Caribbean Report 29-05-2000

SpecialCollections.repositoryAll sounds files in this collection are being kept at the Main Library, Mona Campus, Jamaica and The Alma Jordan Library, St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago.en_US
dc.contributorThe University of the West Indiesen_US
dc.contributor.authorGordon, Orin (anchor)
dc.contributor.authorMusa, Said (interviewee)
dc.contributor.authorLindo, Dee (interviewee)
dc.contributor.authorEsquivel, Manuel (interviewee)
dc.contributor.authorNueva, Renee Vieira (interviewee)
dc.contributor.authorMuller, Craig (interviewee)
dc.coverage.spatialCaribbean Area.en_US
dc.creatorThe British Broadcasting Corporationen_US
dc.description.tableofcontents1. Headlines: (00:00-00:28)en_US
dc.description.tableofcontents2. A history of British colonialism is what binds Belize to the region and as Prime Minister, Said Musa, stated in an interview with Orin Gordon, Belizeans share the same concern as CARICOM – the vulnerability of small states. For example, the age-old problem with Guatemala, natural disasters, trade, and the problem with banana. With regards to location, Mr Musa said that some persons are not sure whether to place Belize in the Caribbean or Central America. In terms of travel, there’s no direct connection to the Caribbean, and he has to go through Miami to reach Jamaica or Barbados. (00:29-03:15)en_US
dc.description.tableofcontents3. Dee Lindo was Leader of the Opposition in Belize when he was asked how they could be effective with only 3 of the 29 seats in Parliament. He likened the experience to cricket, stating that once two players get settled in they could make a century or two, so you don’t need 11 people to be batting. Regarding the closeness of Belize to CARICOM, Central America and the US, Mr Musa said Belize is more involved in Caribbean affairs than with Central America. (03:16-05:58)en_US
dc.description.tableofcontents4. Manuel Esquivel is a former Prime Minister who descended from Spanish stock. He said that it is the Hispanic Belizeans who are most strongly opposed to the attention of their neighbour [Guatemala]. He said that their ancestors came to escape the turmoil and dictatorial practices of the Latin-speaking countries around Belize. In the case of Mexico there was persecution, and in the case of Guatemala – unending revolutions and turmoil. (05:59-06:58)en_US
dc.description.tableofcontents5. The tension between Guatemala and Belize was not apparent when Orin Gordon visited the border. A British troupe presence near the border is probably what keeps Guatemala in check. Officer Craig Muller stressed that they were there for the jungle training, and noted that the threat to Belize from Guatemala has been significantly reduced. (06:59-11:26)en_US
dc.description.tableofcontents6. San Pedro is the only town on the Ambergris Cay. The reef is the longest barrier reef in the western hemisphere, starting in Mexico and running the length of the Belize coastline. It is dotted with hundreds of cays. (11:27-12:22)en_US
dc.description.tableofcontents7. Fishing was the main activity before the resort sprung up on Ambergris Cay. The Tourism Minister said traditional exports are in jeopardy because of the loss of subsidies or special pricing arrangements. He believes that the proximity of Belize to the richest economies in the world, along with Belize’s natural inclination towards hospitality puts them in a unique position to develop tourism. (12:23-14:58)en_US
dc.formatStereo 192 bit rate MP3;44,100 Mega bits;16 biten_US
dc.format.extent14 min. 58 sec.en_US
dc.format.mediumSound, mp3en_US
dc.publisherThe British Broadcasting Corporationen_US
dc.relation.ispartofThe BBC Caribbean Archives Collection 1988 - 2011en_US
dc.rightsCopyright British Broadcasting Corporationen_US
dc.rights.accessRightsAccess to this collection is available on site at the Main Library, Mona Campus (, Jamaica and The Alma Jordan Library (, St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago.en_US
dc.subject.lcshBelize - - Social conditionsen_US
dc.subject.lcshBelize - - Foreign relations - - Guatemalaen_US
dc.subject.lcshBanana trade - - Belizeen_US
dc.subject.lcshBelize - - Politics and governmenten_US
dc.subject.lcshBelize - - Social conditionsen_US
dc.subject.lcshBelize - - Historyen_US
dc.subject.lcshGuatemala - - Foreign relations - - Belizeen_US
dc.subject.lcshGreat Britain - - Foreign relations - - Belizeen_US
dc.subject.lcshBelize - - Foreign relations - - Great Britainen_US
dc.subject.lcshAmbergris Cay (Belize)en_US
dc.titleCaribbean Report 29-05-2000en_US
dc.typeRecording, oralen_US


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