By Karla Slocum
Examines farmers' lives at the island of St Lucia amidst the specter of marketplace loss for his or her basic export product, bananas. This ethnography is of curiosity to these within the fields of social routine and activism, hard work, Afro-Caribbean populations and people eager about African Diaspora reviews.
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It was not until two events occurred in 1999 which led to interest in its revival. One was the election of the new Algerian President Abdul Aziz Bouteflika, which was favourably received in Rabat and other Arab Maghreb states. The other was the settlement of Libya’s Lockerbie issue through the successful intervention of Nelson Mandela. Combined, these events led to a realistic expectation that it could be meaningfully revived again. Yet another problem undermining the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU) is related to Mauretania’s establishment of full diplomatic relations with Israel in 1999, while none of the other UMA states have done so.
A tentative rapprochement with Cairo also increased British embarrassment over the presence of armored forces in Libya. The result was a quiet and gradual disengagement with the majority of the British troops being withdrawn by 1966. The eventual success of the revolution of 1969 had been anticipated by the crisis of 1958, and the outcome of the military coup itself was accepted with muted resignation by the Labour government in London (Healey 1989). With the success of this bloodless coup, a new Libya was to embark on a complex social experiment, the effects of which are being experienced until the present.
Another crucial factor emerged in 1959 when oil was discovered, with Libya becoming in the next few years one of the world’s leading petroleum producers. The new-found wealth served to undermine the British and US positions in Libya, and consequently the monarchy, because of three factors. First, Libya was no longer desperately dependent on foreign financial support. In 1957, the US Ambassador could be confident that “dollar diplomacy” would buy time for the continued operation of US bases (US Dept of State 1967), but after the oil discoveries the days of US financial leverage were limited.
Free Trade and Freedom: Neoliberalism, Place, and Nation in the Caribbean by Karla Slocum