Caribbean Report 13-06-1990


Mexico is commencing negotiations with Washington on a free trade agreement and such an arrangement could have far-reaching implications for the Caribbean region. The Director of the Caribbean Basin Division states that the Caribbean is not ready to be part of this union and needs to aggressively explore dismantling the trade and investment barriers, and focus on regional integration. Secondly, the Bauxite mining operations in the Surinamese town of Moengo remains suspended after the Jungle Commando rebel group seized the town last week and the army responded by closing the roads to SURALCO mines and disconnecting telephone lines. Following the Financial News, the Cuban Foreign Minister visited Guyana and pledged continuing medical assistance to the country. The report concludes with the marking of the death of Guyanese Dr. Walter Rodney, Historian, Political Activist and co-founder of the Working People’s Alliance, who died in a car bomb ten years ago. The WPA alleges that Dr. Rodney was killed as he led a mass movement to overthrow the ruling PNC. Donald Rodney comments on the life and death of his brother and the segment ends with a musical tribute by Linton Kwesi Johnson.


Table of Contents

1. Headlines (00:00-00:48)
2. As Mexico moves towards joining the United States and Canada in the free trade agreement, should the Caribbean seek to be part of the union? Hugh Crosskill interviews the Director of the Caribbean Basin Division in the US Department of Commerce (00:49-04:43)
3. Bauxite mining operations in the town of Moengo in Suriname still at a standstill. Hugh Crosskill interviews Alfred Posti, spokesman for ALCOA (04:44-06:59)
4. Financial News. David Budgen comments on the expansion of British Airways' services to the Caribbean (08:47-10:30)
5. Cubans pledge continued medical assistance to Guyana. Sharief Khan reports from Georgetown (08:47-10:30)
6. Tenth anniversary of the assassination of Guyana's Dr. Walter Rodney. Sharief Khan reports with an interview with Donald Rodney, brother of Walter Rodney and features the music of Linton Kwesi Johnson and excerpts from the speeches of Walter Rodney (10:31-15:08)