Jamaica http://wlrn.org en Jamaica Decriminalizes Marijuana: Is This A Hemispheric Trend? http://wlrn.org/post/jamaica-decriminalizes-marijuana-hemispheric-trend <p></p><p>First Uruguay, now Jamaica. Last week, the Caribbean island became the western hemisphere’s second country to make marijuana possession OK. Is this&nbsp;a trend?</p><p>Ganja, as Jamaicans call marijuana, has long been part of their culture. The island’s Rastafarian religious movement promotes it as a means of enlightenment. Still, marijuana has been illegal there. Now Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller says Jamaica will decriminalize small amounts of ganja – up to 57 grams, or 2 ounces. Other Caribbean governments look poised to follow suit.</p><p></p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 05:40:54 +0000 Tim Padgett 33911 at http://wlrn.org Jamaica Decriminalizes Marijuana: Is This A Hemispheric Trend? Why Jamaica's Falling Crime Rate Can't Last Without Rising Employment http://wlrn.org/post/why-jamaicas-falling-crime-rate-cant-last-without-rising-employment <p></p><p>In May of 2010, the streets of Kingston, Jamaica erupted in fierce gun battles between security forces and followers of drug lord Christopher “Dudus” Coke. It took most of us in the international media by surprise -- and many of us were also at a loss to explain what had sparked such an epic showdown, which would leave more than 70 people dead.</p><p>To help me understand the upheaval, which revolved around efforts to extradite Coke to the United States, I turned to respected Jamaican-American legal scholar David Rowe.</p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Tim Padgett 20009 at http://wlrn.org Why Jamaica's Falling Crime Rate Can't Last Without Rising Employment Jamaican Independence Day, Florida Film Critics Circle Roundtable, Norman Van Aken & FLA Keys Cal http://wlrn.org/post/jamaican-independence-day-florida-film-critics-circle-roundtable-norman-van-aken-fla-keys-cal <p></p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Ed Bell & Paul Leary 18375 at http://wlrn.org Jamaican Independence Day, Florida Film Critics Circle Roundtable, Norman Van Aken & FLA Keys Cal Does This Volkswagen ‘Jamaican’ Commercial Cross A Racist Line? http://wlrn.org/post/does-volkswagen-jamaican-commercial-cross-racist-line <p></p><p>With the Super Bowl only a few short days away, anticipation is building up for the superstar lineup of commercials.&nbsp; The spots are widely known to be the products of endless hours of brainstorming, and deeper pockets than the average citizen can fathom.</p> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 18:00:00 +0000 Daniel Rivero 8504 at http://wlrn.org Does This Volkswagen ‘Jamaican’ Commercial Cross A Racist Line?