Opportunities for Jamaica in new US-Cuba policy

A US and a Cuban flag hang from the same balcony in Old Havana, Cuba, on Friday, December 19, 2014. (PHOTO: AP)

HISTORY will absolve President Obama's decision to mend fences with Cuba and his view that the US embargo no longer has any constructive purpose. Jamaica, wisely, has long opposed the embargo and repeatedly called for the end to this policy. We note, however, that the new US policy towards Cuba has ... Read More

Jamaican Alia Atkinson shows off her gold medal at the 12th
FINA World Swimming Championships in Doha, Qatar on
Saturday. The message in Ms Alia Atkinson's victory
Following her fourth-place finish in the final of the women's 100-metre breaststroke at the London O ... Read More

MORENO… under his leadership, the IDB’s engagement with
Jamaica has dramatically accelerated Cuba and Jamaica give Moreno a grand opportunity
YESTERDAY, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) President Luis Alberto Moreno arrived in Jamaica. T ... Read More

Lambert Brown The miseducation of Senator Lambert Brown
JAMAICA, regrettably, does not get the full benefit of the intelligence and the vast experience of S ... Read More

Updating Michael Manley's foreign policy legacy

Wednesday, December 17, 2014    

Michael Manley

Had he lived, Mr Michael Manley would have just turned 90 years old. Birthdays, even of those who have passed, prompt reflection on what they have achieved and what is their legacy. In the case of Mr Manley, a discussion of his legacy could not be adequately covered in this space. We, however, think it useful to reflect on the fact that the template of Jamaica's modern foreign policy was envisioned and formulated by the late prime minister. We make this attribution, though still aware that, whi ... Read More

Thanks for task force report, but...

Tuesday, December 16, 2014    

West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo (centre) celebrates with teammates (from left) Kirk Edwards, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin and Darren Bravo

This newspaper is happy that the task force set up to probe the disastrous decision to abandon the West Indies cricket tour of India in October has come forward with its report in reasonable time. The conclusions of the three task force members — Mr Michael Gordon, QC; Sir Wes Hall; and Sir Richard Cheltenham, QC -- will have come as no surprise to those who have followed the issue. It was obvious from the very beginning that all three parties -- the players, their union the West Indies ... Read More

US protests provide chance for reform

Monday, December 15, 2014    

People protest in Ferguson, Missouri over the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case.

THE anger in the United States over recent police killings of black males appears to be growing into a major problem for a country that has wrestled with the touchy issue of race for an immeasureable number of years. On Saturday, over 25,000 people stretching more than 20 blocks at times, we are told, marched through Manhattan in New York, ignoring wintry weather to register their protest. People in other cities, namely Washington, DC; Boston in Massachusetts; Berkeley, San Francisco, and Oakl ... Read More

Multiple nationalities should not matter

Sunday, December 14, 2014    

Baroness Scotland

The candidates for the post of Commonwealth Secretary General include Baroness Scotland who was born in Dominica of an Antiguan father and a Dominican mother in August 1955 and who left that country when she was two years old. She has lived and worked in England and has had a very distinguished career. Baroness Scotland of Asthal, PC, QC, is a barrister who has served in many ministerial positions within the British Government, most notably as the attorney general of England and Wales. She has ... Read More

Hoping for a stunner

Saturday, December 13, 2014    

Denesh Ramdin ... will lead the Windies in South Africa

THE long shadow cast by that horrendous decision two months ago to abandon the West Indies cricket tour of India remains. Long-suffering followers of West Indies cricket are left to hope that a prolonged silence from the all-powerful Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) could mean a softening of their stance. Readers will recall that the BCCI had stated their intent to make huge financial claims — the effect of which would effectively bankrupt the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) ... Read More

A proud moment for Ms Alia Atkinson and Jamaica

Friday, December 12, 2014    

says record
gold did
not come

EASILY, one of Ms Alia Atkinson's most endearing qualities is her humility. Shortly after she created history last Saturday by taking gold and equalling the world record in the World Championship short course 100m breaststroke in Doha, Qatar, Ms Atkinson posted the following on Twitter and Instagram: "This is more than about me. A country... a nation, a race. First Jamaican swimmer, first female swimmer from the Caribbean, and I believe first black female swimmer in over 40 yrs. This is not ju ... Read More

D'Aguilar decision not surprising

Thursday, December 11, 2014    

Lloyd D’Aguilar (left) being escorted from the Conference Centre where the commission of enquiry is being held.

WE can't say we are surprised by the decision of the commissioners hearing evidence in the enquiry into the May 2010 security forces' operation in Tivoli Gardens to refuse an application for Mr Lloyd D'Aguilar to be readmitted to the proceedings. After all, Mr D'Aguilar, the self-appointed convenor of what he has termed The Tivoli Committee, was more than boorish in his behaviour when the chairman, Sir David Simmons, ordered him thrown out of the enquiry last week. Recall that Sir David got to ... Read More

Must Caricom-Cuba relations be always about begging?

Wednesday, December 10, 2014    

Cuba's President Raul Castro (centre) meets with Caribbean leaders during the Cuba-Caricom (Caribbean Community) summit in
Havana, Cuba, on Monday. More than a dozen leaders arrived in the island nation for the summit which meets every three years.

The agenda centred on the theme of co-operation -- a euphemism for Cuba's generous assistance to the region's social and economic development through programmes in health care, education, human resources, sport and disaster management. The agenda also included mechanisms for improving trade among countries of the Caribbean. Caricom paid glowing tribute to Cuba's global contribution in the area of health, given its most recent efforts to assist in the fight against Ebola in West Africa. The Car ... Read More

No one responsible for Victoria Jubilee debacle?

Tuesday, December 09, 2014    

Victoria Jubilee

IT is most unfortunate that Miss Stacey Josephs, the mother who accused Victoria Jubilee Hospital medical staff of shoddy treatment and verbal abuse, did not allow a post-mortem on her baby born at the hospital. After the trauma of losing a baby that she carried and nurtured for so many months, we can understand and respect her decision. However, a post-mortem would definitely have given us a better understanding of what caused her baby's death. As it now stands, the panel that was established ... Read More

Bridging that awkward communication gap

Monday, December 08, 2014    

(L-R) Granville Johnson tells the Commission
of Enquiry into the security forces’
operation in Tivoli Gardens in May
2010 that he was shot in his back. Tivoli Gardens resident Colette
Robinson shows the spot where she
said she was shot during the May 2010
security forces’ operation in Tivoli

CHANCES are Jamaicans outside of Tivoli Gardens and the wider West Kingston will never get anywhere close to fully understanding what really happened during those fateful days of the May 2010 military operation there. Yet this newspaper believes the current Commission of Enquiry is an absolute necessity. We do not believe the society should rest without trying its level best to find out how and why at least 75 people, including members of the security forces, died; how and why so many were sho ... Read More



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