Libyan investments in Caribbean under threat

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has said his government will not break diplomatic ties with Libya

Although located over 9,500 kilometres from the North African country of Libya, the turmoil there has not left the leaders of some small Caribbean nations unscathed.

Member states of the sub-regional Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) have adopted their own lines of engagement with Libya, much to the concern of some opposition parties.

The main concern – what will become of Libyan investment projects in region?

“Whether we like it or not, we’re still very much dependent on oil from the Middle East and most of our economies are driven by that,” said Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer of Antigua and Barbuda. “To the extent that there is instability and war and so on, it has an impact.”


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  1. M
    April 18, 2011

    Thats how dependent caribbean islands are and leaders are hungry to line their pockets. The more corrupt the donor the better.

  2. Anti-hate
    April 18, 2011

    I see some people refuse to be informed. When i try to inform peeps they say I am spreading propaganda. Are you all following what is happening in Egypt now?

    Read this article:

    The same so-called ‘innocent protestors’ in Egypt are now going around slaughtering Christians and the Muslim Brotherhood has announced their intentions of imposing Sharia Law through out Egypt.

    For those of you who don’t know what Sharia Law is, it is governance based on strict Islamist rules and punishment, including the oppression of women, and harsh punishment for crimes such as cutting off your hand for stealing. So much for ‘democracy.’

    The rebels in ‘Libya’ are also militant Muslims. Yes Gadhafi is brutal to his opposition but he is also secular and allows religious freedom in Libya. This is a big part of the reason the ‘rebels’ hate him so much.

    You people really need to do some more reading and chill with the simplistic, uninformed comments.

  3. belbagay
    April 18, 2011

    the lybians will be adding one more item on the list and that will be democracy, if you are so privilleged to enjoy it the lybians deserve it, and it will be soon

  4. Anti-arrogant ignorance
    April 18, 2011

    Hahahahaha!! You think if Gadaghi stays in power he will not give Dominica enough money for Skerrit to keep up the same system in Dominca.. Boy that would be nice eh?? We cannot afford to lose our man.. We are trying to recruit some young men to fo to libya to help him out. Are you willing?

  5. Newsbeat
    April 18, 2011

    Thx Anti-hate this is all good news , they only let us know the bad things the good ones they keep from us. I don’t seem to figure out why Obama went to Libya is was so stupid, after Gadhafi who will they put, this is what they must tell us. They are putting on a show and want the oil money nothing else. Obama back off and tell us the good things about Gadhafi it cannot be all bad, if it were so why dose he has so much supporters, trust me he will fight till the end.

  6. The truth
    April 18, 2011

    well i have seen some people on dno disrespecting and being prejudice towards muslims, not that i am one. but i always defend those people. see… thing these people do not read into is that these countries affect us too and not all muslims are the same. looki looki… seems we were somewhat dependent on muslim money afterall eh. watch what you all say

  7. ?
    April 18, 2011

    “Libyan Investments in Caribbean Under Threat.” WELL DUH.

  8. Anti-hate
    April 18, 2011

    Some current facts (that mainstream media will never tell you) about Libya under Gaddafi rule…

    • Loans to Libyan citizens were given with *NO interest*.
    • Students would get paid the average salary for the profession they are studying for.
    • If you’d be unable to get the employment the state would pay the full salary as if you were employed.
    • When you got married the couple got an apartment or house for free.
    • You could go to college anywhere in the world. The state paid 2,500 euros plus for accommodation and a car.
    • The cars were sold at factory cost.
    • Libya does not owe money, (not a cent) to anyone. No credits.*
    • Free education and health care.
    • 25% of population with a university degree.
    • No beggars on the streets and no homeless (until this bombing).
    • Bread costs $0.15.

    -Read this in the comments on Yahoo news

    • have a heart
      April 18, 2011

      @Aunty-Hate. You have said nothing about the killings, attacks with bombs, big and small guns, tanks on the people of Libya by their own Govt. Don’t you have a HEART? It is the same Gaddafi who entered into business deals with WESTERN and EU Govts. and oil companies. Irrespective of what kind of development projects or strategies any Govt. initiates, no one has the right to HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES, repression or killings of especially innocent citizens. You deliberately forgot to inform about the massive wealth of Gaddafi, his sons and rest of the family. You claim that you are no big fan of Gaddafi, but yet refuse to condemn the innocent killings of his people, choosing instead to only boast of certain aspects of his good governance. SHAME ON YOU. A BIG SHAME. Even thousands of Libyans die and thousands injured or maimed, to you the good Gaddafi has done erases the atrocities being committed. Seems you would easily, without hesitation, support the unleashing of uniformed men and women on innocent Dominicans assembling peacefully or protesting against corruption in Public Office. You wouldn’t care two hoots the outcome.

      • Anti-hate
        April 18, 2011

        I can’t stand people who argue based on lies or total ignorance. Would you like me to pull some fake facts out of my a** too in order to win the argument?

