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Economist Weighs in on Referendum Result

The popular magazine The Economist has weighed in on the results of Guatemala’s referendum on Sunday. Nearly ninety-six percent of participating voters agreed to filing a case at the International [...]

P.M. Barrow, O.A.S.’ Almagro Meet in Washington

The Organization of American States has had a central role in finding a solution to the territorial dispute. As we have been reporting, Guatemala held its referendum on Sunday and [...]

Addressing Corruption at Recent Summit of the Americas

Last week a Belizean contingent attended the Eighth Summit of the Americas in Peru. Foreign Affairs Minister Wilfred Elrington, Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte and Belize’s Ambassador to the U.S. and [...]

Miguel Diaz-Canel, the New President of Cuba

Miguel Diaz-Canel was officially named as the new President of Cuba today, one day after a secret vote in that country’s National Assembly. Diaz-Canel, who turns fifty-eight on Friday, has [...]

Belize U-fifteen Boys Basketball Team Bring Back Medals from COCABA Championship

Their welcome home was not a big deal, but the Under-fifteen Boys National Basketball Team has every reason to be proud. Beating the odds, the team came back with bronze [...]

Guat F.M. Says Voter Turnout Performed Well

Guatemala’s Minister of Foreign Affairs on Monday further discussed her country’s participation in Sunday’s referendum. As has been widely noted, about twenty-seven percent of the population voted in the referendum [...]

Ex-Belize F.M. Not Impressed

Senior attorney Lisa Shoman, who has served as Minister of Foreign Affairs under Said Musa’s administration and has been an ambassador to the United States and permanent representative to the [...]

Extent of Guatemalan Claim a Matter for I.C.J., Guat Foreign Minister Proposes

Exactly what does Guatemala claim of Belize? We’ve all heard the differing stories – the whole of Belize’s eight thousand plus square miles of territory; or only that portion south [...]

It’s Time to Separate Bilateral Relations from Claim Issue

With Belize’s referendum date not set, and a potential trip to The Hague still a few years away, Belize and Guatemala must continue to co-exist as neighbors and tackle important [...]

Keep Politics Out of I.C.J. Decision

On Monday, Opposition Leader John Briceño told News Five that government has fallen short of meaningfully consulting with the People’s United Party on what has long been a national issue.  [...]

Guatemala Foreign Minister Commends Relations with Belize

News Five, in an interview with Guatemala’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, touched on two topics of special interest to Belizeans in the wake of Sunday’s referendum. The first concerns relations [...]

FM Sandra Jovel Polanco Promises Guats Will Respect Any Ruling

But could relations be soured or broken irretrievably if the International Court of Justice, assuming assent from both populations, rules in Belize’s favor? It’s a question that makes both sides [...]

Progressive Party Wants Seat at Table for Education Campaign

While there were bouquets across the border between Belize and Guatemala following Sunday’s referendum result, color the Belize Progressive Party unsurprised and unimpressed. They said as much in a press [...]

Guatemala Says YES to I.C.J. Resolution

Guatemala has spoken and its citizens have done so decisively, those who came out on Sunday to participate in the referendum.  Following a somewhat abbreviated education campaign which commenced in [...]

In Belize, Will Political Parties Work Together?

In the absence of Prime Minister Barrow and Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington, we sought a reaction to Sunday’s outcome from Opposition Leader John Briceño.  The head of the People’s United [...]

Referendum in Belize in May? No Way!

Guatemalan Vice President Jafeth Cabrera recently met with Belize’s Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington in Lima, Peru while attending the Eighth Summit of the Americas.  Cabrera reportedly told the Guatemalan media, [...]

Ambassador Rosado Confirms Re-Registration Must Come First

Vice President of Guatemala Jafeth Cabrera voted in Sunday’s referendum in Guatemala City. According to Prensa Libre, he told reporters that he understands Belize will go to vote in its [...]

Belizeans React to Guat Referendum Outcome

With Guatemalans giving the nod to take the territorial claim to the I.C.J., does the result put added pressure on the Belizean government and populace to have the same? On [...]

How Did We Get Here?

We have heard from Belizeans as to what they are thinking now that the results in Guatemala are a reality. But how, really, did we get here? It started ten [...]

Banana Titans Unable to Prove Case in Court

The fallout over the designation by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control of banana businessman John Zabaneh as an alleged drug trafficking kingpin continues. While he is no [...]

Commonwealth Cyclists were Class of the Caribbean ‘Down Under’

Most of Belize’s delegation to the Commonwealth Games concluded on Sunday in Gold Coast, Australia, returned to Belize this afternoon. There were no medals to show off, but the athletes [...]

Training Continues for Table Tennis Trio

The table tennis team of Devesh Hukmani, Terry Su and Rohit Pagarani were also participating in the Commonwealths for the first time and faced some of the very best in [...]

U.S. Pledges to Help Belize Fix Drug-Smeared Reputation

All of Central America including Belize has been listed in the 2018 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report of the U.S. State Department, published this week. These and other countries have [...]

Corruption a Concern; the Good Must Help Isolate the Bad

The primary finding of the I.N.C.S.R. states, “Belize’s drug control efforts are hampered by the same challenges faced by the rest of the country’s security sector – corruption, insufficient investigative [...]

Big Dreams for Returning Youth Ambassadors

Washington D.C. and the states of Alabama and Idaho in the United States are as far apart culturally and politically as they are geographically. So it made for a very [...]