[Marxism] Haiti joins ALBA, other Caribbean countries to follow

Stuart Munckton stuartmunckton at gmail.com
Mon Feb 6 16:50:44 MST 2012


The eight-nation Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA)
is moving quickly to expand, as its leaders have approved a new economic
integration system for the grouping, dubbed ECOALBA.

The group has indicated that it is prepared to admit Haiti and has received
membership requests from two more CARICOM states.

The bloc, which was
Venezuelan leader, Hugo Chavez, agreed to establish ECOALBA last
despite reservations by Vincentian prime minister, Dr Ralph Gonsalves, one
of ALBA’s three CARICOM leaders.

Suriname and St Lucia, whose leaders are attending the summit, have also
asked to join the grouping. Haiti was being admitted Sunday as ALBA’s ninth
member and the fourth CARICOM member state to join the bloc.

Prime Minister Gonsalves, yesterday, described a plan for creating a
“single economic space” as a “possible way forward” through “a dangerous
phase” of the world economy. He urged the grouping to work out legal and
administrative details before proceeding with ECOALBA.

ECOALBA, which is being projected as an alternative to trade and economic
links dominated by the
and the dollar, emphasises bartering and payments among ALBA members
through a virtual currency, the Sucre.

“Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is humanity’s
original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made,
through disobedience and through rebellion.” — Oscar Wilde, Soul of Man
Under Socialism

“The free market is perfectly natural... do you think I am some kind of
dummy?” — Jarvis Cocker

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