        The man is fighting a civil war vs a rival tribe in Libya. Go and inform yourself and then come back lets have a debate.

        Do you know that Benghazi, the ‘rebel; capital, is the base of Al Qaeda in Libya, and even Hillary Clinton admitted that some of the rebels are Al Qaeda, which is why the US is hesitant to arm them?

        Do you know that the rebels have their own tanks, helicopters, rocket launchers, a few fighter jets and lots of guns?

        Do you know that the rebels have already begun to sell oil?

        Do you know that the rebels are killing and raping BLACK PEOPLE from Somalia etc in the areas they hold, because they resent the fact that Ghaddafi has been spending Libya’s wealth to increase his influence in Africa, and accuse these countries of sending mercenaries to help fight against them?

        I have been following this war very closely, and nowhere have I seen any reputable news medium, including the biased Western media, say that Ghadaffi has killed thousands of innocent civilians.

        Some protesters were indeed shot in the early days but since then, these tank, plane and rocket attacks you are talking about have been against armed combatants in a CIVIL WAR. There is no need for Ghaddafi to be killing thousands of civilians when most of the civilians support him anyway.

        Your entire argument is based on lies, fallacies, ignorance, propaganda and misinformation. Go and get a clue you fool.

    • Guest
      April 18, 2011

      If it is indeed a fact Col. Gaddaffi did all that and the majority of Libyans support his programmes and policies, why not call a democratic election? An election campaign on all the accomplimshments you have list should garantee him victory at the polls! Why are these dictators who claim to give their people the world so afraid of a contitutional election? why impose yourself on a nation? even if it is one libyan who “genuinely” (not under the influence of anyone) oppose to this man it is his or her right to protest, NO ONE VOTED FOR HIM!

      • %
        April 18, 2011

        AUNTY HATE has once again resurfaced with his usual crap…Fact is Gaddafi is a ruthless dictator,who has a lot of blood on his hands..I didn’t read this in your flimsy accolades given to this mad and corrupt dictator…But as usual, it is only garbage you are spewing on DNO directed at the less gullible ones..Other budding dictators should be careful..

    • D
      April 18, 2011

      You speak the truth anit-hate. Let us not forget about all Gaddafi has done on the continent of Africa too. Its funny as long as Gaddafi was seen as crazy man and wasnt talking about uniting Africa and other Black nobody had a problem with him. Now that he talks about a United African States and was putting his money out there for it to happen this “rebel” uprising comes about with help from the CIA. Give me a break. Not saying that Gaddafi is great but there are far worst dictators in the Middle East who are good friends with the US France and Britian and nothing is happening to them

    • ????
      April 19, 2011

      If things are so good under Gaddafi, then why are his people rising up aganst him?

      • Anti-hate
        April 19, 2011

        Libya has 7 million people. If a few thousand people rise up it doesn’t in any way mean that ‘his people’ are rising up against him. What about the remaining millions of people who haven’t joined any protests? The rebels are in the minority.

        When the UWP has protests and a couple dozen people (or even say a few hundred) show up does it mean that ‘the people’ of Dominica are rising up against Skerrit?

  9. Anti-hate
    April 18, 2011

    If the rebels have so much popular support and “control” the eastern part of the country where several million Libyans live then why are there only a couple thousand or less rebels? This is hardly a mass insurrection against the legal government but rather a trumped up and media (yellow journalism) event in an effort to depose the legal government.

    Kind of like Wag the Dog but what Obama will find out is it is more like beware the tail that wags the tiger.
    Do not get me wrong, Daffy Duck is no prize but in Libya every citizen has free healthcare, education all the way through university, they pay no taxes, no utility bills, and the poor get large food supplies from the government. The country is very secular and women have rights like the men do.

    Iraq, pre 2003 was the same way and look what America did to that country.

    -another insightful comment from yahoo news

    • bibop
      April 18, 2011

      aye, a hole u not realizing thats phychology ,once u start giving everyting free,is buy u buying people,just like d red clinic.

  10. Anti-hate
    April 18, 2011

    I am no big fan of Maummer Gadafi. But how little do you know about the middle eastern state of affairs. Did you stop and think, during the past 42 years, where were France and UK who are now spearheading the movement to overthrow the Gadhafi regime, in their so-called humanitarian concerns to help the anti-Gadhafi forces.

    Do you think that the Arab masses are that gullible to think that the West is worried about civilian deaths in Libya. Did you know, that Sarkorzy’s biggest campaign contributor is French oil giant TOTAL. And BP is backing David Cameron. Wall Street analysts are projecting that gas prices could go up to $4.00 a gallon if the Libyan crisis lasts a little longer.

    If Bush is in the White House , Halliburton would be in the forefront blowing the battle horn. Think! Who is making the money, honey? It is all about who is going to get what in post Gadhafi Libya.

    -insightful comment I read on yahoo news

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