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Post Mortem: Vaz Victory No Sign of Contentment

So, the by-election in West Portland has come and gone and Daryl Vaz of the JLP has once again, this time as an unquestioned Jamaican, emerged victorious versus Kenneth Rowe, a one-time JLP2K member who switched parties. Both the JLP and PNP poured major resources into this contest hoping that their man would emerge victorious. …

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The Three Commonsense Rs of Jamaica’s Revival

Over these last few years, there have been newspaper editorials and columns calling, challenging, chiding and cajoling the Jamaican government, whether it was the PNP-led version or this current version led by the JLP, to do the little things to make Jamaica a better place. There have been announcements made, a number of times with …

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What is the Real Benefit of Capital Punishment?

So the Jamaican Parliament recently had its ‘conscience’ vote on capital punishment and by a 2-to-1 margin decided that folks accused of murder should be prepared to schedule an appointment with the gallows. But what’s really new about this?  Well, nothing really; the statutes regarding this sentence for convicted murderers has been on the books …

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Tribalism vs Democracy – The Aftermath of the PNP Election

Say it isn’t so! Jamaicans’ long awaited leadership transformation of the People’s national Party (PNP) is underway! After last week’s internal elections following Peter Phillips’s challenge of Portia Simpson for the presidency, the party appears to be shedding everything orange except the relic practice of calling each other “comrade”. The outcome of the elections, while shocking to …

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