Reggae Artist released world’s first pro-gay reggae album

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A  Jamaican reggae singer Mista Majah P has released the world’s first pro-gay reggae album titled  “Tolerance” with rainbow stripes marked on the face of a man on the cover of the album, the album features eleven (11) tracks variously supporting same-sex marriage, adoption of children by gay couples, attacks on homophobic bullying and the US military policy, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.
The tracks feature anti-gay prejudices music from dancehall icon Beenie Man and remarks made by  Prime Minister Bruce Golding, during his interview on BBC.

Although Mista Majah P is not gay, he’s a strong supporter of the LGBT community and for gay equality. According to pinkwire.co.uk during an interview with the artist he explains why he created the album, “I want to counter the myths that all Jamaicans are homophobic and that all reggae music is violent and anti-gay. I’m seeking to challenge ignorance and reach out to gay people”, he also added
“My hope is that this cd, Tolerance, will break down the homophobic stance that certain reggae artists and heads of government have taken towards the LGBTQ community.

Because of anti-gay slurs in music, members of the gay community have been threatened and harmed in various ways. Due to the level of ignorance in music sang by members of the music community, their followers act on the lyrics making the lives of gay individuals uncomfortable, Mista Majah P says his music is about tolerance, It shows that reggae music can respect the gay community around the world.

Since releasing his album, Mista Majah P has received numerous death threats and has been warned to not return to Jamaica he’s forced to remain in California where he currently resides.

You can listen to a sample of the album at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/mistamajahp22 , you can also purchase a copy of the album from the site.

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Home Eviction Turns Deadly! Gay Man Kills attacker forces another to Flee!

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Montego Bay, St. James

Reports reaching the Pink Report are that a community member is nursing severe chop wounds at a St. James Hospital after successfully fending off two attackers who had visited his rented premises to enforce an illegal eviction order. The attackers were lead by the female landlord who wanted the man off the premises because of his alleged homosexuality. Up to the time of publication there is no indication that any monies are outstanding in respect of rent, maintenance or public utilities.

The report notes that on the afternoon of Wednesday the 19th October, 2 men lead by a female landlord attempted to evict the man who was living at a premises in the parish of St. James with another man. A struggle ensued in which knives/machetes were brought into play. The man being attacked was, however, successfully able to defend himself killing one attacker in the process and forcing the other to flee.

The St. James Police are currently investigating the circumstances but have preliminarily ruled it a case of self-defense.

Andrew’s Dilemma

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Prime Minister and Jamaica Labour Party Leader Designate

Many political commentators and media personalities would have us believe that the simple formula in calling a general election is merely for the Prime Minister to go to bed one night have a dream, wake up the next morning, call the General Secretary of his party and instruct him to organize a rally of the diehards; the platform from which he/she shall announce the date of the election. In fact they have consistently blamed the PNP’s 2007 electoral loss on Mrs. Simpson’s Miller bad dreaming practices and failure to follow the previously mentioned formula. However, conventional wisdom whilst romantic and seductively easy to follow is rarely if ever reality.

A thorough analysis of the PNP’s election machinery in 2007 will show that it was financially broke as the monied class had effectively deserted Mrs. Simpson-Miller. This was the same class that had backed Omar Davies in the prior presidential race. Worse Mrs. Simpson-Miller was not the choice or favourite of the party’s Parliamentary Caucus. This second issue proved to be far more damaging to her efforts as there was a genuine worry in the party that a significant number of that group would decide to not seek re-election but as things played out the key architects and communication strategists that supported Dr. Peter Phillips deserted her and ultimately the party. For some the turn of events would have given Mrs. Simpson Miller an opportunity to renew the party from her perspective and give the PNP an opportunity to change from within government. The difficulty with that analysis is that such strategies do not work under snap election timeframes worse when there is no deluge of candidates coming forward. As such the party had to delay, delay and delay until it could call the election.

For Mr. Holness there are subtle but important differences with the quandary that confronted Simpson-Miller. The first major difference being that whereas the PNP was broke in 2007 the JLP is a well oiled, well funded party but as Darryl Vaz, the Minister of Information has betrayed’ the state (Jamaica) is broke and there are no funds allocated to the Electoral Office to manage the elections. Secondly, Andrew Holness has the full backing of his Parliamentary Caucus so whilst one should expect no changes from the Golding era, there are no issues of party disunity.

The sad reality though is that slowly the JLP is beginning to lose the initiative of sitting Prime Minister Golding’s move to resign and the subsequent move by the Parliamentary group to steal the initiative on their being any contentious internal political campaigning. This is because the youth argument surrounding Andrew Holness was never quite substantive to begin with but more to the point the non-allocation of monies to the Electoral Office within the first Supplementary exercise threatens to raise questions about the very integrity of the poll “if the money isn’t found” and the time isn’t given to the Electoral Office to do its preparation work. Yet that Office isn’t the only one requiring budgetary support, the Police also are preparing theirs for submission. The consequence is that the state will have to go back to a Second supplementary exercise to increase allocations to these two entities or wait until April for the 2012/2013 Budget. Let us recall that the IMF has already begun to publicly raise doubts about the Government’s expenditure and general economic programme already and a second supplemental at this time would not allay those fears. Worse Ministries and Departments were already asked to cut to the bone in the first supplementary exercise it is impossible to see how money can be found from within existing budget lines without fatal consequences to the state.

