Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
The Casinos #318514
01/13/09 11:57 PM
01/13/09 11:57 PM
Joined: Oct 1999
Posts: 73,360
oregon, spr
Marty Offline OP

Marty  Offline OP
Editorial from Amandala

On a much smaller scale, the conditions in Belize are very similar to those which precipitated Castroís revolution in Cuba, which actually began in July of 1953, and came to power in January of 1959. Those conditions are excessive wealth concentrated in the hands of a few nationals, mass poverty, and domination from abroad by rich individuals and groups.

Belizeans generally love to gamble, and even though some clerics say they consider it a vice which should be extirpated, at this newspaper we are not anti-gambling. The nature of the gambling which now takes place in Belize, however, is seriously deleterious [have a harmful effect], very harmful financially. The Boledo and Sunday lottery are controlled by foreigners, who repatriate their profits, some of which are derived from an illegal form of those lotteries, in a clandestine manner. The casinos are owned by foreigners who repatriate their profits legally. In both cases, poor Belizeansí moneys are being exported day in and day out. The dream which Belizeans are chasing is actually a nightmare.

Donít let anybody kid you. Casinos all over the world routinely include prostitution, drugs and counterfeiting in their portfolios. Who can say that Belize is different from anywhere else in the world?

Casinos were introduced into Belize by a PUP government which argued that the casinos would only be open to foreign tourists. In fact, the largest casino in Belize, the one in Belize City, has no tourists in it. The victims are Belizeans. The stories of their losses and their desperation are sad, and they are many.

The casinos are not in the national political debate, because both the major political parties accept generous campaign donations from the casino owners. It is not this newspaper which should be discussing this problem, because, to repeat, we are not opposed to gambling per se, and we accept advertisements from the casino. Belize has a lot of foreign-financed religions here which are dogmatically hostile to casinos. But the religions here do not crusade against casinos. In fact, over the Christmas holidays, Integrity Radio, which is owned and financed by a religion, had a conference or some such gathering at, yes, the Princess Casino!

When the former Prime Minister, who legalized casinos as soon as he became Prime Minister in 1998, entered Belizean politics as an activist in 1969, there were skeptics who pointed out that both he and his Palestinian lawyer partner, had older brothers who were hard core Belizean businessmen/capitalists. The two Palestinian lawyers/activists were allies of Amandala in 1969, so we ignored the skeptics. In fact, you must remember that the two activists gave absolute respect to, and publicly praised, the aforementioned Castroís Cuban Revolution.

Today there is a huge structure taking shape across the street from BTL Park, a little north of the Renaissance Towers, a stoneís throw from the Princess Casino. This giant new building is being constructed on land which was owned by the expatriate club during the British colonial days. With independence, that land was acquired by the Pickwick Club, which is an organization of rich local businessmen. Amongst the owners of the new structure is the previously mentioned older brother of the former Prime Minister. That older brother is a multimillionaire businessman who has served as the Belize liaison for the foreign owners of the Princess Casino. The streets are saying the new building will be another casino. The older brother of the former P.M. must have seen something extra sweet during his time at the Princess.

We are not moralists on Partridge Street. Neither do we speak in the name of God. But there are many of those, moralists and speakers in the name of God, here in Belize, and they speak out on many things. It is very, very seldom, however, when anything is said about casinos. The casinos are not only legal: they are protected. In Belize, they actually seem to be blessed. History shows, however, that casinos were a really huge part of the social problem in Cuba. Those with eyes to see, let them see.

Re: The Casinos [Re: Marty] #318770
01/15/09 01:18 PM
01/15/09 01:18 PM
Joined: May 2008
Posts: 890
skippy Offline
skippy  Offline
Oh yeah, well said. Things are much better in Cuba now that the casinos are gone.

You reprint a lot of this Amandala stuff. Do you write any of it? What is Amandala anyway, and why does it/he/she refer to themself/itself in the third person?

I hope that someday we can put aside our fears and prejudices and just laugh at people.
Re: The Casinos [Re: skippy] #318771
01/15/09 01:26 PM
01/15/09 01:26 PM
Joined: May 2000
Posts: 6,966
San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye...
Amanda Syme Offline

Amanda Syme  Offline
The Amandala is one of the most prominent national newspapers.

Re: The Casinos [Re: Amanda Syme] #318778
01/15/09 02:51 PM
01/15/09 02:51 PM
Joined: Jul 2007
Posts: 1,891
H20dog Offline
H20dog  Offline
"Cuba" (just printing that word seems to upset Skippy) grin

Portofino Resort- Now with a new BEACH BAR!!
Click for excellent scuba lessons with Elbert Greer!
Chaa Creek is an award-winning luxury Belize Resort, rated as one of the worlds best Eco Lodges. We are a pioneer in adventure travel to Belize since 1981!
Maruba Beach Klub and Spa is the premiere Secret Beach spa and restaurant located on the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean Sea at the center of Secret Beach, Belize
First Class Accommodations for the Budget Traveler
First Class Accommodations for the Budget Traveler

Things to do

Daily News
Daily Weather

Classified Ads
San Pedro Sun
Ambergris Today
SP Town Council
Channel 7
Channel 5
Love FM
The Reporter
TV Newscasts
Radio Stations

Click for our
Search thousands of Belizean-only websites

Event Guides
Event Calendar
Specials & Events
Things to Do
iTravel Belize
Paradise Theater
San Pedro Fun Finder
Paradise Guy Event Calendar
Cayo Event Calendar

San Pedro Scoop!
Tia Chocolate
My Beautiful Belize
I-Travel Belize
Belize Adventure
Belize Hub
Romantic Travel
Belize Happy Adventures
Conch Creative
Caribbean Culture & Lifestyle
More Blogs...
Search thousands of Belizean-only websites
White Sands Dive Shop - 5 Star PADI Dive Facility - Daily diving, SCUBA instruction and Snorkeling
Caribbean Inspired All Natural Condiments & Spice Blends, Over 100 are Gluten Free!
We manage a variety of homes, apartments, condos and commercial properties here on Ambergris Caye. Our minimum lease on ALL properties is six months.
Click for Ian Anderson's Caves Branch, Welcome to a World of Adventure
Lil Alphonse has snorkel equipment to fit anyone as well as Marine Park Tickets and flotation devices to assist those not as experienced.
Coastal Xpress offers a daily scheduled ferry run to most resorts, restaurants and private piers on the island of Anbergris Caye. We also offer  private and charter water taxi service.
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 31
Cayo Espanto
Click for Cayo Espanto, and have your own private island
More Links
Click for exciting and adventurous tours of Belize with Katie Valk!
ShoutChat Box
Who's Online Now
1 registered members (bobcat bill), 198 guests, and 0 spiders.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Statistics
Most Online4,377
Dec 15th, 2020 HELP! Visitor Center Goods & Services San Pedro Town Message Board Lodging Diving Fishing Things to Do History Maps Phonebook Belize Business Directory Picture of the Day

The opinions and views expressed on this board are the subjective opinions of Ambergris Caye Message Board members
and not of the Ambergris Caye Message Board its affiliates, or its employees.

Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.1