The social history of Jamaica
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- In Jamaica, Shades of an Identity Crisis
- By Serge F. Kovaleski, The Washington Post, 5 August
1999. To become a "brownin'," (light skinned), Jamaica's
vast underclass and sometimes upper classes are ignoring public health
warnings and resorting to skin bleaching in unprecedented numbers. A
lighter complexion may be a ticket to upward mobility, socially and
professionally, as well as to greater sex appeal.
- Government's Plan for Slum-Dwellers Under Fire
- By Dionne Jackson Miller, IPS, 8 October 1999. A government program
to relocate slum-dwellers to healthy, clean communities is criticized
because of its proposed source of funding. The cash-strapped government
is looking for funding from the National Housing Trust (NHT) an agency
financed by a special tax on wages, and with the specific mandate "to
provide shelter for its contributors
- Over 300 prisoners in St Catherine's District Prison,
- Amnesty International Urgen Action Bulletin, 26 May 2000. Inmates have
severely beaten and suffered extrajudicial execution. Inmates suffered
fractures and had teeth knocked out, and injured prisoners were denied
medical attention. Soldiers have been manning the prison since the
warders went on unofficial strike in January 2000 in protest against the
reappointment of Colonel John Prescod as Head of Corrections.
- Jamaicans Flee Soaring Crime and Deteriorating
- By Corinne Barnes, IPS, 19 July 2000. A new wave of migration, as
Jamaicans flee for a combination of economic and personal security
reasons. Most applicants are seeking permanent residence in Canada.
People are afraid that they may be held up or killed.
- Jamaicans Eye Jackpot as Economy Crumbles
- By Corinne Barnes, IPS, 27 July 2000. Thousands of Jamaicans are hanging
their hopes for a change in their financial situation on games of
chance. Gambling is on the increase becasue of deteriorating economic