Letters & Opinion

Knowledge is a Prerequisite to International Affairs Discussions

Debating issues of national interest is important, but we need to raise the bar in terms of the participants surrounding the discussions. On that score, I wish to make reference to the guest on Newsmaker Live on Wednesday, March 24th – Ras Ipa.  I listened to the entire programme hoping to hear and learn something on the subject relating to the PM’s trip to Mar-a -Lago with the US President.  I must admit that I was disappointed in the level of discussion, as the guest was ill-prepared for such a topic and probably insufficiently versed.  We must understand that a more enhanced knowledge of international affairs is required to put the puzzle together.

The guest continued highlighting the need for unity in Caricom which is great, but how much unity can we gather to counteract the US? We are a group of islands that depend on borrowing for our survival and borrow from whom? The very G20 members that Ipa suggests we stand up to are the ones who lend us the money.  The difficulty we face in the region is that some leaders continue flirting with socialism for their own political survival as it sounds palatable.  We simply have to reflect on Jamaica which ended up as a basket-case after Michael Manley’s flirtation with socialism.

Ipa never once mentioned, but probably he was simply not aware that over 17 major world economies including Europe, UK, Canada, US, Brazil and Colombia remain concerned about the political process which propelled Maduro into power and that is the issue.  Nothing Caricom says or does makes any difference, as the world powers know exactly which direction they are heading and it is only a question of time.  Based on Ipa’s profession as a vendor, he should ask himself a simple question, without the cruise ship passengers and hotel guests, could he survive? Barbados which was once the star of the Caribbean provided a series of social programmes for years, today, Mia Mottley has the greatest challenge on her hands by having to answer to the IMF and send home some 2,000 civil servants – and who finances the IMF, but the very nations that Ipa wishes us to stand up to. — Marcus William


  1. Marcus,
    Your opinion title is all wrong! Should be:
    “The RIGHT Knowledge is a Prerequisite to MEANINGFUL International Affairs Discussions.”

    Let me help you out here:
    1. Re: ‘ti Chas’ trip to Florida (since you seemed to miss it) – When our brainless twit tried to suck up to the US’ brainless twit, everyone threw up when they heard how “Saint Lucia PM Thanks Trump For His Support & Leadership In Region.”

    2. Why do you think it necessary to “counteract the US”? You never tell us!
    Is it their penchant for bringing “democracy” to the undeserved 3rd world at the point of a gun barrel? Is it their mafia-like extortion in coercing the world to honour the worthless green-back? Is it because they will “regime-change” any ,democratically-elected government which focuses on using a country’s sovereign wealth for the benefit of all of its citizens instead of the cabal of zionist bankers who control all the central banks (and the IMF & world bank) in the world?

    With your ‘house negro’ mentality, your only vision for St. Lucia’s survival revolves around “massa” drop his crumbs to us, in this modern age, embodied as a tourist disembarking from a cruise ship or airline to re-enact that old plantation lifestyle for one week only in the year, away from his/her reality of debt- and wage-slavery in the other 51 weeks of the year!

    Stop being a trifling negro, and get some real knowledge…choops!

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