Caribbean Report 04-01-1994

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Title: Caribbean Report 04-01-1994
Author: Ransome, Debbie (anchor); Jagan, Cheddi (interviewee); Thorndike, Tony (interviewee); Martin, Lionel (correspondent)
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1. Headlines (00:00-00:25)
2. The Guyanese government is to hold an inquiry into the death of historian Walter Rodney. The decision comes as Rodney’ son Shaka completes another day of his dawn to dusk hunger strike outside the Attorney General’s Office in Georgetown.
3. Interview with Prime Minister of Guyana Cheddie Jaggan as he discusses the decision by the government set up an inquiry Committee to examine the facts surrounding the assassination of Dr. Walter Rodney which took place in 1980. (00:51-05:00)
4. Interview with Professor Tony Thorndike, who was part of the team who wrote the Constitution of St. Kitts Nevis 1983. At the time of the interview, Professor Thorndike was attached to the School of International Studies at the University of Birmingham in Britain. He comments on impasse in St. Kitts Nevis which resulted when Dr. Kennedy Simmons was appointed to run the government following elections in November 1993, despite the fact that the Labour party won the majority vote. In Professor Thorndike’s view the 1983 constitution offers no real solution to the impasse since it only permits the dissolution of parliament under two circumstances that is by order of the Prime Minister or by a no confidence vote which goes against the government. It is too late for a legal challenge so the Labour Party is blocked from challenging the Kennedy’s government. (05:41-7:23)
5.Interview with Dr. Denzil Douglas who argues that a no confidence motion is not a solution to the impasse taking place in St.Kitts-Nevis. Furthermore he agreed that the members of the Labour Party were not willing to go to parliament because it would mean recognizing the illegal government of Kennedy Simmons. He thinks that fresh elections should be called (07:37-10:15)
6. Professor Thorndike foresees more strikes particularly in the sugar industry, if the political impasse continues. He fears that there is no way unless one of the independent politicians from Nevis decides to give support to the Labour Party, only then would the Labour party be in a position to claim a majority (10:16-11:23)
7. Lionel Martin reports on the economic situation in Cuba and the fact there is no consensus in the government of the measures needed to turn the economy around. One suggestion was to devalue the money, another idea was to begin collection taxes for the first time since the Cuban revolution. Cuban leaders realize that an idealized socialist economy is not the best. The report notes that it is clear that they are unsure of how far they should go. (11:24-14:54)
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2139/13138
Date: 1994-01-04


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