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US considers giving more Caribbean states CBERA status
Published on October 13, 2012 Email To Friend    Print Version

BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CUOPM) -- Several Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries could benefit as the United States considers whether to designate them eligible to receive benefits under the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act (CBERA).

The Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) in Washington, DC, said it is requesting comments no later than November 9 on the possible extension of trade preferences under CBERA, as amended by the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBTPA) to countries not currently receiving them.

The CBTPA is currently authorised through September 30, 2020, and the USTR said that it is considering whether to designate Curacao, St Maarten, and the Turks and Caicos Islands as eligible to receive benefits under CBERA/CBTPA.

USTR said that Congress had identified the Turks and Caicos as potentially eligible for benefits in 1983 but the country did not request beneficiary status until July 2012.

Separately, as a result of the dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles in October 2010, Curacao and St Maarten became successor political entities and have therefore requested the receipt of CBERA and CBTPA benefits.

USTR is also considering whether to designate Aruba, The Bahamas, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis and St Vincent and the Grenadines as eligible to receive benefits under CBTPA.

It said while Congress identified The Bahamas, Grenada, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis, and St Vincent for benefits under CBERA in 1983 and CBTPA in 2000, these countries did not request benefits under CBTPA until 2012.

Similarly, Aruba was designated as a CBERA beneficiary country as of January 1, 1986, upon becoming independent of the Netherlands Antilles but did not request CBTPA benefits until October 2012.

USTR said that interested parties should submit comments on whether these countries meet the appropriate eligibility criteria.

For CBERA, these include whether the country is communist, has nationalised ownership or control of property owned by a US citizen or corporation, fails to act in good faith in enforcing arbitral awards in favour of US citizens or corporations, and affords preferential treatment to the products of another developed country that could harm US commerce among other criteria.

It said that other measures include the country’s economic conditions, assurances of equitable and reasonable access to its markets and basic commodity resources, compliance with accepted rules of international trade, use of export subsidies, export performance requirements or local content requirements that distort international trade, contribution to regional revitalization through trade policies
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Does anyone know who to contact to make representation on this matter?

"whether the country is communist"

"affords preferential treatment to the products of another developed country"



The SUCRE, an attempt to undermine the US dollar.


Allowing Chavez to come to SVG and bad mouth the US president and the US, without rebuke.

1 Million US dollars in cash touted about Kingstown by ULP member/s, and other amounts, no explanation as to origin.

Blanket voting at the UN with ALBA in support of Iran, Syria, North Korea, Venezuela, Cuba and other crap countries.

Issuing passports to people who have changed their name to fool international immigration agencies.

Issuing a Diplomatic passport to a Canadian/Vincentian who was not a diplomat and did not work for or on behalf of the state of SVG, the holder of the passport caught in London carrying a kilo of cocaine.

Marxist statements "I am here to finish the work of Maurice Bishop"

Making the operating in SVG of the Saint Georges Kingstown Medical College untenable, a US owned company.

Giving exclusive work to Cuban workers.

Collaboration with known communists which could bring about damage to the US.


Its OK found it myself, from US Embassy Barbados.

Office of the United States Trade Representative
600 17th Street NW
Washington, DC 20508
fax correspondence to 202-395-4549

Simon Anderson:
Peter, ah mean Brian Alexander, "CUT THE CRAP!"

Can't you see that nobody is even taking you up on this foolish communistic nonsense?

You alone have made THREE responses, and NO ONE else has said ONE word.

BRIAN/PETER, that communistic crap went out since Ronald Reagan was President. THAT IS OLD SCHOOL. Come into the 21st century Brian Alexander.

PETER/BRIAN, PLEASE, stop making an ass of yourself!


As many as 100,000 CHRISTIANS at risk of State murder in IRAN. IRAN the ally of ALBA and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. IRAN the country loved and supported by RALPH GONSALVES. IRAN who at the instruction of GONSALVES we support against the wrath of the UN by voting for IRAN in whatever method best suits the occasion. IRAN gives us money for our new airport, based on the blood of CHRISTIANS.

Saturday, October 13, 2012 (9:15 pm)
Breaking News: Iran Launching Massive Arrests Of Evangelicals
TEHRAN, IRAN (BosNewsLife)-- Massive arrests of evangelical Protestant Christians, including many former Muslims, are reported in Iran, with men and women being dragged to prisons across the Islamic nation.

