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  • Emancipation and Reparation

    There is understandable scepticism as to whether the wave of protests, following on the murder of George Floyd, will provide any lasting and sustained justice for blacks in the United States. The Economist references how the unrest has “globalized the struggle against racism”; and I might add, how it...
  • Trapped! Oh Yeah!

     When Jimmy Cliff wrote and recorded the song Trapped in 1972, it was about a relationship with a woman, and the influence or spell she had on him that, despite his expostulation, he found it difficult to walk away. Today, I sense we are also trapped in a socially...
  • The irony of Jamaica

      The concept of sustainable development has proven to be very difficult for various parts of the economy and the society in general over the centuries. In fact, we have a very mixed history and we should at least try to understand our own learned behaviours. The original inhabitants...
  • An Opportunity to Grasp the Future

    The recent modernization of Kingston’s road routes has “unearthed” several reactions from road users and from persons who have decided to protest the dislocation of their usual businesses. After two years or more, the motorists have had enough evidence to assure themselves that the final outcome is worth the...
  • 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....
  • BUNTING, ROPER HAVE ‘DISSED’ THE AMBITION OF AN ENTIRE NATION

    It is a sad moment in the history of Jamaica when we finally have to realize that the crass politics and their accompanying utterances leave very little hope for natural evolution. The two by-elections are over and the results are not any different to those that were expected, so...
  • Time for a Moral Referendum

      The British are well known for their dry wit, often satirical humour and sayings accompanied by their exaggerated pronunciations. One of these “crime raises its ugly head” is, for us in Jamaica, a complete understatement, and perhaps we need some clarification or re-definition. Violent crime has various phases...