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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...

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Haiti, Kenya, the Court, and the Haitian Diaspora

Haiti, Kenya, the Court, and the Haitian Diaspora Ambassador Curtis A. Ward (04 February 2024) — The recent High Court ruling in Kenya which declared that deployment of a Kenyan police mission abroad is in violation of the country’s constitution, though creating headlines around the world, does not infer an end to the UN Security Council-authorized Multinational Security Stability (MSS) mission in Haiti. While some alarm may be justified, at least for now, this ruling of the lower court...

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ICJ decision on South Africa vs. Israel draws broad support

ICJ decision on South Africa vs. Israel draws broad support Ambassador Curtis A. Ward (02 February 2024) — While some may argue that the provisional decision of the International Court of Justice (the Court or ICJ) did not go far enough in this provisional decision, I am of the view that it was a smart decision. Support for the Court’s decision is broad-based. In its provisional decision, the Court inferred that acts of genocide were occurring in Gaza by the Israeli government, but...

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Corruption, the thief in the night

Corruption, the thief in the night Ambassador Curtis A. Ward (29 January 2024) — Governments and private enterprises that engage in corrupt practices reduce resources available for the public good. That is why everyone should be concerned. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) describes corruption as “a complex social, political and economic phenomenon that affects all countries. Corruption undermines democratic institutions, slows economic development and contributes to...

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Policing Corruption in Jamaica

Policing Corruption in Jamaica Ambassador Curtis A. Ward (15 January 2024) — The current review of the laws governing the Integrity Commission (IC) now under review by Jamaica’s parliament appears to be for the wrong reasons. So far, the perception is that the legislators, some of whom are hellbent on weakening the IC, are engaging in a process to shield corrupt politicians and high-level government officials from scrutiny and accountability. By extending immunity to those who should be...

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Is Democracy Worth Fighting For?

Is Democracy Worth Fighting For? Ambassador Curtis A. Ward (01 January 2024) –– My concern about preserving democracy is fundamental to the freedoms and the rights to which all of humanity are entitled. I reiterate my several messages and warnings on the challenges to democracy as my primary entreaty for 2024. The freedoms and rights I wish for all are only possible in democratic systems of government. Please do not confuse possibility with realization. There are complexities in all...

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When Patterson Speaks, We Listen

When Patterson Speaks, We Listen Ambassador Curtis Ward (21 November 2023) –We are living in a period of complex and challenging times. The entire global landscape is experiencing geopolitical and security instability. There is hardly any issue that is entirely local, and every issue is interconnected to varying degrees to competing geopolitical interests, global economic realities, or international security. No country can ignore the competing interests of the most powerful countries...