"We have learned that at least 100, but perhaps as many as 400 people, have been detained over the last 10 days," said Firouz Khandjani, a council member of the 'Church of Iran' house church movement.

Speaking from an undisclosed location, he told BosNewsLife late Saturday, October 13, that forces of the feared intelligence service, who he called "Iran's Gestapo", broke up worship services in Esfehan, Shiraz and Tehran areas.

"They are of several movements. But it has become clear that Protestant Christians are now viewed as enemy number one of the state," Khandjani said. "We need urgent prayers," he added when asked what believers need most.


He said among those detained late Friday, October 12, are at least five members of the Church of Iran in the city of Shiraz, including Mohammad Roghangir, known locally as 'Brother Vahid', who led a house church service attended by some 15 people.

"We are also concerned about sister Roxana Forughi as this is the second time she is being detained."

Other Christians captured during the same raid were identified as Eskandar Rezaie, Bijan Haghighi, Mehdi Ameruni and Shahin Lahooti.

Iranian Christians said they were taken to the notorious detention center Plaque 100 of Iran's Intelligence Ministry.


Khandjani confirmed reports that on Thursday, October 11, seven Christians received suspended five year sentences for "action against the national security," after they were already jailed for up to three weeks in Rasht, some six years ago.

He said he was also concerned about the situation of Christians taken to prisons in recent days. "We know that many have been forced to say they will no longer attend church services in exchange for freedom."

There was no immediate response from Iranian officials.

The latest reported crackdown comes on the eve of the October 15 trial of five Christian converts detained in Adel-Abad prison eight months ago following a raid on a house church in Shiraz.


Since their arrests, the five been confined in cells housing dangerous criminals on charges of "creating illegal groups", "participating in a house church service", "propagation against the Islamic regime" and "defaming Islamic holy figures through Christian evangelizing," Iranian Christians said.

There is also concern about the health of several church leaders detained earlier, including
Iranian Pastor Behnam Irani, who potentially faces the death penalty for "apostasy", or abandoning Islam.

Christians have said he suffers of "various medical problems" in part because of prison mistreatment.

Despite the reported persecution, there may be at least 100,000 evangelical Christians in Iran, according to church groups, with others giving higher estimates.

Our leader who has declared in SVGs parliament that he does Obeah for the Lord, has the blood of CHRISTIANS on his hands, by supporting them he is directly responsible for IRANS actions.


Simon Anderson:

What's-up with Brian Alexander with this "communist" trip he is on?

Was Brian Alexander left in the twentieth century?

Wake-up Brian, that garbage is old school.

Brian, don't you think it is strange that YOU ARE THE ONLY PERSON to be carrying on about this nonsense?

Good Job Brian, continue making a complete ass of yourself!



I would like to call you two faced, but you are multifaced, a fraud attempting to hide your identity to avoid the wrath of the people.

You have been totally exposed as a liar, cheat and a thief.

I am quite sure that you are totally insane. Because no sane person would behave as you do.

You are worthless undereducated dunce. Defeated and proven to be a serial liar, and a man with no morals at all.

1/ Under this SVG MARXIST regime times have got so hard that people cannot earn a living in SVG.
2/ People are frightened of the police who beat and torture admissions of guilt from people, police get convictions from forced false admissions.
3/ Rape is out of control, with even prime minister Gonsalves being accused of such.
4/ Murder is out of control.
6/ Police shoot to kill, and ask questions afterwards.
7/ It is common for women to be beaten and even chopped with cutlass by their men and boyfriends.
8/ Child rape and buggery of little boys is common.
9/ Huge amounts of cash in US dollars regularly flows into the island. to be shared by the ULP hierarchy.
10/ Hospitals commonly have no drugs, wrong drugs, no medical dressings, scanning machine and ultra sound not working, hospital dirty, more chance of dieing in hospital than out of hospital.
11/ GONSALVES and all his ministers seek hospital treatment abroad whilst other citizens have to use fifth rate medical treatment in SVG.
12/ Business’s are being opened by ULP members to launder dirty money
13/ Poor home and mental institution joined as one, homeless people having to endure living with mentally sick people. The home feeds nasty food that should only be fed to pigs. Not enough beds and people sleep on urine soaked mattress’s on the floor.
14/ People who don’t vote for the Unity Labour Party cannot get government jobs and are treated as second class citizens.
15/ Any one who speaks out against GONSALVES or conditions in SVG is subjected to political spite in their workplace, village and home.
16/ When there is storm damage only ULP members get their homes repaired.


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