Jamaica Observer http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/ JamaicaObserver.com, the most concise and in-depth website for news coverage on Jamaica and the Caribbean. Updated daily 7 days a week, 24 hours a day en-us copyright Jamaica Observer, 2011 Writing a new chapter in history http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Writing-a-new-chapter-in-history_19232700 Up to a week ago, we were under the illusion that all was hunky-dory between us and Mother England. We might not have been able to visit her with as much ease as we've done in former years, as it is no longer any and every body who can push her gate and enter as we could, like one time. Local Opinion Fri, 09 Oct 2015 02:00:00 GMT Emancipate yourself from mental slavery and build the prison! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Emancipate-yourself-from-mental-slavery-and-build-the-prison-_19232750 THE 16th century British acted legally and biblically (Ephesians 6 v 5) but cruelly in slavery; just as we oppress gays with law and the Bible today. I love Danny Glover. He speaks with power on American racism, but he may sit at my feet on Jamaican racism to minorities and how black power oppresses black poor. Why did his foreign pals not go to Barbados or America to wind them up and get reparation from Obama? Duppy know who to frighten. Local Opinion Fri, 09 Oct 2015 02:00:00 GMT Reparation: Give us our fair share http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Reparation--Give-us-our-fair-share_19232375 SO let's talk about reparation, and let's say that, notwithstanding that slavery was not the exclusive atrocity of the British, we do (justly so, given that the benefits have been one-sided) get redress by the British Government What after that? Local Opinion Fri, 09 Oct 2015 02:00:00 GMT Comrades in crisis! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Comrades-in-crisis-_19232514 IN all his ranting and raving on political platforms across the country for about a year now as one of three young "loose cannons" either strategically placed or conveniently facilitated to crudely rebut Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) positions on a number of issues of national importance, it was inevitable that Dr Dayton Campbell, member of parliament for St Ann North Western, would make at least an error or two in the process. Local Opinion Thu, 08 Oct 2015 02:00:00 GMT Insults and reparation http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Insults-and-reparation_19232516 THIS Sunday, October 11, marks 150 years since the Morant Bay Rebellion. It is an irony of history as well as a great insult that this important milestone should take place in the month that the British prime minister refused to entertain the idea of reparation for slavery. It is another irony that after all the wrong the British have done to us they should now be offering us the gift of a prison -- another insult. Local Opinion Thu, 08 Oct 2015 02:00:00 GMT Apology and reparation for garrison victims http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Apology-and-reparation-for-garrison-victims_19232508 IN 2007, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, in marking the bicentennial of the abolition of the British slave trade, admitted to the evils of slavery and Britain's role in perpetrating and benefiting from the wicked practice. Current Prime Minister David Cameron, on his recent visit to Jamaica, spoke only in generalities. Others who played a role in slavery have gone beyond Britain's state of denial and reluctance to address the issue squarely. Local Opinion Thu, 08 Oct 2015 02:00:00 GMT Cameron, reparation and Jamaica’s self-respect http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Cameron--reparation-and-Jamaica-s-self-respect_19232407 IN attempting to reassert Britain's geopolitical interests in the region, British Prime Minister David Cameron made a stop in Jamaica last week. He was given the customary warm welcome which we afford visiting heads of State, but it could not have been long before he discovered that within the warmth was lurking a cold determination on the part of many Jamaicans to once again ask Britain to account for its role in the harrowing and genocidal experience of slavery. He was treated with courtesy, but he was left with no illusions about where concerned Jamaicans stand on reparation. Local Opinion Wed, 07 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT Jamaica deserves...better http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Jamaica-deserves---better_19232351 The following is a lightly edited statement issued to the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors by President Warren McDonald. Local Opinion Wed, 07 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT Foolish articulate minority http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Foolish-articulate-minority_19232352 A general sentiment by many Jamaicans assessing the political situation in our country is that both the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and the People's National Party (PNP) are the same and have both failed us as a people. Local Opinion Wed, 07 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT Hand foot and mouth silence http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Hand-foot-and-mouth-silence_19231547 THE hand foot and mouth disease that is confronting the public needs to be given a lot of airing. I note that the only minister who was available to talk about the issue was the education minister, Ronalad Thwaites. Bless him, and he is a good Georgian -- we share the same StGC alma mater; AMDG, Minister. The public needs to hear from the responsible government ministers, especially the minister of health, about this disease. (I also have to give full disclosure here regarding the minister of health, he went to my other alma mater, Howard University; Go, Bison!) Local Opinion Tue, 06 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT £25-million prison: Your boss handing you a bottle of mouthwash http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/-25-million-prison--Your-boss-handing-you-a-bottle-of-mouthwash_19232193 WE need a new prison. In fact, we probably need more than one -- certainly one in Kingston and another in the West, where crime is running amok and, along with the mountains of garbage, threatens to choke off our lifeblood. Current facilities have long been deemed in violation of international standards. Local Opinion Tue, 06 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT Who are the real enemies of progress? