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Terror in Mumbai

Flames over Mumbai. If the Nov. 26 attacks in Mumbai were carried out by Islamist militants as it appears, the Indian government will have little choice, politically speaking, but to blame them on Pakistan. That will in turn spark a crisis between the two nuclear rivals that will draw the United States into the fray. …

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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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On G-20 and GM: Economics, Politics and Social Stability

The G-20 met last Saturday. Afterward, the group issued a meaningless statement and decided to meet again in March 2009, or perhaps later. Clearly, the urgency of October is gone. First, the perception of imminent collapse is past. Politicians are superb seismographs for detecting impending disaster, and these politicians did not act as if they …

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Obama and the Presidential Security Challenge

The U.S. presidential campaign trail presents a host of challenges for the US Secret Service (USSS) protective detail assigned to cover the presidential candidates, something we’ve discussed previously. Major presidential candidates have been afforded USSS protection since the 1968 assassination of Robert Kennedy at a campaign event. Due to the nature of modern presidential campaigns, …

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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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Ethanol – Sweet Deal for Brazil, Dark Corner for Jamaica

The recent so-called divestment of Jamaica’s sugar industry.should rather be termed “dash-wey”, for it is nothing short of a give-away. Prime Minister Bruce Golding’s administration, its wish to be perceived as “di bus driva” notwithstanding, has simply tossed over the keys of the bus of state to the Brazilians, and for a huge fare (75% …

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Party, Class and Democracy – A Jamaican Challenge

The contenders, Peter Phillips and Portia Simpson Miller After 70 years Jamaica’s People’s National Party (PNP) is becoming a democratic institution and the resistance is foreboding. How else could one interpret the reaction to Dr Peter Phillips’ stated intention to challenge Portia Simpson-Miller for the presidency of the party at its birthday annual conference come …

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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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Divining The Roots of Crime

Bedfellows On the surface, nothing links Jamaica’s collapsed Cash Plus alternative investment scheme, the debacle of the exposé of Spanish company RIU flouting its municipal council approved building plan and going four floors up instead of three near Montego Bay’s airport, and the slaughter of a dozen people in the Guyanese village of Buxton. Nothing, …

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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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Combating Crime May Improve Healthcare

Jamaica is in a position to learn from more advanced nations with regards developmental policy initiatives. Developed nations provide models that would eliminate the need for policy experimentation in developing countries, in which the worst social policies and mistakes can be discarded, while the best practices are implemented by the Third World. Unfortunately, even though …

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Chavez’s Drum Beats Silent, but Still Cause for Caribbean Concern

One for the TV cameras – Smile! So it started with a bang and ended with a tush: Colombian soldiers in hot pursuit, take out Farc rebels across the border in Ecuador and Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez threats war, come hell or high-water against Colombia and its evil empire ally, the USA. But Chavez’s grin and …

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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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