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A Massacre in Jamaica

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

New Yorker contributor Mattathias Schwartz discusses a police and military assault on the Tivoli Gardens neighborhood of Kingston, Jamaica, in May 2010, that resulted in the deaths of more than seventy people. The article “A Massacre in Jamaica” appears in the December 12 issue of The New Yorker.

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Comments [9]

Patriot from Kingston

One has to understand the jamaica culture and political landsscape,one that is entrenched in political tribalism ever since independence, secondly, the US government, during the early 80s actually armed plitical thugs alignedo the JLP in the name of anti-communism, well this is the end result, thanks to Edward Seaga also

Dec. 08 2011 06:49 PM
L.Williams

If you ignorant Americans would take the time to do the research, you would know that Jamaica's downward spiral was a direct result of America's hatred for Cuba and suspicion of its relationship with Jamaica, which led to the CIA arming street thugs as a way of destabilizing the Country. Well, it worked.

Dec. 07 2011 05:54 PM
DarkSymbolist from NYC!

@ John from the KKK

You know absolutely NOTHING about Jamaica to make such a blanket statement. But why should that get in the way of you furthering your stupid, ignorant and ill-informed white supremacist agenda,right?

Dec. 07 2011 04:01 PM
john from office

The issue is culture and upbringing. Unfortunatley it is lacking here. You need to care about the guy next door and that does not exist.

Dec. 07 2011 01:56 PM
john from office

What is the point here?? To blame the US?? This is the police of another nation. I see our drone was to blame, now I understand.

Dec. 07 2011 01:54 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

to John

It has nothing to do with race, or being "another black country" that can't get its act together. IT has to do with internalizing democratic beliefs and belief in the rights of the individual. It took Europeans a long time to get to that notion, that crystalized more distinctly in America, because had no entrenched royalty, aristocracy, hierarchy, or even a dominant race that could claim that this was their indigenous country. Democracy was natural to America because it had no former system to fall back on. It had to create a social contract, our mostly secular constitution because no ethnicity or religion could claim some prior right to it. Except for the marginalized and decimated natives, who didn't count.

Dec. 07 2011 01:52 PM
John from office

Jgarbuz, you are a one trick pony, I am a friend of Israel but it is not the end all and be all.

No one will bring up the obivious, another poorly run black country. Looking to Scar Face and music for inspiration. Imagine if they put the same effort into legal, worthy pursuits, but that would not be COOL.

Dec. 07 2011 01:46 PM
marco from new york

Jamaica has become a dangerous crime ridden place. Can't blame that on the Americans.

Dec. 07 2011 01:46 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

One of the things that SHOULD have been learned from the 1930s, is that you do not have democracy when parties have militias or armies of thugs. In so many countries, parties like Hamas and Hezbollah have their own armies, as did the Bolsheviks and the Nazis in the first half of the 20th century. The rule has to be, you are either a political party, or you are a gang/militia. It's EITHER ballots OR bullets. It cannot be both and still be called a democracy.

Dec. 07 2011 01:41 PM

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