Month: May 2009

Manning Challenges Chavez’s Petro Caribe?

Old guard Caribbean integrationists will be pleased at the news that Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister, Patrick Manning has pledged to put his country’s petroleum dollars into a regional development fund, a promise that likely signals his intention to challenge Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez’s Petro Caribe initiative that has put a wedge in Caribbean Community (CARICOM) …

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Mark Lee

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Editor, author and writer with career spanning print, radio, television and new media.

Double Standards: One for the Poor, One for the Rich

“What a day that will be in Jamaican politics when politicians associated with a scandal will rise and say “I relinquish the office!”” “Jamaica’s electorate needs to progress to a point of strong reciprocity, where a politician with the slightest whiff of scandal will have 30 seconds to say, “I relinquish.” “British voters have been …

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Caricom Countries Must Get Going on EPA – Golding

Prime Minister Bruce Golding says Jamaica and the rest of the Caribbean need to be liberated from the nostalgia of an era of protective market when they could punish their consumers as they chose, by shutting their borders so that foreign goods could not easily come in and consumers were condemned to substandard products. ‘We …

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The Press Can Oppress

“Please stand!” I requested and the 800 or so delegates to the Caribbean Tourism Conference rose to their feet. “Sit!” and they all sat. It was my attempt to demonstrate the distorted image of the power of the Press. Many feel there is a literal power wielded by news and opinion media that directly affects …

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Mark Lee

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Editor, author and writer with career spanning print, radio, television and new media.

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