Caribbean Report 04-01-2002



Table of Contents

1. Headlines (00:00-00:30)
2. A Canadian forensic accountant Bob Lindquist has begun the preliminary investigation in Trinidad and Tobago into allegations of corruption under the previous administration. The Attorney General Glenda Morean comments that the investigation is still at an early stage (00:31-02:01)
3. Trinidad and Tobago's Prime Minister Patrick Manning seeks to reassure the country that it has a functioning government as former Prime Minister Basdeo Panday refuses to take on the role of Opposition Leader and talks of alternative government. Ken Richards reports as Grenadian Prime Minister Keith Mitchell expresses concern about the political uncertainty in Trinidad and Tobago (02:02-04:21)
4. The French Overseas Territories in Guadeloupe and St. Martin are feeling the effects of widespread black outs, once again as workers at the electricity company were back on strike. Neil Nunes reports that tourism has been badly hit and the situation remains tense (04:22-06:31)
5. The United Nations states that a document to tackle the issue of race and xenophobia is ready for endorsement by the General Assembly. All the members have agreed to the wording to be used concerning slavery and the slave trade. Jose Diaz, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights comments on the document (06:32-09:27)
6. American businessmen including members of Congress are expected to visit Cuba at the end of March. John Kavulich, President of the U.S.-Cuba Trade and Economic Council in New York comments on whether the visit is another sign of improving relations between Cuba and the US in the face of the 40 year old American embargo (09:28-12:46)
7. US Senator Arlen Specter visiting Cuba has indicated that President Castro will not oppose the US proposal to take suspect members of the Al Qaeda organisation to Guantanamo base. This is the first time that Castro did not protest the use of the American base for non-military purposes (12:47-13:15)
8. Cubans are being advised not to eat pork and avoid violence and anger if they are to survive what is predicted to be a dramatic year of tragedy. Emma Joseph reports on the Yoruba priest's gloomy prediction (13:16-15:15)