Caribbean Report 01-01-2003



Table of Contents

1. Headlines (00:00-00:55)
2. It’s the third end of year that the BBC Caribbean Report is looking back at selected interviews of the past year. This time expert Caribbean interviewers help their audience to determine what makes for a good two-way. Cliff Hughes, Ricky Singh, George John and Orin Gordon weigh in (00:56-05:50)
3. Guyana’s violent crime wave has raged on for most of the year claiming lives of police officers, innocent civilians and alleged gun carrying bandits. Karen Weir has some pointed questions for former Police Commissioner, Laurie Lewis (05:51-08:09)
4. Delegates at an anti-racism conference in Barbados vote to exclude non-blacks from their deliberations. Two of the delegates, Affiong L. Affiong and Maria Santana defend the decision. Among other things, the meeting passed a resolution supporting Zimbabwe President, Robert Mugabe’s controversial land reform policy (08:10-11:22)
5. Antiguan Prime Minister, Lester Bird denies sex and drugs allegations made by a teenage girl and a government appointed probe clears him of the claims made. Prior to this, Sherfield Bowen, a MP of the governing Antigua Labour Party suggested that Prime Minister Bird should vacate office during the investigation (11.23-13.17)
6. Minnesota Governor, Jesse Ventura is interviewed about his attendance at the U.S. Food & Agribusiness Exhibition last September in Havana, Cuba. Reports say the visit was frowned upon by the Bush administration (13:18-15:14)