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Underreported: Jamaica's State of Emergency

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Last week, the Jamaican government declared a state of emergency after fighting broke out in the streets of the capital city of Kingston. 

But the violence actually has its roots in a New York court case. Marc Lacey of the New York Times and Larry Birns, director of the Council on Hemispheric Affairs, explain how attempts to extradite gang leader Christopher “Dudus” Coke have sparked street fighting that’s claimed over 40 lives so far.

Guests:

Larry Birns and Marc Lacey

Comments [2]

amalgam from Manhattan by day, NJ by night

Too true, dboy.

Like much of the Caribbean, globalization has reduced the options with regards to viable industries in the region. So much of it now depends on either tourism or as a thoroughfare/coordinator for the drug trade.

"Life and Debt" is an sad but excellent documentary on this topic.

May. 27 2010 04:26 PM
dboy from nyc

Globalization has decimated the economy of Jamaica. It has made the drug trade the only profitable business model.

See the 2001 documentary, "Life and Debt":

http://www.netflix.com/WiMovie/Life_and_Debt/60027842?strackid=36f3c745133f82c4_0_srl&strkid=642065989_0_0&trkid=438381

May. 27 2010 01:57 PM

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