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Who-are-the-real-enemies-of-progress-_19231303 JUST recently I was thinking about the visit of US President Barack Obama and what it really meant to me, as a young leader, to our country and, in a broader viewpoint, what it really meant for the wider Caribbean region. Local Opinion Tue, 06 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT Old pirates continue to 'rob I' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Old-pirates-continue-to--rob-I-_19232031 TO add some light -- and hopefully little heat -- to the current discussion on reparation for slavery, I would like to recall an address delivered by the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Accra, Ghana, Charles Palmer-Buckle, on Sunday, June 24, 2012 at Jamaica's National Arena, as we celebrated 500 years of Catholic witness in Jamaica, and Jamaica's 50th anniversary of Independence. We were awestruck by his introduction, and here I recall the experience described in my column the following week. Local Opinion Mon, 05 Oct 2015 01:00:00 GMT Dance to the jailhouse rock http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Dance-to-the-jailhouse-rock_19232055 WHILE speaking at a Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) meeting in the Mandeville square during the 1959 General Election campaign, Sir Alexander Bustamante, then Opposition leader, was interrupted by loud boos from a People's National Party (PNP) faction. Local Opinion Mon, 05 Oct 2015 01:00:00 GMT Dr Ben Henry mastered service http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Dr-Ben-Henry-mastered-service_19232041 Well-known management and training consultant Dr Ben Henry died on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 after ailing for some time. He was 71. Local Opinion Mon, 05 Oct 2015 01:00:00 GMT Richard Stewart — A talent and inspiration for service http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Richard-Stewart---A-talent-and-inspiration-for-service_19231744 Richard Arthur Stewart, who has died at age 77, brought creativity, energy, and innovation to automotive retailing and customer service in Jamaica over many decades, and I was one of the thousands fortunate enough to have been touched by his indomitable spirit. Local Opinion Mon, 05 Oct 2015 01:00:00 GMT When will we stop blaming the IMF for our state of affairs? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/When-will-we-stop-blaming-the-IMF-for-our-state-of-affairs-_19231545 An unconscious people, an indoctrinated people, a people fed only partisan information and opinion that confirm their own bias, a people made morbidly obese in mind and spirit by the junk food of propaganda is less inclined to put up a fight, ask questions, and be sceptical. That kind of orthodoxy can kill a democracy -- or worse. -- Bill Moyers Local Opinion Sun, 04 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT Greatness or ordinariness awaits Holness http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Greatness-or-ordinariness-awaits-Holness_19231294 ANDREW Michael Holness will be the next prime minister of Jamaica whenever the general parliamentary elections are held. I do not make this prediction flippantly, but based on my observation of Jamaican politics since 1972 -- and my understanding of the Jamaican people. They will form the fool for a while, but when it is crunch time, they will do the right thing. Local Opinion Sun, 04 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT Manoeuvring the electioneering process http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Manoeuvring-the-electioneering-process_19231537 A recurring expression which I hear these days is that "we are in the silly season" -- a clear reference to the fact that another general election is imminent and the various political forces are marshalling their troops. This is an indisputable reality. At another level, however, it reflects a more troubling trend of an increasing level of cynicism towards our political culture and the system of governance. Local Opinion Sun, 04 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT Caribbean countries under attack http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Caribbean-countries-under-attack_19231746 ONCE again Commonwealth Caribbean countries are under attack as "tax havens", even though they are nothing of the sort. This time it is not only the usual countries that have been listed. Trinidad and Tobago has been included, and we can bet that Jamaica and Guyana will be added unless immediate action is taken. Local Opinion Sun, 04 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT The JLP on reparation http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/The-JLP-on-reparation_19231538 The following is a lightly edited statement from Opposition Spokesperson on Information, Sports, Gender Affairs, Culture and Entertainment Olivia 'Babsy' Grange in respect of the ongoing drive for reparation from Great Britain in the face of the visit of the British Prime Minister last week. Local Opinion Sun, 04 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT Hear, hear, Andrew! Bravo, bravo Bobby Montague! Reparation, oh! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Hear--hear--Andrew--Bravo--bravo-Bobby-Montague--Reparation--oh--_19231747 Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and Opposition Leader Andrew Holness gave an outstanding speech in our nation's Parliament last Wednesday. All Jamaicans, irrespective of political stripe or inclination should be proud of his bold, progressive and frank counsel to visiting UK Prime Minister David Cameron. Holness's weighty assertion and compelling aide-mémoire ensured that no matter how much Prime Minister Cameron tried to dance around the issue of the United Kingdom's outstanding obligations to its former colonies, the matter of reparation remains an open item deserving serious deliberations and active attention. Given the circumstances of Cameron's visit to Jamaica, Holness's diplomatic-feistiness was not only appropriate, it was also earnest and genuinely brilliant. Local Opinion Sun, 04 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT The IMF exposed http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/The-IMF-exposed_19230117 The International Monetary Fund (IMF) was established in 1945 subsequent to the conclusion of World War II at the Bretton Woods Conference in New Hampshire with an expectation to promote economic co-operation among states through short-term financial assistance for commercial purposes. Local Opinion Sun, 04 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT Why the Jews aren't screaming about Straight Outta Compton http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Why-the-Jews-aren-t-screaming-about-Straight-Outta-Compton_19231533 IN one of the most gripping scenes in the blockbuster movie Straight Outta Compton, rapper Ice Cube at a poolside interview confronts a Jewish reporter who demands that he answer for his alleged "anti-Semitism". With two Fruit of Islam (FOI) members at his side, Ice Cube reprimands the reporter, leaves him hanging on a handshake, and kicks him off his property. Local Opinion Sun, 04 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT Immigration issues could decide who gets the keys to the White House http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Immigration-issues-could-decide-who-gets-the-keys-to-the-White-Hhouse_19231748 Immigration has become a hot-button issue in this US presidential election campaign. Blending into it is the polarisation of the country on the issue. This presidential campaign is defining the anger of the electorate, as highlighted in the poll showing the three non-traditional candidates accounting for more than 50 per cent as the people's choice for nominee. The country, like ours, is living in the cone of uncertainty as is displayed in an almost unbelievable media romance hanging on to the coat-tail of an egotist, despite the majority of the country and the world not wanting him to be the most powerful man on the planet. Local Opinion Sun, 04 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT