On TV commercials, Jamaica appears a relaxing vacation spot. But politics, economics, and gang violence are making life difficult for some local residents. Go beyond the resorts, and explore Jamaica’s struggle for identity, as our Hot Spots series continues.


  • Richard Bennett Professor of Justice, Department of Justice, Law and Society, American University
  • Ransford W. Palmer, Ph.D Professor of Economics and Chairman of Economic at Howard University; Chairman of the Board of the National Coalition on Caribbean Affairs
  • Milton Walker Milton Walker, Manager of News, Sports and Current Events, CVM-TV Jamaica
  • Ronald Thwaites Member of Parliament, The People's National Party
  • Mr. Ed Bartlett Deputy Leader, The Jamaican Labor Party

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