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Jamaica’s Manatt Commission Debates Washington Lobbyists

 A heated battle took place at the Manatt Commission of Enquiry today in Kingston, as lawyers debated the place of lobbyists in Jamaican history. Frank Phipps, attorney for the Jamaica Labour Party, attempted to support the proposition that the practice …

Interview with Beenie Man: Dancehall, Jimmy Cliff and Buju Banton

 Anthony Moses Davis a.k.a Beenie Man has been at the forefront of reggae and dancehall music, both in Jamaica and globally, for two decades. His 2000 album, Art & Life, won the Grammy for Best Reggae Album, and the self-proclaimed …

Jamaican MPs, Amending Constitution, Pass Charter of Rights

 Prime Minister Bruce Golding and Opposition Leader Portia Simpson-Miller Jamaica’s Parliament passed the long-debated Charter of Rights Bill yesterday, which has been discussed for nearly two decades. The new charter, which will replace Chapter III of the Jamaican Constitution, was …

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 After nearly three decades, the Jamaican Parliament will vote today on the Charter of Rights Bill, which would replace Chapter Three of the Jamaican Constitution, which protects “Fundamental Rights and Freedoms.” In order to pass, the bill, which saw its …

 The Caribbean Court of Justice, the court supported by some Caribbean nationals as a pan-Caribbean court of appeal replacing the British Privy Council, has jumped into the news this week as a vote is set to be taken next week …

 Prime Minister Bruce Golding began his long-awaited testimony before the Manatt Commission of Enquiry Friday, saying that he was “livid” when the high-powered Washington, D.C. lobbying firm said it preferred to represent the Government of Jamaica as opposed to the …

 Emil George, chairman of the ongoing Manatt commission of enquiry in Jamaica, has asked police to examine the police visit to the office of Douglas Leys, Solicitor General. Despite reports that a raid on Leys’ office in an attempt to …

 Hampden Estate, which produces rum largely for the European market, has released a new overproof rum, “Rum Fire,” strictly for the domestic market in Jamaica. “Hampden has never come out with a local brand, and to get to this market …

 Norman Manley and P.J. Patterson By the Caribbean Journal Staff Former Jamaican Prime Minister P.J. Patterson, Q.C., O.N., will give the Norman Manley Lecture Thursday at the Norman Manley Law School, according to Stephen Vasciannie, dean of the law school. …

 By Alexander Britell Guitarist and composer Eugene Grey, in addition to a long-thriving solo career, has played with some of the most famous bands in Jamaican history – from Toots and the Maytals to Burning Spear. Classically trained, Grey has …

 Following the announcement that SuperClubs had terminated its lease at the Breezes Rio Bueno, Jamaica, a separate SuperClubs-managed property has been placed in receivership. Runaway Bay Developments, which owns the SuperClubs-managed SuperFun Beach Resort and Spa in Runaway Bay, Jamaica, …

 A Caribbean Journal Editorial For decades, Caribbean citizens have been making their way off their own islands in search of prosperity abroad — whether that be in the United States, Europe or South America. These men and women typically send …

 Clockwise from top left: Shahine Robinson, Bruce Golding, Daryl Vaz, Everald Warmington, Michael Stern and Gregory Mair A day after Jamaican MP Everald Warmington resigned after he said he felt he had violated the Jamaican constitution’s provisions on parliamentary eligibility, …

 Jamaican MP Everald Warmington has resigned his seat in the Jamaican House of Representatives, giving up the constituency of South West St. Catherine. Warmington said he resigned because he felt he had offended section 40(2) of the Constitution, which involves …

 Jamaican Justice Minister Dorothy Lightbourne took the stand in the high-profile Commission of Enquiry yesterday, and charged that the Christopher Coke affair could have been resolved far earlier if not for the approach of the United States. “I think that …

 Jamaica’s FSC Senior Management Team Jamaica has been home to the high-profile OLINT issue, what some have dubbed the Caribbean’s version of the Bernard Madoff controversy. But according to the Jamaican Financial Services Commission, there are 64 unregulated investment schemes …

 Buju Banton a.k.a. Mark Myrie The U.S. Government filed its response to Buju Banton’s motion for bond following his conviction last week in his high-profile narcotics trial. Assistant United States Attorney James Preston, Jr. argued that Banton, whose real name …

 By the Caribbean Journal Staff The latest International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR) compiled by the U.S. State Department showed Jamaica continuing to be the largest Caribbean supplier of marijuana to America.  It also made several indictments of public corruption …