Sunday, January 25, 2009

"TIMES OF MALTA.COM"


http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20090125/local/where-were-you
GEORGE LAMMING:
"For the sugar industry, in its plantation arrangement, made us afraid and ashamed of manual labour, and now plantation Stage Two – the tourist industry, confronts us with a new breed of human termite who sees this island as just another piece of real estate to [be sold to] the highest bidder. And what was once a recognisable society is being converted into a global service station," the author charged. (CT)BARBADOSNETNEWS.COM
OPINION:
Unequal exchange and the necessity of implementing the "Fair Trade" on trade between rich and poor is the main factor impeding the development of Caribbean countries held in slavery and colonization for centuries without any kind of repairs or moral or material from the most disadvantaged.
The most notorious case is Haiti, the poorest country in the land subject to be blocked during centuries by European powers that even its foreign debt forgiven him ...

One example is Cuba, until 1959 you could buy products from Europe and North America in Havana at the same prices as in Florida and sometimes much lower than in United States with very low rates of transportation and shipping throughout the Caribbean near the coast U.S..
As of March 1959 everything began to be more expensive than in North America inside Cuban market. The surcharge will increase, not only in Cuba, significantly to the birth of a new law on the international currency exchange in Switzerland in 1971 that frozen the money in a few hands and came to the present, a few miles from where the United States is, booming up the price of a toy, a doll that cost one hundred dollars in Kmart, bought in Sarasota, Florida, was sold on the illegal market of Dominican Republic by 600 dollars, with no guarantee or right of return for manufacturing problems by he customer.
In this way, without a political will of United States to do more than just laws, humanitarians regulation trade, the Caribbean countries have to survive as castaways third in the "Titanic" of the global economy.

The Caribbeans need to pay a lot more for everything, sometimes with lower quality, a few miles from the coast of United States, without any compensation or guarantee and they need to sell almost everything for pennies without benefit, social security, medical, dental and educational rigths. How it comes that they can afford any future in this condition, one step to sunk in the situation of Haiti in climatic change and economy crisis that will at least still became worst for five, at least, years or more? It is not a problem of more credit or a bank loan to Caribbeans countries, it is a problem to be discussed the root of this diseases inside the international community about justice, ethic and Fair Trade with ransparence in the international market relation. Gualterio Nunez Estrada, Sarasota, Florida.

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