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No bastard Citizens of Jamaica at home and abroad

No bastard Citizens of Jamaica at home and abroad Ambassador Curtis A. Ward We are joined by the spirit of the land we call the “Rock”. We are bound by the country of our heritage, where ours or our ancestors’ umbilical cords, our navel strings, are buried. We are bound by being Jamaicans by birth or descent. Being Jamaicans by birth or by descent make us no less Jamaican. And whether living in Jamaica or abroad we are all Jamaicans Most importantly, we are bound by the love we share for...

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Tourism earnings vs. Diaspora remittances impact on Jamaica

Tourism earnings vs. Diaspora remittances impact on Jamaica Ambassador Curtis A. Ward (13 May 2024) — Discussions on the contribution of tourism sector earnings vis-à-vis diaspora remittances to Jamaica’s economy continue to be topical, at least for members of the Jamaican diaspora who demand fulsome, meaningful engagement with the Jamaican government. The tourism sector has a public advantage, not because of the real impact, but because of the perceived impact. Tourism visibility, the...

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Conduct of international relations not for amateurs and neophytes

Conduct of international relations not for amateurs and neophytes Ambassador Curtis A. Ward (29 April 2024) — Some behaviors are now amplified by social media thus causing a great deal of misinformation and drivel to spread unchecked. An example is the stupid error on the part of the junior minister of foreign affairs which has triggered a discussion on social media platforms about the foreign policy records of two of Jamaica’s former prime ministers, P. J. Patterson, and Portia...

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Republicans ‘House of Cards’ is crumbling

Republicans ‘House of Cards’ is crumbling Ambassador Curtis A. Ward (08 April 2024) — The Republican Party built an image of a political party which believed in law and order and somehow has exploited American voters belief in American superiority to perceive the Republicans as best equipped to govern and preserve U.S. supremacy. They stridently advocate interpretation of the U.S. constitution based primarily on so-called strict constructionist intentions during the framing of the...

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The Road to Ending Illicit Firearms Trafficking to the Caribbean

The Road to Ending Illicit Firearms Trafficking to the Caribbean Ambassador Curtis Ward (03 April 2024) — Jamaican and Caribbean societies are ravaged by higher-than-normal homicide rates. Guns have, for many years, been the weapon of choice in the commission of violent crimes in the region, and Jamaica is reputed to have one of the highest homicide rates not only in the region, but in the entire world. Social and economic conditions, ineffective law enforcement and security capacities...