Warren Johnson

the State of Emergency, Murders Near Montego Bay Airport

Is the State of Emergency Stoning the Mango Tree for One Ripe Mango?

Destroying the Green Mangoes Stoning the Tree for One Ripe Mango The State of Emergency: Despite the objections of a few misguided souls that would stretch an analogy out of proportion to fit their warped sense of the world, it is fitting to liken governments to parents and their constituents to children. This is so […]

Captain Burrell

Warren Johnson – Views from Above – Vol 15: Captain Burrell: No Hero

Captain Burrell is dead. Long live Captain Burrell…. in this land of mega-stupidity, it is said that one should not speak ill of the dead. Taken to its logical conclusion, either we refrain from talking about Hitler, or we say he was a good man. For those who are inclined to misread or to show […]

MAN BEATEN TO DEATH IN ST JAMES

WARREN JOHNSON – “VIEWS FROM ABOVE” VOL #14 HIGH CRIMES AND MISDEMEANOURS

HIGH CRIMES AND MISDEMEANOURS: From as far back as I can remember, or from 1989 as a specific point of reference – Jamaica has never been a country where the rule of law and social order was a priority of government, which would seek to impose this on a largely undisciplined citizenry that has grown […]

Night Noise Comedy Central

WARREN JOHNSON – “VIEWS FROM ABOVE” VOL #13 Night Noise Comedy Central

Night Noise Comedy Central: Jamaica is a place that will make you laugh, cry, holla, shake your head until it is close to falling off; and take you through a whole range of emotions. Cross, angry and miserable comes into sharp focus for the more discerning and less gullible to direct appropriately at governments supremely skilled […]

Noise Abatement Act

WARREN JOHNSON – “VIEWS FROM ABOVE” Vol 12 -Drawbacks of Noise Abatement Act

Drawbacks of the Noise Abatement Act: The Noise Abatement Act was no doubt instituted as a good thing with good intentions, but like most laws and policies coming from our governments, it was not clearly  and thoroughly thought out and enacted; and so, instead of it being useful to the people, it becomes a further […]

Payola

WARREN JOHNSON – “VIEWS FROM ABOVE” VOL #11 Payola

The movie, American Hot Wax, speaks infamously about the subject that had caught up two of the most famous people in radio during the 50’s, Alan Freed and Dick Clark. It was even a part of the topic in the movie starring Jimmy Cliff, The Harder They Come.  However, what exactly is Payola? The dictionary […]

Jamaica Shortchanged

WARREN JOHNSON – “VIEWS FROM ABOVE” VOL #10 Jamaica Shortchanged

Being consumed with ambition to see my Island In the Sun great, I am deeply troubled at the efforts; wondering with all the traveling that our selected government officials do to most of the best run countries in the world, why is it that they don’t adopt the best practices they see and use them […]

Cartoonist Clovis Brown

WARREN JOHNSON – “VIEWS FROM ABOVE” VOL #9 Cartoonist Clovis, right or wrong?

Cartoonist Clovis, right or wrong? The tragic death on Thursday, April 20, 2017, of Germaine Mason, British athlete, born of Jamaican parents in Jamaica, has set off a firestorm of controversy amidst all the mourning, due to a Cartoon that appeared in the Jamaica Observer, Saturday, April 22, 2017, in which Cartoonist Clovis Brown, showed […]

corporal punishment

WARREN JOHNSON – “VIEWS FROM ABOVE” VOL #8 Corporal Punishment as Discipline

Abuse Disguised as Discipline: It is ludicrous that in 2017, Jamaica is finally getting around to banishing corporal punishment in schools. Some have said that the ban should be extended to the homes, while others object to this all around. Of course, knees grow weak to even contemplate this one for the nation…. Lateness aside, […]

drake copying, Drake vs XXX

WARREN JOHNSON – “VIEWS FROM ABOVE” VOL #7 Drake vs XXX

 Drake vs XXX:   Two decades ago, a Canadian entertainer, white as Snow and going by that moniker, burst onto the music scene with a song called ‘Informer’ that was decidedly Reggae. Later on, he collaborated with Buju, Nadine Sutherland, Terror Fabulous and Louie Culture on ‘I Will Do Anything.’ He imitated virtually everything Jamaican […]

Scotiabank Jamaica Charges J$385 to Break-Up a $5,000 Bill

WARREN JOHNSON – “VIEWS FROM ABOVE” VOL #6 Bank of Nova Scotia

Bank of Nova Scotia is a bank in Jamaica of Canadian origin. It has gotten so big that it is no longer just BNS, but Scotia Group, offering a wide range of banking and insurance services.   The bank came ashore in 1889, 55 years after slavery was ‘abolished’ in 1834. It boasts about having […]

Racism

WARREN JOHNSON – “VIEWS FROM ABOVE” VOL #5 CLASSISM & RACISM

CLASSISM – RACISM: Just recently, I heard the age-old, asinine boast that ‘Jamaica is a ‘Classist’ as opposed to a ‘Racist’ society; and this is often mouthed as if this is something laudable, worthy of an award, or even being exported. It is said often enough for it to be a bother, and even a […]