28 February 2014
Special to OTR
QUOTIDIEN D'INFORMATION EN LIGNE FONDÉ LE 21 FEVRIER 2005
NEUVIÈME ANNÉE N°962 DU 20 JANVIER 2014
1801/2014 : 213e ANNÉE DE LA NATION GUADELOUPE
Le centre du système colonial français brûle à nouveau. Le président de la république qui s'était fait élire pour une présidence normale censée mettre un terme aux frasques de la présidence précédente est selon les plus récents sondages rejetté par une large partie de l'opinion française. C'est la première sous la 5e république que l'on assiste à un tel phénomène. Rien n'arrête cette lame de fond .Les initiatives prises par le président se retournent contre lui et son gouvernement . Sa conversion subite au libéralisme et sa proposition de pacte de responsabilité semblent au contraire accentuer son divorce avec l'opinion française.Le désarroi de l’électorat de gauche, que traduit la marée basse des sondages de popularité de l’exécutif, est devenu une réalité durable. En Guadeloupe par contre où il n 'y a pas d'observations régulières de l'état de l'opinion, il semble que l'on assiste au même phénomène de rejet ou de méfiance probablement pour des raisons différentes . Quand au sein d'un système colonial le centre est en difficulté les marges de manœuvre pour la contestation de ce système s'élargissent considérablement. Cependant pour que la situation bascule ou se mette en position de bascule, il faut que les forces politiques qui contestent l'ordre établi soient aptes à saisir les opportunités. Malheureusement,aujourd'hui ces forces politiques nationales ne donnent pas l'impression de pouvoir changer le cours des choses tant elles sont désorganisées .
27 February 2014
This Saturday (1st March) is the sixtieth anniversary of the Bravo nuclear test, when the US government detonated a thermonuclear device on Bikini Atoll.
The test, on 1 March 1954, sent a cloud of radioactive fallout across the northern atolls of the Marshall Islands, which were part of the United Nations Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, a strategic UN trusteeship administered by the United States.
Part of Operation Castle, Bravo weighed in at fifteen megatons, the largest nuclear device the US military had tested.
The people of the Marshall Islands live to this day with the health and environmental consequences of 67 atomic and hydrogen bomb tests conducted by the United States on Bikini and Enewetak atolls.
Around the Pacific region, March 1 is commemorated as Nuclear Free and Independent Pacific day, remembering the survivors of 315 US, British and French nuclear tests around Oceania.
Let us remember, and let us act.
One hundred and forty six nations - but none of the nuclear powers - have just met in Mexico for the Second Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons. There is international momentum to develop a treaty banning the development and deployment of nuclear weapons.
As Rev. François Pihaatae of the Pacific Conference of Churches has stated: “In international forums, including conferences on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons, the Pacific must speak with a united voice to bring about attitudinal change in the larger nations. We must speak out, for if we remain silent the larger countries will be under the misconception that their testing, development and construction of nuclear weapons are acceptable.
“That is why we will continue to call for a global ban on nuclear weapons. These weapons are no good for the Pacific, and no good for the world.”
“History Project”, written and performed by Marshallese poet Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner
The long shadow of Bravo, Inside Story, 25 February 2014
Banning nuclear weapons: a Pacific Islands perspective, International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) report presented to the Second Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons in Nayarit, Mexico, February 12-14
America’s Nuclear Test Legacy: Still an Issue for the Marshall Islands, video seminar by Giff Johnson, PIDP, University of Hawaii.
“Mission to the Marshall Islands (27-30 March 2012) and the United States of America (24-27 April 2012)” - Report of the Special Rapporteur on the implications for human rights of the environmentally sound management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes, Calin Georgescu, 3 September 2012, A/HRC/21/48/Add.1
Nuclear Remembrance Day – from Majuro to Arkansas
26 February 2014
The Chagossians pictured here when they visited the archipelago in 2006. Many are still fighting to return to the islands they were evicted from almost 40 years ago. Courtesy: Chagos Refugees Group (CRG).
PORT LOUIS (IPS) - “The Marine Protected Area (MPA) created around the Chagos archipelago is a new obstacle that the British government has placed in our path to prevent us from going back to our homeland,” claims Olivier Bancoult, leader of the Chagos Refugees Group (CRG).
For the past 40 years, the Chagossians have been fighting to return to their home in Chagos archipelago, a set of 55 islets situated 1,200 km north of the Indian Ocean Island of Mauritius.
They lived there for five generations until the early 1970s when the archipelago was excised from Mauritius by the United Kingdom. The Chagossians were evicted and the archipelago now forms part of the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT).
“We’ll not give up,” Bancoult tells IPS as he prepares for a new legal battle against the British government, which will be heard by the High Court of Justice in London on Mar. 30. However, the Chagossians feel that the 2010 creation of the MPA, which does not allow for human settlement on the Chagos archipelago or travel there unless one is in possession of a permit from the U.K. government, prevents their resettlement.
Bancoult was four when he and his mother, Rita, came to Mauritius. In 1983 he created the CRG to defend the rights of his community and over the years the organisation has staged numerous public demonstrations and hunger strikes.
The MPA covers almost 545,000 square kilometres and aims to protect the natural resources of the Chagos archipelago by implementing strict controls over fishing, habitation, damage to the environment and the killing, harming and collecting of animals.
