violence

  • downtown kingston

    Walking Kingston

    In “Walk-Foot People Matter,” I called attention to the systematic mistreatment of citizen-pedestrians.  Focusing on citizenship allowed me to emphasize that this is about the core democratic principle of fair treatment.   Today, I suggest that, besides the significant economies and health benefits of walking, one of its important, but...
  • vote

    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...
  • sunrise

    A life beyond Thunderdome

    “Out of the ruins; out from the wreckage; can’t make the same mistakes this time; We are the children, the last generation; we are the ones they left behind; And I wonder when we are ever gonna change; Living under the fear, till nothing else remains; We don’t need...
  • holding hands

    About face: Violence and power in today’s Jamaica

    “Face” is a significant topic in the study of human social interaction. The notion of “dissing and being dissed” is the local counterpart of the negative aspect of that concept. Face is very highly developed in the Jamaican psyche. The only offence more serious than dissing someone is dissing...
  • rape

    I have the audacity and right to hope that I will not be raped!

     Such might be the musings of an average girl child or an adolescent female in Jamaica who is now aware of the epidemic of sexual assaults, including rape, which girl children and adolescent females have experienced in recent times. She might continue: I have the audacity and the right...

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