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Bert Wilkinson

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Evidence Surinamese president involved in drug trade

Desi Bouterse has for decades denied any involvement in the international narcotics trade even dismissing a 1999 conviction by a Dutch court for similar offenses as a charade, describing the charges against him as revenge for the 1980 military coup against the government in the former Dutch colony.

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Bitter leadership fight for Jamaica’s main opposition party

The Jamaica Labor Party (JLP) has once again found itself in the throes of a leadership struggle that could very well confine it to another five more years on the opposition backbenches

Trinidad: Pressure over fuel subsidy

Trinidad’s government has bowed to unrelenting pressure from fellow Caribbean trade bloc countries and U.S. airlines like Delta and has now decided to remove generous subsidies on jet fuel that the oil- and gas-rich nation had been giving to its own national carrier, triggering cries of unfair competition from industry rivals.

Feds nab son of Suriname president

Few are likely to dispute that the timing of last weekend’s arrest of the son of Surinamese President Desi Bouterse on alleged cocaine and arms trafficking charges by American federal agents was not done to embarrass the head of state.

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Trini opposition wants Caribbean court

Since its establishment of the regional appeals court back in 2005, the appellate body has struggled to attract members, with some like Jamaica and host nation Trinidad preferring to still send civil and criminal appeals all the way to the British Privy Council in London for adjudication despite their being independent nations for more than 50 years.

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Trinidad Opposition Wants Caribbean Court

Since its establishment of the regional appeals court back in 2005, the appellate body has struggled to attract members, with some like Jamaica and host nation Trinidad preferring to still send civil and criminal appeals all the way to the British Privy Council in London for adjudication despite being independent nations for more than 50 years.

Suriname: Arts festival on life support

Had Guyana not stepped in for the finance-starved Bahamas and hosted the Caribbean Festival of Creative Arts (Carifesta) in 2008, the premier regional showcase of film productions, dramatic plays, craft work and traditional dances might have died a natural death. But the showpiece is on again this year thanks to the generosity of authorities in Suriname

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Guyana government mourns collapse of hydro deal

Despite the fact that it lost thousands of supporters at the November 2011 general elections and control of Parliament to the opposition, the government of President Donald Ramotar had continued operating in its usual political fashion, never compromising an inch, abusing opposing legislators and ignoring assembly decisions if it did not like them.

More questions about Caribbean appeals court arise

It has been in operation since early 2005, but a regional court that was designed to replace the British Privy Council as the Caribbean trade bloc’s final court of appeal is struggling to attract new members, as governments are shying away for one reason or another.

Afro politican’s win threatens Trinidad’s Indo government

Trinidad’s governing Hindu-led People’s Partnership (PP) government got the worst political shock in its three years in government when an Afro-Trinidadian former cabinet minister, who just weeks ago formed his own party, defeated the government candidate in a heavily Indo-Trinidadian heartland district that the PP would have overwhelmingly won under any other circumstances.

Afro win surprises Trinidad's gov't

Trinidad’s governing Hindu-led People’s Partnership (PP) government got the worst political shock in its three years in government when an Afro-Trinidadian former cabinet minister, who just weeks ago formed his own party, defeated the government candidate in a heavily Indo-Trinidadian heartland district that the PP would have overwhelmingly won under any other circumstances.

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Major political test for Trinidad government

Next Monday, electors in a key governing party stronghold in central Trinidad will vote to fill a parliamentary seat left vacant by the resignation of former National Security Minister Austin Jack Warner. While this is no general election, critics say the poll serve as a key litmus test on the performance of the corruption-tainted governing People’s Partnership (PP) coalition midway into its five-year term.

Jamaican athletic program upended

The exploits of sprinters Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce at the London 2012 Summer Olympics helped to ensure that the yellow, green and black flag of the small Caribbean island of a mere 2.8 million flew high and proud, as the Jamaican team ran away with most of the key sprint prizes, including the coveted 4x100 sprint relay.

Trade bloc going after reparations money

After intense lobbying, pushing and prodding from one of the region’s most militant heads of government, Caribbean trade bloc leaders have finally agreed to make some key moves toward demanding payment from former European colonizers. Leaders hope to achieve reparations for the horrors of the transatlantic slave trade, in which millions of Africans died and untold numbers of others were forced to work mostly on plantations without earning a single cent.

A Foreign ministers to visit TCI

Special to the AmNews A team of Caribbean foreign ministers is on a four-day visit...

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War of words as Trinidad email scandal heats up

The local police have yet to speak on the authenticity of emails purporting to show a plot by high-level officials in Trinidad to harm an inquisitive local journalist, promote the fiercely independent chief state prosecutor out of his current job and even bug his office; however, the office of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar says that according to experts it has hired to study the alleged transmissions, they are all phony.

When the lights went out in Trinidad and Tobago

The lights in the Caribbean trade bloc's richest country and the region's largest economy went...

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