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Letter: Corrupt governments, it is time to go!
Published on June 21, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

Dear Sir:

The shouts of “it’s time to go” seem a common denominator worldwide. On the international scene Iraq is back in the news as President Obama weighs the request from Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to authorize US air strikes to help stop an insurgency by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, an al Qaeda splinter group.

"The Maliki government, candidly, has got to go if you want any reconciliation," said US Senator Dianne Feinstein, Democratic chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Republican Senator John McCain, speaking in the Senate, called for the use of American air power, but also urged Obama to "make it make very clear to Maliki that his time is up."

Last Sunday in the Americas, Colombians opposed the rebels, who fund their war with kidnappings and cocaine, to participate in democratic election that was won by President Juan Manuel Santos. His platform of seeing through negotiations with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), won his re-election with about 51 percent of the vote over his conservative opponent Oscar Ivan Zuluaga’s 45 percent.

On Monday, the US Supreme Court chose not to hear an appeal from the administration of Argentinean President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. This action, stemming from a lower court ruling, put pressure on Argentina to pay $1.7 billion of its bad debt to what the government calls “vulture funds” -- that Fernandez de Kirchner has stated “never to do.”

If this happens Argentina’s $100-billion debt default in 2002 will regain a new record as the world’s largest ever default.

In Venezuela the government is trapped in economic crisis mode, anti-government unrest, 70 percent inflation and reports of the latest – “shortage in coffins” as homicide rates increase.

"If you're an undertaker you have to guarantee funerals happen, even if that means going wherever you have to go to borrow a coffin," said Miriam Castro, administrator at a Caracas funeral home in the El Paraiso (Paradise) district.

She and other undertakers in the neighborhood are trading coffins between themselves to meet demand, Castro said.

While referred in some circles as the “kind of poor-man’s G7” a group of world leaders, including United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, met in the Bolivian city of Santa Cruz last weekend, for yet another talk shop -- unable to agree on much that can change the negative impacts of living an unbalanced life style with the environment, and the geo-sociopolitical stewardship of their leadership.

Naturally, they kept with the usual theme of attacking industrialized nations and the UN Security Council. Including Uruguay’s President Jose Mujica calling the growth in consumerism “a trap” that will produce material gain at the cost of human development. And probably forgetting that China, which is not usually part of the group, was in attendance.

The critics grew louder and even more repressive.

“Let us defend democracy, natural resources, our sovereignty and our dignity.” ” If Mr (Barack) Obama keeps assailing the people of Venezuela, I am convinced that, faced with provocation and aggression, Venezuela and Latin America will be a second Vietnam for the United States,” said Bolivian President Evo Morales.

Cuba’s president Raul Castro: "Venezuela today needs our staunchest support… Imperialism and the oligarchs who were no match for President (Hugo) Chavez think that the time to destroy the Bolivarian revolution and overthrow President (Nicolas) Maduro's government using unconventional warfare methods, as they have done lately in different countries.”

However, locked in a political and economic trap, the Caribbean is not immune to unrest in the Americas and on the international stage that centres on citizen security, terrorism, money laundering, citizenship by investment programs, the fight for the control of oil, and drug trafficking.

These issues place concern over calls for support for Venezuela and other corrupt governments in the region with similar political philosophies.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, calling for human rights protection and pointing out its impact in sustainable development, said, “Countries cannot achieve sustainable development amid conflict and violation of human rights. G77+ China should be engaged in the post 2015 global development agenda. If the world is to win over climate change, an international treaty with a legal obligation is a must.”

Obviously, it’s decision time on what has to happen. Corrupt governments in the region must go! And to get rid of unsubstantive and pessimistic antidote from talking-heads of governments that permeate potentially sustainable economies, towards poverty, fear and premature death of its citizens.

And that includes the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) that supports openly hostile aggression towards "imperialism and the oligarchs” – language coming out of the G77+ China summit – in reference to the US, UK, Canada and other industrialized nations.

It is time for a national government in Saint Lucia that will bring about a unified regional government to govern the Caribbean basin comprising the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

Tori Fatal

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