Opinion

Forbes: Women and Politics in Jamaica

 Above, from left: Jamaican Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller, MP Sharon Hay-Webster (JLP) and Culture Minister Olivia Grange By Marcia Forbes, PhDOp-Ed ContributorPatriarchy in Place The debate rages on around the world and is about to get really hot in …

Ilio Durandis: The Affair Belizaire and What it Means for Haiti’s Rule of Law

 Above: Arnel Belizaire By Ilio DurandisOp-Ed Contributor Haiti’s 1987 constitution is supposed to be the supreme law of the land. However, in Haiti, the rule of laws means different thing to different people at different times. I often say that …

Op-Ed: Developing the Right Small Business Act for the Bahamas

 Above: Bay Street in Nassau (CJ Photo) By Mark A TurnquestOp-Ed Contributor After my organization hosted the country’s first Small Business Summit in 2009, it was evident that the Bahamas needed a national strategic plan for the development of small …

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 Above: National Security Minister Sen. Dwight Nelson, Finance Minister Audley Shaw and Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness (Photo: OPM Jamaica) By David P RoweOp-Ed Contributor In 1554, Lady Jane Grey was, for nine days, Queen of England before her execution …

 By Marcia Forbes, PhD US President Barack Obama became the virtual embodiment of successful use of social networks like YouTube, Twitter and the then-still-alive My Space by a politician. Today, every politician dreams of millions of Facebook friends and hundreds …

 Above: Steve Jobs (Photo: Apple) By Royann Dean The death of Steve Jobs struck a nerve in the global community. In my lifetime, I cannot recall anyone who has been showered with such praise from so many different parts of …

 Above: UN Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos and Haitian President Michel Martelly (UN Photo/Marco Dormino) By Ilio Durandis At least since 2009, Haitian politicians have taken deep pride in saying that Haiti is open for business. I remember back in the …

 Above: a man climbs the steps at the 200-year-old palace of King Henri-Christophe of Haiti, near Cap-Haitien (UN Photo: Victoria Hazou) By Sylvan Jolibois, JrOp-Ed Contributor Having recently celebrated its second century as an independent nation, the republic of Haiti …

 Above: a UN training exercise in Haiti (UN Photo/Victoria Hazou) By Ilio Durandis Haiti’s army was disbanded in 1995, shortly after the first return from exile of President Jean Bertrand Aristide. Ever since, the reinstating of the army has been …

 By Marcia Forbes A Fractious Party The ruling Jamaica Labour Party is a political party that has experienced a fair share of internecine conflict driven by various factions and what some describe as “unbridled self-interests.” The 1999 “Gang of Five” …

 Above: the Cayman Enterprise City project By Royann Dean Throughout election season in the region, we will inevitably hear talk about sustainable development. Sustainable is commonly synonymous with ‘environmental’ but also includes economic sustainability. Creativity is not likely to be …

 Above: Carlisle Bay, Antigua By Tim Peck The Caribbean tourism industry waits with bated breath for the announcement of the OECS Common Tourism Policy on October 1. As the first policy of its kind for our region, a tourism blueprint …

 By Sir Arthur Foulkes Judge Nathaniel Jones, a distinguished Judge of United States 6th Circuit Court of Appeal and former General Counsel for the NAACP, once surveyed the large number of persons entering the legal profession in that country and …

 By David P RoweOp-Ed Contributor Christopher Coke is a violent, politically affiliated Jamaican drug lord who was arrested while disguised as a woman in the company of a friendly pastor. Yesterday, Mr Coke struck a plea bargain with the United …

 Above: a girl stands in front of her home for persons displaced by the earthquake in Port-au-Prince. (UN Photo: Logan Abassi) By Irwin StotzkyOp-Ed Contributor The news from Haiti is grim. Nineteen months after the devastating earthquake, the future remains …

 By Tim Peck Despite challenges the Caribbean has faced in the past few years, the future for the industry shows great potential. The prudent hotel owner should now be focusing on repositioning their property to preserve their asset and prepare …

 Brazilian air carrier TAM A Caribbean Journal editorial The shortest distance between Trinidad and Venezuela, at the Paria peninsula, is just seven miles. But as the World Bank’s most recent Global Economic Prospects report showed this week, the economic distance …

 Above: Michel Martelly A Caribbean Journal Editorial Haiti has always been surrounded by volatility, a frequent, unfortunate victim in the Caribbean sea – all too often abused, both by its own leaders, and those from abroad. Its former dictator, Francois …