March 11, 1999 |
When the polls closed and the counting began in this Caribbean nation's bitterly fought general elections Tuesday night, the opposition candidates followed what has become a tradition in their decades-long pursuit of power: They all went into hiding. But when the final tallies were in Wednesday morning in this country long awash in mysteries unsolved and charges unproved, they all were safe. They'd lost--again. The long-ruling Bird dynasty remained intact.
March 5, 1994 |
A visitor to the office of Antigua's likely new prime minister encounters a stench arising from a gutter carrying raw sewage past the building. To many Antiguans, the odor symbolizes the state of their nation's politics. "You noticed the smell, did you?" asked a prominent St. John's businessman who has a shop near the politician's office. "Get used to it. The whole island stinks of (it) and so does the way politics are run here and so does that politician across the street."
October 21, 1999 |
Hurricane Jose ripped roofs from houses, tore down a newly built church and flung debris through deserted streets Wednesday as it hit Antigua head-on and threatened a string of other Caribbean islands. Storm-weary islanders in neighboring St. Kitts, where a few homes remain roofless from last year's devastating hurricane season, braced themselves as Jose bore down packing 100-mph winds and drenching rain. "It's projected to move right across the Leeward Islands.
February 26, 1999 |
First came reports about arms and ammunition: shipping containers packed with rifles, grenades, launchers, pistols, bullets and tear gas, all consigned to the government of Antigua and Barbuda. Then an unknown arsonist torched the headquarters of the twin-island nation's opposition newspaper. And then Antigua's only prison burned to the ground.
March 9, 1994 |
Voters Tuesday extended the corruption-tainted Bird family's half-century hold on Antigua, sending a new generation into power despite a last-minute surge by the opposition. Official election returns late Tuesday showed clear triumphs for retiring Prime Minister V. C. Bird's Antigua Labor Party in eight of 17 parliamentary races and a commanding lead in a ninth race, which would give the party a majority.
April 19, 1989 |
An aged patriarch nears his end as one of the wealthiest and most powerful men in the Caribbean. The two oldest of his four legitimate sons fight a bitter, multimillion-dollar power game, each maneuvering to seize control when the old man falters or dies. The patriarch's long-estranged wife and their two wealthy younger sons, one a playboy and the other a mystic, teasingly switch allegiance, first to one of the older brothers, then the other, as they decide which--if either--they will back in the dynasty game.