Year: 2009

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Gov’t on Collision Course with the People

It was surprising to many how Jamaicans responded to the tax measures announced by the Government in the April supplementary budget. Even the Government had expected some amount of street protest over the gas tax. The Jamaican people have demonstrated that they understand the effects of the global recession and are appreciative of the difficulties …

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Mark Lee

About Mark Lee

Editor, author and writer with career spanning print, radio, television and new media.

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Shaggy goes Green in Copenhagen

International reggae artiste, Orville “Shaggy” Burrell has gone ‘green’ in the interest of raising awareness on climate change and encouraging a more secure climate future. He announced his move with his performance at the ‘Seal the Deal: Dance for Climate Change’ concert held in Copenhagen , Denmark on December 7 to raise public awareness about …

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Mark Lee

About Mark Lee

Editor, author and writer with career spanning print, radio, television and new media.

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Jamaica – Blood and Fury Part 1

There is an island of rolling hills and blue-green mountains, nourished by swirling rivers that empty into a yawning sea. Those burnt-faced, olive-skinned people who were its first inhabitants, in homage to its resplendent vistas, bestowed on it the name, ‘Xaymaca’ – “Land of Springs”. After their demise at European hands, came those of my …

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Women on Trial II: Towards a Just Criminal Justice System

Women activists and feminists have pointed to the way in which women are and have been treated before the courts for criminal offences. In her feminist analysis of the criminal trial process in Canada, and which has relevance for the Caribbean, Marguerite Russell examines various aspects of the criminal justice system. She specifically highlights the …

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About Judith Soares

Judith Soares, PhD, is the head of the University of the West Indies' Women and Development Unit.

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The Cure from the Sea

As the Caribbean grapples with its biggest decline in tourism, in sails Royal Caribbean International’s behemoth, Oasis of the Seas, with its mega proportions and economic promise. But is this a sailing knight in shining armour or just another wooden horse? There are many who think that the Caribbean building its economy on tourism is …

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Mark Lee

About Mark Lee

Editor, author and writer with career spanning print, radio, television and new media.

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Women on Trial: Towards a Just Criminal Justice System – Part 1

It is not uncommon for the criminal justice system in the Caribbean to be questioned. Too often we hear that there is one law for the rich and one for the poor, one law for whites and browns and one for blacks, one law for men and none for women. This thinking results from the …

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About Judith Soares

Judith Soares, PhD, is the head of the University of the West Indies' Women and Development Unit.

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Sliver of Childhood

Sometimes a faint, unyielding redolence – announced by earth and sky – preceded rain and mingled aroma of my mother’s cooking. Symphony of raindrops married sound of bubbling, delicious fare. In not too few afternoons my mother hummed some tune, my grandmother too, seated in her red and blue armchair, silvery hair calling from beneath …

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Mark Lee

About Mark Lee

Editor, author and writer with career spanning print, radio, television and new media.

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Tasteless Melon Mystery Solved?

Several months ago I visited relatives in the breadbasket region of Southern Manchester and St. Elizabeth , Jamaica . While admiring a seemingly endless field of watermelons with great relish and anticipation, I was jarred by the bizarre exclamation of a befuddled farmer, “dem no good sah, not even fi feed hog.” “Why?” I sheepishly …

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First Snow, Old Memories

I parted curtains yesterday to gaze upon a world blanketed in snow – thick, heavy and seemingly luscious. My mind raced back to that first winter spent in this ancient city, when it snowed heavily, as now. Then, the space I now occupy was farmland, and these buildings upstaging the landscape, nonexistent. Much has been …

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Mark Lee

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Editor, author and writer with career spanning print, radio, television and new media.

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