Going Bananas

  I read somewhere that Jamaican sprinters eat a lot of bananas, and I was not surprised. I, too,  am a banana eater of long standing. When my dad was overseer of Paradise, a plantation near Hope Bay in Portland, Jamaica, he kept a big bin full of ripe bananas by the wall to the […]
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The Forgotten Americans

  America’s first people have been neglected and abused for centuries. And their plight gets little or no attention. But every once in a while, the media show some interest. They’re in the spotlight now, for example, because of a 1,100-mile pipeline project that would endanger their lands. The pipeline, about the same length as the […]
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Health is not a Commodity

Nearly four decades after coming to the US from Canada (and before that, Jamaica), I am still bewildered by some aspects of American society. One of the things that puzzle me most is the concept of health as a commodity – to be bought and sold, profited from and bankrupted by. The recent price manipulations […]
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The Hidden Truth

  There’s the truth and then there’s the whole truth. And while today’s fast-paced media usually try to tell the truth, they don’t always tell the whole truth. For example, you might read a review that describes what a film is about and how well it tells a story. But you probably won’t learn who funded the film. And that’s really […]
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A Cast of Villains

Donald Trump’s campaign would make a great James Bond movie. He has assembled a cast of villains that would put Goldfinger and Dr. No to shame. As John Avlon observes in the Daily Beast today: There’s the exiled Paul Manafort, steely-eyed, hair-dyed and bathing in blood money. His replacement, Steve Bannon, is ruler of the […]
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Usain and the Illuminati

  It’s been a while since I’ve heard the Illuminati conspiracy theory. You know, the one about a secret super-rich group actually controlling world politics? The belief has lurked in the shadows for many years, almost forgotten as new and juicier conspiracy stories emerge. But it’s back in the spotlight again. And you would never […]
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Talk is Cheap. And Endless!

  Surely by now, American voters – voters everywhere – are aware that anyone might say anything in an effort to get elected, but (as they say in Jamaica) “words are wind”? I could stand on some podium and promise a chicken in every pot and two cars in every garage if you-all made me President […]
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A Champion’s Heart of Gold

  Usain Bolt certainly doesn’t need my applause. He is the world’s darling. But there’s so much more to this man than the world sees. The thing that impresses me the most is his humanity. Fame and fortune have not gone to his head. Far from it. The “world’s fastest man” is one of the […]
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God Punishes Gays? Really?

  Some people find satisfaction in other people’s misfortune. They interpret it as God’s punishment for doing something they disapprove of. Tony Perkins (at right) is one of those self-righteous people. He has become famous for crusading against gays, saying (among a lot of other crazy things) thst God sends natural disasters to punish them. As […]
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