Alex Scott

  • slave

    Serious questions for reparation advocates

    The call for reparations has been constant and growing. Ever since emancipation the former slaves and their descendants have in some form or another been asking for repayment for the centuries of slavery which brought the ex-slavers and their descendants so many riches. The demand has, in recent times,...
  • bureaucracy

    Fiscal Council a big deal, but…

    For some decades Jamaica has had a fiscal problem. The Government, in-spite of (or because of) it’s many forays to the IMF, simply can’t seem to get it’s house in order. Politicians in the past have refused to go after available tax dollars while spending money like it was...
  • Fake news and the Internet

    The past decade has seen an increase in what I feel are truly interesting topics. These are the prevalence of fake news — in some cases propaganda, in other cases basic lies — as well as the question of whether the Internet will eventually be censored. If these topics...
  • Nanny's Watch, Portland

    Now is the time for serious land reform

    Land and the ownership of it is a touchy topic. From Scotland to Zimbabwe, the topic stirs many emotions and talking-points. From Guatemala to Vietnam we see where land reform can lead to violent conclusions. The situation in Jamaica is no different, where for centuries the topic of land,...
  • doctor

    The bigger picture in the CRH debacle

    With the recent scandal at the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH), the nation is up in arms. People are foaming at the mouth, rightly so, wondering why individuals —doctors and patients — were forced to occupy a hospital which was in such a bad condition. People are incredulous and rightfully...
  • Once more unto the breach

    The fact that we are here again witnessing the US, UK and France getting involved in the Middle East is both sad, disgusting, enraging and disheartening. That these nations’ leaders could decide to return with violence to that region, this time Syria, after all of their costly blunders in the past is...
  • Fertile ground for a third party

      Jamaica is built on the Westminster system of governance with a first past the post model of elections. It is a system of governance which, in spite of its attractions, has many flaws, the chief one being the fact that it seems to always end up with two...
  • holding hands

    Unions need to demand smart and in unison

    The past decade has seen public sector workers going through the ringer as it relates to pay. With the rate of inflation always in the back of one’s mind, the workers have had to endure a severe wage freeze or a wage increase so minuscule that when adjusted for...
  • globalism

    Regional integration could mean moving to Guyana and Suriname

    CARICOM, as is, is dead. It is going nowhere fast. What with all the animosity, regional tension, economic tension and social tensions, CARICOM as it relates to harmonising and developing relationships throughout the region, is dead. The sad reality is that in spite of our common history and shared...

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