Mark Lee

Mark Lee
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Worst World Trade Collapse Since World War Two

The announcement by the World Trade Organization that global trade last year was the worst since World War II must represent bad news for the Caribbean region. Apart from the well known struggles of the old agricultural commodities, sugar and bananas, in recent times we have heard reports that the bauxite mining and alumina processing …

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The Antigua Election – Enter the Obama Era

The first significant general election in the English-speaking Caribbean in the post Obama campaign era is showing that it has learnt a lesson from the great North. If the campaign of the incumbent United Progressive Party (UPP) coalition with its tenuous first taste of political power is anything to go by, it has learnt the …

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Barbadian Wine Maker Keeping the Spirits High Despite the Odds

The Bible story says Jesus turned water into wine when the spirits ran low at the wedding in Cana. Malcolm Wood, in Bridgetown, Barbados, is working on the miracle of creating a Caribbean fruit wine business in an industry that snubs the notion of terming as wine anything but fermentation derived from grapes. Since the …

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One Love

The ironies never cease. There it was, Barack Obama’s We Are One: Opening Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial, Sunday January 18, and Bob Marley’s “One Love” – the song coopted as Jamaica’s anthem to lure tourists to the island – is “Hot on the box” on the same stage graced by Stevie Wonder jamming …

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Kensington Oval Helping Keep Cricket’s Hope Alive

Kensington Oval, on the western outskirts of Bridgetown, Barbados began life in 1882 as the home of the snooty Pickwick Club. It has witnessed many historic matches including being the first West Indian ground to host an England touring team, in 1895. Kensington hosted the first combined West Indies side (against MCC in 1910-11) and …

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Next big Mavado Release set for March ’09

In early March 2009, one of the most talked about dancehall artists Mavado will unveil the second chapter of his stirring street narrative, Mr Brooks…A Better Tomorrow, on VP Records, the label has announced. “Mavado — who was crowned “Best New Reggae Artist” at the 2008 MOBO (Music of Black Origin) Awards and by Rolling …

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