It's clear to me that most readers, especially those in the 50-and-under age demographic, are clueless as to the origins of the Westminster system of government; its principles; its effect; and, hence, why it hasn't worked in Jamaica in 50 years and...
There are major challenges in the area of teacher preparation, as too many teachers tend to operate at the basic clerical level rather than at the level of the intellectual, who they are supposed to be of course.
David Smith, who earned infamy for his self-styled Jamaican private investment club, Olint, has gone down in Florida. After being charged in The Turks and Caicos Island last September and sentenced to six years, he was extradited to the United States where he admitted to 23 charges in a Florida court last Tuesday, concerning a US$223-million Ponzi scheme that defrauded thousands of persons.
The Jamaican economy remains on a negative trajectory following 14 quarters of recession. We ponder how the Jamaican economy can be positioned for strong economic growth following four decades of low or no growth under various administrations.
That Jamaica is a country of contradiction is becoming truer than we are the land of wood and water. For how else can we describe the seeming 'parallel universe' occurrences that have been taking place over the last several months? Some have called it a pantomime.
Why is the West suddenly concerned about dictators who slaughter their own people, and why has it launched Operation Odyssey Dawn in Libya when it stood by and allowed millions to be butchered in Rwanda, Darfur, Congo and Burma? Is it just for the oil? Those who follow international relations know that the United States (US) and other Western powers have relatively little strategic interest in Libya.
In 1972, the late Mr Winston Hubert McIntosh, aka Peter Tosh, knowing that children live what they learn, in his own inimitable way, reminded Jamaica and the world, "You can't blame the youth". This song was not as received as it should, perhaps not because of the song itself, or the message it brings but, the messenger and who he represented - the mass of poor, black, Jamaican youth.
Lots of countries suppress bad news and exaggerate good news so as to put on a 'happy face' to the world. Jamaica must be the only place on the planet where the media trumpet national misfortunes and hide positive developments. Our press constantly refers to 73 persons dying in last May's Tivoli Gardens incursion, but remains silent about...
Jamaica has little to fear from the recent nuclear accident in Japan but it is nevertheless of much interest because of the expanding role of nuclear energy as one component of the effort to provide for global needs without increasing carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere and the important lessons that can be learned...
I attended Gordon House on Tuesday, March 22 for the passage of the Bill to enact a Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms. I had been invited to attend because of my role in initiating the charter. While waiting on the proceedings to commence, I contemplated how this historic legislation originated.
Historically, were the average citizen to benefit as much as large companies and interest groups from the policing arrangements which apply, then Jamaican society would be a tightly knit and nicely woven fabric. In principle, the police's obligation to the law-abiding citizen is to protect and to serve.
Earthquake and tsunami in Japan; uprising and intervention in Libya; oil-price rises and energy crisis around the world; Manatt enquiry and rise in poverty in Jamaica; we are all consumed with these concerns close to home and far away.
I am not perturbed by the recent announcement that Digicel, the number one mobile service provider (as measured by customer numbers) in Jamaica, has announced that it will be merging its Jamaican operations with those of the newest player in the market, Claro.
It has been long in coming - some 17 years. But it is now almost here. Last Tuesday, 51 members of Parliament enthusiastically voted for the Charter of Rights in a rare cross-party Government and Opposition agreement.