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Saturday, September 20, 2008

JAMAICA OBSERVER: Oh Caricom, my frenemy. I trusted but you did not deliver!

Franklin Johnston writing in the Jamaica Observer on the topic of Caribbean integration and touching on the Southern Caribbean's attempts at unification:
I love the Caribbean, and as a youth I spent time using a loudspeaker to promote the West Indies Federation. Today, I have a love-hate thing with Caricom. I love the hype, but it has not delivered. After 40 years we can't move freely and cheaply; we can't work and we can't bid contracts in any Caricom country as a right. I notice that Trinidad and their close neighbours are to form an Eastern Caribbean coalition. They are in the heart of Caricom, so this tells me that after 35 years, their needs are still not met. I wish them well! When you embrace neighbours and your friends cuss you, something is amiss. This is the act of a "frenemy". When your house is on fire, you don't call the friend who lives four hours away by plane. Why does Trinidad's neighbourly behaviour threaten Caricom?
The rest of the article can be found in the Jamaica Observer and has been reprinted in the Saturday Express.

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