The good, the bad, and the ugly (March 16, 2014)


Jamaica was eagerly awaiting the end of the so-called ‘Vybz Kartel Murder Trial’ or ‘Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams case’; it came last Friday, with the jury returning guilty verdicts for four of the five accused, including ‘Vybz Kartel’ (real name Adidja Palmer).

Vybz Kartel during his court case
Vybz Kartel during his court case

In the same breath, almost, came news that one juror had tried to bribe the jury foreman, and was taken into custody to appear in court on Monday. What?! Then, on Saturday afternoon, the police confirmed that Shane Williams, the only accused acquitted in the Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams murder case, remains in police custody on another murder charge. What! What?

So, continues the long line of links between Jamaican musical trends and crime. We’re not unique for that, and similar links in the USA between hip-hop culture and crime come quickly to mind. Not exploring that here now, though. Lots of words have already been written and spoken about the trial and what it may say about Jamaica. All I will add for the moment is that the justice system seemed to work as it should, not perfectly smoothly, but the halting gait did not impede its progress. A few cases still going on in Jamaica, however, (including the so-called ‘Cuban light bulb scandal’ case) will need to come to clear conclusions before we can even begin to say that the system appears to work for all.


Bayern Munich, known in German as Die Roten. Unfortunately, the sound ‘rotten’ comes too easily to mind this week.

Known as a ‘family’, Bayern looked after their own past players well under ‘his Hohness’. Well, a classy team will have to work hard to burnish that image.


What has happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370?

Boeing 777-200ER Malaysia AL (MAS) 9M-MRO
Boeing 777-200ER Malaysia AL (MAS) 9M-MRO

Over a week gone and still no signs. It’s not our instant gratification urges that makes us concerned about the apparent disappearance of something so large and technologically connected to all of the sophisticated communications systems. It’s just not normal for such things to happen. Do we have to start thinking about ‘The Twilight Zone’ or ‘The Bermuda Triangle’ to solve this mystery? On 15 March, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced in a press conference that satellite-related data showed that the aircraft’s ACARS and transponder had been deliberately disabled and that radar data indicated that the aircraft’s “movements are consistent with the deliberate action of someone on the plane”. We are being urged to think of terrorists and hijackers, but many wont be content with something so prosaic. Meanwhile, we get treated to many instances of human incompetence and failing, with some prime examples of pure bad communications. Keep watching this space, so to speak.