The G2 Summit – The Dream Encounter

On April 2, the world’s major economic powers will be in London to coordinate efforts towards solving the global economic woes.  However, who will represent the concerns of Jamaica? Well before the G20,there was the G2 . Working his way through  the protesters, and with  some key contacts, our hero managed to arrange a meeting […]
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Hypocritical indignation

A friend pointed me to a renewed campaign to ‘boycott Jamaica’, because the country ‘is the most homophobic on earth’. Here we go again. When I read the links and the websites promoting boycotts, the continuous thread was one of arrogant stupidity and ignorance. One would think that there were mass killings of ‘gays’ in […]
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Hidden Links and Loyalties Abound in the News Behind the News

You probably know that John Travolta, one of my favorite actors, is a Scientologist. So is Tom Cruise, who is not one of my favorite actors. But you probably don’t know that Greta Van Susteren of Fox News also belongs to the cult. Her wealthy trial-lawyer husband, John Coale, who is famous for his multi-billion-dollar […]
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Is the American Viewing Public Really That Dumb?

My nephew Andrew says he doesn’t watch much television these days. He is especially leery of TV news shows. And he is not alone. Everywhere I go, people tell me they’re turning off and tuning out. I force myself to listen to the TV talking heads in the hope that I will derive insights that […]
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Dealing with death in Diasporia

On last Saturday, even the New York skies rained  tears as we said good bye to my dear Uncle C. Uncle Cyril expired early on St Patty’s day in the hospital after surgery.  Death is like an earthquake, an emotional earthquake that jolts us from our normal daily routines as we unite in our grieving, and sort […]
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Campaign Gifts from Bail-Out Money Look Like Kickbacks to Me

If a small-town mayor took a “campaign contribution” from the local towing service after voting to award the company a contract to tow illegally parked cars, you can bet there would be cries of “kickback!” He might even end up in jail. And when New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson was accused of taking a campaign […]
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Obama Administration Ushers in a New Day for the Americas

Some highly respected observers in Jamaica were dubious about the likely effects of the American regime change that occurred last November. Professor Stephen Vasciannie, principal of the Norman Manley Law School, was one of those who expressed such doubts. “U.S.-Caribbean relations are not the immediate focus of Mr. Obama,” he said in a Radio Jamaica […]
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The Grim Reality Behind the Republican Budget Fantasy

Responding to charges that they offer no alternatives to President Obama’s budget proposals, Republican leaders have produced a slick 19-page brochure (see photo at right) outlining the broad concepts by which they would guide the country’s economy. It would be heartening if this were just a bad joke. Devoid of any numbers to support their […]
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