After his plaintive lamentation for ‘divine intervention’ to arrest crime woes, and his subsequent interactions with entertainer, Queen Ifrika, National Security Minister Peter Bunting has hit another discordant chord that cannot, in any way, shape or form, harmonise with the melody of well-thinking Jamaicans.
At Tuesday’s sitting of the House of Representatives, Bunting sounded a note that appeared to be blatantly at variance with the tone of the Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms that guarantees, among other things, the right to freedom of expression.
The minister’s dissonance emerged as he brought proposed legislation to Parliament to cripple criminal organisations, but on the face of it, seeks to muzzle hard-hitting social commentaries in music that, all too frequently, target politicians.
It is an open secret that organs of the State, such as the law enforcement arm and the Parliament, frequently perceived to be at variance with the laws of the land and basic ethical standards that their members are sworn to uphold, are usually the artistic targets of creative and obnoxious deejays and reggae artistes.
The disharmony emerging out of Bunting’s bill is already evident in a query raised by a member of the fraternity. Does this move constitute retaliation by attempting to ‘kill’ the lyrical character of the indigenous genre that is dancehall music?
Cited as the Criminal Justice (Suppression of Criminal Organisation) Act, the bill “makes provisions for the disruption of criminal organisations and related matters”.
Its relevance lies, allegedly, in the observation that “existing laws have failed to adequately disrupt, suppress or otherwise deal with organised crime and the activities of criminal organisations effectively”.
And so, Bunting’s bill argues that “the activities of criminal organisations present a danger to public order and public safety and the economic stability of Jamaica”.
The proposed legislation defines a criminal organisation as any gang, group or alliance, group, network or similar arrangements among three or more persons, whether formally or informally organised.
This begs yet another question: Is this an attempt to quash groups of entertainers who are springing up left, right and centre as young artistes attempt to make headway on the tailcoat of more accomplished partners?
Having spoken to what it characterises as the “pervasive presence of criminal organisations in many communities”, the bill seeks to “restore a sense of security in the Jamaican society”. It was within this context that Bunting’s proposal presumably sought to make a dubious nexus to tough-talking musicians.
Part Two of the bill highlights offences for the disruption and suppression of criminal activities.
Subsection 15 (1) states: “A person shall not use a common name or identifying sign, symbol, tattoo or other physical marking, colour or style of dress, or graffiti, or produce, record or perform songs to promote or facilitate the criminal activity of a criminal organisation.”
It is left to be seen how enforceable this provision will be in practice. Will the ambit or mandate of the Broadcasting Commission be broadened to vet the lyrics of each singer, rapper or deejay?
More fundamentally, the provision of the Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedom appears to be under attack. In seeking to muzzle hard-hitting social commentators, the bill appears to be on a collision course with the Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms (Constitutional Amendment) Act, 20ll which explicitly states that: “Parliament shall pass no law and no organ of the State shall take any action which abrogates, abridges or infringes those rights.”
Some of the rights being threatened are:
The right to freedom of thought, conscience, belief and observance of political doctrines
The right to freedom of expression
The right to seek, receive, distribute or disseminate information, opinions and ideas through any media
The right to life, liberty and security of the person, and the right not to be deprived thereof except in the execution of the sentence of a court in respect of a criminal offence of which the person has been convicted
This bill perhaps best explains why the Office of the Chief Parliamentary Counsel is so overworked, having to contend with the seeming lack of thought evident in the raw materials that are dispatched to that body to be miraculously fashioned into legalese.
Entertainer and producer, Imperial Alley Cat has long been an advocate for progress in his music as evidenced in his new single, Idling, which explores why young people are constantly confronted by regression in their daily lives.
Idling sums up the current status of Jamaica’s youth in a society which hardly affords them the opportunity to make something out of their lives and develop skill sets beneficial to the island’s development. Too many young Jamaicans are either jobless or uneducated, thus leading them astray into criminality, unwanted pregnancy or wandering the streets, all points Imperial Alley Cat illustrates in his plea to politicians to allow them quality opportunities.
“No work mek idle heads get hot, dem hungry so dem nah go tek no chat, go rob up Babylon, shoot it, drop, jus’ fi put some food inna pot,” he deejays as he implores the government to “stop di yappity yap,’ and act before the country’s future is continuously put at risk
The official video for Idling was released in late April and features cameos from friend and fellow prominent deejay, Mavado as well as his protégé, Karian Sang. It gives an eye-opening tour through Kingston’s inner cities, showing how deep this problem as he seeks to encourage young people to keep the faith and stay out of trouble as they try to help themselves and their families out of difficult situations.
Known for songs like Why, No More Garrison and Days Like These, Imperial Alley Cat has proven he is a champion for poor people’s causes and uses his lyrics to make people conscious of their reality instead of numbing their minds with fantasy. Idling is a cry to ensure that every young person’s potential is fulfilled and to truly make Jamaica reach unlimited heights.
Janet Jackson has converted to Islam, just like her Farrakhan acolyte bro, Jermaine Jackson (father to Jermajesty), in order to marry her Qatari billionaire fiance, Wissam Al Mana. Now, she will know what it’s like to be treated like an “abda”–a slave–since that’s how they look at Black people in the Muslim world. Yes, even the Jacksons.
Most White Muslims refer to Blacks–yes, even Black Muslims–as “abeed.” Literally it means “slaves” in Arabic, but it’s derogatory and the Arabic version of the N-word. “Abed” is the singular version of the word, and “abda” is the female version of the word. There is tremendous racism against Black people in the Islamic world, which is why they continue to slaughter Blacks in Sudan. First, the Sudanese Arab Muslims raped, tortured, and slaughtered the Black Christians, and then–when there were almost no Christians left, they began to rape, torture, and slaughter the Black Muslims of Sudan (and, when” muslims were being murdered george clooney and angelina jolie suddenly got concerned
Hmmm . . . I wonder if the consistently hypocritical “Islamic modesty” will apply to Janet–er, “Sheikha Jackson if you’re nasty,” which the religion and people she’s marrying into certainly are. She’s already gotten a lot of practice wearing a hijab, as the photos above and below show (and don’t forget that her late brother Michael loved wearing the Muslim full ninja, the burqa). Also, will she be the only wife? Well, now that her music career has been over for several decades and her lawsuit to get Michael Jackson’s money away from his kids and into her pockets isn’t going anywhere, a chick’s gotta find a way to keep herself in style. And if ya can’t beat the jihad, join ‘em–that’s the ticket, right? File under, Hypocritical Gold-Digger Women We’d Like to See in a Burqa.
Janet Jackson and her fiancé Wissam Al Mana are reportedly planning to get married in Doha, Qatar in 2013.
The couple hope to tie the knot in Doha where the billionaire was born and are making arrangements for the ceremony to take place in 2013.
Janet and Wissam will be wedded in a Muslim ceremony. A renown [DS: sic] Turkish author, Adnan Oktar (aka Harun Yahya), is also making the claim that the 46-year-old Janet Jackson has converted to Islam — as did her brother, Michael Jackson — and is choosing to keep her new religion a secret from her fans.
Imperial alley cat new single Idling is already a crowd favorite. The track talks about the social injustice young people face daily and how hard it is to get employment even with proper qualification.
The song stresses on the fact that Government of any nation must seek for investors to invest and create more opportunities for the people.
The song goes on to mention that crime, prostitution and other illegalities will take place when people don’t have anything to do but sit around idling their time away. Check the video below.