Opinion

Op-Ed: Haiti: Impunity or Justice?

 By Irwin P StotzkyOp-Ed Contributor Two years and two months after a devastating earthquake struck Haiti killing approximately 350,000 people, leaving several million homeless and destroying thousands of buildings, including most of the landmark buildings in Port-Au- Prince, Haiti stands …

Forbes: Women in Jamaica

 By Marcia Forbes, PhDCJ Contributor International Women’s Day was celebrated on March 8. Many will argue that every day is women’s day, especially in a country like Jamaica, where women make up at least 70 percent of university graduates and …

Durandis: On Citizenship, Nationality and Haiti’s 1987 Constitution

 Above: Jean-Jacques Dessalines By Ilio DurandisCJ Contributor After more than two centuries of suffering, humiliation and inhuman conditions, brave slaves and free people of colour revolted against their French masters to proclaim their freedom and the independence of their new …

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 Above: Garry Conille at the installation of his cabinet (Photo: OP) By Ilio DurandisCJ Contributor Early on in life, I was taught one thing about fish: don’t mess with the tail. In Haiti, the saying of “queue poisson” is often …

 Above: Adele (Photo: Jelmer de Haas) By Marcia Forbes, PhDCJ Contributor After Celine Dion’s outstanding performance in Jamaica, I wanted to write something profound to explain why this almost-diminutive Canadian singer has won the hearts of so many Jamaicans, including …

 By José AzelOp-Ed Contributor US economic sanctions against Cuba were first authorized in 1961 when President John F Kennedy issued an executive order in response to the Cuban government’s expropriation without compensation of American assets. Five decades later, the issue …

 By Kent GammonOp-Ed Contributor There is far too much of a large proportion of youth in Jamaica that is being reared destructively. At midday on any day of the working week one only need to go to Portia Simpson Miller …

 By Marcia Forbes, PhDCJ Contributor We’ve Come a Long Way! For one thing, mobile technology has moved way beyond the days of cumbersome, dumb mobile phones to small, sleek, savvy, smart phones with increasingly multi-functional capabilities, made possible by application …

 By Michael W EdghillOp-Ed Contributor When it comes to US foreign policy, most of the focus tends to be on the Middle East and, increasingly, China. There is rarely a cursory glance offered in the direction of Latin America and …

 Above: the Middlesex Guildhall in London By Jeffrey ForemanOp-Ed Contributor This year is a historic one in the region. In August, Jamaica, then Trinidad and Tobago will mark 50 years as independent nations. These two countries were the first to …

 By Garnett AnkleOp-Ed Contributor At this point in her political career, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller may be thinking of her legacy. How will history judge her? She has an opportunity to make an indelible mark on the political landscape …

 By Ilio DurandisCJ Contributor Money is not real. It is only used as a reference to the worth of goods or services in society. Its worth is printed on the currency that we carry in our pocket or wallet. In …

 By Marcia Forbes PhDCJ Contributor Last week saw sparks flying between Digicel and LIME, Jamaica’s two telecom providers.  There is nothing unusual about this.  Over Christmas 2008, a full three years ago, as then Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of …

 Above: Jamaica House By Garnett AnkleOp-Ed Contributor In Jamaica, whenever a new prime minister is inaugurated, it always gives me a sense of hope for the future of the island nation. The return to office of Portia Simpson Miller is …

 By David P RoweOp-Ed Contributor The first priority for Jamaica’s Portia Simpson-Miller administration should be to consolidate and improve its bilateral relationship with the United States. It should be made clear at the highest levels that Jamaica intends to comply …

 By Marcia Forbes, PhDCJ Contributor The 2011 general election in Jamaica saw the use of traditional and social media in ways never before experienced on that island. This was the first such election in that country since the coming of …

 Above: A man walks past rubble in downtown Port-au-Prince after the January 2010 earthquake (UN Photo/Marco Dormino) By Ilio DurandisCJ Contributor Now comes time for remembrance. What history will surely describe as the darkest day in Haitian history, in terms …