James Moss-Solomon

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    Emancipendence, Garvey and the charade that passes for a modern Jamaica

    The recently coined word “Emancipendence” has been cleverly used to describe two quite separate events that culminated over 100 years apart. They do, however, represent two cooperative efforts that transcended racial descent, giving rise to a concept later described as “Out of Many, One People”; our Jamaican National Motto....
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    If we truly believe that water is life…

    I keep going back to the concepts of planning, cross-Ministries action (joined up government), and progress outside of crisis action. These conditions are necessary for dealing with recurrent problems, whether or not these are occurring at the specific moment. These governmental measures also apply to the private sector and...
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    Cut the crap, we are in danger of losing Jamaica

    Let me begin by paying my condolences to the family of the late Suzanne Couch — musician, composer, singer, and chef extraordinaire — her husband, Peter; daughter, Sara; and her family, also the O’Connor and Espeut families. Her passing leaves such a void in all of our lives, as...
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    If we hope to get to the World Cup again…

    Well, the World Cup is at the centre of Jamaica’s attention now, and we went in with enthusiasm and a certain degree of ignorance. Firstly, there are no shortages of “analysts” who have little experience in the intricacies of world football administration at a practical level. This is unlike...
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    Inducing our own Armageddon

    The Ray Bradbury book converted to the movie Fahrenheit 451 is a glimpse into the future where books are burned, history is purged and dissent is brutally outlawed. The concept of no knowledge or controlled knowledge may be foreign to some who disregard history, or is taken lightly in...
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    The continuing saga of a world in chaos

    For the past three weeks I have been assisting a colleague with the delivery of a course in Negotiation, (which really could be called Negotiation and Influence). One of the realities is that the two aspects (Negotiation and Influence) are normal functions that we engage in everyday, sometimes in...
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    While giants fight…

     The science or art of predicting outcomes based on known variables is far easier than doing the same with unknown variables. In a global economic environment it is slightly more accurately established based on some predictability between certain macroeconomic knowns such as money supply, inflation, debt, interest rates, commodity...
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    Sad step back to the stupidity of a time long passed

    The recent unfortunate melee in our Parliament reminded me that rhetoric and civility are necessary parts of a thriving and evolving democracy. Jamaica has made the claims of having a stable democracy as a basis for many areas of international qualification for grants and loans. We have been proud...
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    Law enforcement by referendum? Absolutely not!

    Some weeks ago I published an article here that attempted to clarify which type of violence we were experiencing. I disqualified war, civil war, and narrowed it down through analogy to closely resembling the Chicago crime gangs of the Roaring Twenties and coming forward, as typified as the struggle...

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