Opinion

Op-Ed: Trinidad Falls Short of Leadership Potential on CCJ Decision

 By Michael W EdghillOp-Ed Contributor This week, Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar announced that the Partnership government of Trinidad would move forward on a plan to abolish the appellate jurisdiction of the London-based Privy Council. It was a …

Op-Ed: Dance and Jamaican Politics

 By Lorenzo SmithOp-Ed Contributor Dance as an expression and practice of relations of power and protest, resistance and complexity, has been the subject of a number of historical and ethnographic analyses in recent years. These analyses complicate issues of ethnicity, …

Marcia Forbes: Marley, Belafonte, Blake-Hannah and Jamaica at 50

 By Marcia Forbes, PhDCJ Contributor Redemption Song On Thursday, April 19, the highly-anticipated Marley Movie (it is really a documentary) premiered in Jamaica. It was appropriately hosted at the Emancipation Park, a beautiful space that only 10 years ago was …

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 By Lorenzo SmithOp-Ed Contributor Aside from food, water, and shelter, the one thing that a person will most need in life is an education. Of those four necessities, education is the only one that can help ensure a person’s consistent …

 By Joshua Paul, MDOp-Ed Contributor In the wake of Haiti’s devastating earthquake of January 2010, scores of NGOs, charities and disaster experts flocked to the country in a valiant effort to conquer the chaos. Former United States President Bill Clinton …

 By David RoweOp-Ed Contributor Jamaica currently has one of the highest murder rates in the world. More people are killed proportionally in Jamaica monthly than are recorded killed in Afghanistan and Iraq in the same period. The country remains among …

 By Javed JaghaiOp-Ed Contributor During a speech at Hillel Academy on March 20, Jamaican Minister of Youth and Culture Lisa Hanna, admonished students to resist the urge to migrate to more developed countries. I was amused by the request because …

 Above: Marlins Park in Miami’s Little Havana By Dr Andy GomezOp-Ed Contributor For the last couple of weeks, it has been a bit tough for the Cuban-American community in South Florida. First, it was the Pope’s visit to Cuba, when …

 By Marcia Forbes, PhDCJ Contributor A Country in Transition I first visited Havana, Cuba at the end of the 1980s. It was a country in transition, with the “Cold War’” beginning to thaw. That “war,” driven by mighty rhetoric, political …

 By Javed Jaghai and Jaevion NelsonOp-Ed Contributors Jamaicans are known for our vibrancy and assertiveness, but when it comes to social justice and human rights advocacy, we are lackluster at best. An appreciation of human rights and its significance for …

 By Kathie Klarreich A few months into my Knight International Journalism Fellowship in Haiti, I was conducting a training session in a radio newsroom in the capital when a reporter danced through the open door. He proudly announced that he’d …

 By Ramesh SujananiOp-Ed Contributor It was in the late 1960s that management called me in to attend a meeting at the Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association, at their then-new Duke Street headquarters in Kingston. I asked, “why me?” And I received the …

 By Ilio DurandisCJ Contributor Just when one believed that Haiti could not reach a lower point, everything is pointing to an even lower abyss for the prideful and history-rich nation. It is an abomination to read quotes from people who …

 By Marcia Forbes, PhDCJ Contributor Books Explode in Jamaica! Last year saw an explosion of book publishing in Jamaica. It seemed as if every week a newly-published book by a Jamaican author was being launched. This delightful explosion continues in …

 By Ramesh SujananiOp-Ed Contributor Last year, the aspect of liquefied natural gas being of uncertain supply, and rapidly increasing in price, was brought to the forefront of the energy supply in Jamaica. Some months later, so-called “clean coal,” was also …

 By Kent GammonOp-Ed Contributor The Jamaican people have answered the call of the People’s National Party (PNP) that they should elect their local councillor candidates to, as Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller termed, “join up the power of government.” The …

 By David P RoweOp-Ed Contributor In the Caribbean, it is well established that political corruption contributes to the spread of organized crime and terrorism. Corrupt politicians participate directly or indirectly in the trafficking of drugs, arms and human beings. In …

 By Kathie KlarreichOp-Ed Contributor For nearly two years, the battle cry over what is happening to the billions of dollars of aid money earmarked for Haiti’s reconstruction has resounded on the front pages of some of the world’s most prestigious …