Common Sense and Ganja

  On his recent visit to Jamaica, US President Barack Obama was asked about the prospects of legalizing marijuana in his country. He said several states were taking that path but he didn’t see Congress following suit anytime soon. Things are different in Jamaica.  According to an AP report this morning: Drug law amendments that […]
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Who Loves Ya, Jamaica?

  I bet you thought it was Venezuela. But, as it turns out, Venezuela was just a fair-weather friend. Now that times have changed and Venezuela is feeling the impact of collapsing oil prices, its honeymoon with the Caribbean is over. It is ending subsidized interest rates on oil exports to the islands. And who is […]
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The Looming Coffee Crisis

  A deadly disease is afflicting coffee plantations in Central America and the Caribbean, and – as a result – your morning cup of coffee may be destined for dramatic change. Growing up in Jamaica, I remember the gros michel banana, a wonder of form and flavor unlike anything in today’s supermarkets. That’s just a […]
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Selling Our Souls

                            I suppose it’s easy to say man shall not live by bread alone when your belly is full. When hunger pangs strike, bread can be powerfully appealing, souls not so much. So I won’t beat my breast self-righteously and cry shame […]
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Jamaica’s Sinister Side

I haven’t set eyes on my native Jamaica in more than 30 years, and my memories are mellowed by the rosy glow of nostalgia. But, obviously, life in the island can still be really nice. My brother Bill and his wife Faye holiday there every year and they have nothing but praise for the Jamaica […]
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In the Search for New Energy, What about Methane?

Ask anyone : methane stinks. I grew up in Jamaica and we sometimes raised a pig or two. So I was surprised when I read that Jamaican pig farmers were trapping the waste from their pens and using the methane it generated to fuel their homes. How could they cook their food with that smelly […]
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Rednecks of Uptown

I spent a few days in Jamaica recently at the time the extension for the State of Emergency (SoE) failed to pass in parliament.  The reaction to the failure clearly indicates the mounting class divisions in the society. Where is Michael Manley when we need him? It is clear that ‘It’s not black man time […]
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The definition of madness

Yea yea.  You have all behaved like good citizens and mailed in the census forms so your interest is done.  But though I’m not going to make a day job of this subject, I’m going to do one more.  Why, because of the question of Race. By the time I was 13, I became pre-occupied […]
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It seemed like a good idea…

Was gonna rag on Tiger Woods a bit more (what the heck, its the Christmas season) but another distraction came up. Though giving him a pass this week, I must say that from all reports, if he doesn’t go back to golf, he could be a budding porn star, the first cablasian one to boot. […]
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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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