Jamaica celebrated 45 years of Independence on August 6. The debate about what the country has achieved since the end of British rule is not one that can have a definitive conclusion. There are enough statistics that show progress in many social and economic areas. There are also many statistics that show a worsening of economic and social development. The country has been under continuous transformation, and that has not stopped. I feel that the conclusions people draw will reflect their political position. There is nothing wrong with that. Continue reading
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This week, the World Bank in collaboration with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime produced a report entitled “Crime, Violence, and Development: Trends, Costs, and Policy Options in the Caribbean” (see document crimeandviolenceinthecaribbeanfullreport1.pdf). It details and quantifies some of the startlingly terrifying statistics about violent crime in the region, and notes that the solutions are not to be gained from national actions, but need international efforts, especially from the United States of America, from where most of the guns come, and to where most of the drugs traded through the region go.
The region’s vulnerability to drug trafficking as a transhipment point is a major problem, wedged between the major sources of cocaine in the south and the major consumer markets in the north. Continue reading