear the Western Border can give rise to serious danger to themselves and we therefore strongly advise against participation in any such action. Proposed efforts as reported in the media may conduce to a disturbance of the peace and to unnecessary tensions between two countries, contrary to the long – standing efforts that successive Belize […]


WikiLeaks – AMBASSADOR MEETS WITH GOB ABOUT BTL NATIONALIZATION

Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin 10BELMOPAN55 2010-02-02 20:40 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Belmopan VZCZCXYZ0000 RR RUEHWEB DE RUEHBE #0486/01 3562239 ZNY CCCCC ZZH R 222239Z DEC 09 FM AMEMBASSY BELMOPAN TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 2190 INFO RUEHZA/WHA CENTRAL AMERICAN COLLECTIVE C O N F I D E N T I A L BELMOPAN 000486 SIPDIS FOR WHA/CEN JENNIFER VANTRUMP E.O. 12958: DECL: 12/22/2019 TAGS: ECON EINV BH SUBJECT: AMBASSADOR MEETS WITH GOB ABOUT BTL NATIONALIZATION REF: A. BELMOPAN 332 ¶B. BELMOPAN 480 Classified By: DCM Diffily for reason 1.4(b) (d) ¶1. (C) Summary: On December 15 the Ambassador, DCM, and […]