Tiny Barbados is preparing to dump Britain’s Queen Elizabeth after centuries of imperial colonial rule. The nation has decided to replace her with a local head of state and, like Guyana, Trinidad and a few other Caribbean trade bloc states, soon proclaim itself a republic.
The U.S. is beginning to crackdown on Caribbean trade bloc countries that have used American television and other programs without respecting copyright issues for decades.
Caribbean governments restated their intention to pursue Britain and other European nations that participated in the brutal transatlantic slave trade for reparations. Likewise, they want those nations to know that they should negotiate with the region in good faith.
Caribbean trade bloc governments have agreed to establish a special committee of finance ministers to probe reasons why American and European commercial banks are reluctant to conduct business with regional counterparts, saying they fear many will soon face closure if the situation is not corrected.
Caricom leaders are scheduled to meet in the Bahamas to discuss a number of key issues, including the push to make European nations pay for slavery and to establish a commission on marijuana decriminalization, the bloc said.
An official investigation has begun into the bloody operation that dislodged Jamaica’s most wanted man from a fortified city stronghold. The politician at the helm of government at the time claims he was forced to sever all ties with the drug dealer because he had not only become a political liability but also because he had been hiding fugitives in the community.
As Caribbean governments prepare to review region-wide legislation allowing for medical marijuana use and a relaxation of laws for possession of infinitesimal amounts, the Obama administration wants the island to know that it is not comfortable with the move towards decriminalization.
At least five general elections are scheduled to be held in the 15-nation Caribbean trade bloc this year, including three in the politically volatile Southern Caribbean region, and if opinion polls are anything to go by, at least three elections could result in new governments.
Trinidad, the bloc’s largest producer of oil and recently a major supplier of gas for Eastern Seaboard states in the U.S., is being forced to significantly cut back on spending as international prices plunge, leaving the oil- and gas-dependent nation in the financial lurch.
The 53-nation Commonwealth grouping of former British colonies this week threatened to sanction Guyana’s government for its suspension of the country’s parliament and for its refusal to hold local government elections.