The U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) designated the archipelago as an area that needs to be preserved “on the basis that the archipelago is one of the most precious, unpolluted, tropical ocean environments left on earth.”
READ FULL ARTICLE HERE.
25 February 2014
WILLEMSTAD – Curacao posted the largest year-over-year increase in cruise passenger visits of any country in the Caribbean last year, according to data from the Caribbean Tourism Organization.
The Dutch Caribbean island welcomed 610,186 cruise passengers in 2013, a 41.4 percent increase over the previous year.
That was significantly higher than the next-fastest-growing destination, Aruba, which posted a 25.4 percent increase compared to 2012.
Not all Caribbean destinations had complete data for 2013, although it’s likely that none of the countries without complete 2013 reporting would have come close to Curacao.
The island’s growth came in a mixed year for cruise tourism in the region, one which saw 10 destinations report negative growth in cruise arrivals.
Overall, the Caribbean saw a 2.7 percent increase in cruise arrivals last year, with around 21.9 million in total, according to the Caribbean Tourism Organization.
The region remained the world’s leading cruise destination, however, according to Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).
Source: Caribbean Journal
24 February 2014
21 February 2014
Minister Palm Impressed With Port And Airport Operations
PHILIPSBURG, WILLEMSTAD – Curacao’s Minister of Economic & Tourism Affairs Hon. Stanley Palm and Minister of Tourism and Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunications (MinTEATT) Hon. Ted Richardson, on Saturday at the Government Administration Building in Philipsburg, signed a Protocol Agreement outliningfour areas of collaboration between the two countries.
The protocol paves the way for further collaboration between both countries and their respective ministries with respect to their ports of entry (airport and seaport) where assistance and exchange of knowledge and expertise can take place.
The second area of collaboration is between both Ministries of Finance to seek ways to finalize the division of assets of the former Netherlands Antilles, including but not limited to the Foundation Economic Development (SEO) and the Development Bank of the Netherlands Antilles (OBNA).
READ FULL ARTICLE AT CURACAO CHRONICLE .
20 February 2014
Community of Latin American and Caribbean States reiterates support for full decolonisation in Puerto Rico, rest of the region
II CELAC SUMMIT
28-29 January, 2014
We, the Heads of State and Government of the Latin America and the Caribbean States gathered in Havana, Cuba, on the occasion of the II Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), on 28 and 29 January 2014:
38. Highlight the Latin American and Caribbean character of Puerto Rico and, in noting the resolutions on Puerto Rico adopted by the United Nations Special Committee on Decolonization, reiterate that it is an issue of interest for CELAC;
39. CELAC member countries commit themselves to continue working, in the framework of international law, particularly in the framework of the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 1514/(XV) of December 14th, 1960, to make the region of Latin America and the Caribbean a territory free of colonialism and colonies.
19 February 2014
Resolution adopted by the General Assembly
18 December 2013
[on the report of the Third Committee (A/68/455)]
The General Assembly,
Aware that the development of friendly relations among nations, based on respect for the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples, is among the purposes and principles of the United Nations, as defined in the Charter,
Recalling, in this regard, its resolution 2625 (XXV) of 24 October 1970, entitled “Declaration on Principles of International Law concerning Friendly Relations and Cooperation among States in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations”,
Bearing in mind the International Covenants on Human Rights, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples and the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action adopted at the World Conference on Human Rights on 25 June 1993,
Recalling the Declaration on the Occasion of the Fiftieth Anniversary of the United Nations,
Recalling also the United Nations Millennium Declaration,
Recalling further the advisory opinion rendered on 9 July 2004 by the International Court of Justice on the legal consequences of the construction of a wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, and noting in particular the reply of the Court, including on the right of peoples to self-determination, which is a right
Recalling the conclusion of the Court, in its advisory opinion of 9 July 2004, that the construction of the wall by Israel, the occupying Power, in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, along with measures previously taken, severely impedes the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination,
Welcoming the resumption of negotiations within the Middle East peace process, based on the relevant resolutions of the United Nations, the Madrid terms of reference, including the principle of land for peace, the Arab Peace Initiative and the Quartet road map to a permanent two-State solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, aiming for the achievement of a just, lasting and comprehensive peace settlement between the Palestinian and Israeli sides within the agreed time frame of nine months,
Stressing the need for respect for and preservation of the territorial unity, contiguity and integrity of all of the
Occupied Palestinian Territory,
including East Jerusalem, and recalling in
this regard its resolution 58/292
of 6 May 2004,
Recalling its resolution 67/158 of 20 December 2012,
Taking note of its resolution 67/19 of 29 November 2012,
Affirming the right of all States in the region to live in peace within secure and internationally recognized borders,
1. Reaffirms the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination, including the right to their independent State of Palestine;
2. Urges all States and the specialized agencies and organizations of the United Nations system to continue to support and assist the Palestinian people in the early realization of their right to self-determination.
70th plenary meeting
18 December 2013
 Resolution 2200 A (XXI), annex.
 Resolution 217 A (III).
 Resolution 1514 (XV).
 A/CONF.157/24 (Part I), chap. III.
 Resolution 50/6.
 Resolution 55/2.
 See A/ES‑10/273 and Corr.1.
 Ibid., advisory opinion, para. 88.
 Ibid., para. 122.
 A/56/1026‑S/2002/932, annex II, resolution 14/221.
 S/2003/529, annex.