Orville Plummer

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Positive Development For The Future

There are plenty of positive developments taking place in Jamaica’s fledgling democracy and political culture. As citizens, we will miss these if we focus too much on the usual fluff of political campaigning characterized by rhetoric, attack ads, mass rallies and motorcades. For one, the manifestos of the two major political parties readying for the …

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The Time is Right For a Gun Amnesty

For the first time in recent memory the security forces appear to be having the upper hand against the criminal elements in the society, thanks to the recent police-military operations in West Kingston and the associated state of emergency in Kingston and St Andrew. The putting down of the West Kingston insurrection has dealt a …

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Time for Jamaica’s “Velvet Revolution”

It should be abundantly clear to all well thinking Jamaican that the current political order, dominated by the PNP and the JLP, is busted and is incapable of delivering good governance and economic development. The recent admission by Prime Minister Golding that he sanctioned the scheme to lobby the American government in relation to the …

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The Legitimacy and Integrity of The Jamaican Parliament

In the Westminster democracy, Parliament is considered the highest court of the land. The lower house of parliament is especially important because its members are elected to represent the people. The lower house is important also because it is from that chamber the majority of the ministers of government (the cabinet) are drawn. Countries that …

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Black History Month and Reggae Month

Black History Month is commemorated in February as remembrance of important people, events and achievements in the history of the African Diaspora. The commemoration originated in the United States and is credited to black historian Carter G. Woodson who in 1926 started the “Negro History Week”. Black History month in the United this year will …

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Lessons From Beijing – Nine Principles For 2009 and Beyond

Our athletes did us extremely proud at the Olympic Games held last year in Beijing China with their scintillating performance. As a nation, we were proud as Jamaica became the toast of the world. As we face the clear and present challenges of 2009 and beyond, there are some valuable principles we can learn from …

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