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Are Caribbean independent states actually independent colonies? – commentary

By Oliver Mills

The independent English speaking Caribbean states often boast of being free from colonial control, having their own identity, and making their own decisions without being instructed others. But are these countries merely politically independent, but are dependent in many ways for their economic survival, and security, on the very countries that once colonised them, and the ones with powerful economies?

Is independence an objective fact, or are we talking about “paper independence?” Is it not the case also, that independent countries are so integrated into the international system that they must depend on trading arrangements for their exports and imports, and that the advanced economies dictate the terms of trade and commerce?      Continue reading

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