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News and Views by Dionne Jackson Miller

pointed commentary on current affairs in Jamaica and the Caribbean

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July 2014

Should There be a Right to be Forgotten?

Image by jscreationzs at www.freedigitalphotos.net
Image by jscreationzs at www.freedigitalphotos.net

I’m blogging today at http://www.rjrnewsonline.com about the controversial “right to be forgotten.”  It’s a fascinating discussion for the Internet Age. Check it out and tell me what you think!

Should you have the right to be forgotten? The phrase sounds peculiar the first time you hear it, but there’s a lively discussion now taking place globally about whether people should have the right to have information about them circulating on the Internet deleted or made inaccessible by search engines. Read more here.

Jamaica Seeking to Protect Rights of the Disabled

Photo by Stuart Miles at www.freedigitalphotos.net
Photo by Stuart Miles at http://www.freedigitalphotos.net

I’m blogging today at Oxford Human Rights Hub on the rights of the disabled and Jamaica’s proposed new legislation. Check it out!

Jamaica boasts of being the first country in the world to both sign and ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities, on March 30, 2007. Seven years later, the Disabilities Act has been tabled in Parliament. This is an important step, but there are questions about whether the proposed statute’s actual impact may fall short of expectations, especially when it comes to implementation in a small, developing country. Read more here.

CARI-COM, CARI-GO

Flag_of_CARICOM.svgI’m blogging today at http://www.rjrnewsonline.com about CARICOM. Please check it out!

On July 4, as the red, white and blue was being hoisted all around the world in celebration of the birthday of the United States of America, CARICOM (the Caribbean Community) marked the establishment of the regional grouping with CARICOM Day.

The word marked, as used in the preceding sentence, is a gross exaggeration, however, seeing that very few people seem to know anything about this. Read more here. 

Rallying for the CAUSE on Gay Pride Week-end

This is my post on http://www.rjrnewsonline.com.

In a show of force similar only in recent times to the biggest of political rallies, thousands of Jamaicans gathered in Half-Way-Tree on Sunday, heeding the call of the new church-backed coalition – CAUSE: Churches Action Uniting Society for Emancipation.

The coalition describes its mandate as a loosely defined preservation of Jamaican values, but it is the resistance to any attempt to decriminalize anal sex – buggery – and the associated resistance to the perceived “normalisation” of homosexuality that got thousands of Jamaicans out of their homes on a hot Sunday afternoon. Read more here.

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