Dominica Passport | Caribbean Recipes | Dominica Photos | Classified Ads | Search Jobs | Advertise here!

Experience Dominica – The Nature Island: Dominica Vacations | Exotic Vacations | Honeymoon Destination

Dominica weekly is a personal weblog about the nature island of Dominica.


I think it’s safe to say, that most of us here in Dominica have had enough of this steady diet of American politics – it’s like everywhere I turn, someone or something is blasting information about the US Presidential Election. In fact, I know more about Obama and McCain than my local parliamentary representative and have certainly heard more from them than him.

On October 14th, 2008 CARICOM member states, except for Guyana signed the Economic Partnership Agreement (EDA) with the European Union. This new trade deal is aimed at attracting investment, lowering import tariffs and reducing poverty in the region, and it’s the first genuinely comprehensive North-South trade and development agreement in the global economy. But don’t ask me much more about the EPA, unless you want the meaning of the acronym and some insignificant mumbling. Based on the little I’ve heard, the EPA is going to impact us more than US elections.

This brings me to my next question. Why is there no media blitz to inform us about this new trade deal? Besides local radio programming and a daily two (2) minute slot just before the local nightly news – one would have thought that the EPA deal, would have gotten a lot more media attention in order to get the message across. Right about now, I’m sick to my stomach with the whole American political scene – I need a new diet. What about you ❓

Share this Dominica article with your friends:

Facebook Twitter Google Buzz Google Bookmarks Digg Reddit delicious Technorati Slashdot Yahoo My Web

Tagged with: , , , , , , ,

Related Post

This article was published in Dominica Sun Newspaper. Mon, 09 Jun 2008.

For the first time in history the president of the United States of America could be a black man. After a bruising primaries campaign, last week Tuesday night Barack Hussein Obama won the number of delegates he required to become the first black man to lead a major US party in a race to become the president of the world’s sole power. The collective dream of black around the world has apparently come true and excited media commentators compared Obama’s achievement to the abolishment of slavery in the United States more than 200 years ago. Obama, the son of a black Kenyan and a white woman from Kansas, will now take a John McCain, the Republican nominee, in what is expected to be a brutal journey to the White House.

Obama, a 46 year old senator from Illinois was not expected to reach that far because his rival for the Democratic party nomination was the suave and experienced Hilary Clinton, the former First Lady whom Obama, supporters have compared to Shakespeare’s devious lady Macbeth. Some people believe that Clinton’s team collected all manner of filth during the campaign and threw in the face of her fellow Democrat. Their opponent, the Republican John McCain, could not have done better. Additionally Clinton reportedly sent spies to gather unguarded quotes from the Obama. She also damned him with the guilt of egoistic Rev. Jeremiah Wright. But the unkindest cut all was delivered during a speech that Mrs. Clinton delivered on Tuesday night in New York. Like a boxer who incredulously claims that he won a boxing match despite that fact that he was knocked out cold by a vicious right hook, adamantly maintained in the face of all evidence to the contrary that she had won the popular vote. It appears that Mrs. Clinton; having failed in her quest to become president, now want to be vice president. But it is our view that Obama would be making a serious error if he chooses Mrs. Clinton as his running mate.

Whether Obama becomes the president of the US or not, we believe that his campaign so far has had a tremendous impact on race relations in the United States. When DR. Martin Luther King gave his great “I have a dream” speech 40 years ago could he have envisaged that a charismatic, eloquent, brilliant black man would have a real chance of defeating a white American in a major general election in 2008? Similarly, Malcolm X, Stokley Carmichael, Huey Newton and the other major leaders of the Black Power and civil rights movements of the Seventies would have been dumbfounded by the surge of support that Obama has received from white America in particular. This, we believe, is exactly what Dr. King meant when he said in the speech that he dreamt America would one day judge his children not by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character.

Meanwhile, Dominicans were fascinated by the long bitter battle between Clinton and Obama for the Democratic Party nomination. They have witnessed a classic example of life imitating art: the enchanting story of a black inexperienced young man whose father came from the heart of the Nyanza province in Kenya in Africa and with a vision of hope has dared to take on the might of the formidable Clinton political machinery. Don’t forget that the story also contained twists of not only race and class but gender as well. Mrs. Clinton herself tried to create history as the first female president of the US.

Of course Dominicans should be interested in American politics if only for the real drama that the players involved bring to the process. By their interest, Dominicans also show that they are aware that American politics affects every country in the world. For example, when President Bush decided that Americans should shift from oil to ethanol, produced from sugar-based or cereal crops, the cost of food skyrocketed everywhere. Similarly, if Obama keeps his promise to fix the US economy, which is now close to being in recession, his effort will have a direct impact on the Dominican population. As you are aware, a weak American economy creates high food prices, increases inflation, reduces, exports and decreases tourists arrivals in Dominica and the rest of the Caribbean.

Obama’s boldness, vision and his victories at the polls, teach us a number of lessons. One of these is that we have to maximize the use all the opportunities that come our way. Obama, who was born into a poor family eventually attended one of America’s top law schools and became one of the few blacks in the American Senate. And as Avaleen Morris, a Jamaican-American, wrote in the Gleaner recently, we have been taught subconsciously to limit ourselves so that we have been conditioned to believe that when we have reached certain goals, we should not ask for more. But “despite the fact that he really couldn’t ask for more, Barack Obama made use of the platform that he had been given, he used the opportunities and blessings that he possessed and dared to reach out for more”, Morris wrote. And Robert Franklin, the president of Morehouse, a black college in Atlanta, summed it up when he said “If Obama becomes president he will raise the ceiling for everyone”.

Share this Dominica article with your friends:

Facebook Twitter Google Buzz Google Bookmarks Digg Reddit delicious Technorati Slashdot Yahoo My Web

Tagged with: , , , , , , ,

Related Post

Dear Senator Obama,

We, in the Dominica Freedom Party (DFP), add our voices to the millions of supporters around the world and extend warmest congratulations on your victory as the nominee of the Democratic Party for Presidency of the United States of America.

Your phenomenal achievement holds tremendous historic significance and promise for the people of America and indeed the rest of the world.

The people of the United States and the Caribbean share deep historic ties and a long relationship of diverse and mutual interests. We are confident that under your outstanding stewardship, our relations will be renewed and further strengthened.

We seize the opportunity to pledge on our own behalf and that of the people of the Commonwealth of Dominica our support, goodwill and sincere hope for your victory in the upcoming Presidential Election.

Please accept our good wishes for continued health, strength and success in the future.

Yours truly,
Michael Astaphan
Political Leader
Dominica Freedom Party

Source:thedominican.net

Share this Dominica article with your friends:

Facebook Twitter Google Buzz Google Bookmarks Digg Reddit delicious Technorati Slashdot Yahoo My Web

Tagged with: , , , , , ,

Related Post




Business Key Top Sites