Challenges of “Progress”

  Watching a TV program about Madagascar last night, I realized how difficult it must be to run a country – even one as small and poor as the former French colony. So many interests are in conflict. In Madagascar, for example, substantial riches are buried beneath the earth and hidden in the dense woods, but to exploit them […]
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How Bad is it – Really?

Listening to the heated debate raging in this divided country, the rest of the world must think Americans are spoiled. It’s a debate that presents a distorted view of American society. Donald Trump, for example, talks about the “carnage” in American streets, calls us “losers” and rails against the media. To listen to him, you might […]
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Yes, the UN Offers Hope

  In a world where injustice so often triumphs and progress proves so frustratingly elusive, there is the United Nations. I know, you’re thinking the UN is just another pantomime designed to fool the gullible. You’re ready to give up on it as you watch much of the world engulfed by the flames of war. But I’ve seen the […]
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What Makes Someone an Entrepreneur?

In America, in the year 2013, the most urgent need is jobs. Ask anybody. Check out the polls. The same is true in Jamaica. And everywhere else I’ve ever lived or know anything about. But yesterday, chatting with a Chinese-Jamaican friend who was in Lakeland to record a deposition, it dawned on me that you […]
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The Hidden Horror of Poverty in the Midst of Wealth

On a morning where the news includes the launching of a privately owned yacht nearly 600 feet long and costing who knows how many millions of dollars, there’s a brief item about homeless people in Kansas City living in underground tunnels. You can also read about Justin Bieber’s hair and who’s likely o get chosen […]
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Hard Times are Relative and Jamaican Relatives Have it Really Hard

There’s an old Persian saying that goes something like this: I was crying because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet. The saying came to mind this morning when I read an item in the Jamaican Daily Gleaner about a new consumption tax that will increase prices by 17.5 […]
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Piracy is Just One Symptom of Society’s Chronic Sickness

I have to admit that I am as pleased as anyone about the way America responded to the recent attack by pirates off the coast of Africa. I share the sentiments of bloggers and other commentators who have exulted in the way U.S. Navy snipers “took out” three of the pirates who were holding Capt. […]
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