Caribbean Report 26-02-1999

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Title: Caribbean Report 26-02-1999
Author: Richards, Ken (anchor, correspondent); Daniels, Louis (correspondent); O'Connell, Paddy (correspondent); Dupuy, Ricot (interviewee); Annan, Kofi (interviewee); Hamilton, Carolyn (interviewee); Andrew Thomas, Kimberly (correspondent)
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1. Headlines with anchor Ken Richards (00:26)
2. The two main political parties in Antigua the Antigua Labour Party (ALP) and the United People Progressive Party (UPP) are intensifying campaigns for the March 9th general elections. Political observers predict a close fight between the two major political parties. An independent pollster based in Washington DC predicts that the ALP is headed for a major win with fifty eight percent of likely voters committed to the party. A six member Commonwealth Observer delegation is expected in Antigua to monitor the elections. Louis Daniels reports from St. Johns (00:27 – 06:30)
3. In Cuba, four dissidents will go on trial for sedition after openly calling for democratic changes to the Cuban political system. Calls for the release of the four detainees have been issued by the European Union, the US, the Vatican and other human rights organisations. A French judge has dismissed three legal petitions of crime against humanity and drug trafficking levelled against Cuban President Fidel Castro arguing that French law did not cover the crimes (06:31- 07:11)
4. The World Trade Organization will be the forum for discussions between the US and European Union on the ongoing banana trade war with the US calling for sanctions imposed against the European Union. Paddy O’ Connell BBC Business analyst in New York discusses a possible compromise at the meeting between the two opposing sides (07:12 - 09:28)
5. The US Republican party has been accused of trying to influence the outcome of the ongoing political crisis. This allegation is being made by journalist and Station Manager of New York based Radio Soliel Ricot Dupuy. Calls have been made by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan for fresh elections in Haiti, citing increasing polarization after nineteen months delay in choosing a Prime Minister. Ken Richards interviews Dupuy for a response on Kofi Annan’s appeal for immediate elections in Haiti and reaching a compromise in resolving the deadlock in the ongoing political crisis (09:29 - 13:03)
6. In Britain there are ongoing discussions that schools with a majority of white pupils are not addressing the issue of racism. These comments follow publication of the William MacPherson report which concluded that schools should report racist pupils. Director of the Children Legal Center at the University of Sussex Carolyn Hamilton comments on allegations of racism and ongoing investigations at the Center. Kimberly Andrew Thomas reports (13:04 – 15:29)
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2139/40135
Date: 1999-02-26


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