THE WEST INDIES: Island's Rights

The nation that calls itself the West Indies is only ten months old, but last week the major politicians of its fastest growing island member, Jamaica, threatened to secede. The inevitable dispute: islands' rights v. federal power.

At specific issue is a simmering deal to build a $15 million plant to refine Venezuelan crude oil in Jamaica. Barbados-born, U.S.-naturalized Oilman Frank Desmond St. Hilaire proposes to finance a 16,500-bbl.-a-day refinery at Kingston, bankrolled by the U.S.'s Colorado Oil & Gas Corp. But Jamaica's legislature must pass a bill giving him a 15-year...

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