Syria: The Story So Far

D McElroy and A Spillius, “Syrian opposition warns outside military intervention may be ‘only solution’ to crisis” The Telegraph (London 22 Feb. 2012)  AFP/Getty Images

2011 was a period of protest and dissidence in the Arab world which led to the overthrowing of authoritarian governments in favour of more democratic movements. This would become known as the Arab Spring; and would see notable revolutions in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and the starting of Syrian uprisings.

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Campaign Finance Reform: Why It Is Important and Where We Are Now

The ECJ’s report on campaign financing was tabled in the Parliament on September 10, 2013, sixteen years after the matter was first raised by Anthony Hylton at the 1997 PNP Annual Conference. On September 24 the reforms were accepted in parliament and is now before the Senate. These reforms have been years in the making. In November 2010, the Parliament approved the Electoral Commission of Jamaica’s report on Political Party Registration. In April 2012, the Parliament of Jamaica approved “with concerns” the report and recommendations of the ECJ on Campaign Finance Reform. Many civil and political society leaders have been lobbying our government to adopt the reforms.

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Yemeni Child Brides

M Duell “Is 11 year old ‘escaped child bride’ telling the whole truth? Doubts emerge about Yemeni girl’s story.” The Daily Mail (London 31 July 2013) Youtube/MemrITV

What if you got engaged tomorrow? If you had to marry an older individual; would you be thrilled or terrified? I know these questions seem pointless to an eighteen plus year old who probably doesn’t have marriage on their mind. However, let me put it into context. What if you were eight years old at the time of your marriage?

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Has technology been a plus or a minus for law students?

–, Degree Overview: Associates in Electronics and Computer Technology, 11 September 2013, < > Accessed on 27 October 2013.

Technology has infiltrated every aspect of our lives in some way, including our education. We use electronic resources such as LexisNexis and Westlaw in order find cases and other material. So is this beneficial to us as law students and is this the be all and end all to technology’s involvement in our education and future profession?

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The Goat Island Controversy

I Allen/ Staff Photographer, “Bridging the Gap on Goat Islands” The Jamaica Gleaner (Kingston, Jamaica 25 September 2013)

Around late August, the Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Robert Pickersgill, made an announcement after returning from a conference in China with the China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) that the CHEC had expressed the need for 3000 acres of land to build a port. He stated that the Chinese had an interest in the Cay off the coast of St. Catherine and that it is under heavy consideration. There was backlash from the Jamaican people and environmentalists. Both these parties were concerned with the environmental risks of implementing a trans-shipment hub on Goat Island.

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Recklessness on the Roads

A Sutherland “Holmwood Weeps- Four students dead, several injured in accident” The Jamaica Observer (Kingston, Jamaica 26 September 2013)

It has become an all too common problem in the Jamaican society; irresponsible bus drivers who take the charge of transporting the young and promising youth of the Jamaican society in an all too reckless manner. One can wonder why these drivers target these young, unsuspecting students who would probably be more susceptible to injury and later death in the event of a crash. The answer is a simple one really. Children, specifically students help these conductors and drivers to generate more income because of their need to travel to and from school on a daily basis. In addition to this, there are more students travelling than adults due to the current economic crisis in Jamaica.

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