#AtoZChallengeJamaica P is for Potpourri of Problems

Here is my blogger colleague Dennis’ take on the letter “P.” So many Problems, Packed into one Punchy Post!!

Jamaica: Political Economy

Let me lay out some issues to consider.

Prisoners & payments: Vybz Karkel, musician–in Jamaican jail for murder. Buju Banton, musician–in US jail for drugs offence. Vybz is busy releasing new music, and ‘ruling dance hall’. (He’s following in the well-trodden path of the late Tupac Shakur.) Buju just gained a master’s degree in music business management. Both are doing ‘positive’ things during their time in the pokey. Some people find that time in jail not breaking rocks and visibly suffering–to put it simply–is a travesty. Many Jamaicans disagree. Vybz and Buju are extremely popular: see how one media outlet ‘celebrated’ Vybz’s last birthday.

What do people really find objectionable, though? The crimes, or the fact that prison is seemingly not full-blown hardship? Do we really believe in rehabilitation in prison?

Popularism and propriety: Some of our politicians have recently found themselves not really knowing how to walk the line between these two peas in…

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