Caribbean Political Economy

1804CaribVoices Weekly 1-32

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Political Treachery in BarbadosDavid Comissiong
By foisting the payment of tuition fees on the backs of the 7,000 odd mainly working-class young Barbadians who attend the University of the West Indies (UWI), the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) governmental administration has committed an horrific act of political treachery against the people and nation of Barbados.Read this article
Traditional Culture and Modern Governance
Mervyn ClaxtonCaricom can draw very useful lessons from the experience of their two principal ancestral cultures on how to improve governance in individual countries of the region. One such lesson is the importance of political inclusiveness, which, ideally, should complement economic development.Read this article

Over three million patients benefit from Operation Milagro

Osviel Castro Medel

More than three million patients across the world, especially in Latin America, have benefited from the Operation Milagro created on July 8, 2004 by Commanders Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez.

Venezuelan Gabriela Soler, national coordinator of this program, which has restored the sight to so many people for free, noted that these figures are due to the quick increase after the initiative was given a new official thrust last June.

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Britain opposed 1983 Grenada invasionNelson A. KingNational Archives indicate that then prime minister Margaret Thatcher and United States president Ronald Reagan were at odds over the plans to invade the Caribbean island.Read this article
Thought Decolonisation and National Culture in VenezuelaRyan Mallett-OuttrimAfter seven years of planning and public consultation, Venezuela’s National Assembly (AN) has passed a new law aimed to promote Venezuelan culture.Read this article
ALBAmed for cheaper medicineRealCuba’s BlogOpening the door for Cuba’s pharmaceutical and medical industry to a common market of 70 million people with a GDP of $636 billion, the members of the ALBA bloc officially announced the launch of ALBAmed, a multinational body that includes a regulatory institution and a central registry for pharmaceutical and medical products.

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State of Governance in Trinidad and Tobago, MSJ

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Two years after the Peoples Partnership swept to power in Trinidad and Tobago, the Movement for Social Justice, one of the partners in the ruling coalition, has given a candid and critical assessment of the state of governance in the country.

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Towards a New Democracy and a New Independence, Tennyson Joseph


Tennyson Joseph, who teaches Political Science at the UWI in Barbados, has outlined a programme for “the Second Independence Revolution”,   in an address to the Common Sense Convois of the Lloyd Best Institute of the West Indies held recently.

It is now fifty years since the first English-Speaking Caribbean states attained independence. To many of us, these have been fifty years of marking time, trial and error, false starts, and dashed expectations, with some successes but more disappointments…

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Jamaica’s Revolution: Clarification and Update, Marc Ramsay

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Over the past week a renewed energy has begun to stir among the people of Jamaica. We have faced the big blue Fire that has been slowly growing since independence- ‘Choice’. Many of us have ignored the full range of choices available to us. These choices have always been there, including the choice to engage in revolution…

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Gangs, Guns and Governance in Trinidad and Tobago, Dorn Townsend


This Report, prepared by Small Arms Survey of Switzerland, explores the rise of gangs and killings in Trinidad and Tobago and predicts that the country’s gun problems are not going to go away. Eastern Port of Spain, in particular, is described as ‘among the most dangerous places on the planet’.

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The Tarnished Quality of Governance in Trinidad and Tobago, Reginald Dumas

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Feature Address On The Occasion Of The Celebration By The National Council Of Indian Culture (NCIC) Of The 47TH Anniversary Of The Independence Of Trinidad And Tobago,Divali Nagar Auditorium, Chaguanas, Saturday, August 29, 2009, 6.30 p.m.

I thought I would say something this evening about the state of our Republic as we prepare to enter the 48th year of our political independence. It is no secret that our population, whatever the socio-economic or other status of its members, is on the whole unhappy, or at the very least uncomfortable, with the condition of Trinidad and Tobago. We have specific concerns about crime, or race, or the cost of living, or the health service, or the carnage on the roads, and so on. But driving all these concerns is one major factor among others: the tarnished quality of governance….

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Queen Elizabeth Dismisses U.K. Government – Norman’s Dream


I had this extraordinary dream last night–Norman


London, August 18 (CAP News). In a dramatic break with long-established Constitutional practice, Queen Elizabeth II last night announced that she had dismissed the government of Prime Minister Gordon Brown, dissolved Parliament and directly assumed executive powers to the Crown.

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Infusing Development into Caricom/Canada/US FTA, CPDC

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It is imperative that the upcoming negotiations between CARICOM/Canada set a platform for the
creation of a true partnership agreement which will be based on development priorities.

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Caribbean Integration and ‘Global Europe’, Norman Girvan

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Implications of the EPA for the CSME

A critical assessment of the compatibility of the CARIFORUM-EC EPA with the proposed Caricom Single Market and Economy—CSME. Discuses cross-cutting compatibility issues: development strategy and the role of regional integration, policy space and governance; and sectoral compatibility issues relate to trade in goods, services and trade-related issues. Concludes that the CSME, a project for the creation/strengthening of the regional economy for engagement with globalisation; will be superseded by the EPA, which involves a high degree of bilateral integration of individual Cariforum countries with Europe in trade, investment and regulatory policies. Suggests how the EPA could be modified to resolve the dilemma and to increase its effectiveness as an instrument of development and regional integration.


Legal Issues in the EPA, Norman Girvan

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Presentation at Public Forum held at the Norman Manley Law School, UWI Mona Campus, May 2, 2008.

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5. Governance and Culture, by Mervyn Claxton

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Good governance is inextricaly linked to development, but the Western insistence on imposing its own particular brand of ‘democracy’ on non-Western societies ignores the rich experience in other forms of governance in Asia and Africa, many of which were remarkably successful in fostering participation, consultation, accountability, gender equality, dispute settlement, and social peace. This resource could be used to address governance issues in fractured Caribbean societies such as Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica…


Implications of the Cariforum-EC EPA, Norman Girvan

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January 26, 2008

The EPA is more than just a trade agreement: its scope embraces many subjects that have up to now been solely or mainly within national and regional jurisdiction.,   As a legally binding international instrument with elaborate implementation and enforcement provisions, it embodies a higher degree of supranational governance than the corresponding arrangements in the Caribbean Community. It will condition the scope and content of future agreements made between Caricom and other major trading partners and the region’s stance in WTO negotiations. There is a sense in which the EPA sets up a framework for the future evolution of the economic, social and environmental policies of Caricom states, both separately and collectively; and for the terms on which the region engages with the global community…