Stories about Jamaica from January, 2018
State of Emergency Over Worsening Crime Has Some Jamaicans Relieved — But Is It an Effective Approach?
Is a state of emergency "making progress", or is it a shot in the dark as Jamaica grapples with addressing the social and economic inequity that fuels violent crime?
This week, Caribbean netizens rail against the US president's "shithole" comment, discuss violent crime in Jamaica and debate the new "wining" law that will impact Trinidad and Tobago Carnival.
"Allowing this American pastor into Jamaica, and giving him platforms at schools to spread his lies would threaten the fundamental rights of Jamaican women, children, and LGBT people."
"I want to know, now what? How will these alerts be communicated to the citizenry that's not on Social Media? This is quite sobering I tell you."
"There will be calls for an inquiry. For accountability. Blame will be shifted. Promises will be made. There is one step, however, that we rarely take. Questioning the ‘WHY?’. "
While clouds linger, it appears that Kingston is determined to look on the sunny side of life in 2018.