In the end a December poll is looking highly unlikely, but so is a January February or March poll albeit less so. The dilemma is that the longer Mr. Holness waits, the deeper the recession like conditions in the United States and Europe will set in and the stronger voter resentment and apathy at home will rise. Unconfirmed reports show that internal JLP polls are already showing that the party is losing its grip in Western St. Ann and the Prime Minister designate is not particularly strong in his own constituency. Eastern St. Mary is also looking dangerously vulnerable to moving back to the PNP and there is no expectation that Westmoreland, Hanover, Manchester and Southern regions of St. Catherine will move to the Labour Party’s column.

Maybe that is the real reason the Prime Minister is rushing so fast to demit office and not any extradition request!

NATIONAL BROADCAST BY THE HON. BRUCE GOLDING, PRIME MINISTER OF JAMAICA SUNDAY OCT 2, 2011, 8:00pm

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My fellow Jamaicans…

Last Sunday, I advised my party’s central executive that I would not seek re-election at the annual general conference to be held next month and I would step down as Prime Minister as soon as a new leader had been elected. I had come to this position after deep contemplation and prayer, seeking to do what is best for the country and the party.

The timing of my announcement might appear to have been awkward since I was preparing for my mother’s funeral, but it was unavoidable and let me pause here to express thanks on behalf of my family for the outpouring of sympathy at her passing. Let me explain the timing.

The annual general conference of the JLP is scheduled to be held on November 19 & 20. As stipulated in the party’s constitution, the deadline for nominations is October 19. Sufficient time, therefore, had to be allowed for potential candidates to consider offering themselves and meet the October 19 nomination deadline. Sufficient time had to be allowed, as well, for the delegates to contemplate their choices since they would not have been anticipating that a vacancy would arise. But it was important not to have too long a period of uncertainty regarding the leadership and direction of the government.

In addition, the central executive which meets quarterly was, last Sunday, holding its last meeting before the annual general conference. I had to make my decision known then.

In the brief statement I issued on Sunday, I stated that the challenges of the last four years had taken their toll and it was appropriate now to step aside and make way for new leadership.

The last few years, perhaps, have been the most difficult period that any government has had to face. Like most other countries, we have taken a battering from the global recession and the recovery we are so anxious to see has been slow, the global environment still uncertain.

We have managed to avoid the kind of disaster we have witnessed in many other countries but the effects of the recession have still been painful for many Jamaicans.

I have worked hard these past four years, 16-18 hours a day most days, in navigating our way through these treacherous waters. We are beginning to see positive results: far-reaching macroeconomic reforms have been implemented; the economy has returned to a growth path, modest though it is; we are once again creating new jobs even though we have not yet restored the jobs that were lost; the rise in poverty has been cauterized.

While the worst may have passed, we are not yet out of the woods. There are challenges that remain on many fronts that will require strong leadership to overcome and absolute confidence in the authority of that leadership.

Questions about the role I played in the Coke/Manatt matter have remained a source of concern in the minds of many people. It was never about Coke’s guilt or innocence.

It was about a breach of our Constitution and had it been a person other than Coke it perhaps would never have become the cause célèbre that it turned out to be. We have since amended the Interception of Communications Act to permit in the future, the action that was taken in Coke’s case but which, at that time, was in violation of our Constitution.

However, the entire episode has affected me deeply and the perceptions that are held by some people have not been dispelled, notwithstanding the exhaustive deliberations of a Commission of Enquiry.

I cannot allow the challenges we face and the issues that we as a people must confront to be smothered or overpowered by this saga and the emotions that they ignite.  It would not be fair to my country; it would not be fair to my party.

There are other considerations that led to my decision. It is time for my generation to make way for younger people whose time has come, who are more in sync with 21stcentury realities, whose vision can have a longer scope and who can bring new energy to the enormous tasks that confront us. The leaders of major countries around the world – for example, the United States, Britain, Canada, Mexico, Spain, the Netherlands, Finland, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Norway, Australia, and New Zealand – are all more than 10 years younger than I am. It is a worldwide trend and we in Jamaica should not resist it.

I was first elected to Parliament almost 40 years ago. In the next two months I will be 64. I feel it is time for me and people like me to make way and allow a new crop of leaders to step forward and unleash their energies and creativity. There are young people in my party, indeed in both parties, who are capable of providing the leadership that the country requires at this time. We must not, for the sake of personal ambition, block their emergence. My advice and counsel will always be available if and when required.

I told my central executive last Sunday that the next few weeks will be crucial not only for us as a party but for the country. The election of a new leader is a process that must be conducted in a mature, transparent and dignified manner. This is especially so since we form the government. In the past few days, I have been in contact with our major international partners and I have assured them that the direction of the government is firmly in place and that the transition will be smooth and seamless. The financial markets remain sober while they await the appointment of a new Prime Minister and confirmation that we will not deviate from the economic reforms on which we have embarked. In my remaining few weeks, I will continue to work as hard as I have ever done and hand over the reins of office gracefully to my successor.

The General Secretary of the party has already outlined the procedures for the election of a new leader. The Electoral Office of Jamaica has been asked to manage the voting process and everything will be done to ensure an orderly transition.

I have an abiding faith in my country and in the people of my country. Despite the formidable challenges we face, we can overcome; we will make it if we try and try hard enough, if we remain focused and committed not just to the next elections but to the future and the possibilities that are within our reach and must be placed securely within our grasp. This is not a time to be fearful or bewildered. It is a time for renewed hope and renewed effort.

I hope to address you one more time before I leave office and, as always, I pray God’s blessings on our nation and all its people.