Venezuela ushers the Caribbean on centre stage of world’s geopolitics

Fifty-seven years later, the Caribbean in now centre stage of world’s geopolitics. First it was, Cuba’s Fidel Castro, U.S. President John Kennedy and Russia in 1962, when Russia was stocking arms in Cuba, and Kennedy ordered that Russia must remove or dismantle all the weapons or face the fire of the U.S. Premier Nikita Khrushchev willingly obliged.

Venezuela ushers the Caribbean on centre stage of world’s geopolitics
Photo : Winston Dookeran

Fifty-seven years later, the Caribbean in now centre stage of world’s geopolitics. First it was, Cuba’s Fidel Castro, U.S. President John Kennedy and Russia in 1962, when Russia was stocking arms in Cuba, and Kennedy ordered that Russia must remove or dismantle all the weapons or face the fire of the U.S. Premier Nikita Khrushchev willingly obliged.

This time President Donald Trump is taking urgent steps to ensure that democracy comes back alive in Venezuela by allegedly dethroning Nicholas Maduro, the bus-driver who has taken the mantle of Hugo Chavez following his death. The recent elections in Venezuela were rigged in favour of the Maduro. That’s the consensus of the bar of world opinion.

The world has taken a deep breath and has called on Maduro to step down and give way to Juan Guaido whose party won control of the legislature. The United States has taken the lead in this regard, with the majority of countries tilted to the U.S position. There is world reaction to the inauguration of Maduro, and Trinidad and Tobago was represented by our Minister of Foreign and Caricom Affairs, Dennis Moses.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley supports Maduro, and has gone to the United Nations to plead his case, along with several Caricom leaders. They will later fly to Washington to plead their support for Maduro.

Opposition Leader, Kamla Persad Bissessar, is on record both in Parliament and at the UNC’s National Assembly on Sunday reiterating her support for Guaido.  Moses, in a panel discussion on Thursday night on CNC 3, did more harm to Dr Rowley and his government because he failed to give any authoritative support to their cause. He fumbled as he repeated one thought repeatedly. He still has to make his point.

Photo : Paras Ramoutar

Whatever happens to our Caricom countries and by extension the world would affect us somehow, particularly as we live in a global village where digital and technological apparatus knit us all.

Just to stray a bit. Why didn’t Rowley and Caricom intervene in the Guyana situation where the Granger Government has lost a vote of no confidence and continues in Office. Is Caricom dead on this issue.

One should listen to the wisdom of former Minister of Foreign Affairs, and now Professor of International Affairs at the University of the West Indies, Winston Dookeran, who welcomed the thought that the United Nations should intervene is solving the socio-political upheaval in Venezuela.

“The legitimacy of the National Assembly needed to be re-established as the first step in trying to restore the democratic institutions in Venezuela. I think all these matters should be brought in a renewed effort under the auspices of the United Nations,” adding that the problems confronting Venezuela were, “complexed and fraught with the prospect of chaotic violence evolving”.