In the spirit of the Summit, as soon as we were settled, Jennifer and I secured the local Trinidad paper to check the Summit news.
This is the front page. As you can see, the two ships that will house most of the delegations, media, and parallel events’ participants are anchoring down…and we were reminded that it is all about Obama coming to town. Did you have any doubts? Ok… you didn’t ….
But the real story is not Obama or the ships. Check the lead in yellow:
Manning: TT Corn Soup will Help Morales
This is a story that hadn’t made the Canadian press but it is poised to gain momentum. Evo Morales, Bolivia’s indigenous leader/president, is in his fifth day of a hunger strike which according to the Trinidad paper is being conducted in an attempt to “persuade Bolivian opposition legislators to give more political power to indigenous groups and likely benefit his power-base.”
The story goes on to share that Evo held a broadcasted conversation with Venezuelan Hugo Chavez, explaining that he would probably miss the meeting of the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas, taking place the day before the Summit, in Caracas, Venezuela; as well as missing the Summit in Port of Spain. Not to be outdone, Cuba’s Fidel Castro called in his support for President Morales and his cause.
According to Trinidad’s PM, Patrick Manning, Evo Morales has not withdrawn officially. Mr. Manning’s words of advice? “He should try some Trini crab and callaloo to set him right”. Ah… he went on to add corn soup to the meal. Apparently, the trio is sure to fix any problems his Bolivian friend might have.
Now, that would be a first. A leader missing the Summit because he is on a hunger strike!